Nursing – Adult


At Robert Gordon University, the BSc Adult Nursing course will provide you with the capabilities to support the health and wellbeing of adults in a variety of contexts including hospital and home settings. You will be proficient in delivering compassionate care to adults who are experiencing acute/long-term illnesses and injury.

In Year 1 and 2 your learning will be generic to all nursing fields so you’re confident in providing essential care to everyone regardless of their age or ailment. Year 3 focusses on integrating this knowledge, skills and attributes for working autonomously with adult patients.

Practice learning experiences are integrated throughout the course allowing you to contextualise your learning in the adult nursing field whilst developing your professional knowledge and understanding.

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date


Course Length

3 years

Year 1

You will study the core themes of nursing, sciences, health, and practice learning. You will explore values-based professional, compassionate and family-centred care, health and wellbeing across the lifespan, and learn the essential skills to deliver safe nursing practice in a variety of settings in today’s multi-cultural environment.

Year 2

The core themes advance to a more complex level. Students in all fields will develop their ability to link and apply theory to practice, providing care to people who may be at any stage of life and who may have a range of mental, physical, cognitive or behavioural health challenges.

Year 3

The final year allows students to focus on integrating the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for working autonomously in their primary chosen field. The themes from years 1 and 2 will be explored at a more complex level.  You will also cover management, leadership and research skills in the healthcare environment.

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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. 

Detailed module information

Learning Methods

How long is a BSc Nursing - Adult course?

The BSc Nursing (Adult) degree is taught over three years and each year has three terms, with 45 weeks of the year either in university or on placement in health and social care settings.

In each year you will study 4 modules, one practice learning module and three theory modules, which are divided up throughout the year and distributed equally in terms of time.

All modules are cumulatively assessed and must be passed to progress through the course.

Activity Summary

  • Lectures - 220 students per group, on campus or online, 6 hours per week
  • Tutorial - 30 students per group, 6 hours per week
  • Practical class or workshop - 30 students per group, 6 hours per week
  • Directed / Private Study - 18 hours per week
  • Placement / Work Based Learning - Students per group varies on placement, equivalent to 37.5 hours per week

Independent Study

Self-study, including learning in practice, is an important factor in your success. The modules of this course are delivered face-to-face and online. You will be expected to engage with online learning, access and complete all elements, and work independently through guided directed study. Strong organisation and self-direction skills are essential.

Clinical Simulation

A key part of the course is experiencing real-life clinical situations in a realistic and safe simulated environment. Using volunteer patients and a range of facilities across campus, you can practice your nursing care and deliver within various scenarios. 

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Staff Delivering on This Course

A large percentage of Lecturers who teach on this course are registered Nurses themselves. They have a wide-range of experience from varied healthcare settings and have educational and research experience. As 50% of the course is delivered in practice, the School has strong links with all practice partners and some of the University teaching will be undertaken by nursing and healthcare staff who work locally. We also have Technology Enhanced Advisors who support all our teaching and learning activities.

Many of our staff contribute nationally to enhance nursing and within the university are recognised by students within the STAR awards.


Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 1

  • 2 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 practical skills assessment
  • 1 computer aided exam

Year 2

  • 1 written exam, typically for 2.5 hours
  • 1 written assignment, including essays
  • 1 oral assessment
  • 1 practical skills assessment

Year 3

  • 1 written exam, typically for 2.5 hours
  • 3 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 project output
  • 1 practical skills assessment


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 Inclusion 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.

Online Learning & Support

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on campus or by online learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

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

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.



You will undertake practice learning experiences from year 1 and gain an awareness of the varied and advancing nature of nursing. Practice learning will take place in a range of healthcare settings, across a range of geographical locations in Grampian, Highland, Orkney and Shetland, and each placement is the equivalent of 37.5hrs a week.

You will have the opportunity to learn within dynamic collaborative working teams which may consist of Doctors, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Pharmacists, Radiographers, Social Workers, Social Care Workers, Carers, Charities and Volunteers.

  • Year 1 has 3 placements
  • Year 2 has 3 placements
  • Year 3 has 2 placements
Placements at RGU

Study Abroad

In years 2 and 3 there are opportunities to have an overseas experience such as an exchange visit to one of our overseas partners or attending an overseas conference. This is a perfect opportunity to experience healthcare provision and education in a different country and meet other students.

Job Prospects

Is Nursing a good career choice?

Few careers offer the range of opportunity that nursing can offer. It is a highly rewarding choice as well as being well regarded and in high demand.

As an Adult Nurse you can work in:

  • Emergency and unplanned care services
  • General or specialist services
  • Outpatient, community and occupational health settings

In addition, you might work in people’s homes, health centres, residential care homes, workplaces or hospitals. For further nursing careers, visit NHS Careers.


What is needed for a BSc Nursing – Adult course?

Standard Entry Requirements

  • 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.

Minimum Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements for widening access applicants are:

  • SQA Higher: CCC. Higher English and a Science subject are recommended. English, Maths and a Science subject are required at National 5 C if not held at Higher.

Alternative Qualifications

For entry to year 1 we welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated. These include:

  • HNC/HND in a related subject e.g. Healthcare Practice, Social Services, Applied Science, Social Sciences
  • Advanced (SCQF Level 6) Healthcare (NESCOL) or NC Level 6 in Health and Social Care (other college providers) plus 1 Higher at C or above,
  • QQI/FETAC level 5 – at required grade and in relevant subject area
  • SWAP Access – in relevant (nursing) subject area
  • SVQs/NVQs (level 3 and above) Accepted in combination with other qualifications
  • Equivalent overseas 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.

International Students

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

English Language Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English are required to have an Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) overall score of 7.0 with a score of 7.0 in all elements apart from writing where minimum score is 6.5. Appropriate equivalents will be considered.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.


Academic Year 2022-2023

Scottish Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 3 years Year 1 £1,820
Year 2 £1,820
Year 3 £1,820

Rest of UK Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 3 years Year 1 £8,490
Year 2 £8,490
Year 3 £8,490

EU Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 3 years Year 1 £8,490
Year 2 £8,490
Year 3 £8,490

International Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 3 years Year 1 £14,080
Year 2 £14,080
Year 3 £14,080

Academic Year 2021-2022

Scottish Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 3 years Year 1 £1,820
Year 2 £1,820
Year 3 £1,820

Rest of UK Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 3 years Year 1 £8,240
Year 2 £8,240
Year 3 £8,240

EU Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 3 years Year 1 £8,240
Year 2 £8,240
Year 3 £8,240

International Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 3 years Year 1 £13,670
Year 2 £13,670
Year 3 £13,670

Additional Costs

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

All students

Additional Costs 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

Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident  you can apply to SAAS for funding.

Nursing and Midwifery students who meet the criteria are entitled to a non-income-assessed bursary which is administered through the Student Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS). 

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:

Widening Access Accommodation and Welcome Pack Offer

If you are applying to RGU for September 2022 and meet widening access criteria, you may qualify for free accommodation in your first year of study, along with our welcome pack to support your transition to university. Find out if you are eligible:


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


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