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UWS’ Adult Nursing and Mental Health Nursing programmes provide students with hands-on experience in real-life and simulated ward environments, equipping them with the skills necessary to flourish in the health care sector.

The University is Scotland’s largest provider of nursing education, offering it across its four Scottish campuses in Ayr, Dumfries, Lanarkshire and Paisley.

In 2018, UWS’ BSc Adult Nursing and BSc Mental Health Nursing pre-registration programmes received the highest student satisfaction scores in Scotland in the National Student Survey.

All four campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art clinical skills and simulation facilities, replicating hospital, primary care and domestic environments, supported by contemporary healthcare technologies.

Peter Cartwright and student nurses in skills lab

UWS academic staff involved in teaching the programme are constantly horizon-scanning to ensure they are harnessing the most up-to-date and effective learning technologies to enhance the student learning experience. 

Recent innovations have included the use of virtual reality within simulation activities to enable a 360 degree immersive learning experience, as well as the use of Tovertafel, a ground-breaking health technology that enhances quality of life for people living with dementia and autism.

Half of the programmes are delivered in practice with a range of placement opportunities and practice learning experiences offered throughout the west coast, central Scotland and in Dumfries.

This complements what students learn in class, developing the skills essential for a career within diverse health and social care environments, ultimately improving graduates employability. Added to this, graduates of the Adult Nursing and Mental Health Nursing programmes will be eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Peter Cartwright, 29, is a current student at UWS on the BSc Mental Health Nursing programme. 

Peter said: “Having the opportunity to put theory into practice is very beneficial.  The placements give you a real sense of the job and a good insight into best practice.

“The support from my lecturers has been fantastic – they’re approachable and extremely passionate about their subject which leads to a great learning environment.”
UWS student nurse Peter Cartwright

With the UCAS deadline for courses starting in September 2019 set for Tuesday 15 January 2019, the University is urging promising individuals to submit their application.

To apply please visit using the UWS institution code U40 and the individual programme UCAS codes of B740 for Adult Nursing and B760 for Mental Health Nursing.

For more information on these programmes or any of UWS’s undergraduate options visit