Nursing (Adult) - BSc (Hons)

Your future in Adult Nursing starts here. Focusing on the needs of the individual with our person-centred approach to care, you can make a real difference to people’s lives. Benefit from a robust curriculum which combines theory and authentic clinical practice to enable you to qualify as a competent and confident Adult Nurse.

Year of entry

  • 2023

Course type

  • Single Honours

UCAS code

  • B740

Duration of study

  • 3 years

Why study Nursing (Adult) at Keele University?

Top 20 for Nursing and Midwifery (Guardian University League Table, 2022)
Nursing and Midwifery Council approved programme
6th in England for Nursing and Midwifery (Complete University Guide, 2022)
£5,000 non-repayable annual grant to support your studies
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Approved programme

Adult Nursing is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and has been designed to meet the seven NMC platforms which underpin pre-registration nursing education. The course is taught by lecturers who are expert clinicians, and qualified teachers in different specialisms. Their research feeds into our teaching. On successful completion of this course, you can apply for NMC nursing registration.

Nursing and Midwifery Council logo

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Additional opportunities

There are a range of additional opportunities available when studying this course.
Please note, undertaking one may impact upon the availability of another.

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Richard Tomkinson

"The support from my practice assessor and personal tutor has been outstanding. The course is very structured, with placement and academic blocks to prepare you."

Richard, Adult Nursing

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Danielle Everill

"To sum up the 3 years i'd say it's been the hardest 3 years of my life but totally worth it. I'm extremely privileged to be a nurse."

Danielle, Adult Nursing

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Nursing at Keele

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Foundation year

Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year.

This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence.

Keele University is consistently ranked among the top universities for student satisfaction, and we have over 70 years' experience of teaching a foundation year to students. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele.

Course content

Our Foundation Year allows you to develop your critical thinking, academic reading, writing, and communication study skills along with subject-specific knowledge and skills. Upon meeting the progression criteria and successfully completing our Foundation Year, you will automatically progress into your Keele undergraduate degree with the confidence that you have the skills, and knowledge needed to successfully complete your course.

This Foundation year is a is a two semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing. For example, in the Academic and Professional Development for Health module you will begin to develop an awareness of professional standards that you will be working to in your degree and professional career.  Course content has been developed in collaboration with degree teaching teams, so that by the time you begin Year 1, you will be ready to excel at your studies, as the majority of our Foundation Year students do.

You will gain a greater appreciation of historical and contemporary approaches to health and social care within the UK, considering key health issues and challenges facing health and science services. At the same time, we will advance your knowledge of human biology and chemistry, giving you a solid grasp of body systems, science and lab work. You'll develop safe, professional laboratory skills and get to know the mathematical techniques and quantitative methods used across health science-related and social care programmes.

Throughout the programme, you will develop subject-specific and broad based skills that will be invaluable in your academic career and beyond. You can find out more about our Foundation Year, Including Information on learning, teaching and assessment methods and further opportunities available to you by visiting our homepage

Course structure

The module details given below are indicative, they are intended to provide you with an idea of the range of subjects that are taught to our current students. The modules that will be available for you to study in future years are prone to change as we regularly review our teaching to ensure that it is up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. The information presented is therefore not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules available in any given year.

Semester one modules

FYO-00237 Foundations of Human Biology for Health 15 credits
FYO-00241 Foundations in Chemistry - Health 15 credits
FYO-00213 Foundations of Numerical and Quantitative Methods for Health Students 15 credits

Semester two modules

FYO-00239 Advancing Human Biology for Health 30 credits
FYO-00245 Foundations in Health and Society 15 credits

Year long modules (semesters one and two)

FYO-00181 Academic and Professional Development for Health 30 credits

Entry requirements

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview.    

Candidates who progress from this Foundation Year onto year 1 of the degree course will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check (Enhanced plus Barring Lists) and health check.

For admission enquiries please contact

English Language Requirements for International/EU Applicants

In addition to meeting the Level 3 requirements, candidates whose first language is not English will need IELTS with an overall score of 7.0, including at least 6.5 in the writing section and at least 7.0 in the reading, listening and speaking sections, or GCSE English Language at 4 (C) or above. 


Alternative Qualifications

Additional GCSE requirements


Further Information

GCSE in English and Maths at grade C/4 or above or equivalent qualifications (e.g. Functional Skills Level 2 / Key Skills Level 2). Must have been achieved prior to application (unless studied alongside a pending Access to Higher Education Diploma). Please see the Alternative Qualifications section for further details. 

How to apply

UCAS applications

Visit UCAS for applications. You should apply for Adult Nursing with Foundation Year.

UCAS code: B742

Direct entry students

If you already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly.

We also offer a January start for some of our Foundation Year courses. Adopting a blended learning approach, the January start is particularly useful for students wishing to return to education following time out of studying, or who are seeking a flexible approach to their Foundation Year studies. Our January start is available across most of our Science, Humanities, Social Science and Business courses.

Whilst still being a full-time course, our blended delivery model combines live teaching sessions - both online and on-campus - with self-directed study, enabling you to predominantly study at a time that suits your lifestyle. You will benefit from weekly online taught sessions which encourage you to engage with your teachers and peers.

In addition to online study there will be a series of full study days that you will be required to attend throughout each semester. These sessions may include lab-based activities, group work, review of course and assessment materials studied online. They will emphasise opportunities for you to deepen your knowledge and understanding of your chosen route.

Please refer to the September start tab for more information about the entry requirements and what you will study. The modules that you will take on a January start Foundation Year will be similar to those for the September start, but in a slightly different order and pattern.

For more information, including fees, the UCAS code for this course, how to apply, and how you will be taught, please visit our January Start Foundation Year webpage.

Our International Foundation Year is delivered on campus through Keele University International College (KUIC). Find out more about the International Foundation Year options on the KUIC website.

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