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Nursing (Adult)

BSc (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code

(Oxford based) B705 (Swindon based) B706

Start dates

September 2022 / September 2023

Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: 8 years maximum (limited part-time places available)


Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

UCAS Tariff Points


  • Nursing and Midwifery Council


Adult nurses are in high demand in the UK, and need to demonstrate competence in meeting the physical and psychological needs of patients across their adult lifespan.

As healthcare delivery is changing, the ability to work flexibly with other professionals in health and social care is essential.  As a student nurse on the Adult Nursing programme, you will therefore gain a range of practice experiences in variety of settings.

In line with the new Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Future Nurse Standards (2018), our Adult Nursing curriculum has recently been re-developed. At our recent approval event (March 2020) we were commended by the NMC for our excellent partnership working with placement organisations and for the inclusion of a strong public health theme throughout the curriculum. 

Male nurse finding a pulse on a medical dummy

How to apply

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.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27


Entry requirements

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.

Selection process

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.

International qualifications and equivalences


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.

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.

Credit transfer

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.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home (UK) applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

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

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Extra costs

Costs that are NOT included in tuition fees are as follows:

  • Books
  • Binding dissertations
  • Exchanges and elective modules
  • Library loans and fines
  • Living accommodation at university
  • Graduation
  • Photocopying
  • Travel

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.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements

Learning and assessment

Each year students have two placements and module content that is specific to the field of Adult Nursing. The focus is on the complexity of nursing interventions, as indicated below:

Year 1

Developing the foundations for nursing practice across the lifespan and fields of practice. This includes preparing students for academic and professional learning, biosciences, understanding the influences of health and well-being of themselves and others, and consideration of underpinning values and beliefs.

Year 2 

Students are supported in further developing therapeutic relationships, communication and collaboration in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care within their specific field of practice.

Year 3 

Focusing on students preparing for the transition to a registered Adult Nurse and the complex care of people with multiple comorbidities. Students will explore leading, managing and coordinating nursing care, and the supervision of others. Throughout there will also be a focus on wellbeing and the support required to develop confident and resilient practitioners.

Student taking notes

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Preparation for Academic and Professional Learning

Foundations of Nursing Practice

Bioscience for Nursing Practice

Adult Health and Wellbeing

Clinical Practice Experience 1 (Adult)

Year 2

Compulsory modules

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)

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Nursing Care of Adults with Complex Needs

Consolidation of Adult Nursing Practice

Clinical Practice Experience 3 (Adult)

Dissertation (Honours component)

Work placements

Compulsory modules

Work placements

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 that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

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.


Assessment methods used on this course

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
  • Presentations
  • 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. 

Study Abroad

We currently have exchange agreements with partners in Europe (Ireland, Spain and Sweden) and with the University of Pennsylvania in the USA (rated the number one university in the world for nursing). Further information will be provided at the start of the programme to inform students about the possibility of an exchange experience.

After you graduate

Career prospects

The Adult Nursing course at Brookes has an excellent track record of employability (95% of our students are at work within six months of finishing the course, Unistats 2019).

Registered Adult Nurses have the opportunity, post-qualification, to develop their careers in many specialist settings, such as intensive care units, accident and emergency departments, operating theatres or specialist wards where medical or surgical treatment is provided. They can also work in the community, within district or practice nursing, in industry, or in the private health care sector. Oxford-based students have the opportunity to complete a community pathway in year 3, where students set on working in the community can develop their knowledge and experience of community nursing. Opportunities also exist to work abroad, for the Armed Forces or to specialise in research, nurse education or management.

The Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research (OxINMAHR) can provide interested nursing graduates with a structured research career pathway opportunity, developed in partnership with local NHS partners.

We also offer a range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) / Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) opportunities for qualified nurses who wish to undertake further study at post-qualifying and postgraduate level.

Further study

Nurses have to be effective lifelong learners because health care is becoming ever more complex as new treatment options and strategies are adopted. As a qualified nurse there are many opportunities to develop your skills through continuing professional development, which can range from short refresher sessions through to postgraduate study, including MPhils and PhDs. 

 All our courses aim to prepare you to be lifelong learners and there is a wide range of courses available at Oxford Brookes for continuing professional development (CPD).

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.

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Programme Changes:

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.