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Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Nursing (Pre-Registration)

Become a highly-skilled, digitally-able, and compassionate nurse

Become a highly-skilled, digitally-able, and compassionate nurse

This course starts in January 2025.
Applications are now open.

2 years full time
Bishop Otter Campus with Blended Learning
  • Become a Registered Adult Nurse in just two years.
  • Discover brand new facilities and supervised clinical and simulation environments
  • Experiment with innovative computer simulation and virtual reality experiences.
  • Undertake placements with our local Health and Social Care partners
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Build on your experience in a healthcare role on this accelerated blended learning course

NHS Learning Support Fund (Eligibility criteria applies)

Receive at least £5,000 a year of NHS Funding on this course, with up to £3,000 further funding available for eligible students. You can find out more on the NHS website.

Transition into Adult Nursing with NMC adult nursing registration

Our accelerated, blended learning Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Nursing (Pre-Registration) course develops you into a resilient, attentive, and caring professional ready for the ever-changing and dynamic healthcare sector.

We offer small cohorts in a community and welcome graduates from any subject who can demonstrate the required level of professional experience within the healthcare sector and who are looking to develop skills, knowledge, and professionalism to make an impact on people’s lives.

Develop your person-centred approach

You will learn how to care for adult patients in any health care settings, 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.

Blend interactive teaching sessions with online study

Our approach allows for flexibility in learning. It combines immersive, interactive learning sessions using our brand-new on-campus facilities with virtual online learning with your tutors.

You will be required to attend campus 1-2 days a week during the academic blocks. In addition, guided and independent online study will further develop your knowledge and understanding, this includes (from academic block 2) a weekly placement experience day to develop your understanding of wider healthcare delivery.

Experiential learning through cutting-edge technology

Our brand-new facilities offer innovative teaching methods that provide immersive learning experiences and simulation-based learning, allowing you to engage with scenario-based activity using robotic manikins, virtual reality, and actors to reflect real situations.

Head of School of Nursing and Allied Health Dr Nita Muir has published international research in virtual simulation learning and Senior Lecturer James Wilson is a National Teaching Fellow with expertise in Forum theatre.

Facilities include:

  • Immersive sensory simulation space
  • Virtual reality equipment
  • Six-bed clinical practice area
  • Responsive robotic mannequins
  • Simulated community nursing settings

Work alongside our practice-experienced staff

Our skilled and expert staff are all Registered Nurses who are either academic or also clinicians in practice who will support you to achieve your learning goals.

Study on a nationally-accredited course

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 two-year programme.

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Guaranteed employment within UHSussex

University Hospitals NHS trust guarantee employment within UHSussex as a Registered Adult Nurse for those students who successfully complete their degree at University of Chichester and gain professional registration.

This is subject to successful pre-employment checks at the time of graduating.

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The Course

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

Combine academic study with practical skills

On this course, you will spend 50% of your time in academic study and the remaining 50% will be within a clinical placement learning or simulation-based learning environment.

Apply theory to practice through clinical placements

Throughout the course, you will undertake placements at local health and social care organisations to provide you with the required level of experience and knowledge for a registered nurse.

Studies areas include:

  • Caring sciences
  • Person-centred care
  • Professional issues
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Mental and physical health conditions
  • Preparing for practice learning
Dr Nita Muir - Head of School of Nursing and Allied Health

Dr Nita Muir

Head of School 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."

MSc Top-Up

Once you have completed your Postgraduate Diploma, you’ll have the option to return to your studies within a few years and complete your dissertation through topping up to a MSc in Adult Nursing.

Year One

  • Becoming a Graduate Professional Nurse
  • Developing Person Centred Nursing with Integrated Care
  • Caring Science – Leading and Managing the Promotion and Prevention of Illness
  • Leading Person-Centred Nursing Practice
  • Preparation for Practice Part One
  • Preparation for Practice Part Two

Year Two

  • Understanding Illness and its Associated Pharmacological Interventions
  • Caring Science – Advancing Nursing Practice
  • Preparation for Practice Part Three

This list is indicative and subject to change.


Experience brand new on-campus facilities that help you thrive

School of Nursing and Allied Health

The School of Nursing and Allied Health is based on the Bishop Otter campus in Chichester, which has a rich history of nursing education.

Our team of expert and experienced lecturers are here to ensure a safe and controlled setting for your learning, with additional support provided by your placement practice assessors and supervisors.

Immersive sensory learning technologies

Explore our immersive learning room that recreates sounds and visuals from a range of clinical settings, supported with the latest virtual reality technologies.

Molly Nursing


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.


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."


Adult Nursing student
"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."


Adult Nursing student
"The lecturers are all passionate about their subjects and come from different areas of healthcare that it makes studying so interesting. This course really is so worth it for young and mature students as childcare and personal circumstances are taken into consideration."

Teaching and Assessment

Innovative teaching delivered by expert and supportive staff

Collaborative learning

You will experience a range of different techniques on this blended learning course such as experiential learning, keynote lectures and small group seminars.

Our innovative and supportive teaching approach is based on a collaborative learning philosophy, which encourages you to learn with and from other and achieve your own learning goals.

Experiential learning

From clinical practice settings to recreations of community nursing settings, our use of modern, highly-equipped simulation environments and situations combined with our simulated-based approach to learning develops your professional practice skills and your confidence ahead of your clinical placements.

You will have the chance to simulate various clinical situations with both actors and real service users in care.

Digital competency

We will work with you to develop your digital competencies across the two years as you utilise 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.

Varied assessment methods

Your placements are assessed through an electronic portfolio, alongside more traditional forms of assessment for your clinical learning. These can include presentations, essays, case-study analyses, and exams.

Meet our teaching staff

You’ll be taught by academics, with many who are registered practitioners from a variety of clinical backgrounds.

Nita Muir

Head of the School of Nursing and Allied Health

Nita is an active researcher as an Adult Registered Nurse and academic with an international reputation, with a particular focus within community nursing and nurse education.

She has undertaken evaluative consultations for Health Education Improvement Wales, is a member of the British Safety Institute, and is on the editorial board of a national nursing journal.

At an international level, Nita has participated in global research and led funded innovation projects to develop sustainable curriculum with colleagues in Zambia, Sweden, Denmark and China.

James Wilson

Senior Lecturer in Nursing

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.

Paul Watters

Programme Leader - BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing

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.

Claudia Cadman

Lecturer Practitioner

Claudia is a Lecturer Practitioner and is excited to be beginning her academic career by supporting the delivery of the new nursing programme at the University of Chichester. As a Lecturer Practitioner, Claudia’s role is to facilitate a programme that bridges the gap between theory and clinical practice.

Louise West

Lecturer Practitioner in Nursing

As a Lecturer Practitioner, Louise works both in a clinical role as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and as a Lecturer at the school of Nursing and Allied Health and is delighted to support the next generation of nurses.

Erika Thorne

Senior Lecturer in Nursing (Practice Learning)

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.

Clinical Placements

Transfer the theory into real life practice

Gain vital practice experience

Practice learning will occur within allocated health and social care placements. You will undertake approximately five placements across the two years, ranging from 8-12 weeks in length.

These placements range across a variety of clinical settings to ensure you experience all fields of nursing, a variety of experiences and the range of hours expected of registered nurses.

Placement allocation

Whilst placement allocation is based on availability across the sector, it is non-negotiable as there is consideration of your home address and travel required. In some instances, travel to placement will be up to one and half hours from your home address, there is a travel bursary available to support this if you are in receipt of the NHS Learning Support Fund.

Expect to:

  • Attend placement 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

Placement experience days

In addition to the 5 blocks of clinical placement, we aim to offer placement experience days in the following settings, community care, primary care and health and social care.

This placement experience will occur within each academic module and will encourage you to explore the roles that these health care settings provide in leading patient centred care.

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.

Boost your career opportunities in healthcare

On the completion of this course, you will have developed an elevated level of compassionate leadership, excellent digital literacy skills, resilience, and evidence-based knowledge, which promotes person-centred/individualised care and will prepare you to enter a modern-day nursing workforce.

Your career options are wide and varied, healthcare qualifying degrees offer a range of options for future employment both internationally and nationally. Opportunities can include advanced practice in clinical, research, education, and leadership areas across the full range of healthcare settings.

Become a core part of a healthcare team

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.

Prepare for your future with a bespoke careers day

A bespoke careers day is offered with our local health and social care employers designed to prepare you for your future applications, and assist your decision making for your future career in nursing.

Career support

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.

Guaranteed employment within UHSussex

University Hospitals NHS trust guarantee employment within UHSussex as a Registered Adult Nurse for those students who successfully complete their degree at University of Chichester and gain professional registration.

This is subject to successful pre-employment checks at the time of graduating.

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Potential careers include:

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

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary)

Grade C/4
or higher in English language, mathematics, and science (Functional Skills English and Maths Level 2 Pass are accepted equivalents)
Undergraduate Honours Degree
Grade 7
with no component lower than 6.5

In addition to the above criteria, you will also need to:

  • Provide evidence of a minimum of seven weeks (265.5 hours) work experience in a professional caring role within the previous three years that is verified by either an NMC Registered Nurse or Care Manager and an employment contract
  • Have the required level of digital and technological literacy or demonstrate potential to meet programme outcomes
  • Provide validated evidence of study within the last five years
  • Complete a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) claim prior to entry
  • Attend a values-based interview
  • Complete a satisfactory occupational health assessment
  • Complete an enhanced criminal records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
  • Obtain relevant immunisations

You may be required to pay for some outstanding immunisations.

Record of Prior Learning (RPL)

As the Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Nursing (Blended Learning) is an accelerated course, to support entry to the programme you must be able to demonstrate prior learning for the equivalent of BSc (Hons) Level 4 Adult Nursing programme.

Recognition will be considered on an individual basis in line with the university’s admissions policy and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards and requirements.

If you are already an NMC registrant with Mental Health, Child Health or Learning Disabilities and looking for dual qualification then at least 50% of prior learning can be mapped to the NMC (2018) Standards of proficiency for registered nurses and the programme outcomes (Part 3 Point 1.6).

RPL Portfolio

You will be required to develop evidence to support your RPL through a portfolio of achievements, mapping these against the relevant module outcomes and practice learning hours for Part 1 of the programme and the NMC Standards for pre-registration nursing.

This process commences following interview and a conditional offer for the course. Support is available with this process.

  • The RPL process must demonstrate the equivalence of 600 hours of theoretical learning and a minimum of seven weeks (262.5 hours) of evidenced work experience in a professional caring role within the previous three years.
  • Practice hours will need to be verified by an NMC registered nurse or registered (NVQ level 5) care manager and include a reference and an employment contract.
  • The theoretical learning will need to demonstrate knowledge gained from previous academic and experiential learning through critical refelction, mapped to 8 of the learning outcomes in Part 1 of the programme
  • All RPL portfolios will be assessed by the admissions tutor. Those identified as potentially meeting the criteria will be ratified by the exam board. A selection will be reviewed by the programme external examiner to ensure academic consistency.
  • We encourage you to achieve the care certificate prior to application.

Technical Requirements for the Course

  • An up-to-date PC/Laptop or Mac (Tablets and smartphones are not recommended as sole use for the course)
  • A stable internet/Wi-Fi connection
  • Chrome of Microsoft Edge web browser to successfully navigate the virtual learning environment
  • Working webcam
  • Working headphones
  • Working microphone

Student Visa Requirements

Applicants who require a student visa to enter the UK are not eligible to be considered for this course.


Skilled Worker Visa Requirements

Applicants who are in the UK on a Skilled Worker Visa or are a dependent of a skilled worker are not eligible to be considered for this course.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2023/24

UK fee
per year for the whole course if completed within 2 years.

Learning Support Fund (Eligibility criteria applies)

Receive at least £5,000 a year of NHS Funding on this course, with up to £3,000 further funding available for eligible students. Find out more on the NHS website.

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

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships 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. These must be black and have a waterproof and non-penetrable upper surface (estimated cost £40- £60).
  • You are advised 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 – travel expenses can be claimed if you are eligible and in receipt of the NHS Learning Support Fund.

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

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