BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing, Swansea

Course Overview

NO TUITION FEES to pay for UK and EU students who meet residency criteria.

EMPLOYABILITY: 99% of nursing students from Swansea University are employed in graduate level jobs within six months of graduating (UNISTATS,2015)

AVERAGE EARNINGS: Nursing graduates can expect a starting salary of about £21,000 rising to £34,000 for a highly-experienced staff nurse.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Minimum BBB at A2 level, health or science-related courses desirable. Minimum five grade A-C GCSE passes including Welsh/English language, Maths and a Physical Science or Double Award Science.

ACCREDITATION: Graduates will be eligible to apply for Registered Nurse (Adult) status with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.


Key Features

Why study at Swansea?

  • Winner of the Student Nursing Times Award 2014 – Pre-registration Nurse Education Provider of the Year
  • Up 20 places from 33 to 13th for Nursing in the National Student Survey, 2014. First in Wales (NSS, 2015)
  • 14th in the UK for Nursing (Guardian University Guide 2016)
  • Some modules are available in Welsh
  • The nearest hospital is next-door to the Campus
  • Opportunities to study abroad and embrace a new culture
  • Supported by a large number of healthcare providers plus strong links with health boards
  • Wide range of clinical experiences within south west Wales
  • You will be taught by qualified nurses, doctors and allied health professionals, many of whom still work in clinical practice

The College of Human and Health Sciences has state-of-the-art facilities for students of Adult Nursing in Swansea including a clinical practice suite which allows students to learn practical skills in realistic surroundings. There is also a clinical and technical skills resource centre.

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Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Year 2 (Level 5)

Year 3 (Level 6)


Nursing is a challenging, diverse and rewarding profession focussing on the physical and psychological care of people of all ages. Nursing students must hold the desire to help and support others since nursing is just as much about health promotion and wellbeing as it is about sustenance and rehabilitation from acute or long term disease.

Students studying Adult Nursing will learn about the holistic needs of people from early adulthood until old age and develop the ability to provide high quality care in complex situations and in a range of clinical and community settings. 

They will learn how to:

• Promote health and wellbeing
• Care for people suffering from acute or chronic disease
• Administer rehabilitation and palliative care
• Provide supportive care to those in the final days of their lives

We have the full support of many healthcare providers and are able to offer a wide range of clinical experiences across South West Wales. These include placements in the NHS and independent sector in hospitals and community settings.

Students rotate through different clinical specialities to ensure they have exposure to all aspects of Adult Nursing. In year three, they have a choice of clinical areas to support individual learning.

Students will be expected to travel across a wide geographical area, but course organisers take into account residential and travel requirements. Rural placements are also available. Find out more here.

The College offers our Nursing Students clinical placement opportunities with our Partner Institutions in Europe. 


Entry Requirements

Minimum BBB at A2 level, health or science-related courses desirable. Minimum five grade A-C GCSE passes including Welsh/English language, Maths and a Physical Science or Double Award Science.

There is no advantage in applying to both Swansea and Carmarthen and we strongly advise only applying to your preferred location.  For Adult Nursing at Carmarthen go here.

  • All applicants need to demonstrate a strong educational profile in the previous three to five years
  • Candidates must demonstrate a detailed understanding of and commitment to Adult Nursing
  • Care experience is helpful but not essential
  • Candidates will be expected to participate in group discussions, team work and individual tasks during interviews.
  • Students whose first language is not English need an IELTS score of 7.0

Alternative requirements:

  • Access: 60 credits overall with at least 45 at level 3 and 15 at level 2. Of the 45 credits at level 3, you will need a minimum of 24 distinctions, 18 merits and 3 passes against the rules of combination
  • Welsh baccalaureate: Pass and BB at A2 level or DD at BTEC
  • Irish leaving certificate: 360

A comprehensive list of equivalent qualifications can be viewed at UCAS 

Any offer made is conditional, subject to:

  • A satisfactory character reference
  • Funding from the Welsh Government
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, or an approved equivalent.
  • An Occupational Health check

How To Apply

Applications for the Adult Nursing field must be made through UCAS and received by January 15th 2016. We do not offer deferred places.

International students are able to make applications via OnTrack 

Please view our  Vaccination Policy for Applicants

If you suspect you have a latex allergy, discuss with Cathy Anthony in Occupational Health before applying.

Applicants should also familiarise themselves with the NHS Wales Values and Standards of Behaviour.


Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £13,800

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

You may face additional costs while at university, including (but not limited to):

  • Parking at the recreation ground and travel to and from campus. Costs for travel to placements are reimbursed by the university.
  • Photocopying and buying stationery, USB sticks
  • Buying recommended books, although the campus library  will have all the texts  you need
  • Hiring robes for graduation and  tuxedos if attending the ball
  • Uniform is provided but students need to buy a fob or pocket watch and appropriate footwear
  • Buying a stethoscope and pocket mask, through CHHS

Fees and Funding

There are no tuition fees to pay for BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing for UK students.

UK students may also be eligible for a non means-tested grant of £1,000 and a means-tested bursary of up to £4,395 each year.  Maintenance loans and allowances for travel, children and dependents may also be available.   Visit our NHS Funding page.

There may also be help from the NHS Workforce, Education and Development Services

Find out more about tuition fees at Swansea.  


You may be eligible for university funding to help support your study. Find out more here about scholarships and bursaries


Course Structure

This course has two annual intakes and does not follow the usual University term times

The College of Human and Health Sciences Admissions Department will contact you direct with your start date.

SEPTEMBER INTAKE: The academic year starts early September and ends late the following August. Students must attend 42 weeks in total in each year of the programme. Students have 10 weeks non term time (NTT) in each year, over Christmas, Easter and the summer.

MARCH INTAKE: The academic year starts late February/ early March and ends late the following February. Students must attend 42 weeks in total in each year of the programme. Students have 10 weeks non term time (NTT) in each year, over Christmas, Easter and the summer. The March start date may be subject to change or withdrawal.

50% of the teaching for Adult Nursing students will take place in healthcare placements, and the other 50% will be taught at university.

This is a three-year, full-time carefully integrated modular programme of theoretical and clinical study to provide structured development of professional skills. All modules are compulsory.

 You will be taught the skills to assess, plan, deliver, and evaluate evidence-based care to promote the health and wellbeing of adults with acute and chronic conditions.

Teaching is based on a social model and students will be taught to appreciate healthcare and the well- being of the patient in the wider context.

As such students should expect to be taught the following subjects as applied to nursing:

  • Anatomy and pathology
  • Sociology and psychology
  • Law and ethics
  • Interpersonal skills and communication

Adult Nursing students will also be taught about mental health nursing, plus caring for children, mothers and new-borns


The programme offers a framework of evidence based learning. In practice, students are supervised and assessed by an experienced mentor. In university, they are assessed through exams, essays, presentations, and group work. Students are tested not only on their skills and knowledge but on their values and behaviour(s) too.

International Students

We welcome many applications from non-UK students. International students must:

  • Pay tuition fees
  • Pay a fee for the practical placement elements of the course

In addition to the academic requirements, international students must:

  • Have an IELTS score of 7.0 with 7.0 in all components before commencing the programme (NMC requirement)
  • Have a satisfactory educational reference
  • Be interviewed.  Video calls may be considered.

Clinical Practice Fee 

£13800 + £2500 clinical practice fee per year, £1500 college international nursing scholarship. 

International applicants can apply online via OnTrack here 

Email for further information.


Careers in Adult Nursing

Job prospects are very good for Swansea University Adult Nursing students, 99% are employed in graduate level jobs within six months of graduating.

Most work in the NHS. Clinical specialties are varied but typical areas of practice include accident and emergency, surgery and medicine, or the community.

Adult nursing graduates can expect a starting salary of about £21,000 rising to £34,000 for a highly-experienced staff nurse. Specialist nurses and practice managers can earn £45,000. Pay scales from the Royal College of Nursing website can be viewed here.

There has never been a more exciting time to join the nursing profession. Registered nurses can work in a variety of environments including hospitals, GP surgeries, clinics, nursing and residential homes, occupational health services, voluntary organisations, the armed forces and industry.

Graduates will be eligible to register as nurses for work in EU and EEA. UK trained nurses are very much sought after in Australia and New Zealand.

Recent alumni now work locally as ward managers, staff nurses and as community nurses. Take a look at our employability pages to read our graduate success stories.


Accommodation in residences is designated for new first year Human and Health Science students. Here are your Swansea University accommodation options.

To make sure you get a room in residence in your first year, click here to read the Swansea University accommodation guarantee.