Taught course

Adult Nursing (with professional registration)

Bournemouth University · Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

A Bachelors Honours degree, 2:2 or above or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Throughout the course you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the art and science of adult nursing. Communication and team working are key in health and social care and you will develop a range of interpersonal skills that enable you to work effectively with a wide diversity of clients and within complex settings.

You will rehearse practical skills in our skills suites, allowing you to integrate your theory into practice in a safe environment. You will also experience at least 2,300 hours of placements which is required by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC); because of this requirement, the course duration is a minimum of three years to ensure you gain this valuable experience. The health economy is rapidly changing and future nurses are likely to be located in a broader range of workplaces. Your placement opportunities will therefore be in a diverse range of settings which include the growing independent sector as well as care within the community, preparing you to function effectively and meet the health care needs of an increasing ageing population.

This is a pre-registration nursing course that has been adapted for those students who already have a degree. We also offer a BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing if you don't have a degree. Students on this PG Dip course will work alongside the BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing students; however some units will be grouped with other PG Dip students from other nursing pathways, and your academic tutor will focus on your individual development at Master's level.

Information for international students

English language requirements for this course are IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading or equivalent.

Fees and funding

The Department of Health consultation for students starting in September 2017 has significantly changed the way healthcare courses will be funded.

It was agreed that the government would allocate a small number of capped funded places for new starters in 2017 available for pre-registration postgraduate tuition fees and bursaries. Unfortunately, BU has not been allocated any for PG Diplomas starting in September 2017. Further information is available here.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

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