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BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

Course overview

Start date

September 2021

Subject area



Full-time, 3 years


On campus, dual delivery

Course summary

Due to the current health crisis which has resulted in the Nursing and Midwifery Council revising the pre-registration regulations, at the present time, all Advanced Standing applications and Accreditation of Prior Learning applications (Students transferring their credits from other institutions), have been placed on pause until further notice. If you have any questions about your application, please submit an enquiry below.

Adult nursing is a rewarding and challenging career, enabling you to make a real difference to people's lives. You will work with adults of all ages, who may have one or more long or short-term physical/mental health conditions.

These could include:

  • heart disease
  • arthritis
  • dementia
  • diabetes
  • cancer
  • injuries (caused by an accident, for example).

As a student studying adult nursing you will achieve a BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) and become registered as an adult nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Applicants are required to complete an enhanced occupational health assessment to ensure that you are occupationally fit to work in the health and social care setting.

Please see entry requirements below for more details.

UCAS points


Course options


UCAS code


£5,000 training grant available now

£5,000 training grant available - All degree-level Nursing and Allied Health students on courses starting in September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year from the government, provided they are normally eligible for a Student Loan. For further information visit the website or contact Student Finance England.

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Foundation Year

Find out more about our flexible Bioscience and Health Foundation pathways.

Rewarding Career

Adult nursing is a rewarding and challenging career, enabling you to make a real difference to people’s lives. You’ll work with adults of all ages, who may have one or more long or short-term physical/mental health conditions.

Key Industry Partners

You’ll learn first-hand from professionals on clinical placements in some of the largest NHS Trusts in North, North East, and East London. You’ll be supported by qualified mentors and practice educators. We have connections across the independent and private sector as well. 

NMC Registration

On successful completion of this course you will be eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as an Adult Nurse.


Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

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Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

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Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parents' Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

-          All nursing and many allied health students on courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year from the government.

For further information visit or contact Student Finance England.

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:


Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.


Phone: 020 8223 4444


Tuition fees

You don't need to pay this up front.

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations.  Further information can be found at UKCISA.

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements


New UCAS Points

A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
Extended Diploma or Diploma
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.

Grade 4 / C in GCSE English and Maths (See below for accepted equivalences).

We would normally expect you to have undertaken academic study within the last 5 years and ideally some informal or formal care experience.

Applicants need to have Level 2 English and Maths qualifications, or be working towards it. Any applicant who doesn't declare this will be automatically rejected.


(Including European Union)


Access to HE Diploma in nursing/health or social care/science with a minimum of 60 credits (45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2), with a Merit/Distinction profile. The Access to HE must contain level 2 numeracy and literacy, alternatively applicants must hold GCSE Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics.

During the interview process you will be tested on your Numeracy and Literacy competence. In advance we would recommend that you do some practice tests online, just so you know what to expect on the day.

Numeracy sample test links:

Literacy sample test links:
Applicants for this course are required to pass a numeracy and literacy test. On successful completion they will progress to a group activity and individual interview.  Two satisfactory references are required, one of which must be from an educational institution.

Applicants will also be required to have a satisfactory Occupational Health check.

Students who have applied to study healthcare programmes are required to obtain Occupational Health clearance. This is to ensure that you are fit for all aspects of the course, and also to protect the public who may be affected by your placement activities. As a healthcare student, you must comply with Department of Health guidelines on immunisations, vaccinations and screening required to protect you and your patients during the course of your work. In order to undertake placement activities you will be required to be vaccinated for some infectious diseases if you do not already have immunity to them. During your course you will be given the opportunity to be screened and given any relevant vaccinations at no cost to you the student. Without appropriate immunity or vaccinations your place on the course may be at risk.

Applicants are required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for Regulated Activity.

As you will have close contact with children and/or vulnerable adults on the this course, you will be required to have a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure certificate.

You need to complete this process prior to starting the course. Failure to complete this process will impact you going on placement as part of the course.

Further information is available here


Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

Overall IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll learn

You’ll learn how to observe patients and assess their physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual needs. You’ll develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to plan and deliver the most appropriate care for them (underpinned by current research findings) and evaluate the results, in both hospital and out of hospital settings.

You’ll learn how to help people stay independent and maximise their wellbeing, improving their health outcomes and also care for people as they reach the end of their lives. A significant part of your learning will focus on communicating with compassion and building relationships with patients, their carers and families, to provide a positive care experience. Your aim will be to improve patients’ quality of life and deliver high quality care.

You’ll need to take account of many factors that impact on the patient and work to get the best possible outcomes for your patients. This will include working effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team, for example with: Doctors, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, and Social Workers. This exciting course will also allow you to develop a broad range of skills including, teaching, clinical decision making, leadership management and professionalism. Finally, you’ll reflect the values of the NHS Constitution and the 6 Cs: care, compassion, competence, communication, courage & commitment in the work you do as a nurse.

What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

All modules are core:

  • Ethics and Law (Mental Wealth)
  • Bioscience for Nursing
  • Nursing Practice (1)
  • Promoting Health and Preventing Ill Health
  • Communication

All modules are core:

  • Pharmacology for Adult Nurses
  • Managing acute and long-term conditions
  • Nursing practice (2)
  • Evidence Based Research
  • Clinical Decision Making in Providing and Evaluating Care

All modules are core:

  • Civic Engagement for Adult Nursing
  • Preparing for Registration as an Adult Nurse
  • Nursing Practice (3)
  • Advancing Adult Nursing Skills
  • Quality Improvement and Evaluation

How you'll be assessed

Assessment tasks are mainly spread across the year to make the workload manageable. Assessment methods include group works, exams and individual work including essays, presentations, case studies, professional development and practical activities depending on the nature of the course. All grades count towards your module mark. More details will be included in the student handbook and module guides.

Course specification

Your future career

A career in nursing offers opportunities for a career in a broad range of fields across the NHS and private sectors in hospital, community and social care. For example:

  • Acute Hospital Trusts
  • General Practice
  • Community hospitals
  • Nursing homes and care homes
  • Private Hospitals and the Independent sector
  • Key Industry Partners
  • Local NHS partners across North East London.
  • Independent and private sector

UEL will support you in your personal and professional development to play a vital role in person-centred high quality care.

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