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Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship (Adult)

Designed for individuals who are dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of adults in need of healthcare services, and who are eager to contribute to the advancement of nursing practice in diverse clinical settings.

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Personalised Pathways to Proficiency: Tailored Training for Exceptional Adult Nursing Expertise

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Three A-Levels at grades BCC-BBB


Or T levels at grade M

GCSE Maths Grade 4 / C or above or L2 Functional Skills GCSE English Grade 4 / C or above or L2 Functional Skills

An Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 104 tariff points, of which at least 30 credits at Merit

Nursing Associates and Assistant Practitioners must have completed a recognised L5 programme of study and  Submit a Portfolio of Evidence for recognition of prior learning (RPL).

If English is not the applicant’s first language and they do not have GCSE English Grade 4 /C or above or L2 Functional Skills, then IELTS (or equivalent qualification) will be required with an overall score of at least 7.0 (at least 6.5 in all elements sections) in accordance with NMC Guidance. 

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UCAS points 104 -120 UCAS Tariff points to include 64 UCAS Tariff points from 2 ‘A’ Levels, BTEC or equivalent


UCAS institution code P63

Duration 3 years

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Course Summary

We prioritise hands-on learning in a safe and supportive environment. Our curriculum is designed to provide students with extensive exposure and tailored experiences that will prepare them for a successful career in adult nursing. Our cutting-edge simulation suites are at the heart of our programme. Here, students engage with preloaded scenarios that mirror actual clinical situations. This innovative approach allows for repeated practice and gradual skill mastery in a controlled setting. By the time students transition to clinical placements, they are confident and well-prepared to handle diverse patient cases.

We believe that exposure to a variety of clinical settings is key to discovering one's passion and final destination specialism in adult nursing. That's why our programme incorporates two placements per year. These placements are carefully selected to offer a wide spectrum of experiences, from acute care settings to community health. This diversity empowers students to explore different facets of adult nursing and make informed decisions about their future career paths.

Our dedicated faculty, comprised of seasoned nursing professionals, are committed to providing mentorship and guidance throughout your academic journey. They bring a wealth of experience to the classroom and are passionate about nurturing the next generation of nursing leaders. Students have access to personalised feedback, ensuring their growth and development as competent and compassionate nurses.

We foster a close-knit community where open communication and collaboration are encouraged. Students have the opportunity to learn from their peers and build supportive relationships that extend beyond the classroom. This sense of community strengthens their overall learning experience. By the end of our programme, graduates will possess the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to excel in the dynamic field of adult nursing. They will be equipped to provide high-quality, patient-centered care in a variety of clinical settings.

Why study nursing at Marjon?

Experience a program led by seasoned experts in adult nursing, ensuring a top-tier education.

Utilise Cutting-Edge Simulation Suites: Develop crucial skills in state-of-the-art simulation environments, providing a confident transition to real-world clinical practice.

Embark on a journey through a diverse array of clinical settings with two placements annually, allowing you to uncover your passion and select the right specialisation for your career path.

At Plymouth Marjon, we cultivate an inclusive and supportive atmosphere where every student is valued and empowered to flourish.

Whether you're a recent graduate, career changer, early-career professional, or mature student, our program is designed to accommodate various life circumstances, offering adaptable study options and online resources.

Plymouth Marjon University delivers a distinctive blend of expert-guided education, state-of-the-art facilities, diverse clinical exposures, and a nurturing community.

Modules for this course

1st Year

Essentials of Nursing Practice
Embark on your journey to becoming a registered professional nurse! This module delves into essential knowledge, skills, and values for contemporary practice. Explore professionalism, accountability, and your own nursing philosophy while honing communication through high-fidelity simulation.
Placement 1 - Integrated care for nursing students
Immerse in dynamic nursing practice across modern healthcare settings. Guided by dedicated supervisors and assessors, refine practical skills, embrace reflective practice, and explore evidence-based approaches. Experience high-fidelity simulations, ensuring hands-on readiness
Social Determinants of Health
Uncover the roots of health disparities! From poverty to poor health literacy, this module delves into social determinants shaping well-being. Learn to promote health, empower choices, and champion positive change for individuals facing diverse challenges
Biological and Pharmacological Aspects of Health and Wellbeing
Unlock the secrets of the human body! Dive into anatomy, physiology, and health influences. Master pharmacology basics and learn to promote effective medication management. Elevate your nursing expertise.
Integrated Care for Nursing Students Part 2
Exploring diverse healthcare settings, this module immerses students in real-world nursing practice. From community to hospital-based placements, they're guided by dedicated assessors. It's a journey of honing practical skills, reflecting on decisions, and embracing evidence-based care.

2nd Year

The Role of Evidence-based Practice in Clinical Decision-making.
Unravel the dynamic healthcare landscape! This module delves into evolving policies, guiding students in evidence-based clinical decisions. Discover the power of information sources and ethical research practices for a global perspective on nursing care. Adapt and excel in this ever-changing field
Placement 1 - Enhancing care and clinical decision making
Level up your nursing expertise! In this module, you'll dive deep into clinical practice, guided by seasoned professionals. You'll master safe care delivery, refine decision-making, and align it all with patient needs and ethical guidelines. Get ready to excel in your nursing journey!
Developing Knowledge and Skills in Complex Care.
Master the art of providing safe, evidence-based care for patients with complex needs. Dive into local & national policies, reflecting on real-world challenges. Get hands-on with high-fidelity simulation and scenario-based learning. Elevate your nursing practice!
Placement 2 - Improving safety & quality of care for those with complex needs in practice
Experience hands-on learning under professional supervision to enhance knowledge, assessment skills, and safe nursing care for complex health needs. Develop expertise in clinical care, decision-making, and interprofessional teamwork, aligned with NMC standards. Elevate healthcare delivery and promote patient well-being

3rd Year

Healthcare Management
Unleash your potential in healthcare management. Our module dives into contemporary themes, empowering you to challenge norms and solve real-world problems. From leadership theory to hands-on simulations, gain the skills to lead with confidence and innovation.
Placement 1 - Healthcare Management in practice
Year 3's first placement is your gateway to honing leadership & management skills in delivering inclusive, person-centered care. Learn to navigate diverse backgrounds & cultures, while understanding group dynamics. Discover how to drive organizational change & shape public policy!
Quality Improvement
Unleash your potential as an innovative healthcare leader! Our module delves into quality improvement, using research and clinical audit to drive change and elevate care delivery. From honing communication skills to exploring QI frameworks, we equip you with the tools for transformative healthcare practice. Dive into real-world projects and emerge a change-maker!
Placement 2 - Improving Quality of Care
Year 3's final placement sharpens leadership skills, driving quality, safety, and person-centered care in healthcare. Students dive into dynamics, culture, and organisational change, becoming change catalysts armed with top-notch communication and management prowess.

Please note: This course is subject to validation which means that it is either a new course or that the content is currently being updated. You can apply for this course now while some of the details of the course are being finalised by the University. Please contact the course leader if you would like further information.

What might I become?

On successful completion of the programme you will be eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as an Adult Nurse. As an Adult nurse, you may work in various settings, including hospitals, community health centres, residential care facilities, and schools.

Your responsibilities could include assessing and planning care, administering medications, providing emotional support, and advocating for the rights of individuals with physical illness.

Furthermore, this programme may open doors to advanced roles such as clinical nurse specialist, nurse manager or supervisor, or even positions in research or policy development related to learning disabilities nursing.

Additionally, you may have opportunities for further education and specialisation in areas or advanced nursing practice.This programme prepares you for a fulfilling career dedicated to making a positive impact in the field of adult nursing.

Embrace the Future of Nursing Excellence: Where Expertise Meets Compassion, Plymouth Marjon University's Adult Nursing Programme Sets the Standard for Transformative Education.
Claire Langman - Associate Dean for Nursing and Health Sciences

How you’ll be taught and assessed?

How will you be taught?

The teaching approach for the Adult Nursing programme at Plymouth Marjon University is diverse and dynamic. It includes conventional methods like lectures, seminars, and tutorials, complemented by e-learning platforms for flexibility.

Personal and Professional Development Planning empowers students, while workshops, peer learning, and guest speakers enhance practical skills. Practice-based, problem-based, and interprofessional learning stimulate critical thinking. Coaching and mentoring offer personalised support, and clinical simulation provides hands-on experience.

Blended learning combines various resources, and perspectives from service users and carers add real-world insights. Highly directed study encourages independent learning, supported by a wealth of online resources. Master classes bring specialised expertise to enrich the learning experience. This multifaceted approach prepares students to excel as specialised nurses in adult nursing.

How will you be assessed?

The assessment process for the Adult Nursing programme at Plymouth Marjon University is designed to comprehensively evaluate students' knowledge, skills, and application of nursing principles. It encompasses a balanced mix of formative and summative assessments, ensuring ongoing feedback and a final measure of proficiency in practice.

Assessments may include written assignments, reflective portfolios, practical assessment, and a project. This diverse range of evaluation methods aims to accommodate various learning styles and effectively gauge students' readiness to practice as competent and compassionate adult nurses.

Additionally, our faculty is committed to providing constructive feedback, guiding students towards continuous improvement and excellence in their nursing practice.

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Julie McCoy

Course leader

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Julie brings a wealth of expertise to our programme, drawing from her extensive experience as an Emergency Care Practitioner. With a rich background in academia, primary care, emergency departments, and custody nursing, Julie offers a diverse perspective that enriches the educational experience for our students. Her commitment to excellence and her deep understanding of the complexities of nursing practice make her a valued leader in our program. Julie's dedication to shaping the next generation of nurses is evident in her dynamic teaching style and her emphasis on practical, real-world application of nursing principles. Her passion for the field and her extensive clinical experience are invaluable assets to our program, ensuring that students receive a well-rounded and comprehensive education in adult nursing. We are privileged to have Julie McCoy as our Programme Leader, and we look forward to the impact she will continue to make in the realm of nursing education.

Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £26,000

As an employee, apprentices are paid a salary and through the Apprenticeship Levy of the supporting organisation, the following services are provided at no cost: tuition fees, tripartite reviews, End-Point Assessment (EPA), access to course-specific equipment and facilities including the Clinical Simulation Suite Associated academic services including the library, study skills training, IT support, student support and wellbeing services, and membership of the Student Union. Employers: For larger employers, apprenticeship levy funding can fully meet the costs of training, assessment and certification. For smaller employers, funding may be available to support fees.

Additional costs:

Additional costs:

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check (Annual Update Service or dated within 6 months of the start of the course)
  • Evidence that an occupational health declaration has been completed prior to starting the programme
  • Evidence of all required vaccinations being up-to-date
  • Travel to and from placement
  • Accommodation and general living costs
  • Textbooks
  • Stationary
  • Printing/Photocopying
  • Membership of a Union (Optional but advised)
  • NMC registration on completion of the programme.
  • There may be some discretionary trips and other activities to support your studies

Funding available for this course

Our Student Funding Advisors offer confidential and impartial advice about your funding options.

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Paul Horne

Programme Lead for ECP and ACP

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Rebecca Horne

Pre Qualifying Healthcare Lecturer

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Sandy Knowles

Senior Lecturer

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Anne-Marie Lyons

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Saoirse Read

Senior Lecturer

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Frequently asked questions

Q1   What resources and facilities are available to students on-campus to support me in the clinical setting?

You'll have access to a rich array of resources and state-of-the-art facilities both on-campus and in clinical settings. Our campus boasts a cutting-edge simulation suite, which replicates real-world healthcare environments. This suite includes an acute ward, providing students with hands-on experience in acute care scenarios. Additionally, there is a fully equipped GP surgery, allowing students to practice primary care skills. To further enhance practical learning, we have a residential home setup for a realistic understanding of long-term care, as well as a mock flat to simulate home-based care scenarios. These resources provide you with a diverse and immersive learning experience, ensuring you are well-prepared to excel in various healthcare settings upon graduation.

Q2   How does the university support students in terms of career guidance and job placement after graduation?

Marjon is dedicated to guiding students towards a successful and fulfilling career path after graduation. Our comprehensive career support includes personalised guidance from experienced advisors who assist in resume building, interview preparation, and job search strategies. We also facilitate networking opportunities with healthcare professionals and organisations through career fairs and networking events. Additionally, our strong industry connections and partnerships with healthcare institutions provide direct pathways to job placements. Through workshops, seminars, and masterclass networks, we ensure students have the tools and resources needed to confidently transition into the workforce and embark on a rewarding career in Adult nursing.

Q3   What is the learning environment like at Plymouth Marjon University, and how is diversity and inclusion valued within the programme?

The learning environment at Majon is characterised by its inclusive, supportive, and nurturing atmosphere. We believe that diversity is not just celebrated, but integral to the fabric of our community. Our commitment to inclusivity aligns closely with the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, which emphasises the importance of a diverse healthcare workforce in delivering high-quality care. We actively foster an environment where students from all backgrounds feel valued and empowered. This approach extends into the Adult Nursing programme, where we ensure that curriculum, teaching methods, and clinical experiences reflect a range of perspectives and experiences.

Q4   What types of placements can I expect in the first 18 months, and how do they prepare me for my future career?

In the first 18 months of the Adult Nursing programme, students can anticipate a diverse range of placements that provide a holistic foundation for their future career. These placements are carefully curated to ensure a comprehensive learning experience. Students will have the opportunity to engage in clinical settings that encompass learning disabilities, child nursing, and mental health nursing. This exposure is crucial in fostering a well-rounded understanding of healthcare delivery across the lifespan. The programme places a strong emphasis on developing the skills necessary to conduct thorough physical assessments. Students will work under the guidance of experienced asserssors and supervisors to refine their assessment abilities, ensuring they meet the requirements for conducting a full physical assessment competently.

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