BSc Nursing - Adult

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.

Key facts

  • Award BSc
  • Start date September 2022
  • Duration 36 months
  • Mode of study Full-time, Campus based
  • UCAS Code B740
  • Study abroad opportunities


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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.

Nursing is a dynamic profession, and we’ll give you the education 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 our graduates will develop values, integrity and resilience to become socially reflective practitioners  who 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 assessor and supervisor 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 and social care team upon graduation.

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.

Prizes or awards

Students can be nominated for The Student Nursing Times Awards. These are the only awards to celebrate the very best in student nurses and nurse education, recognising educational establishments and honouring those who are committed to developing new nursing talent. The University of Stirling has won Student Nursing Times Awards in 2012, 2013, 2015. 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for your country/region

Year 1 entry – Four-year honours

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.

Year 2 entry – Three-year honours

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 our practice partners may cover a wide geographical area. You’ll be expected to be able to travel to all practice areas within NHS Forth Valley.

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

Due to disruption in English Language testing caused by COVID-19, we are accepting alternative English Language tests (including online English Language Tests).

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS indicator 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 7.0 in speaking listening and reading
  • 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 (Academic) 67 overall with a minimum of 62 in writing and 67 in speaking listening and reading
  • IBT TOEFL 94 overall with 19 in reading, 24 in writing, 20 in listening and 22 in speaking
  • IBT TOEFL Special Home Edition 94 overall with 19 in reading, 24 in writing, 20 in listening and 22 in speaking
  • Trinity ISE III Pass overall and in all sub-skills, ISE IV Pass overall and in all sub-skills
  • Aptis (4 skills) CEFR C1 overall and C1 in all sub-skills
  • Duolingo 115 overall and a minimum of 105 in writing and 115 in speaking listening and reading
  • LanguageCert International ESOL C1 Expert - Pass with minimum 33 in each sub-skill

Last updated: 1 February 2021

If you are from India, Bangladesh, Ghana or Nigeria please also check your country/region specific page for any additional, or changes to, English language requirements.

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

Course details

This course has recently been revalidated and reapproved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). New information about the modules will be displayed here soon.

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 will work all shift patterns of the practice learning environment which may involve both day and night shifts to experience the full learning opportunities of these areas.

This course is designed for you to achieve proficiencies required for registration in the UK as a nurse. You may 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 assessor and supervisor, who will facilitate and support your learning in practice.

You’ll study alongside our Mental Health Nursing students throughout your programme and our BSc Paramedic Science students during year 1 of the programme to gain a holistic understanding of how health and social care 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 setting.

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 module information below provides an example of the types of course module you may study. The details listed are for the current academic year (September 2021). Modules and start dates are regularly reviewed and may be subject to change in future years.

Course details


We've been awarded five star excellence for our teaching by the QS World University Rankings 2020.

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 practice assessor and practice supervisor. 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.


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 a wide range of practice learning placements. These will take place in the NHS Forth Valley area however there may be opportunities to have placements within other health boards,  this is normally restricted to year 3 students.

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 Indiana, Indiana, USA
  • University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain
  • Paracelsus University, Austria


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 funding

Fees and costs

Fees for BSc Nursing - Adult
Fee status2022/23 annual fee
Students from Scotland £1,820*
Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland £9,250**
Students from the European Union (EU) £18,800
Students from Overseas (non-EU) £18,800

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 Scotland

*This fee is set by the Scottish Government and is subject to change. Although you’re liable for annual tuition fees, students domiciled in Scotland can apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government. If you’re unsure of your fee status, you can check your eligibility.

Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

**This tuition fee may be subject to change depending on guidance provided by the UK Government. You can 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 . See our funding opportunities below for more information.

Students from the Republic of Ireland who are living in the Common Travel Area of the UK, Islands or Ireland and are starting a course of study in Scotland in session 2021-2022 will be entitled to apply to SAAS for funding. See more information on the SAAS website.

Students from EU

For EU students starting studies in academic year 2021/22, we will award an  over the duration of your course. This is subject to eligibility criteria.

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.

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, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

Our Nursing Scholarship provides students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of 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, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. These benefits represent around £400 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

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

EU students

For EU students starting studies in academic year 2021/22, we will award an automatic scholarship of up to £30k over the duration of your course. This is subject to eligibility criteria.

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.

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.

After you graduate

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)

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What our students said

Jon Feeney
Jon Feeney
BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
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!
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Sofie Uygun
Sofie Uygun
BSc Adult Nursing
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.
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Graeme Black
Graeme Black
What I particularly enjoy about the course is the input that guest speakers have. It's always interesting to see what other people bring to your field, and some of the lectures that allowed people to talk about their experiences of caring for their families have really been moving.
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