BSc (Hons) Nursing - Adult and Mental Health

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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.

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Nursing: a career that begins with care

Our student nurses share their experiences and tips for applying to study nursing at ARU.

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.

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Facilities and accreditation

Nursing skills labs

As part of your nursing studies with ARU, you’ll be able to take advantage of:

  • purpose-built simulated hospital wards offering the very best in experiential learning
  • registered, practising tutors and lecturers who’ll make sure you’re being taught the latest techniques and give you the support you need to succeed
  • a new training grant for student nurses worth at least £5,000 a year.


Nursing & Midwifery Council

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.

Nurse Education Provider of the Year

We’re proud to have been shortlisted for Nurse Education Provider of the Year in both 2019 and 2020.


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 student

Careers in nursing: a job for life

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Taster Days

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