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University of Sunderland
The blended learning nursing degree

BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing (Blended) – North East

Unleash your potential and make a real difference – train to be a registered nurse with a university ranked in the UK top 5 for Nursing courses*

Apply By 19 April 2022
To Start 3 May 2022
  • 360 credits
  • 3 years flexible learning
  • 5 years part time
  • Top 5 in UK for Nursing courses*

Why Sunderland?

  1. Study around work and family commitments with blended learning
  2. Top 5 in UK for Nursing courses*
  3. Nursing courses ranked 1st overall and 1st for employability**
  4. 5 star teaching rating (QS 2019)
  5. More than 50% of Nursing research rated ‘world leading’ or of ‘international importance’***
  6. Ranked 9th in UK for international****
  7. Government grants of at least £5000 per year
*Guardian University rankings 2018
**UK Engagement Survey 2018
***Most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF)
****WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2019

An innovative blended Nursing Bachelor's degree that qualifies you to become a Registered Nurse

The extraordinary demand for nurses and nursing skills in the UK is exemplified by the current UK Government target of recruiting 50,000 additional nurses and 26,000 additional primary care workers by 2025 (, with nursing consistently one of the most employable degree subjects in the UK and worldwide.

The huge contribution that nurses make to public healthcare is more vital today than ever before, with due recognition in 2020 from the WHO, who marked the year as The International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

The innovative BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing (Blended) from the University of Sunderland and Health Education England (HEE) has been fully approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The course has been designed for individuals who want to launch a rewarding career in nursing and make a real difference to people’s lives, every day.

You will learn the knowledge and skills required of a Registered Nurse, and your learning will be directly aligned with the needs of the NHS and other healthcare employers. On successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Registered Nurse (Adult).

A flexible learning model designed to fit around family and work commitments

This cutting-edge course – one of only seven of its kind in the country and the only course in the North East – enables you to more effectively fit your studies around work and family commitments.

Much of the theoretical content of the course is delivered online and on a flexible basis, meaning that you can access it on demand, at times that are convenient to you.

You will spend just over half of the course in clinical practice with an NHS Trust in the North East under the supervision of registered practitioners. Patient involvement and patient-centred care is a central focus of this course, and you will have regular contact with our Patient, Carer and Public Involvement (PCPI) members throughout the course, who all have experience and expertise as patients or carers.

The University of Sunderland has strong links with local and regional hospital trusts (five acute and two mental health NHS trusts) and GP practices, who are engaged in clinical teaching across every year of the curriculum.

You will also benefit from the University’s purpose-built research and teaching facilities in the Living Lab and Helen McArdle House, which have recently undergone significant investment to provide you with state-of-the-art facilities.

And with two starts per year, you can get started quicker than with traditional on-campus courses, a significant advantage given the very high demand for and take up of nursing placements.

What will you study?

You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the requirements of becoming a registered nurse through studying and completing modules in professional practice, nursing practice and physical and human science. On your clinical placements, you will have the opportunity to apply and hone your theoretical knowledge and skills in a practical environment, learning from expert practitioners and other students.

Key knowledge and skills taught on this course:

  • Safe and and effective person-centred care
  • Human anatomy, physiology, microbiology and psychology
  • Assessment and planning of care needs
  • Pharmacology
  • Promoting health and preventing ill health
  • Situational learning in public health
  • Integration of best evidence and best practice
  • Collaborative leadership and management
  • Quality and governance for care delivery
  • Case-loading clinical decision-making

Learn from an academic team recognised for excellence in teaching and research

Whilst studying the BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing (Blended) at the University of Sunderland, you’ll be taught by an academic team of enthusiastic and highly skilled professionals who each have at least one specialist area of both clinical and teaching expertise.

The team are all actively involved in healthcare research and consultancy work, something that has been key to the University Nursing Department’s research credentials, with over half of the nursing faculty research at the University of Sunderland rated ‘world leading’ or ‘of international importance’ in the latest Research Excellence Framework.

The University of Sunderland teaching accolades include being rated 5 stars out of 5 for teaching by QS in 2019. This teaching and research excellence has contributed to the University of Sunderland being ranked in the top 5 in the UK for Nursing courses (Guardian University rankings 2018).

Admission requirements

Applicants must be of age 19 and above and should have or be about to complete:

Our typical offer is 112 UCAS points from a minimum of two A levels or equivalent, which should preferably include a health or science-related subject. Please note we do not accept General Studies AS or A level.

We also require at least five passes at GCSE grade C or above which must include Mathematics and English Language or equivalent. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If you meet these requirements, then your application will be individually assessed by the Adult Nursing Admissions Tutor and if successful you will be shortlisted for interview.

The selection process will include an individual interview and two group activities which will assess you on your values, problem solving and communication skills.

Medical assessments of your mental and physical health and disclosure of criminal convictions apply to all nursing courses and are based on current NMC requirements. Nurses are registered healthcare professionals and the ability to practise safely, effectively and professionally is essential, so all applicants are required to follow our fitness to practise procedures.

You will be expected to demonstrate digital competency prior to commencing the programme.

This course is for Home UK applicants only.


Placements will be provided by NHS and private organisations across the North East. You will be assigned to a trust for the duration of your programme, this will be known as your home trust. The full-time programme’s placements are 8 weeks long, except for the management placement in year 3 which is 16 weeks long. The part-time routes placements are 12 weeks long (24 weeks for the management placement) Placements are incorporated into each year of the programme to meet the NMC (2018) Standards of Proficiency. The full-time programme will expect the student to attend placement for 25 hours per week and the part-time programme is 18 hours per week.

Health Education England (HEE) is encouraging all health and care students to ensure they have both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine unless medically exempt.

Technical requirements for studying this course
  • You will need access to a stable internet connection (min 1MB/s)
  • The Virtual Learning Environment that you will need to access to study runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android or any other device with a modern web browser
  • Please note that you cannot access the Virtual Learning Environment on Internet Explorer
  • You will need access to MS Word, MS Excel and MS Powerpoint in order to complete your assignments


Total course fees

Studying this BSc, you will be eligible for a UK Government nursing bursary of at least £5,000 per year (up to a maximum of £8000).

If you are based in the UK, you may also be eligible for a government-backed loan to cover the costs of the course.