Nursing – Adult with Foundation Year – BSc (Hons) *
Attendance Full Time (1 year foundation followed by 3 year degree)
Are you looking for a challenging and fulfilling career? Are you caring with a natural instinct to look after others? This Adult Nursing course with a Foundation Year provides you with the clinical skills and experience needed to be a professional Adult Nurse.
Tailor your Health Sciences Degree
When you successfully complete your Foundation Year, you will be able to progress onto a range of Undergraduate courses at the Birmingham City School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing and Midwifery. These include:
- BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences
- BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography
- BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition
- BSc (Hons) Health Studies (Public Health)
- BSc (Hons) Medical Ultrasound
- BSc (Hons) Midwifery
- BSc (Hons) Nursing – Adult
- BSc (Hons) Nursing – Child
- BSc (Hons) Nursing – Learning Disability
- BSc (Hons) Nursing – Mental Health
- BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice
- BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
- BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy
- BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy
Why choose a foundation year course?
By studying a foundation year in Health Sciences, your first year will be spent learning a wide range of broad subject areas which then open up opportunities for you to specialise further in your next year – which would be the first year of a full degree programme.
You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses and not just one particular BSc degree.
So although you are studying a BSc in a specific course – BSc Nursing – Adult – the foundation year sets you up for a number of other possible degrees starting the following year. It may be that you don’t end up doing a degree in precisely the same subject as your foundation year.
This flexibility is one of the great things about the foundation year category – Health Sciences, allowing you to find out more about your interests and talents before focusing on a three year degree. The foundation year also helps us at BCU to make sure we help to match you to the degree that fits you best.
Please note: entry requirements for degree course
Upon completion of your Foundation Year, if your chosen course is regulated by a professional body such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council, you will be required to successfully complete the University’s selection process for the specific programme which will include an interview in order to proceed onto year one of the full degree programme. Entry onto year one of the degree programme will also be subject to a satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health Assessment.
What’s covered in the course?
The course seamlessly combines theory with practice. The NMC requires that you spend over 80 weeks immersed in practice over your 4 years and as you might expect from a University based in Birmingham, you will have the advantage of work placements at some of the largest NHS Trusts in the country.
Whilst studying Adult Nursing here at Birmingham City University you will explore topics such as;
- Physiology in both health and illness
- Learn and discuss key government policies and how these impact upon adult nursing
- How to research to keep your practice current
- Discuss the ethical dilemmas that occur when nursing in the 21st century
- Opportunities to explore and discuss care across the spectrum of different nursing settings
During your first year, you will learn foundation nursing skills to prepare you for year 2 and 3, where you will become increasingly more field-specific and specialise in adult nursing.
In addition to your practical experience, you will explore important aspects of values, ethics, research, physiology and social policy to ensure that you are a professional adult nurse when graduating.
Towards the end of the course, you’ll focus on making the transition from nursing student to Registered Nurse and will be supported by our expert teams every step of the way. Successful completion of the course will make you eligible to apply for professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
Where will I study?
You will be studying at our brand new £41 million City South Campus, with access to state-of-the-art facilities. These facilities include simulation mannequins and skills suite, so that you can continue developing practical skills in real life environments right here on campus.
See what our students say…
“Birmingham City University had the best facilities for my course, including excellent practice areas. This enabled me to get an insight into what it would be like to work in a hospital… from the mock wards.”Susan Donegal
Why Choose Us?
- Students are satisfied with this course! We scored 90 per cent for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017
- Excellent employability rate – 99% of our graduates are in work within 6 months (unistats)
- Experience quality work placements – build a network of invaluable contacts through our strong partnerships with the NHS and medical institutions
- You will study at our £41 million City South Campus, complete with real-life hospital environments and simulation equipment so that you are able to develop and practice your practical skills at all times – not just on placement
- We offer two intakes a year in January and September so that you can start at the right time for you. Contact our Admissions team to find out more
- Birmingham is one of the UK’s most diverse cities outside of London, which will provide you with a wide variety of experience that will be valuable to take forward into your future career
- Opportunities to study abroad, if this is something you would like to explore during your time studying with us
- You will learn in a friendly, co-operative environment, where you’ll be supported by experienced staff to achieve your goals – you can take advantage of our well-established range of pastoral and study support teams to deliver this
- We provide outstanding support to our students and have received a Quality Mark from the British Dyslexia Association for our successful efforts
- Commended for achieving ‘good practice’ in a recent BSc course review for placement support, through our close links with NHS trusts