Nursing BSc (Hons)
What makes Nursing at Worcester special?
When you’ve decided to be a nurse, you want to know your studies will lead you straight into a job. At Worcester, 99% of our Nursing graduates become registered nurses , with many being offered jobs on placement, and most with a job lined up before graduating. Which is one reason why we’re the only university to be shortlisted four years in a row for ‘Nursing Education Provider of the Year’.
A big part of this success is our ‘skills weeks’, where simulations help you prepare for your placements by applying nursing theory to nursing practice. Also, with us you learn in very small groups, so you get the support and reassurance you need in a friendly, personalised setting.
We have a small number of places available for Adult and Mental Health Nursing, and a very small number of places on Child Nursing for exceptional applicants. Call our Clearing Hotline on 01905 855111 to find out more.
- Emphasis on gaining practical experience, with 50% of your course spent on placement – helping you decide your specific career direction as you work in areas across the health service
- Opportunity to take an overseas placement – in Southern Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Tanzania, Hong Kong or Australia – or anywhere in the UK
- Visiting lecturers – current nurses, or patients who give their perspective on their condition and their experience with nurses and the NHS
- Degree qualifies you to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
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.
Clearing 2017 - call us on 01905 855111
What qualifications will you need?
If you apply during the current UCAS cycle you will require 104 UCAS Tariff points.
If you are apply after September 2017 you will require 120 UCAS Tariff points.
UCAS Tariff points need to come from:
- 3 full ‘A’ levels
- BTEC Extended Diploma DMM or above
- Access Diploma accepted - please contact us for further details
- Please note: we do not accept NVQs at level 2 or 3
- Evidence of recent academic study (within 5 years)
- 5 GCSE’s grade C/4 or above to include Maths and English Language (or an acceptable equivalent listed below)
Pass in one of the following acceptable Maths qualifications:
- GCSE Maths grade C/4 or above
- Functional Skills Mathematics (Functional Skills in Numeracy is not accepted)
- Essential Skills (Wales) Maths
- NARIC approved GCSE equivalent International qualification
- University of Worcester Alternative Test in Mathematics
Pass in one of the following acceptable English Language qualifications:
- GCSE English Language grade C/4 or above
- Academic IELTS 7.0 with a score of at least 7.0 in each component (if English is not your first language)
- NARIC approved GCSE equivalent International qualification
- University of Worcester Alternative Test in English
If your qualifications are not listed, please contact our Admissions office for advice.
If you are currently at school or college they will be able to guide you through the online application process. If you are not currently studying at a school or college you should visit www.ucas.com.
From 1 August 2017 new students in England on nursing courses will have access to a support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs, rather than getting an NHS grant. See more funding information.
The University will consider each application on its individual merits and will recognise a range of qualifications not currently included in the Tariff, including Access courses, European Baccalaureate. If you do not meet the minimum entry requirements outlined above, please contact the Admissions Office for advice.
If you have previously commenced a nurse education programme, your application will be considered on an individual basis; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your application.
Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from www.ucas.com.
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. NHS regulations require student nurses to obtain a satisfactory health clearance and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.
As part of the selection event, applicants will be asked to complete a maths test. For more information, please download an example maths test.
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.
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What will you study?
There are three distinct Nursing courses, each allowing you to specialise in a specific field of practice.
The following information is based on the 2017 curriculum. The Nursing and Midwifery Council is currently revising its standards for nursing education, and so what we teach may change for 2018. Please keep checking this page for the latest details
Fields of practice
Adult nursing - 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.
Children’s nursing - 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.
Mental health nursing - 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.
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?
Both on placement and at University, you should expect to work a 37.5 hour week, 45 weeks of the year. This can include antisocial hours and bank holidays, following the usual practice for the nursing profession
Holiday periods are fixed throughout the whole three years. Over the nursing year, 7 weeks of annual leave are incorporated into the timetable, which includes bank holidays
You will practice your skills within the safe environment of our especially designed simulation suites to help you practice your skills within a safe and supportive environment.
Our new 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.
During your degree, you will spend 50% of your course (approximately 2,300 hours) in clinical practice.
Adult placements include: medical and surgical areas, critical care settings, individuals’ homes, and older people’s services and primary care.
Mental Health placements include: the acute setting, caring for older people, individuals recovering from mental health problems, community services and specialist placements including substance misuse, child and adolescent mental health services.
Child Health placements include: the acute setting, experience with school nurses and health visitors, the Community Children’s Nursing Team, caring for new-born babies and children with learning and physical disabilities.
Placements will be within Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. We do our best to place students near to their home address whenever possible.
You will also have the option of taking an International or UK elective placement in Year Three.
A personal academic tutor will support and guide you through your studies and a specially trained mentor will support you throughout your placements. You will follow the same working patterns as qualified staff, which will enable your Mentor and the person who assesses your work to provide continuous supervision, teaching and support.
We design our assessments to help our students develop into self-directed learners and effective professionals. In order to support these aims we provide a range of assessment forms which include:
- Continuous assessment of practice
- Written Assignments
- Web-based assignments
- Seminar presentations
- Examinations and Vivas.
Honours degree students also complete a dissertation as their final written assessment.
Where could it take you?
With the care needs of our population growing, the demand for highly able and committed health professionals is likely to grow. Nursing students at Worcester are highly regarded and highly employable- last year 98% of our Adult Nursing and 100% of our Children’s and Mental Health graduates were in employment or further study within 6 months of completing their course.
Many of our graduates work in the NHS but there are also many other settings. You might, for example, work in a hospital, care for elderly people in their own homes, support prisoners’ health, carry out research into end of life care, or work in health policy. Whatever role you take and wherever you work, you will be making a difference to people’s lives.
Despite facing a life-threatening condition during her studies, Amy graduated with a degree in Adult Nursing in 2016.
In August 2014, at the end of her second year of studies, Amy was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, a genetic autoimmune disease where the body’s anti-bodies attack the liver.
With no cure, doctors told Amy she needed a liver transplant and she went on the organ donation waiting list.
Despite this, she continued with her studies and placement on a busy ward, with support from University lecturers and nursing staff.
After three weeks on the list, in January 2015, Amy had her liver transplant and after six months returned to University.
However, in her final placement week a devastated Amy had to defer her studies again after falling ill.
Facing surgery to remove her large intestine, this was avoided by alternative treatment that allowed Amy to recover and eventually return to complete her degree this year.
Amy gained a 2:2 in her Adult Nursing degree and has now fulfilled her ambition of working as a Staff Nurse at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
“My experience has already helped and will help me in my nursing career,” said Amy. “Through my experience, I have gained a greater experience of being a patient. I now know what it’s like to be that patient in the bed who has no idea what is going on, how it feels to be that patient who is scared and frightened of the unknown.
“I feel my experience has made me the best nurse I can possibly be. I am more compassionate, more understanding and always providing patient-centred care.”
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How much will it cost?
Tuition fees are funded for all full-time students studying Nursing or Midwifery on NHS supported places in the February 2017 cohort.
The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the September 2017 cohort will be no more than £9,250, subject to approval by Parliament.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
Funding for student nurses
From 1 August 2017 new nursing students will have access to a support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs, rather than getting an NHS grant.
If you already have a degree, and are planning to undertake a nursing as a second degree, you will have access to student loans.
More information on the funding changes can be found on a new website produced by the Council of Deans of Health.
For the September 2017 and February 2018 intakes 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.
Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, stationery, printing and photocopying.
As part of the course you will need to travel to placements and will therefore need to pay any associated costs. You may be able to reclaim these travel expenses depending on your individual circumstances.
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, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.
For full details visit our accommodation page.
How do you apply?
Applying through UCAS
Adult nursing - B740
Children’s nursing - B730
Mental health nursing - B760
UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.
B740, B730, B760