Nursing (Adult) (BN (Hons))

the United Kingdom

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The award
BN (Hons)

How long you will study
3 - 4 Years

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How you will study
full-time, part-time

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About Nursing (Adult) at University of Portsmouth


Achieve your potential – become a qualified nurse with our BN (Hons) Nursing (Adult) degree.

Our degree in Adult Nursing is developed and delivered with NHS partners allowing you to get the most extensive, practical experience possible.

By training in our extensive simulation suite, you'll develop the knowledge and skills to be a confident and competent nursing student, before spending time on placement in real life healthcare settings.

What you'll experience

On this course you’ll:

  • Practise your technical skills on medical manikins and work on communication with simulated patients in our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care, one of the country’s leading healthcare teaching environments
  • Spend time on clinical placements in real hospitals, clinics and patient's homes, learning to confidently examine, assess and treat patients
  • Study at the first institution in the country to be accredited by the Association of Simulated Practice in Healthcare, and on a nursing course approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Be eligible to register with the NMC as an adult nurse on graduation

Work experience and career planning

After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability Service as you advance in your career.

Clinical Placements

You'll spend a large amount of your time during this course on clinical placements with partner Trusts in local community and hospital and GP practice environments, supported by clinical mentors and registered healthcare professionals.

Our placement partners span a large area, including Portsmouth, Brighton, Winchester, Isle of Wight, Southampton, Basingstoke, Surrey and Sussex.

Recent students have completed placements at the following locations, among others:

  • Portsmouth Hospitals University Trust
  • Fareham Community Team
  • East Surrey Hospital

We can also help you find further relevant work experience, placements, internships and voluntary roles during your course.

This kind of work can really boost your nursing career prospects. In fact, a report by Health Education England, in partnership with the University of Portsmouth, found that NHS staff who volunteered either within the NHS or for external voluntary organisations benefited from acquiring new skills they could transfer into their working lives.

Building experience in a volunteering role while you're studying can enrich what you're learning and help you stand out to employers.

Module Details

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Programme Assessment

How you're assessed:

  • academic work including essays, reports, case studies and reflective accounts
  • performance-based clinical practice assessments including portfolios and simulation
  • in-class tests and examinations
  • presentations and scientific posters
  • work-based projects
  • online learning activities

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • simulation
  • seminars
  • independent study
  • work placement

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

Student Destinations

Nursing is a vital role with healthcare services – nurses and midwives make up nearly half of the global health workforce.

There is high demand for nurses all over the world. Even before the pandemic, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that nurses and midwives accounted for more than 50% of the global shortage in health workers. In England alone, there's a need for more than 50,000 new nurses by 2024/5, according to the Health Foundation.  

This nursing degree will give you the skills and confidence to answer this call, and to begin a career making a real difference to people's lives. You'll cover the entire lifespan, exploring the care pathways of acutely unwell patients as well as those with long term conditions.

When you finish your Adult Nursing degree, you'll be eligible to apply for registration on part 1 (Adult) of the professional Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register, which allows you to work as a Registered Nurse in the UK.

You'll also be ready to work as a nurse overseas, within a wide range of nursing roles in primary and secondary care (once you've registered with any applicable overseas nursing bodies).

You could go on to work in:

  • nursing roles in primary or secondary care in the UK and overseas
  • charity and aid work
  • advanced practice nurse specialisms
  • nursing education and mentoring
  • healthcare management in ward sister or lead nurse roles

Job roles you could go on to include:

  • community nurse
  • critical care nurse
  • palliative care nurse specialist
  • practice nursing
  • care home manager
  • research nurse

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 awardBN (Hons)How you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study3 - 4 years
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Entry requirements

120 points to include 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 32 points from a Science or Social Science subject. All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview. Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health checks before starting the course.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 7.0.

Don't meet the entry requirements?

Consider a Foundation or Pathway course at University of Portsmouth to prepare for your chosen course:

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