BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing

Experience a transformational, high quality, future ready education in Nursing

Experience a transformational, high quality, future ready education in Nursing

3 years full-time
Bishop Otter Campus
  • Designed with your nursing career in mind
  • Undertake placements with our local Health and Social Care partners
  • Learn in brand new facilities and in supervised settings of clinical skills and simulation environments
  • Experiment with cutting edge computer simulation and virtual reality experiences
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A contemporary and innovative degree which will prepare you to care for adults in a multitude of healthcare settings.

Working closely with your lecturers, other healthcare professionals, nurse experts, patients and their families to frame and support your learning, you will gain the necessary experience, competencies and skills needed.

Nursing is a hugely rewarding career where you have a real chance to make a difference to people’s lives. By studying nursing, you can make an impact on peoples lives by learning new skills and procedures that help patients and create a career with excellent employment prospects.

This course is accredited against the Nursing & Midwifery Council’s (NMC) 2018 standards, enabling you to be eligible to seek admission to part 1 (Adult) of the NMC register on successful completion of this three-year programme.

Nursing at Chichester

On our BSc (Hons) Nursing course, you will apply the professional knowledge gained from your studies at University and from practice learning.  You will work alongside experienced professionals, learning from practice with the support of your practice assessors and supervisors who will be registered health professionals.

You will learn how to observe patients and assess their needs, to plan and deliver the most appropriate care for them, and evaluate the results. We will support you in becoming a caring and compassionate professional who delivers skilled, evidence-based care in partnership with patients, families, and communities.

We pride ourselves on our community and the support we are able to offer our students, here you will be known by a name and truly valued. You will be supported by our fantastic student support service from the moment you join:

  • Personal tutors
  • Small cohort size
  • Specific advisors for students with neurodiversity or other identified learning needs
  • Health advisors, counsellors and many online resources

On this course you will:

  • Learn how to deliver the most appropriate, evidence-based care for patients after carefully assessing their needs.
  • Become a resilient, attentive and compassionate professional ready for the ever-changing, dynamic healthcare industry.
  • Develop elevated digital skills to prepare you for a rapidly evolving health and social care.
  • Graduate prepared to innovate sustainable practice and ready to enhance the quality of person centred care.
  • Generate excellent opportunities for future employment due to receiving a breadth of contemporary placement learning opportunities.
  • Become a curious learner that will thrive in our outstanding digital and clinical simulation facilities.
  • Engage in annual inter-professional conferences

Why choose Chichester?


Brand new, on-campus facilities to help you thrive.

School of Nursing and Allied Health

The School of Nursing and Allied Health is based on the Bishop Otter campus, you will learn both on campus and in a variety of practice and simulation settings. All learning will be supported by our lecturers in a safe and controlled setting and by your practice assessors and supervisors in health and social care environments.

  • Bright and dedicated flexible teaching space for Nursing students
  • Learning and social hub spaces where you have the opportunity to discuss and debrief either following some simulated learning experience or just from your classroom experiences.
  • Clinical skills and Simulation Environments:

– Simulated-based environments that recreate a patient journey through healthcare

– Use of interactive robotic mannequins

– Fully digital interactivity in our supported simulated learning practice

– Separate community flat to recreate community nursing/social care environment

– Consultation room to recreate primary care environment

– Virtual reality equipment coming soon

  • Learning technology room

Lecturers will support your learning through a connected system of live cameras and also through a range virtual learning technology. We are using the latest healthcare technology so you can learn how to increase safety improve outcomes for patients and develop your own professional skills here.

  • Virtual learning environment

This provides a range of virtual learning opportunities via embedded software such as, Safe-Medicate, anatomical software with Hololens and other cutting-edge technology.

The resources within the school and the University will supplement all other resources available from our partners who support your practice learning. This also includes having access to the specialist library facilities at St Richard’s Hospital, located adjacent to our campus.

Learning Resource Centre (LRC)

In addition, you can access the LRC, which is the hub of the learning environment. It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Careers Centre, Costa Coffee, and a variety of IT resources.

You have access to:

  • Books and journals
  • E-resources, including multimedia streaming
  • Mac and PC suites
  • Printing and scanning facilities
  • Print services
  • General meeting areas
  • Group and individual study spaces
  • Equipment loans​
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout
Dr Nita Muir - Head of School of Nursing and Allied Health

Dr Nita Muir

Head of School of Nursing and Allied Health
"As a graduate entry nursing student at the University of Chichester you will become part of a supportive university and wider nursing community on a small friendly campus where lecturers know your name and are approachable. You will become a compassionate, person centred Registered Nurse with confidence in your practice and learning. You will be an be an active learner throughout; seeking opportunities in your development and learning closely from your peers both at university and in practice learning."

The Course

Learn through a combination of theory, simulation, practical sessions and placement

Throughout the three years of the course you will learn and develop as a professional nurse and study areas such as caring sciences, person centred care, professional issues, health and wellbeing, mental and physical health conditions and preparation for practice learning.

You will study a selection of core modules each year. Each module is worth a number of credits and you will study 360 credits throughout your degree.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

Preparation for Practice Year 1 

Safely demonstrate evidence-based practice in all year one skills and procedures undertaken in placement.

Foundations of Health and Wellbeing for Nursing

This module develops your foundational knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and behaviour by examining key body systems and homeostasis which are fundamental to nursing assessments and developing appropriate care plans.

Becoming a Professional Nurse

This module will introduce you to the concepts of professionalism in relation to the specific profession of nursing. For example: duty of care, duty of candour, accountability, self-regulation and autonomy, the legal and ethical frameworks that govern nursing practice and the values and skills required to become a professional such as reflection, resilience and emotional intelligence to support effective and compassionate communication.

Introducing Person-Centred Care 

You will explore the concept of person-centred care as applied to nursing assessment and care planning and the methods used to ensure an individual approach is undertaken, taking into account reasonable adjustments and the vulnerability of the person.

Caring Science and Understanding

Caring science is the concept of caring science defined as the underpinning evidence-base for holistic nursing practice through an evaluation of research methods, ethics and governance, the ability to apply a range of evidence, drawing on experience to make evidence informed decisions will be explored.

Preparation for Practice Year 2

This module will continue your development of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for nursing practice to enable the student to meet the Future Nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses (Nursing and Midwifery Council [NMC] 2018).

Understanding Illness for Nursing

You will develop your knowledge and ability to respond proactively and promptly to signs of deterioration or distress in mental, physical, cognitive and behavioural health and use this knowledge to make sound clinical decisions. The subject of pharmacology applied to nursing and the principles of safe and effective administration and optimisation of medicines will also be covered.

Developing as a Professional Nurse

You will continue to develop your skills and abilities required to develop, manage and maintain appropriate relationships with people, their families, carers and colleagues. This module will also revisit and strengthen the developing skills of self-reflection, resilience and emotional intelligence.

Delivering Person-Centred Care

Understanding of person-centred care in complex situations is considered across a wide range of integrated care settings including a change in a person’s mental capacity or transition points such as coordinating safe and effective transfer of care or discharge to home.

Caring Science in Promoting Health and Preventing Illness

Your understanding and application of the aims and principles of health promotion, protection and improvement and the prevention of ill health when engaging with people and understanding global patterns of health and wellbeing outcomes will be addressed.

Preparation for Practice Year 3

This module develops your communication and relationship management skills and nursing procedures for part three of the programme that must be able to demonstrate in order to meet the proficiency outcomes of the Future Nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses (Nursing and Midwifery Council [NMC], 2018).

Caring Science for Quality Improvement

This module develops your communication and relationship management skills and nursing procedures for part three of the programme that must be able to demonstrate in order to meet the proficiency outcomes of the Future Nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses (Nursing and Midwifery Council [NMC], 2018).

Being a Professional Nurse

This module will cover address the delivery of care through effective nursing leadership, how nurses can influence policy development and promote the profession of nursing at an individual level and within the wider context of systems.

Maintaining Person-Centred Care

This module will continue your expert understanding and the ability to recognise the need to respond to the challenges of providing safe, effective and person-centred nursing care for people who have complex care needs specifically end of life care.
Molly Nursing

Molly Ntange

Adult Nursing student
"As a nursing student, I don’t think there is a better university out there. We feel cared for and strongly supported by our lecturers. They know us by names which makes our relationship with them even better therefore we can approach them anytime. The lectures are top notch with the highest possible standard. They have provided all the necessary resources. We go into lecture rooms almost everyday which other universities don’t do which is a very important aspect when studying a professional course like nursing. I am very privileged to be part of the pioneer nursing cohort 2021 Chichester University. For anyone out there interested in studying at this university especially, be sure that your money will be put to proper use. Studying nursing at this university is the best decision I have made for myself and my children."

Mariann Vargha-Miko

Adult Nursing student
"I'm very excited to start my nursing journey at the University of Chichester. The cohort is small, and the lecturers are very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and supportive, so I feel we have every opportunity to thrive as nursing students. Learning in a small cohort is a very good experience, as everyone feels comfortable to ask questions, and have open discussions during lectures and seminars. I feel that my aspirations are seen and valued here, and that I'll learn a lot more than just the required skillset by the time I qualify."

Teaching and Assessment

Experience a highly supportive environment which enables you to thrive as a student

You will experience innovative and supportive teaching, which will enable you to achieve your own learning goals. We expect you to be a curious and motivated learner and we will work with you in developing your study skills and ability to meet the requirements of the course. We will support your learning as you progress to becoming a professional nurse registrant and a graduate.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has assessed the course as requiring no improvements against 2018 standards which is an exceptional outcome. The course is designed to comply with the statutory requirements for the length and duration of theoretical and clinical training you will undertake.

We use simulated-based education to develop your professional practice skills in our modern and highly-equipped environments. You also will be taught using a range of different techniques such as enquiry based learning groups, blended learning, key note lectures and small group seminars. All teaching is based on a collaborative learning philosophy which encourages your to learn with and from others.

We will work with you to develop your digital competencies across the three years starting with a competency assessment identifying your learning needs. Throughout the three years you will become competent in using a range of technologies which will support your learning both now and in your future career. We are exploring new technologies constantly and you will be exposed to virtual learning environments that recreate clinical scenarios, in addition to using an online learning practice portfolio and developing your own vlog.

Work Placements

Transfer the theory into real life practice

Practice learning will occur within allocated health and social care placements. We will allocate you placements in a range of clinical settings to ensure you will be exposed to all fields of nursing, a variety of experiences and the range of hours expected of registered nurses.

Whilst placement allocation is based on availability across the sector, it is generally non-negotiable as there is consideration of your home address and travel required. In some instances where travel to placement will be up to one and half hours from your home address, there is a travel bursary available to support this.

There is the option also for a two to three week self-choice placement in year two which can be arranged in discussion with our practice learning team. This enables you to choose an area of health care that you may not otherwise have access to. Additionally, we can provide you with a two week placement in Mental Health Nursing should you wish.

Expect to:

  • Attend across the 7 day week 24/7
  • Travel 1.5 hours one way to placement
  • Work in a range of clinical settings i.e., at home, in community and at hospital
a map showing a 1.5 hour radius from Chichester of where placements will be

Please note the map above provides an overview of the placement areas and not an accurate representation. Placement travel time will usually be up to an hour and a half from the Bishop Otter campus.


As a registered nurse, you'll have a varied and fulfilling career ahead of you.

As a University of Chichester BSc (Hons) Nursing graduate, you will demonstrate an elevated level of compassionate leadership, excellent digital literacy skills, resilience and evidence based knowledge which is person-centred and will prepare you to enter into a modern day nursing workforce. As a University of Chichester graduate, we will provide you with clear guidance for future career choices across the healthcare sector. There will be an opportunity to attend many recruitment fairs with local employers, who will be keen to recruit you.

Adult nurses are a key part of the multidisciplinary teams that care for patients. You will be at the centre of teams which can include: social workers, doctors, occupational therapists, pharmacists, radiographers, and healthcare assistants. You’ll also work closely with patients’ families and carers.

After completing your degree your career options are wide and varied. There are opportunities in advanced practice in clinical, research, education, and leadership areas.

Job roles include:

  • Community nurse
  • Critical care nurse
  • Palliative care nurse specialist
  • Practice nursing
  • Care home manager
  • Nurse educator
  • Nurse researcher
  • Nurse leader

Course Costs

Course Fees 2022/23

UK fee

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fees page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Course specific costs

  • One uniform will be provided but you are likely to require additional uniforms which cost in the region of £30.
  • The University will pay for an occupational health assessment, however you may need to pay for immunisations if they are not covered by your GP.
  • You will need a pair of suitable comfortable shoes while on clinical placement and studying in our simulation settings (estimated cost £40- £60).
  • You will need to purchase some of your own clinical items, for instance a stethoscope and fob watch (estimated cost £30).
  • You will need to be able to travel to your placement.
  • You will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check costing £40 which needs to be paid for before the start of the course.

NHS Learning Support Fund

You will receive at least £5,000 a year, with further funding available for eligible students. You can find out more on the NHS website.

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary)

104 - 120
tariff points.
A Levels
must include a Science or Social Science.
T Levels
in Health.
BTEC Extended Diploma
in a Health or Science subject.
Access to HE Diploma
with 60 credits overall. At least 45 credits at level 3, with 30 credits at distinction. Must be in Health Studies, Nursing or Science.
Grade C/4
in English Language, Mathematics or higher (Functional Skills English and Maths Level 2 Pass are accepted equivalents) and Science at C/4 or higher.
Grade 7
with no component lower than 6.5.

Further requirements

  • Capability in digital and technological literacy
  • Evidence of study within the last 5 years

Background checks

We are required to verify that you are of good health and character. We achieve this through a satisfactory occupational health assessment and enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check on entering the programme. You are required to self-declare this on an annual basis.


You will be required to attend a nursing values-based interview for this degree. For more information on the interview process, please visit our Interviews and Auditions page.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Applicants will be considered on an individual basis in line with the University’s Admissions policy and the Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards and requirements:

1.5 permit recognition of prior learning that is capable of being mapped to the Standards of proficiency for registered nurses and programme outcomes, up to a maximum of 50 percent of the programme and comply with Article 31(3) of Directive 2005/36/EC.

1.6 for NMC registered nurses permit recognition of prior learning that is capable of being mapped to the Standards of proficiency for registered nurses and programme outcomes that may be more than 50 percent of the programme.



It is a requirement of this programme to have immunisations for the following diseases so that you may go on placement:

  • Chickenpox
  • Covid
  • Hepatitis B
  • Meningitis
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
  • Tuberculosis (BCG)

You will be given further advice and support regarding how to obtain all these, if you are accepted onto the programme. You may be required to pay for some outstanding immunisations.

Our Researchers

Paul Watters

Senior Lecturer, programme coordinator (Adult Health)
Paul is an experienced nurse and educator. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and his teaching practice is at the praxis of end of life care, caring science, research and evidence-based practice. His educational practice enables students to grow and develop, both academically and practically, to achieve their best potential. Paul is a nurse historian and is currently exploring a local oral history project.

James Wilson

Senior Lecturer, programme coordinator (Mental Health)
James is an award-winning nurse academic recognised for his student-focused work in nurse education and interactive theatre. James is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and as an innovator in education. He successfully applies transformative learning theory to an immersive suite of drama-based approaches that have since gained national and international recognition and his research interests are in this field. He is also National Teaching Fellow.

Erika Thorne

Senior Lecturer, placement learning coordinator
Erika has been a senior lecturer in Nursing for the last 10 years, moving after 25 years from a successful and enjoyable clinical career in critical care. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and her areas of educational practice include critical/acute care, simulation, pedagogy and practice learning. Erika has a research interest in exploring simulated based education.

Claudia Cadman and Louise West

Both Claudia and Louise work in clinical practice for half of their role and within the School of Nursing and Allied Health the other half of their role. Both are senior clinicians in the NHS with Claudia leading in a cancer care unit and Louise as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner.

Dr Nita Muir

Head of School of Nursing and Allied Health
Nita is an active researcher as an Adult Registered Nurse and academic with an international reputation. She has published widely and received significant grants in areas of educational development and research. Her research focus is within community nursing and nurse education, with peer reviewed publications in the Use of Virtual Learning in Simulation, International workforce development in Health Care, and Work-related Learning and Cultural Competence. Her current research is exploring the lived experience of frailty, improving self-efficacy of students in identifying a deteriorating acutely ill patient and pedagogic research post-Covid.

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