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

September, February

Course content

The postgraduate diploma course in Adult Nursing is open to applicants with a first-degree or a higher degree; the programme makes use of Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) provision for prior learning to allow students to complete the academic award and achieve professional registration as a nurse via a two-year course. Successful applicants will undertake some of their studies alongside undergraduate students completing the BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing, but will also complete dedicated study at Master's level to achieve a postgraduate qualification.

The NMC’s Standards for Pre-registration Nursing Education (2010) require programmes leading to registration to be delivered over 4600 hours, with 50% of this theory and 50% practice; NMC do however permit prior learning to be recognised where this can be mapped against the programme outcomes and requirements. Students applying for this programme will therefore need to demonstrate that they have the relevant experience and learning prior to entering the course.

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.

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.

Please note from September 2019 onwards, there will be a September intake only- February 2019 will be the last intake.

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

For February 2018 students will have their tuition fees paid and recieve a bursary and grant, view the funding support available.

Funding arrangements for students starting in September 2018 are unconfirmed by the Government, as soon as more information is released it will be updated here.

Details about fees for this course

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Future Students Enquiry Team
01202 961916