Nursing BN (Hons)

Key information

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Module details

Due to the impact of COVID-19 we're changing how the course is delivered.

Programme Year One

To maximise this progressive and incremental student learning experience, modules across the three years of study incorporate four key themes that enshrine the core values and philosophical foundation of contemporary nursing practice. These themes will thread throughout the programme with skills being built across the three years to enable the graduate nurse to demonstrate a greater depth of knowledge and the additional more advanced skills required to meet the specific care needs of people within the adult field of nursing.

These themes are:

  • Clinical Skills
  • Nursing Practice
  • Evidence-Based Care
  • Core Nursing Knowledge.

In the first year of the programme students learn about the art and practice of nursing. As part of the year students undertake one 4 week placement to introduce you to nursing patients in an acute setting, followed by two further placements, one of 7 weeks duration and the other 10 weeks. Year one includes clinical skills modules, a practice module which incorporates all of the placements across year 1, and theory modules to introduce physiology and pathophysiology, behavioural sciences and professional issues in nursing, including law and ethics.

All modules are compulsory.

Programme Year Two

In year 2, the modules will develop knowledge and kills around effective assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care across a range of different conditions, which extend across the lifespan and span conditions affecting physical and mental health and well-being. This year also focuses upon developing knowledge around caring for seriously ill individuals and the importance of holistic assessment and planning to successfully prioritise individual need and shape decision-making using a collaborative approach. During this year students will also be introduced to specific types of healthcare and nursing research including research methodology, data collection and analysis, and ethical considerations of research. Students undertake 3 different placements which last for 7, 4 and 11 weeks respectively. 

Programme Year Three

In year 3 specific focus centres on equipping the student with core nursing knowledge to be able to assess needs, plan, provide and evaluate care of people with advanced clinical needs and those who require palliation and end of life care. Teaching will also revolve around leadership and advancing skills to facilitate the student's proficiencies to manage care in a diversity of settings, working with a range of professionals and supporting new learners. Year 3 also includes a dissertation, for which support will be given to write a research proposal around an area of care within nursing that specifically interests the student.

Students undertake 2 placements which last for 10 and 12 weeks respectively, the latter being the student's final management placement.

All modules are compulsory.

Simulation is practised across each of the three years to support student development and assessment through experiential learning with the opportunity for repetition, feedback, evaluation and reflection. The use of simulation helps to prepare the student for clinical placement experiences in order to optimise placement time. It also nurtures professional, technical and interpersonal skills in a safe environment and provides safe, realistic learning opportunities where the student can gain technical and non-technical clinical skills.

The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

Teaching and Learning

Learning is promoted through a wide variety of activities that enable the students to become autonomous and continuous learners. Interactive lectures, practical and clinical skills group work, directed study, role play, problem-based learning, small group work, student-led seminars, collaborative project work and interactive tutorials are key learning strategies of the programmes. Practical work using our imaging suite digital equipment, the Clinical Skills Resource Room and the Human Anatomy Resource Centre complement teaching activities.
Face-to-face interactions between all students will occur at shared lectures, tutorials and group work and online interaction will be encouraged and facilitated. There is also inter-professional education and learning opportunities across all Healthcare Professions programmes.


Using a mixture of coursework and examination, a range of assessment methods can be seen across the programmes. These include seen and unseen written examinations, essay assignments with specific word lengths, multiple choice questions, case study presentations, video analysis and interactive practical examinations. Assessment of the work-based learning element of all programmes is an important aspect. You will be required to communicate your views orally and in written form; analyse, implement and evaluate your practice; and to extend the research and evidence base of your chosen profession.

The various methods of assessments have been chosen to provide a balance that will permit the undergraduates to demonstrate their intellectual abilities in all areas to the full.