Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse Adult Nursing) BSc (Hons) – 2018 entry

The Sim Suite is modern and I like how the tutors arrange for actors to come in and act just like patients – it makes it feel so real.

What you'll study

Surrey is one of the UK’s top universities for Nursing, ranked top five by the Guardian University Guide 2017 and The Complete University Guide 2017, and top 10 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.

Our Adult Nursing programme combines theory and practice elements and is taught by inspiring and passionate staff.

Programme overview

Our Adult Nursing programme focuses on the healthcare needs of people aged 16 years and over. Clinical placements range from caring for individuals with acute care needs in a hospital setting to the longer-term needs of people within the community setting.

The programme provides opportunities to explore the concepts of health and ill health within the adult population. There is an emphasis on developing a clear understanding of research and its application to the care of service users and carers.

You will develop an extensive range of skills, including rational decision making, critical thinking, assessment and effective communication, whilst working in both practice and University settings, such as our simulation suite. The suite provides the opportunity to practise skills using clinical equipment, simulators and audiovisual aids. Working within an interprofessional setting, practice partners and teachers will facilitate a wide range of clinical scenarios, providing opportunities to experience the practice setting and develop skills within a safe and supportive environment.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Nursing at Surrey

Our Nursing Studies programmes offer you the opportunity to gain professional registration in a field of nursing, together with a BSc (Hons) degree. Whether you choose to study Adult, Child or Mental Health Nursing, the programme combines theory and practice elements and is delivered in a supportive learning environment.

You will acquire the knowledge and skills to respond to the diverse needs of patients, families and carers within a variety of settings.

You will also develop and display the values required in modern healthcare and stated within the NHS Constitution, including compassion, kindness, empathy, advocacy, good communication and teamwork skills, and respect for patients’ privacy, dignity and individuality.

Our Nursing programmes are 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practice. You will be introduced to the key sciences in nursing (biosciences, sociology and psychology), as well as topics such as assessment, care planning, communication, law and ethics.

Throughout the programme, you will work alongside students from each of the three fields of nursing, together with midwives, paramedics and operating department practitioners.

This will enable you to learn about interprofessional teamwork, which is important in contemporary healthcare where collaborative practice and integrated care is vital in order to meet the complex needs of individuals and their families and carers.

All of our Nursing programmes offer opportunities for a period of elective practice, either in the UK or abroad. There may also be the chance to complete a two-month placement as part of the Erasmus exchange programme.

As a Nursing Studies student at Surrey, you will be a valued member of the School of Health Sciences. The School is home to innovative research and teaching, and inspiring, passionate staff. The School aims to nurture the UK’s most dynamic, effective and caring health professionals.

You will learn the most up-to-date and innovative practice from world-leading experts in the fields of eHealth and care ethics. You will also be prepared for a professional life within health services that deliver integrated care and put the patient at the heart of all health and care practice.

Professional recognition

Successful completion of the programme will make you eligible to apply for professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

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Additional costs

There are associated costs with this programme.

Although a uniform (tunics and trousers) is provided, you are required to supply your own suitable footwear, plus any additional uniform.

You will be required to pay upfront cost of travel and accommodation expenses incurred when on placements, these may vary depending on the location. The cost can be claimed back from NHS Bursaries. NHS bursary rules on expenses must be followed.

Teaching

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Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

We use a variety of methods to assess you during the programme. As well as written work, there are student presentations, examinations, case study work and assessed simulated learning experiences.

Within the practice learning environments, your knowledge, skills and professional behaviour will be assessed and graded by your mentors.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Programme dates and holidays

The programmes run over 43 weeks each year, with nine weeks’ holiday during Christmas, Easter and the summer. The length of the programme year and the holiday entitlement are requirements of the professional regulator for nurse education.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

As an adult nurse at Surrey, you will have the opportunity to spend two months either in Stavanger, Norway or Dublin, Ireland as part of an Erasmus+ exchange (Erasmus grants available).

Careers and Professional Training

You will be allocated to a specific locality in Surrey, West Sussex or North Hampshire (including Basingstoke and Winchester) where you will undertake your practice experience.

You will spend time in the safe environment of our Simulation Suite before going on placement, and will only go out to nurse patients and clients when you have satisfactorily completed instruction in essential clinical skills.

Placement experiences may be within NHS, private or charity organisations, and may include medical and surgical environments, high dependency, older people’s services and community placements. There will also be opportunities to gain insights into other fields of nursing.

As you progress through the programme and your skills and confidence develop, you will be encouraged to perform increasingly complex activities in practice, until you are considered by your mentors and teachers to be competent for registration at the end of your third year.

Student placement localities

All nursing programmes consist of 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practice time. The practice component is gained within clinical placement areas. The University of Surrey is very fortunate to have a broad range of excellent placements within Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire.

This large geographical area is divided up to enable students to be allocated to a distinct area, making you a member of that community of healthcare practitioners. These geographical divisions are referred to as localities.

There are six geographical localities serving nursing programmes at the University of Surrey. Each comprises acute hospital placements, community-based placements and independent-sector placements.

It is these placements that give adult-field and child-field students their practical experiences. (Locality six only provides placements for the adult-field of nursing students.)

Each locality consists of a strong community of healthcare practitioners who work together to provide a high standard of care to the people it serves. Students soon become familiar with the areas in which they undertake their placements and are well supported by mentors in practice.

Many students choose to find their first post within their locality upon registration.

Locality one: North Sussex and East/Central Surrey

Locality one is located in in the northern part of West Sussex and eastern and central areas of Surrey, and serves Crawley, Horsham and the surrounding towns and villages.

The locality consists primarily of:

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH)

East Surrey Hospital, which is around 28 miles from Guildford and located near Redhill, is the major acute hospital for east Surrey and north-west Sussex.

The hospital provides acute and complex care in areas such as the adult and paediatric accident and emergency department, a neonatal intensive-care unit, general surgery and medicine, orthopaedics and urology.

Outpatient, diagnostic and less complex planned services are delivered at Caterham Dene Hospital and Oxted Health Centre in Surrey, and at Crawley and Horsham Hospitals in West Sussex.

A full range of paediatric services are provided at East Surrey Hospital in dedicated child and family-friendly environments.

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First Community Health and Care

First Community Health and Care provides a wide range of community services to the Redhill, Reigate, Horley and Tandridge area of East Surrey.

These include community nursing, health visitors, community matrons, specialist nurses, therapies, and school nursing and nursery nurses. In addition, Caterham Dene hospital provides an in-patient service, minor-injuries unit and rapid assessment clinic.

Primary healthcare services are provided by the GP surgeries located across east Surrey.

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CSH Surrey

CSH Surrey provides the community services for the 290,000 population in the homes, clinics, schools and community hospitals of mid-Surrey (covering the areas of Epsom, Leatherhead, Dorking and East Elmbridge).

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Locality two: North Surrey

Locality two is located in the northern area of Surrey and serves Ashford, Chertsey and other towns and villages around the area. It provides a warm welcome to its students and they soon become one of the community and feel well supported.

The locality consists primarily of:

Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Ashford Hospital located near Heathrow Airport and St. Peter’s Hospital is in Chertsey, around 12 miles from Guildford.

Both these hospitals provide a wide range of services for their local populations, including:

  • 24-hour adult and paediatric accident and emergency departments
  • A level-three neonatal intensive-care unit
  • Adult and children’s general surgery and medicine
  • Orthopaedics
  • Urology
  • Cardiology (including cardiac catheterisation)
  • Ophthalmology
  • Day surgery
  • Obstetrics and gynaecology
  • A newly opened midwifery-led birth centre

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Virgin Care

Virgin Care provides many primary care services within the community throughout Surrey. Services include:

  • Wheelchair services
  • Prison healthcare
  • Sexual health
  • Community hospitals
  • Neuro-rehabilitation
  • Frail/elderly care
  • Health visiting
  • District nursing
  • School nursing
  • Services for children with complex mental, physical and sensory learning difficulties
  • Rapid response and end-of-life care

Primary care services include minor injury units and walk-in centres. Intermediate care services include services that a GP may refer patients to, such as:

  • Audiology
  • Dermatology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Rheumatology
  • Back and joint pain
  • Ultrasound breast screening
  • Children and young people’s health and social care services are delivered across parts of Surrey.

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Locality three: North-west Surrey

Locality three is located in the north-western area of Surrey and serves the Frimley area, as well as surrounding towns and villages in North Hampshire and East Berkshire.

The locality consists primarily of:

Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

This Trust incorporates a Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit (with fully integrated military medics contributing to patient services) and is located 16 miles from Guildford.

Services include a modern eye unit, a new cardiac centre and expanded critical-care facilities. There is a 24-hour adult and paediatric accident and emergency department, adult and children’s general surgery and medicine, including a cystic fibrosis unit, trauma and orthopaedics, and cardiology services (including cardiac catheterisation).

The children's unit offers a wide range of facilities to care for children of different age groups, including a dedicated teenage-unit adult and a range of specialist clinics.

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Virgin Care

Virgin Care provides many primary care services within the community throughout Surrey. Services include:

  • Wheelchair services
  • Prison healthcare
  • Sexual health
  • Community hospitals
  • Neuro-rehabilitation
  • Frail/elderly care
  • Health visiting
  • District nursing
  • School nursing
  • Services for children with complex mental, physical and sensory learning difficulties
  • Rapid response and end-of-life care

Primary care services include minor injury units and walk-in centres. Intermediate care services include services that a GP may refer patients to, such as:

  • Audiology
  • Dermatology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Rheumatology
  • Back and joint pain
  • Ultrasound breast screening
  • Children and young people’s health and social care services are delivered across parts of Surrey.

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Locality four: Central and South Surrey

This locality covers central and southern Surrey, serving Guildford and the towns and villages surrounding the University.

Locality four consists primarily of:

The Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

This Trust provides the local population with both elective and emergency surgery and includes services for those with urgent, acute and long-term medical conditions.

It is also a specialist centre for cancer services and treatment. There is a 24-hour adult and paediatric accident and emergency department and neonatal intensive-care facilities.

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Virgin Care

Virgin Care provides many primary care services within the community throughout Surrey. Services include:

  • Wheelchair services
  • Prison healthcare
  • Sexual health
  • Community hospitals
  • Neuro-rehabilitation
  • Frail/elderly care
  • Health visiting
  • District nursing
  • School nursing
  • Services for children with complex mental, physical and sensory learning difficulties
  • Rapid response and end-of-life care

Primary care services include minor injury units and walk-in centres. Intermediate care services include services that a GP may refer patients to, such as:

  • Audiology
  • Dermatology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Rheumatology
  • Back and joint pain
  • Ultrasound breast screening
  • Children and young people’s health and social care services are delivered across parts of Surrey.

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Locality five: West Sussex

Locality five is in West Sussex and serves Chichester and the towns and villages of the West Sussex coast and the central areas of West Sussex.

This locality consists primarily of:

Western Sussex Hospitals Trust

This Trust is based on three sites: Worthing Hospital and Southlands in Shoreham and St. Richard’s Hospital in Chichester.

Students from the University of Surrey are predominantly placed at St. Richard’s Hospital in Chichester for their acute hospital placements. Chichester is the county town and is approximately 35 miles from Guildford.

St Richard’s Hospital provides a full range of general acute hospital services for adults and children, including an accident and emergency department, outpatients, day surgery, acute cardiac care, intensive care and a special-care baby unit.

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Sussex Community NHS Trust

Sussex Community NHS Trust provides placements in the western half of West Sussex.

The community services include community nursing and Health Visitor teams, Midhurst Community Hospital, Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital, Arundel Community Hospital and Macmillan Palliative Care Services.

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Locality six: North Hampshire

Locality six is in the northern area of Hampshire, serving Basingstoke, Winchester and Andover and the surrounding villages.

This locality consists primarily of:

North Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

North Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust comprises Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital (in Basingstoke), the Royal Hampshire County Hospital (in Winchester) and Andover War Memorial Hospital.

The hospitals in Basingstoke and Winchester both provide a full range of planned and emergency services including:

  • Accident and emergency
  • General and specialist surgery
  • General medicine
  • Intensive care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Diagnostic services
  • Maternity
  • Neonatal
  • Gynaecology
  • Paediatric care
  • Outpatient clinics

Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital

Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital also provides some specialist services to people across the UK and internationally. It is one of two centres in the UK treating pseudomyxoma peritonei (a rare form of abdominal cancer).

Andover War Memorial Hospital

Andover War Memorial Hospital provides community and hospital services including a minor-injuries unit, outpatient clinics, diagnostic imaging, day surgery, rehabilitation and maternity services.

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Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust provides many primary care services in the community throughout Hampshire.

Students undertake their community placements in north Hampshire in community hospitals, including Fleet Community hospital, health centres with the District Nursing Teams, Health Visitors and GP surgeries.

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Further information about localities and accommodation

Further information about localities and accommodation opportunities within each of the localities is provided to students at the start of the programme and during local induction to the practice environments.

University accommodation is usually available for the first year of the programme for applicants who select Surrey as their first choice.

Clinical practice placements in the first year commence in April, so students may be required to travel to practice placements some distance away from Guildford while still living in University accommodation.

From the start of the second year, students will need to find their own accommodation. Many students find that it is advantageous at this point to move to their allocated locality.

This enables the student to travel to and from placements with ease and minimum cost, and better enables students to get to placements for the start times of shifts (which can be as early as 7am) and back home when they finish (which can be after 9pm), and attend for night duty which is a requirement of the programme.

The accommodation provision varies between the localities. Students who are not local residents often organise privately-rented flat-sharing or house-sharing if they wish to live within the locality in which their placement happens.

The theory component of the programme is taught on the University campus in Guildford for all students irrespective of locality, for the duration of the three-year programme.

Process for student allocation to locality

The locality-allocation form will be emailed to you by the Recruitment Team. You will receive this approximately six weeks before you start the course. Once you have completed and returned the locality-allocation form, your allocation to a locality will be considered.

Please note the deadline for return of this form. There are limited placements within each locality, therefore students must be distributed among localities to ensure a high-quality practice experience for all.

A priority system exists when allocating students to localities. The priority system identifies the following:

  • Sponsored students are placed within the locality where the sponsoring Trust has placements
  • Students with dependents are placed in the locality nearest to their home address, as far as capacity allows
  • Students living in their own homes (or the parental home) at the start of the programme are placed in a locality as near to their home address as possible, as far as capacity allows
  • Students who opt to live in University accommodation for the start of the programme are allocated according to home address to the nearest possible locality, as far as capacity allows

It must be noted that placements within the locality may still be some distance from the student’s home address, and travelling to placements within the full geographical area of the allocated locality will be required in order to meet the practice component of the nursing programme.

There are sometimes opportunities to change a student’s allocated locality, but this depends upon capacity at the preferred locality.

Graduate prospects

Our Nursing graduates have excellent employment prospects. Many of our graduates are initially employed by the NHS Trust in which they had their practice experience, before going on to further studies and employment elsewhere.

Nursing is the largest healthcare profession in the country and nurses play a role in the delivery of most healthcare services.

Although many qualified nurses work in hospitals, they can also work in general practice surgeries, community settings, home healthcare, outpatient day surgeries, nursing homes, schools, mental health agencies, hospices, the military and industry.

Some nurses develop careers in education or research, promoting advances in many areas of healthcare and health promotion practice. For more information about careers, visit the NHS careers website. 

Nursing options for graduates

A two-year Postgraduate Diploma programme may be possible for graduates of relevant disciplines (for example, biosciences or psychology) with relevant work experience.

We offer two programmes: PGDip Nursing Studies (Adult Nursing) and PGDip Nursing Studies (Mental Health Nursing).

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall: BBB. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Required Subjects: N/A.

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science at Grade C(4) (equivalents may be considered).

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: 45 Level 3 credits overall including 27 at Distinction and 18 at Merit.

Required Subjects: Must include 15 level 3 credits in Science.

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science at Grade C(4) (equivalents may be considered).

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDM.

Required Subjects: N/A.

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science at Grade C(4) (equivalents may be considered).

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 72%.

Required Subjects: N/A.

GCSE or Equivalent: English Language (1/2), 6, or (3),7; Maths, 6; Science, 6.

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 32 overall including 5,5,5 at Higher Level.

Required Subjects: N/A.

GCSE or Equivalent: English, Maths and Science at HL4/SL4 (including MYP).

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Scottish Highers

Overall: ABBBB.

Required Subjects: N/A.

GCSE or Equivalent: Scottish National 5 English Language, Maths and Science, C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with BBB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Required Subjects: N/A.

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science at Grade C(4) (equivalents may be considered).

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

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Selection process

Shortlisting

Admissions staff will review the information provided within the personal statement and reference to assess applications for evidence of academic ability, insight and motivation.

Relevant experience in a care setting and/or evidence of other involvement in the community (for example, school, voluntary or charity responsibilities) is normally required.

Personal statements should be comprehensive, with correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview and selection day.

Interview and selection day

Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) will be conducted by University academics, assisted by staff from clinical practice areas.

Numeracy and literacy exercises may also be included as part of the selection process.

Applicants selected to attend one of our interview days will be sent detailed guidance on these selection activities with their invitation.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 7.0 in each element.

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BSc (Hons) 3 years B744 View KIS data set

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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