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Nursing (Adult) BSc

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Start date


Placement available

Mode of study


£9,250 full-time

Entry requirements

BBC (A-level)


30 (IB)

2021/22 changes

Click here to read about how your course will be delivered and supported from September 2021.

This course is closed for 2021 entry.

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Are you looking for a rewarding and challenging career that you feel passionate about? Nursing is the largest healthcare profession in the country. As a qualified nurse you’ll be entering a highly respected profession with excellent employment prospects.

At Brunel, you’ll learn through an equal balance of theory and practice, gaining your professional experience in a variety of healthcare settings where you’ll work closely with other healthcare professionals, service users and their families.

On this programme, you’ll learn to care for adults with acute / long-term illnesses and you’ll prepare to play a vital role in health promotion and disease prevention. Brunel is a renowned research-intensive university with an established and excellent reputation in health sciences, so you’ll be learning from the best in the field. Through your programme in adult nursing, you’ll learn to understand the health needs of patients aged 18 and over within public health, community development and global agendas. You’ll be supported in developing the personal skills necessary for the nursing profession.

Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

As a nursing student, you'll receive at least £5,000 a year which you don't need to pay back. See the UK government website for more information.

The NHS Values are shaped by patients, public and staff have helped develop this expression of values that inspire passion in the NHS and that should underpin everything it does. Individual organisations will develop and build upon these values, tailoring them to their local needs. The NHS values provide common ground for co-operation to achieve shared aspirations, at all levels of the NHS.

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Course content

Through a blended learning approach, your programme will involve a mix of face-to-face learning and online learning in order to support and develop you into a highly competent practitioner within the field of adult nursing. The programme combines theory with practice where 50 per cent of your time will be spent on practice placements within a wide range of healthcare settings. Periods of campus-based learning will help prepare you for your practice placements.

All modules are compulsory and cover the broad spectrum of adult nursing.

This course can be studied 3 years full-time, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

The programme specification is in the process of being updated and may not be an accurate reflection of the programme.

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Careers and your future

Opportunities for graduates of the adult nursing pathway are continually expanding both here and overseas. You may choose to work in a busy hospital ward with your own caseload, work in a prison or in one of the expanding primary health care areas such as a large health centre or specialist team. Nurses are leading care innovation in many specialist areas such as intensive care, trauma nursing, cancer care and care of the older adult. You may aspire towards becoming a Nurse Consultant where you’ll be leading, researching and making significant changes to practice. What makes adult nursing such a challenging and rewarding career is the diversity of the situations you’ll respond to, each one providing you with job satisfaction that’s hard to find elsewhere.

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UK entry requirements

  • GCE A Level BBC. 
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DMM in Health & Social Care.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DM in Health & Social Care, with an A Level at grade C in any subject .
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma M in Health & Social Care, with two A Levels at grades BB in any subject.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Obtain a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma  with 45 credits at Level 3. Subjects accepted : Health Science, Health Professions, Health and Social Care, Health Studies, Medicine, Medical Science, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Science, Science in Health Professions

Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above are also required, including English Language and Maths.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

This programme will be open to Home applicants only for 2021 entry.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

This programme will be open to Home and EU applicants only for 2021 entry.

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Fees and funding

2021/22 entry


£9,250 full-time

Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of undergraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

You’ll be taught by highly qualified and research-engaged nurse academics who will ensure that everything you learn is up-to-date and relevant to the NHS care setting. You’ll benefit from an innovative teaching approach that incorporates digital technology, team-based learning, face-to-face teaching and online learning. Your seminars will often include polling apps, so you’ll enhance your learning by taking part in quizzes and competitions in a fun, interactive way. Simulation is used to teach concepts relating to the care of patients. You’ll practise your nursing skills through the mock-up of real-world nursing scenarios through simulation learning and working on manikins, so you’ll be confident and skilled when you go on your practice placements.

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Assessment and feedback

Throughout your course you’ll receive feedback in the form of professional conversations arising from simulated practice, written feedback and automated immediate feedback (instant feedback given through digital technology). This will be timed in order to guide you through your studies and help you with your ongoing development. Assessments will include written assignments, examinations, OSCE’s (objective structured clinical examinations which assess your clinical competency and confidence) and presentations. You’ll receive assessments to resemble nursing activities in professional practice as well as testing graduate and transferable skills.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.