Undergraduate Courses at Bangor University

Adult Nursing BN (Hons)

Course facts

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

Location: School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor or Wrexham campuses with practice placements with both NHS and other partners across north Wales.

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For an information pack, contact the Student Recruitment Unit or 01248 383561.

For more specific information, contact the School of Healthcare Sciences on 01248 383123 or e-mail us.

Course Overview

The 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. 

The taught elements of this course can be delivered at both the Bangor & Wrexham Archimedes Centre campuses so students can choose which location they wish to apply for.

Why choose Bangor for this course?

  • 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 (94%), improved their communication skills (94%) and ability to problem solve (92%) (Unistats).

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Course Content

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 portfolio.

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

What will you study on this course?

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.

Within the individual degree programmes there are shared learning opportunities for all fields to learn together about common or generic elements such as anatomy and physiology, psychology, sociology, communication, reflection, law and ethics.

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

Where will I study?

The taught elements of this course can be delivered at both the Bangor & Wrexham Archimedes Centre campuses so students can choose which location they wish to apply for. Placements for student nurses take place within the BCUHB area.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Adult Nursing Modules page.

Careers & Employability

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.

Employability and the School of Healthcare Sciences

Graduates in nursing, midwifery, radiography and occupational therapy  from the School of Healthcare Sciences gain both an academic and professional qualification that is well-regarded by Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board, Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth, University Hospital of North Staffordshire, the Countess of Chester Hospital and other educational partner placement providers in Wales and England.

Our employability record is excellent and you can view current statistics as well as other essential information about our programmes at Unistats:

Careers advice

Careers advice is gained from healthcare professionals both in practice and in dedicated careers sessions. You are also eligible to register for the Bangor Employability Award to further enhance career prospects and advice is also available form the Bangor University Careers & Employability Service.

Graduates from our programmes have a wide range of career options available including clinical specialisms, research and management in acute and community healthcare settings including hospitals, clinics and residential and home environments. The School offers a wide range of post-graduate and post-registration opportunities to further enhance career prospects such as Masters degree programmes and courses leading to qualifications for specialisms including intensive care nursing or specialist practice awards.

The post-graduate award programmes involve research leading to Masters and Doctoral qualifications, which includes our Professional Doctorate aimed at individuals in advanced clinical or organisational roles which combine elements of practice, research and service improvement in healthcare.

NHS Careers has more details of the career opportunities that are available to graduates from the School of Healthcare Sciences:

  • Nursing;
  • Midwifery;
  • Radiography;
  • Occupational therapy

All students are well-supported in practice placements and the Nursing and Midwifery Council have favourably assessed the quality of mentorship provision and student support in clinical placements concluding 'the university and its partners are commended for their excellent partnership relationships at strategic and operational levels' (NMC UK Wide Quality Assurance Framework Programme Monitoring Report 2011).

The final extended placement for BN students focuses on management skills and competencies and is an opportunity for students to make choices about areas of career focus. Radiography students gain more clinical experience and content on placements and during academic study than any other course in the UK. During their final year, radiography students produce dissertations exploring service improvement improving their clinical awareness and credibility.

Careers and Employability Service

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

Amongst the experiences offered by the Careers and Employability Service to help both your personal and career development are work placements, work taster schemes, part-time work, and volunteering and mentoring opportunities.

Bangor Employability Award

The Bangor Employability Award is designed to enhance the immediate and longer-term career prospects of our students. It offers free opportunities to gain the skills and experiences employers need, based on up-to-date research.

BEA graduates get a certificate, a transcript and formal verification of their extracurricular activities from Bangor University. The Award also offers free training courses, interview preparation, access to online careers software and helps develop a skills portfolio of evidence for employers.

Student Volunteering

Student Voluteering is both worthwile in itself but also improves your employbility and widens your experiences. The Students' Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office - Student Volunteering Bangor (SVB) within the Students' Union which has over 1,500 members, 600 of whom volunteer on one or more of our community based projects. SVB volunteers currently contribute a total of 600 hours each week which promotes a close relationship between the university and the local community.



Entry requirements for this course

  • 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.

Typical Academic Requirements

  • GCSE Mathematics and Welsh or English (minimum grades A-C)
  • A levels - 300 UCAS points which must include at least 2 A2 at BB OR 2 A levels at BB plus the Welsh Baccalaureate at grade B
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma – Distinction, Distinction, Merit
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma - our typical offer is 27 distinctions and 18 merits with 15 ungraded credits Level 2 credits. The Access to HE programme provides a recognised alternative to the requirements for mathematic and English at GCSE.
  • FETAC – this qualification is considered for Irish students only and the typical offer would be for 6 Distinctions and 2 Merits. To meet the requirements for mathematics a D3 or above in Maths at Ordinary Level Leaving Certificate.
  • 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).

General University entry requirements

Here at Bangor we accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds. We consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points . Normally, all GCE A and AS levels, VCEs and Key Skills can be used to calculate your overall points.

For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see the UCAS website.

Qualifications currently not in the Tariff Framework:

Access courses and mature entry: We welcome your application if you’re taking a recognised Access course. We also consider applications from other older students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

International students entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

More information

Home/EU students

E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 382017

International students

Email to International Education Office: international@bangor.ac.uk or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

Interview and selection for BN Nursing

All applicants will be required to attend a group interview, after which candidates will be notified if they have been shortlisted and further information will be required before final acceptance onto the course can be granted. Please visit the interview and selection for BN Nursing page to find out more.

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University's International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Why study with the School of Healthcare Sciences?

  • Our Pre-Registration Midwifery or Nursing degree courses lead to both an academic award and registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC), ultimately allowing you to practice within the nursing or midwifery profession.
  • Our Radiography degree course lead to both an academic award and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HPC)
  • We have positive links with the local University Health Board (BCUHB) and other care providers in North Wales, and North West England
  • Our courses are designed to respond to the changing workplace environment
  • Tuition fees are not charged for most of our degree course and a full NHS non-means tested bursary (see course specific information) is available to UK resident students for pre-registration Midwifery and Nursing (you must have been living in the UK for three years prior to starting the course)
  • There will be opportunities to experience bilingual practice in some parts of the region
  • We have experienced researchers and lecturers in Health/Social Care and Well Being
  • We offer conferences, seminars and workshops on key health and social care issues
  • We offer an accreditation of Prior Learning Schemes, so that previous academic experiences may be accredited.


Student Awards Services implements the NHS Wales Bursary Schemes, which provides funding for healthcare students on NHS funded courses in Wales and Welsh domiciled medical and dental students within the UK. If you are considering a professional career in health care and would like to know more about the financial support you will get during your training, then please contact:

Student Awards Services,
6th Floor, Churchill House,
17 Churchill Way,
CF10 2TW.

Bursary Enquiries: 02920 376854
Childcare Enquiries: 02920 196168
Email: abm.sas@wales.nhs.uk
Website: www.nwsspstudentfinance.wales.nhs.uk/home

Studying at Bangor

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) and top in Wales for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

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Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation

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