About the course
Whether you’d like to provide care for adults in community or acute settings, this innovative nursing degree is designed to provide a great foundation for your future career. Regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), with strong links with NHS Trusts and experienced lecturers and mentors, this course could be a great place for you to take the first steps towards making a huge difference to people’s everyday lives.
We know just how challenging and rewarding it can be to work in the rapidly changing world of health professions. That’s why, from day one on this course, you’ll get the opportunity to learn in a supportive, forward-thinking and well-connected environment.
You’ll explore all aspects of nursing, from the fundamentals of providing care to more advanced topics such as complex needs, and leadership and management. While the focus of your studies will be on caring for adults, you’ll also gain an understanding of how to respond to the needs of all patients and service users from all fields of child, learning disability and mental health nursing.
Supported by a team who really understand what it’s like to be an adult nurse, you’ll learn through lectures, seminars, group work, simulation and role play. In our fully equipped simulated ward, you’ll have the opportunity to put what you’ve learnt into practice in a safe environment using our patient simulators. The course aims to help you become a confident, competent, caring and compassionate nurse. You'll develop a range of specialist skills including communication, decision-making, team working and upholding professional values.
You’ll undertake clinical placements throughout the course in a variety of settings including hospitals, nursing homes, in the community, as well as voluntary and private sectors. You’ll learn and develop both practical and theoretical skills in order to help and achieve your full potential as an adult nurse and meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards.
Please note: the information for this course is subject to change, as the Nursing and Midwifery Council are releasing some new nursing standards in Spring 2018 and the course curriculum will be changed to reflect these accordingly.
“As a placement provider for the course we value our partnership with the University. They ensure their student nurses are compassionate and receive high quality theory, research and evidence base that they apply to placements within our Trust. I feel the University of Huddersfield is an excellent choice for aspirant nurses.”
Jackie Murphy, Chief Nurse, Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust, Placement provider
Foundations of Nursing 1
This module will provide the opportunity for you to gain foundation knowledge in relation to policy, professional values and communication, as well as the theory and practical skills required for professional behaviour as a student nurse, connected to safety, safeguarding and protection of people of all ages. This will be demonstrated through coursework, where you will reflect on the communication skills you used in your practice learning experience, policy and professional practice.
Foundations of Nursing 2
You’ll have the opportunity to develop the knowledge and understanding required to care for patients/service users focusing on physical and mental health needs. You’ll explore normal anatomy and physiology and be introduced to some pathophysiology. This will be assessed through an online multiple choice exam. You’ll also study how to deliver person centred care safely with compassion whilst surveying health and promoting health and wellbeing. You’ll examine applied sciences such as sociology and psychology and how these support nursing practice. This will be assessed through submission of a field specific case study. You’ll also be introduced to some fundamental nursing skills including hand washing, nutrition, basic life support and administration of medication, which you’ll practice in the simulation labs.
Fundamentals of Nursing Practice
This module will provide you with the opportunity to gain fundamental skills of nursing practice including personal hygiene, infection control, undertaking observations and basic life support. You will complete a practice learning experience, normally in two blocks equivalent to 20 weeks, where you will put the theory learnt into practice. You will be assessed through coursework including the Practice Assessment Document (PAD), where you will record the practical outcomes you have achieved and the Ongoing Achievement Record and Skills Log, where you and your mentor will document your progress and skills gained.
Professional Development and Research 1
This module involves a multidisciplinary team based learning approach, working with Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Operating Department Practice, Physiotherapy and Podiatry students. The professional development element of the module will encourage you to explore issues of lifelong learning and continuing professional development that underpin the essential skills needed in order to understand registration requirements for your field specific professional/statutory bodies. You will be assessed by four pieces of coursework.
Developing an Enhanced Understanding of Practice
This module will provide the chance for you to build and develop your practice skills through completion of a practice learning experience. This will normally be undertaken in two blocks equivalent to 22 weeks. You will explore physical, mental and social aspects in the treatment of patients/service users from your own field of nursing. Through coursework you will be required to demonstrate your understanding and ability to link theory and practice. This will involve completing the Practice Assessment Document (PAD) that records the practical outcomes you have achieved, and the Ongoing Achievement Record and Skills Log, where you and your mentor will document your progress and skills gained.
Interprofessional Working in Context
In this module you’ll learn alongside Nursing and Occupational Therapy students, which will provide the opportunity for you to learn about other health professions and be introduced to the theory and concepts of interprofessional working (IPW). You’ll explore the factors that help and hinder IPW in practice, drawing on experience from your first practice placement. This will involve sharing your experiences of IPW and applying the principles within group seminars. You’ll be assessed through coursework where you’ll participate in and observe group presentations, as well as producing a written assignment based on the concepts and examples of interprofessional working.
Nursing Concepts and Care Approaches
You will have the opportunity to further develop your knowledge and skills through lectures and simulation activities carried out in the simulation suites, so you can safely and competently care for patients/service users. You will be assessed through coursework, where you will complete a report based on a case study from your field of nursing. You will also participate in simulation activities and undertake a practical exam.
This module provides the opportunity to build on your knowledge of research from Year 1 and prepares you to undertake an area of research in Year 3. You’ll explore data collection and analysis in relation to methods which are currently used in research and evaluation of practice. This includes quantitative and qualitative research, systematic reviews and audits. You’ll be assessed in-class using multiple choice questions, as well as work in multi-professional groups to produce coursework involving a research proposal, which you will undertake in Year 3.
Complex Needs and Enhanced Care - Adult
You'll have the opportunity to develop and advance your nursing skills by exploring up-to-date research to support practice in complex situations, including working with adults who have complicated health needs. These may include acute deterioration of physical or psychological health, resulting in the need for appropriate intervention and enhanced care. Through lectures and simulation activities carried out in the simulation suites, you'll have the chance to gain an understanding of theory, as well as practice your skills. You'll be assessed through a practical exam, using a patient-based scenario and an online medicines calculation test.
Frameworks for Clinical Leadership and Management
This module provides you with the opportunity to develop the skills required so you are prepared for a leadership and management role upon qualification, where you will lead teams, solve problems and ensure high quality care is delivered. This will also provide you with the chance to work as a capable, independent, accountable and reflective practitioner. This will be assessed through one piece of coursework. You will interpret, reflect and critically evaluate a critical incident related to your own field of professional practice.
Managing Enhanced and Complex Practice
This module will provide the opportunity for you to meet the outcomes required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for eligibility to apply for registration. You will complete a practice learning experience, normally in two blocks equivalent to 24 weeks, which will provide opportunities for you to apply, integrate and build on the knowledge, skills and values you have previously developed. You will be assessed through coursework including the Practice Assessment Document (PAD), where you will record the practical outcomes you have achieved and the Ongoing Achievement Record and Skills Log, where you and your mentor will document your progress and skills gained.
This is a multi-disciplinary module which follows on from Research 2. You will undertake a small scale research project in a multi-professional group, which could consist of a combination of nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, operating department practice, or podiatry students. Based on this research project you will produce two pieces of coursework, a report written in a style suitable for publication and a group presentation at the Interdisciplinary Student Research Conference.
You'll be taught by a team who really understand what it is like be an adult nurse and are able to demonstrate the latest techniques and procedures, whilst supporting you to put these skills and qualities into practice.
A range of teaching and learning strategies are used to suit different learning styles. Teaching is delivered through seminars, group work, practical experience, simulation, role play, and lectures. Our virtual learning environment and state of the art simulation equipment provides you with the opportunity to put the skills and theory you've learnt into practice.
You'll be assessed through a combination of coursework, practice/competency based learning, and practical exams. This includes essays, reports, case studies, OSCE’s, simulated exams, in-class test, as well as conference, group and poster presentations.
9% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
BBBat A Level . The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A-level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course.
120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications. The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A-level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course.
DDM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
In addition, you must have GCSE English Language or English Literature and Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme, or Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English.
You must demonstrate that you have a broad understanding of adult nursing, as well as relevant work experience (employment or voluntary) highlighting your transferable skills.
- Offers will be subject to an interview and references. Please note all the information provided in support of your application may be checked and must be verifiable as a true record.
- If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.
- You also need satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and occupational health clearances prior to registration on the course. We arrange these as part of the application process. You will be required to sign a self-declaration at the start of each year and at the end of the course. All police contact during the course must be reported to the course leader as a matter of urgency and may lead to suspension or termination.
- You may be eligible to gain accreditation for your prior learning towards this course.
- If you have alternative qualifications you may wish to contact us for advice before applying.
Please note places are limited and attainment of the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an interview or offer. You must include details of any previous study.
Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.
- Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
- We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
- Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for three years running*.
- For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
- We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.
*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017 and 2018.
**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.
At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.
A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which provides you with support in a variety of areas. These include:
Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances and extension requests, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks, welfare support, as well as binding, loan of MP3 recorders and print credit.
Academic Skills Development Team: provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.
Student Support Officer: provides confidential and impartial advice on welfare and course related issues.
Royal Literary Fund Fellow: a professional writer who helps students improve their essay writing. They provide assistance with structuring essays, developing an argument and improving the style and use of language.
Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Unilearn System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing modules.
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