BN Bachelor Of Nursing (Adult)

Undergraduate, Full-time

Bachelor Of Nursing (Adult) BN

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


Our adult nursing degree course will develop your professional knowledge and understanding in the field of nursing and its application.

Taught by experts in a friendly and supportive environment, you'll put theory into practice in our state-of-the art Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre, and participate in work placements across the Lothian and Borders area in hospital and community settings. Work placements make up 50% of the course content.

You'll gain the skills needed to demonstrate your eligibility for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), as well as a degree, including:

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

Nursing students in the clinical skills and simulation suite chatting in a group

Mode of Study:



3 years

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Course details

Consisting of equal parts of theory and practical elements, Adult Nursing is delivered full-time over three years.

Classes range in size from large lectures to smaller tutorial groups, and you’ll learn and practice your skills in a safe environment through our excellent Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre.

With the changing political and social landscape and the emphasis on health and social care integration, this course will prepare you for the future of healthcare delivery by developing your experience in a range of settings.

Several modules are generic across all fields of practice and you’ll study with colleagues in these fields. Other modules are field specific and relate directly to Adult Nursing:

  • Foundations of Health and Well-Being
  • Developing Professionalism
  • Essential Theory and Skills for Adult Health Practice
  • Effective Interagency Working
  • Critical Perspectives of Adult Health
  • Effective Leadership in Healthcare.

Additional mandatory costs

Year 3: Students are expected to pay for the registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, £120.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    Your learning experience will be supported by lectures, tutorials, group work, skills simulation classes and work placements.

  • note and pen Assessments

    Academic writing, including essays and reports, exams and assessment in clinical placements.

  • briefcase Work placement

    Work placements make up 50% of the course content. These placements will be in acute hospital settings and a variety of community environments.

  • study abroad Study abroad

    Volunteering and mobility opportunities:

    • Long summer holiday in Year 2 to allow volunteering
    • Mobility placements outwith Lothian and Borders, or with international organisations in Year 3
    • Students have undertaken placements in Australia and Zambia and various countries in between.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Foundations of Health and Well Being
  • Developing Professionalism
  • Nursing Practice 1 and 2

Year 2

  • Essential Theory and Skills for Adult Health Practice
  • Effective Interagency Working in Healthcare
  • Nursing Practice 3 and 4

Year 3

  • Critical Perspectives of Adult Health A and B
  • Effective Leadership in Healthcare
  • Nursing Practice 5 and 6



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

Placement and study abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements indicate both Standard and 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.

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto this programme.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Standard Entry Requirement

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

National 5 grade C in Maths

For those who do not have Higher English or Higher Science, National 5 English and a Science at grade C will be required.

Minimum Offer Entry Requirement

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

National 5 grade C in Maths

For those who do not have Higher English or Higher Science, National 5 English and a Science at grade C will be required.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet our specified minimum entry requirements within our widening participation criteria, and outlined in our Contextual Admissions Policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

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

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths

GCSE grade C/4 in English and a Science or Double Award Science required for candidates who do not have these subjects at A Level

BTEC (QCF) National Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades MMP (Merit, Merit, Pass) in any subject*

GCSE English, Maths and a Science at grade C/4

*Recommended subjects: Health and Social Care/Applied Science/Sports Science/Health Science

BTEC (QCF) National Diploma

Minimum grades DM (Distinction, Merit) in any subject*

GCSE English, Maths and a Science at grade C/4

*Recommended subjects: Health and Social Care/Applied Science/Sports Science/Health Science

Irish Leaving Certificate (first awarded in 2017)

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

O3 in two Ordinary Level subjects includ

ing Maths


Pass in any subject* with grade C in the graded unit for Year 1 entry

*Care and Administrative Practice

*Social Care, Social Services, Social Sciences, Childhood Practice (National 5 grade C in Maths and a Science also required)

*Applied Science (National 5 grade C in English and Maths also required)

*Any other HNC's (National 5 grade C in Maths, English and a Science also required)

QQI 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

B2/O3 in Ordinary Level Maths in Irish Leaving Certificate or Maths passed as part of QQI Level 5

Access Courses

Please note the following points about local Access to Nursing courses offered by Further Education Colleges for those interested in Nursing and Midwifery courses at Edinburgh Napier University

Edinburgh Napier University has Partnership Agreements with 4 local Further Education Colleges – Borders, Edinburgh, Fife and West Lothian Colleges for entry to Adult, Learning Disability, Child and Mental Health Nursing.

Well over 100 students study each year, on appropriate preparation to nursing and midwifery courses, at our Partner Colleges.

All students attending our Access to Nursing course (excluding Edinburgh College) are required to pass the internally assessed graded units with overall profile grades BBC. For Edinburgh College, internally assessed units are not graded and applicants would be required to pass all internally assessed units. in addition to passing the internally assessed modules to be considered for interview at Edinburgh Napier University for Adult, Learning Disability, Child or Mental Health Nursing.

Midwifery Courses

Students on Access to Nursing courses are not considered for the Midwifery course.

Students from the Rest of the UK

Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 credits overall with a minimum of 18 credits at Pass and 27 credits at Merit.

A Science and English subject must be achieved at Level 3 and Maths achieved at Level 2.

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 standard entry requirements does not always guarantee shortlisting for interview or a place on the course.

Admission to the programme is dependent upon a satisfactory Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) check. This will be conducted as part of the induction week. The cost of the PVG check will be paid by the University.

Deferred Applications

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

Previous Nursing Students

Please note that students who have already studied a Nursing degree are unlikely to receive funding for a second Nursing degree.

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 be necessary for those with limited qualifications to undertake an Access course or other appropriate courses/studies in a Further Education setting.

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 (only accepted as Higher)

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, excluding Writing which requires 6.5).  Alternatively, Occupational English Test with grade B in all components.

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.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult or Mental Health)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2021/22 2022/23
Scotland Fees are funded by the NHS Scotland* Fees are funded by the NHS Scotland*
England Wales Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland £9,250** £9,250**

The Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary (NMSB) Scheme provides financial support for students on pre-registration Nursing and Midwifery courses in Scotland. The scheme is administered by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS).

From 2020/1, students normally domiciled in Scotland are eligible to claim £10,000 as a non-income-assessed personal allowance per year of study.

*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


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Career opportunities

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.

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