University of Plymouth Truro School of Nursing - The Knowledge Spa

The Knowledge Spa is the Cornwall campus for student nurses in the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, and students in the Peninsula School of Dentistry.

Based in Truro on the site of the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske, it provides modern, high-quality facilities to ensure excellent delivery of health education and training. Purpose-built clinical skills laboratories, including home and ward settings, allow students to put their learning into practice in the most realistic surroundings possible, and the open access library provides well-equipped space for teaching and research.

The Knowledge Spa is also home to the Truro Campus of the University of Exeter Medical School, as well the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust Departments for Learning and Development.

The city of Truro provides rail and bus links across the country and is only ten miles from Newquay International Airport, where there are regular flights to UK and European cities. Newquay is also at the heart of the international surfing community with several famous beaches.

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult Health) 

“The BSc (Hons) Nursing course with the University of Plymouth really prepares you for life as a qualified nurse...it ingrained the importance of being the best that you can be and has emphasised the diversity of nursing as a profession.”

Learn more about the BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult Health) course (full time or part time), including:

  • Course details
  • Entry requirements
  • Fees, costs and funding
  • How to apply.

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health)

"The University of Plymouth offers a wide range of placement areas that can help broaden your choice of jobs if you are unsure what area to work in, as mental health offers a wide variety of employments." Laura Jackson

Fine our more about BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health) course (full time or part time)


MNurs (Hons) Nursing (Adult Health and Mental Health)

Our four year dual field course offers the opportunity for students to be recognised in two of the three fields of nursing we offer while achieving an undergraduate master’s degree

As well as preparing students for a clinical role, in a range of healthcare settings nationally or internationally, the course is an excellent choice for those considering a career in research and nurse education, that is to say, it is a challenging option for those looking for a fast tracked career.

Learn more about the MNurs (Hons) Nursing (Adult Health and Mental Health) course

Complimentary educational resources

To help, financially, with your transition into life as a student of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Plymouth, the University provides the following:

  • we bear the cost for Occupational Health clearance and for Disclosure and Barring Service checks, which are a condition of any offer of a place on the programme. This potentially saves applicants in the region of £195–£245 (circa £45 for DBS checks, and £150–£200 for Occupational Health) although in some cases the costs can be much higher
  • we supply e-learning resources to all students on the programme
  • we supply three tunics and three pairs of trousers, for use in the clinical environment, worth circa £60
  • the ‘Medincle’ medical spellchecker software is provided free of charge
  • books from the Skills for Health Training Package are provided for each student.

Aixa Cooper - BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult Health)

"I have learned and developed a wide range of nursing techniques right from the very beginning of the course, together with communication skills and academic knowledge. The academic side of the degree has taught me to be a critical thinker, and overall the course has helped me develop my organizational skills."

"The Truro School of Nursing allows you to become a nurse in Cornwall while feeling part of the bigger community in Plymouth, it’s the best of both worlds."

Ben Dobson – BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health)

"When you see someone making steps in their recovery it’s so rewarding. It could be witnessing someone cracking a joke for the first time after months of depression, or someone being able to make personal re-connections that make an improvement in the quality of their life. In these moments you know that you are making a difference to the people’s lives and it is all worthwhile."

Find out more about Ben's experience studying BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health)