BNurs Adult Nursing
Year of entry: 2021
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- Degree awarded
- Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) / Master of Nursing
- 3 years/4 years for MNurs
- Typical A-level offer
BBC (including specific subjects)
- Typical International Baccalaureate offer
We require 30 points overall, 3 subjects at higher level including at least one science related subject (Biology, Chemistry or Psychology) each with grade of 5.
- How to apply
- Study at a university ranked 8th in the world and 3rd in the UK for Nursing (QS World University Rankings 2020).
- Become eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) while also receiving a degree at the end of three years of study.
- Gain experience of different clinical areas through placements with trusts that offer specialist services, as well as having the opportunity to go on a placement in an alternative setting in the UK or abroad.
- Take a course that has produced many of the country's leading nurse practitioners, researchers and policymakers.
- Have the option to add a year on to your course to complete an integrated master's (MNurs).
Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying nursing at Manchester is like. Find out about our upcoming open days .
Tuition fees for home students commencing their studies in September 2021 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £24,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.
Policy on additional costs
All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).
As per the recent government announcement, all nursing students on courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year which they will not need to pay back. The funding will be given to all new and continuing degree-level nursing, midwifery and many allied health students from September 2020. Please click here for more detail.
Find out about the financial support available to students starting at Manchester.
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We require grades BBC (including at least one science from the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology, Health and Social Care, Applied Science).
Unit grade information
The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit information where available. Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application. Unit grades will not normally form part of an offer conditions.
Five GCSES/iGCSES at Grade C or 4. These should include your English and Mathematics if at Grade C or 4.
English Language and Mathematics are required at GCSE/iGCSE level with a minimum Grade of C or 4
GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language.
Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the academic School for clarification.Please note that we do not accept Functional Skills 2 or equivalent qualifications in place of GCSE English and Maths.
Other international entry requirements
We normally require grades BBCCC in five suitable Scottish Higher level subjects (including at least one science or science related subject (eg Chemistry, Biology and Psychology) and one Advanced Higher at grade B/C.
English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade Credit level grade 3). If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.
The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this.
The minimum grade required will be the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at grade B plus two A levels at grade B and C - normally including at least one science (eg Biology, Chemistry or Psychology) and GCSE requirement which must include English Language and Maths at a minimum of Grade C or 4 or above with the overall GCSE profile being at least 5 GCSEs Grade C or 4 or above in different subjects. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.
The University recognises a number of foundation programmes as suitable for entry to this undergraduate programme:
We accept Health related Foundation Degrees as an entry route to our nursing degree. You must complete the foundation degree (Levels 4 and 5) with an overall distinction grade. You must also have GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or above and ideally a Science GCSE at grade C or above. We do not accept equivalents to GCSE English or Maths. Other factors are also considered on an individual basis, such as other educational achievements, professional qualifications, life experience and relevant skills.
Applicants should contact the academic School to check if their qualification is recognised for entry to this programme and for specific entry requirements.
Pearson BTEC qualifications
Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma
We consider the National Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course (BTEC Health and Social Care or Applied Science). Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Diploma with grades DDD. 1/3 of the units undertaken must be in a science or science related subject.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
We consider the National Diploma for entry. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Diploma with grades DD plus an additional A Level at grade B. Either the BTEC National Diploma or A Level must be in a science or science related subject (eg Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Health and Social Care, Applied Science).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma
We consider the National Foundation Diploma for entry. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma with grades DD plus two additional A Levels at grade BC. Either the BTEC National Foundation Diploma or A Level must be in a science or science related subject (eg Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Health and Social Care, Applied Science).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate
We consider the National Extended Certificate for entry. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Certificate with grade D plus two additional A Levels at grades BC. Either the BTEC National Extended Certificate or A Level must be in a science or science related subject (eg Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Health and Social Care, Applied Science).
The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students who have achieved legacy BTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the BTEC Extended Diploma, BTEC Diploma, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and BTEC Certificate. The grades required are likely to be the same or very similar to the new BTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018). Please contact the Academic School for clarification.
OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications
Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma (CTEC)
We consider the Technical Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course (CTEC Health and Social Care or Applied Science). Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Diploma with grades DDD in Health and Social Care or Applied Science with 1/3 of the units undertaken in science or science related subjects.
Cambridge Level 3 Technical Diploma (CTEC)
We consider the Technical Diploma for entry. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma with grades DD plus an additional A Level at grade B. Either the Cambridge Technical Diploma or A Level must be in a science or science related subject (eg Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Health and Social Care, Applied Science).
Cambridge Level 3 Technical Foundation Diploma (CTEC)
We consider the Technical Foundation Diploma for entry. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Foundation Diploma with grades DD plus two A Levels at Grades BC. Either the Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma or A Level must be in a science or science related subject (eg Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Health and Social Care, Applied Science).
Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Certificate (CTEC)
We consider the Technical Extended Certificate for entry. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Certificate with grade DD plus two A Levels at grades BC. Either the Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate or A Level must be in a science or science related subject (eg Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Health and Social Care, Applied Science).
The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students who have achieved legacy CTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the CTEC Extended Diploma, CTEC Diploma, CTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and CTEC Certificate. The grades required are likely to be the same or very similar to the new CTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018). Please contact the Academic School for clarification.
Access to HE Diploma
We require a QAA-recognised Access to HE diploma (a minimum of 60 credits overall with at least 45 at Level 3).
The specific course requirements are: of the 45 credits at level 3, 30 must be at Distinction grade and the remaining 15 credits at merit grade. Also, 30 of the 45 level 3 credits must be in science or health-science related subjects. You must also have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 4 or above. We no longer accept equivalents to GCSE for English and Maths. We also consider other factors on an individual basis, such as additional educational achievements, life experience and work related skills.
We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken.
Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of M1, M1, M3 in the Pre-U and BBC at A level in three distinct subjects to include at least one science or science related subject (eg Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Health and Social Care, Applied Science).
If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
The University welcomes and recognises the value of Level 3 core mathematics qualifications (e.g. AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies).
Core Mathematics is not a compulsory element of post-16 study and as a result we will not normally include it in the conditions of any offer made to the student. However, if a student chooses to undertake a core mathematics qualification this may be taken into account when we consider their application, particularly for certain non-science courses with a distinct mathematical or statistical element.
We advise students to contact the academic School, who will clarify whether their specific portfolio of qualifications is acceptable for entry on to their chosen course.
Non-standard educational routes
All applicants to the University (from the UK and Overseas) are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency. The minimum English Language requirement for this course is either:
- GCSE/iGCSE English Language grade C/4 or;
- IELTS 7.0, with a minimum of 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking and 6.5 in writing;
- an acceptable equivalent qualification.
The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the 'B2 level'.
Additionally, our individual Schools may ask for specific English Language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level. Further information about our English Language policy, including a list of some of the English Language qualifications we accept, can be found here
English language test validity
Relevant work experience
As nursing involves many skills, work experience from a range of areas is relevant - but not mandatory - to this course, including paid employment or voluntary work.
This may include direct experience in a healthcare setting and/or other settings that involve the use of communication skills.
Application and selection
How to apply
Advice to applicants
Please refer to the Application process page for further guidance on:
- how to apply
- how your application is considered
- personal statement guidance
- interview requirements.
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How your application is considered
We shortlist applicants for interviews for this course. Please refer to the application process page for more information.
Returning to education
We welcome applications from candidates returning to education. If you are returning to education, you should have completed some assessed study at level 3 in the five years prior to the start of the course.
If you do not have recent study qualifications (in the last 5 years) but otherwise meet the academic entry requirements, we recommend you look into taking an Access to Higher Education course in a health or science related subject, or AS-/A-level or an Open University module (preferably in a relevant subject) in order to meet this requirement.
Fitness to practise / health requirements
All offers of a place are subject to satisfactory health screening and an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (completed prior to registration). The health screening comprises completion of a detailed health questionnaire by the applicant and their General Practitioner and also a medical appointment with the University's Occupational Health Department.
In order to be admitted and continue on the course, students must be deemed as medically fit for both practice and theory by the Occupational Health Department. If you have any concerns about a health condition/issue and its impact on your ability to undertake the course please contact the Occupational Health Department as early as possible in the application process.
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"The course taught me to be prepared, be flexible, keep my goals at the front of my mind and constantly update my skills to remain a desirable commodity in the field of nursing.
"The course also taught me to question and how to speak out, which I have also found necessary."Melanie Venables / District Nurse, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
Our BNurs/MNurs Adult Nursing course will help you become a skilled and highly sought-after graduate nurse specialising in caring for adult patients in a range of settings.
You will split your time equally between learning theory on campus and applying your knowledge to practice alongside other health professionals on your placements , which include those at specialist trusts and the opportunity to work in alternative settings in the UK and overseas.
You will receive support from both our staff and your fellow students throughout your time at Manchester, as well as from experienced mentors while on placement.
As a graduate, you'll have the choice of practicing as a nurse, going into a specialist or a leadership role, or undertaking further study, research opportunities or teaching.
The BNurs award is for the three-year undergraduate course. Depending on your performance in Years 1 and 2, you will have the opportunity to apply to extend your studies by a year to undertake an integrated master's in nursing. This will also involve an additional year of tuition fees.
By choosing to complete the integrated master's, you are preparing for career progression within nursing by developing your leadership and research skills.
The integrated master's will deliver units at postgraduate level, developing your skills in critical engagement with issues at the forefront of your chosen field of nursing. You will learn how to critically examine, reflect and develop new insights, contributing to nursing research, education and clinical practice agenda through your research study.
This Adult Nursing (BNurs) is for students without an undergraduate degree. If you already have a degree, see: MSc Adult Nursing
Manchester has been ranked 3rd in the world and 2nd in the UK for nursing study in the 2019 QS World University Rankings.
Varied and high-quality placements
You will experience a range of practice placements in both community and hospital settings, with support from experienced mentors. Placements include those at trusts offering specialist services. You may also choose to gain experience elsewhere in the UK or even overseas.
You will learn how to apply theory to practice through our course's 50:50 split of on-campus learning and practical experience, ensuring you receive the tutor support you need while also consolidating your knowledge of nursing theory.
Addressing the philosophy of Athena SWAN, we look to minimise early starts and late finishes and ensure - where possible - that public holidays are included in your annual leave entitlement.
Additional course information
You will spend 50% of your learning time in a clinical placement learning what it is like to work within the modern NHS, developing clinical knowledge, skills and confidence as a key member of the professional healthcare team.
We have excellent working relationships with local NHS Trusts in Greater Manchester and the north-west, and you will undertake a range of practice placements in both community and hospital settings.
See the nursing placements page for more information.
Teaching and learning
Our course is designed to include both theory and practice, linking the most current research-based knowledge with practice in a student-centred approach.
You will engage in problem-based learning, skills laboratories and computer-based learning, as well as the more traditional lecture and seminar-based formats. Lectures take place in a large group with small group teaching for seminars.
The practice element of our course is given equal status to the theoretical work and practical placements are undertaken in a range of placement settings in Greater Manchester and the wider north-west.
Find out more about nursing teaching and learning at Manchester .
Dedicated student support
We offer dedicated student support to all of our students, helping you to handle the demands of both academic work and placements.
See the student support page for more information.
Coursework and assessment
Learning is divided into a number of units in each year. The content and assessments for each unit are planned and delivered by a small team of lecturers with the relevant expertise related to those topic areas.
Unit assessments vary and include written and multiple-choice exams, essays, case studies, poster presentations, online work and a skills lab-based exam.
Most units of learning also include the assessment of relevant skills in practice, which are carried out by the nursing mentors during the clinical placements.
To complete the course, you are required to pass all theory and practice assessments.
Course content for year 1
The first year explores the core aspects of nursing knowledge through lectures, field-specific seminars, workshops, simulation, conferences and fieldwork. You will begin to develop a portfolio of learning and reflect on your knowledge, skills and practice experiences.
Practical skills will be developed through on-campus experiences and two practice placements in Greater Manchester.
Students in clinical practice also have the opportunity to undertake spoke placements. These are short and discrete opportunities for practical experience to aid learning about other fields of nursing practice.
While on placement, you will be supervised and assessed in accordance with the NMC (2019) standards framework for nursing and midwifery education.
Course units for year 1
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|Public Health, Society and Nursing||NURS10021||10||Mandatory|
|Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing Practice||NURS10030||20||Mandatory|
|Evidence Based Nursing Practice||NURS10042||10||Mandatory|
|Collaborative Care Planning||NURS10052||10||Mandatory|
|Essential Skills for Nursing Practice 1||NURS10061||20||Mandatory|
|Clinical Placement 2 (Year 1)||NURS10072||20||Mandatory|
|Clinical Placement 3 (Year 1)||NURS10082||20||Mandatory|
|Values Based Nursing||NURS10091||10||Mandatory|
Course content for year 2
The second year focuses on developing nursing knowledge and the continued application of biosciences to field-specific nursing practice.
You may also choose to personalise your learning by selecting two discovery units from a menu of choices (limits apply). Please see the list below for optional units.
You may also pick from the University College for Integrated Learning (limits apply).
You will continue developing your portfolio of learning this year, reflecting on how you can improve your skills.
There will be three practice placements in Year 2, which involve caring for individuals from your field of practice in a variety of settings.
You will also have the opportunity to state a preference for one placement type within the Greater Manchester practice circuit that is related to education, research, or leadership and management. Where possible, this placement type will be facilitated.
Alternatively, you can undertake a placement outside Greater Manchester, either in the UK or overseas.
Course units for year 2
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|Applied Biosciences for Nursing Practice (Bioscience 2)||NURS23100||20||Mandatory|
|Developing Nursing Knowledge & Skills||NURS23101||20||Mandatory|
|Year 2 Clinical Placement 2||NURS23132||20||Mandatory|
|Year 2 Clinical Placement 1||NURS23141||20||Mandatory|
|Year 2 Clinical Placement 3||NURS23142||20||Mandatory|
|Mental Health and Mental Ill Health in Children and Young People||NURS23102||10||Optional|
|Dementia: Empowering and Creative Practice||NURS23111||10||Optional|
|Principles of Adult Critical and Intensive Care Nursing||NURS23112||10||Optional|
|Delivering Harm Free Care in Infection prevention & Tissue Viability||NURS23121||10||Optional|
|Displaying 10 of 12 course units for year 2|
|Display all course units for year 2|
Course content for year 3
Year 3 is about consolidating your knowledge and building confidence for practice. While studying on campus and undertaking three practice placements you will continue to reflect on your learning and practice through your portfolio.
In Year 3 all units are mandatory, with the exception of Advancing Care - The Social and Political Context of Health and Social Care. This unit is completed by students progressing to the MNurs in place of clinical placement 3.
Course units for year 3
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|Nurse as a Leader, Manager and Coordinator of Care||NURS31300||20||Mandatory|
|Nurse as an Inquirer of Clinical Evidence||NURS31301||20||Mandatory|
|The Nurse as a Supervisor and Educator||NURS31302||20||Mandatory|
|Year 3 Clinical Placement 1||NURS31311||20||Mandatory|
|Year 3 Clinical Placement 2||NURS31312||20||Mandatory|
|Year 3 Clinical Placement 3||NURS31322||20||Optional|
|Advancing Care - The Social and Political Context of Health and Social Care||NURS31342||20||Optional|
Course content for year 4
This is a 120-credit course that will involve studying a mixture of units at postgraduate level (following a bridging undergraduate theory unit in Year 3 that will prepare you for higher level study).
All units are mandatory for successful completion of the MNurs.
The taught components of the course allow you to develop your knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of nursing, clinical practice, education, and improve your leadership skills.
Course units for year 4
|Research in Professional Practice (Major Project)||NURS41000||45||Optional|
|Leadership and Professional Practice||NURS41001||15||Optional|
|Shaping Nurses Recognition and Response to Serious Illness||NURS41002||15||Optional|
|Year 4 Clinical Practice and Portfolio||NURS41010||30||Optional|
|Nurse Education in Practice||NURS41012||15||Optional|
What our students say
We have extensive facilities in place to support you throughout your studies, including skills laboratories and workshops, as well as online resources and the vast wealth of information in the University's library.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: email@example.com
Students are encouraged to contact the disability support office either before accepting an offer from the University of Manchester or as soon as possible thereafter in order to avoid delays in getting help and assistance.
"I chose nursing because I wanted to spend my career impacting on other people's lives and really making a difference to the care they receive.
"Not only is nursing such a rewarding profession, but there is also such a wide range of unique opportunities and various working environments."Lauren Dearnley / BNurs Adult Nursing
We aim to enhance your employability throughout your time with us to make sure you are well prepared for the jobs market. 96% of our graduates go on to work or further study after completing the course.
Students completing our programme are highly valued by local employers. There are numerous employment opportunities available within NHS Trusts and other healthcare settings for newly-qualified staff.
A UK-registered nursing or midwifery qualification is recognised in many countries around the world, and therefore provides potential opportunities for travel and work abroad. Find out more on the NHS Health Careers website .
During the course, you will have access to dedicated academic employability staff with extensive professional contacts who bring students and NHS employers together.
You will be able to attend a variety of targeted careers events throughout the course.
The course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the UK regulator for nursing and midwifery professions.
The primary purpose of the NMC is protection of the public. It does this through maintaining a register of all qualified nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses eligible to practise within the UK and by setting national standards for their education, training and conduct.