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University of East Anglia Nursing

University of East Anglia Nursing

BSc Adult Nursing

About this course

Adult Nursing is a challenging yet highly rewarding career choice which allows you to work with adults of all ages with a range of health conditions. Our degree is ideal if you want to make a real difference to peoples’ lives.

We are 6th in the UK for Nursing (Complete University Guide and The Guardian, 2017) and our nursing academics are at the forefront of innovative new teaching methods which have been recognised nationally. We encourage you to learn through first-hand practical experience while working in collaboration with other healthcare students to ensure you graduate with the confidence and skills needed to adapt to a fast-changing and demanding environment.

At UEA you’ll learn about the responsibilities of an Adult Nurse, essential nursing practice and specialist areas such as long term health conditions and complex needs. Throughout your degree, you will gain the knowledge, skills and experience needed to meet the needs of a diverse adult population.


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With the NHS Constitution at its core, our Adult Nursing degree provides rigorous training, fantastic placement opportunities and is fully approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Highlights of Nursing at UEA

  • Experience a wide range of placements, including community settings and operating theatres
  • Take part in regular group work with other health and medicine students to help you develop teamwork skills
  • Increase your knowledge and build your confidence by trying out new techniques in our state-of-the-art skills laboratories and anatomy suite and take part in scenario based training in our fully equipped bungalow
  • Explore contemporary practice in small seminar groups in our purpose built Edith Cavell Building
  • Learn in a highly supportive culture and join a motivated group of students
  • Have the opportunity to experience healthcare in another country with an elective placement (3 weeks)

The NHS Constitution

The NHS Constitution Values are an integral part of everything we do; they underpin the behaviours and expectations of all our staff and students in the university and in the practice setting. As part of our recruitment process, your understanding of the values of the NHS Constitution will be explored at interview, with successful candidates demonstrating how these are reflected in their own beliefs.


You will experience placements in a variety of settings under the supervision of a professional, where you will be able to use and develop your skills and knowledge in a clinical environment, while working closely with adult patients, clients and their families. By the end of your course, the placement experiences will have allowed you to build up an individual placement profile, after having undertaken the number of assessed placement hours required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to allow professional registration.

Course Structure

  • Three-year course, two modules each year
  • Small group teaching, lectures and self-directed study alongside your clinical placements
  • Variety of assessments such as written assessments, unseen examinations and group presentations
  • Teaching hours are allocated between 9am-7pm. When in practice, your hours will reflect typical patterns for nursing staff at your placement and a minimum of 75 hours on night duty is normally required.

January Intake

Due to the huge demand for Adult Nurses, we have an additional intake of students in January. This is a popular course with students who take advantage of having the opportunity to travel and earn money following exam results, without having to defer entry for a whole year.

A Fantastic Student Experience

Studying Adult Nursing at UEA means that you’ll join the School of Health Sciences, home to a group of exceptional students, world-class research and enthusiastic educators who are experts in their fields.

Life Beyond University

The placements we offer allow you to build an individual profile demonstrating that you have undertaken the necessary time in practice required for you to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Our Adult Nursing graduates are highly sought-after healthcare professionals with 98% of students in work after graduation (Unistats 2015). Working as an Adult Nurse means working in a demanding environment, which could be based in a number of areas such as:

  • Hospital wards
  • Community settings
  • Nursing homes
  • Schools
  • Hospices

Teaching and Assessment

You will experience different assessment methods, which have been carefully considered to reflect the importance of being able to apply the relevant evidence base to practice. You will be expected to maintain a portfolio of evidence. With guidance, you will be expected to build a sound evidence base demonstrating progression, reflecting on your learning both theoretical and clinical skills. Other assessment strategies are also utilised, such as written assignments, unseen examinations, case studies, practical examinations, group presentations and a dissertation of 10,000 words in order to illustrate deeper understanding of the relationship between the theory and practice of nursing. Whilst in clinical placement you will complete various learning outcomes, a nursing attributes assessment as well as writing reflections based on your placement experience. You will maintain a Skills Development Profile throughout the course to demonstrate your learning and competency in clinical skills.

Course Modules 2017/8

  • Year 1

  • Year 2

  • Year 3

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:



Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Essential Information

Entry Requirements

  • 2017/8

  • A Level BBB
  • International Baccalaureate 31 points
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BBB
  • Irish Leaving Certificate BBBBBB or 6 subjects at H2
  • Access Course Pass with Merit in 45 Credits at Level 3 in a Health, Care or Science subject
  • BTEC DDM in a Health, Care or Science subject
  • European Baccalaureate 70%

Entry Requirement

We look for applicants to have a clear understanding of the profession ideally with relevant voluntary or paid work in health care, an interest in people, a strong academic attainment and a broad academic base.