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BSc Nursing - Adult

UCAS Code B740 Study abroad opportunities

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.

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Key facts

  • Award BSc
  • Start date September
  • Duration 36 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 contemporary skills of 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.

Pre-registration Nursing in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport is led by a group of world-leading academics with strong and established research records, expertise in nursing practice and a wealth of world-class publications. Our academic and practice staff are committed to ensuring that our students have the highest quality student experience.

Nursing is a dynamic profession, and we’ll give you the training and confidence necessary to work in a complex health and social care environment. You’ll have the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to practise safely, compassionately, ethically and effectively in a range of contemporary care settings.

Our BSc course in Nursing extends over three years while our BSc (Hons) course over four years. 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

    The course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Entry requirements for your country/region

  • Entry requirements

    SQA Highers


    GCE A-levels


    IB Diploma

    28 points



    Essential subjects
    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.

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

    Widening access students
    Widening access students may be eligible for an adjusted offer of entry. To find out if this applies to you go to our widening access pages.

    Care-experienced applicants will be guaranteed an offer of a place if they meet the minimum entry requirements.

  • Other Scottish qualifications

    Scottish HNC/HND
    Year one minimum entry - Bs in graded units.

    Access courses
    University of Stirling access course - for mature students only. You must pass the course with 50% or above.

    SWAP Access course - for mature students only. Please check the SWAP progression routes document for details.

    Email our Admissions Team for advice about other access courses.

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

    Essential subjects
    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.

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

  • Other qualifications

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

    English, Welsh and Northern Irish access courses
    Access to Higher Education - 60 credits, minimum 45 at QCF Level 3, pass at 60% or above.

    Essential subjects
    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.

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

  • Advanced entry

    Advanced entry is not available for this course.

  • 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.

    Application procedure

    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.

    Will there be an interview?

    There is a compulsory Applicant Day that’s designed specifically for entrants to nursing.  Guidelines will be provided in advance of the Applicant Day to help prepare you 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.

    Please note this process is subject to change.

  • Other routes of entry

    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is accepted by 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 one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

    • IELTS 7.0 with minimum 6.5 in writing and 7.0 in reading, speaking and listening
    • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 185 overall with a minimum of 176 in writing and minimum of 185 in reading, speaking and listening
    • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 185 overall with a minimum of 180 in writing and 185 in reading, speaking and listening
    • Pearson Test of English 67 with a minimum of 60 in writing and 67 in reading, speaking and listening
    • IBT TOEFL 100 with no subtest lower than 20
    • Trinity ISE III Pass overall and in all sub-skills, ISE IV Pass overall and in all sub-skills

    Last updated: 5 December 2019

    For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on 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.

This course is the beginning of a career that involves ongoing professional development. 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.

You’ll leave us as a confident and capable practitioner, fully equipped to join a healthcare team.

Hear from students Ela and Rachel


Course objectives

The overarching course outcomes reflect the NMC Standards for Pre‐registration Nursing Education (NMC, 2010) and will aim to ensure our graduate nurses are able to:

  1. Deliver high-quality essential care to all.
  2. Deliver complex care to service users across their field of practice.
  3. Act to safeguard the public, and be responsible and accountable for safe, person‐centred, evidence‐based nursing practice.
  4. Act with professionalism and integrity, and work within agreed professional,ethical and legal frameworks and processes to maintain and improve standards.
  5. Practise in a compassionate, respectful way, maintaining dignity and wellbeing and communicating effectively.
  6. Act on their understanding of how people’s lifestyles, environments and the location of care delivery influence their health and wellbeing.
  7. Seek out every opportunity to promote health and prevent illness.
  8. Work in partnership with other health and social care professionals and agencies,service users, carers and families ensuring that decisions about care are shared.
  9. Use leadership skills to supervise and manage others and contribute to planning, designing, delivering and improving future services.


The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery in the next academic intake of this course. These may be subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes.

Course details

  • Teaching

    We've been awarded five star excellence for our teaching by the QS World University Rankings 2018.

    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. Our student-centred approach is central to this, and 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 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.

  • 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

    For any course related questions, please contact +44 (0)1786 466340 or

    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. Read more about our location.

  • Fees and costs
    Fee status2020/21 annual fees
    Students domiciled in Scotland/EU Fees are paid by the Scottish Government Health Directorate (SGHD)
    Students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland £9,250*
    Students domiciled overseas (non-EU) £15,600

    *This tuition fee may be subject to change depending on guidance provided by the UK Government.

    You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

    If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

    For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

    Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be able to apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, from your relevant funding body. We also offer additional funding – such as our Honours Year Scholarship – for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland. See our funding opportunities below for more information.

  • 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

    There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. 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.

  • 1st in Scotland and top 15 in the UK for Health Sciences (REF2014)
  • 96% of our postgraduate leavers are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2016/17)
  • Top 15 in the UK for nursing (QS World University Rankings 2018)
Jon Feeney
Studying a nursing degree can be a significant undertaking, but trust me when I say it is one of the most rewarding things I've ever done and definitely worth it!
Jon Feeney
Scotland BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
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Sofie Uygun
Each day offers a new experience and the variety of the placements was unexpected. You get to experience a range of different healthcare settings and often the places you didn’t think you’d enjoy are the best.
Sofie Uygun
Scotland BSc Adult Nursing
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