Nursing (Adult) (BSc)

the United Kingdom

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How long you will study
36 Months

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How you will study

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International course fees
GBP 23250 per year

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About Nursing (Adult) at University of Leeds

Adult nursing involves caring for individuals and groups in health and sickness, in a variety of healthcare settings, from community to intensive care.

This exciting three-year course is designed to help you develop the skills and knowledge to work in the dynamic, changing healthcare environment - problem solving, managing change and developing critical and analytical skills - as well as all the core clinical skills you need to practise as a nurse.

You'll undertake placements in Leeds Health Authority one of the largest NHS providers of healthcare in the UK. You'll work with adults in a range of settings, in both the hospital and the community.

From the outset, you'll specialise in adult nursing, whilst also studying general nursing and developing an understanding of the inter-professional nature of healthcare delivery. You'll experience an approximately equal balance between theory and practice in all three years of the course.

The School of Healthcare welcomes International/Overseas students. For more information please refer to the School of Healthcare Admissions policy here

The Course Leader is Liz Cleave
For all course enquiries, please email in the first instance

The School of Healthcare is part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health. We aim to provide high quality education and research and to develop knowledge that both informs and improves practice.

The School has a dedicated clinical skills suite with hospital beds, Adult, Child and Midwifery suites and facilities for Mental Health nursing and Social Work teams

Students have access to all University of Leeds facilities - sports facilities, excellent libraries, including the Health Sciences, Library, an award-winning students' union and support services and the attractions of the city of Leeds.

Vincent a second year student talks about why he wanted to become a nurse


Students who successfully complete this programme will be able to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

  • Course content

    This programme meets the NMC (2010) guiding principles underpinning pre-registration education for nurses of 'fitness for purpose' and 'fitness for practice'. It consists of not less than 4,600 hours of study (2,300 hours in the practice setting and 2,300 hours theoretical study), which results in 360 credits across three levels:

    Part 1: 120 credits at level 1 leading to progression point one of the programme

    Part 2: 120 credits at level 2 leading to progression point two of the programme

    Part 3: 120 credits at level 3 enabling registration with the NMC.

    Year 1 is the trans-disciplinary first year where shared and inter-professional learning takes place with other nursing and healthcare students. You will explore the core issues required to become a healthcare professional, anatomy and physiology, as well as being introduced to specific aspects of adult nursing.

    Year 2 includes the study of the nursing the acutely ill adult, and nursing an adult with a long-term condition. You'll explore health promotion and health education, develop understanding of issues related to safeguarding adults, debate legal and ethical concepts related to nursing and develop the skills for evaluating the research evidence underpinning clinical practice.

    In year 3 you'll study the assessment and management of pain. You'll examine critical thinking, decision-making skills and leadership skills and will be supported in making the transition to the role of qualified nurse. A 10,000-word research dissertation develops your ability to use, summarise and communicate research evidence and apply it to your professional practice. There is also an optional module which offers the opportunity to undertake a clinical placement abroad.

    Clinical placements are an integral part of your training. Read "Study abroad and work placements" tab.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Entry requirements, fees and applying

      Entry requirements

      A-level: BBC preferably including a science subject (biology, human biology, chemistry, maths, physics or social sciences, such as psychology).

      Not general studies or critical thinking.

      GCSE: 5 A*-C, including maths and English and 2 science subjects

      • Career opportunities

        Once qualified as a nurse, you could work in healthcare environments in the NHS or private sector, hospital or community settings.

        From clinical nurse you could progress to become a ward or department manager, a clinical nurse specialist or eventually a consultant nurse. You could move into nursing management or become a registered nurse tutor. You could pursue further academic study in nursing research or by undertaking a PhD

        For advice on nursing as a career choice read NHS careers.

        Careers support

        We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

        Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

        The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

      • Study abroad and work placements

        For some students able to meet specific criteria, there is an opportunity to study on one of 4 optional international modules in the third year of the programme.

        50% of the programme is undertaken in practice and students undertake a range of clinical placements working with adults both in hospital and in community. Your final practice placement will be a long placement (12 weeks minimum) to enable you to consolidate knowledge, clinical skills competence and prepare for transition to a qualified practitioner and 'signed-off' by an appropriately prepared mentor as required by the NMC.

      • Related courses

        Social Work BA
        Midwifery BSc
        Nursing (Child) BSc
        Nursing (Mental Health) BSc
  • Study options for this course

    • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
    • The awardBScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study36 months
      Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course feesGBP 23250 per year

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