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UCAS code: (Oxford based) B705 (Swindon based) B706
Start dates: September 2023 / September 2024
Full time: 3 years
Part time: 8 years maximum (limited part-time places available)
Location: Headington, Headington (Marston Road site), Swindon
Department(s): Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery
Healthcare delivery is changing fast, and adult nurses are in high demand. Working flexibly with other health and social care professionals is essential. Our adult nursing degree shows you how to care for people in a variety of settings, meeting their mental and physical health needs across their lifespan.
Our facilities let you practise nursing in immersive virtual environments. You could be responding to an accident on the streets or taking care of somebody in a nursing home. Then you’ll go out and do it for real.
The course has been commended by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for our partnerships with placement organisations, and for its focus on public health. And there are opportunities to study abroad at destinations like the University of Pennsylvania, one of the top nursing universities in the world.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
With small class sizes, we’ll get to know you on a personal level and offer help that suits you.
Practise nursing care in augmented reality and other simulations before applying them in real scenarios.
There’s an equal amount of focus on community and hospital nursing, and the relationship between them.
We have good links with local healthcare providers, allowing you to gain practical, hands-on work experience.
Not just coursework
Your time on placement is assessed, so employers know this experience is reflected in your final grade.
Free language courses
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
In Year 1, you’ll learn the foundations of nursing across the human lifespan and various fields of practice. You’ll cover biosciences, influences on peoples’ health and wellbeing, the values and beliefs that underpin their lives, and the theories that shape nursing practice.
Year 2 explores therapeutic relationships, communication and collaboration, and planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care within the field of practice you want to pursue.
You’ll focus on becoming a registered adult nurse in Year 3. This includes looking after people with multiple health conditions. You’ll learn how to lead, manage, and coordinate nursing care, and what to do when supervising others. We focus on wellbeing and providing the support that shapes you into a confident, resilient practitioner.
You’ll also complete a dissertation. This is your opportunity to showcase the skills you’ve gained over the last two years by presenting research based on your nursing practice experiences.
Learning and teaching
The teaching and learning approaches have been designed to reflect the transformational ethos of the philosophy. Learning will be facilitated by a range of approaches during both the practice and university experiences such as:
- Experiential learning;
- Mentoring and supervising
- Active learning;
- Student-centred learning;
- Blended and on-line learning;
- Use of technology and informatics;
- Collaborative learning with other disciplines in practice, interprofessional learning;
- Problem-based/solution-focused learning; for example, small group working using complex, multi-faceted scenarios, prioritising or decision-making in practice.
All modules have an assessment component, where we ask you to demonstrate your learning and its application to enhancing patient care.
Examples of assessments include:
- Reflective essay
- Episodes of care
- In-class tests
- Multiple choice examinations
- Neighbourhood study
- Case studies.
During placements your progress will be assessed by a Practice Assessor (NMC Pre-registration Standards, 2019) using the Brookes electronic Practice Assessment Document (BePAD).
Each Clinical Practice Experience module must be achieved in order to progress into the next year of the course, as well as fulfil the professional requirements to be eligible for registration as an Adult Nurse at the end of the programme.
Preparation for Academic and Professional Learning
Foundations of Nursing Practice
Bioscience for Nursing Practice
Adult Health and Wellbeing
Clinical Practice Experience 1 (Adult)
Research Methods and Analysis
Enhancing Therapeutic Relationships in Nursing Practice
Assessing and Planning Adult Nursing care
Promoting Health in Adult Nursing Practice
Clinical Practice Experience 2 (Adult)
Nursing Care of Adults with Complex Needs
Consolidation of Adult Nursing Practice
Clinical Practice Experience 3 (Adult)
Dissertation (Honours component)
We enjoy an excellent working partnership with our local health providers collaborating closely with our clinical colleagues to plan and deliver your programme of learning. This means that you can gain experience in community and acute placement settings that have national and international reputations for innovation and quality of care. You will undertake six placements during your degree. Students will work alongside their Practice Supervisors and are required to work both day and night shifts, according to the shift pattern used within the practice setting. This allows the student to experience care as it is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is in accordance with NMC (2018) Standards for Pre-Registration Nursing Education. We offer a range of support mechanisms within both the University and the placement area. While on placement, you will be supported by a named member of staff from the placement known as a Practice Supervisor.
Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from those shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.
Once you become a registered adult nurse, you’ll have the opportunity to pursue a career in a variety of healthcare settings. Our graduates have gone on to work in many areas of the NHS and the Private, Voluntary and Independent (PVI) sector. These include cancer care units, emergency departments, and surgical and medical wards.
Some work in nursing homes and hospices, and community settings like district nursing. Others have pursued nursing careers in the military. One works for the World Health Organisation in Denmark, working on cross-border nursing treatment.
If you want to carry on with your studies, we offer Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) opportunities. Since nurses need to be lifelong learners, you may want to consider short refresher courses or postgraduate study. Options include our MSc in Advanced Nursing Practice and Professional Doctorate in Nursing, plus PhDs and MPhils.
Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.
UCAS Tariff Points: 104
A Level: BCC
IB Points: 29
UCAS Tariff Points: 88
A Level: CCD
IB Points: 27
Specific entry requirements
GCSE: Grade 4 (C) in English, Maths and Science. For English and Maths, Level 2 Functional Skills are accepted as alternatives to GCSEs.
Relevant experience (e.g. in a hospital) or a suitable indication of your interest in, and understanding of, the relevant healthcare profession.
Securing a place is subject to both a satisfactory DBS and an Occupational Health clearance. If neither clearance has been completed prior to enrolment or a DBS issue has been declared on application, then enrolment may not be possible.
If enrolment has been agreed, then continuation on the programme will be contingent on satisfactory clearances.
Please also see the University's general entry requirements.
All applicants will be screened for fitness to practise and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.
All Oxford Brookes University Health and Social Care Programmes conduct Value Based Recruitment (VBR). We recognise that values and attitudes have the greatest impact on the quality of people's care and their experiences.
VBR is a way of helping our Programme recruitment teams to assess the values, motives and attitudes of those who wish to work with people in health and social care settings. When we refer to values we mean, for example, the values included in the NHS constitution.
VBR focuses on 'how' and 'why' an applicant makes choices in how they act and seeks to explore reasons for their behaviour. Further details about the VBR framework can be found here.
All shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview.
English language requirements
An IELTS score of 6.5 in all areas is required for ALL applicants whose first language is not English.
Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Many of our courses consider applications for entry part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.
Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
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Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Financial support and scholarships
All eligible nursing students on courses from September 2020 (new and continuing) will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year which they will not need to pay back. For more information please visit https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/nhs-learning-support-fund
Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.
Costs that are NOT included in tuition fees are as follows:
- Binding dissertations
- Exchanges and elective modules
- Library loans and fines
- Living accommodation at university
Further information on additional costs for healthcare courses can be found here.
This list is not exhaustive and other course-specific costs may be incurred.
For the most up-to-date information on additional costs, please keep checking the website as we will update this as further information becomes available.
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