BSc in Nursing - Adult


Program Description


Adult nursing is a challenging and rewarding profession that offers a wide range of roles caring for people and promoting health.

Stirling is a superb place for you to learn the skills of modern nursing – which are valued around the world. Our course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and has also received multiple commendations. We’ve won Student Nursing Times Awards in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Nursing is a dynamic profession, and we’ll give you the training and confidence necessary to fulfil your role in the healthcare teams of tomorrow. As you study, you’ll learn how to work with a range of multi-disciplinary professionals, groups and individuals to provide care and promote health. Our course is based on a philosophy that, as a nurse, you will provide services based on excellence, compassion, safety and respect.

You’ll be allocated a personal tutor who will be a source of guidance, information and support during your studies. Whilst undertaking practice learning experiences, you’re also allocated a practice mentor who will facilitate and support your learning in practice.

We’ll inspire and challenge you, so that you leave us as a confident and capable practitioner - ready to join a health care team upon graduation.

BSC (Hons)

BSc (Hons) Nursing students follow the same programme structure as the BSc Nursing for Years 1 and 2. After that point, Honours students carry out an additional placement module with the opportunity to study overseas.

In their final year, Honours students complete additional modules, including a dissertation and their NMC-required final placement, achieving registration and their Honours degree at the end of Year 4.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 We work with NHS Forth Valley, to ensure that our course remains clinically excellent and that you’ll receive the best possible practical training

#2 We've received multiple commendations from the Nursing and Midwifery Council, including for our close working relationships with practice partners

#3 We're ranked in the Top 5 in Scotland for Nursing and Midwifery (The Guardian University Guide 2021)

Professional accreditation

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Course details

Our BSc Adult Nursing extends over three years, and the BSc (Hons) over four years.

You’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of nursing, and progress towards delivering person-centred nursing care in more complex and demanding situations. You’ll gain the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that are essential to deliver safe, compassionate, respectful, ethical and effective care in an evolving and dynamic health and social care environment. Each year meets the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requirement of 50% theory and 50% practice.

Through our partnerships with a diverse range of health and social care organisations, you’ll have the opportunity to put your theory into practice. You may work both day and night shifts to coincide with the patterns of the area and your allocated practice mentor.

This course is designed for you to achieve competencies required for registration in the UK as a nurse. You’ll also have the choice of undertaking a national or international placement.

You’ll be allocated a personal tutor, who will be a source of guidance, information and support during your studies. While undertaking practice learning experiences, you’re also allocated a practice mentor, who will facilitate and support your learning in practice.

You’ll study alongside Mental Health Nursing students to gain a holistic understanding of how healthcare professionals work together to bring about the best in patient-centred care.

We’ll also focus on developing the leadership and management skills needed to foster quality and innovation within the health and social care.

What other criteria are considered for BSc Adult Nursing?

We carefully consider other qualities and interests through your personal statement. Explaining why you’re choosing a course is essential, and your knowledge of and interest in Adult Nursing should be evident. Voluntary or paid experience in a care setting is welcomed, and you’re strongly advised to make links between the knowledge, values and skills gained in these experiences and the course being applied for. Other experience that demonstrates your commitment and your ability to work in a team, is also valuable.

References are also required. You should provide an academic reference if possible - but failing this, an employer’s reference. Friends as referees are not accepted. If you’re applying to transfer from another institution, a third reference and a transcript from that institution are required.

Practical learning experiences arranged by the Faulty of Health Sciences and Sport in conjunction with your local health board may cover a wide geographical area. You’ll be expected make your own arrangements to accessing those experiences.


We've been awarded five-star excellence for our teaching by the QS World University Rankings 2017/18.

Your course will provide you with learning experiences in practice learning placements across a wide range of areas. Practice learning will be supported by your engagement with theoretical elements of the course, and also by your nurse mentor. You’ll develop skills of critical reading, appreciation and analysis, numeracy and literacy. These skills are both graduate attributes, and essential skills for a graduate nurse.

The course utilises a range of teaching and learning experiences including lectures, small group work, skills, simulation lab and oral presentations. These will equip you with a diverse range of skills to enhance your abilities as a proficient nurse.

A wide range of approaches to teaching and learning are adopted by the Faculty. Central to this is a student-centred approach, which uses small group teaching (enquiry-based learning or EBL) in combination with lectures, seminars, group work and clinical skills teaching.


You will be assessed by a range of methods, including: examinations, essays, reports, clinical skills assessments, presentations and assessments of practice. You’ll need to pass each semester assessment before progressing to the next semester.

Work placement opportunities

Your course will provide you with practice learning placements in a wide range of areas. These will primarily take place in the NHS Forth Valley area but there may be opportunities to have placements with other health boards.

Study abroad

You can take advantage of opportunities to study abroad during the three independent study weeks at the end of Years 1 and 2. Our current partner universities include:

  • University of South Florida, Tampa, USA
  • University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain
  • Paracelsus University, Austria

We also have a practice learning agreement in place with EMS Medical Centre in Nazareth, Israel.


Student Recruitment and Admissions

+44 (0)1786 467044

Fees - 2020/1

2020/21 annual fees

Students domiciled in Scotland/EUFees are paid by the Scottish Government Health Directorate (SGHD)

Students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland£9,250*

Students domiciled overseas (non-EU)£15,600

Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

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