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Join our full-time, NMC-validated Adult 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. Study in Cambridge, Chelmsford or Peterborough, in our cutting-edge skill laboratories and become a part of our supportive nursing community. When you graduate, you’ll be ready to start your career as a registered adult nurse.
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 onwhat 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 2019 by the Student Nursing Times. This speaks volumes about the quality of ourteaching. 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 our 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 eight to nine weeks and will include both acute and community settings. Placement opportunities include: Older Person Care, Dementia Care, District Nursing, Surgical Setting and many more. You’ll also undertake additional four-week placements at the end of year one and two, which allows you to explore other areas, or travel overseas in year two.
You’ll be linked to one of our NHS healthcare trust partners for your placements in hospitals or community settings.
- If you study in Cambridge or Peterborough, you’ll do your placements in or around Cambridge, Huntingdon or Peterborough.
- If you study in Chelmsford, you’ll do your placements in or around Chelmsford, Southend, Basildon, Harlow or Colchester.
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 expected to work the same shifts as your mentor. This can mean early, late and night shifts, as well as working weekends and bank holidays. Each year, you’ll get 7 weeks of 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.
Nursing really is a job for life. As an adult nurse, 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, clinic, GP surgeries or nursing homes. Or you may want to work as a nursing specialist or consultant within a hospital. 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.
96% 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. To find out more, read some of our graduates’ employability case studies
Your future is wide open. It all starts here.
Modules & Assessment
Year one, core modules
Fundamentals Knowledge and Skills for Nursing
Professional Knowledge and Values for Nursing Practice
Medicines Calculations for Safe Practice 1
Year two, core modules
Contemporary Challenges in Adult Health Care
Recognising and Responding to the Acutely Ill Adult
Medicines Calculations for Safe Practice 2
Year three, core modules
Leadership and Decision Making in Nursing
Promoting Quality in Health Care
Medicines Calculations for Safe Practice 3
Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change.
To make sure you’re developing the skills and knowledge needed for professional practice, we use a range of assessment methods. These include essays, presentations, written exams, observed structured clinical exams, case studies and project work. We know feedback is essential for your progress and our lectures take pride in giving you clear guidance on how to improve your expertise.
Where you’ll study
The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.
We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.
We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.