Start date(s)
16 September 2024
Course specifications
Course length
Full-time (2 years)
Campus location
University: City Campus
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Why choose this course?

This demanding course is designed to meet the needs of highly motivated graduates, looking to rapidly advance their career within the nursing profession. With a person-centred approach, you will develop clinical and leadership skills to provide the best possible patient care for adults demonstrating the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to provide safe and effective nursing care

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to practise as a registered adult nurse in a range of diverse health and social care settings. As a student, the experience you gain will allow you to pursue a range of pathways, with exposure to patients from other areas including mental health and learning disability nursing.

Nursing is a demanding profession which requires hard work, commitment, the ability to problem-solve, work independently, and contribute to care as part of a team. This course has been closely developed with local trust partners to reflect the increasing and rapidly changing requirements in patient care provision. Opportunities within nursing are vast: working clinically, becoming a manager, working in a research environment, working abroad and in education.

The course is split 50% in a clinical practice environment and 50% in the academic setting of the University. As well as graduating with a master’s degree, upon successful completion you will be able to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and practice as a registered nurse in the field of adult nursing.

What happens on the course?

50% of your course will be based in the University and 50% on placements in a variety of practice areas.

At some points during some of the course, Postgraduate Diploma, Master’s in Adult Nursing, and Master’s in Mental Health Nursing students are taught together to utilise opportunities for shared experiential learning. You will study a range of academic core (all fields of nursing) and field (adult health-focused) modules based on theory and practice experiences.

You will develop your adult nursing practice through a variety of community and acute settings reflecting the key drivers within the health sector.

Problem-based learning approaches will help you develop your academic skills alongside opportunities for skills simulation in our laboratories. Your learning will be supported by academic experts and researchers in the field of nursing and inter-professional learning with other healthcare disciplines.

A lot of what you’ll do on the course is based in the skills labs, allowing you to test your skills in a safe environment. Placements include providing nursing care to some of society’s most vulnerable people: the elderly and those who are physically ill or have a physical or mental health problems. 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.

Placements will be undertaken with one of six NHS Trusts; The Royal Wolverhampton TrustWalsall Healthcare NHS TrustThe Dudley Group NHS Foundation TrustSandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS TrustBurton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, most recently Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust, or in private health organisations. 

For more information on placements and locations, visit:

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Successful completion of this course will lead to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), opening up prospect in clinical practice, hospital or community settings, research, teaching or managerial roles.

With experience, as a registered nurse (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, RNs may work in wards, outpatient clinics or specialist areas such as accident and emergency or intensive care units.

You may pursue the opportunity to become an Advanced Nurse Practitioner or nurse consultant, undertake midwifery training or work abroad in Australia, New Zealand or EU countries.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

All our campuses have excellent facilities to support the teaching of nursing.

All our university sites in Wolverhampton, Walsall and Telford provide access to purpose-built facilities to accommodate our professional programmes. Our skills centres have comprehensive teaching aids and models to allow you to practise hands-on skills. Laerdal SimMen mean you can practise without peril to check breathing, measure blood pressure, take pulses and practise catheterisation.

At City Campus the immersive simulation suite allows us to 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.  

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. Although you may indicate your placement choices, your preferred placement cannot always be guaranteed. 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 in your local trust.

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: acute inpatient care, community care, and experience as advanced nurse practitioners, ward managers and commissioners.

As a registered nurse (RN) 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 and 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

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.


  • All candidates must hold an Honours degree (Bachelor) at 2:2 or above. 
  • Candidates must have GCSE grade C/4+ (or equivalent) in Mathematics and English.
  • Please note we do NOT accept GCSE Short Courses or GCSE Equivalence Tests from other institutions or organisations.
  • Applicants who are not from the UK are required to have an English Language Qualification IELTS level score of 7 or above.
  • Post graduate applicants will have to demonstrate a minimum of 720hrs experience (paid or unpaid) in a health care setting in order to establish caring attributes, commitment and resilience for a career in nursing. This experience must involved hands-on direct patient care assisting with activities of daily living to include areas such as patient hygiene and mobility. The portfolio will provide applicants with the opportunity to demonstrate how their prior degree and healthcare experience contribute to the knowledge and skills nurses are required to achieve by the end of their training aligned to the NMC Future nurse: Standards of proficiency (2018). Applicants must demonstrate competence through completing a reflective portfolio in order to meet the NMC requirements for a shortened course and fulfil the NMC requirements of accreditation of prior learning.
  • All applicants are required to complete a recognition of prior learning experience portfolio as evidence as part of the entry requirements. Failure to meet deadlines of submission of evidence would result in withdrawal from the application process. All offers are also based on a satisfactory occupational health report and receipt of a satisfactory enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) certificate.
  • There will be continuous opportunity for you to submit evidence for your portfolio however it has to be completed by June 2024 and all outstanding admission requirements by July 2024
  • Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory personal statement and reference (academic or employer).
  • All offers are subject to a successful values based interview

Read further information regarding interview preparation

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. 

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.

“The course is just excellent; I can truly say I’m thoroughly enjoying the way it has been designed as I think it does challenge the divide of Mental health /Physical health as well as offering a wealth of knowledge to explore”

“Not only have we received the knowledge and skills to be nursing registrants but we have also been taught how to lead person-centred care. As a part of the course, I have reflected upon my own values and moral compass which has not just been useful for my professional life but also my personal life.”

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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