Nursing (Adult)

Nursing (Adult) Code B740

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Nursing is more than just an amazing and valuable career choice. It is a professional journey, filled with rewarding experiences from touching the lives of a diverse range of people across all walks of life at their time of need, providing holistic care, kindness and compassion when they are at their most vulnerable. Nursing will become your identity and will include a rollercoaster of emotions and experiences, but it is going to be so worthwhile. The 21st century sees varied nursing career opportunities being offered in different sectors of society, which this course will thoroughly prepare you for. The nursing programme at Aberystwyth University embraces its rural Mid Wales roots, offering a bespoke and intimate learning experience where the mountains meet the sea. The fundamentals of holistic nursing practice are complemented by dynamic nursing care delivery models underpinned by evidence-based healthcare. Aberystwyth University will provide you with different perspectives of caring and the programme will equip you with the skills needed to enhance the future nursing workforce. Working collaboratively with Health Boards and other Healthcare Services in the area, the adult and mental health field programmes will benefit from a different and innovative curriculum, where theoretical knowledge will be complimented with practical clinical application in real world environments.

This course is not currently available to international applicants who are ordinarily resident outside of the UK. 

Course Overview

Why study BSc Nursing (Adult) at Aberystwyth University?

This innovative adult nursing programme will ensure you learn about holistic patient and family centred care and how to apply this approach confidently in a variety of clinical settings. You will experience lots of different practice placement learning opportunities which will be facilitated by our Practice Learning Partners.

As a full-time student, undertaking the 3-year nursing programme (adult or mental health field), you will be expected to undertake 37.5 hours weekly study during theory weeks, and 37.5 hours per week when attending practice placements. Theoretical content will be delivered in lots of different ways to suit all types of learning styles including lead lectures, seminars, workshops, small group work, clinical skills simulation, blended online learning and self-guided study.

The full-time programme is divided equally into theory and practice learning weeks with a total of 4,800 hours of learning.

In pre-registration nursing we use a three-semester year (trimester), like a school year. This means each year or part of your programme of study will commence early in September before most other programmes’ students have arrived in the University and will continue until the end of July in any academic year. 

The Aberystwyth University Healthcare Education Centre

The Aberystwyth University Healthcare Education Centre [AUHEC], is located opposite the University’s Penglais campus. The AUHEC is newly established and houses the Clinical Skills Unit, a state-of-the-art simulation suite where you can learn and practice clinical skills in a safe and supportive environment.

Want to study in Welsh?

Fifty percent of the overall programme is available through the medium of Welsh. This is delivered through the practice-based module, where you will be supported by Welsh speaking Practice Supervisors and Practice Assessors whilst on clinical placements, and complete practice related clinical assessments through the medium of Welsh. If you are a non-Welsh speaker and wish to learn Welsh, the programme also offers basic conversational health-related Welsh lessons.

APeL/RPL (Contextual Admissions):

  • Submit a portfolio of evidence which maps your prior experience and learning to the module learning outcomes (modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 of Part 1 of the programme).
  • Provide confirmation of practice hours (800 hours over the last two years)
  • Evidence of EC directive mapping for general care (Adult field only)
  • Mandatory training compliance as stipulated by your employer which meets programme skills mapping for Part 1
  • Application and approval for study leave, and line manager agreement
  • GCSE (or equivalent) at a minimum grade C/4 in English/Welsh Language and Mathematics

APeL applications normally incur a charge for academic support and assessment. This will be agreed in accordance with the number of credits to be APeL’d.

Additional Requirements

In addition to academic achievements, in order to comply with professional requirements, the admission’s criteria also include other conditions, such as: 

  • Good Health and Good Character assessment (see Fitness to Practise information below)
  • If you are offered a place with us, you will have to complete an:
  • Occupational Health Screening


  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Screening
  • For international students, an International English Language Testing System [IELTS] with an overall score of at least 7 and at least 6.5 in the writing section and at least 7 in the reading, listening and speaking sections is accepted. An OET certificate minimum of C+ in writing alongside a minimum of B in reading, listening and speaking will also be accepted. 

Please see Guidance on health and character from the NMC for more information.

Fitness to Practise

Good health and character requirements as stipulated in NMC legislation means that you are capable of safe and effective practice either with or without reasonable adjustments. It does not mean the absence of a health condition or disability. Therefore, should any issues regarding your health and character be identified through our screening processes, a Fitness to Practise Panel will look at each individual situation and make a decision regarding your eligibility to be accepted onto the programme. If you have any concerns about this, please feel free to discuss this further with the Admissions Tutor.

The Fitness to Practise Panel also consider students’ health and character throughout the programme as well, should any incidences and/or ill-health occur during your training which will impact on your learning and/or on clinical placements. You can access support and advice regarding your health and wellbeing via Student Support and Career Services at any time during the programme.

Student Selection

In line with the Once for Wales approach, shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a Student Selection Event. The University’s selection events will be supported by internal Healthcare Education staff, Practice Learning Partners, service users and carers and students. Events will normally last for around half a day.

 Aberystwyth University’s selection event will consist of:

  • An introductory talk and overview of the programme
  • Tour of the department and of wider University facilities
  • Group debate/discussion
  • Unseen teamwork activity
  • Individual scenario
  • 1:1 interview
  • An opportunity to meet staff and current students, and ask questions

During the event, you will be scored against the All Wales Recruitment and Selection Principles for pre-registration nursing and midwifery programmes.

The full-time programme will offer one intake per year, and the commencement date will be in September.

Our Staff

The majority of teaching staff at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Vocational courses also have staff whose background lies within industry.  The Institute has a large number of research only staff with whom students may have contact.


Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Course Details

What will I learn?

Part 1 will concentrate on introducing you to nursing as a career in professional practice. Cross-field modules, where both adult and mental health field nursing students are taught together, will focus on providing holistic, person-centred care and will develop your understanding of human development, factors influencing health and well-being, service delivery, professional nursing practice, human anatomy, physiology and integrated pharmacology will also be included. The theory modules will also prepare you for your three clinical practice placements, providing you with the opportunity to learn essential care skills and complete the All-Wales mandatory training passports in our state of the art, multi-professional Clinical Skills Unit.

Part 2 will focus on enhancing your professional practice. Field specific modules will develop your understanding of knowledge underpinning your chosen field of practice (adult or mental health), exploring common and complex conditions, underlying pathophysiology, disease process and symptom management. You will also develop a more advanced understanding of human anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology and how this knowledge informs professional nursing practice and holistic person-centred care, specific to your chosen field of practice. You will also have another three practice-based placements during the course of the year.

Part 3 will see both cross-field and field specific modules being taught, where the focus will be on developing your compassionate leadership skills which will be required for professional practice. The module will introduce fundamental principles underpinning creativity, innovation and change in practice, as well as revisiting key concepts which supports nursing and medicine management. You will be guided to examine your learning journey so far and critically explore your readiness to become an autonomous registered professional with the confidence to deliver safe and effective, holistic person-centred nursing care. In addition, you will also have another three practice-based placements throughout the year.


As a nurse, your skills will forever be in demand, and your learning experiences during your degree course will allow you to develop your clinical interests and expertise. Nursing is a versatile profession, with employment opportunities available within primary, secondary and tertiary care, community services, education, research, tourism, industry, public and private sectors, voluntary and charitable organisations - both here and internationally. Enhanced roles can lead to opportunities which help progress your career once qualified including roles in management, advanced and specialist clinical practice and research.

The study places on this programme are commissioned by Health Education and Improvement Wales, and funding to cover tuition fees will be in accordance with the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme. Further financial support from the Scheme is also available (see our Fees and Finance page for further information). You will have to commit to working in Wales for two years after qualifying and registering as a nurse with the NMC. This process is managed centrally by NHS Wales Shared Service Partnership, and the Student Streamlining Scheme will ensure that you will be matched to a suitable position of your choice in your identified locality.

Course Content

How will I be taught?

The nursing programme has adopted a student-centred blended learning approach using a combination of self-directed, on-line and face to face teaching, which will be delivered through lead lectures, seminars, group work, presentations, workshops, simulation, case studies, action learning sets and clinical supervision. Where possible the programme aims to be family friendly and minimise travel for academic lectures, and you will be able to attend some sessions virtually via the University’s online learning platforms.

Simulation is essential in nurse education and the University has invested in a Clinical Skills Unit which models local care delivery. This includes areas which reflect the patient journey from home and community services to assessment, planned and acute care. You will be able to gain valuable exposure to clinical skills in a safe, learning environment which mirrors the nurse/patient experience.

You will of course learn the art of nursing practice during your clinical practice placements, where you will have first-hand opportunities to participate in delivering patient care under supervision. You will experience lots of different practice placement learning opportunities which will be facilitated by our Practice Learning Partners. It will be essential for you to attend placement learning opportunities in rural areas across Mid Wales and some placements will be a distance away from the main University campus. Where transportation to access your placement areas are a concern for you, funded accommodation possibilities can be explored whilst undertaking these practice placements. You will be supported in practice by experienced nurses known as Practice Supervisors and Practice Assessors. 

We will use a variety of approaches to assess your learning. You will also be assessed in practice by your allocated Practice Assessor and Academic Assessor. You must pass the Once for Wales proficiencies, professional attitudes and behaviour assessments and specific in-point assessments, which are all part of the All-Wales Practice Assessment Document and Ongoing Record of Achievement.

Every student will be allocated a personal tutor during the three-year programme, who will support your learning journey and professional development. The personal tutor role is crucial in supporting students with any problems or queries and will help you maximise your student experience.

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104/96

A Levels 3 A Levels BCC/CCC

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
GCSE (or equivalent) English and Mathematics Grade C/4 or above

BTEC National Diploma:
BTEC extended diploma BTEC diploma Access to HE Diploma

International Baccalaureate:

European Baccalaureate:

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. For further information, contact

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