School of Nursing

BNurs (Hons) Adult Nursing

BNurs (Hons) Full-time 3 years

Our BNurs (Hons) Adult Nursing degree at the University of Wolverhampton cultivates a person-centred approach, designed to help you acquire the essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to deliver safe and effective adult nursing care. We understand the pivotal role that nurses play in the healthcare system, and our programme aims to equip you with the expertise to make a positive impact on individuals' lives.

Our BNurs (Hons) Adult Nursing degree at the University of Wolverhampton cultivates a person-centred approach, designed to help you acquire the essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to deliver safe and effective adult nursing care. We understand the pivotal role that nurses play in the healthcare system, and our programme aims to equip you with the expertise to make a positive impact on individuals' lives.

BNurs (Hons)
Start date(s)
8 April 2024,16 September 2024
Course specifications
Course length
Full-time (3 years)
Campus location
University: Walsall Campus,University: City Campus,University: Telford Campus
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Why choose this course?

Our BNurs (Hons) Adult Nursing degree adopts a person-centered approach to enable you to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to provide safe and effective nursing care.

The BNurs (Hons) in Adult Nursing will enable you, if successful, to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to practice as a registered adult nurse in a range of diverse health and social care settings.

As an adult nursing student, the experience you gain will allow you to pursue a range of pathways, in addition, you will also have exposure to patients from other nursing areas including mental health and learning disability, as well as children’s nursing. The opportunities you will have coming into nursing are vast: working clinically, becoming a manager, working in a research environment, working abroad, and in education. 

Nursing is a demanding vocation that requires hard work, commitment, and the ability to problem-solve, work independently and contribute to care as part of a team. This is why we have strong partnerships with our clinical practice partners, to ensure students have the opportunity to contribute to healthcare organisations.

INTAKES: September and April

WHERE: Wolverhampton, Walsall and Telford.

Please note if you study at the Telford campus, you may as part of the course requirements be required to attend Walsall Campus and/or Wolverhampton's City Campus for some skills sessions during the course. 50% of your course will be situated in the University and 50% in a variety of practice areas.

What's unique about this course?

  • 94% of graduates go on work or further study (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2023)
  • Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified nurse
  • State of the art, hi tech simulated learning facilities designed to build your skills and confidence in emergency situations
  • Placements with local NHS trusts

What happens on the course?

Studying BNurs (Hons) Adult Nursing opens up a world of rewarding opportunities. Becoming a nurse allows you to impact lives, driven by the desire to make a positive change in people's lives. Our adult nursing degree is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to deliver comprehensive care to patients across various healthcare settings. You will have the privilege of being there for people in their time of need, and helping them live happier, more comfortable lives. 

During this degree, you will study a range of academic core (all fields of nursing) and field (adult-focused) modules based on theory and practice experiences. As you move through the course, the course content becomes less generic and more specific to adult nursing.

A significant portion of the adult nursing degree experience revolves around our state-of-the-art Skills Labs. These labs serve as a safe and controlled environment where you can actively apply and refine your nursing skills. At the University of Wolverhampton, we place great emphasis on collaboration with service users – individuals who have care needs and personal experiences with care services.

Our curriculum is shaped by the real-world needs of patients. Their valuable insights shape the course content and actively participate in its delivery. As an example, during your Skills Lab sessions, you may have the opportunity to practice essential tasks, such as taking the blood pressure of a service user. This hands-on experience enhances your practical competence while fostering empathy and understanding for the people you will care for in your nursing career.

BNurs (Hons) Adults Nursing placements

Placements include providing nursing care to some of society’s most vulnerable people including the elderly and those who are physically ill or have a physical or learning disability. In order to ensure all the people you care for are protected and kept safe, you will be expected to abide by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) guidance for student nurses.

As a student nurse, you are required to work shifts, including weekends and bank holidays. Shifts can be in the day or at night to ensure you gain experience of the different types of care patients receive at different times of day.

How is the course assessed?

There is a range of different assessments on this degree. In the first year of the course, you will complete an online examination, a written piece based on a case study, a critique on a research article, and a group assessment – that will test your teamwork and collaboration skills.

During your placements, you will gain an appreciation for the entire patient journey within a hospital. For example, a placement on a medical ward could involve some time working with the district nurse, at a diabetes clinic, or in imaging and ultrasound. As only a small percentage of people who visit hospitals end up in a bed on a ward, it is important for you to gain an appreciation for the other areas of the patient journey so you can contextualise care.  

Placements will be undertaken with one of six NHS Trusts:

Find out more information on nursing placements and locations.

Student accommodation is available at Wolverhampton's City Campus, Walsall Campus, and Telford Campus. 

For further information about alternative accommodation options visit the Where Can I Live? page.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Gaining your BNurs (Hons) Adult Nursing will open up the prospect of many jobs in clinical practice, hospital or community settings, research, teaching or managerial roles. Registered nurses (RN) continue to study after they have qualified, often in a specialist area, as they develop their career path. Adult nurses often comment that this qualification has ‘opened doors’ to exciting career opportunities in healthcare.

With experience, as an RN you can take additional qualifications enabling you to work in the community or district nursing, health visiting or school nursing. Adult trained RNs often work in GP practices and hospice settings. In hospitals, adult RNs may work in wards, outpatient clinics or specialist areas such as Accident and Emergency or Intensive Care Units.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

  • We have invested in our state-of-the-art skills facility at both City Campus and Walsall Campus.  The City skills labs have an immersive simulation suite, meaning we can change the environment without moving the students – so we can recreate a road traffic accident, simulate someone who is having an acute mental health crisis, or produce an imitation intensive care unit. Through these simulations, you will get a sense of the environment you may end up in clinical practice and apply appropriate responses. At our Walsall Campus we have New, expanded clinical skills laboratories - providing a safe, non-threatening environment for teaching and practice.  The skills and simulation facilities include several mock hospital ward rooms, mock bedsit and terraced house to practice in as well as using the latest technology with access to an anatomage table.  The facilities Panopto enabled - which allows sessions to be filmed and played back and give a patient’s eye-view.  Similarly we also have skills labs at Telford Campus.
  • Work started in October 2021 on a new £5million health and social care training centre. The new Marches Centre of Excellence in Healthcare, Allied Health & Social Care will provide state-of-the-art training facilities for the next generation of health workers at our Telford Campus.  
  • You will gain hands-on experiences in a variety of hospital, community and excellent nursing/residential homes, where you work alongside a range of healthcare and other professionals. You will experience opportunities for inter-disciplinary learning across all nursing pathways and with midwifery, social work and social care.
  • When you apply to the University of Wolverhampton, we provide you with a list of all of our placement providers. You then get to select a first and second choice as to where you would like to spend your time in practice. Students always evaluate this well as it means you get to know your local Trust – the Trust gets to grow their own workforce, and you as the student have a greater chance of earning a job at the end of your course.
  • You may apply your new skills during an international placement opportunity, in countries such as Spain, Finland and Norway.

Who will teach you on this course?

All of the staff that teach you on this course are Registered Nurses. You will benefit from the team’s expertise, which draws on a wealth of different experiences including: A&E, critical care, community care, specialist cancer care, and experience as Advanced Nurse Practitioners and Ward Managers.

Want to find out more...why not attend one of our Open Days, where you will have the opportunity to talk to staff and students who are currently studying and find out more about the course and our facilities.  Open Day - University of Wolverhampton ( 

As a registered nurse you will:

  • Meet the NMC Standards of proficiency for pre-registration nursing education.
  • Have obtained the subject knowledge and understanding surrounding the professional and ethical conduct of a nurse, to deliver a high standard of appropriate nursing care and leadership and supervision of others, as well as being able to reflect on your personal and professional development.
  • Demonstrate subject specific knowledge related to the field of adult nursing, including professional and ethical practice, appropriate care delivery, managing care and personal and professional management.
  • Identify health and social care policy trends and be able to use evidence and develop arguments to underpin your own practice, to evaluate the delivery of healthcare services.
  • Be able to apply decision-making and problem-solving techniques in order to provide quality care to patients and support their families.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2024-25
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
Home Part-time £4625 per year# 2023-24
Home Part-time £4625 per year# 2023-24
Home Part-time £4625 per year# 2024-25
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £14450 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £14450 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £14950 per year 2024-25

Additional Course Costs

Mandatory Costs

  • International checks (INTCC) as part of the DBS are required and costs vary by country.
  • Uniform and ID badges are provided for this course, however the University of Wolverhampton reserves the right to charge for extra uniform should this be required
  • You will be required to provide appropriate foot wear at a cost of approximately  £25-£40  


Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

GCSEs at grade C+/ 4 in an English-based subject and Maths or equivalent qualifications (e.g. Key Skills Level 2/ Learn Direct Level 2/ Functional Skills Level 2).

Please note we do NOT accept GCSE Short Courses


  • 112 UCAS points
  • A Levels - grades BBC
  • T Levels - Equivalent to 112 UCAS points or higher in Health or Healthcare Science
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades DMM
  • CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma at a B grade
  • Access to HE Diploma (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 (112 UCAS point equivalence, minimum 15 credits at distinction)
  • Undergraduate or Postgraduate degrees
  • Foundation degrees /HND/ HNC

Not met the entry criteria for this course?   Did you know you could study Nursing within 4 years?  Why not discover more information about our new Foundation Year courses and what you need to get onto them.  Please visit Foundation Year Courses to find out more about what opportunities we have for you

Have you also considered other careers in Health?  Did you know we also offer:

  • Learning Disability Nursing
  • Coming soon our self-funded apprenticeship  
  • Degrees in Public Health, Social Care and Health Studies
  • Podiatry 

Please visit the Institute of Health for more information

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.

Evidence of digital literacy and technological literacy capability will be determined by successful completion of your application.


Other Requirements

Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory personal statement and reference (academic or employer).

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for a values-based selection process and will be subsequently required to meet a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check and Occupational Health requirements.

Read further information regarding interview preparation


Additional Information

During the Nursing course you will be required to attend placements.   When you are asked for your choice of placement area we will endeavour to meet your request however we must emphasise that this cannot be guaranteed and therefore you must ensure you are able to travel to the final placement area you are allocated.

Free Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health Check:

Due to the professional nature of some of our courses you may also be required to complete a Declaration of Health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.  We will coordinate both of these non-academic conditions with you should your course require this and you receive an offer from us

There will be no cost for the DBS this is free to applicants who have secured an offer and have chosen to study at the University of Wolverhampton.

Student Visa Requirements:

Applicants who require a student visa to enter the UK are not eligible to be considered for this course. 

Skilled Worker Visa Requirements:

Applicants who are in the UK on a Skilled Worker Visa or are a dependent of a Skilled worker are not eligible to be considered for this course. 

Contextual Offers

The university recognises that many students have additional barriers in progression to university, whether this be through disability, as a care leaver, from an area of deprivation or another factor. The university wishes to provide additional support for these students through the contextual offer scheme. If you are eligible, the University will apply a contextual Admissions decision, in the form of a reduced offer letter by up to two grades or 16 UCAS tariff points. Find out more.

Don't have GCSE English and/or Maths? Take our Equivalency Assessments

We understand that not everyone is able to achieve GCSE Maths and English for a variety of reasons. Our equivalency assessments provide an opportunity for you to further your English and/or Maths skills ready for your studies, as well as being able to meet part of the entry requirements for many of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Our online equivalency assessments are free of charge and accepted as the equivalent to a GCSE for the majority of our courses, however applicants of Initial Teacher Training courses will need to sit an on-campus equivalency test which costs £35. Find out more about our equivalency tests.


Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified nurse (adult).

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

By studying an undergraduate or postgraduate pre-registration programme you are eligible for a Tuition Fee loan. of up to £9,250. The loan will support your studies and enable you to start a rewarding career in healthcare.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as Overseas (International) students for fee purposes. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.

NHS Grant:

All new and continuing nursing, midwifery and most allied health professionals’ students on pre-registration courses will also receive a grant of at least £5,000 per year that is not means-tested and will not have to be repaid.

An additional payment of up to £3,000 per academic year will be available to eligible students. Eligibility will include the following:

• £1,000 towards childcare costs • £1,000 if studying in a region that is struggling to recruit • £1,000 if studying a shortage specialism

Among others, the shortage specialisms have been confirmed to include:

• Mental health nursing

• Learning disability nursing

Read the full press release on the Government website to find out more or access“The recent grants for health courses explained"

Additional funding:

Is available via NHS Business Services Authority

The Learning Support Fund offers students additional support while studying for their degree. This includes:

• Dependants allowance of £1,000 per student per year

• Additional travel and accommodation costs to clinical placements over their normal daily travel costs

• An exceptional hardship fund of up to £3,000 per student per academic year

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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