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BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing

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University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront
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Hospital Placement Locations: 
Ipswich Hospital (R) West Suffolk Hospital (W) James Paget Hospital (P)

Three years full-time.

This course starts in February and September.


Typical Offer: 

2017 entry: 100 UCAS tariff points (or above)
BCC (A-Level), MMM (BTEC)

2018 entry: 96 UCAS tariff points (or above)
CCC (A-Level), MMM (BTEC)

Please see Entry Requirements below.


Why become a Registered Nurse with us?

“Suffolk is a really great place to live, study and work”

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 Nnurses.

Our Pre-Reg Nursing course has at its heart the 6Cs of nursing, developed and launched by the Chief Nursing Officer in 2012 and the NHS Constitution Values. The Department of Nursing Studies is committed to embedding these values into everything we do; they define the behaviours and expectations of all our staff and students underpinning the work we do in the university and in the practice setting.

The 6Cs are;

  1. Care
    Caring is fundamental to nursing and to this course. We care for you, providing excellent support and guidance in developing your knowledge and skills. The philosophy underpinning the course and the skills students develop are based around person-centred care and working in partnership with people and their family/carer(s).  We offer students the opportunity to study as a member of both small and large groups in which we will offer a supportive environment to explore the many sensitive and emotional issues that arise within the caring professions.
  2. Compassion
    Students at the University of Suffolk build relationships based on empathy, respect and dignity. Students are supported in a wide range of clinical environments allowing you to experience the diverse social and cultural influences upon health. Using your developing knowledge and expertise, allow you to understand the impact that nursing care can make.
  3. Competence
    Contemporary nursing practice is based upon sound theoretical foundations in the life sciences, knowledge of interpersonal working, problem solving and ethical reasoning. Students will be encouraged to develop the skills of independent learning, critical analysis, leadership, management and decision making. The state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Centre in the James Hehir Building offers an exceptional opportunity to learn clinical skills in a safe environment, including the use of patient simulators.
    The nature of nursing means that you will be involved in working with the variety of people who access the services provided by the health care system. Patients may have short term acute or long term health needs and adult nurses will be prepared to care for the physical, emotional and mental health care needs of all.
  4. Communication
    Developing excellent communication skills is a key component within our course. Each year students undertake a short Inter-professional Learning module, whereby students from all of our different healthcare courses work together on a shared task, communicating and learning from each other.
  5. Courage
    Throughout your course you will be exposed to new ways of working and learning. Our course uses a blended approach which includes lectures, seminars, discussions, clinical skills teaching, use of a virtual learning environment and private study at our base sites of Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Great Yarmouth.
    You will aim to achieve the best that you can.
  6. Commitment
    We are committed to helping you to succeed and in return you will also be committed to both this course and the delivery of high quality nursing care. To help us to achieve this you will be assessed throughout the course, covering both theory and practice. Assessment can take many forms and includes:
    •  Project work
    •  Presentation
    •  Examination (written and practical)
    •  Practice portfolios
    •  Essays

Upon successful graduation you will have the opportunity to work in a variety of clinical areas including community and hospital settings, education and research. 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.

Learning and Teaching Strategy

The course delivers a blended approach to teaching and learning which includes lectures, seminars and discussions at the Ipswich Campus, Great Yarmouth base site and at the Bury St Edmunds base site.  

Nursing Expertise

Other approaches to learning include clinical skills teaching, use of a virtual learning environment, private study, in addition to working in clinical practice supported by a mentor at one of our three partner Hospital Trusts. You will complete 2,300 hours of theory and 2,300 hours of practice over the three years of the course.   

Base Site Locations and Clinical Placements

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

Practice Hours

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.

Course modules

Content and 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 one practice module that runs throughout the whole year.  Assessment takes place at the end of each placement.

Year 1: Contributing to Care (Level 4)

Year 2: Assess, Plan, Implement and Evaluate (Level 5)  

Year 3: Leading and Managing Care (Level 6)

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.

Contributing to Care (Level 4)

The focus is to develop core skills and knowledge on meeting the needs of patients and their family/carer(s) as well as promoting health and wellbeing.

Core themes include nursing issues; professional, legal and ethical issues; communication; life sciences and service provision.

Assess, Plan, Implement and Evaluate (Level 5)

Building on the core knowledge and skills gained in year 1, the second year of the course focuses on the student s ability to develop skills and knowledge that enable the process of effective care delivery to meet specific health needs. 

Content will support the student to focus on field specific knowledge and skills with a view to developing a critical approach to the evaluation of research evidence and practice. Emphasis will be placed on keeping the patient at the centre of care delivery by supporting them to make informed choices and promoting individual recovery and wellbeing.

A range of interventions and approaches, that address a wide range of short, long and end-of-life health conditions and that are used by both nurses and other members of the wider health professional team, will be considered.

Leading and Managing Care (Level 6)

The role of the registered nurse demands the development of leadership and management skills to help support and ensure safe and effective care delivery, within a variety of clinical settings and in conjunction with others. This includes developing skills and knowledge to promote a positive patient and carer experience through supporting changes in service delivery and developing the skill of critical enquiry.

Consideration of research evidence and service improvement strategies contribute to the themes included in this year of study. Emphasis is placed upon the on-going need to maintain a contemporary knowledge and skills base through continued professional development, seeking supervision and peer review where necessary and contributing to the continuing development of the nursing profession.

Career opportunities

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. The University also offers a wide range of modules as part of the Continuing Practice Development (CPD) programme often at degree and masters level.

Throughout the programme students will be engaging with service users, either in theoretical sessions or in practice. These engagements range from guest speakers, case study work, and simulation of practice, to providing direct patient care.

The Adult course team are very close and support students with a number of academic/personal issues and many students go onto succeed even when faced with quite major challenges. 

Further Information

Student testimonial

“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 is in the third year of the programme.


Student Voices

Gamze and Gary are currently in their final term of the course and will be taking up qualified nursing posts in the near future.  

Linda and Gary :

Anna and Gamze :

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Fees and finance

  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • International Tuition fee: £14,580 p.a. 

Further Information                                        

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At the 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 you course that you will need to budget for. See Course Costs

Entry requirements

The next available intake for this course is September 2017.

Academic Requirements

2017 entry: 100 UCAS tariff points (or above) BCC (A-Level) MMM (BTEC)
2018 entry: 96 UCAS tariff points (or above), CCC (A-Level), MMM (BTEC)


Access to Higher Education Diploma – a minimum of 30 Level 3 credits at merit grade or above

Plus Five GCSEs grade A-C including 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, or the relevant Level 2 equivalent (if applicable).

Also see 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.

Also see International and EU.


Career Overview Jules Dawson joined the University in February 2014 as a Lecturer on the Pre-Registration Adult Nursing Course. Jules has an extensive clinical back ground which spans both Adult and Children's nursing, the acute and community settings.  Jules trained at The Hosp...

Background Tim trained as a nurse at Addenbrooke's in 1993 after studying IT & Sports Science at University. His clinical experience is in stroke care, head injuries and acute medical nursing working at Addenbrooke's NHS Trust and Ipswich NHS Trust. Tim worked as a nursing Lectu...

Natasha qualified as a Registered Nurse (Adult) from Canterbury Christchurch University in 2008. On qualifying Natasha worked within an ENT and Plastic Surgery ward, specialising in Hand Trauma. This involved caring for both surgical and medical patients, day surgery as well as in...

Career Overview Eva qualified as an Adult Nurse in 2006 having completed her training at the University of East Anglia. Following this, Eva worked on short-stay surgical wards at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and at the James Paget University Hospital. ...

Rachel completed her training at the West Suffolk Hospital (WSH) in 1987 and worked predominantly in Acute medicine and rehabilitation as a Staff Nurse and Ward Manager. In 2003 this was followed by a move into the Nursing Directorate as a Clinical Practice Facilitator (CPF), suppor...

Linda is a Lecturer involved primarily with the Pre-Registration Nursing courses. Linda has a community background and her interests lie in teaching around long term conditions and palliative care with a special interest in teaching communication and interpersonal skills. Linda has ...

Academic qualifications BA (Hons) Humanities; Master level PGC in Health & Social Care Professionals Education (UCS 2011); CELTA & PTLLS (Cambridge Regional College, 2011); ENB 998 Teaching & Assessing; ENB Renal Course 136; ECDL (2008) Career Overview Trained at Royal F...

Career Overview Donna Page is a Lecturer in Adult Health and combines her teaching role with two days a week in practice as a Team Leader in Contraception and Sexual Health in Suffolk. She has a wide range of experience working with young people in and out of mainstream education an...

Career Overview Donna has worked within the National Health Service since March 2000. Post qualification as a nurse, her Career pathway included posts on surgical wards, followed by a wide range of Intensive Care Units. Before joining the University of Suffolk as a Lecturer, Donna's...

Career Overview Hannah qualified with a BSc Adult Nursing in 2002, and her first job was a Community Nurse where she was the first newly qualified nurse to be accepted in the community in the Ipswich area; Hannah also undertook modules at the University of Suffolk in mentorship a...

Office: Academic Staff Office, 2nd Floor, Waterfront Building Teaching and Other Responsibilities Nickey's main areas of interest centre around supporting practice learning and development of clinical competence from foundation degrees, pre-registration programmes to community speci...

Lisa entered nursing as a mature student, studying at Suffolk College, following a career in law.  Lisa qualified as an Adult General Nurse in January 2006 and worked at Colchester General Hospital Foundation Trust in the Emergency Admissions Unit before moving to West Suffolk Ho...

Career Overview Abril joined the University as a Lecturer in Adult Nursing in 2015, having previously been a Lecturer at UEA in Norwich and at the University of Huelva in Spain. ...

Anna qualified as an Adult Nurse from the University of East Anglia in 2010, and initially joined Addenbrooke’s Hospital on a specialist rotational programme across medical, surgical and emergency nursing. Anna then moved to West Suffolk Hospital Foundation Trust and spent 18 mont...

Career Overview Nigel has extensive teaching experience having been a member of staff at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic, Lancashire College of Nursing and Health Studies, University of Bedfordshire, Anglia Ruskin University and now University of Suffolk. In addition he h...

Career overview Elizabeth is an Adult Branch Registered Nurse who, since qualifying in 1989, has worked in the UK, Canada and India in acute medicine.  Elizabeth's areas of expertise include oncology, haematology, HIV/AIDS, neurology and care of the older person, and she has al...