BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing

As an adult nurse, you’ll face challenges every day. You’ll also make a difference to people’s lives, every day.

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An elderly woman needing stitches and care after a car accident. A distressed alcoholic patient refusing treatment after a serious fall. A cancer patient returning to your ward, only 19 and no longer in remission.

We’ve designed our course around the core values of the NHS constitution so that you understand what’s required in caring for and supporting vulnerable adults. Our aim is to make sure we prepare you for the challenges you may face and develop the expertise you’ll need to become a leader in nursing.

You’ll spend half of this course on clinical placements in a variety of settings, these may include an operating theatre, accident and emergency, a community health centre, an intensive care unit, an outpatients department or a nursing home.

When you’re on campus, you’ll practice clinical skills and techniques, such as how to manually take a patient’s blood pressure and how to give emergency care in our Clinical Simulation Suite.

As well as practical skills, some of the topics you’ll explore in lectures include anatomy, infectious diseases, how poverty impacts on health, and the ethics of being an adult nurse in today’s society.

All students must demonstrate in their personal statements an understanding of adult nursing in the UK incorporating the NHS core values and contemporary issues in nursing. You must evidence an understanding of the qualities required to be a nursing professional in the UK in order to be shortlisted for an interview. Successful applicants will be subject to a video/face-to-face interview.

Find out more about the financial support available for Nursing students by watching this video and learn about the nursing bursaries available for 2020 enrolment here.

Features and Benefits

  • Approved course - This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Employability - 100% of our Adult Nursing students are in employment six months after the course. (DLHE survey 2017, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known).
  • Student Satisfaction - We are confident that, like 98%* of our previous students, you will enjoy your experience studying nursing at Manchester Met.
  • Become a registered nurse - As a graduate, you’re eligible to register as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
  • Continued Development - Registered Nursing Associates can apply for a shortened version of this course which leads to Registration as a Nurse.
  • Real-world experience - On this course you will spend an equal amount of time on clinical placements in community and hospital settings and at University on nursing theory. Find out more about placements in Manchester by watching this video. 
  • Extra qualifications - 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 course.
  • Outstanding facilities - We have well equipped clinical skills labs complete with computerised sim-man manikins, used to demonstrate both basic and challenging conditions and nursing interventions.
  • GCSE help - If you don't currently have your maths or science GCSE, you'll have the opportunity to take our Maths or Science Equivalency Test before enrolling, to help secure your place. Find out more about our Equivalency Test for nursing students.
  • Unrivalled student support - Greater Manchester Pastoral Support Toolkit

*2019 National Student Survey - placed first in teaching providers in England

"The staff and students at Manchester Met have made my experience so far. We have a lovely cohort in the Nursing Department and we are all really supportive of each other." Amy Lawrie- Carruthers, BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Career Prospects

When you graduate, you’ll gain a Bachelor of Science degree and eligibility to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as an adult nurse.

As a registered nurse, you might work at one of our partner NHS trusts, where you completed a placement experience, or you might move into the private or voluntary sector.

Many of our graduates work as staff nurses in NHS hospitals in the UK and go on to become ward managers or specialist nurses, but you could develop your nursing career in a GP practice, care home, school, hospice, prison or the Armed Forces.

You might decide to specialise in a particular field of nursing and continue with postgraduate study. We have a range of postgraduate courses to support your professional development.

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of students are in employment or further study six months after completing the degree

*DLHE 2017

Entry requirements

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

IELTS score required for international students

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.

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 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.

Further information

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.

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Discover that in Greater Manchester, there's a great deal more to nursing than you might think. You'll have access to an extensive network of expertise. You'll find too, a wealth of training and career opportunities- not just for this job, but the next one, and the one after that- right on your doorstep. This isn't just nursing, this is nursing in the buzzing, connected, proud community that is Greater Manchester. 

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Course details

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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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 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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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 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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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 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:


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.

Placement options

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

Department of Nursing

Our Department of Nursing is a large team of specialists, covering many aspects of nursing and healthcare, offering real insight and experience of professional practice.

The department is passionate and enthusiastic about helping students achieve their goals, working to the mission statement of not just providing academic qualifications, but equipping students with the tools to become professionals.

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Taught by experts

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.

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UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £17,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

Up to £100 depending on whether you already have suitable footwear and clothing for practice and skills sessions, and how much you want to spend.

Replacement or non-standard uniforms: £15 to £50. Optional equipment: £650.

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop.

Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Uniforms: Full uniform is provided free of charge when the course commences. If students wish to replace any item of uniform or secure additional items of uniform throughout the programme (e.g. because it has been damaged or no longer fits) then they must order and pay for this directly with the supplier. There are certain exceptions to this, for example if the student becomes pregnant. These are detailed in the faculty uniform policy. Students can choose to purchase non-standard items such as fleeces directly from the supplier.

You will need to purchase suitable footwear for practice. NHS Trusts require shoes (not trainers) that meet health and safety requirements. Advice will be given on what to purchase. The dress code for practical skills sessions is an nursing uniform which is provided by the university.

Placement Costs

2 to £12 a day whilst on placement (costs will vary considerably).

You will need to budget for travel costs to your placement which could be up to 80 kilometres from the University. Travel costs to placement will vary considerably depending on where you live, the location of your placement and how you choose to travel. Information on public transport costs within Greater Manchester can be found at All NHS Trusts charge for car parking.

You may chose to go overseas for your elective placement and any costs associated with this will be yours.

Professional Costs

Up to £135 depending on your status.

Optional membership of Royal College of Nursing student membership is 85p per month currently.

DBS Checks: Before starting on your course, you must undergo a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (Enhanced Disclosure). At the time of going to press, you do not have to pay for your first DBS check. If you cannot attend a DBS session at the University before the start of the course, you can use the UK Post Office Document Certification Service, which costs approximately £10. If you are not a UK citizen, or if you have lived in one country outside the UK for six or more months in the last five years, you must where this is possible obtain a police clearance certificate from the country in which you resided, in addition to the Disclosure and Barring Service check. You must supply a certified translation if the certificate does not automatically include this. Costs vary and can include fingerprint and translation fees where required.

Returning students, who have already had a DBS certificate from Manchester Met and who need a second DBS certificate, for example, due to a suspension of study, are required to pay the DBS fee.

Please go to our DBS webpage for more details and for current DBS fees.

NMC registration is currently £120 and is paid at the end of the course – visit for current rates.

Membership of Royal College of Nursing is optional and is currently 85p per month (for students) - for current rates.

Other Costs


The course uses Moodle and each unit of study has a dedicated area. The programme team post resources/links to resources on Moodle and students are at liberty to print the resources in hard copy should they wish to. If printing is done using the university print services, the costs of a single sheet (black and white) is 5p (at the time of going to press).

You will require insurance for your tablet supplied by us. You will be responsible for replacement should you lose it.

You will also be asked to pay £5 for a manual for the Acute Illness Management Course in Year 3 as these are from an external provider. Occasionally there are extra opportunities to attend optional events or community engagement activities this may incur costs for travel or parking.


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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)


Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.


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