100% of our Adult Nursing graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduating Graduate Destination Survey 2016
Do you want to become a nurse? Successful completion of this adult nursing degree will allow you entry to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Register as a qualified nurse.
Modern nursing is an exciting profession where nurses seeks to care for the patient holistically. The adult nursing degree combines theory and practice in an innovative way, to focus on the care of people across a wide range of healthcare settings.
The field of adult nursing covers all aspects of caring for adolescents and adults with a range of health issues and challenges. During your nurse training, you’ll be based in our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Centre and will also undertake work placements in a range of settings to ensure you have experience from a variety of areas within nursing.
Currently, if you are a UK student, the fees for your nursing course will be paid by the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme. Follow Care Sciences on Twitter.
You’ll study with students from all fields and other professions, as well as having sessions specific to your field. There’s also the requirement to work with clients and patients from other fields, so you can care for patients with multiple and complex needs.
The nursing degree lasts a minimum of 42 weeks. Supervised practice placements are an integral part of the programme. There’s an equal split between theory and practice, which is integrated throughout all our nursing courses. Each academic year is split into three terms.
In term one you will study in a 10-week block in University (theory) followed by an eight-week block in clinical practice. In term two through to term eight, you will study six weeks of theory in University followed by six-week block in clinical practice. In term nine, you will spend 12 weeks in clinical practice. Please note that holidays are fixed and non negotiable for the duration of your nurse training.
The University of South Wales is an NMC Approved Education Institution (AEI). Graduates from our adult nursing degree can apply to join the NMC professional register and start to practise in the UK.
Supervised placements are an integral part of the adult nursing degree. These are in our partner health boards, as well as in the community and independent sector.
You will have practice opportunities across a wide range of healthcare settings that include community, hospital, palliative care, nursing homes and GP surgeries, developing key skills that will enhance your employability. When you are working with your mentor in clinical practice, you have to work the shift patterns of the clinical area to which you are allocated.
There is also an opportunity to study and practice abroad in a number of countries during your second year. This will enable you to gain an understanding of different health care systems.
As part of your adult nursing degree, you will learn in our impressive health facilities. Our Clinical Simulation Centre replicates clinical environments for education and training. These include two, four-bedded bays to simulate a hospital setting, dedicated paediatric and maternity facilities, including a special care baby unit, an intensive care environment and an emergency department with a fully equipped ambulance simulator. There is also a two-bedroom flat to simulate providing healthcare in a home environment.
The Centre is used for healthcare education and nurse training, dealing with everything from essential clinical skills to complex, multidisciplinary clinical scenarios. You’ll use the same equipment you will find in healthcare settings, and work on patient simulators that mimic the body’s reactions to illness, care and treatment.
Staff who teach on the adult nursing degree come with a wide variety of clinical expertise in both hospital-based and community-based care, including medicine, surgery, pain control, cardiac care, trauma care, critical care and infection control as well as practice nursing, community district nursing, caring for the older person, palliative care nursing and cancer care.
Nursing and midwifery students enjoy exceptional student support at USW. Our open door policy ensures that there is always someone on hand to assist you when a problem arises and this is something our students really appreciate.
Entry criteria below detail typical offers. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.
Additional requirements include
Two satisfactory references, a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check (additional cost applies, no offences are considered spent) and a satisfactory medical are part of the entry requirements.
Applications taken for only one branch of Nursing/Midwifery.
Applicants are required to attend an interview. You will have to demonstrate awareness of the role of nurses and show your commitment to the degree. All interviews take place at our Glyntaff Campus.
Please read this information for nursing applicants for further guidance on how you can meet the entry criteria and advice on the application, interview and decison making process.
BBB to exclude General Studies
Grade B and BB at A Level to exclude General Studies
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Distinction Merit
32 points to include 17 points at Higher Level to include Maths and English.
Science/Maths/Health Care/Nursing Diploma. Must complete 60 credits overall with at least 45 at level 3 and 15 at Level 2. Of the 45 credits at level 3, you will need a minimum of 24 Distinctions, 18 Merits and 3 passes.
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances.
Full-time fees are per year. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
The places on this course are currently funded by the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme. To receive this funding, students will have to commit to working in Wales for two years after completing their nursing or midwifery degree. We recommend you read the bursary information on the NHS website and our own Nursing and Midwifery Fees and Funding FAQs before applying.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
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Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to pursue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Our nursing degrees prepare you for the challenges of modern healthcare through the right mix of knowledge, skills and experience. The theory you learn in the classroom is reinforced by practical learning on campus and work- based learning. Employers are keen to recruit our nursing graduates because they know they are well-prepared, confident, competent and safe practitioners.
Depending on experience and training, graduates of the adult nursing degree can reach the highest levels of the NHS. Once qualified, many adult nurses take extra courses to specialise in areas such as cancer care, women’s health, emergency department, critical care, practice nursing, health visiting or school nursing. With this adult nursing degree, you can also work abroad. Registered nurses from the UK are highly regarded throughout the world.Salary
Fully qualified nurses start on salaries of £22,128 rising to £28,746 on Band 5 of the NHS Agenda for Change Pay Rates. Experienced nurses such as a nurse team leader on Band 6, earn between £26,565 to £35,577. At more senior levels such as nurse advanced, modern matron and nurse consultant (Bands 7 to 8c) salaries range from £31,696 to £69,168.
Pay scales from the Royal College of Nursing can be found here.