BSc (Hons) Nursing (Flexible Learning)

Top in Wales for teaching quality and student experience in NursingThe Times Good University Guide 2021

The flexible part-time nursing course gives experienced healthcare support workers (HCSWs) an opportunity to become a Registered Nurse whilst still working and earning.

The course has been designed to provide an exciting career progression opportunity for HCSWs who are working for one of our affiliated health care providers.  Accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, this course enables  eligible candidates to work towards Registered Nurse status, gain a degree qualification in one of four specialist fields of nursing, whilst continuing their contracted hours in employment as a healthcare support worker.

The four fields of nursing available to study flexibly include Adult Nursing, Child Nursing, Learning Disability Nursing and Mental Health Nursing. Candidates are ask to select their preferred field of study upon application.

Please note: Details on whether your employment is eligible for this programme can be obtained from the course team, via your employer or through attending an Open Day.

USW ranked Top in Wales for course satisfaction and teaching in Nursing and Midwifery in the Guardian League Table 2021.

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2021/22 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

Year One: Part-Time Nursing Degree

  • The essentials of nursing practice
  • Promoting health and preventing ill health
  • Assessing needs and creating therapeutic opportunities
  • Developing confidence in practice 

Year Two: Part-Time Nursing Degree

  • Enhancing assessment & evidence-based interventions
  • Professional Legal and Ethical issues in nursing

Year Three: Part-Time Nursing Degree

  • Evidence based practice: evaluating care within the context of practice
  • Informed decision making in practice
  • Advancing knowledge, skills & therapeutic interventions

Year Four: Part-Time Nursing Degree

  • Leading and managing quality care across settings
  • The nurse as an educator
  • Becoming a proficient practitioner



Nursing students enjoy exceptional student support at USW. Our open door policy ensures that there is always someone on hand to assist you when a problem arises and this is something our students really appreciate.

The course team also liases closely with the affiliated health care providers, where a designated person in your sponsoring organisation is available to provide additional support to students


You will study the same modules as our full-time nursing students, but delivery is stretched out over four years rather than the conventional three.

Students remain in employment at one of our affiliated health care providers and as part of their work contract study for an average of 23 hours a week as a student nurse.

Studies involve a 50:50 ratio of clinical placements and theory time. Much of this involves eLearning but students do attend occasional mandatory study days, 15 in the first year and then 10 for each successive year. As part of this students will be exposed to simulated clinical learning in our state-of-the-art simulation centre.

Before applying for this nursing course, we strongly recommend you attend one of our Open Days where you can speak to the course team.


The University of South Wales is an NMC Approved Education Institution (AEI).

Graduates from nursing degree can apply to join the NMC professional register and start to practise in the UK.


Supervised placements are an integral part of the part-time nursing degree. These are in our partner health boards, as well as in the community and independent sector.

You will have practice opportunities across a wide range of healthcare settings that include community, hospital, palliative care, nursing homes and GP surgeries, developing key skills that will enhance your employability.

When you are working with your mentor in clinical practice, you have to work the shift patterns of the clinical area to which you are allocated.


As part of your part-time nursing degree, you will learn in our impressive health facilities. Our Clinical Simulation Centre replicates clinical environments for education and training.

These include two, four-bedded bays to simulate a hospital setting, dedicated paediatric and maternity facilities, including a special care baby unit, an intensive care environment and an emergency department with a fully equipped ambulance simulator. There is also a two-bedroom flat to simulate providing healthcare in a home environment.

The Centre is used for healthcare education and nurse training, dealing with everything from essential clinical skills to complex, multidisciplinary clinical scenarios. You’ll use the same equipment you will find in healthcare settings, and work on patient simulators that mimic the body’s reactions to illness, care and treatment.


Our nursing lecturers have a wide variety of clinical expertise in both hospital-based and community-based care, including medicine, surgery, pain control, cardiac care, trauma care, critical care and infection control as well as practice nursing, community district nursing, caring for the older person, palliative care nursing and cancer care.

Nursing students enjoy exceptional student support at USW. Our open door policy ensures that there is always someone on hand to assist you when a problem arises and this is something our students really appreciate.

  • Dr Gareth Parsons, Course Leader
  • Maria Parry
  • Iwan Dowie
  • Sara Morgan
  • Stuart Baker
  • Chris Nash
  • Colin McPherson
  • Stacey Rees
  • Karyn Davies
  • Martin Rowlands
  • Emma Watkins
  • Natalie Davies-Dixon
  • Kathryn Price
  • Clare Churcher

Entry criteria below detail typical offers. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Additional requirements include:


  • Applicants must be employed as a healthcare support worker and have the support of their employer to undertake this course. Their employer may wish to screen applicants before supporting them.
  • Two satisfactory references.
  • A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check for the Child & Adult Workforce and Child and Adult Barring Lists and subscription to the update service. (no offences are considered spent)
  • A satisfactory medical.
  • Applicants will need to complete a personal statement. Please read our nursing personal statement tips for help and advice. ·
  • Applicants are required to attend an interview. You will have to demonstrate awareness of the role of nurses in your chosen field and show your commitment to the part-time degree.


Please read this information for nursing applicants web page for further guidance on how you can meet the entry criteria and advice on the application, interview and decision making process.


If you have any questions about your eligibility for the part time nursing course, please feel free to contact Dr Gareth Parsons, Course Leader, for an informal discussion.

Typical A-Level Offer

BBB to exclude General Studies

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade B and BB at A Level to exclude General Studies

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Distinction Merit

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 32 include 17 at Higher Level to include 5 or above in Maths and English at standard level

Typical Access to HE Offer

Science/Maths/Health Care/Nursing Diploma.

Must complete 60 credits overall with at least 45 at level 3 and 15 at Level 2. Of the 45 credits at level 3, you will need a minimum of 24 Distinctions, 18 Merits and 3 passes.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances.

Equivalent qualifications considered are Essential Skills Level Two in Communication and Application of Number, or Functional Skills Level Two in English and Maths. (Must be achieved within the last 3 years)

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.


Career options

Our nursing degrees prepare you for the challenges of modern healthcare through the right mix of knowledge, skills and experience. The theory you learn in the classroom is reinforced by practical learning on campus and work-based learning. Employers are keen to recruit our nursing graduates because they know they are well-prepared, confident, competent and safe practitioners.

Depending on experience and training, graduates of nursing degrees can reach the highest levels of the NHS. Once qualified, students will be employed as Registered Nurses by their sponsoring health care provider.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.