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Nursing (Adult)

BSc (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code

(Oxford based) B705 (Swindon based) B706

Start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Course length

Full time: 3 years

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


Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery


Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

UCAS Tariff Points


  • Nursing and Midwifery Council


Our Nursing (Adult) degree is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Nurses are in high demand in the UK. Adult nurses need to demonstrate competence in the fundamentals of nursing care across the patient’s lifespan.

As healthcare delivery is changing, the ability to work flexibly with other professionals in health and social care is important.

You will gain direct care experiences with adults and families. And you’ll learn topics such as:

  • family health and wellbeing
  • adult with complex care needs
  • global health
  • therapeutic use of touch in healthcare settings
  • approaches to challenging behaviour.

We offer a wide variety of practice experiences throughout Oxfordshire. These include hospital, community, private and voluntary sector settings.

We have excellent teaching facilities including dedicated space for simulated learning in clinical skills suites. 

With this course you will gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for professional responsibility. You will graduate as a confident, professional practitioner. 

Male nurse finding a pulse on a medical dummy

How to apply

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29


Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Preferred subjects include: A Science subject

Access to Higher Education Diploma: to include 60 credits overall; 45 at level 3 which should include 12 credits in Biology/Human Biology. English and maths level 2 credits will no longer be accepted as GCSE equivalencies. GCSE English and Maths are now required as separate qualifications. Functional skills will be accepted as GCSE equivalent.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: 3 subject at Grade 4 (C), or above, including Mathematics, English Language and a Science subject.

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 with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

International full time

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

Home/EU full time

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

International full time

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU 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/EU 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 and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

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.

Financial support and scholarships

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

Additional costs

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.

Learning and assessment

We have developed the curriculum in partnership with students, clinical partners, mentors, service users and carers. 

Each year you will have placements in your field of practice. As well as some taught content specific to your nursing field. There is increasing specialisation as the course progresses. There is also a shift in focus on the complexity of nursing interventions, as indicated below.

Year 1 focuses on communities, health and wellbeing, lifespan and values.

In Year 2 you explore specific nursing interventions, working in partnership with patients and their families to meet care outcomes.

Year 3 focuses on complex care of people with multiple co-morbidities. And the need for integration of health and social care services to promote optimal health outcomes.

You can also pursue a personal interest through optional modules such as:

  • health care elective
  • global health
  • independent study
  • therapeutic use of touch in healthcare settings.
Student taking notes

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Education in Nursing Practice 1

This module will give students an introduction to nursing practice within the context of their field of practice. Students will have an introduction to foundation nursing knowledge and skills prior to starting their first practice placement.

Education in Nursing Practice 2

This module introduces new knowledge and skills to facilitate increased participation in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care. Students will be encouraged to consider the health of people within their practice population, and factors that impact upon the uptake of health promotion and prevention strategies within that population.

Nursing Fundamentals : Family Health and Wellbeing 1

This module introduces the student to the values, beliefs and factors that influence and underpin health and wellbeing from an individual, family and societal perspective recognising diversity. It will consider how self-awareness and professional responsibility contribute to the development of the nurse and nursing.

Nursing Fundamentals: Family Health and Wellbeing 2

This module introduces the underpinning frameworks and responsibilities for the organisation, assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of holistic family/person-centred and compassionate nursing care in a variety of settings. It explores physiological, psychological, societal, political and global influences on health and social care across the lifespan.

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Education in Nursing Practice 3

This module aims to give students the opportunity to develop knowledge and apply a range of theoretical principles to practice that will promote effective communication and interpersonal relationships to enhance clinical decision making and evidence based nursing practice.

Education in Nursing Practice 4

This module aims to give students the opportunity to build upon, and acquire new knowledge and skills for clinical practice that will further explore ethical concepts and professional standards to support the care and self/family management of people within varied clinical settings.

Education in Nursing Practice 5

This module aims to give students the opportunity to build upon, and acquire new knowledge and skills for clinical practice that will further explore ethical concepts and professional standards to support the care and self/family management of people within varied clinical settings.

Education in Nursing Practice 6

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to consolidate the skills, knowledge and strategies required to be an effective independent registrant.

Collaborative Nursing Practice

This practice-related module enables students to gain insight into how the diverse experiences of people and their families inform all stages of the nursing process in the delivery of physical and mental health care.

Research Methods and Analysis

This module will teach you the research process, the associated research methods, data analysis and the ethical considerations associated with health and social care research.

Nursing Management of Adult with complex care needs

This module aims to provide the adult nursing student with the knowledge, skills and strategies to develop problem solving and decision making skills that will enable them to undertake assessment and management of complex situations in a variety of adult nursing settings.


The aim of this module is to enable the student to undertake an independent project under the guidance of an academic member of staff

Optional modules

Approaches to Challenging Behaviour in Health and Social Care

This practice-related module explores key factors that influence the needs of individuals who present significant challenges to services in relation to their behaviour and or Mental Health needs.

Therapeutic Use of Touch in Healthcare Settings

The module aims to give health care professionals an understanding of the use of touch (both practical and theoretical) in the context of their practice in a variety of health care settings, throughout the life span.

Personality and Individual Differences

This module examines the range of psychological theory and research on personality and other individual differences.

Independent Study

This practice related module gives the opportunity to build on existing knowledge and professional experience to conduct and in depth study of an aspect of health care pertinent to nursing.

Health Care Elective

The module is a form of independent study in which students need to draw on material from a range of previous modules, as well as their practical experience to date. It involves a 2 week placement.

Global Health

The purpose of this module is to develop and expand students’ knowledge and understanding of the concept of global health and its challenges. The module will prepare students for nursing practice in a variety of settings around the world.

Year 3

Optional modules

Choose from the modules listed in year 2

Work placements

Optional 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 mentor 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 (2010) 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 mentor, as well as a link lecturer from the University.

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

You’ll learn through experiences such as: 

  • experiential or practice learning 
  • mentoring, coaching and supervising 
  • active learning such as projects or role-play
  • student-centred learning such as self-assessment, reading, or finding evidence
  • online learning such as quizzes or specialist lectures
  • use of technology such as social media, networking, mobile health (mHealth), or Electronic Patient Records (EPR)
  • collaborative learning with other nursing students, other cultures, teams and agencies
  • problem-based/solution-focused learning.

Simulation Based Education (SBE) enables you to role play in clinical situations. SBE activities take place in a safe learning environment which looks just like a real clinic or hospital. 

Your practice experience will also include placements, such as: 

  • working within community health care teams (supported by a district nurse, health visitor or school nurse)
  • working in acute settings within local Trusts.


Assessment methods used on this course

All modules have an assessment component. We ask you to show how what you are learning enhances patient care. 

Examples of assessments include:

  • reflective essays
  • presentations
  • clinical examinations
  • multiple choice examinations
  • neighbourhood studies
  • case studies.

You will be assessed for your practice learning during the Education in Nursing Practice modules. You must pass to fulfil the professional requirements to be eligible for registration as a Nurse. 

During placements your work will be assessed by a mentor with the necessary qualifications to function as a practice assessor (NMC Pre-registration Standards (2010).

Study Abroad

You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

After you graduate

Career prospects

The Adult Nursing course at Brookes has an excellent track record of employability (100% of our students are at work within six months of finishing the course, Unistats 2015).

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 given. They can also work in the community, within district or practice nursing, in industry, or in the private health care sector. Opportunities also exist to work abroad, for the Armed Forces or to specialise in research, nurse education or management.

The newly established Oxford Institute of Nursing and Allied Health Research (OxINAHR), 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 if you 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.

Information from Discover Uni

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.