Nursing (Various Fields)

Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) Single

This exciting programme aims to provide professional nurse education, prepare and develop nurses who must act first and foremost to care for and safeguard the public.

Why not visit us at one of our upcoming open events in September and October 2016 and find out more about our four delivery sites; Riverside, Warrington, Crewe (Leighton) and Wirral (Clatterbridge)

If you missed the Pre-Registration Nursing Q&A webcast from our Director of Pre-Registration Nursing, Julie Dulson and our Marketing and Recruitment Co-ordinator, Conleth Kelly, catch it here at

If you missed our Mental Health and Learning Disability Q&A webcast, catch it here at

Programme aims: 

  • Promote the concept of lifelong learning
  • Empower the learner to use the knowledge and skills gained in theory and apply to practice
  • Act with professionalism and integrity
  • Improve and deliver high quality care
  • Work collaboratively across professional boundaries
  • Safeguard the public
  • Enhance the health and wellbeing of the population
  • BN (Hons) Nursing leading to registration on the NMC Register
  • Full time route 3 years

The programme consists of a full time three year pathway equating to 4,600 hours. It comprises three distinct parts, on each of which the student must achieve periodic progression criteria (NMC 2010) set out to allow for succession to the next year. The programme has both field and generic learning which is directed towards a specific area of nursing practice such as adult nursing, children’s nursing, mental health nursing or learning disability nursing, and enables the student to be able to care for a range of clients.

The programme is fully modular, based on a 20 credit structure. The focus of this innovative programme is nursing theory (with a strong focus on simulation activities within clinical skills laboratories) and practice, the balance being 50% theory and 50% practice in all years. Practice in all years is fully supported by a dedicated practitioner.

During the practice learning experiences, students will work over a seven-day period and will be expected to work a variety of shifts over a 24-hour period. This will include rotation to night shift (within agreed limits). The profile for practice learning experience's for each student will be guided by the requirements for a balanced experience, which mirrors the work of qualified nurses.

The diverse practice learning experiences will enhance student development, knowledge and understanding of healthcare.

Theoretical perspectives are used to explore the following

  • The first suite of modules allows students to develop into autonomous practitioners through practice learning  opportunities, practice simulation, portfolio development and reflection.
  • The second suite of modules continues the practice learning journey and focuses on skills addressing two domains, nursing practice and decision making, and communication and interpersonal skills
  • The third module suite relates to professional values, and leadership, management and team working. It is here that aspects such as compassion, safeguarding and dignity are promoted, along with inter-professional learning in which nursing students from all fields and social work, midwifery and dietetics students work together in an e-learning module.
  • The fourth suite relates specifically to nursing practice and decision making and predominantly focuses on the understanding, knowledge and management of clients needing interventions in generic and field-specific nursing.
  • Finally, the fifth suite develops the students’ understanding of public health, health, wellbeing, prevention and promotion, critical perspectives in health and social care and encapsulate all learning in the programme.

Where will I be based?

Teaching is delivered at the Riverside Campus, Chester; Leighton (Crewe) Hospital; Warrington Campus; and Wirral (Clatterbridge) Hospital. Practice learning will be undertaken throughout Cheshire and Merseyside.

You can choose which site you would prefer to be based at. The branches available at each site are as follows:

Learning Site

Fields Available

Riverside Campus, Chester

Leighton (Crewe) Hospital

Warrington Campus
Wirral (Clatterbridge) Hospital

Why study Nursing at the University of Chester?

As well as being eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a registered nurse in your chosen field of nursing, you will also be awarded a Bachelor of Nursing (Hons).

As a Registered Nurse you have many employment opportunities open to you including working for the NHS, the private or voluntary sectors or even working as a nurse in another country.

Student support

To enhance the teaching and learning experiences of students, the University offers a number of mechanisms which are available to nursing students:

  • University induction and Freshers week
  • Student Support and Guidance department
  • Welfare and financial support
  • Counselling
  • Occupational Health support

Fees and Funding 

Students accepted on to an NHS-funded degree course will receive an NHS Means Tested Bursary and may also be entitled to apply for a student loan. The NHS will meet the tuition fee contribution for the course in full. Information about financial assistance and the NHS Bursary Scheme can be found on the NHS Student Bursaries website at:

Or you can contact:
NHS Student Bursaries
Hesketh House
200-220 Broadway
Tel: 0300 330 1345 or 0191 279 0570

The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme.  Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time as part of the University’s commitment to curriculum enhancement.

Programme Structure

Bachelor of Nursing Module Structure

Year 1 NM4200 Pratice Learning 1 NM4201 Developing skills for practice NM4202 Learning to be a professional  NM4203 Understanding the health of individuals across the lifespan NM4204 The determinants of health and wellbeing
Year 2 NM5200 Pratice Learning 2 NM5201 Enhancing skills for practice NM5202 Research, teaching and leadership for professional practice NM5203 Field specific nursing practice NM5204 Enhancing health and wellbeing scross the populations
Year 3 NM6400 Pratice Learning 3 NM6401 Skills for registration NM6402 Preparing for future practice NM6403/05/06/07 Managing complexities in care delivery NM6404 Critical perspectives in health and social care

The professional programme requires students to reflect on learning outcomes, which identifies their own learning needs. The programme also encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning, and to become more independent and autonomous learners with an increasing use of self-directed study time as the individual progresses throughout the programme. This is aided with the use of group work, seminars and tutorials within in every module.

The practice assessment and use of simulation is a theme carried throughout the programme, which accenuates the development practical learning and communication skills which are core to nursing.

The programme employs a variety of innovative and creative assessement methods, which include group presentations, production of health promotion materials, multiple choice questionnaires and unseen written examinations, which address both the theoretical content and practical component of the programme. Service users are also part of the assessment and learning process.

Practice learning is assessed in the clinical environment by experienced, qualified practitioners

Students can obtain support from the following mechanisms, in which the Faculty and programme team actively engage:

  • Support throughout the programme from their Personal Academic Tutor (PAT), allocated at the beginning of the programme
  • Academic support and assessment guidance from the module leader
  • Support and guidance from practice learning environment staff, including their mentor
  • Practice Education Facilitator (PEF)
  • Support and guidance from the link tutor assigned to practice areas
  • A peer/buddy support system
  • A ‘grandparent’ mentor system within the practice environment

The course will prepare you for a wide range of jobs including:

Jobs directly related to your degree:

Jobs where your degree would be useful:


You will be equipped with transferable skills which are valued by employers such as:

  • written and oral communication;
  • flexibility;
  • adaptability;
  • empathy;
  • organisation and time management;
  • leadership;
  • determination and tenacity;
  • the ability to conduct research;
  • problem solving;
  • decision making.

For further information please visit:


Before applying, please read the NHS Constitution for England

The NHS Constitution establishes the principles and values of the NHS in England. It sets out rights to which patients, public and staff are entitled, as well as pledges which the NHS is committed to achieve, together with responsibilities which the public, patients and staff owe to one another to ensure that the NHS operates fairly and effectively. The recruitment and selection processes used by the Faculty of Health and Social Care are aligned to the NHS Constitution and applicants are strongly advised to read and reflect upon this prior to application.

Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) (All fields)


All applicants must have GCSE English and Maths at grade C (or above). Please note that we do not accept equivalent qualifications and no longer accept Level 2 Key Skills/Functional Skills.

UCAS points: 

A minimum of 280 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent


BTEC National Extended/Diploma:  DMM-DDM (Distinction/Merit Profile)


OCR National Extended/Diploma:  Merit/Distinction Profile


Level 5 (Major Award). All 8 Subjects at Merit. 

Irish/Scottish Highers:

B in 4 subjects

International Baccalaureate:

28 points


QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma: 60 credits to achieve Access to HE Diploma, to include 45 credits achieved at Level 3, 30 of which must be achieved at Distinction or Merit.


Open College Units or Open University Credits 

The Advanced Diploma: acceptable on its own

Welsh Baccalaureate (core) will be recognised in our tariff offer.

Extra Information:

Please note: Candidates applying for the Child field must have some experience of working in a care setting, either in a paid or voluntary capacity. Candidates for other fields, experience of working in a care setting would be an advantage.

For applicants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as evidence of literacy can be accepted. In these cases, the NMC will accept IELTS examination results (academic or general) where the scores are at least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and at least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections, and where the overall average score is at least 7.0.

As part of the selection process, all candidates admitted to the programme will have to be formally interviewed. The health of all successful candidates will be assessed to establish fitness to undertake nursing education and a DBS clearance is carried out on all candidates. 

Applicants are invited to attend for a group interview following scrutiny of their application form and their academic qualifications. The group interview, conducted by a range of people including a member of academic staff, a representative from clinical practice, and a service user, will seek to assess the candidates' communication skills, knowledge of nursing, and motivation and aptitude for nursing. Further, a Maths and Literacy test is undertaken. Examples of the numeracy level required can be seen on the following link

For further infromation regarding good health and good character please access the NMC website at

For further information regarding disability support please access the NMC website at  

Please note: Candidates applying for the child field must have some experience of working in a care setting, either in a paid or voluntary capacity. Candidates for other fields, experience of working in a care setting would be an advantage.

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For details about your course or your application please get in touch.

Tom Evans

This school of Nursing is a shining beacon of hope for all aspiring Nurses."

Nursing StudentTom Evans

Hannah Williams

I had viewed a couple of other universities before visiting the University of Chester and nothing else compared to it! "

University of Chester graduateHannah Williams

Michaela Donnelly

The day I went to look around the University of Chester was the first time I had ever visited Chester and I fell in love with the city.”

University of Chester StudentMichaela Donnelly

Peter Johnson

I found the vibe on campus was amazing, everyone was so warm and welcoming.”

GraduatePeter Johnson

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