Adult nurses have a key role in working with people and communities to promote health, prevent ill-health and enable people to maintain and improve their mental and physical health.

bachelor of nursing adult

Not only will you treat, support and care for individuals, families and communities throughout the course you will also have an active role in promoting health. Our long established links with Clinicians and Managers in hospitals, community settings and service users ensure our education provision at Robert Gordon University (RGU) is contemporary, evidence based and meets the needs of providers and users of Health and Social Care services in a modern context. 

The School vision is to educate our students to become Nurses and Midwives who are knowledgeable, influential, skilled, compassionate and ready to work within a rapidly changing Health and Social Care environment.

Successful completion of the course (depending on the chosen field of practice you select when you apply) will lead to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Registered Nurse with a mark denoting your field of practice.

Award

BN

UCAS Code

B741

Course Dates

September to July

Course Length

3 years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Overview

Year 1

In this year you are introduced to the fundamentals of Nursing whether Adult, Mental Health or Children and Young People’s Nursing. Learning is organised into modules in the subjects of Health, Sciences, concepts of nursing, quality nursing care and essential skills. You also have one practice modules (two periods of nine weeks each).

Year 2

The themes of Health, Sciences, concepts of nursing, quality nursing care and essential skills are continued to a more complex level in this year. You will have practice in three different placement areas this year. This amounts to 25 weeks in total.

Year 3

The final year continues with the same themes to a more complex level. Students also cover management, leadership and research in the healthcare environment. There are two placements; one of 11 weeks and the final one which is 12 weeks and finishes in September.


Modules

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Please note, Year 4 ONLY applies to the Honours route.

Full-time

Year 1 -- Semester 1
Route A - B Nursing (Honours) Adult Nursing
  • Sciences for Holistic Nursing Practice
  • Essential Concepts in Adult Nursing
  • Quality Nursing Care
  • Essential Skills For Initial Nursing Practice
    Route B - B Nursing (Honours) Mental Health Nursing
  • Sciences for Holistic Nursing Practice
  • Essential Concepts In Mental Health Nursing
  • Quality Nursing Care
  • Essential Skills For Initial Nursing Practice
    Route C - B Nursing (Honours) Children and Young People's Nursing
  • Sciences for Holistic Nursing Practice
  • Essential Concepts In Children And Young People Nursing
  • Quality Nursing Care
  • Essential Skills For Initial Nursing Practice
    Route D - Adult nursing
  • Sciences for Holistic Nursing Practice
  • Essential Concepts in Adult Nursing
  • Quality Nursing Care
  • Essential Skills For Initial Nursing Practice
    Route E - Mental Health nursing
  • Sciences for Holistic Nursing Practice
  • Essential Concepts In Mental Health Nursing
  • Quality Nursing Care
  • Essential Skills For Initial Nursing Practice
    Route F - Children and Young People's nursing
  • Sciences for Holistic Nursing Practice
  • Essential Concepts In Children And Young People Nursing
  • Quality Nursing Care
  • Essential Skills For Initial Nursing Practice
  • Semester 2
    Route A - B Nursing (Honours) Adult Nursing
  • Cultural Competence And Global Healthcare Challenges
  • Essential Concepts in Adult Nursing
  • Initial Practice In Nursing (B Nursing Hons)
    Route B - B Nursing (Honours) Mental Health Nursing
  • Cultural Competence And Global Healthcare Challenges
  • Essential Concepts In Mental Health Nursing
  • Initial Practice In Nursing (B Nursing Hons)
    Route C - B Nursing (Honours) Children and Young People's Nursing
  • Cultural Competence And Global Healthcare Challenges
  • Essential Concepts In Children And Young People Nursing
  • Initial Practice In Nursing (B Nursing Hons)
    Route D - Adult nursing
  • Cultural Competence And Global Healthcare Challenges
  • Essential Concepts in Adult Nursing
  • Initial Practice In Nursing
    Route E - Mental Health nursing
  • Cultural Competence And Global Healthcare Challenges
  • Initial Practice In Nursing
  • Essential Concepts In Mental Health Nursing
    Route F - Children and Young People's nursing
  • Cultural Competence And Global Healthcare Challenges
  • Essential Concepts In Children And Young People Nursing
  • Initial Practice In Nursing
  • Semester 3
    Route A - B Nursing (Honours) Adult Nursing
  • Initial Practice In Nursing (B Nursing Hons)
    Route B - B Nursing (Honours) Mental Health Nursing
  • Initial Practice In Nursing (B Nursing Hons)
    Route C - B Nursing (Honours) Children and Young People's Nursing
  • Initial Practice In Nursing (B Nursing Hons)
    Route D - Adult nursing
  • Initial Practice In Nursing
    Route E - Mental Health nursing
  • Initial Practice In Nursing
    Route F - Children and Young People's nursing
  • Initial Practice In Nursing
  • Year 2 -- Semester 1
    Route A - Adult nursing
  • Therapeutic Interventions In Adult Nursing
  • Delivering Quality Nursing Care
  • Essential Skills For Intermediate Nursing Practice
  • Intermediate Practice In Nursing
    Route B - Mental Health nursing
  • Therapeutic Interventions In Mental Health Nursing
  • Delivering Quality Nursing Care
  • Essential Skills For Intermediate Nursing Practice
  • Intermediate Practice In Nursing
    Route C - Children and Young People's nursing
  • Therapeutic Interventions In Children and Young People's Nursing
  • Delivering Quality Nursing Care
  • Essential Skills For Intermediate Nursing Practice
  • Intermediate Practice In Nursing
  • Semester 2
    Route A - Adult nursing
  • Improving Health and Well-being
  • Improving Health and Well-being
  • Sciences for Holistic Adult Nursing Practice
  • Therapeutic Interventions In Adult Nursing
  • Intermediate Practice In Nursing
    Route B - Mental Health nursing
  • Improving Health and Well-being
  • Improving Health and Well-being
  • Sciences for Holistic Mental Health Nursing Practice
  • Therapeutic Interventions In Mental Health Nursing
  • Intermediate Practice In Nursing
    Route C - Children and Young People's nursing
  • Improving Health and Well-being
  • Improving Health and Well-being
  • Sciences for Holistic Children and Young People's Nursing Practice
  • Therapeutic Interventions In Children and Young People's Nursing
  • Intermediate Practice In Nursing
  • Semester 3
    Route A - Adult nursing
  • Intermediate Practice In Nursing
  • Contextualised Nursing Practice
    Route B - Mental Health nursing
  • Intermediate Practice In Nursing
  • Contextualised Nursing Practice
    Route C - Children and Young People's nursing
  • Intermediate Practice In Nursing
  • Contextualised Nursing Practice
  • Year 3 -- Semester 1
    Route A - Adult nursing
  • Sciences For Advancing Adult Nursing
  • Delivering Safe Effective and Person-Centred Adult Nursing
  • Health In Primary Care
  • Complex Therapeutic Interventions In Adult Nursing
  • Leading, Managing And Researching Quality Care
  • Essential Clinical Skills For Professional Practice
    Route B - Mental Health nursing
  • Delivering Safe, Effective and Person-Centred Mental Health Nursing
  • Health In Primary Care
  • Sciences For Advancing Mental Health Nursing
  • Complex Therapeutic Interventions In Mental Health Nursing
  • Leading, Managing And Researching Quality Care
  • Essential Clinical Skills For Professional Practice
    Route C - Children and Young People's nursing
  • Delivering Safe, Effective, Person and Family-Centred Children and Young People's Nursing
  • Health In Primary Care
  • Sciences For Advancing Children And Young People's Nursing
  • Complex Therapeutic Interventions In Children And Young People's Nursing
  • Leading, Managing And Researching Quality Care
  • Essential Clinical Skills For Professional Practice
  • Semester 2
    Route A - Adult nursing
  • Delivering Safe Effective and Person-Centred Adult Nursing
  • Leading And Managing Quality Care
    Route B - Mental Health nursing
  • Delivering Safe, Effective and Person-Centred Mental Health Nursing
  • Leading And Managing Quality Care
    Route C - Children and Young People's nursing
  • Delivering Safe, Effective, Person and Family-Centred Children and Young People's Nursing
  • Leading And Managing Quality Care
    Route D - BNursing (Honours) Adult only
  • Delivering Safe Effective and Person-Centred Adult Nursing
  • Leading, Managing And Researching Quality Care
    Route E - BNursing (Honours) Mental Health
  • Delivering Safe, Effective and Person-Centred Mental Health Nursing
  • Leading, Managing And Researching Quality Care
    Route F - BNursing (Honours) Children and Young People's Nursing
  • Delivering Safe, Effective, Person and Family-Centred Children and Young People's Nursing
  • Leading, Managing And Researching Quality Care
  • Semester 3
    Route A - B Nursing (Honours) Adult Nursing
  • Delivering NMC Competent Adult Nursing (B Nursing Hons)
    Route B - B Nursing (Honours) Mental Health Nursing
  • Delivering NMC Competent Mental Health Nursing (B Nursing Hons)
    Route C - B Nursing (Honours) Children and Young People's Nursing
  • Delivering NMC Competent Children And Young Peoples Nursing (B Nursing Hons)
    Route D - Adult nursing
  • Delivering NMC Competent Adult Nursing
    Route E - Mental Health nursing
  • Delivering NMC Competent Mental Health Nursing
    Route F - Children and Young People's nursing
  • Delivering NMC Competent Children and Young People's Nursing
  • Year 4 -- Semester 1
    Route A - Adult nursing
  • Extended Study - Dissertation
  • Contemporary Unscheduled Care
    Route B - Children and Young People's nursing
  • Extended Study - Dissertation
  • Contemporary Unscheduled Care
    Route C - Mental Health nursing
  • Extended Study - Dissertation
  • Contemporary Unscheduled Care
    Choose 1 option module from the following group:
    Students will undertake a practice module which is reflective of their theory elective and their field of study

  • Competent Practice in Acute and Unscheduled Adult Care Contexts
  • Competent Practice in Acute and Unscheduled Mental Health Care Contexts
  • Competent Practice in Acute and Unscheduled Children and Young People's Settings
  • Competent Practice in Adult Community and Public Health Contexts
  • Competent Practice in Mental Health Community and Public Health Contexts
  • Competent Practice in Children and Young People's Community and Public Health Contexts
  • Semester 2
    Route A - Adult nursing
  • Extended Study - Dissertation
  • Integrated Health and Social Care
    Route B - Mental Health nursing
  • Extended Study - Dissertation
  • Integrated Health and Social Care
    Route C - Children and Young People's nursing
  • Extended Study - Dissertation
  • Integrated Health and Social Care
  • Your Nursing degree is taught over three years and three semesters, with 45 weeks of the year either in University or on placement in Health and Social Care settings.

    In each year you will study six modules which are divided up throughout the year. This includes theory and practice modules which are divided equally in terms of time.

    Year 4 activity summary

    Lectures

    • Approximately 220 students per group
    • Six hours per week

    Tutorials

    • Approximately 30 students per group
    • Six hours per week

    Practical class or workshop

    • Approximately 30 students per group 
      • Six hours per week

    Placement / Work Based Learning

    • Will vary depending on how many students are in each placement
    • 37.5 hours per week when in placement area

    Independent study summary

    You are expected to be able to manage your learning with support. You will be considered adult learners who need to have strong skills of organisation and self-direction. Self-study time will be an important part of your success, including learning in practice settings.

    Staff delivering this course

    Most of the lecturers who teach on this course are qualified nurses themselves. They have a wide range of experience from varied healthcare settings. They also have educational and research experience. The School also has strong links with practice and some of the teaching will be undertaken by Nursing and healthcare staff who work locally. We also have e-learning advisors who have support all our teaching and learning activities.

    Facilities

    • Purpose built Clinical Skills Centre
    • Ward Area
    • University Library

    How you are assessed

    Typically students are assessed each semester:

    • One Written Exam per year. Average time of exam: 2.5 hours
    • Three Written Assignments, including essay per year
    • One Project Outputs
    • One Practical skills assessment – OSCEs per year
    • Two to three Practice Placements per year

    Feedback

    We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

    Academic Support

    The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

    Study Skills Support

    The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

    • Academic Writing
    • Study Skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
    • Maths And Statistics
    • English Language
    • Information Technology Support

    More on Study Support

    SQA Higher: CCC. Higher English and a science subject are recommended. English, Maths and a science subject are required at National 5 grade C or above if not held at Higher.

    GCE A Level: CC. A Level English and a science subject are recommended. English, Maths and a science subject are required at GCSE grade 5/C or above if not held at A Level.

    Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H3H4H4. Higher English and a science subject are recommended. English, Maths and a science subject are required at grade O3 or above if not held at Higher.

    IB Diploma: 24. Higher Level English and a science subject are recommended. English, Maths and a science subject are required at Standard Level grade 3 if not held at Higher.

    Alternative Qualifications: We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

    Applicants from Partner Colleges: For Adult Nursing entry to Year 2 may be possible following completion of HNC Care and Administrative Practice from one of our partner FE Colleges.

    Interview: Applicants will be invited to attend a selection event. This will take the form of a tour of the facilities, an opportunity to meet academics and practitioners and an interview. The selection process will provide candidates with the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to study at degree level.

    Additional Information: If your qualifications are not in the required subject areas, ask about the Selection Plus Strategy. If you have a first degree which is relevant to nursing, you may be eligible for advanced entry.

    Special Requirements: Acceptance to all nursing and midwifery courses is subject to a health screening and a satisfactory PVG clearance (previously an enhanced disclosure).

    English Language

    All applicants whose first language is not English are required to have an Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) minimum score of 7.0 including 7.0 in all elements. Appropriate equivalents will be considered.

    English Language requirements

    * All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

    Up to 25 weeks compulsory practice per year within two to three placement experiences.

    You may be eligible for a bursary with some expenses depending on individual circumstances/location.

    The Student Placement and Support Manager will allocate placements throughout Grampian, Orkney and Shetland for all students.

    More on placements

    ERASMUS student exchange visits are optionally available in Year 3, for a visit to healthcare settings in a European country. This includes, Finland, Norway, Italy, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Spain. This is for a 12 week period and provides some of you with a fantastic opportunity to experience healthcare in another country.

    Professional Accreditation

    Graduates are eligible to register as a Registered Nurse with a mark denoting their field of practice.

    Students from Scotland should apply to SAAS for a non means-tested Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary:

    Students from England can apply to Student Finance England for a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan:

    Students from Wales and Northern Ireland can apply to Student Finance for a tuition fee loan, maintenance grant and maintenance loan:

    For Academic Year 2018/2019

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £13,270 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2017/2018

    Rest of UK Students

    Full-time

    • £6,750 per academic year

    Disclaimer

    Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

    For further information see Student Finance pages

     

    All applicants for Nursing and Midwifery courses must apply online:

    Apply online via UCAS

    It is important that you keep track of your application process using the UCAS website, as it will update you on whether you have been offered a place from the University. It is also where you should respond to offers and receive confirmation of your place within your chosen course, rather than contacting the institution in the first instance.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions

    The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

    Adult nurses work within and outwith the NHS, delivering and leading services for people from the age of 16 years upwards who are ill, recovering from an accident or illness, or learning to live with a disability. They also work with people to enable the maintenance of mental and physical health.

    The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

    Additional Cost for International Fee Paying Students

    • Approximately £65 for uniforms (including polo shirt for clinical skills)
    • Approximately £300 to £500 for occupational health checks. Actual cost will depend on the immunisations required.
    • £52 for Protecting Vulnerable Group (PVG) check

    Other Fees and Charges

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