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BSc Nursing - Adult

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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
  • 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.

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  • Professional accreditation

    The course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

  • Entry requirements

    SQA Highers

    BBB

    GCE A-levels

    CCC

    IB Diploma

    28 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.

    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

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

    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 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 B
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade A
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 67 with a minimum of 55 in each component
    • IBT TOEFL: 100 with no subtest less than 20

    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.

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.

Modules

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. 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

    Student Recruitment and Admissions

    +44 (0) 1786 467046

    admissions@stir.ac.uk

    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

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

      2018/19

    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.

    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

    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

    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

    Search all our undergraduate scholarships

    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 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 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK)

    Eligible students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be able to receive the University’s Undergraduate Choice Scholarship, which offers a £1,000 cash award for Years 1-3 of study to eligible students coming to us with a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent

    Alternatively, the Undergraduate Merit Scholarship offers a £1,000 cash award for Years 1-3 of study to eligible students coming to us with a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent.

    You don’t need to apply for these awards - we’ll automatically identify your eligibility as part of the admissions process.

    To explore other scholarships and learn more about funding opportunities, 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.

  • 1st in Scotland and top 15 in the UK for Health Sciences (REF2014)
  • 98% of our postgraduate leavers are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2015/16)
  • Top 15 in the UK for nursing (QS World University Rankings 2018)
I fully recommend the Faculty to prepare you in becoming a Staff Nurse.
Kimberley Begg
Scotland BSc Nursing (Adult)
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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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