BN Nursing (Adult)

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Gain the professional knowledge and understanding to progress in a career at the forefront of adult nursing

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    3 years

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  • Location:

    Sighthill campus

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Course introduction

Adult Nursing is a full-time degree course aimed at developing professional knowledge and understanding in the field of nursing and the application in practical situations. You’ll gain the skills needed to demonstrate your eligibility for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) including:

  • communication and problem solving
  • professional values
  • nursing practice and decision making
  • leadership, management and team working abilities

Half of the course will be spent putting theory into practice across the Lothian and Borders area in hospital and community settings.

You will graduate ready to work in hospitals and local communities and be eligible to apply for registration with the NMC.


Consisting of equal parts of theory and practical elements, Adult Nursing is delivered full-time over three years. You will study a combination of theory and practice modules including:

  • Theory and skills applied to nursing
  • Perspectives of health and professional practice
  • Social and life sciences applied to nursing; approaches to health in adulthood
  • Healthy lives; acute adult nursing
  • A holistic approach to adult nursing; professional, ethical and legal issues in healthcare
  • Complexities of adult nursing
  • Advancing practice through research
  • Achieving professionalism
  • An option and six practice modules

Work Placement

Work placements make up 50 per cent of the course content.

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Edinburgh Napier University is the largest provider of nursing professionals in Scotland. Our Adult Nursing graduates have excellent career prospects across hospitals and local communities, voluntary organisations and the private sector.

Our graduates have gone on to gain employment, particularly within NHS Lothian and NHS Borders and in the private sector. However, you will also be able to work anywhere within the UK and EU and in some cases even further afield.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

BBC preferably to include English or a Literary subject* and a Science**

National 5 Grade C in Maths

National 5 Grade C in English and Biology required for candidates who do not have these subjects at Higher.

A Level

BC preferably to include English or a Literary subject* and a Science**

GCSE Grade C in Maths. 

GCSE Grade C in English and Biology or Double Award Science required for candidates who do not have these subjects at A Level.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades MMP (Merit, Merit, Pass) in a related subject.

GCSE English, Maths and Biology (preferred), Chemistry or Physics at Grade C.

BTEC (QCF) National Diploma 

Minimum grades DM (Distinction, Merit) in a related subject.

GCSE English, Maths and Biology (preferred), Chemistry or Physics at Grade C.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System

B3, B3, B3 at Higher Level preferably to include English or Literary subject* and a Science**

B2 in two Ordinary Level subjects including Maths. 

New Grading System

H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level preferably to include English or Literary subject* and a Science**

O3 in two Ordinary Level subjects including Maths. 


Pass in a related subject* with Grade C in the graded unit for Year 1 entry.

National 5 grade C in English, Maths and Science (Biology - preferred, Chemistry or Physics).

*Care and Administrative Practice, Social Care, Applied Science, Social Sciences, Early Education and Childcare

FETAC Level 5 Pre-Nursing Studies

Minimum of 6 Distinctions must be achieved overall. Distinctions must also be achieved in the Communication Unit and the Anatomy and Physiology Unit.

Mature students

Adequate and appropriate previous (and recent) study is essential. Please contact us at if you are unsure whether or not you would be eligible to apply. Relevant work experience will be considered alongside recent study.It may necessary for those with limited qualifications to undertake an Access course or other appropriate courses/studies in a Further Education setting.

Interview Requirements

There will be a selection interview and all candidates must meet NMC requirements of good health and good character. Competition for places varies from year-to-year and achievement of the typical minimum entry requirements does not always guarantee shortlisting for interview or a place on the course.

Subjects required

*Literary Subjects include: English/English Literature; History; Modern Studies; Religious, Moral & Philosophical Studies/Christian Theology; Psychology, Geography, Sociology, Health and Social Care, Law.

**Science Subjects include: Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE

Deferred Applications

Please note that we cannot accept applications for deferred entry for this course.

English Language Requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test. The English Language requirements for this programme are IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in each component).  For guidance on the acceptability of other English Language tests please contact

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students.Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol on our nursing courses (except Veterinary Nursing).

Admissions policies

We're committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
Scotland/EU Fees are funded by the NHS Scotland* Fees are funded by the NHS Scotland*
England Wales and Northern Ireland Fees are funded by the NHS Scotland* £9,000**

*Students should apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding.

**Following the decision of the UK Government to remove the health bursary in England and move to a loans based support package for nursing, midwifery and AHP students from academic year 2017/18, the Scottish Government has confirmed that students commencing study on Nursing and Midwifery undergraduate programmes in September 2017 will be able to apply for tuition fee and living cost support from their home funding body.

Nursing students will also be eligible to apply for the University’s own generous package of financial support for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Further guidance can be found here