Take the first step towards a career in nursing with our NMC-validated Adult Nursing BSc (Hons) degree course.
Study with us in Cambridge, Chelmsford or Peterborough – and be a part of our supportive adult nursing community.
As part of your course, you’ll get the chance to immerse yourself in placements and build up the knowledge and skills to deliver patient care.
Our BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing degree is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, so you’ll be eligible to apply for registration once you graduate and kick start your career as a registered adult nurse.
Student nurses can take advantage of nursing training grants worth at least £5,000 per year.
Here at ARU, we’re dedicated to the continual improvement of healthcare and stand by the values of the NHS Constitution. We think it's important to reflect on what makes a great nursewhat makes a great nurse.
A compassionate nurse understands that patient wellbeing must be placed at the centre of the care they deliver. A courageous nurse uses good communication to advocate for what’s right for patients and commits to act as a role model. We’ll help you grow into a competent nurse and concentrate on developing your leadership skills.
We’re proud to have been shortlisted for Nurse Education Provider of the Year in 2019 and 2020 by the Student Nursing Times. Our nursing degrees are also ranked top in the East of England by the Guardian League Table 2021. It speaks volumes about the quality of our teaching.
You’ll soon discover that ARU is a stimulating place to study Adult Nursing, with excellent facilities and registered, practising tutors who’ll make sure you’re being taught the latest techniques and give you the support you need to succeed. We make use of technology to support your learning too, with virtual reality scenarios and real time assessment.
Our Nursing and Midwifery Council validated Adult Nursing degree course places equal value on clinical practice and theory. It’ll take you from university lectures to a variety of placements. You may well find yourself working with younger and mature adults at a GP surgery, attending health visits or in a variety of hospital settings, from A&E through to acute care and oncology.
Placements last around seven to 12 weeks and include both acute and community settings. There are opportunities in older person care, dementia care, district nursing, surgical setting and more. There’s also the option of a self-funded overseas placement at the end of Year 2.
You’ll be linked to one of our NHS healthcare trust partners for your placements.
We want to make sure you experience a variety of placements and that you graduate as an effective practitioner. Our placement maps will help you plan your travel before you start on the course.
On placement, you’ll be working shifts. This can mean early, late and night shifts, as well as working weekends and bank holidays. You’ll be supported by practice supervisors and assessors as well as staff from ARU.
Meanwhile, teaching on campus usually takes place between 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday.
Each year, you’ll get allocated annual leave at set points to support you in balancing your course and relaxation time.
Throughout your time studying Adult Nursing at ARU, you’ll have the chance to share experiences with students from other health care courses, and to see how the professions work together to provide effective and seamless care.
Our students feel that their voice is heard and that we value their opinion. According to the National Student Survey 2020, they rate their tutors highly and value the feedback they receive
Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery Louise Jenkins and nursing student Hannah share their advice for getting the most from your nursing interview at ARU.
From Year 1 you'll be out on placement, getting hands-on experience in hospitals and community healthcare teams.
As a nursing student at ARU, you'll use purpose-built skills labs and sophisticated healthcare equipment.
Nursing is far more than a career. As a nurse you'll make a difference to many people’s lives - including your own.
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As part of your nursing studies with ARU, you’ll be able to take advantage of:
Our degree course is validated by the NMC and you’ll be linked to one of our eight NHS healthcare trust partners for your placements.
We’re proud to have been shortlisted for Nurse Education Provider of the Year in both 2019 and 2020.
Senior Lecturer Practitioner in International & Adult Nursing
Clinical Skills Tutor (Adult Nursing)
Deputy Head of School (Adult Nursing)
Deputy Head of School (Pre-Registration Adult Nursing Cluster: Cambridgeshire)
Senior Lecturer - Adult Acute Care
Nursing really is a job for life. As an adult nurse, you’ll make a difference to many people’s lives, including your own.
As a registered nurse you’ll have the choice of a wide range of roles. You may choose to become a community professional and work in patients’ homes, clinic, GP surgeries or nursing homes. Or you may want to work as a nursing specialist or consultant within a hospital. Or you could take your education further still, conduct research or go into healthcare management.
Our adult nursing course is approved by the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), meaning you’ll be eligible to apply for registration with them when you graduate. We work with employers to make sure you gain the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through your placements.
99% of our graduates were employed six months after completing their degree, with many getting job offers from their placement areas.
"If you ask me now why I continue to adore my degree as I approach its completion, it is because of the wide variety of opportunities there is for me out there."
BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing studentCareers in nursing: a job for life
Do you have a question that we haven't answered so far? Talk to our application experts. We're here Monday-Thursday 8.30am-5pm, and Friday 8.30am-4.30pm. You can also ask our Student Ambassadors about life at ARU.
If you want to know more about Nursing at ARU, we're offering virtual Taster Days. Meet our lecturers and current students, explore the role of the nurse, find out more about our nursing courses and placements, and pick up tips for your application and interview.Find out more about our Taster Days
You’ll spend 50% of your learning time out on placement. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in assessing, treating and communicating with patients.Your guide to placements
If your application to study nursing at ARU is successful, we'll invite you to an interview day in Cambridge or Chelmsford. Here’s how to get prepared.Your nursing interview
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