Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse Adult Nursing) BSc (Hons) – 2019 entry

Why choose this course

Surrey is one of the UK’s top universities for nursing, ranked 3rd in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2018 and in the top 10 of The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

Our adult nursing programme combines theory and practice elements and is taught by inspiring and passionate staff.

You will be challenged and supported throughout the course to become a highly competent adult nurse. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to apply for professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

What you will study

This course 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.

As a student of this course, you will 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 will have opportunities to take part in simulated practice learning in our Simulation Suite where you will explore key nursing principles and develop a range of clinical nursing skills, as well as critical thinking, decision-making and communication skills.

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

Course facts

Qualification Course length Professional Training UCAS KIS code
BSc (Hons) 36 months B744 View KIS data set

Professional recognition

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 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).

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).


Our nursing courses are 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practice time. You’ll gain your practice experience within a specific locality in Surrey, West 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 might 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 insights into other fields of nursing.

As you make progress through the course and your skills and confidence develop, you’ll be encouraged to perform increasingly challenging activities in practice until you are considered by your mentors and teachers 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 opportunities within each of the localities 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 lets you travel to and from placements easily at low cost, and makes it easier 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 night duty (which is a requirement of the course).

Accommodation availability varies between the different localities. Students who don’t live locally often organise privately rented flat-sharing or house-sharing 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 for all students no matter which locality they are 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 have completed and returned the form, we’ll consider your allocation to a locality.

It’s important you return the form by the deadline on the form. 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 within a locality may still be some distance from your home, and you will need 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, West 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 six localities serving nursing courses at the University of Surrey. Each includes acute hospital placements, community-based placements and independent-sector placements. These placements are what give our students 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 you’ll be well supported by mentors in your practice.

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

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 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 delivered 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.

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.

Discover more about First Community Health and Care.

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).

Discover more about CSH 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 19km 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.

Discover more about Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Virgin Care

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

Primary care services include minor injury units and walk-in centres.

Discover more about Virgin Care.

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 26km 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 and a range of specialist clinics.

Discover more about Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Virgin Care

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

Primary care services include minor injury units and walk-in centres.

Discover more about Virgin Care.

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.

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

Virgin Care

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

Primary care services include minor injury units and walk-in centres.

Discover more about Virgin Care.

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, 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 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.

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

Sussex Community NHS Foundation 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.

Discover more about Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.

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

This locality consists primarily of:

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.

Discover more the North Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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.

Discover more about the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

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. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

Programme dates and holidays

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

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.


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.


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).


There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.


Discover more about our academic staff in the Faculty of Health and Medical Science.

Programme leader

DOPSON AJ Mrs (Health Sci.)

Personal tutor

All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:

  • Academic progress

  • Pastoral/welfare issues

  • Personal/professional development and employability.


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 modules section for more information.

Policies and regulations

Please refer to our academic regulations and student policies and regulations. These may be amended from time to time.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

What qualifications do you need?


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

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: N/A.

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

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 overall including 5,5,5 at Higher Level.

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.

Required subjects: Must include 15 Level 3 credits in Science.

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, Mathematics and Science at Grade C(4) (equivalents may be considered).

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

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, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Select your country

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. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

Selection process


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.

All 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.

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.


Qualification Course length Professional Training UK/EU fees Overseas fees Professional Training fees
BSc (Hons) 36 months To be confirmed To be confirmed Not applicable

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

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.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this programme.

  • 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 2017/18 will be able to apply for reimbursement of travel and dual accommodation expenses 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.

These additional costs are accurate as of September 2017 and apply to the 2018 year of entry. Costs for 2019 entry will be published in September 2018.

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