Nursing - Adult - BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code:
B741Sep intake: B741
Jan intake: B740
Attendance:
Full Time (3 years)
Starting:
September 2018, January 2019

Are you looking for a challenging and fulfilling career? Are you caring with a natural instinct to look after others? Accredited by The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), this adult nursing course provides you with the clinical skills and experience needed to be a professional Adult Nurse.

What's covered in the course?

The course seamlessly combines theory with practice. The NMC requires that you spend over 80 weeks immersed in practice over your 3 years and as you might expect from a University based in Birmingham, you will have the advantage of work placements at some of the largest NHS Trusts in the country. 

Whilst studying Adult Nursing here at Birmingham City University you will explore topics such as;

  • Physiology in both health and illness
  • Learn and discuss key government policies and how these impact upon adult nursing
  • How to research to keep your practice current
  • Discuss the ethical dilemmas that occur when nursing in the 21st century
  • Opportunities to explore and discuss care across the spectrum of different nursing settings

During your first year, you will learn foundation nursing skills to prepare you for year 2 and 3, where you will become increasingly more field-specific and specialise in adult nursing.

In addition to your practical experience, you will explore important aspects of values, ethics, research, physiology and social policy to ensure that you are a professional adult nurse when graduating.

Towards the end of the course, you’ll focus on making the transition from nursing student to Registered Nurse and will be supported by our expert teams every step of the way. Successful completion of the course will make you eligible to apply for professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Where will I study?

You will be studying at our brand new £41 million City South Campus, with access to state-of-the-art facilities. These facilities include simulation mannequins and skills suite, so that you can continue developing practical skills in real life environments right here on campus. 

See what our students say...

“Birmingham City University had the best facilities for my course, including excellent practice areas. This enabled me to get an insight into what it would be like to work in a hospital... from the mock wards.”Susan Donegal

Why Choose Us?

  • Students are satisfied with this course! We scored 90 per cent for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017
  • Excellent employability rate - 99% of our graduates are in work within 6 months (unistats)
  • Experience quality work placements - build a network of invaluable contacts through our strong partnerships with the NHS and medical institutions
  • You will study at our £41 million City South Campus, complete with real-life hospital environments and simulation equipment so that you are able to develop and practice your practical skills at all times – not just on placement
  • We offer two intakes a year in January and September so that you can start at the right time for you. Contact our Admissions team to find out more
  • Birmingham is one of the UK’s most diverse cities outside of London, which will provide you with a wide variety of experience that will be valuable to take forward into your future career
  • Opportunities to study abroad, if this is something you would like to explore during your time studying with us
  • You will learn in a friendly, co-operative environment, where you’ll be supported by experienced staff to achieve your goals – you can take advantage of our well-established range of pastoral and study support teams to deliver this
  • We provide outstanding support to our students and have received a Quality Mark from the British Dyslexia Association for our successful efforts
  • Commended for achieving ‘good practice’ in a recent BSc course review for placement support, through our close links with NHS trusts
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This course is accredited by:

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Entry Requirements

Numeracy and literacy tests are a requirement determined by the Nursing and Midwifery Council linked to the recruitment and selection of pre-registration nursing students.

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We now recruit to the values of the NHS constitution. This influences our selection criteria and especially the values we are seeking to be demonstrated in both your application and interview, which we view as essential in any individual involved in patient care.

Entry requirements for September 2017 starts

120 UCAS tariff points
Level 2 qualifications which must be achieved PRIOR to application for all applicants except Access Students (Please see Access entry requirements below):
A minimum of three GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (previously Grade C), must include English Language, Mathematics and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Science Double/Triple Award or equivalent.

Acceptable GCSE Science Equivalents:
  • BTEC 1st Certificate
  • BTEC 1st Diploma
  • Intermediate GNVQ
  • OCR Level 2 National Award
  • OCR Level 2 National Certificate
Acceptable English GCSE Equivalents:
  • Key Skills Communication - Level 2
  • Functional Skills English – Level 2
Acceptable Maths GCSE Equivalents:
  • Key Skills Application of Number- Level 2
  • Functional Skills Maths – Level 2

or

Irish Leaving Certificate
A minimum of five Ordinary levels at Grade B3 or above, must include English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject.
or
Scottish qualifications
A minimum of five Intermediate Standard 2 or above, must include English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject.
Plus one of the following Level 3 qualifications which you may be working towards: (Except Access students - please see entry requirements below)
GCE A/A2 Level
120 UCAS points from a maximum of three A/A2 Level passes, which must include one of Health and Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Science, Psychology or Social Science at Grade B. A typical offer would be BBB.
General Studies, Critical Thinking and Extended Project are not accepted.
GCE AS/A2 Level
120 UCAS points from a maximum of two AS/A1 Level passes, plus a maximum of two A/A2 Level passes at Grade C or above, which must include one of Health and Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology or Social Science.
General Studies, Critical Thinking and Extended Project are not accepted.
GCE/AVCE Double Award in Health and Social Care
120 UCAS points from an A* A* profile or combined with UCAS points from a maximum of one GCE A/A2 level. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Extended Project are not accepted.
BTEC National Certificate (NQF) in Health and Social Care, Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
Acceptable only when combined with other Level 3 qualifications.
BTEC National Diploma (NQF) in Health and Social Care, Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
120 UCAS points from a DDM profile.
BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) in Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents 120 UCAS points from a DDM profile.
BTEC Diploma (QCF) in Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
120 UCAS points from D*D* profile. Plus one AS/A2.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) in Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
Acceptable only when combined with TWO other Level 3 qualifications.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
Minimum Grade 30 points required. Acceptable on its own or combined with other level 3 qualifications.
Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced diploma
Core plus combined other Level 3 qualifications CACHE Diploma in Child Care and Education Minimum Grade B required (120 UCAS tariff points).
CACHE Diploma in Child Care and Education
Minimum Grade B required (120 UCAS tariff points).
CACHE Diploma in Health and Social Care
Minimum Grade B required (120 UCAS tariff points).
The Open University K101 – An Introduction to Health and Social Care or equivalents
Completion of full year (transcripts will be required). K101 is acceptable with another level 3 qualification.
Irish Leaving Certificate
120 UCAS tariff points from a maximum of 5 Highers at Grade B2/H3 or above
Scottish Qualifications – Advanced Highers
120 UCAS tariff points from a maximum of 5 Scottish Highers and 3 Advanced Highers at Grade C or above.
NVQ Level 4 in Health and Social Care
Full award required, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above.
14-19 DIPLOMAs in Society Health and Development To be achieved in Advanced Diploma or Progression Diploma 120 UCAS points from an A Grade.
OCR National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or Science
120 UCAS points from an M1 Grade.
Access to HE Diploma in a Health and Social Care Subject
Full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 including 30 at Merit or Distinction, of which a minimum of 24 must be in a Science or Health related subject and 15 at Level 2 which must include Mathematics and English Language GCSE equivalent if not already achieved.
Foundation Degree
Foundation degrees will be reviewed on an individual basis and will require a transcript of the content of the course.

Other qualifications:

Qualifications that are not listed will be considered on an individual basis.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.

International candidates:

Those who meet residency/academic requirements of UK students but whose language is not English will need to hold IELTS with an overall score of at least 7.0.

In addition
  • You must provide evidence of having been in general education for a minimum of 10 years.
  • You must demonstrate evidence of literacy, numeracy and IT skills in line with the Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements.
  • Literacy and numeracy tests will form part of the selection criteria for this course and you must achieve the minimum of 11 out of 15 for the literacy test and 9 out of 12 for the numeracy test in order to proceed to interview.
  • You must provide evidence of study within the last five years.
  • No offers are made without a face-to-face interview.
  • All offers are subject to satisfactory Occupational Health Clearance, Disclosure and Barring Service report and, registration with Independent Safeguarding Authority.
  • You should be aware that qualifications, personal statement, interview and references all form part of the selection criteria for this course.

Sample Literacy and Numeracy Tests

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I really want to become a nurse but do not meet your entry requirements. What advice can you give me?

  • All applicants must meet our academic entry requirements in order to be considered for the course.
  • If you do not have sufficient Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications we advise you to consider undertaking a course which will give you the opportunity to gain the correct entry criteria. For example, an access course in a health/science-related field at your local further education college. This course contains the right mix of level 3 and level 2 qualifications which allow you to access higher education.
  • Alternatively, you could undertake the Open University K101 course, as long as you have the appropriate GSCE qualifications (as defined in our entry criteria) with another level 3 qualification.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 3 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
Jan 2019 FT 3 years £9,250 per year

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

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 Pay your application fee
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Frequently asked questions

How will I know what has happened with my UCAS application when I have submitted it?

You'll be notified via UCAS if your application is unsuccessful. If your application is successful you'll be invited to attend an interview from our Health Admissions department.

What will the interview consist of?

You'll undertake a literacy and numeracy test, and have a face-to-face interview from academic and clinical staff.

How will I know the outcome of my interview?

You'll be notified via UCAS track.

If I'm not offered a place, can I have some feedback?

Yes, you can request feedback from NMSW.Admissions@bcu.ac.uk

Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Learning Support Fund

From 1 November 2017 you may be able to apply for elements of the learning support fund if:

  • you are studying a pre-registration healthcare course
  • are studying in England and
  • your course started on or after 1 August 2017

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Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year one

During the first year you’ll study specific subject areas such as how the body functions in health and ill-health, communication skills and how to give care compassionately and begin to relate this to the clinical skills that you will practise both in University and on placement. You will also begin to learn about aspects of caring for patients/service users from all four fields of nursing.

Modules include:
Professional Values and Academic Skills
30 credits
Introduction to Nursing Practice and Decision Making
30 credits
Health in Society
30 credits
Adult Nursing Practice 1
30 credits

Year two

In year two you’ll be taught how to assess, implement, plan and evaluate care for patients in a variety of settings.

You’ll also take on two practice placements where you’ll have to pass the Standards of Proficiency as required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. There is also a specific placement learning experience where you will scope the services available within the community.

A range of subjects such as ethics, research, physiology and social policy will be integrated into your studies to inform your practice.

The acquisition of skills is given a high priority throughout the course, aided by our excellent state-of-the-art simulation facilities and skills suite, while personal and professional development is emphasised throughout the course as it equips you with the skills required for your future employment and you will demonstrate this by developing your ePortfolio which will be monitored by your Personal Tutor.

Modules include:
Professional Values and Evidence Based Practice
30 credits
Adult Nursing Practice 2
30 credits
Nursing in Society
30 credits
Adult Nursing Practice 3
30 credits

Year three

Your final module in Semester two of Year Three has been carefully designed to complete your journey from nursing student to Registered Nurse.

Modules include:
 
Policy, Politics and Nursing
30 credits
 
Adult Nursing Practice 4
30 credits
 
Adult Academic and Practice Enquiry
30 credits
Adult Transition to Qualified Practitioner
30 credits

This module is designed to facilitate the transition of nursing student to Registered Nurse.

Course structure

The course is delivered using a modular approach which divides the content into manageable elements of study and practice learning opportunities.

The first year prepares you for further study and facilitates the understanding of the principles which underpin nursing. This is supported by two placement learning experiences of about 10 weeks' duration each.

In year two there is an increasing field-specific focus. Core modules help to contextualise nursing while Field Specific modules prepare you for the two placement experiences which follow each period of study.

In year three all modules are Field Specific but there are opportunities for shared learning with the other fields of nursing and you will again complete two placement experiences.

You'll experience a mixture of teaching, self-directed study and practice-based clinical placements, spending half of your time each year on placement.

Upon successful completion you'll graduate with a BSc (Hons) Nursing degree worth 360 credits and be eligible to apply for Registered Nurse status with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Additional support

If you're dyslexic, or have a specific learning difference or disability, we have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you. 

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We offer extra technical and learning support.

Teaching breakdown

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21 Time in lectures, seminars and similar MidnightBlue
38 Time in independent study RoyalBlue
41 Time on placement LightSkyBlue

Assessment breakdown

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Student stories

Second year students Sarah and Gemma talk about the facilities available on BSc (Hons) Nursing - Adult at Birmingham City University. 

Student Araminta talks about her experiences on BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing at Birmingham City University.

This course is accredited by the following organisation:

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
The Nursing and Midwifery Council

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) works with partner organisations to set and maintain high standards of nursing and midwifery education across the UK.

This course has been approved and monitored by the NMC to make sure that the education and training on offer meets their standards.

To work as a nurse or midwife, you must pass an NMC approved course at a higher education institution (HEI) in pre-registration nursing and midwifery, leading to registration with the NMC.

Reviews

These independent reviews show what our students really think:

"Supporting you through your nursing training, has facilities that are very up to date and enhance your practice before going out onto placement. Making sure students who have moved away from home can get to campus quickly."
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Erasmus scheme

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

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Further study

Nursing provides the opportunity for lifelong learning and our BSc (Hons) Nursing award forms the basis for progression on to further study.

So many opportunities exist for post-registration and postgraduate study. As a graduate, you may progress to a Masters degree, eg Masters in Advanced Nursing Practice, PhD.

A comprehensive portfolio of post-registration courses called Continuing Professional Development is available. These courses allow for academic and/or clinical development.

Many of the courses are taught as part-time flexible modules to fit around your work and domestic commitments.

Trips and visits

You'll have the opportunity to take part in overseas trips and visits. For example, nursing students travelled to Pittsburgh University as part of an exchange programme, opening up opportunities to share academic, clinical and cultural experiences.

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Student stories Deborah Cooper

Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in healthcare, Deborah’s degree in Biology and her work as a Community Carer and Healthcare Assistant inspired Deborah to join the University to train as a Nurse. As a current nursing student, Deborah has already achieved above and beyond her expectations, being named Cavell Nurses’ Trust’s Outstanding Student Nurse of the Year 2015. Cavell Nurses' Trust provides financial grants, advice and support to UK nurses. Its scholarship scheme recognises exceptional student nurses and midwives from across the UK.

Employment opportunities

Once qualified and registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council you can practice in the UK and many countries overseas. As a qualified nurse you could find yourself working within the NHS, the private sector, in the community, at GP surgeries, at schools, plus many more - the options are endless.

Placements

Placements take place across a range of settings. You may experience care in acute, critical care, long-term care and community settings which are related to your Field. During your second year there will also be the opportunity to undertake a placement learning experience elsewhere in the UK or abroad (subject to selection criteria).

A placement is your chance to be a part of the working world of health and social care as it really is: your first taste of your career. For most of our courses, it's a compulsory part of your training; it's that important.

Placements help you with your confidence, by putting theory from the classroom into practice. We make sure you get a quality experience and that you are fully supported by a workplace mentor on hand throughout your placement.

More about our placement opportunities...

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OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

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BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Other student opportunities

To enhance your CV, we offer extra-curricular student opportunities, such as a major incident simulation, that you can get involved in.

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Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses some of the best learning facilities in the UK.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Virtual Case Creator

For pre-registration midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.

Hospital Ward

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.

The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.

Skills Practice and Care Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Care Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Biomedical Laboratories

We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs use the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD and CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Our staff

A large number of staff are engaged in clinical-focused research, with many pursuing doctorates and recognised for their expertise in areas such as chronic disease and Multiple Sclerosis. All are Adult Nurses themselves, holding fully up-to-date accreditation and engaging in clinical work, maintaining close links with our partner NHS Trusts and the state of the nursing art.

Staff are also regular contributors to leading professional journals such as The BMJ, as well as publishing and speaking in local and national media.

Robert Mapp

Senior Lecturer

Rob is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery. His current role is as deputy programme director for the BSc (Hons) Nursing course (Adult), and he also currently teaches and leads on a two-year module.

His interests include A&E nursing, acute adult nursing, and trauma and orthopaedics. He has worked in the faculty as a senior lecturer for the past four years and previous to that he was working at Birmingham City University on secondment through CETL.

He has recently completed my MEd in Higher Education and have interest in curriculum design and student engagement.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295