BSc Nursing

UCAS codeB700
Duration3 Years
Typical offerAAB-ABB; IB: 34-32
  • Nursing
LocationTaught in Exeter St Luke's (Exeter)


Our BSc Nursing ensures that, on graduation, you have the skills required to successfully embark on a career as a Registered Adult Nurse and to be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

We educate all our healthcare professionals to be caring professionals, able to empathise with patients and offer high levels of patient care. Our graduates are confident in their ability through a strong academic foundation and able to work effectively in a multi-professional environment.

This full-time three-year programme includes clinical placements as well as academic components. This enables us to provide the academic and practical content in sufficient detail to ensure that, at the end of three years, you are competent to start work as a Registered Nurse.

The University of Exeter Nursing Academy will produce nurses that will be confident in:

  • Managing the complex health needs of patients across the life course from birth to death
  • Working with patients and informal carers in delivering care that is person-centred
  • Consuming, using and producing research
  • Integrating patients physical and mental health care needs, including people with dementia
  • Adhering to practices that ensure patient safety
  • Working within the multi-disciplinary and multi-professional health care team
  • Meeting the challenge of demographic, healthcare and societal change
  • Using relevant bioscience knowledge, including genomics, that underpins nursing care
  • Inspirational leadership of nurses and other health care professionals

Students on the Nursing programme are taught on a campus with students studying medicine, medical imaging and medical sciences; this closer link is part of our effort to prepare all our students to be able to work with other professionals in the delivery of patient care and scientific advancement.

The University of Exeter is a world class university with strong international links in teaching and research. The University Of Exeter Academy of Nursing works with a number of international partner universities in Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands to provide nursing students with international placements during their education at Exeter. This will provide an unrivalled opportunity to experience first-hand the similarities and differences in nursing care provided in international settings.

This programme is subject to us gaining accreditation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council

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As a nurse myself for over 30 years, I have an absolute belief that our Exeter Academy nurses will stand tall among the best in the world. Our students will be educated in a programme consistent with the University’s values. We will stress health system leadership, clinical skills, compassion, research competence, patient and public involvement, multi-professional working and international competitiveness, coupled with the clear recognition that nursing needs to change now in order to cope with increased numbers of older people with complex needs requiring community, home and social care. Our courses will meld the best of the technical competence of international nurse education programmes, with the compassionate care and a fundamentals of nursing care focus from the UK.

David Richards, PhD, PhDhc, BSc(hons), RN Professor of Mental Health Services Research.

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

The structure we outline here provides examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Throughout the three years of the course your knowledge and skills will build from an appreciation of the healthy individual to an understanding of the causes and effects of poor health and reduced quality of life. You will progress from an understanding of simple health conditions to complex multi-morbid presentations from the very young to the oldest old. You will know how to respond in crisis and how to help people achieve a healthy lifestyle. You will be able to nurse people with physical and common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, as well as people with dementia and their carers.

The course will comprise a series of modules incorporating both theoretical and practice elements, and will be structured according to the forthcoming new NMC standards for nursing education.

These new standards are:

  • Professionalism
  • Health promotion
  • Assessment and care planning
  • Care delivery and evaluation
  • Team leadership
  • Risk awareness
  • Care coordination

These standards will be the core threads running throughout the programme. In addition, the University of Exeter Academy of Nursing programme will also prioritise the research and public involvement competences:

  • Research competence - competent in reading, using and producing research to the benefit of people, informal carers and patients in their care
  • Patient and Public Involvement - competent in involving the public, patients and their informal carers in nursing care design, delivery and evaluation

Each module will address one or more of these standards and will build towards a set of proficiencies, knowledge and skills required by a Registered Nurse.

Some individual modules will cover the underpinning sciences, theories and philosophies pertinent to nursing, for example: biomedical sciences, ethics, psychology, sociology, health promotion, organisational systems, evidence-based practice and research, nursing interventions, and patient and public involvement.

Others will focus on domain specific health care domains, for example: children and their parents, older people, people with chronic and comorbid conditions, psychological and psychiatric difficulties including dementia, learning disabilities, surgical nursing, community nursing and emergency nursing.

This programme is subject to us gaining accreditation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Entry requirements 2018

Typical offer

AAB-ABB; IB: 34-32

Required subjects

GCSE: Maths and English at grade C or above.

Additional entry requirements


Successful candidates at the initial application stage will be invited to interview, designed to determine whether applicants have the non-academic qualities required to become a successful nurse. Examples include good communication skills, evidence of empathy and of reflectiveness. Please note that applicants will be responsible for the cost of travel to the interview and any required accommodation. This will be made clear in your invite to interview.

Health assessments

All applicants invited to interview will be required to complete a health questionnaire and those accepting an offer will be screened by the Occupational Health Department. Students may be required to attend a medical examination as part of the admissions process. In addition, all nursing students will be required to have tests to determine their Hepatitis B surface antigen, TB and HIV status.

Criminal record checks (DBS)

As you may be working with vulnerable people in a variety of clinical settings throughout the degree programme, all offers are conditional upon a Criminal Conviction Self Declaration and an enhanced disclosure check via the Disclosure and Barring Service. We will review all significant reports of convictions, cautions and verbal warnings and decide on a candidate's suitability to enter the programme.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programmes.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

Our teaching encompasses a range of methods, combining traditional lectures and practical work with tutorials both at the University and on placement. The academic blocks provide you with the underpinning theory, linked to practice. We aim to develop you as an independent learner, equipping you with the skills to support yourself in lifelong learning.

Inter-professional learning is delivered as part of the core syllabus and in practice, where you’ll be encouraged to develop the insight and skills needed to work effectively in multidisciplinary hospital and community settings upon graduation. Our aim is to provide you with experiences and insights that will promote an ethos of multi-professional team working within the clinical setting.

Clinical placements

The clinical placements are 50% of the course and will give you a broad experience of different contexts including hospitals, community settings, primary care, and care homes.

Research-inspired teaching

We believe that every student benefits from being part of a culture that is inspired by research and being taught by experts. You will discuss the very latest ideas in seminars and tutorials and become actively involved in research yourself. Research plays an important part in developing patient care. You will be taught by staff that are at the cutting edge of their research areas, which ensures you receive the most up-to-date knowledge.

Online learning

Your learning will be supported by the University’s virtual learning environment. You will have individual access to electronic journals, content-rich study guides, and interactive online learning materials covering various science disciplines, formative online assessments and group discussion forums.


Assessment is carried out via a combination of continuous assessment (both academic and clinical) and exams. You will need to successfully complete both written and practical assessments.

Academic Support

All students are assigned a personal tutor for the duration of your programme. Your personal tutor is there to help and support you in any areas related to your academic progress including providing advice on careers, employability and training events.

In addition to your personal tutor, you’ll be assigned clinical supervisors who will provide you with extra support for your clinical placements.

Pastoral support and wellbeing

We offer a friendly and supportive environment from your first day with us. Our Pastoral Tutor team can provide assistance with non-academic issues and there is a designated Student Welfare Officer (SWO) for the Medical School. Prospective students can contact the SWO on for student support enquiries.

The University also provides extensive wellbeing support through a range of services including counselling services, advice units, chaplaincy, childcare facilities and student health centres. Find out further information about our Wellbeing services.


Nursing is a professional education programme leading to graduates who have the ability to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and thereby gain employment as registered nurses in health provider organisations such as NHS Trusts.

A nursing degree is a passport to an interesting job and a fulfilling career. The University of Exeter Academy nurse will be equipped for a fast track career in nursing with rapid promotions to senior clinical, leadership and research roles.

Contact us

Phone: +44 (0)1392 725500

Website: Visit the Nursing website