Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse Adult Nursing) BSc (Hons) – 2020 entry

Key information

Start date: October 2020

BSc (Hons) UCAS: B744

3 years

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BSc (Hons) UCAS: B743

4 years with foundation year

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Why choose this course

Surrey’s well-respected nursing courses are ranked 4th in the UK by The Complete University Guide 2020 and 4th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.

Taught by inspiring, research-engaged staff, this course will support you to become a highly competent adult nurse.

You’ll learn through an equal balance of theory and practice, getting to work with experienced NHS staff in one of seven available placement localities. Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

You will also have access to our new multi-million pound facility, featuring the new state-of-the-art Surrey Clinical Simulation Centre.

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What you will study

This course focuses on the healthcare needs of people aged 16 years and over.

As an adult nursing student, you’ll explore the concepts of health and ill health within the adult population. You will also develop a clear understanding of research and its application to the care of service users and carers.

You‘ll have opportunities to learn in our Simulation Centre, exploring important nursing principles and developing a range of clinical nursing skills. You’ll also gain skills in critical thinking, decision-making and communication.

Registered practitioners: If you’re a registered practitioner looking for an undergraduate course to further your learning, please visit our continuing professional development page.

Foundation year

The BSc Nursing with foundation has an additional year of study designed to support your transition on to latter years of the course. You will study full-time for one year at foundation level, and after successfully completing it you will be ready to move on to the next three years of the course.

Students will be required to undertake some local insight days as part of their foundation year programme. These local insight days will be arranged by the University. Students will be responsible for associated costs (i.e. travel). 

Professional recognition

BSc (Hons) - Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified nurse (adult).

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

Our nursing graduates

Our nursing graduates have excellent employment prospects. Many of our graduates are initially employed by one of the NHS trusts 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 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 course may be possible for graduates of relevant disciplines (for example, biosciences or psychology) with relevant work experience.

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

Academic year structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

Course dates and holidays

The course typically runs over 43 weeks each year, with nine weeks’ holiday over the winter, spring and summer vacations. The length of the course year and the holiday entitlement are requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as the professional regulator for nurse education.


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

Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the 2020/21 academic year. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach. View detailed information on the changes

Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

Module title Status Semester

Optional modules for Foundation - FHEQ Level 3

For further information on FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6 please view the programme specification for the full-time BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse Adult Nursing)

This structure offers a sequential learning experience that enables students to build and develop knowledge, understanding and skills. Utilising learning and teaching strategies that encompass dynamic learning experiences and reflection.

The programme will consist 1 level 3 120 credit module with 4 summative assessments. This equates to 1200 hrs of study, pass mark for each summative point will be 50%. Students not achieving a passing mark at first attempt will be entitled to re-take the assessment once. In order to progress onto the 3 year Nursing studies programme the overall average mark for the whole year across the assessment points must be 50% or more. Students will be issued a transcript of their marks but the Foundation Year does not lead to an award.


Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).


Research students will sometimes help to deliver your modules. These students will be researching in a similar subject to the module, and will have undertaken training prior to being invited to teach. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.


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 course. 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 assessed 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 modules section for more information.

Entry requirements


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

Recent study within the last five years required.

Required subjects: N/A.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Foundation year: A-level CCD (or equivalent)

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

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDM.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: N/A.

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

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 32 

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: N/A.

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

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 75%.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: N/A.

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

Access to HE Diploma

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

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

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

Scottish Highers

Overall: ABBBB.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

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.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: N/A.


GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics ­– Numeracy as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. Please check the A-level drop down for the required GCSE levels.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will receive our standard A-level offer, plus an alternate offer of one A-level grade lower, subject to achieving an A grade in the EPQ. The one grade reduction will not apply to any required subjects.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 7.0 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Selection process


Admissions staff will review the information provided within your 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.

You personal statement should be comprehensive, with correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. If you are shortlisted you 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.

If you are selected to attend one of our interview days you will be sent detailed guidance on these selection activities with your invitation.

All of our offers will be made subject to a health screening and DBS checks. Occupational health services are provided by The Robens Centre on behalf of the University of Surrey.


Read our guide to references to support your health sciences application.

Declaration of criminal convictions

This is a regulated course that requires declaration of criminal convictions at the application stage, please visit our criminal convictions webpage for more information.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.


The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2020

BSc (Hons)

UK and EU £9,250

BSc (Hons) (with foundation year)

UK and EU £9,250

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.

  • Fees for UK students: The University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. 
  • Fees for EU students: While the UK is part of the EU, the University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by the Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. Once the UK has left the EU, the fees rules may change and the University is bound to comply with applicable legislation.
  • Fees for international students: Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 
  • Fees for international students with an integrated foundation year: The programme fee for Year 0 will match the lowest Year 1 overseas fee rate from across the substantive programmes for that year of entry. Students subsequently progressing into Year 1 will be liable for the same fee as overseas students joining at Year 1 for the same programme in that year. Annual fees after Year 1 will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Payment schedule

  • Students in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan: will have their fees paid by the Student Loans Company in line with their schedule.
  • International students, or UK/EU students who have not taken out a Tuition Fee Loan: are required to pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
    • 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
    • 50% in January of the same academic year.

The exact date(s) will be detailed on invoices. Students on certain part-time programmes, where fees are paid on a modular or stage basis, are not eligible to pay their fees by instalment.

If you are sponsored: you will provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of your study.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this course:

  • Commuting (local travel expenses)
    Students are required to pay upfront cost of travel and accommodation expenses incurred when on placements, these may vary depending on the location. Students starting their studies in 2019/2020 will be able to apply for reimbursement of travel and dual accommodation expenses through the Learning Support Fund  as a result of attending practice placements (this model may not apply for the duration of students studies). Essential expenses incurred over and above a student’s normal daily travel costs to the University are covered. NHS bursary rules on expenses must be followed and the rates applicable are to be confirmed by the NHS Business Services Authority. Students also have the option to undertake an additional elective placement, however, all costs for this must be met by the student.
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform
    Although a uniform (tunics and trousers) is provided, you are required to supply your own suitable footwear and any additional uniform. Students are also responsible for the costs associated with maintaining/washing their uniform.
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
    The University will meet the cost of one DBS check, completed at the start of each new student’s programme or earlier where applicants indicate they have a conviction in their application. The DBS check is a programme requirement: it is mandatory that the DBS process in completed and the student is approved to attend before they can start placement. Applicants offered a place on the programme will be contacted to complete the online process by the deadline specified. The process is not completed until all original documentation has been approved by an appointed DBS approver. This should be completed in advance of Applicants starting their programme using main branches of the Post Office, where there will be a £6 administration fee.


Our nursing courses are 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practice time. You’ll gain the majority of your practice experience within a specific locality in Surrey, Sussex or North Hampshire.

You’ll spend time in the safe environment of our simulation suite before you go on placement, and you’ll only start nursing patients and clients when you have satisfactorily completed your training in essential clinical skills.

Your placements could take place in NHS, private or charity organisations, and may include medical and surgical environments, high dependency, older people’s services and community placements. You’ll also have opportunities to gain insight into other fields of nursing.

As your skills and confidence develop, you’ll be encouraged to perform increasingly challenging activities in practice until your mentors and teachers consider you to be competent for registration at the end of your third year.

Further information about localities and accommodation

We’ll provide you with further information about localities and accommodation options at the start of the course and during your local induction to the practice environments.

University accommodation is usually available for the first year of your course.

Clinical-practice placements start in your first year, so you may need to travel to practice placements some distance away from Guildford while you still live in University accommodation.

You’ll need to find your own accommodation from the start of the second year. Lots of our students find that it’s best at this point to move to their allocated locality.

This reduces your cost of travel and makes it easier to get to and from placements (which can start as early as 7am and end after 9pm), as well as attend night duty (a requirement of the course).

Accommodation availability varies between the different localities. Students who don’t live locally often organise to privately rent a shared flat or house if they want to live in the locality of their placement.

The theory component of the course is taught on the University’s campus in Guildford, no matter which locality a student is assigned to.

Process for student allocation to locality

You’ll be emailed a locality-allocation form around six weeks before you start your course. Once you’ve completed and returned the form, we’ll consider your allocation to a locality.

It’s important you return the form by the stated deadline. There are limited placements within each locality, so we distribute students across the localities to make sure everyone gets a high-quality practice experience.

We prioritise students when allocating localities, and consider the following:

  • Sponsored students are placed within the locality where the sponsoring Trust has placements.
  • Students with dependants are placed in the locality nearest to their home address, as far as capacity allows.
  • Students living in their own homes (or their parents’ homes) at the start of the course are placed in a locality as near to their home address as possible, as far as capacity allows.
  • Students who choose to live in University accommodation are allocated to the nearest possible locality to their address, depending on capacity and availability.

Placements may still be some distance from your home, and you’ll be expected to travel to placements within a commutable distance of the allocated locality in order to meet the practice component of the nursing course.

There are limited opportunities to change your allocated locality, though this depends on capacity at the locality you want to move to.

Student placement localities

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. We refer to these geographical divisions as 'localities'.

There are seven localities serving nursing courses at the University. Each includes acute hospital placements, community-based placements and independent-sector placements. These placements are where our students gain practical experience.

Each locality has a strong community of healthcare practitioners who work together to provide a high standard of care to the people they serve. You’ll soon become familiar with the areas of your placements, and be well-supported by mentors in your practice.

Many of our students choose to find their first post within their locality after registration.

Although the majority of placements take place within the assigned locality region, students may occasionally be allocated a placement further afield. The School of Health Sciences continually grows its placement network to provide the very best experience for students. An indicative list of our main student placement providers can be found below:

This locality covers the northern part of West Sussex and eastern and central areas of Surrey, and serves Crawley, Horsham and the surrounding towns and villages.

The key acute trust in this placement locality is:

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH)

East Surrey Hospital, which is around 45km 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, general surgery and medicine, orthopaedics and urology.

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

Discover more about the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

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.

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 and a variety of specialist clinics.

Discover more about Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.

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

The key acute trust in this placement locality is:

The Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

This Trust situated in Guildford, 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.

Discover more about The Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

This locality covers West Sussex and serves Chichester and the towns and villages of the West Sussex coast and the central areas of West Sussex.

The key acute trust in this placement locality is:

Western Sussex Hospitals Trust

This Trust is based on three sites:

  • Worthing Hospital
  • Southlands in Shoreham
  • St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester.

Students from the University are predominantly placed at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester for their acute hospital placements. Chichester is the county town and is approximately 56km 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’ clinic, day surgery, acute cardiac care, intensive care and a special-care baby unit.

Discover more about Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

This locality covers the northern area of Hampshire, serving Basingstoke, Winchester and Andover and the surrounding villages.

The key acute trust in this placement locality is:

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

North Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust comprises:

  • Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital (in Basingstoke)
  • Royal Hampshire County Hospital (in Winchester)
  • Andover War Memorial Hospital.

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

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

Discover more the North Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

This locality covers the southern area of East Sussex, including Brighton and Hove, Haywards Heath and surrounding areas.

The key acute trust in this placement locality is:

Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

The trust is one of the largest teaching trusts in the country, providing general and specialist services for more than a million people. Services are located at the Princess Royal Hospital (Haywards Heath) and the Royal Sussex County Hospital (Brighton). Most students will be placed at the Princess Royal. The trust also work in partnership with other local community services and aim to provide patients with quality care with a focus on fast, accessible and safe treatment.

In addition to the acute/hospital placements students will be given the opportunity to be placed at a variety of primary care/community placement sites. These placements include community hospitals, health visitor and school nursing teams, minor-injuries units and working alongside practice nurses at local GP surgeries. This is not an exhaustive list and the School continues to work alongside NHS community trusts and private/independent healthcare providers to grow the opportunities available to students.

These placements will usually be within commutable range of the main acute trust site in your allocated locality.

Study and work abroad

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

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.


This online guide has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Kate Granger Building

The School of Health Sciences has now moved to the Kate Granger Building located on 30 Priestley Road on the Surrey Research Park. This is where our nursing, midwifery, paramedic science and operating department practice courses are taught.

Placement location

As part of this course you will be expected to attend placements off campus, please see the placement section for more details.

Additional information

Some modules on this course will be taught on Stag Hill campus.
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