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What makes Nursing (Adult) BSc (Hons) with Foundation Year at the University of Worcester special?

This Nursing with Foundation Year course is designed for students who do not have the formal qualification or meet the normal entry requirement for BSc Nursing programme, but who have relevant life experiences and are committed to a career as a Registered Nurse.

The Foundation Year aims to provide you with fundamental knowledge and skills to prepare you for successful progression onto the NMC approved Nursing degree course. During the Foundation Year, you will study with students preparing for a range of professional courses, including paramedicine, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

You'll be taught by expert staff and be guided at every step of the way, preparing you for your future career as a Registered Nurse. Our supportive learning environment will allow you to develop the confidence and skills needed for success on your Nursing degree.

On successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress onto our exciting and transformational Adult Nursing degree, which has been developed collaboratively with practice partners, service users and students. At its heart is the recognition that nursing is an evolving profession with individuals working as part of today’s interdisciplinary healthcare teams in a wide range of settings.

You will learn how to make a positive impact on the lives of adults with a diverse range of health and dependency needs, including physical and emotional care requirements, particularly addressing the needs of the ageing population.

We educate our Adult Nursing students to be articulate, flexible, decision makers able to promote health and well-being, prioritise effective care and implement evidence-based nursing practice. They will work collaboratively with inter-professional teams, service users and their families, respecting their rights, choices and wishes

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Key features

  • Opportunity to start your journey to a career as a Registered Nurse without the usual formal qualifications to study a degree in Nursing
  • Successful completion of the Foundation Year allows progression onto the BSc Nursing programme
  • On successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) with Foundation Year, you will be eligible to apply for Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Our Adult Nursing students gain the knowledge, abilities and skills to provide holistic care across a variety of settings with 50% of the course (years 2-4) embedded in the practice setting
  • Our Skills and Simulation Centre allows you to safely practice nursing interventions in realistic environments, including a replica hospital ward
  • Support throughout your course, including the Foundation Year from a Personal Academic Tutor, who is usually a lecturer on your course and will remain with you throughout your studies
  • Opportunity to complete either a UK or international elective in for example India, Ireland or Tanzania
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

32 UCAS tariff points

You should be at least 18 years old and normally have GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4 or above, and 1 A Level (or equivalent Level 3 qualification).

T Levels may be used to meet the entry tariff requirements for this course. Find out more about T levels as UCAS tariff points here.

If you’re unsure whether you meet the entry requirements, email our admission team or contact the course Admissions Tutor. You may also be interested in our Nursing Associate FdSc or Health and Social Care FdSc.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) requirements and Occupational Health Clearance

Students are required to demonstrate health and character sufficient to ensure safe and effective healthcare practice. This includes a satisfactory Enhanced DBS and occupational health clearance.

Progression routes

Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year you are guaranteed progression on to BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult).

Other information

Mature applicants

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

If you have any questions about entry requirements please contact our Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email

Selection Event

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a Nursing selection event, and will be expected to demonstrate that they have an understanding of the requirements of nursing. Information about this day will be sent to all invited applicants.

Useful resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare an application to the Nursing programme.

Examples include the UCAS Guides, as well as the Health Education England Nursing careers and Nursing and Midwifery Council websites.

Disability Information

If you are worried that your disability or physical/mental health problem will affect your nursing application, please refer to our disability concerns document for more information.

Acceptable alternative Maths and English Language qualifications

Acceptable alternative Mathematics qualifications:

  • Functional Skills Level 2 Mathematics
  • Essential Skills Level 2 (Wales) Maths
  • NARIC approved GCSE C/4 or above equivalent International qualification
  • University of Worcester GCSE Equivalency Exam in Mathematics

Acceptable alternative English Language qualifications:

  • Functional Skills Level 2 English
  • Academic IELTS of 6.0 with a score of at least 5.5 in each component.
  • NARIC approved GCSE C/4 or above equivalent International qualification
  • University of Worcester GCSE Equivalency Exam in English
  • Essential Skills (Wales) Level 2 English
Course content

Course content

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1 - Foundation Year

  • Essential skills for learning in healthcare
  • Science for healthcare
  • Health and wellbeing in today’s society
  • Becoming a healthcare professional

Year 2

  • Communication and professional values for health and well-being across the lifespan
  • Human anatomy and physiology for person centred care
  • Principles of adult nursing
  • Essential skills for practice learning in nursing 1
  • Practice learning in nursing 1

Year 3

  • Evidence based practice in health and care
  • Person centred assessment in adult nursing
  • Safe and effective care planning in adult nursing
  • Fundamentals of medicines management and therapeutics
  • Essential skills for practice learning in nursing 2
  • Practice learning in nursing 2

Year 4

  • Dissertation: Critical engagement with practice
  • Challenges and complexity in adult nursing
  • Leading and managing nursing care
  • Essential skills for practice learning in nursing 2
  • Practice learning in nursing 2

Teaching Staff

From year 2 of the course you will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on our nursing degree. The team is made up primarily of Registered Nurses from different backgrounds, with expertise in their chosen field of practice/area of expertise. Teaching is also supported by the inter-disciplinary and multi-agency team, when specialist knowledge is required. Contributions by service users, carers and their families, provides opportunity for them to share their lived experiences, with service users as appropriate having a role in the assessment process.

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Mr Jodie Walker-Haywood

Qualifying as a Registered Nurse in 2007 from University of Worcester, Jodie initially worked at Worcestershire Acute Hospital on the Infectious Diseases and Stroke Unit before specialising in Genito-Urinary and Contraceptive Medicine (Sexual Health Services) in Birmingham & Solihull where he spent the next 13 years before joining the University as a Lecturer in 2021.


Kathy Clarke

Kathy Clarke is interested and passionate about undergraduate nursing, teaching and learning with the application of theory to clinical practice. She is student focused, interested in widening participation and is committed to supporting students and apprentices reach their full potential. Within the recruitment and selection nursing team Kathy leads on the recognition of prior learning.

She has worked as a registered nurse in a wide range of clinical settings, predominately within an acute care setting including medical, surgical and critical care settings. Since 2011 Kathy has taken on the course lead role for programmes including Critical Care; Foundation Degree Health and Social Care and more recently Foundation Degree Nursing Associate Apprentice programme working in partnership with healthcare employers from across the region.

Alison Lewis

Alison Lewis is a senior lecturer on the Pre registration Nursing BSc course here at University of Worcester. Before coming to the University, Alison had worked for most of her career with children young people and families. Her first post was on a very busy children’s ward at University college Hospital London. Alison then undertook her health visiting qualification and worked across a number of areas of London before moving to work in Warwickshire. Alison has undertaken project posts working with homeless people, helped start clinics for non-English speaking families and latterly worked with young people who were expecting their first baby (Family Nurse Partnership).

At Worcester Alison is interested in supporting student nurses with their community placements and encouraging newly qualified nurses to take up posts in the primary care sector. She also works alongside the team’s international lead to develop and support elective placements across Europe and worldwide including Thailand, Tanzania, India, Norway and Denmark.

Samantha Meredith

Samantha Meredith has professional experience as a Staff Nurse in Accident and Emergency, a Community Staff Nurse, a District Nursing Sister and a Practice Educator.


  • Bachelor of Science with Honours – Adult Nursing

Helen Ford

Helen Ford has a PhD from the University of York, an MSc In Health Sciences, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and a BSc Hons (Clinical Nursing Studies).  Helen is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.


Louise Carter

Louise joined the University of Worcester as a Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing in 2015. Prior to this she held clinical posts in medical, surgical and community nursing, enjoying over 20 years caring for patients and their families.

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Louise serves as the Student Progression Lead. In this capacity, she plays an important role in supporting individual students as they navigate their journey to registration. With a firm commitment to fostering student success and facilitating their growth as compassionate, empathetic and competent healthcare professionals, Louise promotes excellence and dedication within the field of nurse education.

Adult Nursing at Worcester

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Adult Nursing BSc (Hons) with Foundation Year Accreditation

Please note the 4-year Adult Nursing with Foundation Year has NMC accreditation for Levels 4-6 (years 2-4) only, as the Level 3 Foundation Year of study sits outside NMC Standards.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and assessment


The learning and teaching strategies of this creative and exciting BSc Nursing with Foundation Year promotes active student engagement. The Inclusion Toolkit is used to develop accessible, flexible and inclusive approaches that empower you to engage with self-directed learning. Blended and inclusive teaching and assessment occurs across all academic modules. The course is challenging and student-focused, utilising scenario-based and e-learning strategies, rooted in the real world of contemporary health and care systems, allowing you to build knowledge, solve problems and make decisions as you become a reflective practitioner and leader.

You will be taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures and seminars. Case studies (developed in partnership with service users) support a scenario-based approach to learning which facilitates small group activities and discussions, leading to shared and individual problem-solving and decision-making. A campus-based approach, complemented by appropriate use of both synchronous and asynchronous online learning including virtual learning environment collaborate, flipped classroom and e-learning packages, which promote personalised engagement with learning.

You will meet with your personal academic tutor 4 times in year one and two and 3 times in year 3 and 4.

Once you progress onto the BSc Nursing, at the core is learning in a diverse range of clinical placements, learning in the real world which facilitates work-readiness, personal and professional development. Mandatory practice learning equates to 50% of the programme credit for each year. Your practice learning is mapped across the programme, gradually increasing as you gain in confidence, by year 4 you will complete over 55% of the programme in practice learning environments, supporting your transition from student to Registered Nurse. Your placements run in blocks across the year, with experiences normally in a minimum of 2 practice placements each year, in a setting appropriate to your chosen field of practice. The use of ‘spokes’ (visits to alternative placement settings) to maximise learning opportunities offered by diverse and non-traditional settings, offer exposure to opportunities to care for people from across the life-span, with mental and physical health needs and learning disabilities. Enhanced practice learning days, rooted in clinical practice, provide opportunities to consolidate learning, provide opportunity for reflection and inter-professional learning, including added value learning experiences and seeking additional support as necessary to promote inclusive learning in the practice setting.

While on placement you are supernumerary and are supported by a practice supervisor and assessed by a practice assessor, both having undergone appropriate preparation for their roles. Further support is provided by the inter-professional team, a nominated person (usually a member of the practice education team) and an academic assessor allocated for each part of the programme. You will have access to the internet and library resources whilst on placement.

You will be provided with opportunity to complete skills and simulated learning activities. All skills and simulation activities involve a range of people including students, peers, service users/carers, practitioners, technicians, academics and includes role play, ‘hands on’ practical skills sessions using a range of simulation manikins, video recording and playback. Formative feedback on performance is provided to facilitate safe and effective support for essential skills development, in state of the art simulation suites, replicating hospital and community practice learning environments. This learning is particularly important in year two, with 20 days allocated to prepare you for your practice learning experiences. This is reduced in year 3 and 4 to 10 days per year.

You will have opportunity to complete a UK or international elective placement, during Year 4, semester one. This can be either a 4-week or a 12-week experience, helping with the globalization of the programme and employability.

Contact time

In the Foundation Year:

Contact time is likely to be a maximum of 15 hours per week.

Typical contact time will be structured around:

  • Lectures and seminars (face-to-face and online)
  • Workshops
  • Group work (problem and enquiry-based learning)

Once you progress to the BSc Nursing programme:

In a typical week, a student will have around 15-18 contact hours of teaching during theory weeks. The precise contact hours will depend on the year of study as there is normally slightly less contact time in the final year in order to do more independent study. This allows for the completion of an independent studies project or dissertation, a sustained piece of individual work, which critically and ethically engages with professional practice, relevant to the students’ chosen field of practice.

Typically, class contact time per day will be structured around:

  • 2 hours lead lecture
  • 4 hours of seminar, workshop or tutorials

Nursing is campus-based, with approximately 90% of theory delivered on campus.

Whilst in placement, you will be expected to attend placement for 37.5 hours per week, experiencing the full range of hours expected of Registered Nurses. All practice learning hours, including skills and simulated learning must be formally recorded and signed for.

Independent self study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 25 hours personal self study in the Foundation Year. Once you progress to BSc Nursing you are expected to undertake 19.5-22.5 hours of personal self-study per week during theory weeks. Typically, this will involve locating and reading resources, including preparing for assessments.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including The Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.


4 years full-time.

Foundation Year follows a standard academic year

BSc Nursing is a 45-week timetabled year (50% theory and 50% practice learning), plus 7 weeks pre-planned holiday each year


Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the Foundation Year and our nursing degree. During the Foundation Year, the team includes senior academics, professional practitioners and work-based learning tutors all with industry experience.

For BSc Nursing, the team is made up primarily of Registered Nurses from different backgrounds, with expertise in their chosen field of practice/area of expertise. Teaching is also supported by the inter-disciplinary and multi-agency team, when specialist knowledge is required. Contributions by service users, carers and their families, provides opportunity for them to share their lived experiences, with service users as appropriate having a role in the assessment process.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade, all summative assessments must achieve a pass grade. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and a final year independent studies project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to your chosen field of practice, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1 (Foundation Year)

  • 1 written exam/test
  • 1 seminar presentations
  • 1 case study
  • 2 reflective portfolios
  • 1 individual presentation
  • 2 written assessment

Year 2

  • Scenario-based essay
  • Poster or leaflet with supporting paper
  • Group presentation
  • Unseen exam
  • Reflective assignment (visual or written)
  • Assessment of practice learning using the e-Practice Assessment Document, with evidence of medicines calculation test at 80%

Year 3

  • Report
  • Care plan plus supporting paper or individual presentation
  • Unseen, scenario-based exam
  • Essay
  • Critically reflective assignment (visual or written)
  • Assessment of practice learning using the e-Practice Assessment Document, with evidence of medicines calculation test at 90%

Year 4

  • Essay
  • Individual presentation
  • Dissertation
  • Critically reflective assignment (visual or written)
  • Assessment of practice learning using the e-Practice Assessment Document, with evidence of medicines calculation test at 100%
  • Professional discussion

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in. 

Nursing facilities



BSc Nursing with Foundation Year, is professionally accredited by the NMC for year 2-4 and achievement of our nursing degree normally indicates your Fitness to Practice and eligibility to apply to enter the NMC professional register, permitting use of the title Registered Nurse. Almost all graduates go straight into nursing employment, locally, nationally and in some instances internationally in a wide range of healthcare settings.

Students acknowledge that the programme improves their career prospects and future career aspiration. In 2019, 99% of leavers were in employment or further study, with 100% of the leavers in employment working in nursing roles. University of Worcester nursing graduates have made a significant contribution to the local NHS workforce during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Many nurses are employed locally, particularly with Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and Wye Valley NHS Trust. Other employment destinations include, Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health & Care Trust, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust and Dudley Hospitals. Local employing organisations are invited to meet with finalists and discuss career opportunities and further professional development.

A number of initiatives are embedded to promote employment, including mock interviews and support with CV writing during year 3. Personal Academic Tutors also offer support with career planning and writing personal statements. The nursing teaching team and the Careers and Employability Service ensure details of Trust recruitment events and individual jobs are publicised


Fees and funding

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £16,200 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Funding for student nurses

  • Once you progress onto the BSc Nursing, you will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year, which you will not need to pay back (please note, the NHS Learning Support Fund is not available to students during the Foundation Year, it is only available once you progress onto the BSc Nursing)
  • Nursing students can apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England
  • For funding information specific to studying nursing visit The Funding Clinic

Course-related costs included in the fees

Once you progress onto the BSc Nursing course we will provide initial uniforms (3 tunics, 2 trousers & epaulettes). We will also cover the costs of an Enhanced DBS check, an Occupational Health Screening and vaccinations

Course-related costs not included in the fees

Day to day costs exist for printing, stationery and books

As part of the course, you will need to travel to placement and will therefore need to pay any associated costs. You may be able to reclaim these travel expenses depending on your individual circumstances

Cost of NMC Registration on completion of the BSc (Hons) Nursing Degree programme


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Chestnut Halls' at £131 per week to 'Oak Halls' at £221 per week (2024/25 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

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