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

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.

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: H3 H3 H4, 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)

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