BSc Nursing Studies (Adult)

Adult nursing is a dynamic, rewarding and highly skilled caring and compassionate career. You will develop diverse skills ranging from the delivery of health education for individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds to delivering complex care for people with multiple acute or long term conditions.

This programme aims to develop nurses who are able to deliver person-centred, safe and effective care, working with other professions and agencies in an ever-changing and complex healthcare environment.

You will experience a variety of clinical placements and will learn using a diverse range of techniques and approaches. You will undertake clinical practice for 50% of the course, in community and hospital placements as well as independent and voluntary sector experience.

During placements, students are involved in nursing activities including providing care for a range of patients relevant to their chosen nursing pathway.

GCU's learning environment provides innovative, flexible and effective opportunities to develop understanding and nursing skills, using methods such as a blend of online and face-to-face teaching and a state-of-the-art inter-professional simulation suite.

Your career

On successful completion of the programme, graduates are eligible for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Graduates are equipped to apply for a wide range of positions in the NHS, working closely with patients, clients, service users and carers, and also leading in management and research.

Year 1

Values and Rights based Nursing practice, Health Improvement, Contemporary Health Care Delivery, Introduction to Evidence Based Practice.

Year 2

Anticipatory and Alternative Approaches to Adult Nursing, Developing Skills for Professional Nursing Practice (Adult).

Year 3

Adult Nursing to Empower, Enable and Enhance Person-Centred Care, Consolidating Professional Skills for Nursing Practice (Adult).

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Study Options

  • 2019/20

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Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

UCAS

 

BSc
Full Time
3 Years
16 Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
B740
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc Full Time 3 Years 16 Sep 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Study Options

  • 2020/21

Award

Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

UCAS

 

BSc
Full Time
3 Years
14 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
B740
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc Full Time 3 Years 14 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

BSc Year 2

College HNC: Care and Administrative Practice with B in graded units, successful completion of 600 clinical hours but advised to achieve as close to 620 clinical hours as possible (in designated clinical area). Candidates need to obtain a minimum of 90% attendance at College and a minimum of 90% attendance at Practice Placement. Applications subject to interview and places and must be supported by the college partner.

English language

Applicants whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold IELTS of overall 7.0 with 7 in each element except Writing which is 6.5

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

Additional requirements

Applicants are expected to have evidence of assessed study within the last 5 years. Selected applicants will be invited to attend one of our Applicant Days as part of the admissions process.

BSc Year 1

SQA Higher: BBC including English plus Nat 5 Maths at C

A level: BC plus GCSE English language and Maths at C/4

ILC Higher: H3 H3 H3 including English plus Ordinary Level Maths at 02

IB Diploma: 24 points to include Maths and English

College HNC: Care and Administrative Practice with Essential Skills for Care Practice. Most HNCs considered but must have literacy and numeracy equivalent to SG2/Nat5 C. HNC Applied Science is considered with Stats for Science Unit instead of Nat 5 Maths.

SWAP: Access to Nursing. Other Access courses will be considered on an individual basis.

BTEC: Extended Diploma MMP plus GCSE Maths and English at C/4

Foundation Apprenticeship

Accepted as equivalent to one Higher as part of the overall grade profile of Highers required for entry. Any essential subjects at Higher should still be achieved in addition to the Foundation Apprenticeship.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2019/20

Home: £1820** 
RUK: £9250*
EU: £1820** 
International: £11,845 

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750.

**Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

Additional costs for fee paying students

Self-funded students are required to cover the cost of the following:

  • Uniforms, approximately £15 each. The number of uniforms you require depends on duration of your course and can range from two to four.
  • Occupational health checks and vaccination, approximately £200.
  • Membership of Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme.  New applications cost £59. Updates to existing scheme record costs £18.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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Scholarships

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

View our Undergraduate scholarships.

For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.

Find out more about international life at GCU.

We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.

Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.

Written exam

  • 17%
  • 0%
  • 25%


Coursework assessment

  • 45%
  • 45%
  • 28%


Practical exam

  • 38%
  • 55%
  • 47%

The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.

We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.

Scheduled learning and teaching

  • 19%
  • 12%
  • 10%


Independent study

  • 37%
  • 36%
  • 37%


Placement study

  • 44%
  • 52%
  • 53%

On successful completion of the programme, graduates are eligible for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).