Cardiff University Nursing

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Cardiff University Nursing

This degree aims to prepare you for a rewarding working life as a confident and knowledgeable registered nurse. By fully engaging with this degree, you will develop critical abilities, skills and competencies to deliver high quality nursing care in a rapidly changing environment.

While you will specialise in adult nursing from the start of the course, the integrated nature of teaching means you will learn with those studying children’s nursing and mental health nursing. Sharing ideas between disciplines will broaden your perspective on health care, and help to sharpen your focus on your own field.

You will be taught by motivated and knowledgeable lecturers in the field of adult nursing, and have opportunities to work in hospitals and homes.

This degree will lead to eligibility to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as an Adult Nurse. On qualification, you can work in a range of healthcare settings, both in the United Kingdom and abroad.

The BN (Hons) programme ensures that you will meet the theory and practice requirements contained within the four overarching domains set out by the NMC (2010):

  1. Professional values.
  2. Communication and interpersonal skills.
  3. Nursing practice and decision making.
  4. Leadership, management and team working abilities.

and the Essential Skills clusters as set out by the NMC (2010);

  1. Care, compassion and communication.
  2. Organisational aspects of care.
  3. Infection, prevention and control.
  4. Nutrition and fluid management.
  5. Medicines management.

To fulfil these requirements all aspects of the programme are compulsory.

During your application to the course you will be required to demonstrate that you meet the NMC good health and character, fitness to practise requirements. This will be achieved by providing a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate. All applicants will be required to have a satisfactory health screening prior to enrolment on this course, which is conducted independently by the University’s Occupational Health Department. Full guidance on this will be provided at application stage.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: We regret that this course is unable to accept applications from international fee-status applicants because of its association with the National Health Service (NHS) and the restrictions on funding and clinical placements.

Distinctive features

During year two, there is an opportunity to undertake a practice learning opportunity in a different environment, either within the UK or overseas. Practice learning opportunities will fulfil requirements and guidance as defined by the NMC (2010), and maintain your safety, enabling you to undertake a self-selected placement within a health or social care learning environment.

Highly-equipped skills laboratories in our Clinical Simulation Suite enable realistic ward, community, home and emergency simulations. Lifelike simulations mean you can safely practice and develop essential skills, developing your confidence and expertise.

The School provides pre-registration courses recognised by the UK Health and Care Professions Council in occupational therapy, operating department practice, physiotherapy, diagnostic radiography and imaging and radiotherapy and oncology. It also provides pre-registration courses in nursing and midwifery. This contributes to a vibrant interdisciplinary environment, with opportunities for shared learning and inter-professional education not available at many institutions.

Cardiff University offers clinical placements in The University Hospital of Wales – a well established hospital which would provide me with valuable experience and open doors for me in the future.

Kayleigh Griffiths, Adult Nursing

Key facts

UCAS Code B740
Next intake September 2017
Duration 3 years
Mode Full time
Accreditations Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Typical places available The course typically has approximately 223 places available across both intakes.
Typical applications received The course typically receives approximately 1557 applications across both intakes.
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Entry requirements

For detailed entry requirements see the School of Healthcare Sciences admissions criteria pages.

Typical A level offer BBB. No specified subjects.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer WBQ core will be accepted in lieu of one A-level (at the grades specified above).
Typical International Baccalaureate offer 28 points. Contact the School for detailed information.
Other requirements Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome.