BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing

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Nursing is a demanding, yet rewarding profession. Our undergraduate programmes have been designed, developed and are delivered to recognise the core values of the NHS and the required standards of our accrediting body the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

This award winning programme will develop your skills, knowledge and confidence to ensure that you become a competent and confident professional practitioner. Based in the award-winning Brooks building, our clinical skills laboratories and simulation equipment will enable you to develop the skills and experience required to become a highly respected and highly employable nursing professional.

We currently have one intake in September, which builds on the core values of the NHS constitution and fully prepares students for the challenges of modern nursing practice. Upon successful completion of the programme, students will gain both an academic award (BSc Hons) and eligibility to register with the Nursing & Midwifery Council as an adult nurse. Support is available from a range of sources to guide students’ academic and practice development throughout the programme.

This course is 50% theory and 50% clinical practice with placements in both the hospital and community settings. You will also have the opportunity to gain the added benefit of additional awards in acute illness management (AIMS©) and Mental Health First Aid by the end of the programme.

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. Students 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.

Features and Benefits

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Career Prospects

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.

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Entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2018 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2019 academic year. Please check back for further details.

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)

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

BTEC National Diploma - Distinction, Merit, Merit.

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.

Practical skills, taught by professionals

We’re passionate about ensuring our students are equipped with practical nursing skills.

Many of our staff are (or have been) practising NHS nurses, health visitors or emergency practitioners – and this recent #BeaGreaterManchesterNurse campaign gave some of them chance to celebrate the organisation and champion its unsung heroes.

Course details

This programme is subject to review in 2019 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 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.

"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

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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 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.  


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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 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.  

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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 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.

Assessment weightings and contact hours


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 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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Tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are still being finalised for all courses. Please see our general guide to our standard undergraduate tuition fees.

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

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.

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 (eg 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. There is a loose dress code for practical skills sessions (trainers, t-shirts and tracksuit bottoms) which should be purchased at minimal cost (eg there is no need for designer brand trainers). We strongly recommend that you purchase a number of items at the start of term which you will find useful on the course (eg a stethoscope, tape measure, scissors and goniometer) but it is not mandatory. These can be purchased at the book fair in Freshers' week at reasonable prices (£20 - £30 in total).

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. Please go to our DBS webpage for more details - NMC registration at end of course.

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 - 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 programme 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 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.


For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

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You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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

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