Adult Nursing

2018 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • This course leads to registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
  • This course is 50% theory and 50% clinical practice with placements in both the hospital and community settings.
  • You will have the opportunity to gain the added value of an additional award in Acute Illness Management at the end of the programme.
  • Well-equipped state-of-the-art clinical skills lab complete with computerised Sim-man manikin, used to demonstrate both basic and challenging conditions and nursing interventions.
  • 99% of Nursing graduates go straight into employment or further study*
  • 94% of students say that they are satisfied with the quality of the course.* 

*Statistics taken from the National Student Survey 2017

Placement options

Placements in the clinical practice setting are a key element and form half of the course.

About the course

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

Core Units
Foundations in Nursing Practice

This Unit will introduce students to professional issues and codes of practice. It will support their developing self awareness and skills of reflective practice. 

Nursing in Contemporary Society

This unit aims to support students to  critically explore and evaluate concepts of health and wellbeing throughout the lifespan. The wider determinants of health will be explored with a focus on the social model of care. There is a focus on public health, health promotion and communication. Evidence based practice and current healthcare policy will be critiqued interpreted and applied to nursing in a contemporary society.

Principles of Nursing Practice 1

This unit will build on existing critical understanding of Anatomy and Physiology, exploring  the relationship between the normal functioning of the body and various disease processes. The student will also be provided with a foundation in key nursing skills, designed to link theory to the practice of assessing and evaluating patient care.

Principles of Practice 2

This unit builds on the knowledge and understanding from year 1 block 1 and encourages students to develop and apply their skills and ability to critically appraise evidence in a range of situations to support practice.

Year 2

Core Units
Evidence for Practice

This unit will enable students to gain an understanding of nursing research and its application to contemporary nursing practice.

Global Perspectives of Nursing

A 10 credit unit that will enable an appreciation of the implications of globalization for nursing. 

Transition to Professional Nursing

The aim of this unit is to promote transition from a nursing student to a registered practitioner who is able to think critically about their practice and synthesise new ideas.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Assessment details

Examinations, assignments, clinical observations, presentations and practice assessment.

Additional Information About this Course

Health checks: You will be required to complete an Occupational Health Assessment to ensure that your health does not constitute a barrier to the achievement of the programme learning outcomes or eligibility to apply for registration with the professional body. This will require the completion of a health questionnaire before or during the first few weeks of your course, followed by an occupational health screening appointment which will include the consideration of appropriate immunisations. Travel costs to appointments (which will be within the Greater Manchester area) will not be covered by the University. Professional Suitability: Students on programmes leading to professional qualifications are required to adhere to professional standards and codes of practice during their studies. Failure to do so may lead to exclusion from the programme on the grounds of professional unsuitability. Students will be briefed about the requirements at the start of their studies.Course specific regulations: Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies require students to achieve results that demonstrate their ability to practise safely. There are therefore some exceptions to the standard University Assessment Regulations for those students, for example limitations on resits and on compensation of failed marks.

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at:

Typical entry requirements

All applicants must have achieved a minimum 2.1 honours degree, which should have been achieved within the previous five years.

All applicants will be required to submit a portfolio of evidence demonstrating a minimum of 450 hours of practical experience and a minimum of 450 hours of relevant academic study, via a portfolio of accredited prior learning (APL). This must be verified by a registered professional, preferably a nurse. This APL forms part of the 4,600 hours of theory and practice, which is required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to register as an adult nurse.

On receipt of UCAS application and prior to shortlisted candidates being invited for interview, candidates will be sent the portfolio and learning resources that help applicants work towards the required accreditation of prior learning  (APL) for this accelerated programme. 

All students must have evidence of achieving literacy and numeracy at minimum GCSE grade C (4) and evidence of IT skills to a minimum of level 2 within their entry qualifications. Passes in English Language GCSE (C=4), mathematics GCSE (grades C=4) and science GCSE (grades C=4)

IT related GCSE (grades C=4) or Key Skills Level II (or equivalent) in IT will provide this evidence

GCSE requirements must be met before application.

We will accept GCSE science, biology, additional science and applied science.




There is further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.


All shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview. Interviews will take the form of a an individual interview. You will also be required to complete a written test at interview. If you have a disability that you think will affect your ability to participate in any of these activities, please tell us about these when you confirm your intention to attend for the interview.

The Department of Health consultation for students starting in September 2018 has significantly changed the way healthcare courses will be funded. Health Education England have allocated a small number of capped funded places for new starters in 2018 for tuition fees and bursary. However, MMU has not been allocated any for PG Diplomas starting in September 2018 and with access to the student loan system unavailable until the Government change the criteria, students will be required to pay for their tuition fees themselves.

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

How do I apply for this course?

Application to be submitted via UCAS

Career options after the course

The choice of possible career routes is diverse and after graduation there are opportunities for work within the National Health Service, in the private sector, or overseas.

This  course will develop practitioners that are highly employable and recognised for the additional academic credibility they achieve. 

Confirmation of Regulator

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.