Entry requirements

All applicants must have achieved a minimum 2.1 honours degree, which should have been achieved within the previous five years.

All applicants will be required to submit a portfolio of evidence demonstrating a minimum of 450 hours of practical experience and a minimum of 450 hours of relevant academic study, via a portfolio of Recognition of prior learning (RPL). This must be verified by a registered professional, preferably a nurse. This RPL forms part of the 4,600 hours of theory and practice, which is required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to register as an adult nurse.

On receipt of UCAS application and prior to shortlisted candidates being invited for interview, candidates will be sent the portfolio and learning resources that help applicants work towards the required Recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this accelerated programme.

All students must have evidence of achieving literacy and numeracy at minimum GCSE grade C (4) and evidence of IT skills to a minimum of level 2 within their entry qualifications. Passes in English Language GCSE (C=4), mathematics GCSE (grades C=4) and science GCSE (grades C=4)

IT related GCSE (grades C=4) or Key Skills Level II (or equivalent) in IT will provide this evidence

GCSE requirements must be met before application.

We will accept GCSE science, biology, additional science and applied science.




There is further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

Learn about anatomy, infectious diseases, how poverty impacts on health, how best to break bad news, and about the ethics of being an adult nurse in today’s society. Develop practical skills, from taking blood pressure to trauma management and injection techniques.

Our postgraduate diploma (PgDip) in Adult Nursing is an accelerated two-year training programme. When you graduate, you can register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as an adult nurse.

You’ll spend half of this course on clinical placements, to help you feel prepared for the challenges you might face in your nursing practice. You’ll experience a range of settings, from operating theatres and nursing homes, to community health centres and outpatient departments.

When you’re at university, you’ll have a mix of lectures, online lessons, one-to-one tutorials, practical skills sessions and workshops.

Working in small groups in our Clinical Simulation Suite, you’ll learn skills such as how to intubate a patient and how to give emergency care. It’s here that you’ll work on simulations of a patient’s journey from admission to discharge.

Scenarios that we’ve set our students in the past include major trauma management, with a patient involved in a motorbike accident who needs stabilising, emergency care with a patient who has suffered a heart attack, and ward management to show you the daily life of a nurse working a shift on a busy ward.

As this is an accelerated course, before you begin you’ll need to submit a portfolio of evidence to show that you’ve completed a minimum of 450 hours of care-related practical experience, as well as 450 hours of relevant academic study. (A registered professional will need to verify your portfolio of accredited prior learning.)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Neil Wilson