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About the course

Do you care about people, their wellbeing and want to make a difference? Working with our partner NHS Trusts, Solent’s adult nursing practice degree will equip you with the skills to become a confident and caring nurse, able to deliver and lead adult care within an ever changing health and social care environment.

This course has now closed for 2021 entry. Why not explore our other courses?

In collaboration with health and care providers, this undergraduate pre-registration nursing programme supports the growth of nursing in the region. The course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This accreditation will mean that on successful completion of the programme you’ll be entitled to register with the NMC.

The course is designed to help you progress from a novice practitioner towards the skills of competent registered nurse. High emphasis is given to clinical skills training, nursing assessment and care planning, inter-agency and inter-professional working, evidence-based practice, and public health initiatives.

The course features a case-based approach to teaching and learning and key elements such as pharmacology, physiology and holistic practice are threaded throughout the modules. Upon completion of your training you will have gained a range of skills and experience and will be ready to transition into the role of a qualified nurse.

You'll be taught by a combination of academic staff with practice and/or research experience, alongside clinical educators from our partner NHS Trusts. You'll also have the opportunity to learn and work alongside other students and staff from a range of disciplines.

The course combines three strands of learning:

  • Applied theory. Developing your awareness of values for nurses and being an accountable professional nurse. You’ll build skills in evidence-based and person-centred decision making to support and deliver best clinical practice. You’ll also develop critical thinking, resilience and coaching skills. This will help to enable you to become a proficient nurse capable of leading care teams in a complex and pressurised health and social care sector.
  • Nursing simulation and action learning. Using the simulation facilities to develop and refine your clinical skills and support your developing knowledge of physiology and pharmacology.  You’ll reflect on your practice and share experiences in peer groups to draw out critical incidences, discuss sensitive issues and identify solutions.
  • Nursing practice. Undertaking clinical placements to observe, examine, assess and engage with adult patients and service users. This takes place across community, primary care and hospital settings under appropriate supervision.  A key aspect of this course is patient involvement and patient centred care. You‘ll have regular contact with patients, service users and public members who all have experience and expertise as patients or carers.

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This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree.
Additional qualification
This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree.
Professional memberships
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
This course is an apprenticeship, which is a course that is a blend of study and work. All apprentices must be in employment.

Students develop the skills to become a confident, caring nurse, able to deliver and lead adult care within an ever changing health and social care environment.

What does this course lead to?

Qualified nurses can undertake nursing roles in primary or secondary care, both in the UK and overseas. Graduates could also pursue a career in charity or aid work, or within the armed forces or prison service. With further experience, future careers can include advanced practice nursing, nurse education and mentoring, and healthcare management, such as ward sister or matron.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for anyone who wishes to pursue a career in adult nursing within the NHS or private or community healthcare services. Candidates should expect to undergo a values based admissions selection process including an interview and assessment. For more information about the professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses, midwives and nursing associates, please refer to the Code of Professional Standards (Nursing and Midwifery Council 2018).

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

New for 2020: All nursing students on courses from September 2020 may be eligible for non-repayable government funding of at least £5,000 a year. Further details on who can access the support will be available in early 2020. Find out more information about the funding in the website.

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Essential costs:

  • One uniform will be provided but you are likely to require additional uniforms which cost in the region of £30
  • The University will pay for an occupational health assessment, however you may need to pay for immunisations if they are not covered by your GP
  • You will need a pair of suitable comfortable shoes while on clinical placement and studying in our simulation settings (estimated cost £40-£60)
  • You will need to purchase some of your own clinical items, for instance a stethoscope and fob watch (estimated cost £30)
  • You will need to be able to travel to study at our partner NHS trusts and to your placement - travel costs will be associated with this

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

This course has now closed for 2021 entry. Why not explore our other courses?

  • 104-120 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent
  • Grade 4 or above in GCSE English language and mathematics (previously grade C).
  • If you would like to be considered for Social Sciences Foundation Year entry, please contact Admissions either by telephone: 023 8201 5066 or by email for further information.
  • Interview including values based discussion/interview, assessment of numeracy, literacy and situational judgement
  • All students will be required to undertake a criminal convictions check through the Disclosure and Barring Service. This is organised by the University before enrolment.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

For applicants where English is not their first language, they must achieve a minimum score of 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each component. 

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

Pre-Sessional English programme

The University also offers a Pre-Sessional English Language Course for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

How to apply

This course has now closed for 2021 entry. Why not explore our other courses?

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Introduction to Physiology, Assessment and Care Planning 
    This module starts the journey into nursing practice by laying the foundations of knowledge and skills in nursing care. Furthermore, you will be introduced to the evidence base and nursing theories that underpin the care planning and nursing needs assessment.
  • Communication, Reflective and Professional Practice
    This module introduces concepts of professionalism in nursing, through competent and clear communication to ensure that clinical experiences are of a high standard for people in your future nursing care.
  • Long Term Conditions and Multi-Morbidity 
    This module will enable you to begin developing your understanding of physical and mental health long-term conditions. This will be approached through appraisal of current nursing evidence base within long term condition management, within your lectures and seminars.
  • The Role of the Health Care Professional in Health Promotion
    This module is designed to introduce you to the field of Public Health, Prevention of ill health and Health Promotion in relation to mental and physical health and wellbeing.
  • Foundations of Nursing Practice 
    This practice module will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills required to deliver safe care to individual patients to meet their fundamental needs. You will attend to clinical practice areas that provide exposure to adult, mental health, learning disabilities and children’s nursing practice.

Year two

Core modules
  • Clinical Decision Making, Risk Management and Evidence Based Practice
    Over the course of the module, you will be required to justify the planning of patient care in terms of current research evidence base and show involvement of patients (and their carers and families) in shared decision making.
  • Recognition and Escalation of Deteriorating Physical and Mental Health 
    This module will equip you with the skills and knowledge to assess and identify patients who are at risk of physical or mental health deterioration. You will identify appropriate interventions to prevent further deterioration, including escalation and reporting to more senior members of the inter-professional team.
  • Assessing Needs and Planning Care across the Lifespan
    This module will provide you with the research evidence-based knowledge and understanding of the changing health care needs of people across the life span. It will also explore the needs of people with specific health care needs including those with learning disability and mental health conditions.
  • Advanced Concepts in Public Health
    Through contemporary research appraisal, you will build on knowledge of epidemiology, models of Public Health and Health Promotion and the importance of lifestyle factors for population health.
  • Developing Adult Nursing Practice
    This module is split across several practice placements. You will also become familiar with the role of the nurse and the importance of professionalism in practice. Reflection on practice will enable you to identify your own areas of strength and areas for development. 

Year three

Core modules
  • Coaching, Teaching, Supervision and Assessment 
    In this module you will learn the principles of coaching, supervising, assessing and teaching. You will work with more junior staff, service users or carers to support the development of practical skills and knowledge.
  • Complex Case Management in Adult Nursing 
    This module uses a series of complex case studies that require you to build on the knowledge and skills gained throughout the course to plan and execute care, management and leadership in a range of settings.
  • Quality Improvement, Research and Audit 
    On this module you will develop the necessary skills to undertake a critical appraisal of health-related research. You will develop your understanding and knowledge of the role of audit and how research evidence informs professional practice, guideline development and policy decisions.
  • Leadership, Management and Case Co-Ordination
    This module prepares you for your role as a registered practitioner and outlines your professional responsibilities. The NMC Code will be central to this module as you recognise your accountability for patient safety, delegation, working in partnership and supporting others.
  • Professional Adult Nursing Practice
    This module is split across several practice placements. By the end you will have developed the skills and competencies to meet the NMC requirements of the pre-registration nursing education.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Chris Dunn academic profile Chris Dunn Senior Lecturer View profile
Tom Simons academic profile Tom Simons Lecturer View profile
Matsikachando Moyo academic profile Matsikachando Moyo Lecturer View profile
Joelle Salje academic profile Joelle Salje Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


You’ll have access to a range of our specialist facilities, including a nursing simulation suite, nutrition labs and biomedical science labs.

Through our partnership working with local NHS trusts you are likely to also have access to nursing simulation suites and professional spaces.  

The course combines three strands of learning: applied theory, nursing simulation and action learning, and nursing practice.

Your future

Qualified nurses can undertake nursing roles in primary or secondary care, both in the UK and overseas. Graduates could also pursue a career in charity or aid work, or within the armed forces or prison service. With further experience, future careers can include advanced practice nursing, nurse education and mentoring, and healthcare management, such as ward sister or lead nurse.

Industry links

The course team has developed this programme in partnership with partner NHS Trusts and other health and social care providers.


During your studies you will undertake a significant amount of clinical placement at each level of the course. This will be organised by the University.  

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