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What makes Nursing at Worcester special?

The University of Worcester has a strong reputation for delivering high-quality, innovative and contemporary nurse education.

You can apply to study one of 3 different fields of practice: BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult), BSc (Hons) Nursing (Children’s) or BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health).

Our exciting and transformational nursing degree has been developed collaboratively with practice partners, service users and students. This development was in response to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC 2018) Future Nurse: Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses and Realising Professionalism: Standards for Education and Training.  At its heart is the recognition that nursing is an evolving professional, practice-based and academic discipline.

Due to excellent teaching and innovation, our nursing degree has been a Student Nursing Times finalist for Nurse Education Provider (Pre-Registration) of the year five times. In 2018, 99% of leavers were in employment or further study, with 100% of the leavers in employment working in nursing roles.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Emphasis is on learning in diverse, supportive learning environments with 50% of the course embedded in the practice setting.

  • Skills and simulation centre providing outstanding facilities to safely practice nursing interventions in a supportive environment, allowing the development of enhanced technical skills.

  • Enhanced practice learning days rooted in clinical practice, provide opportunities to consolidate practice learning.

  • Visiting lecturers including experienced and senior clinical nurses and patients, their families and carers, providing a unique insight into their experiences of healthcare.

  • Opportunities to complete either a UK or international elective placement, for example, in Finland, Denmark, Ireland and Tanzania.

  • On successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Nursing programme, you will be eligible to apply for Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Nursing Clinical Skills

Accreditation

Accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

 

"I would encourage anybody who is thinking of studying at the University of Worcester to do so. Throughout my training, tutors at the university were extremely supportive and encouraging."

Emily Freestone, Adult Nursing graduate.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

112
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

Either:

  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from 3 A Levels
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DMM or above
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma - with 45 credits at level 3 (with at least 30 credits at Merit or Distinction)

Plus:

  • GCSE C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics. Please see below for acceptable alternatives
  • Evidence of recent academic study (within 5 years)

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

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

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact our Admissions Office for advice.

Don't quite meet the entry requirements? Consider our Nursing Associate FdSc or Health and Social Care FdSc.

Other information

Applications

The University will consider each application on its individual merits and will recognise a range of qualifications not currently included in the Tariff. If you do not meet the minimum entry requirements outlined above, please contact the Admissions Office for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from www.ucas.com.

Selection Event

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a 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.

Taster days

A Nursing taster day gives you the opportunity to explore our facilities, take part in Nursing taster activities, and find out about student life. This day is for those considering applying for the course, not those who have already applied or those who have been offered an interview.

  • 5 December 2019, 5.30pm-7.30pm
  • 4 Feb 2020, 9.30am-3pm

To request a place email insiders@worc.ac.uk.

 

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Course content

What will you study?

What will you study and when?

You will study a combination of core, field of practice and practice learning modules. The exact modules you will study will depend upon your chosen field of practice.

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and by 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.

Nursing (Adult) - B740

The adult nursing field of practice modules focus on the needs 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. Adult field of practice nurses will 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 the inter-professional team, service users and their families, respecting their rights, choices and wishes. The emphasis is on providing a high quality experience for all service users, in a wide range of healthcare settings.

Year 1 - Nursing (Adult)

  • Communication and professional values for health and well-being across the lifespan (30 credits)*
  • Human anatomy and physiology for person-centred care (15 credits)*
  • Principles of adult nursing (15 credits)
  • Essential skills and nursing practice 1 (60 credits)

* Shared modules with the FdSc Nursing Associate course.

Year 2 - Nursing (Adult)

  • Evidence-based practice in health and care (15 credits)*
  • Developing person-centred adult health care (30 credits)
  • Fundamentals of medicines management and therapeutics (15 credits)
  • Essential skills and nursing practice 2 (60 credits)

* Shared modules with the FdSc Nursing Associate course.

Year 3 - Nursing (Adult)

  • Dissertation: Critical engagement with practice (30 credits)
  • Challenges and complexity in adult nursing (15 credits)
  • Leading and managing nursing care (15 credits)
  • Essential skills and nursing practice 3 (60 credits)

* Shared modules with the FdSc Nursing Associate course.

Adult Nursing at Worcester

Nursing (Children's) - B730

Meeting the specific needs of children, young people and their families is at the core of children's nursing. The programme aims to produce safe and responsive practitioners who can work effectively across traditional boundaries in a collaborative way, providing high quality child and family centred care that meets the demands of integrated child health and social care provision. Future children's nurses need to be able to empower each child and their family to receive individualised care, enabling each child to reach their full potential.

Year 1 - Nursing (Children's)

  • Communication and professional values for health and well-being across the lifespan (30 credits)*
  • Human anatomy and physiology for person-centred care (15 credits)*
  • Principles of children’s nursing (15 credits)
  • Essential skills and nursing practice 1 (60 credits)

* Shared modules with the FdSc Nursing Associate course.

Year 2 - Nursing (Children's)

  • Evidence-based practice in health and care (15 credits)*
  • Developing person-centred child and family health care (30 credits)
  • Fundamentals of medicines management and therapeutics (15 credits)
  • Essential skills and nursing practice 2 (60 credits)

* Shared modules with the FdSc Nursing Associate course.

Year 3 - Nursing (Children's)

  • Dissertation: Critical engagement with practice (30 credits)
  • Challenges and complexity in children’s nursing (15 credits)
  • Leading and managing nursing care (15 credits)
  • Essential skills and nursing practice 3 (60 credits)

* Shared modules with the FdSc Nursing Associate course.

Children's Nursing at Worcester

Nursing (Mental Health) - B760

The mental health nursing field of practice recognises the inclusion of service users and carers as an integral part of the delivery of the programme. This will ensure that person-centred recovery processes are addressed throughout the programme in the development of the student. The mental health field of practice modules will be further informed by critical engagement with current mental health agendas and developments.

Year 1 - Nursing (Mental Health)

  • Communication and professional values for health and well-being across the lifespan (30 credits)*
  • Human anatomy and physiology for person-centred care (15 credits)*
  • Principles of mental health nursing (15 credits)
  • Essential skills and nursing practice 1 (60 credits)

* Shared modules with the FdSc Nursing Associate course.

Year 2 - Nursing (Mental Health)

  • Evidence-based practice in health and care (15 credits)*
  • Developing person-centred mental health care (30 credits)
  • Fundamentals of medicines management and therapeutics (15 credits)
  • Essential skills and nursing practice 2 (60 credits)

* Shared modules with the FdSc Nursing Associate course.

Year 3 - Nursing (Mental Health)

  • Dissertation: Critical engagement with practice (30 credits)
  • Challenges and complexity in mental health nursing (15 credits)
  • Leading and managing nursing care (15 credits)
  • Essential skills and nursing practice 3 (60 credits)

* Shared modules with the FdSc Nursing Associate course.

Mental Health Nursing at Worcester

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Ricky Baker - International Elective in India and student in Child Nursing

My International Elective to India allowed me to compare the cultural differences in healthcare in India, compared to that of the UK. For example, it is estimated that 241 million children in India are at risk of parasitic intestinal worms. Therefore, whilst visiting a rural village school, I facilitated a de-worming clinic, giving each child a de-worming tablet along with a teddy. After the clinic was over, I visited the children in the classroom and saw many looks of confusion on their faces. I sat down in the middle of the room and proceeded to show them how to use their teddy as a comforter. Therefore, I not only provided healthcare to children who otherwise couldn't afford it, I also provided them with happiness and joy, even with a language barrier present. 

I will take away with me that although there are many barriers to healthcare, kindness and compassion are antidotes that can be given free of charge. 

Rachel Bray

Rachel Bray

Rachel Bray achieved her life-long ambition to become a Nurse and is now part of the Evesham Neighbourhood Team, providing care in the community.

“It was really hard work, but I absolutely loved it,” said Rachel. “It was such a brilliant course.  The tutors were really supportive; there were some tough times that I had to deal with, but they were brilliant. To someone else thinking about a Nursing career, I would just say go for it, it’s never too late, and also take it a day at a time.”

Rachel has now been accepted to do a Master’s in Evidence Based Healthcare at Oxford University alongside her work. 

Thomas Fletcher

Thomas Fletcher

Thomas Fletcher is a former Healthcare Assistant that has graduated from the University of Worcester with a degree in Mental Health Nursing.

 “I chose to study Mental Health Nursing as I had been a care assistant for many years and wanted to further develop my skills to enhance patient care and experience as a nurse." said Thomas.

Thomas is now working as a mental health nurse in Birmingham and hopes to return to the University in the future to study for an Advanced Nursing Practitioner Master’s degree and work towards becoming a consultant nurse. 

Third year nursing student

"From the moment I arrived on campus for my interview, I knew the University of Worcester was where I wanted to complete my training. The course has been brilliant in preparing me for when I qualify, and I feel that it was the best decision I have ever made in returning to education. I feel the skills I have learnt and developed in my time at the University of Worcester will most definitely help me secure a staff nurse position. I also feel they will help me in my future career progression."

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.  A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services, and also the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful. With study skills embedded into the early stages of the course to help promote student achievement and confidence with learning and assessment.

Teaching

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 blended learning approach uses a range of strategies including the virtual learning environment, 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 3 times in year 2 and 3.

At the core of the nursing programme 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 3 you will complete over 60% 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 two 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, complete project activities and inter-professional learning opportunities and seek 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 zoned academic for the setting, 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 one, with 20 days allocated to prepare you for your practice learning experiences. This is reduced in year 2 and 3 to 10 days per year.

You will have opportunity to complete a UK or international elective placement, during Year 3, semester one.  This can be either a formative four-week experience or a summative 12-week experience, helping with the globalization of the programme and employability.

Contact time

In a typical week, a student will have around 12-18 contact hours of teaching during theory weeks. The precise contact hours will depend on the year of study as in the final year there is normally slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study. This allows the completion of an independent study, 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

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 19-25 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. 

Duration

3 years full-time.

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

Timetables

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.

Assessment

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.  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

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

Year 2

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

Year 3

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

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.  

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Facilities

Our Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre is designed to develop your skills in a safe and supportive environment. The Centre includes clinical, therapy and home environments, the latest equipment, recording facilities and high-specification manikins.

Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, and Paramedicine students study alongside one another in the Centre, giving a multidisciplinary experience that prepares you for today's modern workforce.

Find out more about clinical laboratories and equipment, please view our health facilities page or download our Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre booklet.

Clinical placements

Practice learning experiences in a range of hospital and community settings, including flexible placements using a 'hub and spoke' design to maximise the learning opportunities offered by diverse and non-traditional settings. Students will complete 6 placements across the 3 years of the programme, which occur in blocks each semester, ranging from 8-12 weeks long, when students will work a 37.5 hour week. You will complete 2300 hours of clinical experience across the programme, using a combination of simulated learning and practice based learning.

You have an opportunity to complete a 12 week summative international elective placement during the first semester of year 3, placement opportunities exist in Denmark, Norway and Ireland. Alternatively, you have the opportunity to complete a 4 week formative elective placement during the first semester of year 3, this can be based either in the UK (outside of Herefordshire and Worcestershire) or internationally for example in Tanzania.

Nursing facilities

Teaching Staff

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 multiagency 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.

Teaching is informed by research and consultancy, with 87% of permanent lecturers on the course having a Higher Education teaching qualification, with 79% Fellows of the Higher Education Academy, including 15% Senior Fellows (January 2019). You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Careers

Where could it take you?

The programme is professionally accredited by the NMC and achievement of our nursing degree normally indicates your Fitness to Practice and eligibility 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. The most recent data for Nursing (2018), indicates 99.0% of leavers were in employment or further study, with 100% of leavers in employment, working in nursing roles. 

Many nurses are employed locally, with Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust employing 42% and Wye Valley NHS Trust employing 10% of nursing leavers.  Other employment destinations include, Worcestershire Health & Care Trust, 2gether NHS Trust, Gloucestershire 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. 

Continuing professional development includes the opportunity to undertake post-graduate academic study including Master’s degrees: Advanced Clinical Practice MSc and Public Health MSc.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Tuition Fees

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the 2020/21 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of uniforms, an occupational health screening and vaccination.

Funding for student nurses

Nursing students can apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England.

If you already have a degree, and are planning to undertake a nursing as a second degree, you also have access to student loans.

For funding information specific to studying nursing visit The Funding Clinic.

Course-related costs included in the fees

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 programme.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Nursing (Adult) - B740

Nursing (Children's) - B730

Nursing (Mental Health) - B760

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

The following links can be used to support your knowledge of these areas prior to submission of your UCAS/application form or interview: NHS constitution values; 6 Cs

UCAS Code

B740, B730, B760

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Jo Thomas

Admissions tutor

Helen Ford

Course leader