Adult Nursing - Liverpool John Moores University

2020/21 entry

BSc (Hons) with Registered Nurse Status Adult Nursing

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*

All figures are subject to yearly increases.


*The Department for Education (DfE) have recently announced that they will be freezing tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year.

Course type

BSc (Hons) with Registered Nurse Status

BSc Hons with Registered Nurse Status

UCAS info

UCAS code: B740

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

 Clearing
Minimum UCAS points required: 96

This course is available in Clearing for January 2021 entry, apply now using our online Clearing tool.

If you don't have your results: register your interest for Clearing courses.

International students: call/email our International Admissions Counsellor IAC@ljmu.ac.uk.


About your course

Studying on our professionally accredited BSc (Hons) Nursing with Registered Nurse Status (Adult) degree will give you the opportunity to complete clinical practice placements in a variety of settings, including hospital and out of hospital settings, and in simulated practice placements in our new state of the art clinical simulation suites.

  • Clearing places available for January 2021 entry - 'I have my results' / 'I'm waiting for my results'
  • Qualify as a nurse with LJMU - Nurse Education Provider of the Year (pre-registration), Student Nursing Times Awards 2018​
  • £5,000 per year bursary as standard for Adult Nursing students living in England, Wales and Northern Ireland attending LJMU plus another £1,000 for students with children
  • Benefit from clinical work experience with four placements guaranteed per year in a wide variety of healthcare settings, plus one simulated practice placement per year
  • Learn in £4million professional-standard clinical practice suites
  • Advance in the knowledge that you have a dedicated study day each week giving you the opportunity for contact and support
  • Start months: We have two intakes each year in January and September
  • Campus location: City Campus

What it means to study Nursing at LJMU -

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New Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the professional body that evaluates and monitors all Nursing and Midwifery courses in the UK. Only education and training providers accredited by the NMC can deliver courses that lead to Qualified Nurse or Midwife status and registration with the NMC.

In 2018, the NMC released plans to update the standards for pre-registration nursing and midwifery programmes, starting after 28th January 2019. The new standards set out the entry requirements, length of programme, methods of assessment and the level of award.

To ensure that our programmes are at the forefront of nursing and midwifery education and meet the new standards, we've worked closely with our practice partners updating our course content and student assessment methods. This means you'll benefit from the most up to date, practice-informed learning.

Additional course costs

Travel costs to placements and parking if using a car whilst on placement. However, you may be able to claim reimbursement of travel costs through the Learner Support Fund provided by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA).

Students who would like to buy extra uniform items, further to their standard uniform which is included in the course fees, have the option to do so. International experiences may incur costs.

Since starting my Nursing journey I have experienced so much that LJMU has been able to offer me which is amazing. The support in university and out on placement is fantastic and you 100% get the best out of every placement. I’ve met friends for life since starting my journey here and I would recommend this course and university to anyone. My dream of becoming an adult nurse is so close, I’m so proud to be an LJMU student.

Michaela Bennett, 2nd year, Adult Nursing student

I was a health care assistant for 10 years but had always wanted to take the next step and become a registered nurse. LJMU stood out because the staff and students are so passionate about nursing. Each year I feel proud of how far I have come, especially as a mature student with a child.

Jade Price, Adult Nursing student

Work-related learning

50% of the programme involves work related learning. This includes work-based learning in primary care, nursing homes and acute settings, and gives you an invaluable opportunity to learn from experienced practitioners while experiencing the full 24-hour working pattern.

Most of your placements will be in the local area but we cannot guarantee that they will all be close to your home. In addition there is work-related learning once per year in our simulated practice experience.

"Since starting my Nursing journey I have experienced so much that LJMU has been able to offer me, which is amazing. My favourite element of the course is being able to go out on placement and help the staff to make a difference in people's lives when they are at their most vulnerable. The support in University and out on placement is fantastic and you 100% get the best out of every placement."

-  Michaela Bennett 2nd year, BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support

As soon as you enrol at LJMU, you will be assigned your own personal tutor. Your tutor will give you feedback on how well you are progressing with your studies and encourage you to plan for your educational and career development.    

During your clinical placements you will work alongside experienced nurses and be supervised by practice mentors, as well as having the support of clinical liaison lecturers and academic link staff. Additional support is always available within the Faculty or from student support workers if you need it. All new students coming in to the faculty will have a student mentor allocated to them. Student Mentors are second and third year students who have been selected and trained to mentor new students in all aspects of university life. The student mentor service offers an exciting opportunity for personal and professional development.

Student Hope McNulty in clinical practice suite"LJMU has supported me in doing things I never thought I could, guiding me, and helping me reach my full potential. The quality of teaching staff with a mixture of practical sessions, interactive lessons, group work and lectures, makes the learning relevant to an ever changing career.

With a personal tutor, you have someone to discuss issues, career prospects and your work." 

- Hope McNulty, 3rd year, BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing

Go abroad

LJMU aims to make an international opportunity available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree, either in Europe or the US. You could take part in a work placement in Europe under the ERASMUS+ scheme or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. There are also opportunities to attend a two-week summer school with one of our worldwide partners.

Our Go Global Fund can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?

Find out more about studying or working abroad or email us at: goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

Course details

The course has two intakes each year; January and September. Both intakes are recruited at the same time through UCAS.

​Adult nurses care for adults of all ages in both acute and long-term care. On the BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) degree, you will gain the skills, experience and confidence to be an effective healthcare professional, with particular aptitude in key areas such as caring, counselling, managing, teaching and interpersonal skills, which are essential to improving patient care and quality of life.

You will have plenty of opportunities for hands-on practice within a variety of settings including the traditional hospital environment and also the community such as nursing homes, home environments, clinics and treatment rooms. This experience will give you vital skills in assessing, planning, delivering and evaluating patient care and needs.

You will also become proficient in measuring and recording physiological observations, moving and handling, resuscitation, drug administration, communication skills and personal hygiene delivery so that by the time you qualify, you will have the confidence to deal with real patients in the NHS, private and voluntary settings right from the minute you start your professional career.

If you are excited by the idea of seeing how health care delivery works in other countries, there may be opportunities to study in Europe. This can involve a period of study and practice in one of our partner universities in Finland or Uganda.

What you will study on this degree

50% clinical practice, 50% theory - a great combination!

As a nursing student, you will be required to complete 4,600 hours of which 50% will be theory and 50% in clinical practice. This means that you will have seven weeks holiday a year, and may have to attend sessions outside the normal University hours of 9am- 5pm.

Blocks of academic study can be up to six weeks depending on the modules you take. You will work 30 hours a week in clinical practice and will have a weekly study day of 7.5 hours.

The modules at each level are all Core; this means all students on the programme undertake them.

Level 4

  • Introduction to Practice 1
  • Inequalities and Public Health
  • Biosciences in Nursing Practice
  • Introduction to Practice 2
  • Introduction to Evidence Based Nursing Practice
  • Partnership and Policy for Person Centred Care in Adult Nursing

Level 5   

  • Developing Practice for Adult Nursing 1
  • Behaviour Change to Prevent Ill Health
  • Pathophysiology Pharmacology in Nursing Care
  • Developing Practice for Adult Nursing 2
  • Evidence and Evaluation in the Development of Nursing  Practice
  • Partnership Working and Care Co-ordination in Adult Nursing

Level 6

  • The Proficient Adult Nurse 1
  • Globalisation, Health and Healthcare for Adult Nursing
  • Co-ordinating Safe, Quality Adult Care
  • The Proficient Adult Nurse 2
  • Leadership, Management and Supervision
  • Professional Practice and Coordinating Complex Care in Adult Nursing

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course. Please note: programme specification documents are updated annually on 1st August, therefore this version may not reflect the most current course content. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Clinical practice is a vital element of this degree course and accounts for half of your study time at LJMU.

As a nursing student, you will be required to complete 4,600 hours of which 50% will be theory and 50% in clinical practice. This means that you will have seven weeks holiday a year, and may have to attend sessions outside the normal University hours of 9am- 5pm.

Blocks of academic study can be up to six weeks depending on what point in the programme you are at. You will work 30 hours a week in clinical practice and will have a weekly study day of 7.5 hours.

Underpinning all aspects of your training is a commitment to ethical and anti-oppressive values, values and principles of the NHS Constitution and Professional Body requirements.​

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support

The lecturing staff at Liverpool John Moores University are highly regarded. You will be taught by clinically credible and research active staff including experienced nurses and health care professionals, who will help you do develop both clinically and intellectually during the programme.

When you attend an Open Day, you'll be able to speak to your course lecturers and meet our student ambassadors.

You can also read about each member of the Nursing team, discover their research interests and clinical speciailisms, by visiting the staff section of the School of Nursing and Allied Health webpages.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment is through a combination of exams, essays and assignments, workbooks, portfolios and presentations

There will also be clinical assessment, which will be undertaken whilst you're on plcement and you will be assessed by practice supervisors and assessors. You will be offered feedback at various points during the course and support will always be readily available from your individual module tutors should you need advice or guidance at any time. We believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to develop your skills and knowledge.​​

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

The information below relates to the 2019/20 academic year as the Government has not yet released information for 2020/21. As soon as this is available, we will update these web pages and associate information.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. In 2019/20 scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. In 2019/20 the annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

In 2019/20 the annual tuition fee for full time, undergraduate, home and EU students is £9,250. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £25,716**.

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

Part time students starting in 2018 or later can also apply for a maintenance loan.

For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/studentfinance

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £25,716* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £25,716).*

* Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Career prospects

With LJMU's BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing degree, you will enjoy exciting career opportunities both in the UK and overseas.

Successful completion of the course allows you to apply for registration on the Nursing and Midwifery Register, regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This can lead to careers in the health sector at home or abroad and in the private and voluntary sectors. ​

There are a growing number of nurse specialist posts in some clinical areas too. Some graduates prefer to pursue careers in teaching, research or management, or continue their studies with a masters programme.​​​

97% of our adult nursing graduates go on to find employment or further study within six months of graduating (Source: discoveruni.gov.uk)

CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

Professional accreditation / links

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)​ works with partner organisations to set and maintain high standards of nursing and midwifery education across the UK. Our Nursing and Midwifery courses have been approved and are monitored by the NMC to make sure that the education and training on offer meets the NMC standards. Successful completion of the course allows you to apply for registration on the Nursing and Midwifery Register.​

International study

International and non-UK EU nationals should check the NHS bursary website for details on residency conditions:

NHSBSA website

If you have any further queries, please contact the International Office on 0151 904 6499.

The university reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the university. Where this does happen, the university operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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