Adult Nursing PGDip


Course facts

  • Name: Adult Nursing
  • Qualification: PGDip
  • Duration: 2 years, full-time

This PGDip in Adult Nursing leads to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and offers graduates a funded route over two-years into nursing whilst simultaneously obtaining a postgraduate qualification. This post graduate qualification is aimed at graduates who wish develop apply their knowledge gained their undergraduate degree and pursue a career in the front-line delivery of health care services.  The aim of this course is to prepare a registered nurse who is able to offer an excellent quality of compassionate care, enhanced leadership, management and holds inter-professional and research skills, in order to influence practice and initiate change. 

Our exceptional teaching provision is based upon the latest research into practice (which is a key focus of the schools highly ranked research activity) and is grounded in modern clinical practice. The Adult Nursing PGDip will equip graduates particularly well to thrive in rapidly changing environments, taking into account how behaviour, culture, socioeconomic and other factors, in the care environment and its location, can affect health, illness, health outcomes and public health priorities

Students will graduate from the programme as adult nurses, with the necessary knowledge, skills, competence and values required to meet required Statutory requirements for registration.

Note: As this is a funded programme by the Workforce, Education and Development Service (WEDS) international students will not be able to apply for this programme of study.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Course Content

You’ll gain the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviour required to meet statutory requirements to register as a practicing adult nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. When you graduate you’ll have a thorough understanding of the competencies, principles and processes that underpin safe and effective person-centred care delivery and the ability to apply knowledge and principles to various care settings.

The PGD will develop you as an autonomous, reflective practitioner who has the qualities and values needed to deliver safe and effective care. You will develop leadership and management skills which can be further developed on qualification, enabling the practitioner to develop practice, promote and sustain change, delegate, supervise and manage self and others, whilst contributing to the planning, designing, delivering and improvement of future services.

Throughout the programme, practice placements are designed to provide a range of adult nursing experience. You’ll have compulsory theoretical study and clinical placements in acute and community hospitals in North Wales. During placements you are supernumerary and this allows you to work alongside your mentor and participate in delivery of nursing care. 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.

Course Structure

Year 1

  • Principles of Adult Nursing
  • Legal & Ethical Concepts
  • Adults with Chronic Conditions
  • Physiology & Pathophysiology
  • Nursing Practice 1 PGD

Year 2

  • Adults with Complex Needs
  • Lead, Innovate and Implement
  • Clinical Decision Making & Evidence Based Practice P
  • Nursing Practice 2 PGD

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The teaching and learning strategy for the course will take a student-centred approach and build on the graduate skills developed during your first degree. Whilst there will be some taught lectures for each module, the main emphasis will be on working as a group to develop your knowledge, clinical decision making skills and finding solutions to real life problems. 

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.

Entry Requirements

To apply for the Post Graduate Diploma Adult Nursing an applicant would normally have achieved a 2.1 honours degree in a health / life or social science related subject, within the last 5 years, and be able to demonstrate undertaken 700 hours of healthcare related experience which can be mapped to the NMC progression point one core competencies.  

In addition to the attainment of a suitable degree, the NMC require that all applicants must demonstrate evidence of communication and numeracy, and these must be demonstrated normally via GCSE at C or above in English or Welsh 1st language and Mathematics.

As this is a funded programme by the Workforce, Education and Development Service (WEDS) international students will not be able to apply for this programme of study.

The NMC also require that evidence of ‘Good Health and Good Character’ be obtained, and in addition to the supportive reference to the application, the School has adopted the All Wales Good Character reference. Good Character is further assessed by way of a Full/Enhanced DBS report, and these are risk assessed by the partnership in accordance with the School’s policy. Good Health is assessed by the local Health Board’s Health at Work Unit, and students are monitored throughout the programme and supported where required.

Selection processes: 

  1. Completion of application – direct application with personal statement and references.
  2. Short listing from personal statement and reference against agreed criteria (to include numeracy and literacy at GCSE).
  3. Character references taken and reviewed.
  4. Formal interview with interactive group work activities and MMI.
  5. Numeracy / medication calculation
  6. Written essay on seen question – confidentiality and data protection.
  7. Enhanced DBS disclosure check.
  8. Occupational health review.

Selection events and processes will involve lecturers in adult nursing, Health Board clinical staff, service user participants. Participants in the selection processes undergo training and support in diversity and equality as part of their professional development.

If successful at interview applicants will be invited to progress to part two and complete and submit their RPL/REPL portfolio.  Admissions to the programme are made on a time frame to allow for the completion of the RP(E)L process, so early applications are encouraged. 

Further details on this process can be obtained following interview.

Dyslexia / Disability:

Applicants with particular needs in relation to dyslexia or a disability are encouraged to declare this on the front cover of their RPL/REPL portfolio so that this can be taken into account when reviewing the evidence.  This will be reviewed by a RPL/RPEL panel to ascertain completion of required criteria (see below). 

Additional requirements:

A set number of places on the programme are funded WEDS (criteria for the funding and information is available on the WEDS website).  

Students who accept a funded place for the Post Graduate Diploma will be required to work within Wales for two years following graduation.

Students with disabilities, on application, are supported by the University’s Disabilities Officer and the School’s Disabilities Advisor, and relevant risk assessments undertaken and adaptations where required, explored.

Where there may be issues relating to Good Character, Good Health, or Disability that require further exploration or investigation, the School and the local Health Board’s Fitness for Practice Committee would be consulted.

Evidence of achievement:

Applicants will be required to complete a RP(E)L reflective portfolio which demonstrates achievement of the Year 1 progression points indicated in the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards for Pre-registration Nursing Education (NMC, 2010).  As part of this portfolio of evidence applicants will be required to submit the BSc / BA certificate and a transcript of the modules undertaken as part of the degree.

Applicants will be required to complete a reflective portfolio which demonstrates the knowledge and skills gained from previous health related experience and this must be mapped against the NMC Year 1 progression points indicated in the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards for Pre-registration Nursing Education (NMC, 2010). 

Portfolio of evidence:

This reflective portfolio will contain specific examples and evidence of how the claimed health care experience allows the applicant to demonstrate attainment of the progression points.  Evidence can be demonstrated with examples from practice experiences, study days attended, mandatory training and the references provided by employers.

Applicants will be required to complete a Declaration of Own Work to indicate that they have exclusively completed the PRL/RPEL portfolio.

The assessment criteria for the portfolio will be as follows:

Authenticity: is there unmistakable evidence to support the full achievement of the Year 1 NMC progression criteria?

Legitimacy: is the achievement sufficient to meet the Year 1 NMC progression points? 

Time Frame: are the claims made against experiences which have currency to the current healthcare setting i.e. in the last 3 years?

Sufficiency: is the evidence sufficient to fully demonstrate attainment of the learning/experiences claimed?

Graduate skills: is the applicant able to demonstrate the expected level of study skills for entry at Level 7.

The portfolio will be reviewed by an academic member of staff and will be assessed as pass or fail. 

On successful completion of the portfolio the applicant will receive a formal offer of a WEDS funded place


Please note: this course is not open to international students.

How to Apply

Home/EU students

Home/EU students: apply online yourself with the help of our Guidance Notes on online application for Home/EU students. We strongly recommend you read these before you start to apply online.

Apply online

Once you have read the Guidance Notes you should apply using our Online Application form.

Need help applying? Home/EU students please contact:

Postgraduate Admissions: or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717.

International students

  • Agents: if you are an agent applying on behalf of the student, then you can Apply here. For further guidance click here

Need help applying? International students please contact:

International Education Office: or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

When to apply

The University will accept applications throughout the year, but we would generally advise that you send in your application form by the end of June to ensure that you have time to make any funding and/or accommodation arrangements, and for documents such as transcripts and references to be obtained if not submitted with the application. This will also give you more time to meet any conditions we may potentially attach to an offer.

Careers and Employability

Students successfully completing the Post Graduate Diploma Adult nursing are able to register their professional status with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and seek employment as a registered nurse.

Those completing the Post Graduate Diploma and who are able to register with the NMC will be expected to work in Wales for a period of two years in accordance with the guidance provided by Welsh Government.

Employability rates are high in comparison to other graduates, given the professional competence and qualification in association with a degree.  Career opportunities once employed as registered nurse are excellent and can lead to promotion opportunities in clinical practice/specialism, research or education. Career pathways and progression frequently facilitate opportunity to undertake further study to complete a full Master’s degree or /and Doctoral Study level.

Employability and the School of Healthcare Sciences

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

  • Currently 100% of graduates of all undergraduate nursing degrees are in a professional/managerial position after 6 months (KIS)” and
  • 100% of midwifery students and;
  • 100% radiography students go on to work
  • We’d anticipate graduates from this new programme will be equally in demand

Careers Advice

Careers advice is gained from healthcare professionals both in practice and in dedicated careers sessions and NHS Careers has more details of the career opportunities that are available to Midwifery graduates. You are also eligible to register for the Bangor Employability Award to further enhance career prospects and advice is also available from the Bangor University Careers & Employability Service.

Also see the Careers information here. Inc. Standard text below “Opportunities at Bangor” heading


The PGDip Adult Nursing attracts NHS Bursary Package funding support that covers fees and a small contribution towards living expenses. Applicants may need to consider other sources of funding to support living costs whilst doing the course eg part-time employment etc. 

NHS Funding is available to students who have previously had finding through the Student Loan Scheme to complete a non NHS bursary funded degree.


Student Awards Services implements the NHS Wales Bursary Schemes, which provides funding for healthcare students on NHS funded courses in Wales. 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:

Bursary Enquiries: 02920 376854

The Council of Deans also has a funding website with a wealth of information for students considering studying in Wales and beyond.


Further information

Contact us

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Why study with the School of Healthcare Sciences

If you haven't already do have a look at this page for a list of reasons that we think mean that if you are interested in a PG Dip Adult Nursing (leading to NMC registration) you should consider studying with us.

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