Adult nurses have a significant role in caring for people and their family within a wide range of settings. There is a great variety of careers available within adult nursing and skills learned are valued around the world.
Your Nursing degree course will provide you with opportunities to work with a range of professionals, groups and individuals. You will support people and their families during periods of ill health, promote health and wellbeing and care for those with enduring and/or life-limiting illness.
Today’s nurses are required to assess patients’ needs, care for them and support both the patients and their families, while playing a full and crucial role in the wider healthcare team. Our nursing course is designed to give you the skills and confidence necessary to fulfil that role in the healthcare teams of tomorrow.
Careers in nursing are dynamic as the healthcare sector responds to developments in health and emerging health priorities, rising expectations among users and carers and changing societal attitudes. Through the use of clinical scenarios and extensive skills training, we will prepare you for working in an ever-changing healthcare environment.
You will achieve your Adult Nursing degree within our 330-acre, multi-award winning campus in Stirling.
From 2017 entry onwards nurse education at the Highland Campus in Inverness and the Western Isles Campus in Stornoway is now conducted by the University of the Highlands and Islands.
The course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council
The overarching programme outcomes reflect the NMC Standards for Pre‐registrationNursing Education (NMC, 2010) and will aim to ensure our graduate nurses are able to:
At the Student Nursing Times Awards 2016, the University of Stirling was named Nurse Education Provider of the Year for pre-registration nursing. Final-year student Robert Murray also picked up the award for Student Nurse of the Year: Mental Health.
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SQA Higher: BBB
GCE A-level: CCC
IB Diploma: 28 points
Year one entry
Scottish HNC/D - Bs in graded units
English, Welsh and NI HNC/D - Merits and Distinctions
Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.
General entrance requirements apply
Mathematics Standard Grade (3), National 5 (C), Intermediate 2 (C), GCSE (C) or Level 4 or equivalent required. English Standard Grade (3), National 5 (C), Intermediate 2 (C), GCSE (C) or Level 4 or equivalent required.
If examinations are taken over two sittings, or there are repeats or upgrades, the entrance requirements may be higher.
If English is not your first language you must have evidence of your English language skills:
International (non-EU) students must have:
EU Students must have one of the following:
More information on our English language requirements.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.
Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are welcomed.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is facilitated within the Faculty and this may result in a shortened programme of study.
Other qualities and interests are carefully considered largely through your personal statement. Explaining why you’re choosing a course is essential and your knowledge of and interest in adult nursing should be evident. Voluntary or paid experience in a care setting is welcomed and the applicant is strongly advised to make links between the knowledge, values and skills gained in these experiences and the course being applied for. Other experience, which demonstrates your commitment and your ability to work in a team, is also valuable.
References are also required. Provide an academic reference if possible, but failing this, an employer’s reference. Friends as referees are not accepted. Should you be applying to transfer from another institution a third reference and a transcript from that institution would be required.
You must be committed to accessing practice learning experiences anywhere within the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport area in conjunction with your local Health Board, which may cover a wide geographical area. You should also be aware that holiday periods are pre-determined within the course.
As well as the entry requirements stated for the course, students applying to Nursing should be aware of the following:
There is a compulsory Applicant Day which is designed specifically for entrants to nursing. Guidelines will be provided in advance of the Applicant Day to include preparation for this event.
All applicants are subject to a Disclosure Scotland check. This will show all spent and unspent criminal convictions including (but not limited to) cautions, reprimands, final warnings, bind over orders or similar and to the extent relevant to this course may also show details of any minor offences, fixed penalty notices, penalty notices for disorder.
Previous criminal convictions need not exclude you, but all convictions must be declared and some occurrences may result in an unsuccessful application. A panel may be convened to determine the applicant’s fitness for accessing practice placements.
All applicants must be passed fit by Occupational Health. This will require a questionnaire and also a personal visit to the campus in addition to and on a separate occasion to the Applicant Day.
To protect your privacy, neither of these checks will normally be carried out until an offer has been made.
The selection process is part of a much wider Applicant Day which gives full information on the course and facilities specifically designed for nursing students. Read more about our location.
Please note: this process is subject to change.
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 14,105.00|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£6,750.00|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 14,460|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£9,250.00
You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.
Please note there is an additional charge for the conferral of your degree. This will be charged at the rate applicable when you complete your studies. View more information
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Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
|Learning to Learn for Nurses||SCQF Level 07, 10 credits|
|This introductory module aims to facilitate the transition to higher education ensuring students have a clear understanding of the requirements and expectations for undertaking an undergraduate nursing degree. Students will be encouraged to develop and refine skills and strategies required for effective and lifelong learning.|
|Perspectives of Health and Wellbeing||SCQF Level 07, 10 credits|
|This module aims to introduce students to the wider concepts of health and wellbeing from the perspectives of health, social and behavioural sciences. The questions ‘what makes a healthy individual, healthy family and healthy society?’ and ‘why are certain individuals, families and societies more or less healthy than others?’ will be explored.|
|Foundations in Nursing Practice 1||SCQF Level 07, 20 credits|
|This module introduces students to professional nursing practice and principles of nursing care across a variety of health and social care settings and within their relevant field of practice. Students will develop a foundational understanding of the professional, legal and ethical frameworks within which nurses practice.|
|Communities of Practice 1||SCQF Level 07, 20 credits|
|During this module, students will undertake seven weeks of learning within a Practice Learning Environment (PLE). Each student will be allocated a registered mentor (named mentor) who will support and supervise the student whilst undertaking their practice learning. The programme will ensure that a mentor is available to students for at least 40% of the time during periods of practice learning to support students in developing their professional skills in practice (NMC 2010).|
|Health Sciences for Nursing||SCQF Level 07, 20 credits|
|The emphasis within this module will be on the development of a breadth of knowledge related to the anatomical structure and physiological principles of the human body.|
|Foundations in Nursing Practice 2||SCQF Level 07, 20 credits|
|Students will continue to explore the nursing process as a model for safe, effective and compassionate nursing care. There will be a key focus on assessment as the initial phase in the care planning process.|
|Communities of Practice 2||SCQF Level 07, 20 credits|
|During this module, students will undertake nine weeks of learning within a Practice Learning Environment with the support of an allocated a registered mentor.
|Legal and Ethical Issues in Health and Social Care||SCQF Level 08, 20 credits|
|Legal and ethical concepts, frameworks, theories and principles will be explored in order to develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of how they impact on professional nursing practice.|
|Alterations in Health and Implications for Mental Health Nursing Care 1||SCQF Level 08, 20 credits|
|This module gives students the opportunity to further develop and apply their knowledge of health, social and behavioural sciences within the context of nursing care provision. Students will begin to explore the pathophysiology associated with a range of physical and mental health conditions and associated care requirements in line with best evidence.|
|Communities of Practice 3||SCQF Level 08, 20 credits|
|This module builds on Communities of Practice 2. During this module, students will undertake ten weeks of learning within a Practice Learning Environment with the support of an allocated a registered mentor.|
|Prioritising People: Promoting Health and Wellbeing||SCQF Level 08, 20 credits|
|This module builds on the earlier Perspectives of Health and Wellbeing module, focusing in greater depth on how the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities can be promoted and protected across the life span.|
|Alterations in Health and Implications for Nursing Care 2||SCQF Level 08, 20 credits|
|Students will continue to explore the pathophysiology associated with a range of common physical and mental health conditions and associated care requirements in line with best evidence.|
|Communities of Practice 4||SCQF Level 08, 20 credits|
|This module builds on Communities of Practice 3. During this module, students will undertake ten weeks of learning within a Practice Learning Environment with the support of an allocated a registered mentor.|
|Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care||SCQF Level 09, 20 credits|
|This module has been developed in response to this demand for nurses to develop strong leadership in order to work within a dynamic and changing health and social care environment.|
|Managing Complexity in Nursing Practice 1||SCQF Level 09, 20 credits|
|This module will aim to bring together the knowledge and skills students acquired in years one and two of the programme and focus on the delivery of compassionate person-centred care in more complex and demanding situations.|
|Communities of Practice 5||SCQF Level 09, 20 credits|
|This module builds on Communities of Practice 4. During this module, students will undertake twelve weeks of learning within a Practice Learning Environment with the support of an allocated a registered mentor.|
|Transitions to Professional Practice||SCQF Level 09, 20 credits|
The module will focus on how inter-professional team working has the potential to improve the effectiveness of patient care. Through simulation and role play students will critically examine situations arising in practice where inter-professional collaboration and teamwork can be optimised to ensure safe and effective care.
|Managing Complexity in Nursing Practice 2||SCQF Level 09, 20 credits|
This module builds on Managing Complexity in Nursing Practice 1 and aims to bring together the knowledge and skills students acquired in years one and two of the programme and focus on the delivery of compassionate person-centred care in more complex and demanding situations.
|*Communities of Practice 6||SCQF Level 09, 20 credits|
|This module builds on Communities of Practice 5. During this module, students will undertake 13.6 weeks of learning within a Practice Learning Environment with the support of an allocated a registered mentor.|
|ERASMUS/National/International Elective Exchange Placement||SCQF Level 09, 20 credits|
|Students will gain experience of how the nursing profession is defined and how inter-professional and inter-agency working operates within another country. They will be encouraged to reflect on how their national or international experience contributes to their personal and professional development and how they can apply what they learn to their future nursing careers.|
*Note: In Communities of Practice 6 (SHSUCP6) students achieve the final practice OAR “Sign-Off”.
The academic level of the programme will increase progressively over the course of the programme. Students will undertake their initial modules in year one at SCQF Level 7 to allow transition into higher education and facilitate the development of a learning community. The academic level then increases from semester three onwards as articulated on the above table.
NMC hours and are intended for students to undertake independent study or reading. For some students, the pause will allow them to make up timelost in practice. There will be opportunity, at the end of year two, for students to use this time to participate in a national or international elective practice placement opportunity.
BSc in Nursing – Scottish Bachelors/Ordinary degree with 360 academic credits of which a minimum of 60 credits are at SCQF Level 9
Your course will provide you with learning experiences in practice learning placements in a wide range of areas.
These will primarily take place in the NHS Forth Valley area but there may be opportunities to have placements with other Health Boards.
Practice learning will be supported by your engagement with theoretical elements of the course. You will be supported in practice by a nurse mentor.
The intent of the course is to ensure you develop into a confident, capable nurse who can provide effective care in a range of care settings including acute care and community nursing.
The course will provide opportunities to develop skills of critical reading, appreciation and analysis, numeracy and literacy. These skills are both graduate attributes and essential skills for a graduate nurse.
The course utilises a range of teaching and learning experiences including lectures, small group work, skills, simulation lab and oral presentations. These will equip you with a diverse range of skills to enhance your abilities as a proficient nurse.
A wide range of approaches to teaching and learning are adopted by the Faculty. Central to this is a student-centred approach which uses small group teaching (enquiry-based learning or EBL) in combination with lectures, seminars, group work and clinical skills teaching. You will be assessed by a range of methods including examinations, essays, reports, clinical skills assessments, presentations and assessments of practice.
Year 1 (SCQF Level 7)
|Semester 1||Credits||Semester 2||Credits|
|Learning to Learn for Nurses||10||Health Sciences for Nursing||20|
|Perspectives of Health and Wellbeing||10||Foundations in Nursing Practice 2||20|
|Foundations in Nursing Practice 1||20||Communities of Practice 2 (9-week placement)||20|
|Communities of Practice 1 (7-week placement)||20|
Year 2 (SCQF Level 8)
|Semester 3||Credits||Semester 4||Credits|
|Legal and Ethical Issues in Health and Social Care||20||Prioritising People: Promoting Health and Wellbeing||20|
|Alterations in Health and Implications for Nursing Care 1||20||Alterations in Health and Implications for Nursing Care 2||20|
|Communities of Practice 3 (10-week placement)||20||Communities of Practice 4 (10-week placement)||20|
Year 3 (SCQF Level 9)
|Semester 5||Credits||Semester 6||Credits|
|Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care||20||Transitions to Professional Practice||20|
|Managing Complexity in Nursing Practice 1||20||Managing Complexity in Nursing Practice 2||20|
|Communities of Practice 5 (12-week placement)||20||*Communities of Practice 6 (13.6-week placement)||20|
|20||ERASMUS 3 month placement||20|
*Note: In Communities of Practice 6 (SHSUCP6) students achieve the final practice OAR “Sign-Off”.
Mental health nursing is a challenging yet rewarding profession which allows its practitioners to establish strong therapeutic relationships with their clients.
Our mental health nursing students are provided with every opportunity to achieve the competencies required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. They are offered a vibrant, thought-provoking and challenging academic programme coupled with a wide range of practice learning experiences.
The mental health degree course is derived from the firm belief that mental health and well-being services must provide excellent services which respect the intrinsic value of people and their individuality (Repper and Perkins, 2004). This philosophy is firmly held by all members of the programme team and underpins the whole mental health programme
These degree courses are intended for:
Recognition of Prior Learning
It is recognised that individuals will apply for the course with varying levels of prior certificated or experiential learning. Applicants will be assessed on an individual basis, according to the current University of Stirling Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy. Normally the maximum credit that may be granted is 286 credits.
Period and mode of study
From the date of first registration the maximum period of study either on a full-time or part-time basis is 27 months.
Programme of study
For the award of the BSc in Professional Practice, students must successfully complete at least 352 credits in total, with a minimum of 66 credits having been completed at the University of Stirling.
In order to graduate with a named award, students must complete a minimum of 66 credits from the specialist modules listed for that award. Students who do not complete one of the designated pathways will be awarded the BSc in Professional Practice. Examples of named awards are available on the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport website at http://www.stir.ac.uk/health-sciences-sport/courses/cpdopportunities-healthsciences/bscprofessionalpractice/
Full-time (theory and practice learning in each semester).
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
Nurse Education Provider of the Year for pre-registration nursing. Student Nursing Times Awards 2016
13th in the UK for nursing, QS World University Rankings 2016
The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.
We are committed to encouraging students to add an international dimension their programme of study and support students interested in applying for international elective practice learning experiences. There is opportunity for students to engage in national or international elective practice opportunities during their time on the programme. The three independent study weeks at the end of years one and two afford the opportunity for students to attend an elective practice learning experience.
Current partner universities include the University of South Florida, Tampa, U.S.A; University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain; and Paracelsus University, Austria. We also have a practice learning agreement in place with EMSMedical Centre in Nazareth, Israel. We are continuing to expand practice learning opportunities following positive student feedback that elective practice learning experiences were an asset to their personal and professional development and enhanced their employability.
We have excellent relationships with each of the main partner NHS Boards associated with our Faculty – NHS Forth Valley, NHS Highland and NHS Western Isles – which means that we work together to ensure that our course remains clinically excellent and that our students get the best possible experience while they are studying.
Our curriculum is informed by research and encourages students to take an evidence-based approach to nursing care. There is also a strong articulation between our course and the Scottish Government’s Healthcare Quality Strategy for NHS Scotland.
Feedback from our clinical partners indicates that, as newly-qualified nurses, our students are seen as committed, enthusiastic and adaptable; confident and with the flexibility required to meet current service needs.
This course is the beginning of a career which involves ongoing professional development. Some of our graduates focus on practice, initially consolidating their learning by working, for example, as a staff nurse in a hospital, community setting or care home, whilst others progress to postgraduate studies. These experiences can develop a career pathway leading to specialised areas such as palliative care or advanced nurse practitioner roles.
An adult nursing degree from the University of Stirling will prepare you to meet the needs of a modern profession and to provide the best possible patient care in a range of settings. You will leave us as a confident and capable practitioner, fully equipped to join a health care team on graduation. 95% of BSc Nursing (Adult) graduates in employment six months after completing the course were in a professional or managerial job (UNISTATS 2016).
The majority entering employment find roles within the NHS, while others have found employment in other areas of the public sector, as well as with private healthcare providers and the voluntary sector.
In addition, internships may be available through the Scottish Government’s One-year Job Guarantee scheme.