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BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing

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Ipswich Hospital (R) West Suffolk Hospital (W) James Paget Hospital (P) Colchester General Hospital (E) Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

Three years full-time.

This course starts in January and September.

Please note this course will not be running in January 2021 or January 2022. Please apply for the September start dates instead. 

Typical Offer: 

96 UCAS tariff points (or above)
CCC (A-Level), MMM (BTEC)

  • Nursing students will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year from September 2020.
  • As a student you will benefit from placements throughout your course to develop your practical skills and gain experience in a practice setting.
  • You will have the opportunity to regularly meet and talk to people in the industry. This might be as a guest lecturer or on a practice placement.   
  • Graduates can progress to a range of careers outside of adult nursing including further training for midwifery, health visiting and school nursing.
  • Benefit from excellent links with local hospitals and the NHS.


Studying Adult Nursing at the University of Suffolk is an excellent choice for someone looking for a fulfilling and rewarding career. You will be made to feel welcome from the first day by friendly, enthusiastic and committed staff. You will be studying in a modern learning environment, being taught by experts.

We will help you to become someone who will make a difference. University of Suffolk nurses are informed, enthusiastic, motivated and competent Registered Nurses.

Our Pre-Registration Adult Nursing course sits within the Department of Health Sciences and has the 6 C’s of nursing and the NHS Values at its heart. The Department of Health Sciences is committed to embedding these values into everything we do.

Base sites are used for clinical practice placements and some theoretical sessions. Clinical placements offer the opportunity to gain a variety of practice experiences, typically offering the following areas/specialities:

• Community Nursing
• Acute wards in NHS Trust Hospitals
• Specialist care areas
• Out-patient departments
• Placements in the voluntary and private sector

While in practice you will be allocated a mentor and, as the course is full-time, this equates to 37.5 hours per week.  Practice placements are comprised of a variety of shift patterns; long days (12.5 hours), early, late and night shifts.  At times you will also be expected to work weekends to ensure that you spend the maximum amount of time with your mentor.

Further information about the University's relationship with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is available in the PSRB register.

Course modules

There are two 22 week semesters in every year of the programme. Each semester consists of 50% practice and 50% theory.

Each year has two theoretical modules – one per semester. Each module contains a variety of subject matter relating to the indicative themes and content of the module.

Each year has a practice module that runs throughout the whole year. Assessment takes place at the end of each placement.

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Foundations of Nursing Practice
Holistic Care
Nursing Practice 1 (Working with Others from The Professional Person)
Nursing Practice 2
Living with Long Term Conditions
Evidence Based Practice & End of Life Care
Nursing Practice 3 (The Professional in the Team from The Organisation)
Preparing for Professional Practice

Career opportunities

Following qualification, the opportunities for registered adult nurses are vast. A wide variety of positions will be open to you in England and abroad. With the increasing emphasis on nursing people in the community, the opportunities are continuing to grow and we are seeing high levels (97%) of graduate recruitment within the East of England. 

A very large percentage of students who qualify are employed locally, straight form the course. This can be straight into community settings as well as in the hospital. Students can choose to go on to specialise within their chosen field of practice or perhaps they may wish to undertake their mentorship qualification and begin to support students in practice themselves. 

Following qualification as an adult nurse, opportunities for further training in mentorship, health visiting, school nursing and midwifery are also available in partnership with the University. 

What our students say

“I was looking for a career that would be genuinely rewarding, would mean every day was different and was concerned with people. Nobody in my family has ever been a nurse, so I had little idea, but a friend’s brother, a charge nurse, advised me. There is only one way to describe this course and that is it is a privilege. A privilege to be given the opportunity to learn to work with people who are often very emotional, experiencing things that will change their lives. They are not always grateful but rather too often too much so. Practice does intrude into my private life, working some weekends and often late in the day and occasionally nights. Study is hard work but fun and being close to others on the course makes the difficult bits easier. Have I thought of giving up? Yes, after a difficult placement in cancer care, but now I want to specialise in that area after I qualify.” Amy, third year student.

Student Voices

Gamze and Gary have recently qualified and taken up posts in local hospitals.  

Student profiles

I chose to study at the University of Suffolk because of how they individualise students. They know that every student is different, and they learn differently, at a different pace, so they really make an effort to personalise your learning. When considering my options, I felt that ...

Fees and finance



  • Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • International tuition fee: £16,405 p.a. (inclusive of placement fee)


  • Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • International tuition fee: £16,405 p.a. (inclusive of placement fee)

Further Information

At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. 

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

96 UCAS tariff points (or above), CCC (A-Level), MMM (BTEC) or Access to Higher Education Diploma – a minimum of 30 Level 3 credits at merit grade or above.

Applicants are required to hold five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above to include Mathematics and English (or equivalent)

For applicants whose first language is not English, but who have been living in the UK for less than 2 years (or have not lived in the UK at all), we will accept IELTS or the University of Suffolk Password test as meeting the English requirement.

Applicants whose first language is not English, but who have been living in the UK for 2 years or more will be expected to hold GCSE English at Grade C or above, (grade 4-9 for the new GCSEs) or the relevant Level 2 equivalent (if applicable).

How to Apply

Non-Academic Requirements

Any offer of a place will be subject to: 

  • Successful interview
  • Satisfactory Health check
  • Satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Two satisfactory references

As part of the selection process, you will be expected to demonstrate good knowledge and a clear understanding of the scope of work that a nurse is required to undertake as well as the significance of the NHS Constitution and its core values. 

International Requirements

IELTS 7.0 is required where English is not the student's first language.

International and EU

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.


Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing

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Senior Lecturer in Adult Health

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Course Leader and Senior Lecturer

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Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing

Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing

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