A nurse and patient smiling at each other. BN (Hons) Nursing (Adult).
UCAS Code
B740
Mode of Study
Full-time, Part-time
Duration
3 years Full-time, 4.5 years Part-time
Start Date
September 2022

Overview

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.

Course highlights

  • 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) and endorsed by Skills for Care
  • Be eligible to register with the NMC as an adult nurse on graduation

NHS Learning Support Fund

At least £5,000 a year

Students on this course may be eligible for additional funding through the NHS Learning Support Fund bursary of at least £5,000 a year.

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

90% Graduates in work or further study (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey conducted in 2019)

Nursing & Midwifery Council logo

Accreditations and endorsements

This course has been approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), meaning the course meets the standards of education, training, conduct and performance required for nurses in the UK.

For pre-registration nursing, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (2018, Part 1: Standards Framework for nursing and midwifery education, 5.12, page 12) state that there is no compensation between theory and practice learning.

This course will prepare graduates to be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). It's your responsibility to seek registration with the NMC, on completion of your course. This registration must be sought within 5 years of successful completion of your course.

This course is also accredited by the Association of Simulated Practice in Healthcare and endorsed by Skills for Care.

The University of Portsmouth is the first institution in the country to receive the Association of Simulated Practice in Healthcare accreditation.

The Skills for Care endorsement is an indicator of quality for learning and development in the adult social care sector.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements

Typical offers
  • A levels – BBB
  • UCAS points – 120 points, with 32 points from an A level in a Science or Social Science subject, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM
  • International Baccalaureate – 26
Selection process
  • 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.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

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

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Values and the NHS Constitution

We embed the principles and values of the NHS Constitution in all our health and social care courses. When you apply for this course, we’ll expect you to demonstrate how your values align with the values of the Constitution.

Find out more about the values we look for

Your facilities

Before you go on placement in a real hospital, you'll practise clinical skills and nursing scenarios in our realistic Simulation Centre.

These include:

  • ECGs
  • resuscitation
  • venepuncture
  • A to E assessment
  • Communication and relationship management skills

Adult Nursing at Portsmouth is amazing! The Simulation Centre simulates different health conditions, allowing us to assess patient manikins safely and explore clinical emergencies in a way that can't be done in the real world.

Darren Newman, BN (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

Careers and opportunities

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.

Part 1 registration

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).

What can you do with an adult nursing degree?

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

What jobs can you do with an adult nursing degree?

Job roles you could go on to include:

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

The NHS is as great as it is because of the people that are in it. Every day is exciting, and the rewards are priceless. Since the lockdown, I feel so lucky that I get to spend time with patients – that’s an amazing feeling.

Charles Tick, BN (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

Potential salary

As an NHS nurse in 2021, you could expect a starting salary of £25,655 moving up to £31,534 (Band 5).

With more experience as a senior nurse, you could earn from £32,306 to £39,027 (Band 6) and with a role in management or consultancy, you could make up to £90,387 (Band 8d) as a chief nurse.

Ongoing careers support

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 during your course to boost your career prospects further. We help you identify placements, internships, and voluntary roles that will complement your studies.

What you'll study

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.

Modules

Year 1

Full-time core modules

What you'll do

You'll produce a portfolio that includes a Practice Assessment Document and other evidence, including assessor and service user feedback, attainment of proficiencies and a written account of care you have provided. Before your placement you need to complete the requirements for the 'Passport to Practice'.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Meet the requirements of the 'Passport to Practice' as a pre-condition for attending placement
  • Actively participate in personalised care in clinical placements, meeting the required hours for part one
  • Demonstrate the attitudes and values expected at threshold level, at the end of part one
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to confirm proficiency, as expected at the end of part one
  • Reflect on a described episode of care, including assessment, delivery and evaluation of care
  • Articulate your learning and development needs for progression in an action plan
Teaching activities

On this module you'll take part in placements and attend lectures, practical classes and workshops. 

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 353 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 60-minute practical skills assessment (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)
  • a 3,000-word coursework portfolio (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)
  • a 1,000-word coursework exercise (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll develop an academic awareness and an understanding of different perspectives on subjects, topics and ideas. You'll develop and apply your skills to get an overview of public health, health inequalities, and health and social care provision.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify your learning needs and develop a personal development plan for your academic skills development
  • Outline the concept of evidence based practice and the different forms that evidence can take
  • Identify, retrieve and summarise evidence relevant to a specific aspect of practice, using appropriate resources
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of those involved in delivering health and social care in the UK and the systems they work in
  • Describe the health of the UK population and offer explanations for health inequalities
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend tutorials, lectures, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 160 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 20-minute oral assessment and presentation (30% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word coursework portfolio (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll learn to keep service users and their families at the centre of care and care planning.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Describe how to promote a person-centred approach to nursing and care delivery
  • Identify the legal, professional, ethical and patient safety issues related to the scope and boundaries of practice as a student nurse
  • Take responsibility for professional attitudes and behaviour towards others, including communication, maintenance of confidentiality and informed consent
  • Explain key benefits and challenges of a person-centred approach to nursing and care
  • Demonstrate self awareness by reflecting on your personal core values, key skills, attitudes and assumptions
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 167 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word coursework exercise (40% of final mark)
  • a 1,000-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

In this module, you’ll specifically develop your knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Obtain relevant clinical and health assessment information using best practice approaches
  • Describe the structure and function of cells, tissues, organs, and gross anatomy and functional physiology of the human body
  • Develop your knowledge and skills in performing essential healthcare
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 321 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1-hour practical skills assessment (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)
  • a 4,000-word portfolio project (100% of final mark)

Part-time core modules

What you'll do

You'll develop an academic awareness and an understanding of different perspectives on subjects, topics and ideas. You'll develop and apply your skills to get an overview of public health, health inequalities, and health and social care provision.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify your learning needs and develop a personal development plan for your academic skills development
  • Outline the concept of evidence based practice and the different forms that evidence can take
  • Identify, retrieve and summarise evidence relevant to a specific aspect of practice, using appropriate resources
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of those involved in delivering health and social care in the UK and the systems they work in
  • Describe the health of the UK population and offer explanations for health inequalities
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend tutorials, lectures, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 160 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 20-minute oral assessment and presentation (30% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word coursework portfolio (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll learn to keep service users and their families at the centre of care and care planning.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Describe how to promote a person-centred approach to nursing and care delivery
  • Identify the legal, professional, ethical and patient safety issues related to the scope and boundaries of practice as a student nurse
  • Take responsibility for professional attitudes and behaviour towards others, including communication, maintenance of confidentiality and informed consent
  • Explain key benefits and challenges of a person-centred approach to nursing and care
  • Demonstrate self awareness by reflecting on your personal core values, key skills, attitudes and assumptions
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 167 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word coursework exercise (40% of final mark)
  • a 1,000-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

In this module, you’ll specifically develop your knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Obtain relevant clinical and health assessment information using best practice approaches
  • Describe the structure and function of cells, tissues, organs, and gross anatomy and functional physiology of the human body
  • Develop your knowledge and skills in performing essential healthcare
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 321 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1-hour practical skills assessment (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)
  • a 4,000-word portfolio project (100% of final mark)

Year 2

Full-time core modules

What you'll do

You'll develop the nursing knowledge, care and assessment skills necessary to deliver safe, competent person-centred nursing care related to the acute deterioration of physical, psychological and/or mental health, resulting in the need for appropriate interventions and enhanced care.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Undertake a prioritised clinical assessment of an acutely ill adult and identify appropriate initial interventions in the event of deterioration
  • Recognise and respond appropriately to signs of deterioration in health
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the pathophysiology underlying common acute causes of deterioration
  • Explain the nursing management and holistic care of acutely unwell adult patients across care settings
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend :

  • 29 hours of lectures
  • 16 hours of practical classes and workshops.
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 157 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 60-minute practical skills assessment (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)
  • a 90-minute exam (100% of final mark)

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Maintain the requirements of the 'Passport to Practice' as a pre-condition for attending placement
  • Actively participate in personalised care in clinical placements, meeting the required hours for year two
  • Demonstrate the attitudes and values expected at threshold level, at the end of year two
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills, including medicines management, required to confirm proficiency, as expected at the end of year two
  • Reflect on two described episodes of person-centred care, including assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care
  • Maximise your opportunity to extend your own learning and development needs for progression in an action plan
Teaching activities

On this module you'll take part in a placement and attend seminars, lectures, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 368 hours studying independently. This is around 11 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word coursework portfolio (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)
  • a 60-minute practical skills assessment (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)
  • a 1,500-word coursework portfolio (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

In this module, you’ll develop a critical knowledge of resource management for health and social care.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss and evaluate factors that contribute to safe and effective personalised care
  • Analyse the impact of individuals, teams, employers and professional, statutory and regulatory bodies in delivery of safe and effective care and service improvement
  • Work as part of an interprofessional team to deliver person-centred care in the simulated environment
  • Demonstrate your contribution and responsibilities in delivering safe and effective person-centred care as a member of an interprofessional team in the simulated environment
  • Discuss your own contribution to person-centred care
  • Evaluate the challenges in improving person-centred, integrated services
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 172 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word coursework report (70% of final mark)
  • a 1-hour practical exercise (30% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll develop a critical knowledge and awareness of evidence in the context of your respective discipline.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of published evidence that might inform practice
  • Understand the stages involved in the design and planning of a project in health or social care, including consideration of ethical concerns, selecting and justifying an appropriate approach and process
  • Discuss the context, barriers and enablers for evidence informed decision-making
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend seminars, tutorials, lectures, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 163 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)
  • a 750-word coursework report (40% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll look at complex care management, including the care of service users with more than one long-term condition, those who receive integrated care services, and those undergoing end of life and palliative care. You'll learn about the Care Act (2014) and its implications for nursing, including the Duty of Candour; and ‘Making Every Contact Count’ which explores the wider social determinants that influence health.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss the underlying causes, pathophysiology and management of common long term conditions
  • Evaluate the nurse's role in promoting and facilitating self care and empowerment
  • Examine the impact that ‘Making Every Contact Counts’ and making healthy choices can have on people with long term conditions
  • Analyse the issues relating to end of life and palliative care
  • Discuss the legal and ethical framework for safe prescription, and demonstrate safe drug calculations
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, practical classes and workshops. 

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 161 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 90-minute written exam (70% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word written assignment including essay (30% of final mark)

Part-time core modules

What you'll do

You’ll develop a critical knowledge and awareness of evidence in the context of your respective discipline.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of published evidence that might inform practice
  • Understand the stages involved in the design and planning of a project in health or social care, including consideration of ethical concerns, selecting and justifying an appropriate approach and process
  • Discuss the context, barriers and enablers for evidence informed decision-making
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend seminars, tutorials, lectures, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 163 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)
  • a 750-word coursework report (40% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll produce a portfolio that includes a Practice Assessment Document and other evidence, including assessor and service user feedback, attainment of proficiencies and a written account of care you have provided. Before your placement you need to complete the requirements for the 'Passport to Practice'.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Meet the requirements of the 'Passport to Practice' as a pre-condition for attending placement
  • Actively participate in personalised care in clinical placements, meeting the required hours for part one
  • Demonstrate the attitudes and values expected at threshold level, at the end of part one
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to confirm proficiency, as expected at the end of part one
  • Reflect on a described episode of care, including assessment, delivery and evaluation of care
  • Articulate your learning and development needs for progression in an action plan
Teaching activities

On this module you'll take part in placements and attend lectures, practical classes and workshops. 

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 353 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 60-minute practical skills assessment (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)
  • a 3,000-word coursework portfolio (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)
  • a 1,000-word coursework exercise (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll look at complex care management, including the care of service users with more than one long-term condition, those who receive integrated care services, and those undergoing end of life and palliative care. You'll learn about the Care Act (2014) and its implications for nursing, including the Duty of Candour; and ‘Making Every Contact Count’ which explores the wider social determinants that influence health.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss the underlying causes, pathophysiology and management of common long term conditions
  • Evaluate the nurse's role in promoting and facilitating self care and empowerment
  • Examine the impact that ‘Making Every Contact Counts’ and making healthy choices can have on people with long term conditions
  • Analyse the issues relating to end of life and palliative care
  • Discuss the legal and ethical framework for safe prescription, and demonstrate safe drug calculations
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, practical classes and workshops. 

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 161 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 90-minute written exam (70% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word written assignment including essay (30% of final mark)

Year 3

Full-time core modules

What you'll do
You'll look at a variety of contemporary settings such as safeguarding, dementia care, end-of-life care, public health, global health, child and adolescent mental health, and learning disabilities. You'll identify a specific topic and (potential) placement of up to two weeks.
What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically evaluate evidence for a focused aspect of nursing practice
  • Critically reflect on the impact of a variety of influences that inform nursing practice
  • Consider the central role of different public health approaches in addressing a key issue of health, illness and environment within the local community, nationally or globally
Teaching activities

On this module you'll take part in work-based learning, and attend lectures and seminars. 

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 172 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 3,000-word written assignment including essay (80% of final mark)
  • a 750-word coursework project (20% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll develop a critical understanding of the processes of clinical governance and continuous quality improvement through clinical leadership. You'll apply these principles through communication skills, reflection, clinical judgement and critical evaluation of evidence.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically discuss the application of legal, ethical and professional frameworks and values for practice in the management, leadership and organisation of personalised care for adult clients/service users
  • Identify and critically evaluate the characteristics of effective leadership and methods used to develop leaders in organisations
  • Critically explore the opportunities and challenges in interprofessional team and partnership working, evaluating innovative approaches to care.
  • Justify decisions in responding to legal or professional challenges ensuring accuracy, fairness, openness, ethics and professionalism 
  • Debate the importance of  commitment to equality of opportunity and diversity 
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 170 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 3,000-word coursework portfolio (60% of final mark)
  • a set coursework exercise (40% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll develop clinical competence and confidence prior to your registration placement, including in medicines administration and caseload management.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically evaluate your role in relation to statutory registration and accountable practice
  • Reflect and act on personal and professional achievements in practice placements and analyse future development needs in relation to Continued Professional Development (CPD) and revalidation
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities while managing an allocated caseload in the placement care setting
  • Demonstrate achievement of the practice outcomes defined for placement learning and for Entry to the register (NMC 2010)
  • Engage in the module placement requirements and meet programme hours for level 6
Teaching activities

On this module you'll take part in a placement and attend seminars, tutorials, lectures, practical classes and workshops. 

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 566 hours studying independently. This is around 17 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word coursework exercise (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)
  • a 2,500-word coursework portfolio (100% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word practical skills assessment (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)

What you'll do

You’ll explore and evaluate areas of best practice and develop and consolidate your skills and knowledge of appraising, evaluating and applying evidence-based practice to a particular patient/client group or workplace. You’ll systematically organise and make analytical and objective judgements on reviewed evidence in your field of practice.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Apply the principles of effective project design, management and dissemination, with emphasis on the development of a problem arising from practice and appropriate methodology to answer it
  • Systematically produce an academically rigorous document in an acceptable format
  • Produce a scientific poster presentation of your project to a professional standard
  • Critically evaluate the evidence of current practice by discussing on data in relation to current literature and practice
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend seminars, lectures and project supervision meetings. 

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 174 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 3,500-word coursework project (80% of final mark)
  • a 500-word coursework project (20% of final mark)

Part-time core modules

What you'll do

You'll develop the nursing knowledge, care and assessment skills necessary to deliver safe, competent person-centred nursing care related to the acute deterioration of physical, psychological and/or mental health, resulting in the need for appropriate interventions and enhanced care.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Undertake a prioritised clinical assessment of an acutely ill adult and identify appropriate initial interventions in the event of deterioration
  • Recognise and respond appropriately to signs of deterioration in health
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the pathophysiology underlying common acute causes of deterioration
  • Explain the nursing management and holistic care of acutely unwell adult patients across care settings
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend :

  • 29 hours of lectures
  • 16 hours of practical classes and workshops.
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 157 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 60-minute practical skills assessment (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)
  • a 90-minute exam (100% of final mark)

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Maintain the requirements of the 'Passport to Practice' as a pre-condition for attending placement
  • Actively participate in personalised care in clinical placements, meeting the required hours for year two
  • Demonstrate the attitudes and values expected at threshold level, at the end of year two
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills, including medicines management, required to confirm proficiency, as expected at the end of year two
  • Reflect on two described episodes of person-centred care, including assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care
  • Maximise your opportunity to extend your own learning and development needs for progression in an action plan
Teaching activities

On this module you'll take part in a placement and attend seminars, lectures, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 368 hours studying independently. This is around 11 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word coursework portfolio (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)
  • a 60-minute practical skills assessment (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)
  • a 1,500-word coursework portfolio (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

In this module, you’ll develop a critical knowledge of resource management for health and social care.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss and evaluate factors that contribute to safe and effective personalised care
  • Analyse the impact of individuals, teams, employers and professional, statutory and regulatory bodies in delivery of safe and effective care and service improvement
  • Work as part of an interprofessional team to deliver person-centred care in the simulated environment
  • Demonstrate your contribution and responsibilities in delivering safe and effective person-centred care as a member of an interprofessional team in the simulated environment
  • Discuss your own contribution to person-centred care
  • Evaluate the challenges in improving person-centred, integrated services
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 172 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word coursework report (70% of final mark)
  • a 1-hour practical exercise (30% of final mark)

Year 4 (part-time only)

Part-time core modules

What you'll do

You'll develop clinical competence and confidence prior to registration, including in administration of medicine and caseload management. This module contributes to meeting NMC Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses (2018).

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Maintain the requirements for the 'Passport to Practice' as a pre-condition for attending placement
  • Demonstrate the attitudes and values expected of a registered nurse at threshold level, at the end of year 3
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills, including medicine management, required to confirm proficiency as a registered nurse, as expected at the end of year 3
  • Reflect on two described episodes of person-centred care, including planning, supervision of juniors and shared decision-making.
  • Articulate your own learning and development needs for future development, including revalidation
Teaching activities
  • 10 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 4 hours of tutorials 
  • 680 hours of placement
  • 6 hours of seminars
  • 14 hours of lectures
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 566 hours studying independently. This is around 17 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through: 

  • a 60-minute practical skills assessment (pass/fail)
  • a 2,000-word portfolio (pass/fail)
  • a 1,500-word coursework set exercise (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll develop a critical understanding of the processes of clinical governance and continuous quality improvement through clinical leadership. You'll apply these principles through communication skills, reflection, clinical judgement and critical evaluation of evidence.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically discuss the application of legal, ethical and professional frameworks and values for practice in the management, leadership and organisation of personalised care for adult clients/service users
  • Identify and critically evaluate the characteristics of effective leadership and methods used to develop leaders in organisations
  • Critically explore the opportunities and challenges in interprofessional team and partnership working, evaluating innovative approaches to care.
  • Justify decisions in responding to legal or professional challenges ensuring accuracy, fairness, openness, ethics and professionalism 
  • Debate the importance of  commitment to equality of opportunity and diversity 
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 170 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 3,000-word coursework portfolio (60% of final mark)
  • a set coursework exercise (40% of final mark)

Year 5 (part-time only)

Part-time core modules

What you'll do
You'll look at a variety of contemporary settings such as safeguarding, dementia care, end-of-life care, public health, global health, child and adolescent mental health, and learning disabilities. You'll identify a specific topic and (potential) placement of up to two weeks.
What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically evaluate evidence for a focused aspect of nursing practice
  • Critically reflect on the impact of a variety of influences that inform nursing practice
  • Consider the central role of different public health approaches in addressing a key issue of health, illness and environment within the local community, nationally or globally
Teaching activities

On this module you'll take part in work-based learning, and attend lectures and seminars. 

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 172 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 3,000-word written assignment including essay (80% of final mark)
  • a 750-word coursework project (20% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll explore and evaluate areas of best practice and develop and consolidate your skills and knowledge of appraising, evaluating and applying evidence-based practice to a particular patient/client group or workplace. You’ll systematically organise and make analytical and objective judgements on reviewed evidence in your field of practice.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Apply the principles of effective project design, management and dissemination, with emphasis on the development of a problem arising from practice and appropriate methodology to answer it
  • Systematically produce an academically rigorous document in an acceptable format
  • Produce a scientific poster presentation of your project to a professional standard
  • Critically evaluate the evidence of current practice by discussing on data in relation to current literature and practice
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend seminars, lectures and project supervision meetings. 

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 174 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 3,500-word coursework project (80% of final mark)
  • a 500-word coursework project (20% of final mark)

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.

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

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.

For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.

The health needs of the population are changing at an unprecedented rate. Our programme has been co-designed with local trusts, so that our graduates will be confident and empowered to make a valuable contribution to the workforce of the future.

Dr Isobel Ryder, Associate Head (Programmes), School of Health and Care Professions

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

We're planning for most of your learning to be supported by timetabled face-to-face teaching with some elements of online provision. Please be aware, the balance between face-to-face teaching and online provision may change depending on Government restrictions. You'll also do lots of independent study with support from staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle. Find out more about how our teaching has transformed to best support your learning.

A typical week

You will be taking part in scheduled study blocks for up to 20 hours a week for both full time and part time versions of this course. You’ll also be in placement activities for roughly 37.5 hours a week (full time) and an average of 24 hours a week (part time). The rest of the time you’ll be involved in timetabled activities such as tutorials, lectures and workshops alongside independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching by your third year.

Term dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

See term dates

The support from academic staff is brilliant. I've thoroughly enjoyed my training and feel I'm a better nurse because of it.

Darren Newman, BN (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

Supporting your learning

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK) for one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to:

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from the faculty librarian for science.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (September 2022 start)

Full time

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

Part time

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £4,110 per year in years 1, 2, 3 and 4 then £2,060 in year 5 (may be subject to annual increase)

This course isn't currently open to International and EU students.

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional funding – at least £5,000 a year

Students on this course may be eligible for additional funding through the NHS Learning Support Fund of at least £5,000 a year. The bursary is non-repayable and is in addition to any other support you are eligible for, including Government student loans.

For more information, including eligibility criteria, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Your uniform is included as part of your course fee, but you’ll need to pay £20–£50 for extra or replacement uniforms. You won’t need to pay for a replacement due to fair wear and tear. You’ll also need to supply your own suitable footwear for placements.

You’ll need to purchase clinical items over the course of your study. You should budget around £50 for this.

You’ll need to pay the travel costs associated with your placement, though the NHS may meet some of these costs.

You may have an opportunity to undertake a placement. There are several options for this placement, and you may choose to go abroad. If you want to go abroad or travel within the UK, you need to budget between £1000–£5000. You'll need to cover all your expenses for this placement.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – B740/Non-UCAS
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

Apply for this part-time course using our online application form. Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities and tour the campus.

EU and international students

Sorry, this course isn't currently open to international or EU students.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

Common questions about this subject

Can't find the answer to your questions about this course or anything else about undergraduate life? Contact us

Common adult nursing questions

Adult nursing involves working with adults of all ages.

The role of a nurse includes promotion of health and prevention of illness. As an adult nurse, you'll care for adults who are sick or injured, disabled, or at the end of their life.

Adult nursing also includes being an advocate for people and their families when they can't speak up for themselves.

Adult nursing contributes to generating research and shaping health policy.

As well as meeting the course entry requirements, good communication and teamwork skills are useful.

Awareness of the 6Cs of nursing (care, compassion, competence, communication, courage, commitment) is also important.

You'll have the opportunity to get work experience during your degree, but it's helpful to get some work experience before you start the course.

Speaking to someone who works in health and social care is also useful for an insight into the role of a nurse.

For pre-registration nursing, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, (2018, Part 3: Standards for pre-registration nursing programmes, page 8), indicate that recognition of prior learning that is capable of being mapped to the Standards of Proficiency for registered nurses and programme outcomes, is permitted, up to a maximum of 50% of the programme.

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