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BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

Become a nursing leader of the future

Year of entry: 2019

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3 years full-time

Typical offer

BBB (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2019 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

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We aim to recruit some of the brightest and best students and prepare you to become the nursing leaders of the future, ready to meet the ever-evolving challenge of caring for the nation.

You'll be based in a department renowned for its cutting edge research into healthcare practice and policy where you'll study a scientific, research-informed curriculum in world-class facilities. We'll help you get the very best out of your time in York, ensuring you develop your knowledge and skills as well as confidence in your role as a nurse.

With an equal balance of theory and clinical learning throughout your course, you'll be supported to develop high-calibre clinical skills across a diverse range of exciting practice placements. 

We are currently developing some of the specific details of this course in response to changes to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards for Nursing. Please keep an eye on these pages for the latest information about our nursing courses.


After completing this degree students will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the professional regulatory body for nurses and midwives in the UK. 

Clinical partners

Our course is designed in partnership with Health and Social Care providers across North Yorkshire

Taught by experts

Staff are active in research and your teaching is informed by the latest developments

Course content

York is a research-intensive Russell Group university. Our stimulating and supportive nursing course will enable you to become a self-directed and independent learner. You'll gain intellectual independence to enable you to contribute and challenge theory and practice. Nursing students at the University of York engage in various practice communities across healthcare and education in order to facilitate intellectual and professional development. 

You'll develop the personal and professional skills required to become adept at delivering high standards of patient and family-centred care, while promoting individual and community health and wellbeing. You'll learn about the nature and causation of disease and disability, specific client problems and nursing interventions.

Your practice experience will cover the whole of the region and you'll work with our partners across York NHS Foundation Trust, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust and Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust, as well as other practice providers. You'll benefit from a wide range of experiences in different localities and settings, from coastal towns to rural communities.

Year 1

You'll start to develop the foundations of knowledge you need to progress as a student nurse. You'll gain a preliminary understanding of core subjects and start to directly apply your knowledge and understanding to nursing practice.

You will spend a  number of weeks in practice and will be based in a wide variety of settings throughout the region. This may include residential and nursing homes, acute and critical care, primary care and community health. 

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

You will begin to focus your work around adult nursing. You'll begin to develop a deeper, more critical understanding of nursing practice and of your role as a partner in relation to others. You'll be encouraged to consider your role within the context of different healthcare settings and alongside other health and social care disciplines.


Year 3

You'll concentrate on gaining specialist knowledge and skills. The focus will be on your professional development as an accountable practitioner and leader and you'll be introduced to increasingly complex and challenging problems. Practice in your final year will provide you with an opportunity to prepare for your role as a registered nurse. 


Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Fees and funding

The fees and funding figures below are for 2019 entry. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year.

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 tbc

Additional costs

Costs for uniform provision, Occupational Health Screening, and Disclosure and Barring Service checks are included in your student fees. You will have to meet the costs of uniform replacement or missed occupational health appointments. You will also have to pay for Professional Association Fees (Indemnity) which is covered in the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) or Unison Student Membership which is approximately £30. Placements are compulsory and can incur costs, which will depend on what you choose to do. Please note that this information is subject to change for students starting in 2019, you should refer to the Departmental webpage for up to date Fees and Finance advice.

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.


We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.

Home/EU students

International students

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award

“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”

The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018

Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

Our focus is on making your learning relevant to your nursing practice. Our innovative course uses various teaching methods, from lectures and group work, to presentation and simulation-based education. 

You’ll benefit from a combination of tutor support, and practice supervisor guidance in placements and excellent teaching facilities to help you get the very best out of your time in York. 

You will undertake a variety of practice experiences that will help to build your knowledge and skills. These experiences could be anywhere within the region. You will work with a diverse range of people from different cultures who live in a variety of environments.

Practice experience will be gained over the full 24 hours; you will be required to work a complete pattern of shifts, including nights and weekends, early and late shifts. 

You will split your time equally between attending lectures and seminars on campus and working out on placement with one of our clinical partners. 

The rest of your time on the course will be spent on independent study. This may include preparation for lectures and seminars, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. The expectation is that full-time nursing students will spend around 4600 hours learning throughout their course.


We use the latest technology in our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Unit. This is a series of rooms which replicate a number of areas where you could work including a fully-equipped four bed ward complete with a range of equipment for you to practice on, community bedrooms and living rooms. These allow you to develop your nursing skills in a safe environment.  

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Health Sciences, on Campus West. Most of your contact hours will be in Alcuin college, with some additional teaching at various other locations on Campus West.

You will also undertake practice placements as part of this course. These will cover a range of nursing and healthcare settings from hospital, community and private and voluntary sector. They can be across the whole of the North Yorkshire region. You will have to fund travel costs to placements, although you may be eligible for some travel cost reimbursement. Please see our frequently asked questions page for more information.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

You will be assessed throughout the course in both theory and practice elements. You will have to successfully complete all areas to be able to progress.

A variety of assessment methods, including presentations, essays, reports, simulated scenarios and examinations will be used. 

Careers and skills

At York we aim to develop and nurture the nursing leaders of the future. Students from the Department of Health Sciences have an excellent record in achieving immediate employment after completion of their course. Most go into careers with NHS trusts in the region and in other areas of Northern England as well as other NHS organisations in the UK.

Typical first posts are as Band 5 staff nurses in the NHS, although some do go into employment in social care and independent sector organisations.

Career opportunities

  • Practice nursing
  • District nursing
  • Health visiting and public health
  • Research nurse
  • Theatre nurse
  • Ward nurse
  • High-dependency nurse
  • Critical care nurse
  • Emergency and first contact care
  • Nurse consultant
  • University lecturer
  • Modern matron
  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Clinical educator
  • Chief nurse
  • Humanitarian aid worker

Transferable skills

  • The ability to work within partnerships
  • Self-directed, independent learning skills
  • The ability to facilitate change and service improvement
  • The ability to reflect on practice
  • The ability to lead care within a wide multidisciplinary team

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
A levels

Three A levels at grades BBB. (Please note we do not accept General Studies).

GCSEs You should already hold GCSE English Language, Maths and Science (at Grade C/4 or above) or equivalent qualifications at the point of application.
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass 60 credits with at least 45 credits achieved at Level 3. You must achieve 24 level 3 credits at distinction and 21 level 3 credits at merit. At least 15 level 3 credits should be in science subjects. We will not normally consider applicants who have progressed to an access course within three years of taking A levels and failing to achieve the necessary grades for entry to the programme.
BTEC We accept a range of BTEC qualifications equivalent to 3 A Levels. BTEC National Extended Diploma with DDM For the BTEC National Extended Diploma in Early Years we require DDD
Cambridge Pre-U Pass with M2 in three Principal Subjects / Global Perspectives
European Baccalaureate 75% overall average
International Baccalaureate 31
Irish leaving Certificate H3,H3,H3,H3,H3,H3
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers SQA Highers (without AH) - AABBB, SQA Advanced Highers + Highers - BB + BBBBB
Other qualifications

Other qualifications are accepted by the University, please contact the department for more information.


If you achieve a C or higher at EPQ, you will be eligible for a reduced offer, one grade below our typical offer.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualification:

IELTS7.0, with a minimum of 7.0 in each component.

For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.


To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

Please note that international students are not currently eligible to apply for this course.

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