- Adult Nurse
- Community Staff Nurse
- Accident & Emergency Nurse
- Band 5 Staff Nurse
- Dialysis Nurse
- District Nurse
- Intensive Care Staff Nurse
Knowing what to do when it matters.
Study Nursing (Adult) at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.
This three-year course is designed to prepare nursing graduates who will have the skills to respond to the changing needs of adults who require nursing care within a vareriety of rapidly changing healthcare environments. Successful students will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) which will permit them to practice as a Registered Nurse (Adult) in the United Kingdom.
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About this course
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This course is designed to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards for Nurse Education (2010). Each year of the course must be successfully completed before a student is permitted to progress to the next year. Overall the course is structured so that learning occurs 50% of the time in practice while the other 50% occurs in university. The course will equip the graduate nurse with the knowledge, skills and attitude to deliver high quality complex essential care to adults in a manner that safeguards the public. Graduate nurses will have developed the ability to act with professionalism and integrity, and work within agreed professional, ethical and legal frameworks and processes to maintain and improve standards of care. Throughout the course students will learn to practice person centered evidence based nursing in a compassionate and respectful way that promotes dignity and wellbeing.
The skills of communication, nursing practice, decision making, leadership, management, that are integral to professional nursing practice, are developed throughout the course.
Students are required to attend all classes associated with the programme and be punctual and regular in attendance. This will be monitored. A student who has not been in attendance for more than three days through illness or other cause must notify immediately the Course Director. The student shall state the reasons for the absence and whether it is likely to be prolonged. Where the absence is for a period of more than five working days, and is caused by illness which may affect their studies, the student shall provide appropriate medical certification in accordance with the General Regulations for Students. Students who are absent without good cause for a substantial proportion of classes (defined for this purpose as a period of 4 weeks in accordance with the School of Nursing Attendance Guidance) may be required to discontinue studies, in accordance with the General Regulations for students. Students who have been absent from theoretical study will be required to evidence an action plan demonstrating achievement of the learning missed during the period of absence. During periods of practice learning, students are required to report any absence to the practice learning setting before or at the time they are expected on duty and to the School of Nursing Practice Learning Office on the first day of absence. All absences must be made up to ensure all practice time is complete.
- September 2016
Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.
Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.
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Care, Compassion and Communication
This skills-based module introduces nursing students to the skills required to work in healthcare environments and to the knowledge and skills associated with person-centred care, compassion and communication. Students will begin the process of learning essential skills for nursing and reflect upon the service user experience using a reflective and person-centred approach. Assessment is by coursework.
The Well Person in Body and Mind
This module provides students with an understanding of the development structure and function of the human body through the lifespan as a foundation for nursing practice. The module also explores the study of psychology, introduces theories and insights into the origins and causes of human behaviour, and is designed to enhance students understanding of influencing factors that can determine a healthy body and mind. Together with the semester 2 module 'The Well Person in Society' this module facilitates the student to address relevant human biology, psychology and sociology. Assessment is by coursework.
Understanding Adult Nursing
The aim of the module is to introduce the student to the roles, responsibilities and functions integral to adult nursing practice. The student will learn that responses of the nurse must be adaptable to meet the changing needs of people, groups, communities and populations in order to provide person-centred care that considers preferences. It is also designed to facilitate a shared understanding of nursing practice with students in the mental health field of practice. Assessment is by coursework.
Fostering Safe Holistic Care
This skills-based module introduces students to the maintenance of health and safety issues associated with providing person-centred care. Ethical and legal frameworks that underpin practice are introduced. Students will be provided with an opportunity to practice skills that will help them foster a caring relationship, carry out assessment of need, begin to understand the workings of the interdisciplinary team and respond appropriately in emergencies. Assessment is by examination.
Understanding Evidence for Person-centred Nursing
This module aims to facilitate students in understanding how person-centred nursing care can be enhanced through the understanding and application of evidence. It helps students to appreciate the nature of evidence at a local, national and global level and prepares them for further study and the use of evidence and research in nursing practice. Assessment is by coursework.
The Well Person in Society
Together with the semester 1 module `The Well Person in Body and Mind, this module facilitates the student to have a more complete understanding of the healthy person. This is achieved through providing the student with an understanding of health related sociology and an enhanced understanding of relevant human biology. Assessment is by coursework.
Applied Human Sciences for Nursing
This module equips the student with the ability to apply their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to understand what happens when normal functions go wrong and to relate this to the symptoms experienced by the person being cared for. Students will also develop an understanding of the principles of pharmacology and microbiology to allow them to apply this to the care of the sick person. The module is delivered concurrently with Comprehensive Nursing Assessment and Practice and Nursing the Person with Complex Needs. This trio of modules are designed to synchronise knowledge of disordered physiology, the application of this knowledge to nursing assessment and management and the development of competence and skill in delivering person-centred care. Assessment is by examination.
Comprehensive Nursing Assessment and Practice
This module prepares students to engage in person-centred assessment and management of care needs across a range of care setting they encounter in practice. It endeavours to provide them with an understanding of the principles of head to toe assessment that incorporates physical, psychological, emotional, social, cultural and spiritual needs. The impact of the care setting, the developmental stage and age of the person and the perspective of carers are considered. Students will be prepared to apply these skills in a manner that is dynamic and responsive to the needs of the people, families and carers experiencing acute illnesses or long-term conditions. The module is delivered concurrently with Applied Human Sciences for Nursing Practice and Nursing the Person with Complex Needs. This trio of modules are designed to synchronise knowledge of disordered physiology, the application of this knowledge to nursing assessment and management and the development of competence and skill in delivering person-centred care. Assessment is by examination.
Nursing the Person with Complex Needs
In order to practice effectively student nurses need to develop appropriate skills, knowledge, understanding, attitudes and values in order to care for the person with complex needs in a variety of care environments and across the lifespan. This module will focus on helping the student make appropriate links and apply theoretical knowledge in simulated practice in preparation for practice learning. Assessment is by examination.
Interprofessional and Collaborative Working
This module prepares students to engage with other professionals from a range of health and social care professions and agencies in working effectively and collaboratively with individuals and families to provide the best possible health outcomes. Within this module, individuals and family members are considered part of the health and social care team and are included in the terms 'teams' and 'collaborative working'. The module will provide students with an understanding of the nature of teams and collaborative working, and the principles of effective communication and relationships for safe and effective clinical decision-making. The role and impact of supervision and reflection to further develop competence and skills are considered. Assessment is by coursework.
Promoting Health and Wellbeing
This module provides students with the opportunity to explore and evaluate the concepts of public health and health promotion within the context of the major social determinants of health and wellbeing and the causes of illness and health inequalities. Students will gain an understanding of the complexities of individual, group, community and population health and wellbeing within the broader spheres of risk, lifestyles or behaviours, self-care and management. The knowledge and skills gained from undertaking this module will facilitate student development in communication, teaching, facilitation and advocacy skills, and allow them to practice effectively in todays' health care service, in order to meet the changing hleath needs of the population. Assessment is by coursework.
This module develops students understanding of the key components of the research process and its relationship to healthcare practice and development. Within the module students will explore the principles of person-centred nursing research. Tuition is by lectures and tutorials in which students develop practical skills in critiquing evidence. Assessment is by coursework.
Person Centredness in Adult Nursing Practice
This module aims to guide students to consolidate their knowledge of the meaning of person centredness and how this can be applied in practice. It will enable students to develop patterns of thinking about what they do that will allow them to focus on how they can be person centred and meaningful in their interactions with others in the health care environment. Students will be encouraged to engage with their practice with the aim of continually developing themselves, their knowledge and their competence in person centred working. This module, along with ?The Reflective and Innovative Nurse? and ?The Safe and Effective Nurse? has been designed around a 6 week period of practice learning to provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge to practice and demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes. Assessment is by coursework.
Safe and Effective Nurse
This skills-based module facilitates final year nursing students to learn about management of risk. Using a problem-based learning approach combined with applied drama techniques and video play back, students explore high risk areas in modern health care. Areas such as infection control, moving and handling, medicines, fluid and nutrition, record keeping and operation of medical devices will be investigated. Students are encouraged to become proactive in risk management and role model good practice. Assessment is by coursework.
Reflective and Innovative Nurse
This module will encourage students to develop the skills required to understand how to identify and manage risk and uncertainty in relation to people, their carers and families, the environment, self and others. This will enable them to effectively utilise reflective processes in preparation for becoming an autonomous, competent and confident member of the interprofessional / interagency team. They will develop the confidence to explore how creativity and innovation can be used within practice to achieve new ways of enhancing the care of people, their carers and families. Students will develop an understanding of entrepreneurship and an insight into the issues associated with developing and managing innovative ideas in practice. This generic module, along with ?Person Centredness in Adult Nursing Practice?, ?Person Centredness in Mental Health Nursing Practice?, and ?The Safe and Effective Adult Nurse? and ?The Safe and Effective Mental Health Nurse? has been designed around a 6 week period of practice learning to provide adult students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge to practice and demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes. Assessment is by coursework.
Developing a nursing research proposal
This module is the culmination of evidence based practice and research understanding developed on the course. Students will develop their skills and knowledge to allow them to become independent critical thinkers with an understanding of how to develop, design and plan a proposed research project. This will give them an insight into the potential of their future role in influencing and leading change in their chosen field of practice. It also provides them with an introduction to the skills required to undertake further study at postgraduate level. Tutorials and practical sessions are used to deepen understanding. Assessment is by coursework.
Issues in Contemporary Professional Nursing Practice
This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the concepts of leadership and management in nursing practice. It is designed to encourage them to apply their knowledge and experience to the context of care in which they will function as registered nurses and to examine how they can lead a team to provide person centred care. It explores the challenges involved with professional practice and assists with the process of transition from pre registration student to registered practitioner. Assessment is by examination.
Applying Professional Values in Practice
This problem based learning module explores the application of professional values to practice. Preparing nursing students to work effectively within the MDT in an assertive and confident manner this module helps advance knowledge and skills in dealing effectively with conflict and leadership in chaotic and rapidly changing situations. It is also about skills in empowering service users to participate in care through effective teaching. Assessment is by coursework.
We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.
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The A Level requirement for this course is 280 UCAS tariff points to include BB.
The BTEC requirement for this course is 280 UCAS tariff points based on an overall BTEC award profile DMM to include Unit profile points 8 distinctions.
Irish Leaving Certificate
The Irish Leaving Certificate requirement for this course is 280 UCAS tariff points based on an overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile BBBCC at higher level.
Applicants are also required to have Higher Level English, Maths and Science Grade D or above OR Ordinary Level English, Maths and Science Grade C or above.
The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is 280 UCAS tariff points based on AABCC.
Scottish Advanced Highers
The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is 280 UCAS tariff points based on BBC.
Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 25 points (12 at higher level).
Access to Higher Education (HE)
Overall Access profile 65% to include pass in Level 3 module in Science and NICATs Maths (25 credits) or Maths 1 & 2.
GCSE Profile to include Grade C or above in English, Maths and Science.
*Pass Level 2 Essential Skills/Application of Numbers is acceptable as an alternative to GCSE Maths
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 7.0 with no band score less than 7.0.
Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.
Additional Entry Requirements
Satisfactory health and Access NI checks will be required.
In addition to the qualifications listed above, we accept a range of alternative qualifications for example HND, HNC, Foundation Degree.
Applicants may also meet the course entry requirements with combinations of the different qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS (provided subject requirements as noted above are met). Examples of acceptable combinations include:
2 A Levels and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma
OCR National Diploma and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma
2 A Levels and Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma
A Level and BTEC National Diploma
For further information regarding combination offer requirements, please contact Faculty Office staff on telephone 02871 2675027 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching and learning assessment
We believe that the ultimate purpose of teaching, learning and assessment activity in the School of Nursing is to produce graduates who are competent and safe practitioners to work in a variety of health care settings and who can utilise their skills to become leaders in nursing practice, education, research and scholarship. In the first instance teaching, learning and assessment is guided by the core principles and strategic aims provided by the University Teaching and Learning Strategy (2008/09 - 2012/13). In addition the curriculum has been developed with due consideration of and regard for the University’s Principles of Assessment and Feedback for Learning. These involve the promotion of learning, professionalism and employability through the integration of theory and practice achieved through creativity and innovation in the design and delivery of programmes ensuring that a diverse range of students have a quality learning experience. The curriculum is underpinned by the principles of the Person-centred Nursing Framework (McCormack and McCance, 2010) and is based on the premise that graduates will possess the necessary values, knowledge and skills to be competent person-centred practitioners. In this context we recognise a person-centred approach to learning as embracing the following values: People exist in a social world and thus learning exists in a social context People exist in relationships with other people and the development of positive relationships are critical to effective learning People have a context through which their personhood is expressed and this context shapes beliefs, values and behaviours Being recognised, respected and treated as a person impacts on a person’s sense of self Person-centred learning is an approach to learning established through the formation and fostering of empowering relationships between educators and students. It is underpinned by values of respect for people, individual right to self determination, mutual respect and understanding. It is enabled by learning cultures that create the conditions for students to be empowered to learn and develop their practice. The modular structure of our learning strategy is based on the four constructs of the Person- centred Nursing Framework2 and is designed to enable students to develop their academic and practice knowledge and skills in an environment that promotes graduate qualities and professional growth. Learning and working in such an environment encourages students to consider the wider skills associated with employability in conjunction with personal development planning. The programme aims to deliver a diverse and structured range of teaching, learning and assessment methods, enabling students to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding of nursing which can be applied in their chosen field of practice. The variety of learning experiences encourages students to become more active and motivated learners, who can seek information, question and evaluate its validity and draw appropriate and logical conclusions on which to act. Teaching, learning and assessment in the School and in this programme is based on the concept that knowledge and information gained in the theoretical modules needs to be contextualised to enable application to practice. Students are encouraged to build on this to make connections between theoretical content and practice learning experiences thus facilitating an ability to suggest possible developments or enhancements in practice that would in turn lead to knowledge generation opportunities. This serves to help students understand the symbiosis that exists between theory and practice. Teaching, learning and assessment take a variety of forms across the modules as specified throughout this document. The strategies used are based on andragogical principles of adult learning such as self direction and the ability to reflect and learn from experience. This creates the ideal environment to facilitate the concepts presented above. Outcomes from our teaching, learning and assessment activities are measured by evaluating student satisfaction and involvement with learning and development, sense of well being and the establishment of an effective adult learning culture. As part of the transition to higher education, students are supported in developing their study skills in several ways. This begins at induction and includes assessment of learning styles, orientation to the use of learning resources on campus and online and allocation to a studies advisor whose role is to guide students in their studies according to the Ulster Code of Practice. Students are also supported by their Course Director and module co-ordinator or a member of the teaching team via email or telephone and can meet by appointment. During periods of practice learning students will be supported by a registered nurse who has undertaken mentorship training and a lecturer linked to the clinical area. Throughout the course students are actively encouraged to use the library and course specific online resources in BlackBoard Learn to inform and supplement large and small group learning. This blended approach is designed to suit the variety of learning styles within the class. Technology assisted learning in the form of online videos and simulation equipment will be utilised as appropriate to achieve learning outcomes.
Exemptions and transferability
Registered Nurses wishing to gain a second nursing qualification may apply for admission with advanced standing and complete a shortened course. The exact length of their programme will be decided individually and will be determined by their previous academic and nursing qualifications through the APL process.
Careers & opportunities
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Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:
- Adult Nurse
- Community Staff Nurse
- Accident & Emergency Nurse
- Band 5 Staff Nurse
- Dialysis Nurse
- District Nurse
- Intensive Care Staff Nurse
Career opportunities for graduates from this programme are excellent. Graduates are now working in many innovative posts in the field of health care, including such activities as holding their own clinics, introducing evidence-based practice, initiating practice development activities, undertaking research and holding joint appointments between service and the University. Graduates are also qualified to apply for a range of postgraduate programmes in nursing such as the Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Advanced Nursing, or MPhil/PhD. Following relevant experience graduates will be able to apply to undertake further study leading to additional NMC recognised qualifications such as specialist practice.
Work placement / study abroad
Students will have the opportunity to undertake a practice learning experience of no more than 4 weeks in the final year of the programme. This experience will include direct care. The experience will not be summatively assessed and does not form any part of a period of continuous practice learning required to determine whether a student can progress from one part of the programme to another, or required to confirm that the student is safe and effective in practice at the end of the programme. Practice outcomes for this experience will be designated. Students may undertake such experiences only with University and Practice Partners where formalised agreements exist. Such agreements will ensure risk assessment for the practice learning experience and an agreed level of support to ensure that service users and students are not placed at risk. This will include audit of the learning environment to confirm adequate levels of supervision and that the planned experience supports the intended practice outcomes. Additionally, such agreements will have in place processes to act promptly where there are concerns about a student’s conduct or progress, or where safety, or learning is compromised. A named supervisor for practice support will be provided for the student. Professional liability, personal health and travel insurance checks will be in place as part of these processes.
Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified nurse (adult).
Fees and funding
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Fees (per year)
Scholarships, awards and prizes
Best Performance in Year 1 Northern Health and Social Care Trust.
Best Performance in Year 2 Royal College of Nursing
Olly McGilloway Memorial Fund
Best Performance in Year 3 First Choice Selection Services Prize
Danske Bank Year 2 Team Award
Danske Bank Peer Nominated Award Year 3
Bank of Ireland Princess Macha Award
Western Health & Social Care Trust Management Award
Mona Grey Award for Excellence in Research (Undergraduate)
Institute of Nursing and Health Research, Ulster University
Red Cross Team Award Red Cross
Additional mandatory costs
The amounts below are based on 2015 costs:
Health Screening and Vaccinations: £35 - £155 dependent on vaccinations required.
Access NI criminal record check: £33
Uniform: Approximately £100
Practice Learning Handbook/Professional Award Badge: £20
Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life.
Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.
We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.
There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.
Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.
Please contact the course team for more information.
For course entry and admissions enquiries please contact Faculty Office:
T: +44(0) 2871675027
For enquiries relating to course content please contact:
Mrs Bridin Crumlish-Hannaway, Course Director
T: +44(0) 2871675013