Adult Nursing

BSc single honours Nursing: Adult Nursing 2017/18

Year of entry

Adult Nurses provide holistic care for anyone over 16 years old. The interprofessional ethos developed within our course is designed to support your development into an effective practitioner, able to operate as a newly qualified registered practitioner in increasingly diverse settings (community, acute hospitals, care homes, cruise ships, military settings, local authorities).

Your placements will be organised to provide you with contemporary practice experience, with new opportunities being developed constantly in response to the dynamic nature of services. By doing this, it ensures our course develops your capacity to support individuals during periods of ill health and also to promote health through screening and wellbeing initiatives. This combination of knowledge and practical experience within a variety of healthcare settings will enable you to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) once you have successfully completed your studies.

On completion of the course you will have access to a variety of career options within health care which will include acute hospital and community care, long term conditions management, research, education and public health. You will also be able to continue your studies by undertaking postgraduate studies up to the level of PhD within our Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.

This course is designed to enable you to apply for registration as an Adult Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council on successful completion of the course.

To ensure you experience the most current and relevant health and social care education, we are excited to be offering a newly designed programme of interprofessional education from September 2017, designed to reflect the rapidly evolving dimensions of the health and social care sector and the needs of the individual. The interprofessional education design is based on years of experience that we have in collaborative learning.

Within the new design our aim is to give students the opportunity to embrace and capture their interprofessional placement experiences and use of interprofessional interactions through simulation activities, such as role play, use of discussion boards and online simulated activities. These, and other activities will support their learning, teaching and assessment. Our Health and Social Care courses are subject to the approval of a relevant statutory regulatory body. This allows you to apply for registration upon successful completion of the course.

The course will equip you with knowledge and skills required to become a registered adult nurse. You will learn how to care for patients and their families in a holistic manner.

The complexity of caring for people with short and long term illness and injury, as well as health promotion will be explored allowing you to build upon knowledge, year on year. Through the examination of theory and evidence for practice you will develop your understanding of contemporary issues within nursing.

Professional and personal development will be a theme throughout the course, allowing you to improve skills of leadership to support you with finding your first job as a Registered Nurse.

Work experience

Clinical placements are an integral part of the course.

Year 1

Year 1 modules will lay the foundations that underpin nursing practice and provide you with knowledge and clinical skills needed to practice safely. Concepts of interprofessional working will be introduced as well as an appreciation of evidence based practice.

Year 2

Year 2 modules will build upon knowledge and skills obtained in year one whilst looking at more complex illness and needs.

Year 3

Year 3 modules will further develop your understanding of the complexity of nursing patients whilst also looking towards developing your future career.

A wide range of career opportunities are available to registered nurses, for example clinical practice, management, education, research, travel or the armed forces.

Additionally, on successful completion of the course there are opportunities within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing to progress onto postgraduate study, including MSc or PhD studies.


The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

From 1 August 2017, new students in England on nursing, midwifery and most allied health professional (AHP) pre-registration courses will have access to the standard student support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs, rather than getting an NHS grant. Visit our page on Health Education Funding in 2017/18 or find out more at

Full-time  £9,250*  TBC
Part-time  N/A  N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

*Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2017/18 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,165 in Year 0.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

You will be entitled to claim travel and accommodation expenses incurred over and above daily travel costs to university. The costs must be related to essential practice placements.

CCCU Advantage

Our aim is to ensure that there are no hidden initial costs when commencing your Health and Wellbeing course. Any additional costs to pre-registration health and social care students should be kept to a minimum, therefore, we will be providing all our students commencing courses affected by the NHS bursary changes from September 2017 with extra funding support as part of your course fees.

The CCCU Advantage Package includes:

  • Uniforms
  • Disclosure & Barring Service check
  • Occupational Health costs, including immunisation

Visit The Funding Clinic for further information on the Government funding changes.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Composition of the course

Learning takes place in a variety of settings within the University and clinical practice areas. 50% of time is spent on theory related to practice and 50% of time is spent in practice relating relevant theory. You will spend blocks of time either in the clinical practice area or University. Holidays are set for the three years, so you know when you are able to take a break and holidays cannot be taken outside of these set periods.

During placement you may be required to attend at shift times, as is often the case once in employment. This ensures that you experience the full range of activity in your individual placement. Shift work could include evenings, weekends, bank holidays and night duty.

As a full-time student you are expected to participate in extra sessions, particularly for library and study support workshops, tutorials and to engage with self-directed study during the time you are not in lectures.

Whilst in practice placements you will be supported, guided and inspired by practice mentors who have a range of experiences and skills to nurture your learning.

Academic input

The academic teaching team comprises experienced practitioners registered with the relevant statutory regulatory body as well as qualified lecturers in higher education. They are responsible for facilitating the development of your knowledge and skills in relation to the professional aspects of the course.

The course is offered by the School of Nursing which is committed to the delivery of evidence-based practice and staff use their subject expertise in the content and delivery of learning and teaching. Members of the school are actively engaged in scholarship and knowledge exchange, through conference presentations, workshops, and publications, for example, which informs their teaching. Staff publications are available via Create - the University’s open access, repository.

In addition, a number of school members are actively engaged in clinical research. The teaching team also have a wide range of expertise in innovative learning and teaching techniques such as online and blended learning.

Where students have produced work of exceptional quality they are encouraged to publish their work, with the help and support of their personal tutors.

"You truly have been an inspiring lecturer but most importantly you have been a supportive, kind and approachable personal tutor. The past three years have had both ups and downs but you have always supported us through each and every stage. I am proud to say you were my personal tutor. I am looking forward to seeing you at graduation.”

Amie Barret 3rd year student to her personal tutor, Karen Daniels

Surprising terms

To progress from one year to the next all theory and practice assessments must be passed.

During placement you may be required to attend at shift times, as is often the case once in employment. This ensures that you experience the full range of activity in your individual placement. Shift work could include weekends, bank holidays and night duty.

Owing to the varied nature of placements, there may be a need for you to travel to and from placements within Kent and/or Medway and, in some cases, outside of the county.

Students in placement must conform to NHS rules of appearance and conduct as set out by the placement provider/organisation.

Assessment will be based on written reflective assignments, examinations, practical examinations including OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations), assessment in practice and presentations.

GCSE English Language and Mathematics, at grade C or above, or equivalent.

When we select applicants for interview we take a number of factors into account and one of the main ones is that you are able to demonstrate a commitment to and understanding of nursing.

You should set aside time to complete the application form as the decision as to whether you are called for interview is based on the form. The personal statement is very important and you must say why you want to become a nurse and demonstrate your commitment to and understanding of the profession.

You need to include full details of any relevant care work carried out, such as the nature of the work you have completed and the interaction you have undertaken with the patients. Also describe any observational shadowing work you have done with reference to the qualified nurses who are employed at the home or hospital. Relevant experience can also be obtained through volunteer placements, such as those offered by Volunteering Matters. Visit for information.

We take into account what your referee says about you, and it is important that you give us the names and addresses of relevant referees in a professional setting, for example you should not use friends or relatives. We also look at your academic background.

Interview process: Applicants offered an interview will have an introductory talk, an individual interview and five mini interviews/scenarios by which they are assessed. 

There is a set of criteria by which all applicants are judged, in general we are looking for applicants who can:

  • Demonstrate values commensurate with the profession
  • Communicate clearly in spoken and written standard English
  • Convey enthusiasm about their chosen profession and react appropriately to the group discussion
  • Explain why they want to become a nurse and be able to explain and give evidence that they understand the role of the nurse
  • Show that they have an appropriate educational background

Find out more about the interview process and take a look at a test paper

Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview, and are subject to a satisfactory reference, health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

This Adult Nursing degree is subject to a conjoint approval between the University and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Upon approval, it is further subject to monitoring processes by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

To be eligible to apply for registration with the relevant statutory regulatory body you must demonstrate good health and good character throughout your studies and on completion. Applications for professional registration will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and Occupational Health clearance.

On completion of the course and in preparation for registration, the Programme Director must be satisfied that you meet the relevant statutory regulatory body fitness to practise criteria. You will be required to sign an annual declaration of ongoing fitness to practise at regular intervals during the course. The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing has a Fitness to Practise policy and procedures which may be instigated should you demonstrate behaviour or conduct that falls short of that expected by the University and/or statutory regulatory body.

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Nurses are regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and nursing students are expected to comply with ‘The Code’ – a regulatory guide which relates to professional standards. A copy of this is available at

The Simulation Suites offer you the chance to practice nursing skills in a safe environment, which replicates some areas of the clinical placements you may experience.

Sessions in the Simulation Suites include real time practice experiences using electronic mannequins and actors, allowing you to participate in experiential learning, which enable clear links between theory and the practical application to be made by students.

The School of Nursing has close working relationships with placement providers and many of our graduates find work in our local health services.

We work with the NHS, including the Acute and Community sectors. We also work with private and voluntary health and social care organisations.


Full-time study

Apply via UCAS

Need some help?

For advice on completing your application please contact the Admissions Enquiry Team:

Tel:+44 (0)1227 782900

Fact file

UCAS code

  • B740

Institutional code

  • C10


  • 3 years full-time


  • September 2017 (Canterbury and Medway)

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics, at grade C or above, or equivalent.

    A typical offer would be BCC at A2 Level, or equivalent

    More entry requirement details.



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