BSc (Hons)

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 benefit of additional awards in Acute Illness Management and Mental Health First Aid by 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.
  • The course also offers March and September enrolment
  • 99% of Nursing graduates go into employment or further study 6 months after the course

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Placement options

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

About the course

This programme is subject to review in 2018 following the publication of the new NMC standards for nurse education.

Adult Nursing specialises in caring for and supporting vulnerable adults in a variety of settings including hospital, community and the independent and voluntary sectors.

Nursing is a challenging profession, both mentally and physically, which carries a great deal of responsibility. Adult Nurses care for people across the lifespan including young adults and others with acute and long-term illnesses. They work as part of a multi-disciplinary team alongside doctors, physiotherapists, anaesthetists, pharmacists, dieticians and many others.

This course is 50% theory and 50% clinical practice with placements in both the hospital and community settings. We feel that immersing our students in the reality of the profession as they train better prepares them for the challenges of nursing practice upon qualification and develops highly employable, accountable nurses. You will also have the opportunity to gain the benefit from additional awards in Mental Health First Aid and Acute Illness Management at the end of the programme. Adult Nursing has two entry points during the academic year in March and September.

This course specialises in caring for and supporting adults in a variety of settings, including hospitals, the community and with independent and voluntary organisations. You will learn how to assess the needs of the patient, communicate effectively with professional colleagues, and provide sensitive support for the patient and their families. You will also develop leadership and management skills required to motivate and supervise others.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

“The course allows you to challenge and push yourself in a supportive environment by trying out
new areas and viewing nursing in different ways.” Ruth Perez-Merino, BSc(Hons) Adult Nursing

Core Units
Foundations in Professional Practice
This unit will provide the foundation knowledge and skills required to prepare a student nurse to understand and appreciate the complexity of knowledge required in order to become a professional, accountable and competent nurse. Topics include: working in a multidisciplinary team; introduction to ethical practice; reflective practice; academic writing and referencing and information skills.
Foundations of Knowledge and Skills for Nursing
This unit will equip you with the necessary clinical skills, numeracy skills and knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology to deliver safe, effective, and competent nursing care Sessions will focus on the development of knowledge of the Anatomy and Physiology of the human body which would be required to explain disease processes to service users.
Nursing in a Contemporary Society

This is a health-focussed unit in which we discuss and debate issues of relevance in a contemporary society; from pregnancy to the end of life. The unit explores the factors that influence holistic health and well-being and how inequalities in health influence outcomes for individuals, families and society.  There is a focus on vulnerable groups and on the communication skills required to support people at different stages in the life course.  

Year 2

"The Tutors are passionate about Nursing. They share their experiences to help us understand and appreciate the variety of situations that we will face.As they are all still actively involved in clinical practice and research their skills and knowledge, remain fresh, relevant and current" Stephen Haddock, BSc(Hons) Adult Nursing

Core Units
Application of Knowledge and Skills for Nursing Care
Over the course of this unit you will study subjects relating to acute and chronic ongoing care. The application of communication strategies will be utilised to help you develop your self awareness and ability to deal with challenging practical situations. Nursing theory and practice will be also covered to include the politics of health and how models apply in practice. You will develop a range of key and transferable skills including problem solving and the utilisation of numeracy for practice.
Evidence for Practice
This unit will enable you to gain an understanding of nursing research and its application to practice. Learning experiences will introduce research terminology and theory. You will be proficient in searching and critiquing evidence supported by an appreciation of working through the development of information and communication technology. The unit will principally cover research methodologies, critical reading and writing, referencing and citation and the ability to source evidence to support the development and delivery of evidence based practice and how this is contextualised within current policy.
Global Nursing and Health

This unit focuses on contemporary, global challenges and opportunities for health and well-being, and implications for both the nursing profession and global health systems. Underpinning this is a focus on patient empowerment and the extended role of service users.  You will develop your knowledge of epidemiology, anthropology, disease processes and transition, and investigate globally important issues, including malnutrition, obesity, sanitation, poverty and mental health. We will explore how communication and collaboration support nurses to deliver culturally competent, patient centred care to our increasingly diverse patient populations. All students will complete a two week, self-arranged, elective placement related to health care, either within the UK or abroad, as part of this unit.  

Year 3

Core Units
Dimensions of Health and Nursing Practice

This unit provides you with the opportunity to analyse the evidence behind the nursing care that you deliver. By critically examining the concept of person centred care, the notion of holism will allow you to explore the impact of health breakdown on an individual and their families. Topics such as communication skills, public health, law and ethics, complex care management and collaborative working are the focus of this unit. Interactive teaching and learning strategies will allow you to develop interpersonal and clinical skills to help prepare you for clinical practice.

Integrated Study Unit
The Integrated Study Unit provides an extended opportunity to critically explore a chosen topic within healthcare practice and permits the demonstration of knowledge and skills corresponding to programme awards and their application to practice. Learning experiences will focus on the scholarly skills necessary for completion of the written dissertation component of the unit. Individual supervision from a named supervisor will support the individual student in respect of this. You will engage with lectures, workshops, tutor supervision, peer group working and independent study. Practice learning will necessitate the student to critically apply and defend evidence-based interventions in practice supported by a mentoring team and with the contribution where applicable of other healthcare professionals. You will engage in supervised learning in the practice setting and undertake mandatory and further clinical skills in the laboratory setting responding to programme awards and their application to practice.
Transition to Professional Practice

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. The content will include selecting and developing models of care to meet patient need. For leadership and management of care the main focus will be on leadership theory and its application, including MDT working and clinical audit. This unit will also explore issues associated with professional development and prep for registration including supervision, preceptorship, teaching a skill and concepts related to nurse autonomy. This will relate to the experiences of newly qualified staff as well as ward manager expectations.

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.

Methods of Assessment

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

Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

  • Year 1 30% lectures, seminars or similar; 65% placement ; 5% independent study
  • Year 2 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 65% placement ; 10% independent study
  • Year 3 15% lectures, seminars or similar; 65% placement ; 20% independent study
  • Year 1 10% coursework; 65% practical; 25% examination
  • Year 2 35% coursework; 50% practical; 15% examination
  • Year 3 35% coursework; 50% practical; 15% examination

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

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2017 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2018 academic year. Please check back for further details.

We will interview you as part of your application.

UCAS Tariff points/Grades required


GCE A-Level  BCC-BBC. General Studies is acceptable.

BTEC National Diploma - Distinction, Merit, Merit.

104-112 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BCC-BBC) or acceptable alternatives e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DMM)

Specific GCSE requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including Mathematics, English Language, Science and evidence of IT skills. Students applying with a BTEC L3 must have a minimum of a grade B/5 in GCSE science

For applicants who do not hold a GCSE Maths qualification C/4 or above, we welcome applications from candidates who are willing to undertake and complete an equivalent to GCSE Maths C/4 prior to entry i.e. Level 2 Functional Skills

We will accept GCSE Science, Biology, Additional Science and Applied Science.

Access to HE Diploma candidates studying a Science based course only require GCSE English Language and Maths, Grade C or 4.

Grade B GCSE Science preferable for applicants who are studying Level 3 BTEC

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject which includes science-based content with at least 45 credits at Level 3. Applications are considered on an individual basis, taking into account additional educational achievements, life experience and skills

International Baccalaureate points

29 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students


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

Additional Requirements

All applicants must have evidence of Level 3 study within the 5 years prior to application and must provide an academic reference.  This must be from a referee who is able to comment on the applicant's suitability for the nursing profession and focus on their character, attitude and personal skills during voluntary or care experience.

Previous experience in a health care setting is essential.

A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate is required for all students. This will be completed through the university prior to enrolment.

Your personal statement is expected to demonstrate: a professional attitude, effective communication skills, good time-management skills, an awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses/limitations, an insight into Adult Nursing, care environments and current issues in contemporary nursing or health care, an ability to work both independently and as part of a team, motivation and a commitment to the course, an ability to solve problems and to think creatively and a capacity for leadership.

Applicants will need to be able to demonstrate evidence of I.T. skills.

Further information

Shortlisted candidates must attend an interview in person.

IELTS 7.0 with no element below 7.0 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSE English Language.

Candidates from a variety of backgrounds are welcome to apply.

Your career prospects 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.

There are also a range of opportunities for postgraduate study and research.Some of our degree programmes provide a range of practitioner options, and the nature of the units available can contribute to current personal and professional development.

Find out more about becoming an Adult Nurse


In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation

DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known

How do I apply for this course?

Application to be submitted via UCAS

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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.

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