BSc Professional Nursing (Adult) Queen's University Belfast
Studying for a BSc (Hons) Professional Nursing degree at Queen’s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by employers both nationally and internationally.
Employment after the Course
Around 99% of graduates from this programme go on to pursue a career in nursing which is an interesting, rewarding and challenging career where work can be in a variety of health care settings from accident and emergency to working in patients' homes, with people of all ages and backgrounds. Nursing can also offer a diverse range of post-registration opportunities to specialise in areas such as counselling; public health and health promotion; acute care, as well as education and research
Additional Awards Gained
All students entering this programme are required to undergo an enhanced disclosure check with Access NI which costs £33.
In Year 1, students must buy a uniform from a QUB approved uniform supplier (approximate cost £180) and a name badge (£10) from the University.
All students in this program will undertake clinical placements throughout Northern Ireland. Students are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. These costs vary depending on the location and duration of the placements. Some reimbursement may be available.
International and non-commissioned students are required to pay a placement charge of £3,000. Commissioned (fully funded) students are not eligible to apply for Student Loans from Student Finance NI.
Students may wish to buy a Fob Watch; approximate cost £15.
If you have previously been in receipt of a DoH paid place/bursary for a pre-registration nursing, midwifery or AHP course in Northern Ireland you may not be eligible for a funded place on this programme.
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's, you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world-leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.
You will be introduced to professionals working alongside foundational knowledge and skills in Adult Nursing to support you in implementing safe and effective person-centred care. You will learn about the systems of the body, pharmacology and caring communication, as well as Public Health.
You will support people to manage their health and wellbeing across the lifespan and develop critical thinking skills to apply to decision making in clinical practice.
You will support people managing chronic health issues as well as experiencing acute episodes of illness. You will consider all aspects of health including the promotion of mental wellbeing when working in partnership with individuals, families and communities. You will deepen your knowledge of bioscience and pharmacology, and develop the skills required to analyse and critically appraise evidence with a focus on quality improvement.
Leadership will be a key focus in this final year whilst managing specialist and complex care and supporting people to manage their health across a range of services including community care. You will have the opportunity to consolidate your learning in practice preparing you to enter the register as an Adult nurse.
Learning and Teaching
At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high-quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable students to achieve their full academic potential.
On the BSc (Hons) in Professional Nursing we do this by providing a range of learning experiences that enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world-class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:
- E-Learning technologies
A range of e-learning experiences is embedded in the degree using the Learning Management system, Canvas. Other examples include interactive group workshops in a flexible learning space, podcasts and interactive web-based learning activities.
Introduce basic information about new topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading. Lectures also provide opportunities to ask questions, gain some feedback and advice on assessments (normally delivered in large groups to all year group peers).
- Personal Tutor
Undergraduates are allocated a Personal Tutor who meets with them on several occasions during each year to support their academic development.
- Practical and Simulation-Based Education
Where you will have opportunities to develop technical skills and apply theoretical principles to real-life or practical contexts. All nursing students have opportunities to engage in interprofessional education (IPE) activities. You will be expected to attend 100% of the classes within your nursing modules.
- Self-directed study
This is an essential part of life as a Queen’s student when important private reading, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and research work for assignments is carried out.
Significant amounts of teaching are carried out in small groups (typically 15-20 students). These provide an opportunity for students to engage with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions of them and to assess their own progress and understanding with the support of peers. You should also expect to make presentations and other contributions to these groups.
- Work Practice placements
Students will undertake clinical placements regularly throughout the programme. This enhances the link from theory to practice in nursing and provides students with a wide variety of opportunities and experiences across a range of health and social care contexts. It is an essential component of the programme ensuring that the student has sufficient opportunities to develop skill and competence in care provision and decision making, meeting the requirements for professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC 2020).
Placements in Adult Nursing can be anywhere in Northern Ireland; students should expect to travel to placements. When on placements every student is assigned a supervisor, who is trained in teaching within the clinical setting, and will work alongside them regardless of that person’s shift pattern. Students should expect to work night shifts and/or long days on a regular basis while on placement.
Details of assessments associated with this course are outlined below:
The way in which you are assessed will vary according to the learning objectives of each module. Modules are assessed through a variety of assessments that may include assignments, project work, presentations or examinations. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Module Handbook which is provided to all students at the start of each module.
As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module coordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
- Feedback is provided via formal written comments and marks relating to work that you, as an individual or as part of a group, have submitted.
- Face to face comment. This may include occasions when you make use of the lecturers’ advertised “office hours” to help you to address a specific query.
- Placement employer comments or references.
- Online or emailed comment.
- General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.
- Pre-submission advice regarding the standards you should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid. In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which you can review in your own time.
- Feedback and outcomes from practical classes.
- Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service.
- Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.
Students have access to our cutting edge simulation and clinical skills suite, where they can learn and practice skills in a safe environment.
This information is prepared in advance of the academic year to which it relates and the grades stated should be treated as a guide only and entrance requirements are reviewed annually.
The overall academic background will be taken into account when considering applications and additional academic criteria may have to be applied at shortlisting, depending on the volume of applications.
All applicants (except Access/Foundation applicants) must normally have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C / 4 to include English Language or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, Mathematics and a Science subject (ie Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Double Award Science or Single Award Science). GCSE/BTEC Applied Science is not acceptable in lieu of GCSE Science.
Applicants offering Access/Foundation courses must also have a grade C / 4 in GCSE Mathematics and a Science subject (see above) or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Within an Access programme, a pass in the Mathematics module(s) and a pass in one Level 3 Biology or Chemistry or Physics module would fulfil the GCSE Mathematics and Science requirements.
In addition to the GCSE requirements, or equivalent, applicants must offer one of the following qualifications:
BCC including a relevant Science (Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Life & Health Sciences, Mathematics or Physics)
BBC where a relevant Science subject is not offered.
Irish leaving certificate requirements
H3H3H3H4H4 at Higher Level where a relevant Science subject is offered (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
H3H3H3H3H4 at Higher Level where a relevant Science subject is not offered.
All applicants - if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics and a Science subject.
All applicants must have a minimum of 5 grade Cs / Merits in the Junior Certificate to include Mathematics and Science.
BTEC Level 3 Extended/National Extended Diploma
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF)
Successful completion of the BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits at Level 3) with overall grades DDM.
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF)
Successful completion of the BTEC National Extended Diploma (1080 GLH at Level 3) with overall grades DDM.
65% (Level 3 modules) with two modules of Biology or Chemistry or Physics
70% (Level 3 modules) with one module of Biology or Chemistry or Physics
70%(Level 3 modules) in an Access Course with no science modules
In addition, see GCSE or equivalent requirements above (in “All applicants”).
BTEC Higher National Diploma
Successful completion with a minimum of 12 Merits and 4 Passes in individual units. Must satisfy the GCSE Mathematics and Science requirements as above.
BTEC Higher National Certificate
Successful completion with a minimum of a Merit grade in each unit. Must satisfy the GCSE Mathematics and Science requirements as above.
BBBCC where a relevant Science subject is offered (see list under A-level requirements)
BBBBC where a relevant Science subject is not offered.
All applicants must have a minimum of 5 Standards at grade 3 or a minimum of 5 Intermediates/National 5 at grade C to include English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject.
Honours Degree (minimum third class); Ordinary Degree (minimum pass). Graduates must satisfy the GCSE Mathematics and Science requirements as above.
Open University Credit
A minimum of 120 OU Credits. Must satisfy the GCSE Mathematics and Science requirements as above.
- Applicants who satisfy the academic requirements or will be able to do so by 31 August 2023 will be shortlisted for an interview.
- Interviews normally take place during March/April and shortlisted applicants will be invited to participate in a virtual interview. More detail can be found on the School’s website.
- Offers are made on the basis of ranked interview scores and are subject to satisfactory Occupational Health Assessment and Criminal Record check(s), in addition to any academic requirements.
In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance below on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.
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English Language Requirements
An IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in Listening, Speaking and Reading, and a minimum of 6.5 in Writing or an equivalent acceptable qualification.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
- Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
- Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast who need to improve their English.
When to Apply
UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2023 from 1 September 2022.
Advisory closing date: 25 January 2023 (18:00). This is the 'equal consideration' deadline for this course.
Applications from UK and EU (Republic of Ireland) students after this date are, in practice, considered by Queen’s for entry to this course throughout the remainder of the application cycle (30 June 2023) subject to the availability of places.
Applications from International and EU (Other) students are normally considered by Queen’s for entry to this course until 30 June 2023. If you apply for 2023 entry after this deadline, you will automatically be entered into Clearing.
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.
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