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BSc (Hons) Nursing

BSc (Hons) 3 years School of Health and Social Care Lincoln Campus [L] Validated 280 points B710

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The Francis Report and Lincoln

The government's response to the Francis Report was announced by the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP on Monday 26 March 2013. Changes in the training for nurses were announced: "NHS-funded student nurses must spend up to a year working on the frontline as support workers or healthcare assistants as a pre-requisite for receiving funding for their degree". However the Government's response to the report suggested that student nurses should spend up to a year working on the front line in order to receive NHS funding for their degree.

Whilst the University of Lincoln currently advise all applicants to gain experience, the time frame for formalising this initiative nationally has not yet been identified and we would like applicants for September 2015 to understand that they are not currently affected by this.

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Nursing practice in the 21st Century is becoming increasingly demanding. Nurses play a key role, through their work in primary and secondary care settings, restoring and promoting health, supporting patients and their families and profiling healthcare needs of communities.

The University of Lincoln recognises the challenges to contemporary and future healthcare and nursing practice. This degree takes its lead from the World Health Organisation’s vision of public health-focused nursing of the future.

The programme is underpinned by the six fundamental values outlined in the the Chief Nursing Officers Vision and Strategy, Compassion In Practice. (link:

Theoretical and clinical elements of the programme build on the philosophy stated in the NHS Constitution and is centred on the NHS Values: Working Together for Patients; Respect and Dignity; Commitment to the Quality of Care; Compassion, Improving Lives; Everyone Counts.

In addition to the required medical knowledge and interpersonal skills traditionally associated with nursing, this programme teaches you how to profile the health needs of any community, anywhere in the world. This ensures that you are exceptionally well placed to meet the nursing needs of a changing world.

This course is offered over a ‘long’ academic year, consisting of 45 weeks of study. Reflecting the public health focus of modern nursing, around two thirds of placements will be spent in community settings and one third in secondary care (in-patient facilities).


This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, enabling you to register as a qualified nurse upon graduation.

Is This Course Right For Me?

If a nine-to-five Monday to Friday desk job fills a student with dread and they have a passion for making a difference in people's lives for the better in a career where no two days are the same, then this might be the course for them.

How You Study

The course is offered over a “long” academic year consisting of 45 weeks of study. This is organised into three periods of study called trimesters. Reflecting the public health focus of learning, almost two thirds of the placements will be in primary care (community) and just over one third in secondary care (in- patient facility) settings across the East Midlands.

How You Are Assessed

A clinical assessment portfolio lies at the heart of learning on this course. The students’ proficiency in practice is measured and tracked against a skills inventory. Their ability to relate theory to practice is measured by maintenance of a reflective journal central to the portfolio.

Different modes of assessment are used for different modules of study. For example submitted written work is used to assess grasp of theory and clinical exams are used to assess application of theory to practice.

Interviews & Applicant Days

If your application is shortlisted, we will invite you to attend a half day selection event. This comprises of a talk about our nursing programme, followed by a group interview and a short numeracy and literacy assessment. There will also be an opportunity for you to visit our state-of-the-art-clinical teaching facilities.

We will expect you to know about the role of the nurse in the 21st Century, particularly in areas of public health. We recommend you visit the Department of Health website, keep up to date with nursing in the media and read nursing professional journals.

What We Look For In Your Application

We will be looking for applicants committed to Adult Nursing. This must be clearly demonstrated in the personal statement section of the UCAS application form by saying why the candidate wants to study Adult Nursing and what they feel they can bring to the programme. All relevant work experience that they have undertaken to date should be included and importantly, how this work experience influenced their values and behaviours.

Candidates must show evidence of a good understanding of the scope of the nursing profession, preferably indicated by some form of interactive or observational work experience. Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of how nursing can bring about excellent health and wellbeing through quality of care, as well as the importance of and engagement with essential values and behaviours that bring about high quality, compassionate care.

In addition candidates should be able to articulate the realistic expectations required from the programme and the demands of clinical placements.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a minimum of 280 UCAS tariff points from a minimum three A Levels or equivalent.

Applications are welcomed from students who are studying towards an Access to Higher Education programme. A minimum of 45 level 3 credits at merit or above will be required.

This programme also requires 3 GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Language, Maths and Science, or equivalent qualifications. These GCSEs must be obtained prior to submitting a UCAS application.

We also accept a wide range of other qualifications including the BTEC Extended Diploma, the European and International Baccalaureate Diplomas, and Advanced Diplomas. You can find tariff values on the UCAS website

Certificates of all previous qualifications will need to be provided before any offers are confirmed.

Other requirements include:

  • IELTS 7.0
  • Successful performance at an interview
  • Knowledge of contemporary health and social care issues, and the nature of nursing in a public health context
  • Understanding of written material and can communicate clearly and accurately in written and spoken English
  • “Settled residential status” in the United Kingdom in line with the requirements of the 1977 Immigration Act
  • Resident in the United Kingdom for at least three years
  • Satisfactory completion of Occupational Health Check
  • Satisfactory completion of an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.

When you choose Nursing in your UCAS application, you will be asked an additional question regarding criminal convictions. Here you must declare all spent and unspent criminal convictions including (but not limited to) cautions, reprimands, final warnings, bind over orders or similar and details of any minor offences, fixed penalty notices, penalty notices for disorder, ASBOs or VOOs.

A registration charge is payable, which covers both the cost of registration and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

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We cannot accept deferred applications for Nursing or Social Work. You must apply in the year you wish to start the programme.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email

Level 1

Applied Biological Sciences

This module will take a homeostatic approach to the study of applied biological sciences for the nursing and health care professions in the 21st Century. Initially, the module will focus on normal human anatomy and physiology. Once this understanding has been acquired, students will study how health is disrupted by disease and disorder. Changes to structure and function of the human body will be explained, allowing the student to apply their physiological knowledge toward an understanding of the disease process. A small number of key disorders will be examined concentrating on whole body disruption to homeostasis. Simple pathophysiological and biochemical changes will be discussed in conjunction with the role of nutrition in health and disease. Successful completion of the module will lay the foundation of physiological function essential to underpin the delivery of quality nursing care.

Context of Health and Social Care

This module is designed to introduce students to a variety of major themes and concepts of the disciplines of social policy and sociology selected with particular reference to locating and understanding contemporary nursing, public health, social work and social issues/problems.

Students will initially explore the concept of welfare pluralism, or mixed economy welfare, in order to indicate that social welfare needs are not simply met via state provision. The role welfare provision plays in contemporary Britain will be examined in policy and functional terms. A number of contemporary social issues will then be tackled. A series of social issues pertinent to nursing and social work will be investigated, including self harm, immigration and asylum seekers, domestic violence, masculinity and the problematic behaviour of young adolescents, and grief and loss.
Students will be encouraged to recognise that understanding both social issues and the operation and outcome of welfare activities is subject to considerable ideological debate. Accordingly, the main ideologies of welfare will be covered.

Fundamental Principles of Clinical Nursing Practice

This module aims to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate a range of essential nursing skills under the supervision of a registered nurse in order to meet individuals' needs, and to contribute to the assessment, planning and evaluation of nursing care. This module will explore the proficiencies associated within the NMC domains from an evidence and practice-based perspective. The module also incorporate inter-professional learning and practice, summative assessment of Essential Skills Clusters (ESCs) and exposure to other fields of nursing, as required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Professional Practice in Nursing

Public health in the 21st Century is characterised by an increasingly older population, an increase in long-term health conditions and widening health inequalities. Nurses are required to respond to these demands in an innovative way, working collaboratively with service users, their families and carers and other professional disciplines. Nursing practice takes place across the lifespan in a diverse range of settings and cultural contexts to promote health and wellbeing.

This module forms the introduction to the principles and process underpinning professional nursing practice and the concepts of reflection and life long learning by which these are sustained. Students will explore a variety of perspectives on health and illness, and develop the skills with which to construct the nurse-patient relationship. The module will harness the experience of service users and carers together with related theory and research providing insight into factors which promote and inhibit participation in health care. Ethical values underpinning practice and conceptual frameworks designed to facilitate care will be discussed against the backdrop of the Nursing and Midwifery Council's practice proficiencies and evolving health and social policy.

Level 2

Ethical, Professional and Legal Frameworks of Nursing

It is an essential requirement of professional practice that work is carried out within an ethical and legal framework. This module will introduce students to ethics and the legal system in relation to healthcare. Studying ethical, professional and legal issues in healthcare will give students an insight into the theories, principles and rules that govern nursing and healthcare practice. The module will provide students with opportunities to discuss ethical, professional and legal conflicts which occur in the changing face of the modern NHS, develop the skills of rational argument in ethical debate, and to consider their own personal position in relation to contentious issues such as self-harm, suicidality, autonomy and mental capacity.

Health Promotion and Behavioural Change

This module aims to introduce students to key concepts in health promotion, drawing the student's attention to psychological aspects of health and the wider determinants of health related behaviours. Set within the context of key public health initiatives and government white papers, the module outlines the role of policy in influencing the provision of public health services and supporting the public to make healthier and more informed lifestyle choices.

The module explores the relationship between the health of the public and the social, cultural and environmental determinants of health. The module will develop students' understanding of the contribution of health promotion to improving the health of the population. Setting the scene contextually and socio-politically, it maps the changing face of public health and health promotion through history up until modern times.

The module places strong emphasis on the integration of theory into practical application. Its broad aim is to provide students with a definition and overview of health promotion and an appreciation of the theories, which underpin the development of different interventions. It is intended to enable students to develop the abilities required for the effective planning, implementation and evaluation of health promotion strategies.

Pathophysiology for Nursing

An understanding of normal and abnormal body structure and function is an essential element of nursing care. This module will enable the student nurse to understand how the health of a patient may be disrupted by disease and disorder, as well as the causation of disease, allowing the student to apply their physiological knowledge towards an understanding of disease.

An introduction to pathological processes combined with national and international trends will be provided for a varied and wide ranging set of typical 21st Century diseases.

Research Skills for and in Practice

Health and social care professionals require an understanding of research and development to facilitate their evidence-based practice. The Department of Health emphasises the need for research awareness in recent publications as a foundation on which health and social care provision will be modernised. Knowledge of research is expected to develop within the context of enhanced awareness of research governance and a clear understanding of the ethical and legal responsibilities that pertain to all professionals, whatever their level of involvement in research activity.

This module intends to provide a foundation of knowledge of health and social care research and its application to developing evidence-based practice. It also seeks to develop students' skills in reading, analysing and utilising research, whilst providing them with an opportunity to explore the application of research in care practice.

Level 3

Independent Study: Dissertation (Nursing)

This module provides the principal vehicle by which students can clearly illustrate their ability to synthesise the differing disciplinary approaches and theoretical perspectives they have studied. The aim of the module is to design and conduct a research study, related to nursing practice, presented in the form of a dissertation that critically examines the relationship between theory and practice.

It provides students with the opportunity to illustrate their potential as independent, reflective graduates. This includes aspects of the research undertaken, such as clarity of objectives, report/dissertation plan and the submission of a draft of work undertaken so far, wherever appropriate. Supervision is ongoing over the period of the dissertation and will accommodate methods such as guided study in cognate areas or otherwise related themes. The module co-ordinator will organise any tutor direction where groups of students are felt likely to benefit. This might include for example sessions on critical analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of previously submitted dissertations.

Management of Adult Nursing in Practice

This module facilitates the consolidation of practice and management of care skills. It will provide support for the practice learning placements in the third year, together with support for the final management placement. The module will facilitate achievement of the standards of competency required for entry onto the Nursing and Midwifery Council adult nursing register.

Professional Studies and Service Improvement

The module examines contemporary management and leadership issues that impact health and social care contexts. Students will explore and debate approaches to management and leadership within health and social care organisations and examine how they influence their role as nurses within this context.

Public Health and Inequalities

This module enables students to develop their skills and knowledge of the fundamental aspects of public health care, and current issues and strategic developments influencing the health of the public. Public health policy recognises the link between reducing health inequalities and improving public health. In determining how to best assure the future health of the public, students explore how health is impacted by inequality and how health care is commissioned, provided and accessed by different groups in the UK.

Key areas of analysis include interpretation of policy issues in practice, focus on inequalities in relation to behavioural/social/cultural causes and their structural/material explanations, addressing obstacles and constraints, and subsequent approaches to reducing inequalities and improving health.

Students are encouraged to think independently, applying knowledge and learning to a variety of situations. They will perform critical analysis and evaluation of policy, appraising research findings and offering solutions to public health dilemmas. The module provides an educational structure which supports the development of the core and specific dimensions in the NHS Key Knowledge and skills framework (KSF). The students undertake a systematic investigation of their chosen community for their summative assessment, identifying and assessing need, using public health research tools to examine impacts on health, evaluating service provision and making recommendations relating to their chosen public health priorities.

Special Features & Research Highlights

Excellent Prospects

One hundred per cent of graduates were in employment or further study within six months of completing their course, according to the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey.


Placements prepare you for the challenges of working in a demanding professional environment, whether that be in a hospital, GP surgery or community healthcare setting. A broad choice of practice placements is available, with locations ranging from inner city settings to rural villages.

Throughout your placements, a mentor assists and assesses your training. You develop the ability to work efficiently and compassionately, integrating the theory you have learnt into practice, while working alongside colleagues from social care, physiotherapy and surgery to understand the interdisciplinary nature of modern healthcare.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a development of the University of Lincoln's policy of research-informed teaching to research-engaged teaching. Research-engaged teaching involves more research and research-like activities at the core of the undergraduate curriculum. A significant amount of teaching at the University of Lincoln is already research-engaged.

Student as Producer will make research-engaged teaching an institutional priority, across all colleges and subject areas. In this way students become part of the academic project of the University and collaborators with academics in the production of knowledge and meaning. Research-engaged teaching is grounded in the intellectual history and tradition of the modern university.

Please visit the Student as Producer website for further information. []


At Lincoln, you learn in some of the newest state-of-the-art facilities in Europe. They include a fully equipped clinical suite for simulated treatment sessions, with separate teaching and observation areas and an award-winning library, which includes specialist health and social care books, journals and magazines.

Career Opportunities

Qualified nurses are in constant demand across all areas of modern healthcare. Lincoln graduates are prepared for nursing roles in community and in-patient settings, as well as for education, research and health management opportunities. According to the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, 100 per cent of our graduates were employed or in further study within six months of completing their course.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offers qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University and once you graduate.

This service includes one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities. Having achieved new knowledge and skills, you will be fully supported to fulfil your career ambitions.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. []

What's Included?

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus to provide the best learning environment for our students. You can study in style and comfort in our well-resourced library or complete group work and exchange ideas in innovative learning spaces across the campus. There is access to the latest equipment and cutting-edge laboratories for studies in the sciences and social sciences. There are modern studios and well-equipped workshops for practice in the arts, and industry-standard production facilities for a range of media. On some courses, students will need additional, specialist resources or equipment to enable them to pursue their courses. Where appropriate these will be provided by the relevant School.

Programme Specific Funding & Bursaries

NHS Funded

Eligible students on pre-registration nursing courses have their tuition fees met by the NHS and receive a £1,000 grant per year of study. Some students may also be eligible for an additional means-tested bursary.


If you qualify for an NHS student bursary, the NHS will pay your course tuition fees. This will be paid directly to your Local Education Training Board (LETB).

For further information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [] []

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages. Occasionally provision may be altered in order to meet changing circumstances or to keep courses up to date with trends and developments in subject areas. Specific programme queries should be directed to the teaching department. Fees for all our courses may increase each year in line with government regulations and are subject to change.

Always check our website for the latest information about entry tariffs, fees & funding before making your application to the University.