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University of Sunderland
The blended learning nursing degree


Train to be a registered nurse with a great university. Study online whilst undertaking placement at a leading London NHS trust.

Apply By 12 November 2024
To Start 6 January 2025
  • 3 years flexible learning

Why Sunderland?

  1. Study around work and family commitments with blended learning
  2. Gain hands-on experience on a placement with an NHS Trust
  3. 5 star rating for teaching, inclusiveness, employability and facilities*
  4. 70% of university research rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’**
  5. 7th in the UK for social inclusion***
  6. Government grants of at least £5000 per year
  7. Fully approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
*QS World University Rankings 2023
**Research Excellence Framework 2021
***The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024

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 NHS Education 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 enables you to more effectively fit your studies around work and family commitments.

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. For the practical course content, you will undertake placements in clinical practice with an NHS Trust in West London under the supervision of registered practitioners. 

The University of Sunderland has strong links with pre-eminent London NHS trusts and GP practices, who are engaged in clinical teaching across every year of the curriculum.

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.

NHS Trusts we work with in London

  • Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  • London North West Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

What our students say


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 will 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.

University of Sunderland has been ranked internationally as a leading university, receiving five stars for teaching, inclusiveness, employability and facilities in the QS World University Rankings 2023, the highest rating that can be awarded to a university. A special recognition of our practical focus on developing the skills that enable career progression for our students.

Admission requirements

UK applicants will need to provide proof of ID to complete the application process:
We accept the following forms of ID:
  • Driving licence or passport
  • Energy or phone bill,
  • Council tax statement
  • Lease agreement
  • Any other official documentation containing student’s full name and address
Applicants should have or be about to complete:

Our typical offer is 120 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. Other qualifications may be considered, please contact the admissions tutor for advice. If you are unsure if your qualifications meet the entry requirements, please check the UCAS Tariff Calculator.

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 an online interview which will assess 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 West London. You will be assigned to a trust for the duration of your programme, this will be known as your home trust. The placements are 8 weeks long (16 weeks for the management placement).

Placements are incorporated into each year of the programme to meet the NMC (2018) Standards of Proficiency. The programme will expect the student to attend placement for 25 hours per week.

Please note that we will try to provide placements close to home, however there may be a requirement to travel between our partnered Trusts for a chance to experience nursing in a wide variety of settings. Funding for travel expenses is available via the Learning Support Fund.

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


Course fees per year

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.