Adult Nursing Degree Apprenticeship

Programme overview

Our Adult Nursing degree apprenticeship will prepare you to care for adults of all ages with acute/long-term illness, in a multitude of healthcare settings. You'll be ready to play a vital role in health promotion and disease prevention, as well as nursing sick and injured adults back to health. Working closely with professionals, patients and their families, you’ll gain the experience and skills needed to join the 96 per cent of our graduates working as professional nurses.*

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’ll 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.

Programme details

Year 1

Your first year introduces you to being an accountable professional, whilst developing the knowledge and skills required to become a confident, academic and independent learner. You will gain an understanding of human development, key body systems and their relationship to nursing care. A range of effective therapeutic interpersonal skills to promote engagement and helpful collaborative person-centered conversations will be nurtured within the theory and the two practice components during the year. You will be introduced to the importance of assessing, planning, providing and evaluating health and wellbeing in a broad range of contexts. You will learn and develop the values, knowledge and skills required for the successful achievement of the standards of proficiency required for the first NMC progression point. Modules will have field-specific application.

Core modules:

  • NRS410: Being an Accountable Professional 
  • NRS411: Communication and Therapeutic Relationships
  • NRS412: Assessing Healthcare Needs
  • NRS314: Planning Nursing Care
  • NRS414: Applied Human Biology Across the Lifespan
  • NRS415: Providing and Evaluating Care 

Year 2

In your second year you will be introduced to research methodology and methods in order to develop their knowledge of the application of research-based evidence to professional practice. You will study the pathophysiological processes involved in commonly encountered health conditions to support nursing interventions. Your knowledge and understanding of co-ordinating care for complex health needs will be developed, as well as in relation to public health, policies and legislation. You will become a knowledgeable practitioner with an understanding of pharmacology and safe practice in the management of medicines. The theory and two practice components of the year will develop your values, knowledge, and skills required for the successful achievement of the standards of proficiency required for the second NMC progression point. Modules will have field-specific application.

Core modules:

  • NRS501: Applied Pathophysiology
  • NRS502: Introduction to Evidence-Informed Decision Making
  • NRS503: Promoting Health and Preventing Ill Health
  • NRS504: Pharmacology and Medicines Optimisation 
  • NRS505: Co-ordinating Care for Complex Health Needs
  • NRS506: Developing Nursing Practice

Final year

Year three allows you to critically explore the concepts of management, leadership and working in teams. You will extend your knowledge around critical appraisal and the importance of research evidence to professional practice. Within four field specific modules you will develop your knowledge and understanding of nursing in the primary and acute care context. You will develop your competence in nursing practice in simulated and real-world environments and build on and develop the values, knowledge and skills required for the successful achievement of the final NMC progression point. Your final module will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to perform as a capable and autonomous practitioner, fit for registration in your field of nursing practice.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Programme specification

Keziah Lagor - BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing

You must be dedicated! Every day I meet such wonderful patients who deserve the very best, high quality care which I believe can only be provided by people who are committed to their work… if it’s something you really are interested in, then go for it!

Find out more about Keziah's experience

Work-based degrees and higher apprenticeships

Helping employers develop, harness and focus the skills of emerging talent within their organisation whilst offering employees opportunity to pursue undergraduate degree qualifications alongside real-life work experience.

Industry-led, higher and degree apprenticeships to support business growth

Higher and degree apprenticeships with the University of Plymouth