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BSc (Hons) Nursing

UCAS Code: B740 BSc/Nur

Duration: 4 years

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Nursing encompasses autonomous and collaborative care of individuals of all ages; families, groups and communities; sick or well and in all settings. It includes the promotion of health; prevention of illness; and the care of ill, disabled and dying people. Nurses are advocates for people in their care, are involved in management, education and research and use clinical judgement in the provision of best quality of care.

This course will prepare you to deliver safe, effective person-centred nursing care with confidence. We use a blended approach to learning, teaching and assessment. Lectures, seminars and simulation are used to help you learn about nursing and the evidence that informs practice. Real client and patient experiences are frequently used as the focus for group learning.

Year One focuses on the foundations of professional nursing care and placements reflect this. You will explore a range of influences on health, professional issues, skills for nursing practice and the science underpinning care. You will begin to learn to meet the needs of vulnerable people across the lifespan, eg. Older adults, people with dementia, disabilities, or long term conditions.

In Year Two you will learn how to assess and care for people as they cope and adapt to ill health, combining science subjects with nursing modules. Clinical skills learning will prepare you for clinical placements within hospital settings.

Year Three modules concentrate on the care of people with complex needs and increasing dependency in a range of settings. You will explore healthcare governance and research evidence relating to effective, compassionate nursing practice. You will develop knowledge of the integration of health and social care through engagement within the voluntary sector.

Year Four's focus is on clinical leadership, care management and leadership. You will complete a dissertation on an area aligned with current priorities. Opportunities exist for students to select an area of clinical practice for their final placement which may enhance their future career.

We have implemented an interprofessional education (IPE) focus within all of our undergraduate healthcare courses to help produce graduates who are confident in their own professional identity but with additional skills that will allow them to work as effective team members. The IPE component will develop your mutual understanding of roles, expertise and values of other team members; skills and strategies in working in teams; problem solving, team decision making skills; role flexibility; and ability to learn from others.

The modules above are correct as of (December 2016) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2017. Please check here for any updates.

You will study a range of modules to complete an honours degree over four years.

  • Theory and practice is integrated through the use of case-based learning resources.

  • The prestigious course is competitive with at least 16 applications for each place.

  • Class sizes are small and students receive strong support from an
    experienced course team.

  • In Years One and Two, you will spend approximately 20 hours per week in a classroom setting and less so in years Three and Four where there is more independent learning. You will spend 15 weeks on placement in each of the four years of the course. Your course will amount to the 2,300 hours of practise and 2,300 of academic work required by the NMC.

  • Placement: Placements will take place in a variety of settings in NHS Lothian, Borders and Fife, the private sector and potentially the voluntary sector.

    Professional Registration: Successful completion of this programme leads to registration (Registered Nurse {Adult}) with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).

    Year One: Caring in Professional Contexts/ Introduction to Academic Enquiry/ Skills and Practice 1/ Applied Science/ Interprofessional Education 1

    Year Two: Learning to assess and Care for Ill Adults/ Caring For The Adult With Complex Healthcare Needs/ Applied Science/ Skills and Practice 2/ Interprofessional Education 2

    Year Three: Recognition and Management of The Deteriorating Patient:-Acute Care in a Variety of Settings/ Recovery Rehabilitation and Long Term Issues/ Applied Science/ Skills and Practice 3/ Evidence Based Healthcare Governance/ Interprofessional Education 3

    Year Four: Leadership for Developing Professional Practice/ Skills and Practice 4/ Interprofessional Education 4/ Dissertation

    Scottish Higher: BBBB or 260 UCAS Tariff points from four subjects

    A Level: BCC or 260 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of three subjects

    Irish Leaving Certificate: BBBB or 260 UCAS Tariff points

    International Baccalaureate: 30 points

    Required Subjects: All combinations of qualifications must include one science based subject (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, or Human Biology but not Maths) as well as one discursive subject (English, Philosophy, History, Modern Studies, or Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies) at Higher level or A-level. Also, we would be looking for you to have completed Maths and English (if not studied at Higher level) at National 5 or Intermediate 2, with a result of grade B or above.

    Mature/Access: Applicants who have LEAPS eligibility or who have
    successfully completed an access programme will be considered individually. Also mature students with other
    relevant experience and qualifications in sciences, including HNC in Healthcare.

    Advanced Entry: Year Two - Level 1 Diploma in Higher Education - Nursing route
    Year Three - Level 2 Diploma in Higher Education - Nursing route

    Health Requirements: Students are offered immunisation against Hepatitis B

  • You will be offered immunisation against Hepatitis B.

  • NMC requires you to complete a declaration of good health and good character each year.

  • Students are required to take part in an interview that will include an assessment of numeracy and literacy. Interviews are likely to be held in February or March.

  • All students should apply for membership of the PVG scheme and cannot go on placement without a satisfactory application.

  • International: The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) require international students to achieve at least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections of IELTS and at least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections. Their overall average score should be at least 7.0

    Graduates make a significant contribution to creative practice in nursing and have excellent career prospects. Recent graduates are currently working in acute medical and surgical areas, oncology, haematology, critical care, care of the elderly, rehabilitation, education and research. Opportunities for graduate nurses are many and vary from clinical nursing in hospital and community settings to teaching, management and research. Our graduates have chosen varied career paths in the UK and overseas.

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