BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult Health)

You will distinguish yourself with a degree from one of the first institutions to offer the new Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for nursing education and you will practice your clinical and communication skills both in the clinical environment and the safe, supervised setting of our Clinical Skills Resource Centre (CSRC). You will have the option to study at Plymouth, our Knowledge Spa Campus, Truro or at our new School of Nursing in Exeter.

Course details

Enhance and develop your nursing skills in the safe environment of the clinical skills simulation ward, under the supervision of nurse lecturers and clinical demonstrators.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intake: Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Location: Plymouth campus

Plymouth University

Course overview

Make a difference to someone’s life when it matters most. Our degree will prepare you to care for adults with acute/long-term illness, in a multitude of healthcare settings. You will be ready to play a vital role in health promotion and disease prevention as well as nursing adults. Working closely with other healthcare professionals, patients and their families, you will gain the necessary experience, competencies and skills needed to join the 1000s of our graduates working as registered nurses.


Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

104 – 120

5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above to include Mathematics, English, and Science. Consideration may be given to Functional Skills Level 2 in Mathematics. 

Plus one of the following:

A levels
104–120 Tariff points to include a minimum of two A levels. Science, Health, or Social Science profile is preferred but any subject considered. General Studies excluded.

Access to HE Diploma
Pass an Access to HE Diploma with 33 Level 3 credits at Merit and/or Distinction, including 15 in Science or Social Science.

BTEC RQF National Extended Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma
DMM-DDM – Science, Health, or Social Science profile is preferred but any subject considered.



Adult nurses provide nursing care for adults of all ages with acute or long-term illness. They prioritise the needs of the patient, building trusting relationships to play a vital role in health promotion and disease prevention.Adult nurses work closely with healthcare professionals, patients and their families, to support recovery using evidence-based practice.
Adult nurses work with a wide range of conditions to help to improve patient’s health and overall quality of life, where possible. These can be grouped into five main categories:

  • Cardio respiratory
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Neurological
  • Long-term conditions
  • Physical problems


Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

  • Being an Accountable Professional (NRS410)
  • Communication and Therapeutic Relationships (NRS411)
  • Applied Human Biology Across the Lifespan (NRS414)
  • Assessing and Planning Nursing Care (NRS416)
  • Providing and Evaluating Care (NRS417)
  • Design Studio and Communication 5.1 (DSCM511)
  • Design Studio + Communication 5.2 (DSCM512)
  • Critical Context 5.1 (HTCC511)
  • Common Challenge: Technology 5.2 (TECN512)
  • Applied Pathophysiology (NRS501)
  • Introduction to Evidence-Informed Decision Making (NRS502)
  • Promoting Health and Preventing Ill Health (NRS503)
  • Pharmacology and Medicines Optimisation (NRS504)
  • Developing Nursing Practice (NRS507)