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Adult Nursing

Bangor University
3 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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About this program

Adult Nursing

The one key word that could be used to describe the role of adult field registered nurses is diversity – registered nurses who hold adult field registration (and additional registerable qualifications, for example prescribing or teaching) care for the needs of people across the lifespan, including safeguarding the health of mother and baby. You will be able to experience thatdiversity during placements in clinical areas where adult nurses practice which might include:

  • Acute sector general and specialist medical and surgical nursing
  • Critical care nursing (intensive and high dependency care, emergency department, theatres and recovery)
  • Community nursing in the home environment and primary care

Adult nursing offers a range of interesting and worthwhile careers in healthcare with opportunities available to develop skills and knowledge in diverse areas, such as: leadership, advanced clinical practice, education or research. Advice on entry requirements and careers can be found here.

The taught elements of this course can be delivered at both the Bangor and Wrexham Archimedes Centre campuses so students can choose which location they wish to apply for.

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Admission requirements

For 2020 entry:

Entry Process for Professional Courses:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above which must include English and Mathematics, science subjects are desirable. The exception to meeting the GCSE requirements in full applies to some Access HE Diploma applicants.
  • All applicants must satisfy a range of entry criteria – consult the NMC’s Standards for Preregistration Nursing Education or contact information for further advice/information. NMC entry requirements include demonstrating good health and good character. The School requires all candidates to undertake a criminal record check and other requirements for demonstrating good character; the local Health Board will be responsible for setting the requirement for good health. Candidates with entry qualifications older than 5 years must demonstrate evidence of recent study at an appropriate level.

Academic requirements:

GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Language/Welsh Language and Maths or the equivalent in Numeracy and Communication Essential Skills, level 2. A minimum of O4 from Irish Leaving Certificate.

Typical offer is based on a minimum 120 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:

  • A Levels
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge
  • Technical Extended Diploma: DDM
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Extended Project Qualification
  • Access: 120 UCAS Points to include Distinction/Merit profile (Maximum 9 Passes)
  • NCFE CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma: Grade B
  • Welsh Baccalaureate
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 120 points from a minimum of 4 Higher Subjects
  • FETAC QQI Level 5 Certificate in Nursing Studies: Distinction Profile
  • General Studies is not accepted.
  • We welcome applications from mature students who are completing an Access HE Diploma or who have evidence of recent study at Level 3 or above in the past five years which meets our entry requirements; please note that we do not accept NVQ Level 3/QCF Level 3 as a means of meeting our entry qualifications.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

September start must take:

  • Developing Adult Nursing (Semester 1 + 2) Core
  • Healthcare 1 (Semester 1 + 2) Core
  • Human Sciences I (Semester 1 + 2) Core

If you wish to study bilingually (though Welsh and/or English) please pick the even numbered (B) modules. If you wish to learn through the medium of English please select the odd numbered codes.

April start students must take:

  • Developing Adult Nursing (Semester 1 + 2) Core
  • Health care I (Semester 1 + 2) Core
  • Human Sciences 1: Nursing (Semester 1 + 2) Core

If you wish to study bilingually (though Welsh and/or English) please pick the even numbered (B) modules. If you wish to learn through the medium of English please select the odd numbered codes.

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

Sept start students must take:

  • Person Centred Adult Nursing 1 (Semester 1 + 2) Core
  • Healthcare 2 (Semester 1 + 2) Core
  • Developing the Adult Nurse 1 (Semester 1 + 2) Core
  • Human Sciences 2 (Semester 1 + 2) Core

April start students must take:

  • Person Centered AD Nursing (Semester 1 + 2) Core
  • Healthcare2 (Nursing) (Semester 1 + 2) Core
  • Developing the Adult Nurse 1 (Semester 1 + 2) Core
  • Human Sciences 2: Nursing (Semester 1 + 2) Core

Optional Modules

  • Optional placement in 201920

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

Sept start students must take:

  • Person Centred Adult N 2 (Semester 1 + 2) Core
  • Preparation for Practice (Semester 1 + 2) Core
  • Developing Adult Nurse II (Semester 1 + 2) Core
  • Evaluating Practice (Adult) (Semester 1 + 2) Core

April start students must take:

  • Person Centred Adult N 2 (Semester 1 + 2) Core
  • Preparation for Practice (Semester 1 + 2) Core
  • Developing the Adult Nurse 2 (Semester 1 + 2) Core
  • Evaluating Practice (Adult) (Semester 1 + 2) Core

*Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


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Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a BN (Hons) degree.

Career paths

Nursing is an ever growing and innovative profession and nurses are working in multi professional teams across health and care settings. Nurses are in a unique position to deliver care in partnership with people and carers, wherever care is needed. Across the health and care system there is an increased focus on preventing ill health, enabling people to self-care, to be partners in their care and to have a better quality of life. The rapid pace of advances in medical and nursing care, treatment and technology is creating new career opportunities for nursing with rapid developments in different service provision and ways of working. The career opportunities and roles can range from very unique options from front line staff to working in a leadership position or specialised nurse or consultant nurse.

They are many different types of nursing and varied opportunities for career advancement and work in a variety of settings. Nursing roles come in many forms and can progress in your career moving from a staff nurse to nurse specialist, ward manager, matron, leader, researcher, educator and nurse consultant. Nursing positions are split into different bands all of which have different salaries.

Opportunities for adult nurses range from caring for patients to becoming a specialist. A graduate career in adult nursing involves caring for the physical aspects of adults and developing your skills and progression, the management of people plus resources. This involves monitoring and assessing people and responding to changes quickly.

In the NHS there is a clear career structure supporting nurses in their development from staff nurse working on a ward, for example, to autonomous consultants managing a caseload of patients in the community. There is a wide range of opportunities available for adult nurses ranging from becoming specialists in promoting health, to caring for patients when they are at their most vulnerable whilst recovering from major illness or surgery. Settings are diverse, ranging from an intensive care unit to a patient’s own home. Newly qualified nurses who work in a hospital environment on a ward will generally look after a group of patients during a span of duty. They will work as part of a multidisciplinary team acting as the main point of contact for the patient and coordinating the contributions of other healthcare professionals.

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