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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 Adult Nursing places available for February 2018 starters - apply now or find out more at our next Open Day.

Clinical skills

Facilities

Key features

  • 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
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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?

120

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

120 UCAS Tariff points. UCAS Tariff points need to come from:

  • 3 full ‘A’ levels
    OR
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM or above
    OR       
  • Access Diploma accepted - please contact us for further details
  • Please note: we do not accept NVQs at level 2 or 3
    PLUS
  • Evidence of recent academic study (within 5 years)       
  • Level 2 qualifications in Mathematics and English Language (examples 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
  • Functional Skills Level 2 English
  • Essential Skills (Wales) Level 2 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.

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, 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 j.thomas@worc.ac.uk to discuss your application.

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. NHS regulations require student nurses to obtain a satisfactory health clearance and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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.

The next taster day is on Tuesday 23 January 2018, 10am-2pm. For further information or to request a place please email insiders@worc.ac.uk or complete this enquiry form.

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Course content

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.

  • Case study

    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?

Teaching and Learning

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 through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of: structured lectures, seminars, case studies, directed and independent study, group work including scenario, problem and enquiry based learning, as well as group and individual tutorials. You will receive additional e-learning support using the virtual learning environment.  There will be input from other agencies, service users and professionals as appropriate.

A particular feature of the programme is the opportunities for clinical skill and simulated learning including 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

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

Contact time

In a typical week, you will have around 18 contact hours of teaching during theory week.  The precise contact hours will depend on where you are in your studies. High levels of student contact during the first year provide student-centred support, facilitating and empowering students to become increasingly self-directed and autonomous as the programme progresses and contact teaching time decreases.  In the final year, you will normally have less contact time in order to do more independent study. 

Typically, class contact time will be structured around:

  • 12 hours of large group lectures
  • 6 hours of seminars in groups of 15-30 students

During timetabled skills weeks, which occur twice each year, you will have a full 5-day week timetable, rotating through a range of clinical skill and simulation sessions.

Skills and simulation is delivered in small groups of 12-15 students.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 19 hours of personal self-study per week.  Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

A range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources, supports independent learning. 

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.

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.   

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 course. The team includes the academic teaching team, many are Registered nurses, including Adult, Children’s and Mental Health nurses.  They are supported by a wider range of professional including other healthcare professionals, practitioners and service users/carers.

Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and 85 per cent of the programme lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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 essays, reports, exams (seen and unseen), individual and group presentations, including posters, objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE), an independent study, scenario-based activities and an e-portfolio.

Assessment of practice is facilitated by Assessment of Practice Learning document, providing opportunities for the formative and summative learning across the three years of the programme.  To promote an inclusive, student-centred, flexible approach several of the field of practice modules offer an element of choice of assessment strategy. 
The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the students chosen field of practice.  All modules are mandatory modules and a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1:
1 x unseen exam of 2 hours duration
1x scenario based essay
1x professional development plan
1x group presentation
1x online medicines management test
2x assessment of practice learning experiences

Year 2:
1 x report
1x essay
1x OSCE
1x presentation
1 x reflective care study
1x care plan
1x online medicines management test
2x assessment of practice learning experiences

Year 3:
Major independent study project of approx. 10,000 words
1x seen exam of 3 hours duration
1x e-poster or presentation
1x critical reflection for e-portfolio
1x online medicines management test
2x assessment of practice learning experiences

Feedback

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 supports 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.

Assessment of practice learning involves formative initial and intermediate interviews, where learning needs are identified. Necessary action plans are put in place and an end of placement final summative assessment (with feedback) is provided on a final interview form.

Careers

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.

  • amy-davis-nursing-graduation-2016

    Case study

    Amy Davis

    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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Costs

How much will it cost?

Tuition Fees

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the 2018/19 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

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.

Additional costs

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.

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 £98 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £159 per week.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

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.

 

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

Apply now via UCAS

Get in touch

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

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk  

Admissions tutors

Jo Thomas
01905 855564
j.thomas@worc.ac.uk

Course leader

Helen Ford
01905 855057
h.ford@worc.ac.uk