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Bachelor of Nursing (Adult) Autumn Intake (BN)

  • UCAS code: B742
  • Next intake: September 2021
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Mode: Full time

Entry Year

Why study this course

As a School we are based at the University Hospital of Wales (the 3rd largest University Hospital in the UK) and we provide courses recognised by both the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This contributes to a vibrant interdisciplinary environment, with opportunities for shared learning, formative assessments with other health professionals and inter-professional education (IPE) not available at many institutions.

We have highly equipped skills laboratories in our Clinical Simulation Suite which enable you to learn in simulated wards, community, home and emergency environments. Lifelike simulations mean you can safely practice and develop essential skills, developing your proficiency and confidence before going out into placement; empowering you to provide leadership in multi-disciplinary care where innovation and technology are rapidly evolving.

A varied placement experience undertaken across the three years of the programme will allow you to integrate academic theory with practice and gain insight as to the wide-ranging employment opportunities available to you upon qualification. You will benefit from placements supported by experienced nurses to help you in becoming the best nurse you can be.

On successful completion of the programme you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as an Adult Nurse. With this registration, you can work in a range of healthcare settings, both in the United Kingdom and abroad. 

Above all else, we strive to ensure that our graduates are ready for the next step in their career and the many opportunities that await them. That’s why 100%* of our nursing students are in employment or further study after 6 months of graduating (*DHLE and HECSU).

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Ranked 1st in Wales and 3rd in the UK

By The Complete University Guide 2021.

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A range of placements

Placements across Wales ensure a range of clinical experiences, as well as opportunities to work or volunteer abroad.

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Innovative use of the latest tech

Augmented reality is utilised to teach anatomy and physiology, giving you a unique view of the internal mechanics of the human body.

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State of the art facilities

Our facilities mirror the healthcare environments in which you will undertake placements and eventually work in as qualified professionals.

Where you'll study

School of Healthcare Sciences

Our courses are designed to provide you with the knowledge and experience you need to embark on a professional healthcare career.

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  • MarkerUniversity Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XN

Entry requirements

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Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

DDM-DMM in a BTEC Extended Diploma in Health Studies.

31-30 overall or 665-655 in 3 HL subjects.

Other UK qualifications may also be accepted, often in lieu of A-levels, but subject requirements must be met. If you are offering non-UK qualifications, our qualification equivalences guide should allow you to calculate what kind of offer you are likely to receive.

Please be aware that this is a general guide, and that some programmes may have more detailed or specific entry requirements which will be reflected in your offer.

GCSE

Grade B or grade 6 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 7.0 in all other subskills.

TOEFL iBT

At least 100 with a minimum of 22 in writing and 25 in all other subskills.

PTE Academic

At least 70 overall with a minimum of 62 in writing and a minimum of 70 in all other communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

III: at least a Merit in all components.

Other accepted qualifications

Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.

You must have or be working towards:
- English language or Welsh language at GCSE grade B/6 or an equivalent (such as A-levels). English Language GCSE C/4 will be accepted where you are taking qualifications at a higher level which are taught through the medium of English such as A-levels.
- four GCSEs at grade C/4 including Maths, and one science (from Biology, Chemistry, and Physics), or equivalent qualifications (subject and grade).

You must also supply a personal statement that is relevant to the profession. If you are applying to more than one professional programme, you should email a bespoke personal statement for each programme to admissions@cardiff.ac.uk at the same time as submitting your application via UCAS. In your personal statement, you should demonstrate that you understand the profession, have an insight into the course itself, and describe any relevant work experience. Only one personal statement may be submitted for each programme.

You must meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) good health and character, and fitness to practice requirements.

We do not accept Critical Thinking, General Studies, Citizenship Studies, or other similar equivalent subjects.
We will accept a combination of BTEC subjects, A-levels, and other qualifications, subject to the course specific grade and subject requirements.

ENROLMENT CONDITIONS
Before starting your course, you will also need to complete an occupational health questionnaire, attend any subsequent appointments and receive all of the necessary vaccinations to undertake clinical placements safely. You must have a validated negative sample for HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. This is arranged by the Occupational Health Department following commencement of the programme.

You will be required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check if your application is successful. If you are applying from certain countries overseas, a Certificate of Good Conduct may be required. If you have a relevant criminal conviction, this will be stated in the check and may affect your ability to enrol on the course. Applicants who are on the barred list should be aware that applying to this course is likely to be considered a criminal offence.

Please see our admissions policies for more information about the application process.

Interview or selection process

We won’t make an offer without an interview and no offers will be made until all interviews have taken place.

All applicants must meet the minimum requirements at Level 2 (typically GCSE) and Level 3 (typically A-level) in order to be eligible for consideration for interview. If you meet the minimum entry requirements your application will be give a numerical score based on your personal statement. Eligible applicants will be ranked according to this score and the top ranking applicants will be invited to interview

Our interview process

We use the multiple mini interview (MMI) format, which is a series of short, carefully timed interview stations that you will rotate around in turn.

The MMIs help us to determine if you:

  • can think on your feet
  • have thought about some of the issues that are important to the profession
  • can critically appraise information
  • can communicate ideas effectively.

They also focus on exploring the personal qualities and attributes that are important to your future career development.

These interviews allow us to meet you in person and assess information that isn’t always readily forthcoming in the application process—they aren’t intended to test the amount of prior knowledge you have about the subject or the profession.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2021/22)

A full NHS bursary, including tuition fees and a non-repayable bursary for living costs, is available to applicants from the UK. Full details, including information for applicants from the EU, are available on our NHS funding pages.

Students from outside the EU (2021/22)

An NHS placement is a required part of this course. The NHS only makes placements available to students who are eligible to pay UK/EU fees. Therefore, this course is not available for international students.

Additional costs

You will be responsible for meeting the costs of obtaining an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Certificate as a requirement of your application. In addition, applicants are advised that there may be travel and accommodation costs associated with periods of practice placement. Students are provided with a uniform for placement; however, you will need to meet the cost of appropriate footwear. 

If you choose to take the practice opportunity overseas in year two this must be funded by yourself and should you choose to travel abroad for placement there may be additional vaccination costs.

Course specific equipment

You will not need any specific equipment.

Accommodation

We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Course structure

This a three-year full-time programme consisting of 4600 hours of study, with each academic year divided into two semesters; autumn and spring. There are four core modules in each academic year, these include a portfolio module in each year which is largely taught and assessed in practice and a final year dissertation module. The programme is structured as a spiral curriculum, where modules build on each other with increasing complexity and detail in the teaching, thereby increasing the depth and range of topics learnt. There are assessed practice placements within each academic year. Students must successfully complete 360 credits and pass each of the practice placements in order to achieve the award of a Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) (Adult) and be eligible to apply for professional registration with the NMC to practice as an adult nurse.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2021/22 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2021.

Year one

There are four compulsory modules in year one and two clinical practice placements. The modules will either be delivered over one semester or two semesters each year.

Year two

There are five compulsory modules in year two and three clinical practice placements. The modules will either be delivered over one semester or two semesters each year.

Year three

There are four compulsory modules in year three and two clinical practice placements. The modules will either be delivered over one semester or two semesters each year. The last practice learning opportunity in the programme is 14 weeks, and this is where a sign off mentor will make a judgment about the students’ achievements of the required competencies for safe and effective entry to the NMC register.

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Learning and assessment

Traditional face-to-face learning strategies such as lectures, workshops and seminars will be complemented by interactive online opportunities and resources designed to enhance your overall learning experience and enable you to acquire the knowledge, skills and capabilities that are a requirement of adult nursing practice. You are also afforded valuable opportunities to learn from the authentic voices of service users and carers who contribute to the programme as experts by experience.  

Within the clinical environment you will be supported by Practice Supervisors and Practice Assessors as you progress towards achieving NMC proficiencies. In the academic setting you will also be allocated an Academic Assessor who will review your Professional Assessment Document (PAD) throughout the year to the point of progression to the following year of study. To support learning in practice you will also undertake simulated activities and scenarios in a purpose-built simulation suite. This will allow you to develop, practice and consolidate skills in a safe environment. 

How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a Personal Tutor who is a member of the academic staff group and a qualified adult nurse. You will be encouraged to arrange meetings with your personal tutor throughout your time on the programme, during which you can access pastoral support and reflect on your overall progress. Personal Tutors will also assist in signposting you to other sources of support such as the School and Programme Student Disability Contact and University-wide services including Student Support and Wellbeing and the Academic Skills and Mentoring Team. Welsh-speaking personal tutors may be available to students whose preference is to access support through the medium of Welsh.

The School also works in partnership with Y Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol to provide opportunities for Welsh speaking students to study aspects of the programme through the medium of Welsh and the possibility of a yearly scholarship. You could also learn Welsh through our Welsh for All programme where courses are designed to fit around your academic commitments and are free of charge.

The Programme Manager, Module Leads and Academic Assessor can support you in relation to your overall experience as a student of the programme, including any feedback or concerns you might have.

During practice placements, you will be supported by Practice Supervisors and a Practice Assessor who will facilitate your learning and prepare you for in-point clinical assessments. A dedicated Placement Support Team will also be available to you, alongside formal mechanisms and procedures, to support your learning and progress and address any issues or problems that may arise. The placement team will attempt to source Welsh-speaking supervisors or bilingual placement learning opportunities and, if available, Welsh-speaking named contacts from the academic setting upon request.

What skills will I practise and develop?

The Learning Outcomes for this Programme describe what you will be able to do as a result of your study at Cardiff University. They will also enable you to understand what is expected of you. 

The Learning Outcomes for this Programme can be found below:

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • A comprehensive understanding of the philosophical and theoretical concepts that underpin and inform nursing practice and the importance of adherence to the Nursing and Midwifery Council Code.
  • A sound knowledge of body systems, anatomy, physiology, genomics and human development underpinned with relevant theory and applied to health and illness.
  • A critically evaluative approach to the socio-political factors and relevant policies that influence individual, local, national and global health, wellbeing and illness and inform decision making in practice.
  • An in-depth understanding of the core principles and values that underpin collaborative practice in health and social care, including how the role of the adult nurse contributes to interdisciplinary working in ensuring the provision of high-quality, person and family-centred services.
  • A sound appreciation of regulatory and professional body standards concerning, continuing professional development and reflective practice, leadership, research and evidence-based care in order to develop, deliver and evaluate safe, high quality family and person-centred adult nursing care.

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Proficiency in the selection, analysis, synthesis and critical evaluation of information from a wide range of sources, drawing logical and reasoned conclusions in the formation of sound decisions and professional judgements.
  • A creative and innovative approach to problem-solving in the academic and practice environment, including imaginative thinking and the development of innovative solutions and ideas that will enhance health outcomes and peoples experience of nursing care.
  • Proficiency in contributing to a professional knowledge base through the selection, justification and application of ethically-sound research design and methods and the identification of effective dissemination strategies. 
  • Enhanced professional reflective and reasoning skills that promotes critical review of care provision and wider organisational values and practice

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Established professional values and behaviours in keeping with professional body expectations as described in the NMC Code.
  • Effective and appropriate collaborative working practices with users of services, other team members and partners, drawing upon enabling, empowering and consultative approaches and valuing diversity of experience and perspectives.
  • Promotion of people’s safety and wellbeing through prioritising their legal rights, best interests and needs using effective risk assessment and risk management.
  • Sound assessment and reasoning skills in identifying and planning appropriate, evidence-based interventions and care delivery, respecting the rights, culture, spiritual needs and preferences of the people, carers and families involved and evaluating effectiveness.
  • Advocacy and leadership in promoting and protecting the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities in preventing ill health and recognition of a need for organisational change and service improvement.

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Active engagement in continuing personal and professional development underpinned by critical reflection and a commitment to developing resilience and lifelong self-directed learning skills.
  • Effective prioritisation and management of time, working within given resources throughout the problem-solving process and assuming leadership, responsibility and accountability for management and development of self and others. 
  • Enhanced communication skills and an ability to teach, supervise and motivate others, drawing upon leadership skills in identifying methods and strategies for effective team working and high-quality service delivery.
  • Accurate record-keeping, and responsible engagement with a range of digital technologies to communicate and collaborate with others and produce documentation that conveys and justifies actions.
  • Application of the core professional beliefs and values of professional conduct, accountability, risk management and duty of candour.

 

Careers and placements

Career prospects

The career options for nurses are varied and plentiful, ranging from hospital, primary care or community settings - including being based within GP surgeries - to industry or research in the UK and internationally, making this an exciting degree to embark upon.

As a School of Healthcare Sciences we are proud that 100% of our nursing graduates are in employment and/or further study six months after graduating (UNISTATS).

Career destinations include:

  • Adult nurse - the main point of contact for adult patients (aged between 16 and 110+) and their families, you’ll play a vital role in a multi-disciplinary team.

  • Advanced nurse practitioner – a role for nurses who have done extra training and academic qualifications to be able to examine, assess, make diagnoses, treat, prescribe and make referrals for patients.

  • Health visitor – nurses who have chosen to gain additional training and qualifications as specialist community public health nurses. The additional training in public health enables you to assess the health needs of individuals, families and the wider community.

  • Research nurse - crucial to delivering research. You’ll provide and deliver high quality patient care, deal with data collection, follow-ups, patient groups and industry.

  • Ward manager – you’ll provide leadership and visibility at ward level important to the delivery of safe, high-quality care to patients.

  • Consultant nurse – you’ll ensure that nurse departments are following legal constraints and protocol.

  • Lecturer - becoming a nurse lecturer could offer you the opportunity to make sure the next generation of nurses are competent and confident in the practice setting.

Graduate careers

  • Advanced Nurse Practitioner
  • Health Visitor
  • Nurse

Placements

All nursing students must complete a minimum of 2300 hours of supervised and successfully assessed practice placements as a requirement of the professional body (NMC, 2018). The programme includes seven full-time placements which will enable you to apply and build upon the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you will have acquired in the academic setting.

Our placement providers are primarily situated in health and social care settings across South East Wales, although students may also have an opportunity to pursue non-traditional placements in the private and third sectors.   

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