Adult Nursing

UCAS codes

  • B740 -

Course contact

University Direct
+44 (0)141 849 4101

Qualifications and durations

  • BSc - 3 years

Start date(s)

  • September

Adult Nursing - 91 percent for overall student satisfaction

The BSc Adult Nursing degree prepares graduates for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

  • SQA Highers: BCC Biology, Human Biology, Maths, Psychology, Sociology, Chemistry and English preferred, + SG / Int2 / Nat5 English &, normally, Maths
  • GCE A-Levels: CC + GCSE English Literature, English Language &, normally, Maths
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: BC2C2 + OL English & normally Maths
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points
  • SQA HNC, BTEC Level 4 HNC: Healthcare; Social Care; Care & Administrative Practice
  • FETAC: complete & pass Level 5
  • Scottish Wider Access Programme: BBB

Additional Information

All applicants to Nursing must have English at SQA Standard Grade Credit, Intermediate 2 or National 5, or equivalent. In addition applicants should normally have Mathematics at SQA Standard Grade 3 or above, Intermediate 2 or National 4 or 5. Other educational qualifications may be considered if they are deemed to be of equal standing to those above. 

Offer of a place is conditional on a successful interview and selection screening process, including onsite tests for literacy and numeracy and personal interviews. All offers are then subject to health screening and criminal record checks.


This degree will prepare you for work in 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.

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. 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.

Throughout the programme, you are likely to undertake placements. These placements take place in the private or public sectors, including acute inpatient hospitals, care homes and community nursing teams. Clinical placements can be in the following areas: Lanarkshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Ayrshire and Arran; Renfrewshire; Argyll; and some parts of West Dunbartonshire. In clinical practice, your learning will be supported by a mentor, normally a registered nurse.

Study Abroad
Erasmus exchange opportunities are available during third year for students who wish to participate in a 12-week placement with one of the University’s EU partners.

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 
Erasmus+ exchange opportunities are available during Year 3 if you wish to participate in a 12-week placement with one of the University’s EU partners.

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

Useful Information

  • For course availability, check UCAS

    Nursing and Midwifery students are exempt from course tuition fees and may be eligible for a non means-tested bursary (depending on residency status). Details of eligibility can be obtained from SAAS – Students Award Agency for Scotland, 0300 555 0505 or at

    Adult Nursing Pre-Registration