Nursing BN (Hons)

Key information


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The overall aim of this programme is to equip you with all the knowledge, skills and attributes you will need to meet the challenges of being a nurse in the changing context of healthcare and to succeed in the modern National Health Service.

This degree provides students with lifelong learning and working opportunities as well as a strong focus on nursing leadership. You will gain valuable theoretical knowledge alongside practical experience. The cohorts are small and this helps to ensure that our students receive the support they require to help them to get the best out of the programme.

Throughout the three years, you will gain extensive clinical experience in a variety of different settings, including hospital wards, clinics, community settings, critical care and palliative care. There is a global placement incorporated into Year Two to identify the public health needs of communities both in local and global settings.

In the Guardian's 2020 course league table, this course is 2nd in the UK and 1st in England.

Programme in detail

The Bachelor of Nursing (BN) (Hons) 2020 curriculum provides a framework to inform the delivery of a practice-centred degree programme that seeks to produce graduates who are eligible to apply for registration in the field of Adult Nursing with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Each year of the programme is aimed at facilitating a progressive development of skills which will enable the student to meet the NMC Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses and in accordance with the NMC Code.
The Bachelor of Nursing degree concentrates on caring for individuals with diverse physical and mental health conditions; the degree also concentrates on the supportive role of the nurse with families of individuals being cared for. The degree will prepare you to practise as a knowledgeable, caring and compassionate nurse, competent in professional and ethical practice, care delivery, care management and personal and professional development.

The taught modules will include Physiology, Pathophysiology, Behavioural sciences, Research, Caring for the Seriously Ill Person, Public health, Communication and clinical skills, incorporating skills associated with curative, acute and long term and rehabilitative care, palliative and end of life care and practice placement learning. A flexible approach to practice learning will allow individual students to achieve outcomes in a variety of settings at different points throughout each level. You will be well supported in both academic and practice learning environments.

Throughout the three years, students gain extensive clinical experience in a variety of different settings, including hospital wards, clinics, community settings, critical care and palliative care. There is also the opportunity, in Year Two, to work abroad, which makes up the practice placement for one of the modules looking at public health. Each year incorporates the award of credit for practice learning.

Fieldwork opportunities

Each year students will undertake a period of study in practice. In year 1 there are three practice placement experiences, in year 2 there are also three, one of which is an elective placement, chosen by the student and which may be undertaken in another country. In year 3 there are two practice placement experiences.

Practice learning will take place in a variety of different hospital Trusts across Merseyside and Cheshire. All students will also complete one experience in a Community setting. Practice will span across medicine, surgery, critical care, palliative and end of life care looking after individuals with acute and long term conditions, with a range of different conditions which span across the lifespan and may affect physical and/or mental health and well being.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

322 Year One undergraduates in the School of Health Sciences in 2018

UK league tables

Ranked 1st for Nursing in England, and 5th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2019

National Student Survey

97% overall satisfaction for Nursing (NSS 2018).

Why this subject?

Strengthen your career prospects

Benefit from our experience in delivering more than 100 years of teaching across practical and professionally focused programmes.

Learn from experienced, registered, working practitioners

Our curriculum is developed and assessed by leading healthcare providers throughout the North West. Many such partners across the North West provide exciting placement opportunities.

Bring your learning to life through clinical experience

Gain a breadth of patient-focused practical experience in a region with a particularly diverse population, providing an invaluable insight to future roles.

Prepare for practice by studying with professionals from across the Health Sciences

Interprofessional learning modules reflect the multi-profession, team approach that you will encounter in today’s healthcare settings.