BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) [Bolton NHS Foundation Trust]

As a nurse you can make a huge difference to people's health and wellbeing. Offered in partnership with the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, the University of Bolton’s Nursing (Adult) degree aims to give you the experience and skills to join this demanding yet rewarding career.

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) [Bolton NHS Foundation Trust]

Course details

The University of Bolton’s Nursing (Adult) degree, offered in partnership with Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, is designed to prepare you for a successful career caring for people over 18. There is a shortage of qualified nurses in the UK, so the career opportunities are excellent.

You’ll spend 50% of your time in practice learning experience at our partner trust and study at the university will complement and enhance your learning in the workplace. We’ll support you as you learn to care for adults with acute and long-term illnesses, in hospital and at home, and gain expertise in health promotion and disease prevention.

Together with our partner trust, we’ll work to prepare you to become a confident, professional nurse, able to deliver and lead adult care within an ever changing health and social care environment. On successful completion of the nursing qualification you’ll possess the knowledge and skills you need to perform as an independent, highly competent, compassionate nurse who can be trusted to maintain professional standards and assure the protection of the public.

If you’re an ambitious nursing associate or assistant practitioner you may be able to join this course at Level 2 (HE5) and top-up your existing foundation degree to achieve the BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) in two years or less. This is a popular route for healthcare practitioners that recognises and values prior learning and experience. The top-up option is a well-recognised pathway to career advancement.

  • UCAS points: 104
  • Start date: 27/04/2020 14/09/2020 (Full) 25/01/2021 or 26/04/2021
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS code: B741
  • Duration: 3 years

Course highlights:

  • The course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and on successful completion you’ll be eligible to register as a qualified nurse.
  • After successful completion and gaining the nursing qualification you’ll be given the opportunity to apply for a Band 5 Nursing post with Bolton NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Your practice learning experience may be in a range of clinical environments within Bolton NHS Foundation Trust which has busy accident and emergency, acute medicine and critical care departments, as well as cancer and maternity services, cardiology, gastroenterology, gynaecology, ophthalmology, radiology and urology departments.
  • You’ll have access to facilities in the flagship £31 million Bolton One building, including our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Suite where you’ll be able to practice skills and develop knowledge using clinical equipment and simulators.
  • Our nursing courses are ranked top in England for student satisfaction, according to The Complete University Guide 2020.

Key features:

  • We’ll work to enable you to learn an extensive range of nursing skills and techniques so that you can care effectively for adult patients in a variety of healthcare environments. Our ambition is for you to become a nurse leader of the future.
  • You’ll gain first hand work experience and have the opportunity to develop an invaluable network of professional contacts during your extensive time (50%) gaining practice learning experience at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust.
  • The theory elements of the course are delivered by professional expert academic tutors who come from a wide range of clinical and academic backgrounds. Theory sessions take place at both the University of Bolton and the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, at their education centre at the Royal Bolton Hospital and at other NHS training facilities in the Bolton area.
  • Qualified healthcare practitioners contribute towards each of the modules, and are invited as guest speakers so that you have the opportunity to learn from their first-hand examples of current practice.
  • We also work to help you appreciate the views of health and social care service users and carers by involving them throughout the course.

Entry requirements

  • UCAS points: 104
  • Start date: 27/04/2020 14/09/2020 (Full) 25/01/2021 or 26/04/2021
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS code: B741
  • Duration: 3 years

Please note that this course is only available to Home students.

Your Level 3 subjects must include a health and social care related subject; for instance, A-level Biology or BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care. Science, Psychology and other related subjects may be acceptable – please contact us for details. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not acceptable.

You must also have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English Language, Mathematics and, preferably, Science. Please contact us for a list of acceptable GCSE equivalents.

Qualifications gained outside England and Wales will be assessed on an individual basis according to guidance by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

If you have successfully completed an FdSc Nursing Associate programme approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council or FdA Health and Social Care (Assistant Practitioner) qualification, you may be eligible to apply for exemptions towards the BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult). If you apply to join the degree at Level 2 (HE5), you may make a claim for recognition of prior learning (RPL) up to a maximum of 50% of the programme. Please note that you’ll be required to produce a portfolio of evidence towards this RPL claim.

If your application is successfully short-listed, then you’ll be asked to attend an interview. The interview process will involve face-to-face interviews with academic staff, practice staff and service users. You’ll also be assessed on your values, behaviours, communication and problem solving skills, and undertake a numeracy and literacy assessment. We’re seeking students who can demonstrate commitment to a nursing career, who have excellent communication skills and who are caring, compassionate and courageous.

If you’re successful at the interview stage, you’ll be asked to undergo occupational health screening and a DBS check.

You'll be required to satisfactorily pass occupational health screening.

You’ll need to demonstrate that you are of good health and good character prior to enrolment and on an on-going basis throughout your studies and career.

This course involves working unsupervised with vulnerable adults and you must gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting your studies. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service. Find out more

If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 7.0 with normally no less than 6.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more

The University of Bolton recognises prior learning, whether gained through academic credit and qualifications or through your professional and employment experience. Previous learning may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for this programme or for exemption from part of this programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning, and each claim will be considered in accordance with the University’s policy and regulations for the recognition of prior learning.

Please note that it's not possible to join this course at Level 3 (HE6). Applications to join the course at Level 2 (HE5) will be considered.

You'll need to ascertain if you're eligible for a student loan via Student Finance England or will need to be able to self-fund.

Career opportunities

On successful completion of the nursing degree, you’ll possess the knowledge and skills you need to perform as an independent, highly competent, compassionate nurse and work within the field of adult nursing.

You’ll gain key transferable skills including the ability to work independently, adapt to changing circumstances, work in teams and groups, and listen and respond to customers and their needs. You’ll become adept at forward planning and time management, rational decision making, critical thinking, physical assessment and gain excellent communication skills during your time in both university and practice settings.

Our BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) programme also offers a well-recognised pathway of career advancement for qualified nursing associates and assistant practitioners. If you already hold an appropriate foundation degree, you may be able to top-up your qualification and become an adult nurse in two years or less (the maximum possible exemption is 50% of the programme). This popular option recognises your prior learning and experience and allows you to take on full nursing responsibilities more quickly. It also opens the door to postgraduate study and provides a route for you to achieve your career ambitions.

What can I do with this qualification?

Nursing is the largest healthcare profession in the country and offers excellent career opportunities and progression. The adult nursing degree prepares you for a wide range of rewarding opportunities in both general medical and surgical wards, as well as specialist departments such as intensive care, accident and emergency and cancer units. Indeed, most healthcare services require qualified nurses and there are also openings in general practice surgeries, nursing homes and hospices, outpatient day surgeries, community settings, home healthcare and mental health agencies.

Alternative career options

  • Public health
  • Management
  • Armed forces
  • Secondary schools
  • FE and HE teaching
  • Clinical research
  • Health promotion
  • Occupational health
  • Overseas aid and development
  • Prisons
  • Universities
  • Holiday companies
  • Voluntary organisations

Professional recognition

The course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

On successful completion of the degree you’ll be eligible to apply for professional registration with the NMC.

Fees & funding

Home/EU fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2020/212021/222022/232023/24
2020/21 £9,250£9,250£9,250-£27,750
2021/22 -nullnullnullnull

International fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2020/212021/222022/232023/24
Useful information

The Government has announced that from September 2020 new and continuing students studying undergraduate and postgraduate pre-registration nursing, midwifery and some allied health courses will receive a non-repayable and non-means tested (universal) grant of at least £5,000 a year, in addition to existing mainstream student support. Eligible students may receive additional funding of up to £3,000 to help with childcare costs or to study specific courses. We will update our website once more details have been announced by the Government in early 2020.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply


For this course you may apply either through UCAS or directly to the University.

Apply Via UCAS

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211

Apply Directly to the University

Applications are made directly using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

If your course runs at multiple locations be sure to apply for the correct instance below.

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or


The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email

Teaching & assessment


Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Principles of Nursing Practice
  • Managing Health Through All Stages of Life
  • Accountability and Professionalism
  • Wider Approaches to Global Health
  • Enhancing Clinical Skills: Assessing Planning and Providing Evidenced Based Care and Procedures and Interventions
  • Medicines Management
  • Coordinating Integrated Healthcare
  • Embedding Person Centred Care/Evidence Based Approaches
  • Advanced Clinical Skills and Procedures
  • Leadership, Management and Quality in Healthcare

Teaching, learning and assessment

Modern healthcare professionals require a range of skills and values and our practice partners and tutors will help you to gain experience of a range of clinical scenarios designed to develop your skills in a safe and supportive environment.

Your studies will be split with 50% dedicated to theory and 50% committed to practice learning experience at our partner Bolton NHS Foundation Trust (at the Royal Bolton Hospital and health centres and clinics in the trust’s catchment area – please note, considerable travelling may be required). As you progress through the course, we’ll guide and encourage you to draw on your practice learning experience while studying theory, and apply the theory you’ve learned to your practice, so that you can understand how the two complement each other.

The course explores the concepts of health and ill health within the adult population, and the key sciences in nursing, including the biosciences, psychology and sociology. Topics such as assessment, care planning, law, ethics and the importance of communication with service users and healthcare colleagues are covered. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the importance of research and how its application in healthcare can transform the lives of patients and their carers, along with how to access and assess the latest research, and how to incorporate your findings into care plans and intervention strategies.

We’ll work to help you gain key transferable skills including the ability to work independently, adapt to changing circumstances, work in teams and groups, and listen and respond to customers and their needs. You’ll also be encouraged to develop forward planning and time management, rational decision making, critical thinking, physical assessment and communication skills during your studies. We aim for you to develop into a practitioner who is compassionate, kind and empathetic, who respects and supports the patient’s privacy, dignity and individuality, and who makes safe and effective clinical decisions.

The theory-based modules will be taught using a blended approach that includes lectures, presentations, simulations delivered by tutors, seminar discussions, small group workshops, small group and one-to-one tutorials, and using virtual learning environments (VLE) and e-learning packages. You’ll also need to undertake a significant amount of personal study, including general background reading, preparing for seminar activities, working on assignments and revising for examinations.

To help support your learning, the university also offers additional study skills sessions, such as essay writing, library skills and electronic searching, and numeracy.

A range of assessment methods will be used, including essays, reports, presentations, portfolios, set exercises via multiple choice questions, objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE), traditional examinations and assessment of practice within the practice setting. The assessment of practice and theory are equally weighted in their contribution to the degree award as a whole.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (56%), Practical exams (23%), Written exams (22%)
Level Two Coursework (56%), Practical exams (33%), Written exams (11%)
Level Three Coursework (50%), Practical exams (25%), Written exams (25%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (20%), Placement/study abroad (50%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (30%)
Level Two Guided independent study (20%), Placement/study abroad (50%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (30%)
Level Three Guided independent study (20%), Placement/study abroad (50%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (30%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • UCAS code:
  • Course type:
  • Start date:
    27/04/2020 14/09/2020 (Full) 25/01/2021 or 26/04/2021
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS points:
  • Duration:
    3 years

Contact us

Trish Houghton
Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903756

Julie Fletcher
Senior Lecturer
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903836

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903