Undergraduate Courses at Bangor University

Adult Nursing BN (Hons)

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Course facts

  • UCAS code: B740
  • Bangor code: BN/NURSA
  • Course length: 3 years

Location: School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor with practice placements with both NHS and other partners accross north Wales. For details of the location of the Fields of Practice, see www.bangor.ac.uk/healthcaresciences or e-mail admissions.health@bangor.ac.uk

Entry requirements

  • The entry requirements below outline the minimum educational requirements. Applicants will be expected to attend for an interview if selected, and undergo further screening for entry into nursing. See below for details.
  • All applicants to the BN leading to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) must satisfy a range of entry criteria, as outlined in the prospectus. The NMC’s Standards for pre-registration nursing education sets out the standards for admission; applicants should consult this or contact admissions.health@bangor.ac.uk for further advice.
  • Recruitment to pre-registration education for nursing in Wales will enable students to gain an academic award at degree level in addition to gaining entry on to the professional register upon successful completion of this course.
  • The Nursing and Midwifery Council identify the general entry requirements for admission and state that all applicants must demonstrate that they have good health and good character. The School will require candidates to undertake a criminal record check and other requirements for demonstrating good character;the local Health Board will be responsible for setting the requirement for good health.
  • All applicants must meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council's entry requirements for literacy and numeracy.  This would normally be demonstrated through having achieved GCSE Mathematics and Welsh or English (minimum grades A to C) or the equivalent in numeracy and communication Key Skills (level 3 recommended). Where the IELTS is offered as evidence of literacy and communication, the NMC accepts the IELTS examination. Applicants should seek guidance from the School’s Admissions Office or alternatively from the NMC in relation to the scores required in this examination. Advice on educational entry criteria can be provided on an individual basis following application.

Academic Requirements

  • GCSE Mathematics and Welsh or English (minimum grades A-C)
  • Access courses (Nursing or Health related)
  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered on an individual basis (see www.ucas.ac.uk for latest information)
  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate ability to study to the required level
  • Candidates with entry qualifications older than 5 years must demonstrate evidence of recent study at an appropriate level.
  • Information on the NMC’s Standards for pre-registration nursing, on the standards required for admission (literacy, numeracy and communication) and the requirements in relation to good health and good character may be found at the NMC's website: www.nmc-uk.org

Good Health & Good Character

All students applying for the Bachelor of Nursing programme must meet the following criteria for good health and good character  during the admission process (see NMC guidance here):

  • Good health will be assessed through health screening including, for example, your immunisation history, as a condition of acceptance onto the course.
  • You will be asked to provide a reference included in your UCAS application and we also ask for a Caring Reference in accordance with the Welsh Chief Nursing Officer initiative. This should be from an employer or manager form any caring experience you have gained in either a voluntary or paid capacity. If in employment, we will need a reference from your current employer with a full employment history.
  • Criminal record check - you must indicate correctly on your UCAS form any cautions, convictions, reprimands or warnings as these are not regarded as spent when applying for a health related course. Information about cautions, convictions, reprimands or warnings will be requested with your application which will include a self- declaration form. A condition of any offer of a place on the programme will be provision by the candidate and clearance of a full enhanced criminal record check (or EU or international equivalent).

The Adult Nursing course is appropriate for careers working with people of all ages facing physical and mental health challenges or living with learning disabilities who need professional nursing care. Nursing offers a range of interesting and rewarding careers in healthcare. Advice on entry requirements and careers can be found here.

For further course information, please visit the School's website.

Career Prospects

Qualifying as a Registered Nurse in Wales enables registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Careers may be with large employers e.g. NHS Health Boards or smaller independent sector organisations and can lead to opportunities in clinical specialisms, management, research, or education.

For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.

You will have compulsory theoretical study and clinical placements in hospitals, community and/or residential settings in north Wales. Closely-supervised placements enable observation of professionals at work and participation in delivery of nursing care starting early in the course. Support is available from a personal tutor who is a registered nurse and an academic member of staff and mentorship supervision from a practicing registered nurse on placement. Theoretical and practical work is assessed through assignments, examinations, presentations and the All-Wales assessment of clinical practice.

For further information about how you will learn on this course, please see the School's website.

What will I study?

You can study one of four fields of practice; adult nursing, mental health nursing, learning disabilities nursing or children’s nursing. The course is based equally on theory and practice – 50% is on theoretical study and 50% is spent in clinical practice developing competence needed for entry to the NMC’s register. You will develop skills and professional behaviours, values and attitudes expected of a nurse to ensure the safety and protection of people of all ages and their carers and families. There are opportunities to study alongside other student healthcare professionals and the School has a strategy for interprofessional learning.

For further information on what you will study on this course, please visit the School's website.

  • The School has consistently ranked highly in the National Student Survey, and has frequently ranked top overall in Wales. In the 2013 survey, students on preregistration nursing programme ranked the courses particularly highly (94%) for improving their communication skills and confidence.
  • Our staff have a wide range of clinical experience at the forefront of their professional fields, and work in partnership with local health providers, including Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, to ensure our students’ learning is of the highest quality.
  • We are leading research programmes which are transforming the quality and delivery of healthcare in Wales and internationally.
  • We can help you realise your potential and have an enthusiastic team to help you realise your aspirations.
  • Our students have ranked our course highly on how it has helped them to be more confident (945), improved their communication skills (94%) and ability to problem solve (92%) (Unistats).

Why Bangor?

I chose Bangor as it had an excellent reputation for training Nurses.

About the course…

The course is very hard going but very rewarding. Not only are you gaining a profession – you grow as a person…There is excellent support available from lecturers and admin staff. The library facilities are great with on-hand support if needed.

The best thing about living in Bangor…

The beauty and social activities. When I leave Bangor I will miss the people and the scenery.

Clubs and Societies…

I Peer Guide – which is helping new students to settle and get familiar with what Bangor has to offer.


Contact us:

Please contact:

The Student Recruitment Unit (01248 383561) for an information pack.

For more specific information, contact the School at:

School of Healthcare Sciences
Tel: 01248 383123
E-mail: admissions.health@bangor.ac.uk

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