About this program
There's never been a better time to train as a nurse! Not only is public appreciation for nurses growing, so is the funding. You can now apply for a £5000 grant that you won't need to pay back! There is also an extra £3000 funding available depending on your personal circumstances. You can find more information about eligibility and how to apply on the HSC Scholarships and Funding page.
Nurses are visible in all walks of life - hospitals, patients' homes, doctors' surgeries and care homes. They form the largest group of staff employed in the health and social care sector, and are crucial to everything we do in society today. With 97% of our School of Health and Social Care students in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2020), we're confident our BSc Nursing (Adult) will help you to build a career that really makes a difference.
Adult nurses work with adults of all ages with diverse health conditions. Communication skills are essential to set patients at ease under pressurised and sometimes difficult situations, as is the ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate the care offered to each patient. You must be willing to take responsibility for someone else’s health and well-being, and show the compassion needed to ensure a good nurse-patient relationship.
Unlike many of the older, traditional nursing schools, at Essex you receive a fresh, contemporary and relevant nursing programme. You work with local organisations to ensure that you gain the best experience possible during your time with us, and studying alongside other health professionals means that you also have the opportunity to gain expert knowledge from them. We provide support throughout all aspects of your journey, including dedicated support in literacy and numeracy.
UK entry requirements
Our published entry requirements are a guide and we welcome applications from those who have achieved one of the below level 3 qualifications with lower grades but meet our GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent) requirements.
GCSE: Mathematics and English Language C/4. Acceptable alternatives to our GCSE Maths and English requirements are listed further down this page.
Plus one of the following:
- A-levels: BBC
- BTEC: DDD
- Access to HE Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3 at merit or above
We also consider a range of vocational level 3 qualifications for entry. If you are taking or have achieved any qualifications that are not listed here, please contact the Undergraduate.
GCSE/Level 2 requirements
All applicants must have, or be working towards, acceptable level 2 mathematics and English qualifications such as GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent.
We can accept a number of level 2 maths qualifications in place of GCSE Maths C/4, including Functional Skills level 2, Key Skills level 2 or numeracy units taken as part of an Access to HE Diploma.
If you do not require a Student visa and are either a first language English speaker or have a lived in the UK for over three years, we can accept a number of level 2 English qualifications, including Functional Skills level 2, Key Skills level 2 or literacy units taken as part of an Access to HE Diploma, in place of GCSE English C/4.
If you have not listed a suitable maths or English qualification in your application this may form part of any offer given to you.
International & EU entry requirements
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.
English language requirements
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 7.0 overall, with 6.5 in writing, and 7.0 in all other components.
Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications.
For more information about admission requirements, please contact the school or the inquiries team.
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- Fundmentals of Behavioural Sciences
- Fundamentals of Lifesciences
- Person-Centred Care 1
- Welfare, Wellbeing and Health
- Advocacy, Activism and Resistance
- Person-Centred Care 2
- Relationship Based Practice
- The Therapeutic Practitioner
- Participatory Research for Service Improvement
- Person-Centred Care 3 (Adult Nursing)
- Supervising Learning in Clinical Practice
- The Autonomous Practitioner - Adult Nursing
- Lectures inform you of the most important topics, with classes allowing you to consolidate your learning through discussion
- We work closely in partnership with the NHS and the independent health sector to provide placement opportunities
- Modules have their own accompanying webpages on Moodle where you can download relevant readings, power-points, podcasts and YouTube clips, and contribute to online discussions
Tuition fee for the academic year 2020-21
- Home/UK fee: £9,250
- International fee: £19,080
Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified nurse (adult).
Successful completion of our BSc Nursing (Adult) leads to eligibility to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) on the Professional Register as a “Registered Adult Nurse” allowing you to practise as a nurse in the UK.
About this institute
University of Essex
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