Hospital Placement Locations:
Ipswich Hospital (R) West Suffolk Hospital (W) James Paget Hospital (P) Colchester General Hospital (E) Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (N)
Three years full-time.
September intake only.
2023-24 entry; 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC), Merit (T Level).
- Nursing students will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year.
- 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.
- Our brand new Health and Wellbeing building with dedicated specialist nursing facilities.
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 School of Health and Sports Science and has the 6 C’s of nursing (Department of Health and National Health Service Commissioning Board, 2012) and the NHS Values (Department of Health, 2015) at its heart. The School of Health and Sports Science 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 practice supervisors and a practice assessor 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 allocated practice supervisors and a practice assessor.
The programme consists of twelve credit-bearing and three non-credit-bearing modules over the three years. Learning hours total 4,600 with a 50:50 division between theory and practice. The year is divided into three terms each of 14 weeks’ duration. Each year you will complete a 40-credit module that runs over two terms, incorporating simulated learning in the clinical simulation suite. In addition, each year contains one other 40 credit module and two 20 credit modules.
Each year has theoretical modules. Year one's modules are Professional Values for Adult Nursing, Collaborative Working to Optimise Health, Fundamentals of Bio-science and Person-Centred Care. Year two focuses on Pathophysiology and Pharmacology, Research for Adult Nurses, Ethics, Law and Politics and Care of the Acutely unwell Adult. Year three has four modules; Contemporary Perspectives on Leading and Managing Care, Medicines Optimisation, Delivering Complex Care and the Dissertation.
Each year has a practice module which spans the whole year. Assessment takes place after each placement, with learning outcomes and skills aligned to your level of study. Diagrammatic representation of the course structure is presented below.
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.
On graduation you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This provides you with an extremely marketable and internationally recognised professional qualification, giving you the opportunity to work at home and abroad.
On qualification, local employment prospects are excellent. Equally, many of our graduate’s secure employment with prestigious trusts such as Addenbrookes, Royal Papworth Hospital, St. Thomas's Hospital and the Royal London Hospital.
Nurses are lifelong learners who seek to develop their skills and interests in a range of specialisms. Our graduates increasingly go on to study at Masters level, benefiting from the University of Suffolk's flexible Continuing Professional Development (CPD) provision.
Fees and finance
- UK full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a
- International full-time tuition fee: £17, 768 p.a (inclusive of placement fee)
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.
* 2023-24 tuition fees are subject to change in line with inflation, or a government change in the fee cap.
2023-24 entry; 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC), Merit (T Level) 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).
IELTS 7.0 overall is required where English is not the student's first language. You can read more about our English language requirements here.
If you are an international student, click here to find the academic requirements for your country.
Also see our homepage for International students.
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.
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.