We will interview you as part of your application.
UCAS tariff points/grades required
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)
BCC-BBC, any subject considered but preference given to core or health related subjects - maximum of 3 subjects considered.
Applications are considered on an individual basis, taking into account additional educational achievements, life experience and skills, including personal statement and interview score when making offers.
Specific GCSE requirements
A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including Mathematics, English Language, Science and evidence of IT skills. Grade B GCSE Science preferable for applicants who are studying Level 3 BTEC
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 or the Manchester Met Equivalency Test
We will accept GCSE Science, Biology, Additional Science, Applied Science, BTEC Level 2 Science (Pass) or the Manchester Met Equivalency Test as an acceptable equivalent.
Please note that we will only consider one equivalent (as outlined above), i.e. either Mathematics or Science, not both.
Access to HE Diploma candidates studying a Science based course only require GCSE English Language and Maths, Grade C or 4.
Non Tariffed Qualifications
FdSc Health and Care Practice (Nursing Associate) for progression onto 18 month top up BSc Adult Nursing or BSc Mental Health Nursing.
International Baccalaureate points
29 IB Diploma Points
6.5 overall with a minimum score of 6.5 in reading, listening and speaking and 6.0 in writing
There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.
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 desirable.
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 an insight into your chosen field of Nursing, including an understanding of care environments and current issues in contemporary nursing or health care. You should describe the concept of a professional attitude, effective communication skills, good time-management skills, and an awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses. An awareness of the NMC Code and the vision for the training of the future nurse and how this can support the delivery of high quality person centred care should be included. You should convey your ability to work both independently and as part of a team and demonstrate motivation and a commitment to preparing to study as a nurse, demonstrating an ability to solve problems and to think creatively in conveying a capacity for leadership and how this is important in the nursing profession.
Applicants will need to be able to demonstrate evidence of I.T. skills.
Shortlisted candidates must attend an interview in person.
An overall score of 6.5 in the academic version of IELTS. You should not achieve less than the equivalent of an IELTS academic score of 6.5 in each of the sections of reading, listening and speaking and 6.0 in the section of writing as an alternative to GCSE English Language.
Candidates from a variety of backgrounds are welcome to apply.
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 provides an equal balance of theory and practice learning 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 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.
In year one, you will be introduced to key concepts of health and nursing practice, using a wide range of teaching and assessment modes. Theoretical learning will both inform practice and support practice based learning enhancing your understanding of professional matters.
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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 may include:
- Working in a multidisciplinary team
- Introduction to ethical practice
- Reflective practice
- Academic writing and referencing
- 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 wellbeing 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.
In year two, you will extend your understanding and develop a critical approach to core areas of nursing theory and practice. There will be an opportunity for students to choose an elective placement that aims to underpin wider knowledge of diversity across the health and social care spectrum.
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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 also be 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.
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 wellbeing, 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 supports 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.
In year three, you will apply the knowledge acquisition gained from year one and two. The focus will be on developing critical, autonomous and accountable professional nurses for practice who will lead and deliver person centred evidence based care.
In year three, we create simulations of a patient’s journey from admission to discharge. Scenarios we’ve set our students in the past include major trauma management, with a patient involved in a motorbike accident who needs stabilising, emergency care with a patient who has suffered a heart attack, and ward management to show you the day in the life of a nurse working a shift on a busy ward.
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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 integrated unit is to promote your transition from a nursing student to a registered mental health 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 including governance of care, the focus will be on leadership theory and its application and include integrated working.
This unit will also explore issues associated with professional development, developing autonomy and preparation for registration including supervision, preceptorship, revalidation, teaching skills and supporting learning in practice. This will relate to the experiences of newly qualified staff as well as the expectations of the ward manager role.
This unit includes the Staff Nurse Tool kit, which will be tailored to simulation of ward and community mental health environments to develop your clinical decision-making skills, resilience and confidence prior to registration.
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 of 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 40% lectures, seminars or similar; 50% placement ; 10% independent study
- Year 2 30% lectures, seminars or similar; 50% placement ; 20% independent study
- Year 3 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 50% placement ; 25% independent study
- Year 1 75% coursework;25% examination
- Year 2 75% coursework;25% examination
- Year 3 75% coursework;25% 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.
Placements in the clinical practice settings are a key element of the programme and form half of the course.
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.
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