Skip to content

The University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) is pleased to announce the addition of an undergraduate degree in Adult Nursing (with Foundation Year) BN (Hons), which will begin this October. This dynamic and interactive professional course combines practice-based learning with theory, and places the needs of patients, families and Adult Nursing practice at its centre.

The acute need for nurses in the NHS is well-known and documented. According to a recent report from Nuffield Trust, if current trends hold, the NHS will have a shortage of 108,000 nurses in ten years’ time. The report further states that the current shortage is already having a direct impact on patient care. As in the rest of the country, Shropshire has an urgent need for skilled nurses. In April of this year, Telford’s Princess Royal Hospital closed a unit for an entire weekend due to staff shortages.

“We are pleased that this programme will help to address a fundamental need in our community,” said Anna Sutton, Provost of University Centre Shrewsbury. “The Nursing degree will be tailored to meet the substantial and unique challenges of caring for patients in a rural community such as Shropshire.” 

In addition to training for care in hospitals, UCS’s nursing degree will include instruction on rural isolation and aging in place, with a focus on well-being in later life, as well as health deprivation and the promotion of healthier lifestyles. 

The programme, which begins in October 2019, will commence with a Foundation Year for those who have not recently been in school or may not have the qualifications to directly enter the Nursing degree programme. The Foundation Year will cover a range of subjects that include biology, study skills and health and social care. Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year, students may progress to the degree programme.  

The learning in the Adult Nursing BN (Hons) degree, which begins in October 2020, is equally divided between clinical practice and theory, with 20 weeks per year devoted to work placement. The modules will focus on four areas that will prepare students to work as a registered nurse: 

•  Practice learning which covers the practical skills of becoming a registered nurse, including practice simulation and 20 weeks of work practice annually.

•  Anatomy and Physiology will cover body systems and pharmacology.

•  21st Century Nursing will focus on what it is like to be a nurse in contemporary health settings by exploring professional values, well-being and leadership, among other topics.

 •  Person-centred care covers nursing practice – how to assess, plan, provide and evaluate person-centred care. 

“The course will be delivered by experienced registered nurses who have expertise in both teaching and research, and a variety of clinical specialties,” said Vicky Ridgway, Director of Pre-Registration Nursing, University of Chester. “The team will work closely with local acute and community providers to ensure that the course remains contemporary.”

University Centre Shrewsbury also offers a MSc in Rural Health that is designed to help doctors and health professionals develop their understanding and find solutions to the specific needs of a rural population. This course facilitates a bespoke approach to learning, allowing practitioners to critically consider their own practice. 

For further information on the Adult Nursing (with Foundation Year) BN (Hons) and the MSc in Rural Health, please visit our website or contact us at   


Share this content