University of Hertfordshire Nursing

By | 14th June 2017

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University of Hertfordshire Nursing

University of Hertfordshire Nursing

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

About the course

Adult Nursing is a highly skilled, knowledgeable and caring profession. As a nurse you are required to provide high quality care to adults, and their families.

Adult Nursing activities encompass promoting health, providing evidence based whole person care while supporting and educating individuals and families both in hospitals and in the community.

You will gain a BSc(Hons) degree in Adult Nursing and be eligible to apply to register as an Adult Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

It runs over three extended academic years, incorporating core and inter-professional modules and adult field-specific modules. Throughout the course you will develop critical, analytical and reflective skills that will enable you to make sound judgements and provide good evidence-based care.

The course consists of lectures, seminars and tutorials delivered at the University which explore the theoretical underpinnings of practice as a nurse. The theoretical learning accounts for fifty per cent of your time. The remaining fifty per cent of the course involves completing blocks of learning occurring in a variety of clinical settings where you will develop a wide range of skills associated with adult nursing.

By integrating theory and practice, the course allows you to become a skilled, competent, compassionate and committed adult nurse with the necessary communication skills that are required to ensure patient care remains at the forefront of professional practice.

January 2017 intake

There are 2 intakes each year, upcoming intakes are

  • September 2017
  • January 2018

Why choose this course?

  • Adult nursing is an exciting and rewarding career that can lead to work in a variety of settings.
  • You will complete placements in a range of adult settings, both within hospital and the community during your course, learning practical skills that underpin your theoretical knowledge.
  • You will develop a sound knowledge of ‘normal’ adult development and behaviours and develop skills in recognising and managing deviations from the norm.

Entry requirements…

2017 entry

104 – 120 UCAS Points

UCAS have introduced a new tariff for 2017 entry so the points being asked for are substantially different to previous years.

We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (if applicable) together with your application as a whole including work experience and personal statement and may make an offer at any point within the stated tariff range. We also welcome applicants who are predicted grades in excess of our published tariff.

All Applicants must have a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C / grade 4 or above which must include Maths and English.

  • A – Levels – 104 UCAS points from at least 2 A levels. Additionally, candidates may use points from up to 1 AS level (not in the same subject as whole A levels).
  • International Baccalaureate – 104 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at grade 4 or above (the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).
  • Access to Nursing or Health  – 60 credits of which 45 credits must be at level 3.  Of the 45 credits at level 3, at least 27 must be Merit/Distinction.  Candidates without GCSE maths and English at grade C or above must complete equivalents contained within the Access course (normally 6 level 2 credits in numeracy and 6 in literacy)
  • BTEC National Diploma Level 3 (18 unit)  – 104 UCAS points in health and social care or other similar subject plus 5 GCSE at grade C or above to include maths and English language (or equivalents).
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units)  – 104 UCAS points in health and social care or other similar subject plus 5 GCSE at grade C or above to include maths and English language (or equivalents).

Other qualifications listed in the UCAS tariff will be considered
International qualifications will be considered for equivalency using NARIC. International candidates will be required to complete IELTS with scores of at least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and at least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections and the overall average score must be 7.0 or above.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

Please note that the following qualifications are not acceptable to the University:

  • Level 2 adult numeracy and level 2 adult literacy qualifications are not considered equivalent to GCSE maths and English grade C by this University.
  • NVQ level 2 and 3 qualifications will not be accepted as equivalent to the entry criteria.

If you have qualifications that are not listed above, please contact us to find out if you meet our entrance requirements.

All offers will be subject to the applicants demonstration of the NHS constitution’s “Values and Behaviours”, satisfactory interviews, numeracy and literacy test, health screening and the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) checks. You can view the full NHS Constitution for England on the Government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england

Professional Accreditations

Entitlement to apply to enter the professional register of the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the Adult Nursing field.

MSc Nursing (Adult)

About the course

This course is available to UK/EU students only.

  • The programme offers a myriad of exciting and rewarding experiences that will build on your current knowledge and life experiences and help you to make the most of the opportunities available to you as a student and eventually a registered adult nurse.
  • As a student on this programme your learning will help you to make a difference not only to the individual service user and his/ her family but to the whole health care team and organisation.
  • The programme offers students the chance to develop knowledge associated with altered anatomy and physiology as well as manage the complex challenges associated with the psychology and sociology of health and ill-health.
  • This scientific understanding will be combined with opportunities to learn how to develop human relationships effectively with a diverse range of people, many of whom are vulnerable and need support that is unique to them.
  • Students will develop critical thinking skills and will be able to appraise and apply complex evidence to their learning in order to make rational decisions relating to patient care and professional judgement.

Applying to the programme

It really is important that you can articulate why you want to be an Adult Nurse when you apply. You can find out more about adult nursing by reading professional journals such as Nursing Times or Nursing Standard. These can be purchased through High Street shops or on-line. You can also visit appropriate websites such as those listed below:

  • NHS careers
  • Department of Health
  • Kings Fund, Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Royal College of Nursing.

It is always useful to gain some experience in a health setting whether in a voluntary or paid capacity as this will help you to determine whether adult nursing is for you however this is not obligatory.

Why choose this course?

  • This 2 year full time programme is especially designed for people who already hold a first degree wishing to become registered nurses. At the end of the programme you will be ready to take a key role in delivering and leading high quality care for service users.
  • You will also help service users make well-informed decisions relating to their health care needs and preferences by focussing on communication, professional, team working and leadership skills.
  • 50% of learning will occur at the university studying the theory or nursing and 50% of learning will occur in practice placements so that you can integrate what you have learned and are “fit for purpose” in today’s health care settings.
  • Upon successful completion, students will be eligible to enter the Nursing and Midwifery Council Professional Register as an Adult Nurse and will be legally entitled to practice.

Entry requirements…

  • Normally a 2:1 honours degree in any subject. Consideration will be given to applicants with a 2:2 if their degree is related to nursing and they have previous care work experience.
  • GCSE mathematics and English at grade C or above (or equivalent).

All offers will be subject to the applicants demonstration of the NHS constitution’s “Values and Behaviours”, satisfactory interviews, numeracy and literacy test, health screening and the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) checks. You can view the full NHS Constitution for England on the Government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england

English language requirements

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency.

IELTS (with no less than 7 in any band)

If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

Professional Accreditations

Upon successful completion of the programme, students will be eligible to enter the Nursing and Midwifery Council Professional Register as an Adult Nurse and will be legally entitled to practice