Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse Adult Nursing) With Foundation Year BSc (Hons) – 2023 entry

Key information

Start date: September 2023

AwardUCAS codeCourse duration
BSc (Hons) UCAS: B7434 years View KIS data set

Apply for your chosen course online through UCAS, with the following course and institution codes.

CourseUCAS codeInstitution code
BSc (Hons)B743S85


Why choose this course

3rd in the UK

In the Complete University Guide 2023

6th in the UK

In The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

7th in the UK

In the QS World University Subject Rankings 2023


Of our nursing students go on to employment or further study after graduation (Graduate Outcomes survey 2022, HESA)

  • The Foundation Year gives you the skills, knowledge, and confidence to progress on to the Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse Adult Nursing) BSc (Hons) course. You can pursue the Foundation Year if you feel that you’d benefit from the extra year of study, if you’ve been out of education for a while or if you don’t meet the entry requirements right away.
  • Once you have successfully completed your Foundation Year and progressed to the next three-years of the BSc (Hons), you’ll spend half of your training in clinical placements, to practise your skills in a variety of healthcare settings, under the supervision of qualified practitioners.
  • You will learn from a multidisciplinary team of lecturers, who are all healthcare professionals with experience of working in the NHS. Many are also active researchers, investigating topics like cancer, dementia, ethics and compassionate practice.
  • You will gain the academic requirements needed to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to work as an adult nurse once you’ve graduated from the BSc (Hons) Registered Adult Nursing course. 

UK students who progress onto a three-year BSc (Hons) Nursing degree are able to apply for an NHS training grant of £5,000 per academic year. They can also receive reimbursement of the additional costs of attending clinical placements and an additional £2000, per academic year, for parental support (not available during the Foundation Year, see NHS Learning Support Fund for more details). 

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What you will study

This Foundation Year course is designed to equip you with important foundational knowledge, confidence and good learning habits to transition successfully to university study.

As a foundation student, you’ll study full-time for one year at foundation level. You’ll gain an understanding of a nurse’s role and develop an awareness of the values and beliefs used in modern healthcare. You’ll become familiar with person-centred care and gain insights into interdisciplinary working. You’ll learn basic anatomy and physiology, writing and working with healthcare evidence, to prepare you for the next step of your nurse training.

After successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will also have the opportunity to change nursing paths (e.g. to Mental Health or Children and Young People Nursing).

As an Adult Nursing student, you’ll gain experience of caring for people aged 16 years and over and will acquire an understanding of health and ill health within the adult population. Read more about what you will learn once you’ve progressed to the Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse Adult Nursing) BSc (Hons).


You’ll benefit from our multi-million pound facilities, home to our Clinical Simulation Centre, that includes two wards, an operating theatre and a community flat. You’ll be introduced to some of the equipment found in the NHS to carry out basic observations. 

Our virtual environments, lifelike manikins and actors, will transport you to the centre of hospital wards, so you can practise your skills and get a taste of scenarios you may face during your training and when you’re fully qualified. 

Take a look at the state-of-the-art facilities within our School of Health Sciences. 

Teaching staff 

You’ll be taught by a multidisciplinary team of lecturers including healthcare professionals with experience working in the NHS. Many are also active researchers, investigating topics such as cancer, dementia, ethics and compassionate practice as well as research into teaching and learning. The Nursing Foundation Year teaching team is: 

Professional recognition

The Foundation Year is not independently accredited, however it allows progression to our BSc (Hons) Nursing courses, which are accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified nurse.

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.

100% of our graduates from BSc (Hons) Nursing courses go on to employment or further study.*

Find out more about the careers open to our BSc (Hons) Nursing graduates on the Registered Adult Nursing BSc (Hons) course page

*Graduate Outcomes survey 2022, HESA 

Academic year structure

The Foundation Year’s academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment. Assessments in the first semester are formative and designed to offer multiple opportunities for practice and feedback.

The three-year BSc (Hons) Registered Adult Nursing course runs over 49 weeks each year, with seven weeks holiday usually 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).


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.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules usually can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

The structure of our programmes follow 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.

Please note: this course is subject to validation, therefore no modules have been confirmed at this moment in time. These modules will appear once the course has been validated.


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. View our Code of practice for the scheduling of teaching and assessment (PDF).


Day-to-day learning 

Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of: 

  • Group work (e.g. discussion groups)  
  • Lectures  
  • Online learning  
  • Practical classes in the simulation centre
  • Seminars  
  • Tutorials. 

Outside of these, you’ll be expected to carry out independent study, including preparatory reading and seminar preparation activities, practice writing for weekly submissions and developing your summative coursework.
Once you progress to the BSc (Hons) Registered Adult Nursing, you will also do placements, which are assessed differently. Find out more on the course page.

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


We use a variety of methods to assess you, including: 

  • Essays
  • Examinations 
  • Groupwork projects
  • Presentations

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: CCD (or equivalent)

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

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

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: MMM.

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

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 28

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

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 66%.

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

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including 18 at Distinction, 3 at Merit and 24 at Pass.

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

Scottish Highers

Overall: BBCCC.

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

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with CCD from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.

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.

T Level

Overall: T Level Pass

Required subject: Health

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

Do I meet the requirements for this course?

We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).

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 work experience in a care setting and/or evidence of other involvement in the community (for example, school, voluntary or charity responsibilities) is normally required. We will also consider relevant skills gained from non-healthcare related roles (such as communication, counselling, teamwork or organisation).  

Your 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.


Multiple mini interviews (MMIs) will be conducted by University academics, assisted by staff from clinical practice areas. These are conducted through an online system of pre-recorded questions. 

If you are selected to participate in the interview, 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 Cordell Health 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.

Deferred entry

The course does not accept applications for deferred entry. 

Covid-19 vaccinations

On 15 March 2022, regulations revoking the Vaccination as a Condition of Deployment (VCOD) for Healthcare Workers came into force. This means that it will not become a requirement for people to have received a COVID-19 vaccine in order to deliver face-to-face CQC-regulated activities in wider social care settings. Whilst we still encourage everyone to get vaccinated where they can, it is no longer a requirement for this programme.

Recognition of prior learning

We recognise 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, the recognition of prior learning (RPL) process may allow you to join a course without the formal entry requirements or enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience. 

There are restrictions on RPL a 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 contact Admissions on +44 (0)1483 682222 with any queries. 


The annual tuition fees for courses starting in September 2023

BSc (Hons)

To be confirmed

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: The UK is now no longer part of the EU, we are awaiting further instruction from the UK government and we will publish this as soon as it is provided. Find out more information about Studying in the UK and the Scholarships for EU students.
  • 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 2023/24 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 rules on expenses must be followed and the rates applicable are to be confirmed by the NHS Business Services Authority. Students are also able to claim travel and accommodation costs via the NHSLSF if they undertake the additional elective placement
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: Foundation Year students do not need a uniform. Once you have progressed to the three-year BSc you will be provided with a uniform (tunics and trousers), and you will be required to supply your own suitable footwear and any additional uniform. You will also responsible for the costs associated with maintaining/washing your uniform. All students receive a name badge free of charge before they go out into practice, if a replacement is required (lost/damaged etc) there is a fee of £4.
  • 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 is 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.


Clinical placements

Once you progress to the three-year BSc (Hons) you’ll spend half of your training in clinical placements, allowing you to develop your knowledge, skills and practice within healthcare settings, under the supervision of qualified practitioners. Find out more about placements on the Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse Adult Nursing) BSc (Hons).

Study and work abroad

Studying at Surry opens up a world of opportunity. We want you to take advantage of our international partnerships, explore the world and expand your skills for the graduate job market.  

Perhaps you would like to volunteer in India or learn about Brazilian business and culture in São Paulo during your summer holidays? With more than 200 partnerships, from 50 different countries worldwide, there is something for everyone. 

View our study and work abroad information to find out more and see where you can go. 

Partner institutions

On our international exchange programme, you can study abroad at one of our partner universities for two months. 

Our partner institutions include: 

  • University College Dublin, Ireland 
  • University of Stavanger, Norway. 

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 procedures, the student 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 for the 2023/24 academic year and our registration terms and conditions (PDF) for the 2022/23 academic year as a guide as to what to expect. 

Please note: our offer terms and conditions will generally 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 and changes for the specific academic year.  


This online prospectus 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 and before you accept an offer. Read our full disclaimer.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Kate Granger Building

Our Medicine (Graduate Entry) BMBS degree, nursing and midwifery, and health science courses are taught at the Kate Granger Building (30 Priestley Road), on the Surrey Research Park.

Placement location

You’ll be expected to attend clinical placements off campus. Please see the placements section for more details.

Additional information

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

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