Adult Nursing

UCAS codes

  • B740 -

Course contact

Course Enquiries Team
0800 027 1000 (44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)

Qualifications and durations

  • BSc - 3 years

Start date(s)

  • September

The BSc Adult Nursing at UWS will equip you with the skills to practice as an adult nurse within a variety of healthcare settings.

BSc Adult Nursing - University of the West of Scotland

Adult Nursing - 91 percent for overall student satisfaction

SQA Highers: BBC plus SG / Int2 / Nat5 English and Maths. Entry is also possible with
BC plus UWS ‘First Steps to Nursing’ module, plus SG / Int2 / Nat5 English and Maths
GCE A-Levels: BC, plus GCSEs English Language,English Literature and Maths
Irish Leaving Certificate: HL: BBC2, plus OL English and Maths
Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to Nursing: BBB
SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Healthcare or Social Care preferred although any HNC will be considered
FETAC: Complete and pass Level 5

This degree will prepare you with the knowledge and skills to practice within hospitals, communities and specialist areas and equip you to work in a multi-disciplinary team.

The programme offers a combination of blended learning and varied teaching techniques, including state-of-the-art virtual learning and simulated clinical environments, supported by highly experienced and qualified staff.  50% of your programme is theory based and 50% practice based.

Year 1

Introduces you to the profession of nursing and the associated underpinning knowledge and values. You will engage in shared learning with mental health nursing students in years 1 & 2 as well as focusing on your own speciality.  

Year 2

Concentrates on a commitment to caring for vulnerable individuals. Through theory and placement you will develop practical skills and evidence-based knowledge, enabling you to critically assess situations and provide safe and effective care.

Year 3

Through shared and field learning opportunities you will enhance your knowledge, critical decision-making skills and evidence-based holistic care. These skills will assist you in the transition toward becoming a registered nurse.
Graduates are eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse in Adult Nursing. Job opportunities are excellent with attractive starting salaries. Careers include specialist nurse, hospital-based, community or school nurse or health visitor. Depending on your field, you can opt to work as a Registered Nurse within a hospital or community setting in the UK, other EU countries and in Canada and Australasia.

Practice experience is available throughout NHS Ayrshire and Arran; Greater Glasgow and Clyde; Lanarkshire; Dumfries and Galloway; and Highland (Argyll). Experience may be gained in the private and public sectors, including acute inpatient hospitals.

Study abroad

During Year 3 you may study abroad while gaining credit towards your degree at one of our 80 educational partner organisations.

Please note: professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council will be linked to an exit award of BSc Adult Nursing only
“Nursing at UWS has been a very enjoyable course and the support from staff has been excellent. Tutors are very kind and approachable. I truly believe you get out what you put in. It’s a worthwhile course and something you carry with you forever.”
Lyndsay Burke, Adult Nursing graduate
"I am so pleased that I chose UWS to study for a career in Adult Nursing. I have undoubtedly been challenged, encouraged and supported throughout my three years at University by staff determined to produce proficient, compassionate and well-educated nurses. Having achieved my degree with distinction I secured a post in Guys and St.Thomas NHS Foundation Trust London where I hope to continue to develop the skills and knowledge attained at UWS."
Brendan Gary, Adult Nursing graduate
"Placement is a vital part of the Adult Nursing curriculum. I have been on placement at Hairmyres Hospital and learned far more than I thought possible. It’s a good feeling being able to take what we learn in class into the placement and put it into action and learn ‘hands-on’."
Kristofer Craig, Adult Nursing student
The modern skills labs at UWS are a pleasure to learn in and my lecturers are an amazing source of support to me and my fellow students.
Elaine Lawson, Adult Nursing Student

Useful Information

  • 92% of students agreed staff were good at explaining things (NSS 2015)

    98% of students in work/further study six months after graduating (HESA performance indicator 2014/15)

    For course availability, check UCAS

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