Programme: BSc Nursing (Adult)
UCAS Code: B700
Mode of Study & Duration: 3 Years Full Time
UCAS Institution Code: L23
Year of Entry: 2014/15
Programme Leader: Lynne Veal
What is Adult Nursing?
Adult nursing is caring for individuals and groups in health and sickness in a variety of healthcare settings ranging from community through to intensive care. Nursing is the application of knowledge from a range of disciplines at the point of individual need/care delivery. It involves, problem-solving, decision-making and managing change, using critical, analytical and clinical skills.
Applicants must have:
5 GCSE’s at grade C or above to include maths, English and science: normally maths and English at grade B
3 A levels grades BBB (preference being given to science subjects)
QCF BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction/Distinction/Distinction in: Health and Social Care (Health Sciences); Health and Social Care (Health studies);
Access to Higher Education course in Nursing Pathway or Health Sciences with a minimum of 45 level 3 credits at passed at Distinction. Plus normally GCSE maths and English at grade B or above, preferably 5 GCSEs at grade C or above.
International Baccalaureate - we require the awarding of the IB Diploma with a minimum of 30 points, this must include a minimum of 3 x grade 5 in the 3 HL (higher level) subjects.
This exciting three year undergraduate programme is designed to develop practitioners with the skills and knowledge to work in the dynamic, changing health care environment: to problem solve, manage change and develop critical and analytical skills as well as the clinical skills to practice as a nurse.
You will work within a variety of settings e.g. home environment, hospitals and the community. This will include the opportunity to work within one of the largest NHS providers of health care in the UK.
This programme meets the NMC (2010) guiding principles which underpin pre-registration education for nurses, namely, ‘fitness for purpose’ and ‘fitness for practice’. This is a three year programme consisting of not less than 4,600 hours of study resulting in 360 credits across three levels.
Part 1: 120 credits at level 1 leading to progression point one of the programme
Part 2: 120 credits at level 2 leading to progression point two of the programme
Part 3: 120 credits at level 3 enabling Registration with the NMC
The BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing is field specific from day one, the all three years comprise of modules that are generic and field specific as well as taking into account the inter-professional nature of healthcare delivery. The balance between theory and practice hours is set at an approximate ratio of 50:50 in all 3 years, which means that you undertake not less than 2,300 hours in the practice setting and not less than 2,300 hours theoretical study which is inclusive of private study and assignment preparation time. Additionally your final practice placement will be a long placement (12 weeks minimum) to enable the student to consolidate knowledge, clinical skills competence and prepare them for transition to a qualified practitioner and ‘signed-off’ by an appropriately prepared mentor as required by the NMC.
You will be supernumerary throughout the three-year programme. On successfully completing the programme you will be awarded BSc (Hons) in Nursing (Adult) leading to Registration on Part 1 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Register.
What you Study
Year 1 is the Trans-disciplinary first year where shared and inter-professional learning takes place with other nursing and healthcare students. You will explore the core issues required to become a healthcare professional, anatomy and physiology, as well as being introduced to specific aspects of adult nursing.
Year 2 includes the study of the nursing the acutely ill adult, and nursing an adult with a long term condition; you will explore health promotion and health education; develop understanding of issues related to safeguarding adults ; debate legal and ethical concepts related to nursing; develop the skills for evaluating the research evidence underpinning clinical practice.
Year 3 you will study the assessment and management of pain; examine critical thinking and decision making skills; leadership skills and will be supported in making the transition to the role of qualified nurse; a research dissertation develops your ability to use, summarise and communicate research evidence and apply it to your professional practice. There is also an optional module which offers the opportunity to undertake a clinical placement abroad.
Students are assessed through a variety of assessment, essays, posters/ leaflets, practical skills examinations, MCQ’s etc, including:
- demonstrating the knowledge and application of standard concepts, information and techniques relevant to the discipline
- work that covers a restricted area of the discipline
- demonstrating emerging abilities, skills and competencies
- demonstrating the ability to apply a broad range of aspects of the discipline
- work that draws on a wide variety of material
- the ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion
- evidence of an ability to conduct independent, in depth enquiry within the discipline
- work that is typically both evaluative and creative.
Current Modules Taught: click here for the programme catalogue entry
On completion of this programme you will be able to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
What Facilities are Available
The Kevin Kendrick clinical skills suite recreates a hospital ward, with beds, patient mannequin’s, ancillary equipment and washing area’s. Students have the opportunity to use these facilities to practice clinical procedures.
The School also has its own fully equipped IT suite for accessing the schools virtual learning environment.
Work Placement Opportunities
50% of the programme is undertaken in practice and students undertake a range of clinical placements working with adults in both the hospital and in community
Study Abroad Opportunities
For some students able to meet specific criteria, there is the opportunity to study on one of 4 optional international modules in the third year of the programme
Once qualified nurses can work in healthcare environments in the NHS of private sector, hospital of community settings – there is the opportunity to progress and a clinical nurse to become a ward/department manager, clinical nurse specialist or eventually consultant nurse, you could move into nursing management or become a registered nurse tutor. Those who would prefer to continue with academic study there is the area of Nursing research or undertaking a PhD
Also look at NHS careers for advice on nursing career choice.
All tuition fees are paid by the NHS. All applicants must be eligible for NHS funding.
Scholarships & Bursaries
The University of Leeds has one of the most comprehensive financial support packages available. One in four students qualifies for a bursary and in addition we have a series of scholarships. For further information about scholarships available and other types of financial support click here. Applicants for the degree in nursing are eligible to apply for a NHS means tested bursary. They are not eligible to apply for the University Of Leeds Scholarship or bursary.
Information on NHS bursaries can be found here.
How to Apply
All full time undergraduate applications must be made through the online Universities and Colleges Admissions Service by the 2014/15 deadline (see http://www.ucas.com/ for more details). The School of Healthcare does not normally participate in the UCAS Extra scheme for entry onto the BSc (Hons) Nursing - Adult programme. Direct applications are not accepted and applicants applying directly to the University will not normally be considered. As required by UCAS, applicants must complete the UCAS application form, providing a personal statement; a list of all qualifications undertaken and those pending; and an appropriate referee’s statement. In addition they must declare if they wish to defer entry and they must declare any prior criminal conviction.
Entry / Admissions Tests
In order to comply with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards of Education, applicants are required to pass a numeracy exam. This is without the use of a calculator and will cover addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, use of decimals, fractions and percentages. This exam is undertaken during the selection event
All applications must be made online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (http://www.ucas.com/). Academic grades normally form only one part of the final decision, for further detail, please refer to the Admission guidelines in 'How to apply'.
The selection criteria treats all applicants fairly and not discriminate unlawfully on grounds of marital status, gender, gender re-assignment or transsexual status, race (including colour, nationality, national origin or ethnic origin) disability, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief, political or other opinion, social origin, association with a national minority, property, birth or other status.
Contact for Further Information
For further information please contact:
School of Healthcare,
University of Leeds,
Leeds LS2 9UT
Tel: 0113 343 1347