A career in nursing has a profound impact on people’s lives. Our cutting-edge degree enables you to shape a career at the forefront of the nursing profession, mixing expert teaching and outstanding student support with placements at some of London's premier hospitals.
Why study BSc Nursing (Adult field) at Middlesex?
“I’ve been so fortunate to have such brilliant and experienced lecturers. I’m proud of choosing a nursing degree and I’m proud of being a Middlesex student.”
Hufzha Juneja, Adult Nursing student
Our course is developed in partnership with NHS trusts so 50% of study time is spent on placement in our partner hospitals which include many of London’s most prestigious institutions. You will learn a range of essential nursing skills and techniques to effectively care for adult patients in a variety of healthcare environments, and develop critical and analytical skills through exploring the philosophical basis of nursing practice.
We are seeking students with the right acumen, who can show care, compassion and courage, and demonstrate commitment to a nursing career, coupled with excellent communication skills.
- We have outstanding employment results - almost 90% of our nursing graduates are in employment and the profession offers excellent progression
- Your studies are supported by brand new state-of-the-art facilities including nursing skills labs, professional training equipment and a separate building set up to deliver a range of high-fidelity simulations in areas such as resuscitation and dealing with seriously ill patients
- Our tutors are nursing sector professionals and bring the latest nursing practice developments to their teaching
- Our course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and provides the highest standard of education and training
- Upon successful graduation you will receive professional status as a registered adult nurse
- Year 1
- Foundations for Field of Practice (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module begins the process of the development of skills required to become a graduate, autonomous and lifelong learner. It provides a foundation from which the identified skills can be developed in relation to the field of nursing practice. These skills will be studied throughout the student s programme and beyond, in the world of work. In addition this module will specifically introduce the principles of adult nursing theory and practice.
- Foundations for Nursing Practice (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module aims to equip graduate learners with knowledge in essential biological concepts and evidence based nursing skills. Essential biological concepts included are human anatomy and physiology, microbiology / infection control, and pharmacology. Evidence based nursing skills encompass those shown in the syllabus, and introduce student nurses to medicines management. It provides a foundation from which the student nurse can build and develop their nursing practice throughout their programme and professional career.
- Foundations for Professional Practice (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module begins the process of the developing the graduate learner as a professional nurse. It provides a foundation from which the student nurse can develop the appropriate knowledge, skills, attitudes and conduct necessary for working as a professional nurse. These skills and attributes will be studied and developed throughout the student s programme and in their professional career.
- Practice Learning 1 (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module is practice based and provides the student with a variety of practice experiences in line with the NMC requirements for registration. Students will build on the knowledge and skills developed in their other modules and be supported in meeting the generic and specific field standards for competence and Essential Skills Clusters in order to achieve the NMC criteria for progression point 1.
- Year 2
- Approaches to Health and Social Care Research (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- To introduce students of health related subjects to the process of health care research. It is a professional requirement for those working in health related disciplines to underpin their knowledge with research and evidence-based practice. Professionals need to be able to access research findings, and through an understanding of the research process and methodology, be able to critique research and apply this knowledge to practice. The aim of this module is to develop the students awareness the research process and to equip them with the skills required to research in the subject area appropriate to their target award and to offer some preparation for their final year project/ dissertation.
- Caring for Patients with Long Term Conditions (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module aims to prepare the student to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for adults with long term conditions. The student will be facilitated to develop knowledge and skills in preparation for the care of adults with long term needs. Issues of diversity and patterns of health and illness will be explored. The module will enable the student to recognise and manage communication needs across the lifespan and in a range of settings.
- Nursing the Acutely Ill Patient (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module aims to prepare students to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for the acutely ill. The student will be facilitated to build on theoretical, clinical and personal knowledge to provide holistic care using an evidence bbased approach taking into account underpinning legal and ethical issues. The factors impacting on safe decision making will be explored. The module will address key professional issues that impact on both patient care and the role of the nurse in the acute setting.
- Practice Learning 2 (15 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module provides the student with a range of practice learning opportunities across a variety of practice experiences in line with the NMC requirements for registration. Students will build on the knowledge and skills developed in year 1 and be supported in meeting the generis and specific field standards for competence in order to progress towards the achievement of the NMC criteria for progression point 2.
- Practice Learning 3 (15 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module provides the student with a range of practice learning opportunities across a variety of practice experiences in line with the NMC requirements for registration. Students will build on the knowledge and skills developed to date and be supported in meeting the generic and specific field standards for competence and in order to achieve the NMC criteria for progression point 2.
- Year 3
- Dissertation (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module aims to synthesise learning from the students undergraduate programme providing an opportunity for students to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity, an inquiry based approach, the employment and application of research skills thus facilitating the development of a higher level of theorising. Students will select a topic of personal interest they wish to study further and will manage their own learning during this module, with the support of an allocated supervisor for this period of independent study.
- Nursing the Patient with Complex Care Needs (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- The aim of this module is to prepare the student to manage the care of a patient with complex carfe needs in a variety of health care settings. It will also enable the student to recognise and respond to changes in the patient condition safely, appropriately and competently. In doing so be able to defend judgements and clinical decisions.
- Practice Learning 4 (15 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module provides the student with a range of practice learning oppotunities across a variety of practice experiences in line with the NMC requirements for registration. Sudents will build on the knowledge and skills developed in Year 2 and be supported in meeting the generic and specific field standards for competence in order to progress towards the achievement of the NMC criteria for registration.
- Practice Learning 5 (15 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module provides the student with a range of practice learning oportunities across a variety of practice experiences in line with the NMC requirements for registration. Students will consolidate the knowledge and skills developed to date and be supported in meeting the generic and specific field standards for competence in order to achieve the NMC criteria for registration. Students will be assessed by a sign-off mentor during their 12 week period of continuous practice.
- Preparation for Professional Practice (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module aims to prepare the student for practice as a registered adult nurse. Students will be facilitated to develop awareness and identify the challenges of the newly registered nurse. They will build on professional experience and be encouraged to develop strategies for working in a multidisciplinary health care team.
What will you study?
You will learn a range of essential nursing skills and techniques to effectively care for adult patients in a variety of healthcare environments. Problem solving and making critical decisions will become second nature, and you will become confident working collaboratively in teams; ensuring you are able to assess, plan and implement adult care effectively.
You will develop a detailed understanding of the on-going development of nursing as a profession and be confident in contributing to the debate about its future.
What will you gain?
You will become an independent, self-motivated practitioner, able to reflect on your practice and adopt a critical and analytical approach to the care of adult patients.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification.
Teaching and learning
Emphasis is placed throughout the course on the development of practical skills, and the course is split equally between theory and practice. By the end of the course, you will have completed 2,300 hours of clinical training. You will attend lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions and tutorials, and will work on problem-solving exercises, case studies and written assignments. You will take part in seminar discussions and do some work in groups. You will supplement all this with online learning and your own independent study and reading.
Assessment is through exams, practical assessments and coursework, including a dissertation, your portfolio, reports, care plans, drug calculations, individual and group presentations, online assessments and learning logbooks.
Before you apply, see if nursing is the right choice for you. We have listed some of the personal qualities we expect our nursing students to demonstrate both at interview and throughout the course.
Detailed Entry requirements
Please note that we can only accept your application for consideration if you have already obtained your GCSE (or equivalent) Maths and English at the appropriate level prior to applying.
- A minimum of 240 UCAS tariff points from two or three A-levels, plus 5 GCSEs / O-levels grades A-C, including English language and maths, OR
- A full Access to Nursing certificate, or an access course in a related subject - minimum 45 credits at level 3. Must contain maths / English language GCSE equivalent. Must be recent within 5 years, OR
- AVCE health and social care double award + 5 GCSEs / O-levels grades A-C, including English language and maths, OR
- NVQ level 3 in a health related subject, need English and maths components – must be recent, within last five years + 5 GCSEs including grade A-C in maths and English language, OR
- BTEC National Diploma (18 Unit, level 3) in a health-related subject, grades MMP + 5 GCSEs including grade A-C in Maths and English language (must be recent - within last five years), OR
- BTEC National Certificate (12 unit, level 3) in health-related subject, grades DM = 5 GCSEs including grade A-C in Maths and English (must be recent - within last five years), OR
- Higher Education Introductory Nursing Studies; Nursing and Midwifery pathway plus 5 GCSEs including Maths & English language; grade C or above (or equivalent) 120 CATS points, OR
- Equivalents are considered on an individual basis – NARIC is used to check qualifications from overseas, OR
- Irish Highers: Equivalent to 240 UCAS tariff points. Must include minimum grade B or above in 4 subjects at Higher level, minimum grade C in 3 subjects at Ordinary level incl. maths and English language, OR
- FETAC: Level 5 in health related subject. To include five Distinctions (minimum) and also maths and English language at grade C at Ordinary level
Generally, you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years at the beginning of the year when your course starts and have full settled status.
There are some exceptions and other conditions in relation to fees and bursary payments.
To begin the course you must also complete a satisfactory enhanced DBS check, Occupational Health Check, and provide suitable references.
Nationality and status
For nursing and midwifery courses you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK, throughout the three years preceding the first day of the first academic year of the course for purposes other than full-time education AND have settled status in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971. There must be no restrictions on your length of stay in the UK. You must be ordinarily resident in England, Scotland, Wales or Northen Ireland. EU students are usually eligible to study nursing but may not receive full financial support.
How to apply
UK and EU students
Applications for UK and EU students should be made to UCAS – the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. The institution code for Middlesex is M80, and the code name is MIDDX. You also need the code for the course you wish to apply for – this is B740.
International students are ineligible to apply for this course.
Application and interview process
- Applications should be made via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
- Our admission team will then consider your application, and we will contact you within four weeks to inform you whether you have been shortlisted.
- If your application is successfully shortlisted, you will be invited to attend a maths and English test at the University’s Hendon campus. These tests are compulsory even if you meet our Maths and English GCSE application requirements.
- If you pass these tests, you will be invited to attend an interview.
- If you are successful at interview, you will then be offered a place on the course subject to academic, health and DBS requirements.
What are the career options with a degree in Nursing (Adult field)?
Employment prospects in the nursing field are excellent with almost 90% of our nursing students being in graduate level employment six months after graduation. In addition, salaries are good with our 2012 graduates averaging £36k per annum.
Nursing is a flexible and varied career which you can shape to suit your ambitions. There are many well-paid nursing roles within both the NHS and private sector. The skills you will formulate in your studies with us may support you to quickly progress up the nursing career ladder.
On successful completion of the programme students are eligible to enter the professional register for nursing. You will also receive career guidance from your professional development tutor.
Nursing is a profession requiring shift work throughout the 24 hour period. Duty rotas will reflect this and will include early, late, night, weekend and bank holiday shift patterns.
Our nursing graduates have gone on to work in roles including nurse, health co-ordinator, ITU critical care specialist,ward manager and ward sister, in hospitals including: North Middlesex, Whittington, UCL, Ealing, Royal London, Princess Alexandra, and Royal Free.
What about work placements?
We work in partnership with practice placement providers to ensure that the practice learning environment is conducive to meeting the individual learning needs of the student and a robust process of quality monitoring of the learning environment is in place.
Each practice area has an allocated link lecturer and practice placement information to further support clinical learning. Students are expected to work with their assigned mentor/assessor two to three times per week.
Work experience in the form of placements and internships greatly improve graduate employment prospects, and students who take part achieve excellent academic results through applying their learning in a professional setting.
Our Specialist Placement Department and London location ensure that every year our students and graduates gain prestigious placement opportunities.
What about professional accreditation?
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) works with partner organisations to set and maintain high standards of nursing and midwifery education across the UK. The NMC sets standards, guidance and requirements for nursing and midwifery programmes of education across the UK.
Our BSc Nursing (Adult field) course has been approved and monitored by the NMC. This means the course is professionally recognised for being of the highest quality, focused on developing the knowledge and skills that employers require.
What support is available?
Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews, networking and so on. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business. Find out more here.
What our students say:
Adult Nursing student
“When I came for the open day at Middlesex I felt so welcomed and at ease. It’s given me everything I wanted - great friends, great student life, a sociable atmosphere that welcomes everyone from all backgrounds and a great education too.
“I absolutely love my course. We get to do a range of placements in various areas, such as A & E, theatres and medical wards, as well as opportunities to study abroad – with academic and financial support from the University.
“The tutors are more like our friends – they understand and support us. It’s amazing how much they do for us. I’ve studied in across the UK, and some of the best lecturers I’ve ever come across have been at Middlesex. I’ve been so fortunate to have such brilliant, experienced, talented lecturers that have a passion to teach– it makes learning so much more enjoyable.
“I’m proud of choosing a nursing degree, and I’m proud of being a Middlesex student.”