- Study Mode: Full time
- Location: Uxbridge
- Duration: Two Years
- Start Date: February 2022
Are you a high achieving graduate wanting to get into adult nursing? Fast-track your career with this exciting two-year course. Discover the knowledge you need to become a compassionate and confident Registered Nurse.
With our diverse teaching, state-of-the-art hospital wards and clinical placement opportunities, you can gain the skills you need to help make a difference to a patient’s life.
For information on how you can boost your career-prospects and apply for our postgraduate courses, follow our application guide.
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Why study this subject?
If you are compassionate, kind and caring person who wants a rewarding career, then nursing could be for you. Be part of a team that works to offer outstanding, considerate patient care, and guide them through their most vulnerable moments.
Go home after a shift feeling like what you did that day made a difference in helping someone who needed support.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
This exciting and dynamic MSc programme is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and is delivered in a shorter time scale (two years as opposed to the standard BSc undergraduate three years route).
Working with our professional experts and lecturers, you’ll gain an insight into adult nursing and develop your understanding and skills at great length. You’ll also benefit greatly from our two campuses dedicated to nursing. Here you will be using our simulation suites to further your knowledge and gain hands-on experience in a supportive environment.
As well as this you will have the opportunity to put your learnt skills into practice through a range of clinical placements. We're renowned for the support we offer you while you are on placement. Members of the teaching staff are assigned to each clinical area and will visit you regularly whilst you are out in practice.
What facilities can I use?
During your time at BNU, you’ll have access to our state-of-the-art facilities including our library, computer suites and simulation suites.
Simulation is an important aspect of our nursing and healthcare programmes. Students regularly spend time in these areas, to practice technical skills and use the newest technologies, in a safe and supportive environment. We use simulation manikins programmed to act like humans, and ‘moulage’ – the process of applying mock, often gorily realistic injuries for training purposes. We also engage service users in role-play sessions. This allows us to provide realistic scenarios where students can gain experience, exposure and feedback to boost their confidence before going out on placement.
Both our Uxbridge and Aylesbury campuses offer these facilities to students.
What will I study?
We believe in giving you the best chance for employment when you graduate. Our nursing programme is no different. During your time on the programme, you'll be working alongside experienced health care professionals who will help you become a caring, confident and practice-ready adult nurse.
Opportunities for adult nurses are continually expanding. For example: you may be working in a busy hospital ward or department, as a nurse specialist running your own clinic, working in a prison or in one of the community areas such as a large health centre. Majority of our placements are within centres of excellence in North West London and the Thames Valley NHS and private practice, due to our brilliant connections and partnerships.
The main NHS Trusts we are currently working with include:
- Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
- The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- London North West Healthcare NHS Trust
- Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.
- Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
We also have a range of non home-base placements in different fields which could include: BMI Clementine Churchill, BUPA Bushey, nursing homes, Medihome and learning disabilities facilities.
Nursing involves much more than practice. You'll grasp the theory and facts behind diagnosis that can help you make those crucial decisions when looking after a patient. You will be able to lead changes in practice, improving the quality of care.
How will I be taught and assessed?
The duration of the programme is two years. Whilst fully integrated, the programme has a nominal division of theory and practice hours, as required by the NMC. Applicants are asked to demonstrate 500 clinical hours and 500 theroetical hours through an enhanced CV. These hours can be utilised to meet the the 4,600 NMC hours requirements.
Theoretical teaching will be blended and consist of:
- simulated practice learning
- digital virtual learning and tutorials.
Some of the teaching will be face-to-face contact, online and some will be directed or guided learning and some will be independent learning.
Clinical experience opportunities may include:
- medical, surgical and elderly care
- accident and emergency
- learning disability insight placement
- community nursing
- operating theatres
- outpatients departments
- private healthcare placement experiences
- opportunity for an elective placement in the UK or abroad.
We make sure that you'll have the knowledge, skills and the confidence to work as a student nurse before sending you out into clinical practice.
Our team of experienced and dedicated lectures have a collective wealth of knowledge from working in a number of areas, including:
- adult life support
- end of life care for older people with dementia and care of vulnerable adults
- HIV, AIDS, sexual health
- human factors
- intensive therapy unit/intensive care unit cardio and respiration (ITU/ICU)
- patient safety
- plastics and burns
- pressures ulcers/tissue viability
- renal medicine and transplantation
- stoma nurse
- spinal cord injury (adult and paediatric), from acute, rehabilitation to community discharge
- trauma and orthopaedics
- workforce and service delivery.
Our enthusiastic and dedicated adult nursing lecturers have a passion for what they do and will support you throughout the programme.
Once you graduate, you'll be able to register as a nurse with the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC), which enables you to practice in the UK.
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry requirements?
To study this course, you will need to have obtained the following:
- Classification of 2:1 or above in any subject/discipline OR consideration will be given to applicants who have: Classification of 2:2 in a subject with relevant content and experience, e.g., sociology; psychology; physiology; bio- chemistry; health studies or social work.
- Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English language or literature, mathematics, and a science subject
- For students, whose first language is not English, there is a requirement to achieve an IELTS tariff of 7 with no individual component below 6.5
- Evidence of study within the previous five years.
- Establish digital and technological literacy on application.
If successful at interview you will be required to complete the following as part of the condition of your offer:
- Verified evidence of 500 hours of related clinical practice in the last 3 years. This will be demonstrated through an enhanced CV
- A reflective essay demonstrating Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
Further details and guidance will be provided upon successful interview.
Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend a Selection Day.
Applications are made through UCAS.
All offers are subject to Academic, successful RPL, Enhanced CV, satisfactory Occupational Health and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£9,250 per year
International, Academic Year 2021-2022
£13,750 per year
What are my career prospects?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
As you'll graduate as a registered nurse, you'll be able to find work in the UK or explore opportunities of working abroad in the future. Many of our students are employed by the Trust that they worked with during their time at the University.
Nursing itself is a broad area and you'll have the chance to go into many careers, such as:
- staff nurse working in an acute or rehabilitation centre
- practice nurse working in a GP surgery
- community nurse, for example district nurse
- working in nursing homes
- working with private health care providers
- prison nursing
- the armed forces
- nurse researcher.