Nursing

Programme structure
Year 1
You will study a range of subjects including nursing, health studies, social sciences, biological sciences, and moral philosophy and ethics. The focus of your study in first year is the healthy individual and care of the older adult. You will begin to learn essential nursing skills and will have the opportunity to care for adults in the hospital and community setting.

Year 2
You will study adult nursing and continue your study of life sciences, social sciences and ethics. Life science subjects include anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and microbiology.

Your core nursing course will include the study of pharmacology, nutrition, social policy and an introduction to nursing research.

You will also undertake four practice learning placements, two in a hospital setting (adult medical and surgical nursing) and two in the community setting (district nursing, health visiting and public health nursing).

Year 3
In year 3 you will study:

Adult nursing, particularly related to human disease and pathology
A course in human disease and pathology which is taught by internationally renowned clinicians
A research methods course that develops your awareness of research and the relevance of research for nursing practice
Advancing clinical skills that will help prepare you for opportunities in clinical practice.
You have two practice learning placements in the hospital setting, one of which is a high dependency or critical care unit.

Year 4
In the Senior Honours year you will undertake a period of study over two semesters which incorporates the final 12 weeks of clinical practice consolidation. You will have the opportunity to investigate an area of interest related to clinical practice through a written dissertation. You will take courses on nursing policy in context and management for healthcare, which will ensure that you have an understanding of health policy as it relates to nursing care, the factors affecting the delivery of healthcare and the key concepts of supporting future students in nursing.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme.


Entry requirements
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2018

A-levels

  • Standard academic entry requirements: ABB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: N/A.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Two A-level science subjects from Chemistry, Biology (or Human Biology), Physics and Mathematics. Applicants who do not possess Chemistry as one of their two required science subjects at A-level must have GCSE Chemistry at grade B or above. English GCSE at B or above. Experience of caring. Interview.

 Highers

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AABBB by the end of S6.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants must have achieved a minimum of ABB by the end of S5.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Two Higher science subjects from Chemistry, Biology (or Human Biology), Physics or Mathematics. Applicants who do not have Chemistry as one of their two required science subjects at Higher must have a minimum of National 5 Chemistry at grade B or above. National 5 English is also required at B or above. Experience of caring. Interview. We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants, from ABBBB at S5/S6, based upon completion of a pre-entry programme. For pre-entry programme eligibility and adjusted grade requirements.

 International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: N/A.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Chemistry or Biology at Higher Level 6. Applicants who do not possess Chemistry at HL should possess Chemistry at SL. Experience of caring. Interview.

 Interviews
Applicants may be invited for an interview. Interviews take place from January until March with offers normally being made by late March/early April. Applicants are strongly recommended to enhance their application by working in a relevant health or social care context before studying on this programme. Work may be paid or voluntary and should last a minimum of three days (over a period of time). Priority will be given to applicants with work or volunteering experience in healthcare contexts.