Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

BN Nursing Studies

UCAS code: B700

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Health in Social Science

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Accreditation
Study abroad
Placements

Introducing BN Nursing Studies

(Revised 25 March 2020 to update programme information in-line with new Nursing and Midwifery Council education standards.)

The Bachelor of Nursing (BN) with Honours programme reflects global, UK and Scottish perspectives of health care. The transfer between health environments and the acute primary care interface is key to understanding the health needs of different populations.

Throughout the four years of the programme, you will be introduced to a range of inpatient and community placements and other health-related learning experiences.

Nursing and Midwifery Council education standards

This programme adheres to the new Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) education standards. These standards are designed to embrace the range of nursing practice, preparing you for life at the forefront of the dynamic healthcare environment of the 2020s and beyond.

The Bachelor of Nursing with Honours degree prepares nurses for the evolving healthcare landscape. You will gain key skills in critical thinking, teamwork and leadership, and an ability to innovate and work in interdisciplinary settings and proficiency across the required range of clinical skills.

On graduation you will be eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as an adult nurse.

Curriculum

The programme combines theoretical and skills learning within the University (50%) with practice learning experiences (50%). The equal weighting of theory and practice is a defining feature of the structure of this degree and required by the NMC.

There are three strands of the curriculum which lead you from Year 1 to Year 4, building on previous learning as part of a spiral curriculum. Life sciences, research skills and social sciences are introduced in Year 1 and then build in complexity and depth over the course of the programme.

The Honours option courses in Years 3 and 4 allow you to personalise the programme, following your particular interests in different care contexts, approaches or conditions.

Clinical skills are developed across all four years, working in the clinical skills laboratory, in nurse-led groups and in a programme of inter-professional learning with medical students.

Practice learning is integral to the programme and students learn in a range of practice settings including community, care homes, acute hospital and specialist services.

Study abroad

In Year 3 there is an opportunity for all students to undertake an elective placement which may be abroad or within the UK. In addition, there is an opportunity to apply to study abroad as part of a semester long exchange with La Trobe University, Australia.

Student support

Student support at The University of Edinburgh is excellent and includes a Personal Tutor system, a University wide student support infrastructure, accessible academic staff and personalised support in the practice learning environment.

Accreditation

This programme is validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Achievement of the required clinical and academic outcomes leads to eligibility for registration with the NMC as an Adult Nurse.

The description of content provided below is for guidance only; course names and content may be updated.

Year 1

Years 1 and 2

Years 1 and 2 provide an introduction to the evidence base for nursing. This includes:

  • anatomy and physiology
  • nursing care
  • mental health
  • technical innovations in healthcare
  • sociological and psychological aspects of healthcare
  • approaches to research

In addition to the compulsory courses, you will also choose two option courses from subjects across the University during Year 1.

Year 2

As well as progressing your study of life sciences in Nursing Care and Decision Making, Healthy Communities, Professionalism and Evidence and Research, you will also study Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Your placements build on the Year 1 experience with a further community placement, mental health placement and surgical or outpatient experience.

Year 3

You will develop leadership skills and deepen your understanding of the evidence base for nursing. You will also develop your critical thinking abilities and clinical decision making.

You will choose two Honours option courses in Years 3 and 4, learning as a mixed group of Year 3 and 4 students. This allows you to personalise your programme, pursuing nursing courses which address your own disciplinary interests. Skills acquisition continues and develops with further inter-professional opportunities.

Year 4

The final year allows students to work on a topic of their choice to produce an Honours dissertation. Dissertation work is supported by the individual supervision of an academic.

Our facilities

Teaching takes place in the Central Area of the University. You will have access to teaching and learning facilities, including libraries and computer labs.

Clinical skills teaching takes place at the Chancellor's Building Clinical Skills Centre, at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

Placements

Clinical practice placements are provided by NHS Lothian and NHS Borders. You should expect to be placed across these two health boards during your programme. You will work with a trained mentor on placement.

Study abroad

There are opportunities to complete a clinical placement abroad in Year 3.

There is also an opportunity for two students to apply for a semester-long exchange with an Australian university in Year 3.

What are my options for going abroad?

How will I learn?

All nursing programmes in the UK are 50% theory and 50% practice. The courses you take in this programme have both theoretical and clinical practice elements.

You will learn through a combination of:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • seminars
  • clinical skills sessions
  • problem-based learning
  • reflective diaries
  • group work
  • computer-assisted learning

You will also undertake learning in practice learning environments during clinical placements in each year.

How will I be assessed?

We use a range of approaches to assessment including coursework, multimedia presentations, group work, group presentations, exams and clinical practice profiles.

This programme has progression points at the end of each academic year where you must demonstrate clinical competence as well as academic excellence. This is jointly assessed by a Practice Assessor and an Academic Assessor. This is in line with the Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards for Nurse Education and the Standards for Students Supervision and Assessment (2018).

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme details (2020/21)

Career prospects are excellent for nursing studies graduates from the University of Edinburgh.

Our graduates have gone into careers in a range of clinical settings in both community and hospital contexts, specialising, for example, in intensive care, oncology, theatres, and accident and emergency, as well as in voluntary sector organisations.

You may choose to undertake further study for masters or PhD and go on to develop your career in higher education, research, management or policy development.

Standard entry requirement

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or AABB/ABBBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: AAB - ABB.
  • IB: 34 points with 655 at HL.

Minimum entry requirement

The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points with 655 at HL.

More information for widening access applicants

Required subjects

The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:

  • SQA: Highers: no specific Higher subjects required. National 5s: Mathematics and English at C.
  • A Levels: no specific A Level subjects required. GCSEs: Mathematics and English at C or 4.
  • IB: HL: no specific subjects required. SL: English at 5 and either Mathematics or Mathematical Studies at 4.

Additional requirements

Some prior experience of working with people is advisable. Admission to this degree includes an interview process. Further details on the process will be sent to candidates shortlisted for interview.

Fitness to practice

There is fitness to practice guidance for people who wish to become nurses, we strongly advise you to make yourself aware of this before you apply. Please consult the Higher Educational Occupational Physicians/Practitioners (HEOPS) website for fitness to practice guidelines for this degree.

HEOPS

Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant qualifications

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

SQA, GCSE and IB

For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 at C
  • SQA Standard Grade at 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 at A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 at C
  • GCSE/IGSCE at C or 4
  • Level 2 Certificate Grade C
  • IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified*:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 7.0 with 7.0 in each component
  • TOEFL iBT (including Special Home Edition)100 or above with 25 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 185 with 185 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.

English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

English language requirements

*(Revised 27 April 2020 to include TOEFL-iBT Special Home Edition.)

Protecting Vulnerable Groups

All successful applicants will be required to join Disclosure Scotland's Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme before starting the programme. In addition, all applicants who don't live in the UK, or who have spent more than a year abroad, will need to provide equivalent verification from the relevant national authority.

Health check

All students must undergo hepatitis B immunisation and TB status health check before starting the degree.

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for BN Nursing Studies

Additional costs

If you are eligible for a SAAS bursary, you should be able to reclaim travel expenses incurred during clinical placements. Those who are ineligible will bear the cost of travel to clinical placement personally.

In Year 3 there is an opportunity to undertake a single semester exchange with La Trobe University, Australia for which you will be liable for visa, immunisation, travel and living costs. In Year 3, you will also undertake an elective clinical placement, either abroad or elsewhere in the UK. All visa, immunisation, travel and living costs associated with this placement will be borne by you.

Students from the rest of the UK and overseas, whose fees are not paid by the Scottish Government, will be liable for the cost of the following mandatory items: uniforms, occupational health appointments, and the membership fee for the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme.

Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding

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