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BSc Adult Nursing - 2025 entry

UCAS code B701
Duration 3 years
Entry year 2025
Campus St Luke's Campus
Discipline Nursing

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Typical offer

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A-Level: BBB
IB: 30/555

Contextual offers

A-Level: BCC
IB: 28/554


  • BSc Adult Nursing is your gateway to a challenging yet deeply fulfilling career in nursing.
  • Gain the skills and knowledge needed to make a meaningful impact on the lives of patients in a range of healthcare settings.
  • Join a profession that is not only rewarding but also in high demand, opening doors to a world of diverse opportunities in the field of nursing.
  • Receive a non-repayable maintenance grant between £5,000-8,000 per year through the NHS Learning Support Fund, and additional financial support for placement travel and dual accommodation costs*.
  • Experience a multi-disciplinary approach, learning alongside other disciplines and in clinical placements as you develop your leadership, problem-solving and communication skills.
  • Pioneering nursing curriculum built around our unique 7 Pillars of Learning.

*Limited to UK applicants eligible for support from the Student Loans Company

Top 5 in the UK for Nursing

5th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024

Top 10 for student satisfaction

The Academy of Nursing is Top 10 in the sector for student satisfaction in all seven themes (National Student Survey 2023)

Option to change to the MSci Nursing pathway in your final year

Develop practical skills in a simulation environment and in a range of care contexts

“Starting my course I felt at home really quickly. They don’t throw you in the deep end, they ease you into it which is nice. A lot of work got put into this course – the teachers want to teach us how to become nurses, how they wanted to be taught themselves. I was pretty impressed by that. I was instantly hooked into Exeter as well, as a place, I love it.”


Studying MSci Nursing

Entry requirements (typical offer)

Qualification Typical offer Required subjects
A-Level BBB n/a
IB 30/555 n/a
GCSE C or 4 GCSE Maths and English Language at grade C or 4, or above.
Access to HE 24 L3 credits at Distinction Grade and 21 L3 credits at Merit Grade N/A
T-Level Merit grade overall T-levels in Health or Healthcare Science only
Contextual Offer

A-Level: BCC
IB: 28/554

Specific subject requirements must still be achieved where stated above. Find out more about contextual offers.

Other accepted qualifications

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English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile F. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.

NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

Grades advertised on each programme webpage are the typical level at which our offers are made and provide information on any specific subjects an applicant will need to have studied in order to be considered for a place on the programme. However, if we receive a large number of applications for the programme we may not be able to make an offer to all those who are predicted to achieve/have achieved grades which are in line with our typical offer. For more information on how applications are assessed and when decisions are released, please see: After you apply

Will there be an interview?

Yes: all shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview between January and March.

The interview will be in the multiple mini interview format. This will consist of three stations which will assess your suitability for our programme.

Where an in-person interview takes place, you’ll also be able to take a campus tour. For virtual interviews, please visit our virtual tours.

All applications are considered on an individual basis and we’ll make offers shortly after an interview has taken place. A place on the course will not be offered to those who do not attend an interview.

Are there any non-academic requirements?

If you are successful in your interview, you will be required to complete a health questionnaire, then if you accept our offer you will be screened by our Occupational Health Department. 

You may be required to attend a medical examination as part of the admissions process. You will be required to have up-to-date vaccination records for relevant inoculations in line with University requirements and those of your placement providers.

We require all nursing students to be immunised against certain infectious diseases to meet health and safety standards required to work with patients. You will need to provide evidence of two MMR jabs, and undergo tests to determine your Hepatitis B surface antigen, TB and HIV status.

Enrolled nursing students will be unable to undertake their studies without evidence of completion of the vaccination process.

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 & Barring Service (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau). We will review all significant reports of convictions, cautions and verbal warnings and decide on your suitability to enter the programme.

All successful applicants will be required to sign the appropriate student agreement.

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Course content

BSc Adult Nursing is a three-year course leading to eligibility for registration as an Adult nurse with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).

Nurses play a vital role in healthcare. As healthcare is changing in the UK and around the world, the role of nurses is changing too. Nurses are occupying more and more senior positions across the healthcare sector – in management, policymaking, research and education. Nurses are also at the heart of patient care everywhere, from ultra-modern super hospitals, to caring for the vulnerable at home, to providing critical support in refugee camps or countries affected by natural disasters.

Our aim is for Exeter nurses to be outstanding in all areas of nursing, and healthcare more widely. We are committed to developing the future of nursing, and our vision is reflected in the structure and content of this programme.

The programme is structured around Exeter’s unique ‘seven pillars’ of nursing:

  1. Patient and public involvement;
  2. Fundamental essentials of nursing care;
  3. Evidence for practice;
  4. No health without mental health;
  5. Leadership and management of healthcare;
  6. Global health;
  7. Ethics and professionalism. 

After graduation you will be able to start your journey as a highly professional nurse capable of leading exceptional, comprehensive, person-centred and evidence-based care.


Compulsory modules

Stage 1: 120 credits of compulsory modules

CodeModule Credits
NUR1000 Clinical Immersion 1 60
NUR1001 Fundamentals of Patient Care 15
NUR1002 Research and Evidence-based Practice 15
NUR1003 Nursing Theory into Practice 1 30

Compulsory modules

Stage 2: 120 credits of compulsory modules

CodeModule Credits
NUR2000 Clinical Immersion 2 60
NUR2001 Public, Population and Planetary Health 30
NUR2002 Nursing Theory into Practice 2 30

Stage 3: 105 credits of compulsory modules, 15 credits of optional modules

Compulsory modules

Stage 3: 105 credits of compulsory modules:

CodeModule Credits
NUR3050 Clinical Immersion 3 (Adult) 60
NUR3002 Nursing Theory into Practice 3 (Adult) 30
NUR3003 Leading and Managing Change in Nursing 15

Optional modules

Stage 3: 15 credits of optional modules

CodeModule Credits
NUR3109 The Art and History of Nursing 15
NUR3001 Care of the Older Adult 15
NUR3005 Research Approaches 15
NUR3006 Integrative Talking Therapy for Mental Health 15

Clinical practice placements

Fifty per cent of your time will be spent in clinical practice. Placements are organised in blocks that range from seven to fourteen weeks. The Academy of Nursing has several key NHS Trusts supporting placements: 

The five main acute hospitals sites you will be going to for placements are: RDUH Exeter in Exeter, Torbay Hospital in Torquay, RDUH North Devon in Barnstaple, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust in Taunton & Yeovil, and Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

You will also have a variety of placements throughout Devon, Cornwall, and Somerset. One of the requirements for the NMC is understanding the whole patient journey so with this in mind you will also have placements in primary care, social care and independent healthcare organisations and charities to support your learning.

We use a variety of innovative placement models to support your learning throughout the programme. During your placements there will be opportunities for you to do spoke placement within the Trust you are working in as well as spoke out to local GP practices, care homes and learning disability settings to enrich your clinical experience.


Tuition fees for 2024 entry

UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £29,700 per year

NHS Learning Support Fund

Through the NHS Learning Support Fund, students starting or continuing study on a range of Nursing and Allied Health degrees at undergraduate or postgraduate level can apply for a Training Grant of £5,000 per academic year.

Potential extra payments worth up to £3,000 per academic year will be available for eligible students. This includes £1000 for those studying in an area of shortage specialism, including radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic) and mental health nursing. Find out more and how to apply on the NHS Learning Support Fund website.

The Schwab and Westheimer Trust - Westheimer Scholarship

The Schwab and Westheimer Trust was established to assist young refugees and asylum seekers in accessing education, especially where there are no adequate alternative sources of funding. For more information, including eligibility criteria, please visit the Westheimer Scholarship website.


The University of Exeter has many different scholarships available to support your education, including £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*. Financial support is also available for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, lower income households and other under-represented groups to help them access, succeed and progress through higher education.

* Terms and conditions apply. See online for details.

Find out more about tuition fees and scholarships

Learning and teaching

We have designed this unique programme to include a wide range of teaching, learning and assessment methods. We will use the best techniques, to produce the best nurses.

You will learn through a varied and challenging programme of lectures, workshops, seminars, small group teaching and learning in both simulated and real clinical environments.

We will give you plenty of opportunity to practise your knowledge and skills, as you work closely with professionals in the Clinical Skills Resource Centre and our purpose-built simulated ward. You will be supported by practice supervisors in your clinical practice.


You will be assessed at Exeter via Objective Structured Clinical Examinations, essays, case studies, examinations, and in clinical practice settings.

Clinical practice is assessed using a range of proficiencies which will be detailed in a Practice Assessment Document. These proficiencies are prescribed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and form the basis of discussion and assessment during each clinical practice placement. The proficiencies and related learning activities represent the range of nursing skills that you are expected to observe, acquire and develop during each year of the programme (although we cannot assess the proficiencies while you are on elective).

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Your future

After you graduate, you’ll be able to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and thereby gain employment as a registered nurse in health provider organisations such as NHS Trusts.

A nursing degree is a passport to an interesting job and a fulfilling career. As you gain experience, you could advance your career by specialising in a branch of adult nursing, progress to more senior nursing posts or move into education or research.