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Nursing (Adult) BSc (Full time) 2018 start

Key facts

UCAS code: B700

Start date: September 2018

Duration/Mode
36 months full time

Typical A-level offer: BBC
(specific subjects required)

UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £23,250 (per year)
Additional cost information

Language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 7.0 in any component

Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes

Overview

Adult nursing involves caring for individuals and groups in health and sickness, in a variety of healthcare settings, from community to intensive care.

This exciting three-year course is designed to help you develop the skills and knowledge to work in the dynamic, changing healthcare environment – problem solving, managing change and developing critical and analytical skills – as well as all the core clinical skills you need to practise as a nurse.

You’ll undertake placements in Leeds Health Authority one of the largest NHS providers of healthcare in the UK. You’ll work with adults in a range of settings, in both the hospital and the community.

From the outset, you’ll specialise in adult nursing, whilst also studying general nursing and developing an understanding of the inter-professional nature of healthcare delivery. You’ll experience an approximately equal balance between theory and practice in all three years of the course.

The School of Healthcare welcomes International/Overseas students. For more information please refer to the School of Healthcare Admissions policy here

The Course Leader is Liz Cleave
For all course enquiries, please email admissions@healthcare.leeds.ac.uk in the first instance

Excellent facilities

The School of Healthcare is part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health. We aim to provide high quality education and research and to develop knowledge that both informs and improves practice.

The School has a dedicated clinical skills suite with hospital beds, Adult, Child and Midwifery suites and facilities for Mental Health nursing and Social Work teams

Students have access to all University of Leeds facilities - sports facilities, excellent libraries, including the Health Sciences, Library, an award-winning students' union and support services and the attractions of the city of Leeds.

Accreditation

Students who successfully complete this programme will be able to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

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Course content

This programme meets the NMC (2010) guiding principles underpinning pre-registration education for nurses of “fitness for purpose” and “fitness for practice”. It consists of not less than 4,600 hours of study (2,300 hours in the practice setting and 2,300 hours theoretical study), which results in 360 credits across three levels:

Part 1: 120 credits at level 1 leading to progression point one of the programme

Part 2: 120 credits at level 2 leading to progression point two of the programme

Part 3: 120 credits at level 3 enabling registration with the NMC.

Year 1 is the trans-disciplinary first year where shared and inter-professional learning takes place with other nursing and healthcare students. You will explore the core issues required to become a healthcare professional, anatomy and physiology, as well as being introduced to specific aspects of adult nursing.

Year 2 includes the study of the nursing the acutely ill adult, and nursing an adult with a long-term condition. You’ll explore health promotion and health education, develop understanding of issues related to safeguarding adults, debate legal and ethical concepts related to nursing and develop the skills for evaluating the research evidence underpinning clinical practice.

In year 3 you’ll study the assessment and management of pain. You’ll examine critical thinking, decision-making skills and leadership skills and will be supported in making the transition to the role of qualified nurse. A 10,000-word research dissertation develops your ability to use, summarise and communicate research evidence and apply it to your professional practice. There is also an optional module which offers the opportunity to undertake a clinical placement abroad.

Clinical placements are an integral part of your training. Read "Study abroad and work placements" tab.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Biological Knowledge for Practice 30 credits
Theory and Practice Module 1 40 credits
Theory and Practice Module 2 20 credits
Learning Together; Working Together 30 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Healthcare Ethics and Law 10 credits
Nursing the Acutely Ill Adult 20 credits
Theory and Practice Module 3 40 credits
Theory and Practice Module 4 20 credits
Nursing the Adult with a Long Term Condition 20 credits
Research for Healthcare and Social Work Professionals 10 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Pharmacology - Applied to Practice 10 credits
Theory and Practice Module 5 40 credits
Theory and Practice Module 6 20 credits
Pain Assessment and Management 10 credits
Research Dissertation 30 credits

Optional modules

European Nursing 10 credits
New Perspectives on Child Protection 10 credits
Challenges of Nursing the Critically Ill Individual 10 credits
Fundamentals of Diabetes Care 10 credits
International Healthcare 10 credits
Media Depictions of Mental Health (Online) 10 credits
International Study - Healthcare Provision Outside the UK 10 credits
International Study - Healthcare Provision Outside the UK (26 weeks) 10 credits
Autistic Spectrum Disorder 10 credits
Independent Study 10 credits
Global Maternal Health 10 credits
Dementia: the Personal Journey 10 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Nursing (Adult) BSc in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

School of Healthcare courses are designed to allow you as much choice as possible in the way that you study and methods of training are highly participative, with a combination of tutor-led input and support, learning through group work and discussion, and individual exercises and practice.

The School works closely with health and social care organisations, to make sure that it provides education and training which fully meets the changing needs of health and social care and develops the appropriate knowledge and skills enabling our students to play key roles in the workplace.

Our Kevin Kendrick clinical skills suite recreates a hospital ward, with beds, patient dummies, ancillary equipment and washing areas. Students have the opportunity to use these facilities to practise clinical procedures.

The School also has its own fully equipped IT suite, where students can access the School's virtual learning environment.

Assessment

We use a range of assessment methods, including essays, posters/ leaflets, practical skills examinations and multiple choice questions.

You’ll need to demonstrate the knowledge and application of standard concepts, information and techniques, as well as your emerging abilities, skills and competencies.

You’ll need to produce work that is typically both evaluative and creative and show you can conduct independent, in-depth enquiry within the discipline. You need to be able to draw on a wide variety of material and be able to evaluate and criticise received opinion.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: BBC preferably including a science subject (biology, human biology, chemistry, maths, physics or social sciences, such as psychology).

Not general studies or critical thinking.

GCSE: 5 A*-C, including maths and English and 2 science subjects

  • Access to HE Diploma

    45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at distinction and include 12 credits from biology or health-related subjects + 5 GCSE’s A* to C grade in Maths, English, a Science plus two others. The remaining level 3 credits must be at merit level or above. For Access to Higher Education Diplomas completed before September 2014, applicants are required to have 45 credits at level 3 at distinction and include 12 credits from biology or health-related subjects. We strongly advise you to contact the School to discuss the suitability of your chosen Access course. We consider Access Courses to be suitable for mature applicants (21 plus) who have been out of full-time education and have had no previous access to higher education.

  • BTEC

    BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF): Distinction/Distinction/Distinction in: Health and Social Care (Health Sciences); Health and Social Care (Health Studies).

    All BTEC modules must be listed on your UCAS form or else your application will be rejected.

  • International Baccalaureate

    33 points overall, including 3 higher level subjects at minimum of grade 5

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    (Leaving Certificate): BBBBBB including B in English, maths and biology

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    BB at Advanced Higher and BBBBB at Higher, preferably including a science.
    For non-AH applicants: BBBBBB at Higher, preferably including a science.

  • Other Qualifications

    CACHE

    • NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Health & Social Care

    • NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Certificate in Health & Social Care

    • NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care

    6 science modules if undertaking Level 3 Extended Diploma (3 A-level equivalent). Applicants will be considered who take the Level 3 Award (1 A-level equivalent) or the Certificate (2 A-level certificate) but one of their other qualifications would need to be the equivalent of an A level in the Physical Sciences (Biology, chemistry or Physics).

    Students will need to have completed 2 mandatory modules and 3 from option group 1 and 1 from option group 2. Grade A (overall) is accepted.

    HSC CM6 Infection prevention and control in health and social careMandatory
    HSC DM3.1 Anatomy and physiology for health and social careMandatory
    HSC CM 02 Biochemistry for healthOption Group 1
    HSC CM 07 Genetics in health and social careOption Group 1
    HSC CM 011 Microbiology for healthOption Group 1
    HSC CM 013 Physiology of coordinationOption Group 1
    HSC CM 015 Science of nutritionOption Group 1
    HSC DM 09 PharmacologyOption Group 2
    HSC DM 010 Physiology of ageingOption Group 2

    Other Qualifications:


    Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Programme (CFGO): Successful completion of the year with an overall score of at least 60%

    Interdisciplinary Foundation Programme (PHE): Successful completion of the year with an overall score of at least 60%


Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

You will need to show evidence of study in the last 5 years.

You are required to provide an academic reference, which also includes a statement which attests to (your) character and good standing.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

International

Educational Requirements:

All applications from international students are considered in line with our standard entry requirements (typically expressed as English A-level qualifications) and we would expect predicted grades to be of an equivalent level. Proof of English Language proficiency will be required and minimum levels and approved tests for the School of Healthcare are detailed below.

All applicants require a minimum level of English in order to meet our matriculation standards. Applicants for whom English is not their first language may require an additional English language qualification to gain entry to the University of Leeds and will be made an offer which is conditional on successful completion of one of the approved tests, or one of the University of Leeds pre-sessional English language courses.

Certain qualifications, e.g IELTS, have a 2 year validity period and must be valid at the commencement of studies.

Overseas applicants and applicants from non-EU countries should note that student visa regulations will not normally allow study on a part-time basis.

Commonly Accepted Qualifications

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 4: an overall score of 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in listening, reading, writing and speaking.
  • Pass in the Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) examinations4: II or above
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of Academic English)*: an overall score of 60, with at least 56 in listening, reading, writing and speaking
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations: Certificate of Proficiency in English: grades A – C
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations: Certificate in Advanced English: grades A - C
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations: Certificate of Proficiency in English: grades 169 overall with no less than 162 in any component (post Jan 2015)
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations: Certificate in Advanced English: grades 169 overall with no less than 162 in any component (post Jan 2015)
  • ibtTOEFL (Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language): an overall score of 87, with no less than: 20 in listening and reading, 22 in speaking, and 21 in writing
  • 70% or higher in English in the Indian Standard Twelfth, together with use of English as the medium of instruction at secondary school
  • Cambridge IGCSE English as a First Language: grades A - C
  • Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language: grades A – C

Teaching, assessment and student support will take place in English, unless otherwise stated. Applicants will require a Tier 4 student visa in order to study at the School of Healthcare.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 7.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

The School of Healthcare does not normally participate in the UCAS Extra scheme for entry onto the Nursing (Adult) BSc degree course. You must tell us in your UCAS application if you want to defer entry and if you have any prior criminal convictions.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Selection and Interview

We shortlist applicants against agreed criteria, using the information you submit on your UCAS form only. This includes matching your academic profile, both achieved and predicted grades, to the academic entry requirements for the programme. Your personal statement is an important part of the shortlisting process, as it help us to assess your interest in adult nursing, and gives us an idea of the transferable skills which you will bring to our nursing programme. The reference you provide on the UCAS form must also support your application, this should be an academic reference, which also includes a statement which attests to (your) character and good standing.

If your UCAS application meets our shortlisting criteria you will be invited for an interview, via e mail, to one of our selection events. These events take place between November and March. You will be allocated to one of the events; if the date is not suitable you need to contact the student education support officer (details given within the invite) and request an alternative date. Non-attendance at an event without explanation will result in your application being automatically rejected, so it is important to regularly check the e mail address you supplied on your UCAS form.

You will have the opportunity to talk to and ask questions of members of academic staff and existing students during the event. Qualified nurses are also involved in our selection events (depending on their availability) and thus you may also talk to them and ask them questions if they are present.

There is the opportunity to look around the university before and after the event, guided tours are not offered. We do have open days, typically these are in June, and the University offers campus tours most Wednesdays during term time – please see the university web site for further details.

International Admissions Process

All applicants for Nursing programmes must meet entry requirements, are required to be interviewed and undertake a short entry test. Interviews may be conducted via SKYPE and will be arranged with the applicant for a specific date and time. For nursing the test is a numeracy test. Tests for Nursing will be taken remotely, but under observation, immediately following the interview.

Following applicant shortlisting by the School of Healthcare Admission Tutors, applicants will be invited to undertake an interview and entry test (subject to relevant entry criteria attainment as identified below):

The numeracy test for Nursing and Midwifery is set around the European metric system of measurement and calculation. Information pertaining to the International English Language Testing System qualification “IELTS” is available above.

Admissions policy

School of Healthcare Undergraduate Admissions Policy

Fees

UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £23,250 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

International Fees and Additional Costs

All applicants need to ensure cognisance of the financial implications before applying to the School of Healthcare and that there may be a requirement to provide a financial guarantee of funding for three years. The status of a student as being a home or overseas student is based upon residential status and not nationality. Where a prospective student is an overseas citizen living within the UK they should contact the Admissions Team at the School of Healthcare, admissions@healthcare.leeds.ac.uk regardless of their residential status, to verify their fees status.

The current tuition and combined placement fees for Undergraduate international students are £21,500.00 per annum for 2017/18, rising to £23,250.00 in 2018/19 and are subject to annual revision. The course length is 3 years. Students will have to pay for Occupational Health clearance and immunisations (cost will vary dependent on individual needs of student and course requirements as well as any additional Occupational Health appointments and treatment needed during the programme. Other additional costs associated with the programme, which require consideration include visas and travel to and from placement. Applicants for all Undergraduate programmes at the School of Healthcare require a Criminal Record check, which will be undertaken as part of the visa application.

Additional cost information

Home/EU Students:

You will be provided with 3 sets of Uniforms. Additional Uniforms, if required, can be purchased at a cost of £25 per Uniform (subject to change)

Additional costs for all students

  • Students will need to purchase black shoes for placement.
  • Students will be required to pay for printing of assessment work and photocopying of articles if needed

Additional Costs for Home/EU students (Optional)

  • Signing up to the DBS update service (currently £13 per year)
  • Purchase of recommended text books and digital devices/laptops
  • If a study abroad module is chosen, there will be additional costs for travel, visas and accommodation whilst abroad.

International Students:


After accepting a place on the programme international students will have to pay for occupational health clearance and immunisations (cost will vary dependent on individual needs of student), as well as a police check in their country of origin. International students will also have to pay for travel costs to and from placement. Students will be required to pay for printing of assessment work and photocopying of articles if needed.

3 sets of uniforms will be provided; any additional uniforms are paid for by the student. Students may wish to purchase recommended text books and digital devices/laptops. If a study abroad module is chosen, there will be additional costs for travel, visas and accommodation whilst abroad.

Additional cost information

Home/EU Students:

You will be provided with 3 sets of Uniforms. Additional Uniforms, if required, can be purchased at a cost of £25 per Uniform (subject to change)

Additional costs for all students

  • Students will need to purchase black shoes for placement.
  • Students will be required to pay for printing of assessment work and photocopying of articles if needed

Additional Costs for Home/EU students (Optional)

  • Signing up to the DBS update service (currently £13 per year)
  • Purchase of recommended text books and digital devices/laptops
  • If a study abroad module is chosen, there will be additional costs for travel, visas and accommodation whilst abroad.

International Students:


After accepting a place on the programme international students will have to pay for occupational health clearance and immunisations (cost will vary dependent on individual needs of student), as well as a police check in their country of origin. International students will also have to pay for travel costs to and from placement. Students will be required to pay for printing of assessment work and photocopying of articles if needed.

3 sets of uniforms will be provided; any additional uniforms are paid for by the student. Students may wish to purchase recommended text books and digital devices/laptops. If a study abroad module is chosen, there will be additional costs for travel, visas and accommodation whilst abroad.

Financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

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Career opportunities

Once qualified as a nurse, you could work in healthcare environments in the NHS or private sector, hospital or community settings.

From clinical nurse you could progress to become a ward or department manager, a clinical nurse specialist or eventually a consultant nurse. You could move into nursing management or become a registered nurse tutor. You could pursue further academic study in nursing research or by undertaking a PhD

For advice on nursing as a career choice read NHS careers.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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Placement opportunities

Study abroad

For some students able to meet specific criteria, there is an opportunity to study on one of 4 optional international modules in the third year of the programme.

Clinical placements

50% of the programme is undertaken in practice and students undertake a range of clinical placements working with adults both in hospital and in community. Your final practice placement will be a long placement (12 weeks minimum) to enable you to consolidate knowledge, clinical skills competence and prepare for transition to a qualified practitioner and “signed-off” by an appropriately prepared mentor as required by the NMC.

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