Why study Adult Nursing Top Up at Liverpool John Moores University?
- 'Best Student Experience' Winner, Student Nursing Times Awards 2020 & ‘Nurse Education Provider of the Year (pre-registration)’, Student Nursing Times Awards 2018
- Clinical work experience with four placements guaranteed per year in a wide variety of healthcare settings
- Learn in professional-standard clinical practice suites at our flagship Tithebarn Building
- Dedicated study day each week while you are on placement, giving you the opportunity for contact and support at all times
- £5,000 grant as standard for Adult Nursing students living in England, Wales and Northern Ireland plus another £2,000 for students with dependent children (eligibility criteria apply. Please note: you will only receive a grant for the first 12 months of your course, not per year)
About your course
Designed specifically for qualified Nursing Associates, our BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing top-up degree will lead you to qualify as a Registered Nurse in 18 months.
Degree Apprenticeship Route
This course is also available as a degree apprenticeship with selected partners, open to their current employees only. If you work for an NHS Trust or organisation and would like to learn more about our nursing degree apprenticeships, please contact our Admissions Team: email@example.com
Adult nurses care for adults of all ages in both acute and long term care. On the BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult), 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, and our new simulated clinical practice suites. 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 other countries.
""My aim is to become an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and I know I each day I get one step closer and I will achieve my goal. The support at Liverpool John Moore's has and is second to none from all staff to other students everybody supports one another.""
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) works with partner organisations to set and maintain high standards of nursing and midwifery education across the UK. Successfully completing an NMC accredited Registered Nurse degree allows you to apply to the official register.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students
The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.
Additional course costs
Graduate with eligibility to apply to the NMC register and start work as a band 5 nurse.
With the BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing, you will enjoy exciting career opportunities both in the UK and have the opportunity to participate in overseas placements.
Successful completion of the course allows you to apply for registration on the Nursing and Midwifery Council register. 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. View our LJMU nursing-related Masters programmes for more information.
93% of our adult nursing graduates go on to find employment or further study within 15 months of graduating (visit discoveruni.gov.uk for more information).
Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
We are committed to ensuring all our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.
Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities.
Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools, resources and jobs board. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU’s in-house recruitment service, ensuring students can build experience whilst they study.
One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones to accelerate your job search and applications, CV and interview technique. Themed careers and employability workshops, a programme of employer events and recruitment fairs run throughout the year and students have the opportunity to hear from a range of alumni who openly share their own onward experience.
Student Futures work with businesses to create opportunities for fully funded internships which help students increase their network within the Liverpool City Region and beyond. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU’s Careers, Employability and Enterprise Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.
LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.
Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?
Find out more about the opportunities we have available via our Instagram @ljmuglobalopps or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What you will study on this degree
All of your modules are Core. This means that all students on the course will study them.
Further guidance on modules
Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.
Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.
Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:Programme specification document (PDF)
Behaviour Change to Prevent Ill Health
The aim of this module is to understand the nurse's role in raising awareness of risk factors and supporting behaviour change.
Partnership Working and Care Co-Ordination in Adult Nursing
This module will examine strategies and approaches for service improvement in adult nursing. In addition to the contact hours above there are 160 private study hours. 99 hours are guided, this includes online and assessment preparation.
Developing Practice for Adult Nursing 2
The aim of this module is to build upon ‘developing practice in Adult nursing 1’ to further reinforce your engagement with knowledge, attitudes, values and skills associated with safe and effective care. You will complete 337.5 practice hours which will include practice placement learning and simulated practice learning, in accordance with the programme plan.
The Proficient Adult Nurse 1
This module will develop your engagement with a range of values, attitudes and skills that underpin safe and effective clinical practice to support their development as an independent practitioner. You will complete 420 practice hours that will include practice placement learning and simulated practice learning, in accordance with the programme plan.
The Proficient Adult Nurse 2
This module will build upon experiences from ‘The proficient adult nurse 1’ to consolidate your engagement with a range of values, attitudes and skills that underpin safe and effective clinical practice to support their development as an independent practitioner. You will complete 450 practice hours that will include practice placement learning and simulated practice learning, in accordance with the programme plan.
Co-ordinating Safe, Quality Adult Care
This module will establish how complex care be delivered safely for in adult nursing. In addition to the contact hours above there are 160 private study hours. 85 hours are guided, this includes online and assessment preparation.
Leadership, Management and Supervision
This module supports your journey towards leadership roles in nursing. Through interactive lectures, discussions, group tutorials, action learning workshops, private study, and practice, you will foster practical skills of reflection, personal development planning, empowerment, teamwork and leadership.
Professional Practice and Co-ordinating Complex Care in Adult Nursing
This module will prepare you for the management of the care of adult patients with complex needs. In addition to the contact hours above there are 160 private study hours. 85 hours are guided, this includes online and assessment preparation.
Teaching and work-related learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.
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 to 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 the training offered is a commitment to ethical and anti-oppressive values, values and principles of the NHS Constitution and Professional Body requirements.
This includes work-based learning in primary care, nursing homes and acute settings, and give 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.
All students will undertake one simulated formative placement per year, which is a key feature of the programme. This placement occurs within the LJMU purpose build clinical skills suites and allows for interprofessional learning to take place, in addition to specific simulated learning.
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, and will meet with them regularly throughout each year.
Your personal 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 registered healthcare professionals and be supervised by practice assessors and supervisors, as well as having the support of academic link lecturers.
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.
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.
There will also be clinical assessment, which will be undertaken whilst in clinical practice where 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 put in more work.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
Dr Nicola Morrell-Scott
Dr Nicola Morrell-Scott
What you can expect from your School
Part of the City Campus, the School of Nursing and Allied Health works with a wide range of health and social care organisations to design and deliver a dynamic suite of courses. In addition to specialist clinical practice suite facilities, you will find high quality seminar rooms, IT suites and lecture theatres, plus a café and social spaces. The School’s flagship Tithebarn Building adjoins the Avril Robarts Library, which is open 24/7 during semesters.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications:
Please note: International applicants who require a student visa are not eligible to apply for the course.
GCSE and equivalents
Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:
- Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths
- NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
- Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
- Higher Diploma in Maths/ English
- Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/ English
- Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Minimum number of A Levels required: N/A
- National Certificate (RQF): N/A
Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: N/A
- International Baccalaureate: N/A
- Welsh Baccalaureate: N/A
- Irish Leaving Certificate: N/A
OCR National acceptability
- National Certificate: N/A
- Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Not Acceptable
Alternative qualifications considered
Satisfactory Medical Clearance/Examination - we will contact you directly to undertake this.
Satisfactory Enhanced DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service - formerly CRB). We will contact you directly to undertake this and further information can be found at www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check
In addition, applicants will have to follow Faculty procedures for declaring any convictions after interview.
Accepted as an alternative to IELTS is Occupational English Test (OET). We'll accept an OET examination certificate that confirms you achieved:
- at least a grade C+ in the writing section
- at least a grade B in the reading, listening and speaking sections
Reduced Offer Scheme
As part of LJMU’s commitment to widening access we offer eligible students entry to their chosen course at a reduced threshold of up to 16/8 UCAS points. This applies if you are a student who has been in local authority care or if you have participated in one of LJMU’s sustained outreach initiatives, e.g. Summer University. Please contact the admission office for further details.
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.International entry requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.Can this course be deferred?
NoIs a DBS check required?
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
The Nursing Associate to BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing top up programme recognises that prior learning and experience is integral to your study at degree level.
- Applicants must hold Nursing Associate or Assistant Practitioner qualification
- Any overseas qualifications should be equivalent to UK qualifications which meet our entry requirements. If you have completed your degree outside the UK, we will require a clear copy of your degree documentation to ensure NARIC comparability. Please note that all applicants who are invited to interview will be required to present their original documentation.
- English and Maths GCSE at grade A* - C (discuss with admissions team if you have equivalent qualifications)
- If English is not your first language, IELTS (Academic) with an overall score of 7.0, including least 6.5 in the writing section and at least 7.0 in the reading, listening and speaking sections. The University may be able to accept alternative English Language qualifications from applicants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) on a case by case basis in line with the appropriate Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) guidelines.
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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