Join our full-time four-year, NMC dual registration Adult and Mental Health Nursing degree course and take the first step towards a career as a nurse. Immerse yourself in placements that will help you build practice-based nursing skills and knowledge.
You’ll gain the clinical knowledge, skills, confidence and accreditation you need to succeed as a dual registered Adult and Mental Health Nurse with our excellent facilities and placements.
Our purpose-built nursing labs simulate many aspects of a working hospital ward. You’ll use sophisticated healthcare equipment in safe and supportive small group sessions led by our highly experienced and dedicated staff. And of course, you’ll spend plenty of time out on placement.
Student nurses can take advantage of training grants worth at least £5,000 per year.
Here at ARU, we are 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 nurse. A compassionate nurse understands that the wellbeing of individual patients must be placed at the centre of the care delivered. A courageous nurse uses good communication to advocate for what is right for patients and commits to act as a role model. We’ll work with you to help you grow into a competent nurse and concentrate on developing your leadership skills.
We are proud to have been shortlisted for Nurse Education Provider of the Year in both 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 our faculty is a stimulating place to learn, with excellent facilities and registered, practising tutors who will 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. Good examples are the use of virtual reality scenarios or monitoring your progress with real time assessment.
Our Nursing and Midwifery Council validated course places equal value on clinical practice and theory. It’ll take you from university lectures to clinical placement settings for young and mature adults. You may well find yourself at a GP surgery, attending health visits or in the middle of a variety of hospital settings, from accident & emergency through to acute care and oncology.
Placements last around seven to twelve weeks and will include both acute and community settings. Placement opportunities include: Older Person Care, Dementia Care, District Nursing, Surgical Setting and many more. There will also be 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 in hospitals or community settings.
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.
Teaching on campus usually takes place between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. 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 on placements as well as staff from ARU.
Each year, you’ll get allocated annual leave at set points to support you in balancing your course and relaxation time. You’ll have the chance to share experiences with students from other courses, and to see how the professions work together to provide effective and seamless care.
Nursing is far more than a career. As a nurse you'll make a difference to many people’s lives - including your own.
As a nursing student at ARU, you'll use purpose-built skills labs and sophisticated healthcare equipment.
From Year 1 you'll be out on placement, getting hands-on experience in hospitals and community healthcare teams.
Entry requirements are not currently available, please try again later.
As part of your nursing studies with ARU, you’ll be able to take advantage of:
Our BSc (Hons) Adult and Mental Health Nursing BSc degree is NMC-validated 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/Education Champion
Deputy Head of School (Adult Nursing)
Deputy Head of School (Pre-Registration Nursing: Mental Health, Child Field and Nursing Associate cluster, Cambridgeshire)
Senior Lecturer/Course Leader
Nursing really is a job for life. As a nurse, with adult and mental health skills, 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, clinics, GP surgeries, mental health environments or nursing homes. Or you may want to work as a nursing specialist or consultant within a hospital or community setting. Or you could take your education further still, conduct research or go into healthcare management.
All our nursing courses are approved by the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), 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 degrees. Many of our students get job offers from their placement areas before they even graduate.
"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
Read this institution's report