The University of Wolverhampton

BNurs (Hons)Adult Nursing


Nursing at the University of Wolverhampton provides exciting, challenging opportunities to work with people, providing care across a range of diverse health and social care settings. It is a demanding vocation which requires hard work, commitment, the ability to problem solve, work independently and contribute to care as part of a team.

This field of Nursing is a broad specialism, where the focus is caring for patients from young adults to older people and everyone in between! You will need to have an understanding of a range of conditions that affect adults and their families or carers. It is important that you are able to recognise how illness affects patients both physically and mentally. Adult graduate nurses also have future opportunities for employment in both the UK and abroad.

Entry requirements

2015 Entry

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


  • 280 UCAS points with a minimum of 220 UCAS points from A levels or equivalent
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma at grade DMM / BTEC QCF Diploma at grade D*D*
  • OCR National Extended Diploma at a M2 grade
  • CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma at a B grade
  • Access to HE Diploma Full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 with at least 24 of these Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction. You are also required to achieve 12 credits at Level 2 or 3 in English and 12 credits at Level 2 or 3 in Mathematics if you have not already achieved GCSE English and Maths at grade C.
  • Successful completion of the Foundation Year of Learning Education and Progression guarantees interview opportunity

Foundation degrees / HND / HNC will be considered with GCSE Mathematics grade C or equivalent.

Undergraduate or Postgraduate degrees will be considered without the GCSE requirement

If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience please consult the UCAS tariff tables or contact us before applying.

International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at

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 interview and will be subsequently required to meet a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check and Occupational Health requirements.

Please note only students meeting the eligibility criteria for an NHS bursary can be accepted on this course. Please visit for further information relating to residency and eligibility criteria.


Fees and finance

The funding information for the BNurs (Hons) Nursing and BSc (Hons) Midwifery courses is summarised as follows:

  • Course Tuition Fees will be paid in full by the NHS.
  • Students are eligible to apply for an NHS Grant (not means-tested).
  • Students are eligible to apply for an NHS means–tested Bursary (45 weeks per year) - These figures may be reduced according to the income of parents, spouse or partner.
  • NHS Dependants Allowance is available to students with dependent children and/or dependent partner – this is means tested very tightly against family income.
  • NHS Childcare Grant is available to students with dependent children who require OFSTED registered childcare – this is means tested very tightly against family income.
  • Students are eligible to apply for a Student Loan

Students apply for their Bursary, Grant and additional allowances (dependants allowance and childcare grant) through the NHS Student Grants Unit at but must apply for their Student Loan at


Once you have gained your BNurs (Hons) Adult Nursing then this will open up the prospect of many jobs in clinical practice, hospital or community settings, research, teaching or managerial roles. Registered Nurses 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 Registered Nurses (RN) can take additional qualifications enabling them to work in the community or district nursing, Health visiting or School Nursing. Adult trained RN’s often work in GP practices and Hospice settings. In Hospitals, Adult RN’s may work in wards, outpatient clinic or specialist areas such as Accident and Emergency or Intensive Care Units. Other opportunities might be as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Consultant, becoming a prison nurse or occupational health nurse. If you register as an Adult Nurse you may wish to go on to undertake Midwifery training or work abroad e.g. Australia, New Zealand or in EU Countries.


The course has been awarded 10 commendations when it was validated and accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the University of Wolverhampton, through a partnership arrangement with local stakeholders, who have approved both our professional and academic awards.

Course content

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

As you will be working in the field for 50% of your course, you will be required to demonstrate appropriate professional conduct at all times. Your placement experiences will include providing nursing care to some of societies most vulnerable people, the elderly, those who are physically ill or have a physical disability, learning disability and those who have perhaps been through some very challenging situations. 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. In addition we will expect you to conduct yourself in a highly professional manner and this will form part of our assessment of you in practice.

All adult students study a range of academic core (all fields of nursing) and field (adult focused) modules based on theory and practice experiences. Your practice experiences will assist you in developing practical skills and professional awareness.

Your modules will also contain a range of key skills which are essential for lifelong learning, including numeracy (essential for medicines management), Information technology, communication and working with others, problem solving and how to improve your learning.

The course aims to help you prepare yourself to adapt to new roles and the environments you will be working in. You will continuously learn in order to develop your nursing knowledge and skills as the start of career progression. Theoretical material will reflect the requirements of the National Health Service and Social Care Services and the changing needs of today's population.

Practice experiences will build throughout the course and will include a variety of settings such as hospitals, nursing homes community placements and the independent / voluntary care sector. There will be opportunities to learn with other fields of nursing and other health related disciplines. At the end of the third year you may opt to undertake a placement overseas.

By successfully achieving all components of the BNurs (Hons) Adult you will be entitled to register as a Nurse.


As a Registered Nurse you will:

  • 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.

Why Wolverhampton?

This course is approved by the internationally recognised Nursing and Midwifery Council. The course has been deemed to provide good learning experiences and outstanding placement learning opportunities. We work closely with our practice colleagues to provide relevant, interesting practice experiences for our students, and academic members of the team visit students whilst in practice areas to offer additional support.

Adult nursing is diverse and is primarily concerned with promoting health and nursing sick or injured adults back to health, or to help them to adjust to their condition in both hospital and community settings. Adult nursing also focuses on maintaining dignity, particularly when caring for vulnerable people such as older adults and those nearing the end of their life.

The focus of attention for the Registered Nurse is the patient and the family, understanding their condition and how this impacts. The mark of an adult nurse is the ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate what is happening to a patient at any one time and to select the most effective response.

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.

Our students comment consistently that we are both friendly and offer high levels of support, whilst studying on our nursing courses.

Our graduates are open to a wide range of career opportunities in the UK as well as overseas. We offer additional skills to enhance employability such as Intermediate Life Support, venepuncture, ECG recording, male catheterisation and disengagement and de-escalation techniques.

International placement opportunities such as Spain, Finland and Norway, are available to some of our students.

You are currently entitled to a NHS means tested bursary and your course fees are currently paid by the NHS


Student stories

Nasra Diriye, BNurs (Hons) Adult Nursing

New student Nasra Diriye has found settling into a routine at Wolverhampton easier than expected with all the excellent support on offer.

Nasra started the full-time BNurs (Hons) Adult Nursing course in January after being inspired by her work as a care assistant while at college.

“I first wanted to be a nurse when I started college; doing work experience as a care assistant made me realise I really want to do this. It was hard work but was worth it. It definitely helped me get on the course, it gave me the confidence and knowledge I needed”.

She’s settling into a routine on-campus with the help of her fellow students and lecturers.

“So far so good – just getting used to the campus and the studies. We’re in three days a week. On Thursday we do key skills where we do practicals, get into uniform and are shown different procedures.

On Fridays we do seminars, with group activities sharing ideas and bringing them together. It’s nice because you hear different stories, different scenarios and you try to reflect back on them. The lecturers are very nice, very friendly.”

For Nasra, the choice of Wolverhampton was an easy one, and she hasn’t found anything to make her change her mind.

“I chose the University of Wolverhampton because it’s in a great location. Wolverhampton is a very social place: everything is nearby and everyone is very friendly. When I first arrived everyone was very helpful, from helping me start the course to helping me find a local basketball team!

I like the facilities, the teaching buildings are very modern and the IT facilities are very good; you can always find a computer.”

Now her studies are underway, the next challenge Nasra is looking forward to is starting her first placement. However, she’s not worried, and from her experience, wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the University to others:

“You’ve got everything close to you, friendly teachers, it’s affordable and the social side of Wolverhampton with Birmingham in easy distance. I would definitely recommend the University of Wolverhampton to others”

Louise Goodyear

Louise Goodyear, who is based at the University’s education centre in Burton, beat the competition to be named the editor for the Adult Branch section of the “Nursing Times”.

Louise will write a weekly blog for the publication exploring issues affecting the student nursing community as well as making regular appearances at “twitchats” and answering questions and offering support.

Louise is a student nurse at the University, currently in her second year on the BNurs (Hons) Adult Nursing course.

The Nursing Times were said to be overwhelmed by the quantity of applications they received for the posts on offer. The four editors who made it through were chosen not just for their writing ability but for their commitment to helping and supporting the student nurse community.

Speaking about her success, Louise said: “I decided to apply for the role as I feel passionately that student nurses need a voice.

“To become a nurse is my everything. Being able to compassionately support and aid patients and their families and friends in times of need is truly humbling.

“I am proud to be a student nurse and proud to be one from such a fantastic university!”

More information on Louise, and the three other chosen editors, can be found on The Nursing Times website at

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