BSc (Hons) in Nursing - Adult


Program Description


Adult nursing is a challenging and rewarding profession that offers a wide range of roles caring for people and promoting health.

Stirling is a superb place for you to learn the contemporary skills of nursing which are valued around the world. Our course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and has also received multiple commendations. We’ve won Student Nursing Times Awards in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Pre-registration Nursing in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport is led by a group of world-leading academics with strong and established research records, expertise in nursing practice and a wealth of world-class publications. Our academic and practice staff are committed to ensuring that our students have the highest quality student experience.

Nursing is a dynamic profession, and we’ll give you the training and confidence necessary to work in a complex health and social care environment. You’ll have the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to practise safely, compassionately, ethically and effectively in a range of contemporary care settings.

Our BSc course in Nursing extends over three years while our BSc (Hons) course over four years. In their final year, Honours students complete additional modules, including a dissertation and their NMC-required final placement, achieving registration and their Honours degree at the end of Year 4.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 We work with NHS Forth Valley, to ensure that our course remains clinically excellent and that you’ll receive the best possible practical training

#2 We've received multiple commendations from the Nursing and Midwifery Council, including for our close working relationships with practice partners

#3 We're ranked in the Top 5 in Scotland for Nursing and Midwifery (The Guardian University Guide 2021)

Professional accreditation

Nursing and Midwifery Council

The course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Course details

Our BSc Adult Nursing extends over three years, and the BSc (Hons) over four years.

This course is the beginning of a career that involves ongoing professional development. You’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of nursing, and progress towards delivering person-centred nursing care in more complex and demanding situations. You’ll gain the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that are essential to deliver safe, compassionate, respectful, ethical and effective care in an evolving and dynamic health and social care environment. Each year meets the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requirement of 50% theory and 50% practice.

Through our partnerships with a diverse range of health and social care organisations, you’ll have the opportunity to put your theory into practice. You may work both day and night shifts to coincide with the patterns of the area and your allocated practice mentor.

This course is designed for you to achieve competencies required for registration in the UK as a nurse. You’ll also have the choice of undertaking a national or international placement.

You’ll be allocated a personal tutor, who will be a source of guidance, information and support during your studies. While undertaking practice learning experiences, you’re also allocated a practice mentor, who will facilitate and support your learning in practice.

You’ll study alongside Mental Health Nursing students to gain a holistic understanding of how healthcare professionals work together to bring about the best in patient-centered care.

We’ll also focus on developing the leadership and management skills needed to foster quality and innovation within the health and social care.

You’ll leave us as a confident and capable practitioner, fully equipped to join a healthcare team.

Course objectives

The overarching course outcomes reflect the NMC Standards for Pre‐registration Nursing Education (NMC, 2010) and will aim to ensure our graduate nurses are able to:

  1. Deliver high-quality essential care to all.
  2. Deliver complex care to service users across their field of practice.
  3. Act to safeguard the public, and be responsible and accountable for safe, person‐centred, evidence‐based nursing practice.
  4. Act with professionalism and integrity, and work within agreed professional, ethical and legal frameworks and processes to maintain and improve standards.
  5. Practise in a compassionate, respectful way, maintaining dignity and wellbeing and communicating effectively.
  6. Act on their understanding of how people’s lifestyles, environments and the location of care delivery influence their health and wellbeing.
  7. Seek out every opportunity to promote health and prevent illness.
  8. Work in partnership with other health and social care professionals and agencies, service users, carers and families ensuring that decisions about care are shared.
  9. Use leadership skills to supervise and manage others and contribute to planning, designing, delivering and improving future services.


We've been awarded five-star excellence for our teaching by the QS World University Rankings 2017/18.

Your course will provide you with learning experiences in practice learning placements across a wide range of areas. Practice learning will be supported by your engagement with theoretical elements of the course, and also by your nurse mentor. You’ll develop skills of critical reading, appreciation and analysis, numeracy and literacy. These skills are both graduate attributes and essential skills for a graduate nurse.

The course utilises a range of teaching and learning experiences including lectures, small group work, skills, simulation lab and oral presentations. These will equip you with a diverse range of skills to enhance your abilities as a proficient nurse.

A wide range of approaches to teaching and learning are adopted by the Faculty. Our student-centred approach is central to this and uses small group teaching (enquiry-based learning or EBL) in combination with lectures, seminars, group work and clinical skills teaching.


You will be assessed by a range of methods, including examinations, essays, reports, clinical skills assessments, presentations and assessments of practice. You’ll need to pass each semester assessment before progressing to the next semester.

Work placement opportunities

Your course will provide you with experiences in practice learning placements in a wide range of areas.

These will primarily take place in the NHS Forth Valley area but there may be opportunities to have placements with other health boards.

Study abroad

You can take advantage of opportunities to study abroad during the three independent study weeks at the end of Years 1 and 2. Our current partner universities include:

  • University of South Florida, Tampa, USA
  • University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain
  • Paracelsus University, Austria

We also have a practice learning agreement in place with EMS Medical Centre in Nazareth, Israel.


Student Recruitment and Admissions

+44 (0) 1786 467046

Can I visit the University?

The selection process is part of a much wider Applicant Day, which gives full information on the course and facilities specifically designed for nursing students. Read more about our location.

Fees - 2020/1

Students domiciled in Scotland/EUFees are paid by the Scottish Government Health Directorate (SGHD)

Students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland£9,250*

Students domiciled overseas (non-EU)£15,600

Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

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