Adult Nursing pathways and Return to Study course


We want to make a career in Nursing accessible to everyone. That’s why we offer two pathways on our BSc (Hons) Nursing with Registered Nurse (Adult) course, so that you can study with us in a way that suits you.

Study Adult Nursing at UCLan

Choose between two delivery modes: campus based delivery or a practice based delivery. If you don’t have the standard entry requirements for direct entry onto the course, you may be eligible for our 6-week preparatory Return to Study programme. You can read more about this below. 

We have places available on our 2023 Adult Nursing courses, including our new Practice Based Pathway course. Our Practice Based Pathway is delivered in partnership with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Which delivery mode is right for you?

Campus based
Start dates: April, September 2024
Delivered by the University of Central Lancashire.
Block teaching consisting of periods of on-campus teaching and clinical skills practice, followed by clinical placement blocks at health care providers within your chosen placement circuit.

Practice based
Start dates: January, June, September 2024
Delivered by Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with The University of Central Lancashire.

A delivery mode that involves set weekly placement days alongside theory learning. The theory learning will take place through a combination of in-person delivery at our bespoke learning centre based at Preston College and remote learning through virtual platforms.

Your placement time will be spent at health care providers within one NHS Trust, from the list below:

Don't have the required qualifications?

If you don't have formal Level 3 qualifications, such as A Levels or BTECs, or are considering returning to education after a long time, our free Return to Study Programme could provide you the access to studying your dream degree. The programme is delivered online and part-time over 6 weeks. Successful completion of the programme could lead directly onto our Adult Nursing programme (subject to successful interview).

Find out more about our Return to Study programme

Our Adult Nursing pathways

  • Nursing with Registered Nurse (Adult), BSc (Hons)

    Nursing is one of the most rewarding careers you can choose. As a nurse specialising in adult care, you will deliver care to people who need immediate help and support in hospitals or community settings.

  • Nursing with Registered Nurse (Adult), BSc (Hons) - Practice Based Pathway

    Want to become a registered nurse with the convenience of practice-based learning within your local healthcare provider? This Practice-Based Pathway into Adult Nursing is workplace-based.

  • Nursing - Return to Study

    Are you over 21 and interested in a career in nursing, but lack the Level 3 formal qualifications to apply for a nursing degree? A career in nursing or health care is very rewarding. We are passionate about making sure education is accessible for everyone and want to help you rea…

NHS Learning Support Fund

As a UK student on this programme, you'll be eligible for a £5,000 NHS Learning Support Fund. This doesn't have to be paid back after finishing your degree.

Get in touch

If you'd like to find out more about our Adult Nursing pathways, please email us or fill in the enquiry form below and our helpful team will assist your queries.

Attend an online or face-to-face event to find out more about our Adult Nursing Practice Based pathway or our Return to Study programme. Email to book your place.

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