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BSc (Honours) Nursing (Adult)

Let our expert lecturers, practice partners and users of services transform you into a competent and compassionate health professional.

Course length 3 Years
Location Collegiate Campus
UCAS B740 Course code

Course description

Study to become an adult nurse in facilities described by the Nursing and Midwifery Council as ‘a beacon for the future development of health education in this country’.

What you study
Key areas of study include • communication skills • public health • biological sciences • practical nursing skills • social sciences • psychology • ethics • professional requirements • family centred care • leadership • evidence based practice.

Teaching and learning
We use a wide range of teaching and learning strategies throughout the course. You are encouraged to link the theory and practice of nursing through case scenarios, real life situations and reflection on practice. You take part in workshops, seminars, simulation, role play and key skills practice, which help you prepare for placement and gain the evidence based knowledge and professional attitudes to underpin your practice.

We encourage you to develop independent learning skills so you can make the most of your academic and practical experience, which prepares you for personal and professional development beyond registration as a nurse. You also develop resilience and build employability skills, so you are ready for the wide range of career opportunities offered by the developing role of the nurse.

We provide modern facilities to help you develop clinical skills and specialist knowledge for your career. Your learning takes place in our £13 million purpose built Robert Winston Building at Collegiate Campus. Our clinical suites include simulated clinical environments and replicated community settings, in which you learn and work. This makes it easier for you to take what you've learnt at university out into the real world with confidence.

Placements and work experience
Practice-based learning is central to your development and you spend 50% of each year on placement in a hospital, community or independent sector setting in the Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster, Bassetlaw or Barnsley areas. You take a range of placements in different environments, helping you build your skills, confidence, flexibility, adaptability and resilience, essential to a registered nurse providing care in transforming services.

During your placements you're provided with a mentor to help you develop your competence. Your academic study supports your learning on placement and your placement experience allows you to develop your thinking about the application of evidence to practice. This helps you become a knowledgeable problem solver and critical thinker.

Professional mix
Some of your teaching takes place alongside nursing students from other fields of practice, including child and mental health nursing. During interprofessional learning modules you work with other healthcare students such as physiotherapists and paramedics. This allows you to learn together and gain a greater understanding of other professions. We also offer a student management of acute illness: recognition and treatment day (SMART) where you study with medical students.

Professional recognition

This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Graduates are eligible to apply to register with them. You must be registered with the NMC in order to practise as a nurse in the UK.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

You must have some experience of delivering care in a professional or voluntary capacity, and a reference from a current or recent employer or educational institution.

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above, including English language or literature, mathematics and a science (single or double) or equivalent*, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points with at least 48 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We do not accept AS levels. We accept A level General Studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – Access to HE Diploma for a QAA recognised Access to HE course in health studies, health science, social sciences or nursing. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 15 level 3 credits should be graded at distinction level.

• other equivalent qualifications, including degrees in other subjects

• FdSc Professional Practice in Health & Social Care - If you are in the process of completing or have successfully completed the above programme at one of our partner colleges (The Sheffield College, Barnsley College, Chesterfield College, North Lindsey College & Dearne Valley College) and are looking to progress your career as a registered professional within the Health & Social Care sector, we would welcome an application from you via UCAS, to commence this programme from year 2 onwards.

*GCSE maths and English equivalent

•equivalency test from

*GCSE science equivalents

• OCR science level 2

• science units gained on a level 3 BTEC or OCR National Diploma or Extended Diploma Qualification

• science credits gained on Access to Higher Education Diplomas (at least 12 credits gained at level 2 or 6 credits gained at level 3)

• science equivalency test from

September 2017 entry

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

March 2018 and September 2018

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

Care experience

Before you apply for health courses, we require you to have gained some practical experience relating to your subject area. Download our applicant experience guidelines for information about the kinds of experience we expect you to have and the best places to gain it. Evidence of the experience gained, understanding of the profession and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying a professional course must be explicit in your personal statement to be selected for interview.

Personal qualities

You must be able to demonstrate your potential to be caring and compassionate and the ability develop meaningful relationships with service users and carer.

Skill requirements

You need to demonstrate an ability to

• study academic subjects at degree level

• debate topics and issues

• draw on conclusions from written material

• study independently as well as a member of a group

• use computers and technology associated with contemporary teaching, learning and assessment methods

• successfully complete a range of assignments including researched essays and practical examinations

This is normally achieved by completing academic study at level three or above within the last four years.

The selection event

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day.

View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.

Course enrolment – professional requirements

Before enrolling you must fully declare during the admissions process any

• unfiltered criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on unfiltered offences please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.

• involvement in disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or education establishments

• involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations

In addition

• you must attend a Pre-Course Day event to undertake the professional requirements of your course

• you must undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course.

• where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the professional issues team within five working days of receipt of the certificate.

• your full enrolment on your course will not be confirmed until the professional issues team have confirmed that your DBS Enhanced Disclosure indicates that you are suitable to work with vulnerable people.

• You must undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.

• You must undertake a programme of immunisations as required by the Department of Health. This will be provided by the University free of charge

If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements – from when you apply to the end of your course – you must tell the professional issues team immediately by calling 0114 225 5637.

Disability support

We strongly recommend that you tell us about any long term health conditions, learning difficulty or disability you may have. This is so we can assess whether we can deliver the course in such a way that you can meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for education and training and take part without disadvantage both in University and on placement.

You can contact our nursing and midwifery disability co-ordinator on 0114 225 2470 to explore any issues you may have, or you can contact our university disabled student support team on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom).

The Disability Disclosure booklet provides information for students on health and social care courses and will help you understand the importance of disclosing your disability at the earliest possible stage. This is so you can be assessed for the support you may require to succeed on the course.

Open day

As nursing and midwifery can involve strenuous physical, psychological and emotionally taxing work, we recommend that you come along to a University open day to learn more about the general expectations of the course.

Course structure

Three years full-time

Typical modules may include


Placements are in a range of contemporary healthcare settings in acute, community, public health and long-term care environments. You have exposure to high dependency care and a consolidation placement which allows you to make the transition from student to qualified nurse.

Year one modules

• essentials of nursing science and practice • essentials of biosciences for nursing practice • introduction to relationship centred care: science and practice • understanding the centrality of the patient in relationship centred care • fundamentals of public health : science and practice • foundations for effective collaborative practice

Year two modules

• integrating the science and practice of nursing • developing relationship centred care: science and practice • evidence based caring through therapeutic relationships • application of the science and practice of public health • developing capability for effective collaborative practice

Year three modules

• consolidating the science and practice of nursing • leadership and management for excellence in relationship centred care: science and practice • managing public health: science and practice • enhancing quality of services through effective collaborative practice • evaluating evidence for practice

  • examinations
  • project work
  • coursework
  • case studies
  • report
  • assessment of competence in the placement areas


The course prepares you for a career in a wide variety of areas including • community nursing • medical nursing • surgical nursing • general practice • occupational health nursing • accident and emergency care • health visiting. You could also choose to enter further education and undertake research.

As adult nurses careers develop many remain directly involved with patient care in a range of settings. Further education and practice experience can lead you to become a • clinical nurse specialist • advanced practitioner • consultant nurse • expert in a chosen area.

You can also move into senior management roles such as a ward manager or modern matron. Others choose to take on teaching roles, educating future nurses or follow a research pathway. Some nurses combine several of the above roles to improve patient care.

Starting salaries are likely to be NHS band 5. Further information is available on the NHS careers website at


Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

2017/18 academic year

Please visit our health and social care funding pages for more information.

International student

2017/18 academic year

Typically £14,750 a year (including placement fee).

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How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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