• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 3 years
  • School: Nursing & Health Sciences
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Dundee's adult nursing course prepares you to care for individuals with a range of health conditions in settings such as hospitals, homes and nursing homes.

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Dundee's adult nursing course prepares you to care for individuals with a range of health conditions. Nursing care can take place in the community, home, hospitals and in nursing homes. You will gain experience in all these areas while on placement.

As an adult nurse you will learn how to provide compassionate care to adults with both acute and long-term illnesses. Nurses work as part of a team alongside doctors, therapists, pharmacists and healthcare assistants. You will undertake inter-professional learning as part of our course.

Adult nurses work with patients and their families supporting them through challenging situations. Providing support can be a very rewarding experience. Many of those who we care for are elderly as they learn to adapt to a stage of life that often brings with it long term health conditions.

Professional qualifications

This course will provide you with an academic and professional qualification; registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Adult Nursing Options

Location: We offer our Adult Nursing course in two locations. Choose from:

  • Dundee City Centre Campus
  • Kirkcaldy

Options: Within Adult Nursing we offer 3 routes. Choose from:

  • Ordinary Degree
  • Honours Degree
  • Masters Degree
Adult Nursing students

Clinical Placements

On our course you will have access to a wide range of placements. On these placements you will engage with patients in hospitals and in the community. You will work with people in inner city settings to remote and rural locations.

During practice placements, you will receive mentoring from a registered nurse. You will also work with colleagues from other disciplines such as:

  • medicine
  • physiotherapy
  • occupational therapy
  • social work

This experience will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to become a registered practitioner.

The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

  1. Satisfactory references, interview performance, health screening and criminal record search are part of the selection process for this course.
  2. To be eligible to apply for a student bursary, EU applicants must have been 'ordinarily' resident in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man for 3 years immediately before the first day of the programme.
  3. If you are a non UK / EU applicant, you are required to provide evidence of settled status in the UK, as set out in the Immigration Act 1971, or by Exceptional Leave to Enter or Remain in the UK.
  4. The University requires that, when applying for a nursing programme, you must inform us if you have a police charge, caution or conviction or if you have any pending charges.

Entry level

Applicants will generally enter level 1 of our 3 year degree unless:

  • They have successfully completed the first year of a nursing programme at another university or
  • Are currently working for the NHS and undertaking an endorsed HNC programme

BSC / BSC (Hons)

see table below.

Entry to MSc

An Ordinary or 3rd class Honours degree or above, plus English and mathematics at Nat 5/Int2 Grade C or Standard Grade at grade 3, or GCSE at Grade C or equivalent

Courses starting 2017
Qualification Entry to BSc (ordinary degree) Entry to BSc (Hons)
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher BCC at Higher, plus two Standard Grades at grade 3 (or Intermediate 2/National 5 at grade C) across five different subjects. This should include English and mathematics at either level or an accepted equivalent BBBB at Higher and BB at Advanced Higher, plus English and mathematics at Nat 5/Int2 Grade C or Standard Grade at grade 3
GCE A-Level CC at A-Level and three GCSEs at C across 5 different subjects. This should include English and mathematics at either level or an accepted equivalent BBB at A-Level, plus English and mathematics at GCSE Grade C
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) CCC at Higher Level plus CCC at Ordinary Level across six different subjects. This should include Ordinary Level English and mathematics at grade C. Entry to the Honours programme is not possible with this qualification
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 24 points at grades 4, 4 at Higher Level, plus English and mathematics at Standard Level at grade 4 or equivalent.
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
30 points at grades 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level, plus English and mathematics at Standard Level at grade 4 or at Higher Level at grade 3.
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
Graduate Entry
BTEC A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma (MMP) or BTEC Diploma (MM) including Maths at GCSE grade C or an accepted equivalent either as part of the qualification or separate to it. A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma (DDD) or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (D) and BB at A-Level, or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (DD) and B at A-Level. English and mathematics at GCSE grade C or an accepted equivalent is also required.
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) An HNC, normally with a C in the graded unit plus Standard Grade Maths 3 or an accepted equivalent either as part of the qualification or separate to it. A relevant HNC with A in the Graded Unit and 120 SCQF points, or a relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units. English and mathematics at Nat 5/Int2 Grade C or Standard Grade at grade 3 is also required.
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass to include English and Maths at Standard Grade 3 or above or an accepted equivalent. Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
SWAP Access A total of 18 credits with 14 at higher level and 4 at Intermediate 2 including achieving 2 external higher courses at grade C or equivalent. Applicants must possess English and Maths at Standard Grade 3 or an accepted equivalent either as part of the qualification or separate to it. Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
Advanced Diploma Grade C to include English and Maths at GCSE Grade C or above or an accepted equivalent. Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A Level at C to include English and Maths at GCSE Grade C or above or an accepted equivalent. Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
European Baccalaureate 50% average including English and Maths at 50% or an accepted equivalent. Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
Other Qualifications University of Dundee Access Programmes (DUAL Summer School and Discover Learning at Dundee) are accepted and available for entry to Adult Nursing and Mental Health Nursing courses. These routes cannot be used to enter Child Nursing. Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
Notes Entry to MSc An Ordinary or 3rd class Honours degree or above, plus English and mathematics at Nat 5/Int2 Grade C or Standard Grade at grade 3, or GCSE at Grade C or equivalent

 EU and International qualifications



English Language Requirement

 English Language Requirements

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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We have a commitment to excellence in Learning and Teaching. Through evidence-based teaching methods, we equip practitioners to become lifelong learners.

Course Length

Degree Courses begin in September each year and last three years. All our Nursing pre-registration courses are full time courses.

Ordinary, Honours and Masters Routes

As well as ordinary degrees, we also offer three-year Honours and a Masters level degree pathways, helping prepare graduating nurses to take on advanced roles within the profession.

The three separate routes are run as a single programme, following the current pre-registration curriculum. Students mainly undertake the same modules, primarily with the same lectures and tutorial groups, but each module is offered at different academic levels and incorporates additional online materials, activities and support to reflect the higher levels of academic achievement required. An additional project or dissertation will also be completed by students on the Honours and Masters pathways.

Time Commitments and Holidays

Unlike many university courses which have long summer holidays, the academic year for nursing students is 45 weeks in duration and is divided into 50% theory and 50% practice.

On commencement of the programme, nursing students are issued a flowchart detailing the exact pattern of their theory, practice and annual leave.

The theory timetable can vary from week to week. A typical week is made up of time spent in lectures, clinical skills laboratory, small tutorials and private study. Practice time is full-time 37.5 hours a week, note, this includes shift work.

Annual leave is allocated at the commencement of the course (7 weeks per year) and is fixed for the duration of the three year course. Students will have 1 week off at Easter, 4 weeks during the summer period and 2 weeks at Christmas. Taking holidays out with these set times is not possible.

Practice Placements

Half your time at University will be spent in practice placements, and have access to the wealth and diversity of NHS Tayside, NHS Fife and Independent Sector practice environments for students. You will have a variety of placements giving you the opportunity to see patients and clients hospital and community settings, from inner city to remote and rural locations. You will work alongside colleagues from other health and social care disciplines. You can expect that you will have to travel to placements in a variety of locations.

Practice time is full-time 37.5 hours a week and includes shift work. Students are expected to undertake the full range of shift patterns from the outset of the course as the NHS and Independent Sector is a 24 hour a day workplace. Students will work early shifts starting at 7 or 7.30am and late shifts starting at 1pm and finishing at 9 or 10pm. Students will also be expected to be on placement at weekends - typically this would be up to 4 weekends in a 10-12 week placement. In second and third years, students will normally undertake a period of night duty.

Travel

Students are responsible for all travel costs to attend any University Campus for theory. While attending practice placements in Fife or Tayside, you are expected to meet up to the first £5 of daily travel expenses. Any travel expenses in excess of £5 will be reimbursed by the government upon submission of a travel expense form.

Shortened Programmes for Graduates

At this moment in time the School does not offer a Shortened Programme for Graduates (SPG).

Campus Options

Adult Nursing can be studied at our Fife Campus in Kirkcaldy or our Tayside Campus in Dundee. You can choose which campus to apply for if you wish to study Adult Nursing. The selection process and course at both campuses are identical. Mental Health Nursing and Child Nursing can only be studied at our Tayside Campus in Dundee.

Accommodation

Nursing students choosing the Tayside Campus are able to apply for university residences in Dundee alongside other University of Dundee students. Find our more information about our residences in Dundee. Applications are made after applicants have firmly accepted an offer.

Nursing students are also able to apply to stay in NHS accommodation at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee and in Kirkcaldy on the Fife campus. More information about the NHS accommodation will be sent out to applicants once they have firmly accepted our offer.

During periods of practice placement students will be required to commute. Child students undertaking placements in Falkirk and/or Inverness, will be offered temporary accommodation.

How you will be taught

The nursing curriculum was one of the first approved in the UK under the new NMC standards. You will work together with students from all three fields of nursing throughout the programme, with an increased focus on your chosen field as the programme progresses. Throughout the three years you will develop the nursing skills and knowledge applicable to all fields of nursing.

We take a multifaceted approach to the delivery of our programmes, such as case-based learning, evidence-based learning, inter-professional education and clinical skills simulation. This approach is founded on flexibility, accessibility and innovation. Learning is an active process in which students have responsibility for, and ownership of, their learning within a supportive framework.

The University has a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) giving students access to learning materials and resources. This VLE is called My Dundee, and you will be given access to this once we have received your application.

How you will be assessed

Assessment is split equally between assessment of theory and assessment of practice. This approach reflects the Nursing and Midwifery Council's requirement that 50% of the programme is undertaken in practice. Students must achieve the required standard in both theoretical and practice assessment. Assignments are designed to align with module outcomes, content and teaching strategies. Additionally the range of strategies adopted will address the spectrum of student learning styles.

Assessment of theory uses a variety of strategies including portfolio development, essay and examination. Paper-based and on-line formats are used for some examinations.

Practice assessment is competency-based, with assessment undertaken by the student's mentor. Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) is used to provide a link between theoretical and practice-based assessment.

What you will study - Adult Nursing

The undergraduate degree programme is three years long and modular in structure. Each year consists of 45 weeks, divided equally between University study and clinical practice.

 

 Modules
Practice Placements
Year 1 Nature of Nursing 1 Community Health
Physical Health & Wellbeing Primary Care
Mental Health & Wellbeing Secondary/Acute Care
Skills & Practice 1 Long Term Care
Adult Nursing 1  
Year 2 Skills & Practice Hub and Spoke practice -
Adult Nursing 2 Primary or Secondary Care
Nature of Nursing 2  
Adult Nursing 3  
Adult Nursing 4  
Year 3 Adult Nursing 5 Primary Care
Nature of Nursing 3 Secondary Care
Adult Nursing 6 Adult Health Setting
Skills and Practice 3  

Practice Placements

Practice placements are provided in Tayside and Fife and students are allocated the majority of their placements within "placement zones".

Students will follow a varied shift pattern whilst on placement.

I'd definitely recommend Dundee - the 50-50 mix of placements and theory spread through the year is a great way to make the links between theory and practice and the staff are all so supportive. Our campus is great too and our skills centre lets us get important hands on practice in a safe environment.

The highlight has been seeing myself progress from a slightly unsure and a bit nervous first year into a soon to be qualified third year who has gained the skills and knowledge needed to be a newly registered nurse. It's honestly amazing how much you learn in three little years.

Morven Kyle
current student

With an academic award and professional registration in your chosen field of nursing, career prospects are good.

Qualified nurses can work in a diverse range of environments and develop their careers in clinical practice, education, research, management and education. Nurses can work in hospital settings or in the community either with the NHS or in the Independent sector.

Alternatively, jobs may be available further afield in the UK or abroad.

Further study

As well as a fulfilling clinical career, nurses can also extend their academic qualifications through postgraduate study. On successful completion of your degree programme it is possible to undertake further study on a full or part-time basis relevant to your CPD needs.

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Phelim speaks about his experience studying Adult Nursing at the University of Dundee.

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fees for students starting 2017/18

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2017/18
Scottish and EU students Full tuition fee funded by SAAS for eligible students
Rest of UK students £9,250 per year. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.
Overseas students (non-EU) This course is not open to overseas students

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed for the length of your course. This means that the tuition fee you pay in your first year (shown above) is the same fee you will pay for each year of your course. We guarantee that this will not increase while you are studying with us. The only exceptions to this are our MBChB Medicine, BSc Medical Sciences and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.

  1. Satisfactory references, interview performance, health screening and criminal record search are part of the selection process for this course.
  2. Non UK / EU applicants are required to provide evidence of settled status in the UK, as set out in the Immigration Act 1971, or by Exceptional Leave to Enter or Remain in the UK.
  3. To be eligible to apply for a student bursary, EU applicants must have been 'ordinarily resident in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Mann for 3 years immediately before the first day of the programme'.
  4. The University requires that, when applying for nursing programmes, you must inform us if you have a police charge, caution or conviction or if you have any pending charges. You do not need to declare fixed penalty fines for traffic offences unless they led to a disqualification (ban).

Applicants should decide which route is most suitable for them (Ordinary, Honours or Masters) and make one application for one route only. We will then determine if this is the appropriate route for you to be considered for.

If a candidate is holding a conditional offer for the Honours or Masters route but does not meet the conditions of their offer, they will be offered a place on the Ordinary degree programme (provided they meet the entry requirements for the Ordinary degree route).

Adult Nursing can be studied at our Fife Campus in Kirkcaldy or our Tayside Campus in Dundee. We will not consider applications for both campuses, so applicants should choose which campus they wish to study at and make one application for that campus only.

The Personal Statement is a deciding factor on which academically qualified applicants are short listed for interview.

Within the Personal Statement we look for good articulation and understanding of the role of the nurse and of the demands of the programme. We expect applicants to have knowledge of the specific field of nursing for which they are applying. It is also important to demonstrate awareness of the challenges facing nurses today. Applicants should highlight the skills, qualities and experience they possess which will assist them in meeting the demands of their chosen area of study.

Applications will not be considered without a valid reference. A reference cannot be supplied by a family member or friend. Your reference should comment on your suitability for the course you are applying for.

  • If you have been in education in the past three years, we would require an Academic Reference from the last educational institute attended (or the institution you are currently attending).
  • If you have been out of education for the past three years, but are working, we would require a reference from your current or previous employer.
  • If you have been out of education and out of employment for the past three years we would require a reference from a professional person you may have been in contact with such as a health visitor etc.

Interviews are held on the Dundee or Kirkcaldy campus and all applicants wishing to proceed with their application must be interviewed on one of these sites. The interview will be held over a morning or afternoon session.

If invited to interview applicants will log onto MyDundee and book themselves into an available interview slot. Applicants will be sent details of MyDundee once they have applied and are advised to check this site for communications from the University regularly.

We normally interview in February and March. Our interview process consists of "Multiple Mini Interviews". Further information regarding this process will be sent with your "invitation to interview" e-mail to help you to prepare for interview.

All Nursing students have to complete a Criminal Records Disclosure check. Admission to the Programme is dependent upon a satisfactory Criminal Records Disclosure check through the government Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG Scheme). The cost of the Criminal Records Disclosure check will be paid by the University and details will be sent to applicants after they have firmly accepted an offer.

Admission to the Programme is dependent upon a satisfactory Health Check. All Nursing students must therefore undergo an Occupational Health Screening through OHSAS. The cost of the Health check will be paid by the University. Details will be sent to applicants after they have firmly accepted an offer.

Applicants must apply within the same time period as applicants applying to start that year. Applicants wishing to defer entry must meet all conditions of a conditional academic offer by 31st August in the year for which they have applied. Health and Criminal Records checks will be completed in the months preceding the start of the course.

Unfortunately due to funding issues set by the Scottish Government we cannot accept applications from international students to study Nursing at this University. To be eligible to apply candidates have to have been resident in the United Kingdom or EU for 3 years immediately prior to the start of the Education Programme and they also have to have "Indefinite Leave" to remain in the UK or EU.


Unistats data set (formerly the Key Information Set (KIS) Unistats data set - formerly the Key Information Set (KIS)

  Degree UCAS Code Unistats Data
Apply NowAdult Nursing (Fife campus) BScB740F
Apply NowAdult Nursing (Tayside campus) BScB740T
Apply NowAdult Nursing (Fife Campus) BSc (Hons)B742F
Apply NowAdult Nursing (Tayside Campus) BSc (Hons)B742T
Apply NowAdult Nursing (Tayside campus) MScB741T
Apply NowAdult Nursing (Fife campus) MScB741F