Adult Nursing, BSc Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • No. 1 in London for student satisfaction according to the Complete University Guide 2017.
  • We ensure you will spend 50% of your time in clinical placements experiencing a variety of settings and being assessed by qualified practitioners.
  • We prepare you to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a registered adult nurse.



Britain's National Health Service (NHS) is seen as an inspiration around the world. Now you can play a vital part in the welfare of the country.

Our degree offers pre-registration training in the specialist field of adult nursing.

The courses within our degree offer both theoretical and practical learning in a variety of settings. We have excellent links with the NHS and other care providers and will arrange your placements in both hospitals and community settings.

Work placements

Hospital placements could include women's health, emergency departments, intensive care and outpatients. It can also include operating theatres, coronary care, care of the elderly and cancer care.

You will have the opportunity to work alongside other professionals such as doctors, physiotherapists, social workers and pharmacists. As a student nurse, you will learn to care for patients of all ages with varying conditions, from short-term injuries to long-term diseases.

The changing health needs of society and an ageing population mean that as an adult nurse you will be working increasingly in community settings supporting people to stay well and prevent admission to hospital. Community roles include district nursing, practice nursing, walk-in centres and nursing homes.

During your placements, you will be assessed by qualified practitioners. You will learn how to observe patients and assess not only their needs but also their family's. From this assessment, you will be involved in planning and delivering the care and finally evaluating the results.

You will spend 50% of your time each year in these valuable work placements. Here you will learn the vital importance of communication and teamwork with other staff members.

Nurses in both hospital and community settings have opportunities to become managers, educators and clinical specialists.


Throughout our degree, we prepare you to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as registered adult nurses. The degree will ensure you have achieved the outcomes identified in the NMC Standards for Pre-registration Nursing Education (NMC 2010) including the standards for competence and the Essential Skills Clusters and the requirement of Directive 2005/36/EC. The intellectual, professional, academic and practical competencies that you will acquire as an adult nursing graduate are informed by the European Tuning Project 2009, 3.2.

Start dates

The BSc Hons Adult Nursing programme begins in September and March at our Avery Hill Campus, and in January at our Medway Campus.


Our nursing degrees are ranked:

  • First in London for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2017
  • Within the top 20 nationally for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2017
  • Second in London for student satisfaction by the National Student Survey 2017
  • In the top five nationally with an average student satisfaction of 94% by the National Student Survey 2017.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

112 UCAS points from A-levels. No more than 12 points should come from AS-levels.

We also accept:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Advanced and Progression Diplomas
  • Access courses
  • NVQ (Level 3)
  • Diploma in Health and Social Care (Level 3)
  • Foundation degrees.

Plus at least three GCSEs including English language and mathematics with a minimum of grade C  (or recognised equivalent) are required.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

In addition:

Candidates will be required to:

  • Work shadowing/observation: Appropriate healthcare experience either voluntary or paid is encouraged
  • Undertake an interview
  • Undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check, occupational health screening and meet residential regulations.

Please note that this programme is not available to international students for January or March intake. However, we welcome international applicants for our September intake.

What people say

I loved being on placement, I felt it's where I could really put my skills and knowledge into practice. I had excellent mentors over the three years and met some really passionate and inspiring people.

John O'Neill
BSc Hons Adult Nursing
Accident and Emergency Staff Nurse, Queen Elizabeth Hospital

After working for over 15 years for my previous employer, I decided it was time for a complete change in career. I had always considered nursing but thought I may not have the right qualifications to gain entry into a university. Having not studied for over 20 years it was a daunting prospect. At the Open Day I was surprised to find that my qualifications were enough to apply for the degree. I gained my place on the adult nursing programme and two years on, I'm still enjoying my new life as a student nurse. The degree is demanding but also very rewarding.

Linda DeBattista
BSc Hons Adult Nursing

I found the lecturers at the interview days inspirational! They made me desperate to be a nurse myself! The support you get from all lecturers while at university and out on placements was one of the best things about studying at Greenwich. I know that they are genuinely interested in my wellbeing rather than just going through the motions.

Genevieve van de Merwe
BSc Hons Adult Nursing

The best thing about studying at the University of Greenwich is the interesting course material and friendly support I get from lecturers. Also the library and surrounding grounds at the mansion site is beautiful. There is an overall great atmosphere on campus.

Tim Harris
BSc Hons Adult Nursing

Extra information


Students will be assessed through:

  • Exams
  • Essays
  • Skills assessments
  • Poster presentations
  • Work books
  • Clinical skills assessment (OSCE).

Professional recognition

This programme is professionally recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

What we offer

At the University of Greenwich we want to make the experience for our Health and Social care students as simple as possible, keeping costs to a minimum and ensuring our students get the best experience. To support our students on these courses we offer a package that includes;

  • Free occupational Health costs, including immunizations
  • Full uniform set
  • Aspire@Greenwich scheme in partnership with John Smiths student stores worth £200*

*Eligible students only. Terms and conditions apply


Successful completion of this programme leads to eligibility to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, in order to begin your career in nursing. Nurses in both hospital and community settings have opportunities to become manager, educators and clinical specialists.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

Come and get a feel for what learning and life is like with us.

Next Open Day

Open Day dates

Apply now and begin your journey.

How to apply

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Avery Hill Campus

Situated either side of Avery Hill Park in Eltham, this campus combines the grace of a Victorian mansion with modern living and teaching facilities.

New Eltham and Falconwood (approx. 15 min walk)

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Medway Campus

A recently modernised, splendid Edwardian redbrick and ivy-clad campus based at Chatham Maritime, Kent.

Chatham Station (approx. 5 min by bus)

Gillingham Station (approx. 20 min walk / 10 min by bus)

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