Only Social Work applicants need to pay for their DBS. It costs £46 and can be purchased on our online store.
BSc (Hons) Adult NursingSouthwark Campus and Havering Campus
A place that cares
Planning a career in nursing? Our state of the art laboratories, set up to simulate hospital ward and critical care environments, are the perfect place to learn, develop and practice your skills. If you choose to go into adult nursing, you’ll help care for people over 18.
We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2020.
Why Nursing at LSBU?
- Professional accreditation: our courses are approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
- Career opportunities: you’ll gain practical experience in leading NHS Trusts across London, and 97% of students are in employment 6 months after graduating.
- Dedicated facilities: We have two adult nursing skills laboratories at our Southwark campus and three at our Havering campus.
- Ranked joint 1st for graduate prospects in the UK (Complete University Guide 2020).
- No.1 in London for learning community (National Student Survey 2019).
You can choose to study Adult Nursing at our Southwark campus, right in the heart of London or at Havering based in Harold Wood, Essex.
Southwark Campus; Havering Campus
On this course, you'll be taught and supported by leading academics and nurses. You’ll apply your learning in a variety of clinical and health care settings, including placements on general medical and surgical wards, critical care areas such as A&E departments or intensive care units in leading NHS Trusts and hospitals across London. You may also spend this time in community placements or services for the care of elderly people.
Overall, the course is 53% coursework.
Some compulsory skills sessions may take place in the evening.
- Essentials of biosciences for health
This module provides understanding of the structure and function of main body systems and how the human body maintains homeostasis. The content of this module has been selected and developed to equip you with the necessary knowledge to inform your nursing practice and for progression throughout the programme. This knowledge will enable you to go on to develop an understanding of pathophysiological processes and the fundamentals of pharmacology. You’ll be supported in your learning with extensive use of teaching strategies such as key-lectures, workbooks and e-learning.
- Person-centred care
This module will introduce the knowledge and skills required to deliver nursing care in a variety of clinical settings. The module will enable you to understand and utilise person centred approach to care from an ethical, legal and professional perspective. In addition you’ll be introduced to the use of critical thinking skills in nursing assessment and in the delivery of patient-centred care.
- Professional skills for adult nursing
In this module you’ll be equipped with the essential and professional skills and knowledge that underpins contemporary nursing practice across the adult life span. Introducing key issues in providing safe and high quality care to older people including the assessment of delirium, dementia, and risk of falling, continence and key basic interventions to manage these conditions in older people. Using safe, simulated environments, supervised placement experiences, and independent learning opportunities, you’ll be enabled to develop and expand your knowledge, practical ability and professional attitudes in promoting high quality care.
- Practice experience year 1
Over the year you’ll undertake three six week placements; one in a ward, one department based or out of hospital and one further hospital based ward or department. In these settings, you’ll have 37.5 hours of practice learning per week. In addition you’ll have access to a virtual learning environment.
- Concepts of inter-professional and collaborative practice
This module introduces the place and value of inter-professional and collaborative working in health and social care delivery. The module aims to support your development of the necessary communication, personal, partnership working and reflective practice skills required to meet the needs of clients/carers and diverse populations who are at the centre of inter-professional health and social care delivery.
- Introducing evidence based practice in adult nursing
This module introduces the nature of evidence in health and social care and the importance of evidence–based practice for adults and their safety and quality of experience. You’ll develop skills in accessing evidence, gain familiarity with the library, including use of electronic databases, and learn how to use the university’s referencing system for your material. You’ll learn key terms relating to research and evidence-based practice and be introduced to an evidence-based practice model.
- Applied physiology and pathophysiology
This module will extend and deepen your understanding of human physiology, which will then be applied to physiological changes that take place during disease processes. Knowledge of cell receptors and some receptor groups will be linked to physiological activity in different systems then linked to the effects of certain drugs and the changes they elicit within body systems.
- Appraising evidence-based practice in adult nursing
This module considers how research questions are generated from practice with application to adult nursing. The steps in conducting research and audit, and the main research methods in health and social care are explained and associated ethical aspects are discussed. Methods of analysing and presenting different types of research data are introduced. The rationale for appraising research is considered and critical appraisal tools are reviewed. The module equips you with the core skills and understanding to appraise evidence and assess its appropriateness to be implemented into practice.
- Intermediate professional skills in adult nursing practice
This second year module will build upon previous learning and enable you to develop and expand your understanding of adult nursing as well your practice skills and knowledge. In addition, this module provides theoretical knowledge which when applied in practical settings will improve and enhance end of life and palliative care to patients and families adopting a holistic focus. It’ll encourage you to reflect on your own values and beliefs about death and dying and how this may affect interactions with patients, careers and families.
- Public health and primary care
This module provides theoretical knowledge which when applied in practical settings can improve the health and prevention of disease in societies, organisations and communities. You’ll be exposed to a variety of health promotion modules that will enable you to provide advice and support that will enable service user’s families and carers to make changes to improve their health and that of their families /others.
- Inter-professional learning in practice
During this module you’ll build upon the concepts of inter-professional learning and collaborative practice gained in year one of the programme and expand to look at the environment, teamwork and collaboration. It will promote the exploration of the complexities of inter-professional practice and collaboration in the clinical situation working with peers and health consumers.
- Practice experience year 2
Across year two there are three practice learning opportunities of varying lengths totalling 24 weeks and will include specialist settings, for example emergency care, intensive care, operating department, day surgery and a primary care setting and an acute care ward in a hospital setting. This will provide you with an opportunity to develop a range of skills across a range of areas.
- Implementing evidence-based practice in adult nursing
A key aspect of evidence-based practice is the implementation of available research into practice. To equip you with the core skills and understanding to be able to implement appropriate evidence and utilise and evaluate in practice.
- Clinical decision making and role transition in adult nursing
This module has been designed to build upon the skills and knowledge gained in years one and two that enhance your leadership, assessment and decision making skills and enable you to smoothly transition into first destination post. This module has also been designed to enable you to demonstrate patient safety, and high quality care. You’ll have the opportunity to reflect and appraise your own learning and development needs as you approach the transition from student to registered practitioner.
- Care of the adult deteriorating patient
This module is designed to support pre-registration students to acquire the knowledge and skills required for recognising and managing an adult patient who is deteriorating. This module aims to facilitate you to undertake a range of clinical activities in a simulated environment to develop competency in caring for a patient who is deteriorating including recognition, A- G assessment, application of SBAR and management of the patient.
- Applied pharmacology and medicines optimisation in adult nursing
This module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of pharmacology and medicines management with an emphasis on clinical application. It will explore and discuss the principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics alongside the pharmacology of groups of drugs commonly used in clinical practice. It will consider and evaluate the role and responsibilities of the nurse in relation to the safe administration of medication in clinical practice, including competency with drug calculations.
- Improving quality, change management and leadership
This module is the final inter-professional learning module that will explore leadership, quality improvement and change within organisations from an inter-professional perspective. The module will look at strategic, evidence-based approaches to change management in a range of environments. It will integrate the perspectives of service users and take an inter-professional approach.
- Practice experience year 3
Year three consists of two practice learning opportunities with the final 12 week practice learning opportunity being undertaken in the Host Trust with identified sign-off mentors or in a primary care setting.
On successful completion of the course you'll gain your BSc (hons) Adult Nursing, which means you can register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). You can then work as a registered nurse (adult) in medical and surgical wards or in specialist units such as A&E or intensive care. As your career progresses, you could become a district nurse, occupational health nurse, sexual health nurse or specialist nurse.
An adult nurse typically starts on a salary of £21,000, which can increase to £30,764-£98,453 in senior posts. (Take a look at our Prospects section for more detail).
As a graduate from this course, you can apply for further study at postgraduate level. Browse our online CPPD prospectus to find out what courses are on offer to help with your professional development.
We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
You’ll spend 50% of your time in clinical practice in leading NHS Trusts, community placements, independent sector and voluntary sector organisations.
If you are based at our Southwark campus you might undertake placements at Guy's Hospital, St Thomas' Hospital, University College London Hospital, Newham University Hospital and Whipps Cross University Hospital. At Havering campus, placements include Newham University Hospital, Whipps Cross University Hospital, King George Hospital and Queen's Hospital.
Your placements are your opportunity to put theory into practice by working with a range of health professionals in clinical situations to develop the skills, knowledge and experience required to become a competent nurse.
Structure of placements
Placements are spread over the three years:
You’ll undertake three six week placements; one in a ward, one department based or out of hospital, and one further hospital-based ward or department. In these settings, you’ll have 37.5 hours of practice learning per week. In addition, you’ll have access to our virtual learning environment. You'll receive Preparation for Practice prior to each practice learning opportunity and will meet with your personal tutor following each experience to reflect on your practice, review your practice learning and assessment portfolio and begin to plan your learning outcomes for the next practice experience. Assessment of practice is by completion of the Practice Assessment Document (Pan London).
Across year two there are three practice learning opportunities of varying lengths totalling 24 weeks and will include specialist settings, for example emergency care, intensive care, and day surgery. You'll continue to have scheduled Preparation for Practice prior to each practice learning opportunity, Your personal tutor will continue to meet with you on a one-to-one basis to support the integration of theory and practice.
Year three consists of two practice opportunities, one of which is undertaken in the Host Trust with identified sign-off mentors or in a primary care setting. You'll continue to have scheduled Preparation for Practice and your personal tutor will continue to meet with you on a one-to-one basis. You'll have a 4-week elective in which you can develop your knowledge and skills in an area of particular interest. Options for this might be international experience overseas, an international perspective without travelling overseas, experience gained with a charitable organisation, or national centres of excellence.
Supported by a mentor
Whilst in the clinical placement we will ensure you receive continuous support and guidance from a dedicated mentor and practice learning teams made up of lecturers and practitioners.
Find out more about placements - read our nursing case studies.
The course leads to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
The Nursing and Midwifery Council regulates nurses and midwives in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Islands.
Adult Nursing skills laboratories
We have two adult nursing skills laboratories at our Southwark campus and three at our Havering campus. These labs are set up like nursing wards and are used by all student nurses and midwives throughout their courses. They learn manual handling and basic life support skills and skills that are specific to their field of nursing or midwifery.
The nursing wards have simulator mannequins: SimMan, SimBaby and SimMom. These life-size mannequins are computer controlled and can be programmed with various clinical conditions. These are operated by a computer in real-time and so respond to a student's actions. They also allow students to see the outcome of specific interventions in certain scenarios, which could make the patient better or deteriorate quite quickly.
The mannequins are used to teach students how to recognise clinical signs, and to also associate those clinical signs with the actions they are taking to care for the patient. SimMan can be male or female with fully accurate anatomy and can breathe, blink, sweat, speak and groan in pain as well as have a pulse. Read more about SimMan.
Teaching and learning
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As a Health and Social Care student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.
Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University. They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.
You will have appointments with your personal tutor following every placement for 30-40 minutes throughout your course. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email.
- A Level BBC and 5 GCSEs A*-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above); or;
- BTEC National Diploma DMM and GCSEs Maths and English A*-C (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above) or equivalent; or;
- Access to HE Diploma in Nursing or similar with 15 Distinctions and 30 Merits; and GCSEs Maths and English A*-C (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above) or equivalent; or
- Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 112 UCAS points; and GCSEs Maths and English A*-C (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above) or equivalent.
Been out of study for a long time? Or maybe you haven’t met the entry requirements of your chosen degree? Our entry year acts as a bridge to degree-level studies.
If your first language is not English you must have the following minimum International English Language Test Score (IELTS) results at the time of applying:
- 7.0 overall or equivalent
- 7.0 in the listening and reading sections
- 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections.
How to apply
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Please send your application through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using our institution code L75. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.
See our How to apply page for further details.
Choose your campus
On your UCAS application for an Adult Nursing course you will need to choose which LSBU campus you wish to study at: Southwark or Havering.
To study on Havering campus please put an H on your UCAS application.
See our top tips for writing your personal statement.
As part of the selection process you'll be expected to attend an MMI interview. Find out more.
If you’re an International student (non-EU national) the application process may involve further steps. Contact the International Office as soon as possible to discuss the admissions steps and the immigration requirements: firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0) 20 7815 6189.
If you are unsuccessful in your application to LSBU for this year you cannot apply through UCAS Extra or Clearing. However you can apply for the following year. It is important that you read the comments in the results statement so that you are prepared for any other interviews you may have.
Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.
Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.
Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.
You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.
Prepare to start
Disclosure Barring Service (DBS)
All pre-registration students need to be DBS cleared before going on placement. You’ll need to have an enhanced DBS check even if you have had one before and will not be able to go on placement until this is complete.
The DBS process is not difficult but can take some time so it's best to get started as soon as you receive your email.
DBS update service
If you're part of the DBS update service, your subscription is up to date and you already have a DBS certificate, please email a copy to email@example.com and then bring in your hard copy for the document check. To take advantage of the update service, your certificate needs to be classified as 'Enhanced' and workforce must be listed as 'Adult and Child'. If you have any queries, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to complete your DBS
Our DBS supplier, Verifile, will send you an email with all the details you need to complete your DBS.
Verifile will give you instructions to log into their system and complete your personal details and information. To complete the process, you'll need your passport or driving licence and 5-year address history including dates when you moved in/out.
You can use your application number to track the progress of your DBS.
When you've finished, your Disclosure Statement will be mailed to the most recent address in your submission, so please make sure it's correct. We don't automatically receive a copy of this Statement, which is why we need you to bring it in as part of the next step.
Frequently asked questions
My Social Work friends said they need to pay. Do I need to pay?
What do I need to declare on my DBS?
Please include any and all major and minor, spent and unspent convictions, cautions, warning and reprimands, even if they relate to juvenile offences or seem trivial or unimportant. Some minor offences will not prevent you from going on placement or being offered a place on your course, but still need to be reviewed so it’s best to be honest and include everything. Also, the more information you include about any offences can help reduce the time it takes to assess them.
I’ve applied for/had a DBS in past. Do I need to do it again?
Yes, you do. You need to have an up-to-date DBS. Once you have received the email from our DBS supplier make sure you start the process straight away. All details of how to do this will be outlined in the email. If you don’t complete your DBS in the timeframe given, we may withdraw your offer even if term has already started. So it’s important that you get started as soon as you receive the email.
Why do I need an enhanced DBS check?
Government legislation requires all Higher Education Institutions who offer courses where students may come into unsupervised contact with children or vulnerable adults to have this check. These checks also help us to ensure duty of care to our students, and create a safer environment for patients seen by our students.
Who reviews my DBS?
As part of the University’s admissions process, declarations of any offence may be referred to a virtual panel made up of senior managers from partner NHS Trusts and/or other sectors within Health and Social Care. Any DBS that is considered by the panel will be anonymised. The panel members then deliberate and make a recommendation whether the application be rejected, accepted or request further information or documents.
When will I hear back from the panel about my DBS?
If you have declared an offence, we might ask for more information from you in writing which will help the panel make a decision. Once your declaration has been referred to the panel it can take up to 28 working days to be processed.
Which address do I use?
You need to put your current address on your DBS application because this is where your Statement will be mailed. If you’ve moved house between submitting and receiving your DBS, make sure you have mail forwarding set up so that you’ll receive your statement. If you’ve moved recently, make sure you have proof of your new address (such as a new bank statement) to bring for your document checks.
I’ve lost my statement. What do I do?
If you’ve lost your statement you will need to pay £46 to purchase a new one.
I’ve had my application rejected due to my DBS declaration/disclosure. Can I appeal the decision?
Yes. If your application has been rejected due to your DSB declaration/discloser, you will be sent a letter to confirm this. There will be instructions in the letter about how you can appeal and which supporting information you need to provide. Once a decision has been made you will receive a letter from the School Executive Team.
Once you have completed the online part of the DBS process, you'll need to bring your DSB Statement along with three accepted documents from this list to be verified at either our Southwark or Havering campus. Document checks can be completed for free at either campus, no appointment is necessary.
If you cannot get to either of our campuses, you can have your documents checked and certified at the Post Office for a small fee.
Document check on campus
Southwark: Southwark Student Help Desk in the K2 building Monday – Friday between 9am-11am or 1pm-4pm
Havering: come to reception at Havering Monday – Friday between 8:30-10:30am, 12-2pm, 4-5pm
Document check at the Post Office
If you’re not able to come to campus, you can get your documents checked and certified at the Post Office for a fee of £10.50. To do this, make photocopies of your three accepted ID documents and take your DBS form, copies and originals of your documents to the Post Office. The Post Office will stamp the form and photocopies and given them back to you. Email your post office receipt, stamped form and stamped documents to email@example.com.
Occupational Health (OH)
An exciting part of many of our Health and Social Care courses is the opportunity to learn off-campus and work with patients, clients and/or service users. Before you start, we need to make sure that you have the correct levels of immunisations.
The first part of your occupational health check is to complete the online questionnaire which our occupational health provider will review.
The second part of your occupational health check is to get any inoculations that you may need from your GP. When attending your GP appointment, please take printed copies of these two documents with you.
Occupational Health appointment
After these steps are complete you will receive an email from OHWorks Ltd inviting you to attend an appointment on-campus with an Occupational Health Nurse. These appointments take place during the week and sometimes when your classes have already started.
The OH team have prepared this guide (PDF File 322 KB) which outlines what to expect at each stage. If you have queries or concerns about your Occupational Health clearance or inoculations please contact the Occupational Health team.
Frequently asked questions
I don't want to get vaccinations. Can I opt out of these?
We have a duty of care to students and patients and so need to make sure you have the correct level of immunisation before you go on placement. You won’t be able to go on placement if you don’t have this or are not OH cleared.
My local GP doesn’t have my vaccination history. What should I do?
Contact the OH team at firstname.lastname@example.org who will be able to advise you.
What if I can’t make my OH appointment?
Please contact the OH team to reschedule at least 48 hours in advance. Remember that you won’t be able to go on placement until you’re cleared.
I’ve already registered with LSBU’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Unit (DDS). Do I still need to tell the OH Nurse about my condition?
Yes. Tell the OH Nurse about all conditions including specific learning difficulties even if you’ve declared these in the past. This will allow us to make reasonable adjustments whilst you’re on placement.
If I’ve declared a condition to the OH Nurse, do I need to register with LSBU’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Unit as well?
The information you share with the OH Nurse will be treated with confidence, meaning that it won’t be automatically shared with the DDS team. The DDS team can help you to receive support for your lectures, assignments and exams so it’s worth to register with them and provide evidence of your condition if you need this support.
Before starting your course, you may want to check or practice your numeracy skills. The National Numeracy Challenge is a free online tool that helps you learn, revise and quiz your essential numeracy skills. You’ll also be able to get a certificate to show your efforts.
Enrolment and Welcome Week
Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our new students pages.
Most placements and some practical sessions in our skills laboratories will require you to wear a uniform and name badge. You will be measured for uniforms specific to your course as part of your Welcome Week activities after enrolment. In the meantime, we have prepared answers to frequently asked questions that you might find useful.
Frequently asked questions
Do I get a uniform for when I go on placement?
Yes, LSBU will supply you with uniforms for your placement with the exception of Social Work and Health and Social Care BSc students who are not required to wear uniforms for their placements.
Which uniforms will I receive?
Nursing and midwifery students will receive two pairs of trousers, three tunics and a name badge. Polo shirts will be issued instead of tunics for students studying mental health nursing, physiotherapy, chiropractic and sport rehabilitation. ODP students will receive one set of scrubs top and trousers.
How long do the uniforms need to last?
The items are to last for the duration of your programme of study.
How do I know what size I am?
A measuring and distribution service will be available by the uniform provider at both Southwark and Havering campuses. As garments are fitted for work purposes they need to allow for flexibility of movement so it’s best to have the uniform provider measure you up.
Am I able to request a longer tunic?
You can request a longer tunic for religious or medical reasons. To do this, you should advise the uniform supplier at the measuring session. These tunics are 2 inches longer and sleeves finish just above the elbows. Due to infection control, full length sleeves are not permitted.
Can I use a preferred name or a nickname on my name badge?
Name badges are professional and need to include your formal names.
What do I do if I lose or damage my name badge?
You can order a replacement name badge direct with the uniform provider. Badges need to be worn at all times when you are at placement.
Can I order more uniforms?
You are welcome to purchase additional items at Work in Style. You will need to log in using your student ID and then follow the step-by-step instruction. Please note that dresses are not available.
Can I try on my uniforms?
You should try on your uniforms the day you receive them so that the staff at the measuring service can help arrange any size exchanges. If you choose not to try on your uniforms and require different sizes at a later date you will need to purchase these through the uniform provider’s online portal at your own cost.
What do I do with my uniform after I complete my studies?
They are yours to keep – you do not need to return the garments.
Most health and social care courses’ practice placements will operate outside normal working hours e.g. evenings, nights, weekends and bank holidays.
Your holiday periods will not follow the normal University timetable because of placements. You’ll receive more details once you start your course.
Fees and funding
Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.
Year 1 FT Havering Essex SEPT
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Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT
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For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.
Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.
Possible fee changes
The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.
The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.
We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.
Sophie Kemp, BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
Sophie Kemp studies BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing with the School of Health and Social Care at London South Bank University.
Nursing skills labs
Our realistic wards and lifelike mannequins allow a safe environment to practice
Rob Waterson, BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
For graduate Rob Waterson, seeing first-hand the impact that good nursing can have on patients and their families has inspired him to embark on a career doing just that.