BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

Course summary

The Complete University Guide 2018:

  • No.1 for student satisfaction for Nursing courses at a modern London university*
  • Joint top modern London university for graduate prospects for Nursing graduates.*
Nurse after visitOverview
The BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing degree course at the University of West London offers 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 and become registered as an Adult Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Changes to Funding Arrangements
Funding for pre-registration nursing courses has changed. From the 1st August 2017 new nursing students in England will take out maintenance and tuition loans like other students, rather than getting an NHS grant. For more information see the   student funding information provided by the Council of Deans of Health.

Why choose this course?

You will learn how to observe patients and assess their needs. You will develop the knowledge and skills 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 will learn how to help people stay independent and maximise their well-being, improving their health outcomes and also care for people as they reach the end of their lives.

Importantly, you'll learn how to communicate with compassion and build 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 lots of factors into account and juggle many priorities to get the best possible outcomes for patients. This will include working effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team, for example with:
 - Doctors
 - Physiotherapists
 - occupational therapists
 - social workers.

This exciting course will also allow you to develop a broad range of skills including, teaching, leadership and management. Finally, you will reflect the values of the NHS Constitution and the 6 Cs:
 - Care
 - Compassion
 - Competence
 - Communication
 - Courage
 - Commitment.

Nurse speaking to patientsCareer and study progression
We have a 98.9% employment rate (Source 2014-15 DLHE), with many graduates gaining employment in local Trusts/healthcare organisations. Following graduation, you may wish to undertake further study to enhance your clinical knowledge and skills, in specialist areas of care delivery.

For more details please see the Career and study progression section.

Why choose the University of West London?
  • You will benefit from a fantastic range of high-tech, innovative teaching resources, making your learning fun and engaging.
  • Our teaching staff are highly committed, passionate, subject specialists, with clinical currency, who will be there to support you during your course.
  • All our students have a personal tutor who will guide and advise you throughout your academic life. You'll also have access to the University's mentoring service.
  • You will be given regular, personalised feedback on your progress in theory and practice, helping you to succeed.
  • We have achieved the highest external ratings for the quality of our pre-registration Nursing courses and have been shortlisted for 3 awards at the Student Nursing Times Awards 2016.

The September 2017 intake of this course will run subject to viable numbers.

How will the course be assessed?

Year one
21% written exam, 8% practical exam, 71% coursework

Year two
33% written exam, 8% practical exam, 59% coursework

Year three
0% written exam, 8% practical exam, 92% coursework

* Modern universities are defined as those higher education institutions that were granted university status in, and subsequent to, 1992. UWL received the rankings listed above when compared to all other modern universities ranked in the guides/surveys cited.

Course detail

Studying with us

We offer a high quality, dynamic, adult nursing course, delivered in a state-of-the-art learning environment. This includes a fully equipped simulation centre, helping you to practice your clinical skills in a safe environment.

Our courses are developed in conjunction with our partners in the NHS, the voluntary and independent sectors, ensuring you gain the skills and experience required to secure a job on graduation.

You will spend 50% of your time in practice (caring for patients/clients) and 50% in the classroom. Your learning in practice will include caring for patients in hospital and out of hospital ie: in the community and in their own homes.

UWL currently partner with the following healthcare organisations in Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey:
 - Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
 - Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
 - Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (Health Visitors and Community Nurses for example)
 - Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
 - GP Practices
 - Private and voluntary organisations, including hospices.

What modules will I study as part of my course?Berkshire Healthcare promotional poster

Year one (Level 4) modules
Essential Skills for Higher Education and Healthcare
 - SEARCH for Health
 - Life Span Development
 - Promoting Individual Health
 - Fundamentals of Nursing Practice
 - Protection of Vulnerable People
 - Introduction to Professional Practice.

Year two (Level 5) modules
Becoming an Effective Professional Practitioner
 - Understanding Altered Physiology
 - Principles of Pharmacology and Medicines Management
 - Nursing Practice and Decision-making 1
 - Introduction to Public Health
 - Developing Professional Practice.

Year three (Level 6) modules
Research in Practice
 - Evaluating and Advancing Nursing Practice
 - Nursing Practice and Decision-making 2
 - Leading and Managing Care Services
 - Advancing Nursing Practice
 - Autonomous Professional Practice.

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust logo

Many of our students undertake placements with the Berkshire Healthcare Trust.

Entry requirements

112-120 UCAS tariff points, which would normally include at least two subject areas or equivalent qualifications at Level 3 plus GCSE Grade C or above in English language and mathematics.

Access to HE Diploma in nursing/health or social care/science 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.

Applicants need to ensure that they meet, or are working towards meeting, the entry criteria which include English language and mathematics GCSEs and the equivalent of A level qualifications.

Applicants for this course are required to attend an interview. All candidates must have a current satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS check) and occupational health check. One satisfactory reference needs to be provided with the application form.

Please contact the University for information on international equivalences and alternative entry qualifications.

Details of any other entry requirement as governed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) will be published on their website as soon as they are agreed, following the review of the pre-registration nursing and midwifery courses.

Experience and recent study
It is beneficial for applicants to have had some related experience in a health care setting. This may be paid, voluntary or as part of a vocational qualification. It is also recommended that candidates have undertaken some academic study within the past five years.

As well as having the above qualifications or equivalents, you must be classified as a Home/EU student prior to starting the course. All students also need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 7.0 or above,and a minimum of 7 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening). In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit to check for local equivalencies. We offer pre-sessional English language courses, an International Foundation Programme and a Pre-Masters Programme if you do not meet our requirements see -


Fees for home and EU students

Main fee


Changes to Funding Arrangements
Funding for pre-registration nursing courses has changed. From the 1st August 2017 new nursing students in England will take out maintenance and tuition loans like other students, rather than getting an NHS grant. For more information see the student funding information  provided by the Council of Deans of Health.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Current scholarships include:

  • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
  • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility for the scholarships and bursaries listed above.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

UK and EU students

Apply for this course at when UCAS applications are open, from the previous September until June (see dates). You will need our institution code W05 and the UCAS code given on the right hand side of this page.

If the UCAS deadline has passed, you can apply through Clearing by calling our hotline on 0800 036 8888 (or +44 8231 2468). Clearing takes place over the summer months (July to September).

If you are making an early application, before UCAS has opened, you can apply directly to the University by clicking the red 'apply now' button above. You should also use this button to receive specialist information if you are applying for Nursing and Midwifery courses.

More about how to apply to the University of West London.

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During the course

What our students say

Hanna Thomas, BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

“The majority of it was structured around critical care, which was the main reason that I chose a career in this area once I qualified. The best bit about the course was having supportive tutors. The course gave me practical and theoretical knowledge needed to pursue career in critical care. If anyone is considering it then I would say apply – do not hesitate.”

Hanna is currently working as an Emergency Department Nurse at Northwick Park Hospital A&E Department.

Emily Adams, BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

"The placement on this course was really interesting and was good preparation for the future. Three words to describe my university experience:  Interesting. Hard work. Good Union. My favourite aspect of university was the social side."

Sara Iddi, BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

  "Three words to describe my university experience: Fun. Fast. Hard work."

Helena Hogan, BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

"The Adult Nursing course at UWL was brilliant. It was taught in a clear and straightforward way. My favourite aspect of the course was the placement."

Larissa Aldred, BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

"The course was hard work, but very worthwhile. My favourite part of the course was the practical side and in particular using the Simulation Centre facilities at UWL."

Jobs and placements

Career and study progression

After studying to become an adult nurse, you will need to be committed to lifelong learning, ensuring your skills and knowledge remain up to date.

To maintain your registration to practice with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, you'll need to go through the process of revalidation, every three years. The process is straightforward and will help you to demonstrate safe and effective practise.

Find out more about revalidation.

After qualifying and gaining some clinical experience, there are a variety of exciting routes you could take in the NHS, examples include working in:

  • Urgent care, Accident and Emergency
  • Acute and critical care
  • Long term care
  • Out of hospital care / community
  • Public Health

Some nurses also decide to move into education, management or clinical academic careers. See the NHS careers website to find out more.

Study progression

The College of Nursing Midwifery and Healthcare offer a wide variety of innovative post-qualifying stand-alone modules, supporting your career development.

See our Continuing Professional Development page to view the full range of courses on offer.

We also have an extensive portfolio of Masters level courses, which provide excellent study progression routes.

See our Postgraduate study page to view the full range of courses on offer by our College of Nursing Midwifery and Healthcare.

Careers support
Our degrees are designed to help you find the career that's right for you.

Our careers service will help you realise your potential by offering specialist advice and guidance on a wide range of careers issues, including:

  • CVs
  • job hunting
  • recruitment and selection procedures
  • further study.

We are The Career University.