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BSc (Hons)

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3 years School of Health and Social Care Lincoln Campus [L] Subject to Validation 280 points B710

95%of Lincoln graduates are in work or further study within six months of finishing this course. Of those who are employed 100% are in professional or managerial roles according to the latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, as provided by


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 BSc (Hons) Nursing degree is underpinned by the six fundamental values outlined in the the Chief Nursing Officers Vision and Strategy, Compassion In Practice.

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 degree is offered over a ‘long’ academic year, consisting of 45 weeks of study. Reflecting the scope of modern nursing, placements will be spent in both hospital and community settings.


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. It is important that you gain a rich experience of your chosen field of nursing and will be placed in both hospital and community settings. In your second year you will undertake a four week elective placement. This can be in this country or abroad and this can be organised by the University or yourself.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of your degree. However, remember that you are engaging in a full-time degree; so, at the very least, you should expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time and you may undertake assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

Please see the Unistats data, using the link at the bottom of this page, for specific information relating to this course in terms of course composition and delivery, contact hours and student satisfaction.

How You Are Assessed

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.

Practical skills will be assessed whilst you are on placement through the achievement of outcomes designed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. These are recorded by your practice mentor.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – no later than 15 working days after the submission date.

Methods of Assessment

The way you will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.

Interviews & Applicant Days

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

We have compiled an example of a typical numeracy test (PDF), available at

We will expect you to know about the role of the nurse in the 21st Century. 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.


Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of Health and Social Care Staff Pages.

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, such as Functional Skills Level 2. 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. We will also accept the Advanced Diploma, in addition to another level 3 qualification i.e. an A Level. 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.

Further information can be found at
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

Essential Skills for Clinical Practice

This Module provides a theoretical and practical induction to core communication and practical skills for nursing.

Professional Values and Team Working for Clinical Practice (shared)

This module explores the values and atitudes of those undertaking nurse training and helps prepare students for clinical practice.

Level 2

Cognition and Interpretation in Nursing

This module will introduce the student to strategies to anticipate, recognise and interpret essential elements of the person in their care.

Forging Value Based Practice

This module develops the learning base assembled in year one in relation to professional approaches to practice informed by appropriate values and ethics.

Level 3

Advancing Person-centred Nursing Practice (Mental Health)

To provide the opportunity for the student to explore and develop their critical thinking in regards to the promotion of positive health.

Innovation to Transformation in Nursing Practice

The module will examine contemporary management and leadership issues that impact on health and social care. The student will be encouraged to explore and evaluate a variety of approaches to management and leadership and reflect on their personal styles and values based practice.


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 model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.


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.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever your area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which you may need in your future career.

View our campus pages [] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

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 offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.

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. []

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.

Additional Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and your meals may be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional you will normally be required to pay your own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Related Courses

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The Social Work degree at Lincoln combines rigorous academic study with extensive practice-based experience to equip you with the personal and professional attributes required for a career in social work.

Tuition Fees

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, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.