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BSc (Hons) Nursing – Adult

UCAS Code B750

Our award-winning nursing course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and will prepare you to join a health care team upon graduation.

Nursing – Adult

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Key facts

  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Start date September
  • Duration 48 months
  • Mode of study Full-time, Campus based
  • Accreditations Nursing and Midwifery Council

Adult nursing is a challenging and rewarding profession that offers a wide range of roles caring for people and promoting health.

Stirling is a superb place for you to learn the skills of modern nursing – which are valued around the world.  Our course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and has also received multiple commendations. We’ve won Student Nursing Times Awards in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Nursing is a dynamic profession, and we’ll give you the training and confidence necessary to fulfil your role in the healthcare teams of tomorrow. As you study, you’ll learn how to work with a range of multi-disciplinary professionals, groups and individuals to provide care and promote health. Our course is based on a philosophy that, as a nurse, you will provide services based on excellence, compassion, safety and respect.

You’ll be allocated a personal tutor who will be a source of guidance, information and support during your studies. Whilst undertaking practice learning experiences, you’re also allocated a practice mentor who will facilitate and support your learning in practice.

We’ll inspire and challenge you, so that you leave us as a confident and capable practitioner - ready to join a health care team upon graduation.

BSC (Hons)

BSc (Hons) Nursing students follow the same programme structure as the BSc Nursing for Years 1 and 2. After that point, Honours students carry out an additional placement module with the opportunity to study overseas.

In their final year, Honours students complete additional modules, including a dissertation and their NMC-required final placement, achieving registration and their Honours degree at the end of Year 4.

  • Top reasons to study with us
  • Professional accreditation

    Nursing and Midwifery Council

  • Entry requirements

    SQA Highers


    GCE A-levels


    IB Diploma

    28 points

    BTEC (Level 3)

    32 points

    Preference will be given to those with a Science or Health Care background.

    Mathematics National 5 (C), Intermediate 2 (C), Standard Grade (3), GCSE (C/4) or equivalent required.

    English National 5 (C), Intermediate 2 (C), Standard Grade (3), GCSE (C/4) or equivalent required.

  • Other qualifications

    Scottish HNC/HND
    Bs in graded units

    English, Welsh and Northern Irish HNC/HND
    Merits and Distinctions

    Foundation Apprenticeships
    Considered to be equivalent to 1 Higher at Grade B

  • Advanced entry

    Not available

  • Additional information

    General entrance requirements apply

    If you’ve taken exams over two sittings, repeated an exam, or been upgraded, the entrance requirements may be higher.

  • Other routes of entry

    Access courses
    Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.

    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is facilitated within the Faculty, and this may result in a shortened programme of study.

  • English language requirements

    If English is not your first language, you must have evidence of your English language skills:

    International (non-EU) students must have:

    • IELTS with overall score of 7.0, with at least 7.0 in each skill; this is the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) English language requirement for all non-EU applicants.

    EU Students must have one of the following:

    • IELTS score of 6.0, with at least 5.5 in each skill
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with a minimum of 51 in each component
    • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

    More information on our English language requirements

    Pre-sessional English language courses

    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.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses

Our BSc Adult Nursing extends over three years, and the BSc (Hons) over four years.

You’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of nursing, and progress towards delivering person-centred nursing care in more complex and demanding situations. You’ll gain the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that are essential to deliver safe, compassionate, respectful, ethical and effective care in an evolving and dynamic health and social care environment. Each year meets the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requirement of 50% theory and 50% practice.

Through our partnerships with a diverse range of health and social care organisations, you’ll have the opportunity to put your theory into practice. You may work both day and night shifts to coincide with the patterns of the area and your allocated practice mentor.

This course is designed for you to achieve competencies required for registration in the UK as a nurse. You’ll also have the choice of undertaking a national or international placement.

You’ll be allocated a personal tutor, who will be a source of guidance, information and support during your studies. While undertaking practice learning experiences, you’re also allocated a practice mentor, who will facilitate and support your learning in practice.

You’ll study alongside Mental Health Nursing students to gain a holistic understanding of how healthcare professionals work together to bring about the best in patient-centred care.

We’ll also focus on developing the leadership and management skills needed to foster quality and innovation within the health and social care.

What other criteria are considered for BSc Adult Nursing?

We carefully consider other qualities and interests 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 you’re strongly advised to make links between the knowledge, values and skills gained in these experiences and the course being applied for. Other experience that demonstrates your commitment and your ability to work in a team, is also valuable.

References are also required. You should provide an academic reference if possible - but failing this, an employer’s reference. Friends as referees are not accepted. If you’re applying to transfer from another institution, a third reference and a transcript from that institution are required.

Practical learning experiences arranged by the Faulty of Health Sciences and Sport in conjunction with your local health board may cover a wide geographical area. You’ll be expected make your own arrangements to accessing those experiences.

Application procedures

Will there be an interview?
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 help you prepare for the event.

What other factors are involved?
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. To the extent relevant to this course, your check may also show details of any minor offences, fixed penalty notices or 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 from, the Applicant Day.

To protect your privacy, neither of these checks will normally be carried out until after an offer has been made.

Can I visit the University?

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.

Please note: this process is subject to change.


The module details given below are subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes. The modules outlined below represent those offered in 2018/19 on this course of study.

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Course details

  • Teaching

    We've been awarded five-star excellence for our teaching by the QS World University Rankings 2017/18.

    Your course will provide you with learning experiences in practice learning placements across a wide range of areas. Practice learning will be supported by your engagement with theoretical elements of the course, and also by your nurse mentor. You’ll 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.

  • Assessment

    You will be assessed by a range of methods, including: examinations, essays, reports, clinical skills assessments, presentations and assessments of practice. You’ll need to pass each semester assessment before progressing to the next semester.

  • Work placement opportunities

    Your course will provide you with 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.

  • Study abroad

    You can take advantage of opportunities to study abroad during the three independent study weeks at the end of Years 1 and 2. Our current partner universities include:

    • University of South Florida, Tampa, USA
    • University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain
    • Paracelsus University, Austria

    We also have a practice learning agreement in place with EMS Medical Centre in Nazareth, Israel. 

  • Contact

    Student Recruitment and Admissions

    +44 (0)1786 467044

  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (Fees are different for each course)

      2018/19 2019/20

    Scottish/EU Students

    You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    Important note for EU students

    The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2018 and 2019 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland. EU Students will retain that status for the duration of their four year degree. The future fee status of EU students enrolling in UK universities will depend on the timing and terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union. The University will make decisions on fee levels for EU students enrolling in 2020 when further guidance is available from the Scottish and UK governments, and will publicise information about fee levels and financial support available on the University website.

    While students should be aware this may mean a change from the current position where EU students are treated with equivalence to Scottish students, it is also important to note that any changes would also require changes to existing UK and Scottish legislation. Current indications are that the UK would leave the EU at the earliest in 2020, so any changes would not take effect before the academic year 2020/21.

    Fees paid by the Scottish Government Health Directorate (SGHD)

    *This tuition fee is set by the Scottish Government, and may be subject to change.

    Fees paid by the Scottish Government Health Directorate (SGHD)*

    Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland

    If you’re domiciled in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you’ll be able to apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, from your relevant funding body.

    You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    If you successfully complete Years 1-3 of your course, you will also be eligible to receive an Honours Year Scholarship valued at £9,250 to cover the tuition fee costs of your fourth and final year of study. Learn more about the Honours Year Scholarship.

    There is additional funding available for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland – please see Funding opportunities below.

    £9,250 £9,250

    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    You will be liable to pay fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    £14,460 £14,820

    You should expect to pay fees for every year you attend. 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.

  • Funding opportunities

    Students domiciled in Scotland only

    The Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) offers a number of nursing funding options for students resident in Scotland.

    Students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK)

    Our Nursing Scholarship provides students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland a £1,000 cash award per year (for years 1 – 3 of study) on one of our undergraduate nursing courses. The scholarship can also be combined with our Honours Year Scholarship, which covers the full cost of tuition fees in students’ Honours year of study.

    In addition to the Nursing Scholarship, the University covers the costs of occupational health consultations; criminal record checks; compulsory uniforms; and inoculations for undergraduate nursing students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland. These benefits represent a £389 cost saving to students.

    There’s no need to apply for these awards – students will automatically be identified as part of the admissions process.

    See what funding opportunities and loans are available to help you with tuition and living costs.

    Students domiciled in Scotland and the EU

    The University of Stirling offers undergraduate funding opportunities for students domiciled in Scotland or the EU. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

    Students domiciled overseas

    The University of Stirling offers generous undergraduate funding opportunities for overseas students. To find out if you're eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

  • Additional costs

    If you choose to attend your graduation ceremony, you will be liable for an additional charge. There is no charge if you wish to graduate in absentia. Learn more about additional fees.

  • Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling.

  • Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay.

Our Adult Nursing degree will prepare you to meet the needs of a modern profession, and provide the best possible patient care in a range of settings. 

Some of our graduates focus on practice - initially consolidating their learning by working in roles such as a staff nurse in a hospital, community setting or care home - while 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.

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.

  • The University of Stirling consistently earns five QS Stars for employability, with more than 97% of our students in employment or further education within six months of graduating. (HESA DLHE 2016/17).
  • We are ranked 1st in Scotland for Health Sciences (REF 2014).
  • Our Nursing Course is ranked in the top 15 in the UK (QS World University Rankings 2017).
The skills and experience gained studying an academic course mixed with practical nursing placements were second to none, and I made many new friends who will remain friends for life.
Vivianne Crispin
BSc (Hons) Nursing
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I was attracted to the University of Stirling because of its great status for nursing and the prospects for jobs upon finishing my studies.
Eilidh Murray
Scotland BSc Adult Nursing
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The skills you learn as a student nurse put you in a competitive position for secure employment across the globe, there is always a demand for more nurses.
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