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BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

Level 6
Course Code:
North Devon Campus
Three years

You will learn an extensive range of nursing skills and techniques so that you can care effectively for adult patients in a variety of healthcare environments. Our ambition is for you to become a nurse leader of the future. You’ll have the opportunity to develop an invaluable network of professional contacts during your intensive time (50%) on clinical placement at Northern Devon Healthcare Trust.

Combining our strengths to deliver quality nursing education in North Devon: The University of Bolton (voted No. 1 University in Greater Manchester for Student Satisfaction by the Complete University Guide in 2018), Petroc (voted in the NICDEX League Table as the No.1 FE College in the country in 2019) and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (voted the best NHS Trust for staff satisfaction in 2016).


The modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

- Caring and Compassionate Foundation Skills for Nursing Practice
- Developing graduate skills and using evidence to inform practice
- Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
- Contemporary Approaches to Health and Well-being
- Foundations of Medicines Management
- Introduction to the Principles of Professional Practice
- Care of Acute Physical and Mental Health Issues Across the Lifespan
- Care of Complex Physical and Mental Health Issues Across the Lifespan
- Principles of Medicines Management
- Enhancing Health and Wellbeing
- Contemporary Nursing Care for the Older Person
- Preparation, Transition and Nursing Management For Professional Practice (Adult Nursing)
- Application of Medicines Management
- Applied Adult Nursing Practice
- Nursing Care of Patients with Acute Changes
- Contemporary Approaches to Dementia Care
- Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
- Palliative and End of Life Care In Adult Nursing Practice
- Developing the Evidence Base for Professional Nursing Practice.

This degree course explores the concepts of health and ill health within the adult population, and the key sciences in nursing, including the biosciences, psychology and sociology.

We’ll work to help you gain key transferable skills including the ability to work independently, adapt to changing circumstances, work in teams and groups, and listen and respond to customers and their needs. You’ll also be encouraged to develop forward planning and time management, rational decision making, critical thinking, physical assessment and communication skills during your studies.

You’ll spend 50% of your time in clinical practice placements at our partner Trust (Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust) and will study at Petroc college to complement and enhance your learning in the workplace. You will be supported as you learn to care for adults with acute and long-term illnesses, in hospital and at home, and gain expertise in health promotion and disease prevention.

You’ll gain first-hand work experience and have the opportunity to develop an invaluable network of professional contacts during your extensive time (50%) on clinical practice placements at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

The theory elements of the course are delivered by professional expert academic tutors who come from a wide range of clinical and academic backgrounds. Theory sessions will take place at Petroc at their North Devon Campus in Barnstaple.

The course programme will enable you to learn an extensive range of nursing skills and techniques so that you can care effectively for adult patients in a variety of healthcare environments. Our ambition is for you to become a nurse leader of the future.

The BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) Programme is a 3 year programme. Each year is 44 weeks in length consisting of 22 weeks theory and 22 weeks practice. Weekly theory blocks consist of 2 days taught at college, one day flipped learning and two days self directed study and practice weeks will be dependent on the placement and the shift patterns.

Please note that applications need to be made via the University of Bolton - see more details below.
Modern healthcare professionals require a range of skills and values and our practice partners and tutors will help you to gain experience of a range of clinical scenarios designed to develop your skills in a safe and supportive environment.

Your studies will be split with 50% dedicated to theory and 50% committed to practice placements at our partner Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (at the North Devon Hospital and health centres and clinics in the Trust’s catchment area – please note, considerable travelling may be required). As you progress through the course, we’ll guide and encourage you to draw on your practice placement experience while studying theory, and apply the theory you’ve learned to your practice while on placement, so that you can understand how the two complement each other.

The theory-based modules will be taught using a blended approach that includes lectures, presentations, simulations delivered by tutors, seminar discussions, small group workshops, small group and one-to-one tutorials, and using virtual learning environments (VLE) and e-learning packages. You’ll also need to undertake a significant amount of personal study, including general background reading, preparing for seminar activities, working on assignments and revising for examinations.

A range of assessment methods will be used, including essays, reports, presentations, portfolios, set exercises via multiple choice questions, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE), traditional examinations and assessment of practice within the practice setting. The assessment of practice and theory are equally weighted in their contribution to the degree award as a whole.
Five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above

In addition to your Level 2 Functional Skills/GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above (with preferably a science subject as well) you will require a level three qualification which is health related such as a BTEC National Diploma, Access to HE qualification or A levels.

If your application is successfully short-listed, then you’ll be asked to undertake a numeracy and literacy assessment. If you are successful during this phase, then you’ll be invited for interview.

The interview process will involve face-to-face interviews with academic staff, practice staff and service users. You’ll also be assessed on your values, behaviours, communication and problem solving skills. We’re seeking students who can demonstrate commitment to a nursing career, who have excellent communication skills and who are caring, compassionate and courageous.

If you’re successful at the interview stage, you’ll be asked to undergo occupational health screening and a DBS check.

You’ll need to demonstrate that you are of good health and good character and satisfactorily pass occupational health screening.

This course involves working unsupervised with vulnerable adults and you must gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting your studies. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service.
Nursing is the largest healthcare profession in the country and offers excellent career opportunities and progression.
The BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing degree will qualify you to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and practice as a registered adult nurse in a variety of different health and social care environments. The Adult Nursing degree prepares you for a wide range of rewarding opportunities in both general medical and surgical wards, as well as specialist departments such as intensive care, Accident and Emergency and cancer units.
Indeed, most healthcare services require qualified nurses and there are also openings in general practice surgeries, nursing homes and hospices, outpatient day surgeries, community settings, home healthcare and mental health agencies.
You’ll have access to interactive learning resources via Petroc College of Further and Higher Education, including our Clinical Simulation Suite in our new lifestyle centre where you’ll be able to practice skills and develop knowledge using clinical equipment and simulators.
Please bring equipment to take notes and any additional requirements requested via correspondence with the University of Bolton prior to the first day.
Any additional costs will be communicated to you via the University of Bolton.
Applications must be made via the University of Bolton -
Q: How do I apply?
A: You can apply directly to the University of Bolton.
To apply via the University of Bolton website, follow this link:
or contact the University directly via: Enquiry Team, University of Bolton,, +44 (0)1204 903903

Q: How much are the fees?
A: Course fees are £9250 per year over three years

Q: How do I apply for a student loan?
A: Applications are made online, visit to apply. If you experience any difficulty in completing the online application, you will need to contact Student Finance England on +44 (0)300 1000 607. Please note that all information is correct at the time of publishing, some changes may occur before or during the academic year.

Q: When does the programme start?
A: April 2020 (subject to approval).

Q: How long is the programme of study?
A: Three years.

Q: What qualifications do you need for the programme?
A: Level 3 qualification(s) which include (s) a health and social care subject and is equivalent to 104 UCAS points and 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9. These must include English Language and Mathematics and preferably science.
If I am a mature student aged 21 or over do the same entry requirements apply?
You will require 104 UCAS points and your GCSE English and Maths (or equivalent) at grade c or above or grade 4 to 9.

Q: Where will the placements be taught?
A: Placements will be taught at a variety of different locations in the North Devon area connected with Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust. The actual programme will be taught at Petroc’s North Devon Campus, Old Sticklepath Hill, Barnstaple EX31 2BQ.

Q: How long are placement blocks?
A: They will be taught for seven to eight weeks.

Q: Where do I get more information about the programme from?
A: Please visit the University of Bolton website:

Q: How do I apply for the programme?
A: Applications for this course will be via the University of Bolton website:

Q: What age do I have to be to apply for the programme?
A: Eighteen years old.

Q: What is the structure of the programme?
A: Each year of the three year programme is split into three terms. Each term consists of seven to eight weeks at Petroc and seven to eight weeks in placement.

Q: When I’m at Petroc how many days do I attend?
A: Three days at college and two days self-directed study.