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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, leadership, 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 facilitate your learning 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. 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. Placements in Year One are in the community and settings caring for older people.

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. Placements in this year reflect this focus. 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.

In Year Four, the focus is on clinical leadership , care management and preparation for registration. 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

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 which 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.

Please visit our website for updates and module information.

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

Other Info: On this four year course you may be entitled to a bursary from SAAS.

Special Information for EU Applicants

The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2017/8 and 2018/9 academic years will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland for the duration of their course. Those assessed as eligible will remain so for the duration of their course. You must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. For guidance on eligibility and funding please visit the SAAS website.

- Theory and practice is integrated through the use of case-based learning resources.
- This 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 practice and 2,300 of academic work required by the NMC.
- The course for Nursing is ranked equal third Scotland in the National Student Survey (2016).

Placement: Placements will take place in a variety of settings eg. community, hospital or care home. These may be in the Lothians, Borders and Fife.

Professional Registration: Successful completion 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

A Level: BCC

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2, H2, H3, H3

International Baccalaureate: 30 points

Required Subjects: All combinations of qualifications must include Biology
or Human Biology at Higher or A Level (Chemistry, Physics may also be considered) and either English, or a suitably discursive subject such as Philosophy, History, Modern Studies or Religious and Moral Education. You should also have Maths and English at Intermediate 2 (B) or National 5 (B) if not studied at Higher level.

Mature/Access: Applicants who have LEAPS eligibility or have successfully completed an access programme will be considered individually. We welcome applications from mature students with other relevant experience and qualifications in Sciences, incl 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.
  • The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) require international students to achieve at least IELT 7.0 overall with no element below 7.0.
  • The NMC requires you to complete a declaration of good health and good character each year.
  • Applicants are required to take part in an interview that will include an assessment of numeracy and literacy.
  • 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. Our graduates have chosen varied career paths in the UK and overseas. Recent graduates work in community, acute medical and surgical areas, oncology, haematology, critical care, care of older people, rehabilitation, education and research.

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