Nursing - Adult BSc (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years)

Chelmsford, Peterborough (Guild House), Cambridge

March 2017, September 2017

code: B740

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Adult nurses have a unique role within the healthcare setting. Making a positive change or improving the quality of people’s lives is at the heart of this role. This involves enabling people to improve, maintain or recover their health and to achieve the best quality of life whatever the circumstances. As part of this Nursing and Midwifery Council validated course you will gain experience in a range of clinical placements. Throughout the course you will develop the theoretical knowledge combined with practical skills needed to meet these challenges.

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All our nursing courses are approved by the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). On successful completion, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

A career in adult nursing will make a difference to many people’s lives, including your own and you will have the choice of a wide range of roles. You may choose to become a community professional, such as a practice nurse, or to work as a nursing specialist or consultant within a hospital. Or you could take your education further still, conduct research or go into healthcare management. To find out more, read our graduates' employability case studies.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Fundamentals Knowledge and Skills for Nursing
    This first theory / practice module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to deliver fundamental and safe care. You will reflect on patient safety, the NMC Code (2015) and NHS Constitution values. An introduction to human anatomy and physiology and to the prevention of ill-health and promotion of healthy behaviours will prepare you to recognise the nurse’s role in public health. Mental illness and recovery and common mental health problems and diagnoses will be studied and conditions such as dementia will be explored. You will also be introduced to leadership skills, study skills, communication and interpersonal skills. Finally, fundamental skills of hygiene, infection control, nutrition, fluid management and medicines management awareness will be provided in skills based sessions.
  • Professional Knowledge and Values for Nursing Practice
    Professional and NHS Constitution values will be explored from a range of perspectives. Person-centred care will be addressed through the exploration of patient autonomy and patients’ rights. The concepts of advocacy, raising concerns and candour will provide you with an understanding of the legal and ethical parameters that support the delivery of safe care. The module builds on knowledge of bioscience and clinical skills to further enhance delivery of safe fundamental care. Communication skills are also considered across a range of service user groups including those with sensory impairment, learning difficulties and dementia. Key themes include professional values, multi-cultural needs, recognising and raising concerns as well as safety in drug administration.
  • Medicines Calculations for Safe Practice 1
    A professional requirement of the course is that you become proficient in medicine calculations. Each year, you will undertake an online medicine calculations module which offers the opportunity for unlimited practice related to a variety of medicine calculations. When you take your exam in your first year, you will be required to get a pass rate of 80%.

Year two, core modules

  • Contemporary Challenges in Adult Health Care
    Preventing the development of long term conditions and life-threatening disease, promoting health and wellbeing and supporting adults with long term conditions to live well independently are key aspects of the nurse’s role. This module provides the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiology, pharmacology, clinical skills and ethical and legal issues to meet the challenges faced by those affected by long term and life limiting conditions. Sociological influences and pathophysiology of long term and life threatening conditions (e.g. cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer, alcohol related diseases, obesity, asthma, chronic obstructive airways disease, chronic pain, HIV, genomics) will all be addressed.
  • Recognising and Responding to the Acutely Ill Adult
    This module will provide you with the knowledge, skills and experience to recognise, communicate and respond competently when a patient’s clinical condition indicates that they are becoming acutely unwell. The module content is centred on an ABCDE approach. Alongside theory input you will participate in clinical scenarios around deteriorating patients (e.g. acute respiratory failure, hypovolemic shock, acute coronary syndrome, and sepsis). Computer-controlled mannequins and a simulation skills environments will be used to develop your skills in recognising and responding to patient deterioration.
  • Medicines Calculations for Safe Practice 2
    A professional requirement of the course is that you become proficient in medicine calculations. Each year, you will undertake an online medicine calculations module which offers the opportunity for unlimited practice related to a variety of medicine calculations. When you take your exam in your second year, you will be required to get a pass rate of 90%.

Year three, core modules

  • Leadership and Decision Making in Nursing
    This module will enable you to enhance your leadership, peer coaching and decision making skills. You will develop a varied and flexible repertoire of skills to be able to work effectively within multi-disciplinary teams, in the often challenging environments encountered in modern clinical practice. Development of key management skills of assertiveness, delegation and coaching will be provided as well as tools for resilience to withstand the stresses and pressures of practice. You will be equipped to make a successful transition to registered nurse and to generate positive change in delivering high quality patient care.
  • Promoting Quality in Health Care
    Understanding and applying concepts of quality assurance, clinical governance, standard setting and the role of audit in maintaining standards will be key drivers in this module. Risk assessment and management are equally as important in supporting patient safety and you will have the opportunity to consider how patient safety may be enhanced through an exploration of human factors and system design. All practice will take place in Adult Nursing settings to ensure that you develop and apply these skills to you own field of nursing. During the final practice placement, you will be expected to negotiate an area for service improvement to enhance the patient experience.
  • Medicines Calculations for Safe Practice 3
    A professional requirement of the course is that you become proficient in medicine calculations. Each year, you will undertake an online medicine calculations module which offers the opportunity for unlimited practice related to a variety of medicine calculations. When you take your exam in your final year, you will be required to get a pass rate of 100%.

Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change.


To make sure you’re developing the skills and knowledge needed for professional practice, we use a range of assessment methods. These include essays, presentations, written exams, observed structured clinical exams, case studies and project work. We know feedback is essential for your progress and our lectures take pride in giving you clear guidance on how to improve your expertise.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.

With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.

At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly, supportive and experienced staff.With over 150 research students across our three doctoral programmes (PhD; DProf and EdD), we provide the multi-disciplinary perspective and potential for academic debate that reflects our position as a leader in practitioner-focused and practice-led research studies.

Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.

You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, social services, local and regional authorities, schools and academic institutions.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Peterborough (Guild House)
Guild House

Guild House is our dedicated healthcare campus in the historic city of Peterborough.

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Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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We along with our partner institutions and NHS Trusts also embrace your spiritual needs and would actively encourage you to observe the essential practices associated with your particular faith. This includes, prayer, dress, and the carrying or wearing of spiritual symbols. The protection of patients and clients is paramount. For this reason a uniform will be provided, which adheres to all NHS Trust uniform policy in relation to health and safety, infection control and the NMC code. If you have concerns that these requirements may impact upon your personal spiritual beliefs then please speak to your admission tutor, who will advise you accordingly.

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year)


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Bursary still available for students starting in March 2017. For more information on changes to NHS funding in September 2017 and support available, please see our NHS students funding page.

Entry requirements

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From the above information we will calculate requirements for Scottish/Irish Highers, International, European and Welsh Baccalaureate equivalents so that they are all equitable. We will also accept tariff points from other qualifications on the UCAS tariff such as the Cambridge Pre-U (subject requirements will be assumed to be the same as for A Level).


All applications must go via UCAS. We only accept applications between September and 15 January for the following intake year. Late applications will only be considered if places are available.

International applicants

Due to restrictions in the availability of placements in the NHS (UK National Health Service) we can't accept nursing applications from international students unless you have, and can produce evidence of, 'Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK' and have lived in the UK for three years or more for reasons other than education prior to the course. Residents of the EEA (other than UK) may not have to pay course fees but will not usually be eligible for a bursary.


If your application is shortlisted you'll be invited to attend an interview at our University. This will comprise of a talk about the course, numeracy test, literacy test, a group interview and an individual interview. You'll also be expected to send scanned copies of your original educational certificates and ID documentation prior to interview and bring the originals to a pre-course day prior to starting the course.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

An enhanced level Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure is a check with police forces and local authorities in the UK to ascertain whether or not you are suitable to work with certain groups of vulnerable people. These checks are required to be carried out on all prospective students to ensure the safety of our client group.

Further information on DBS disclosure will be sent at a later date if you are successful and firmly accept your place at Anglia Ruskin University.

DBS re-checks: As a nursing student on the BSc Honours degree you will be required to undergo DBS screening each year.

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.

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