DipHE Adult Nursing: University of the West of England

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DipHE Adult Nursing: University of the West of England, School of Health and Social Care, University of the West of England, Glenside Campus, Blackberry Hill, Stapleton, Bristol, BS16 1DD, Bristol, United Kingdom
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Course Beginning 
January and September
3 years full time
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Nursing is primarily a practice based discipline, which values human beings. At its best it enables people to reach and maintain their health and social goals in order to achieve their optimum quality of life. Nursing is founded on the premise that human beings have dignity, are worthy of respect and have individual rights, responsibilities, needs and beliefs. However, nursing is not confined to boundaries of alleviating sickness and suffering but is also concerned with the whole person and the promotion of health and wellness in individuals.

Adult Nursing is a challenging profession due to the range of situations encountered. Adult Nurses will assess the needs of patients and their families and manage care whilst being alert to changes in their condition. The practice of Nursing involves complex partnerships with a variety of people and agencies, with carers, families and friends, and members of other professions.


You can choose to study the programme at one of the University's Campuses or Education Centres - Glenside Campus in Bristol, Gloucester or Swindon Education Centres.

Central to the core subjects of nursing theory and practice are supporting studies in biology, psychology, sociology, interpersonal skills and information technology, as applied to health care in a professional setting. There is a strong emphasis on the development of interprofessional and interpersonal skills, which are essential in establishing effective relationships with patients, clients, and colleagues in a multidisciplinary setting. Throughout the programme, research appreciation skills are developed in support of good practice.

Study themes running through the programme include:

  • Nursing theory and practice
  • Nursing management
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Development of professional practice
  • Bio-psychosocial development of the individual across the lifespan
  • Sociology of health, wellness and illness
  • Health care systems
  • Interprofessional working

A number of these themes will be developed and taught alongside other health and social care student groups.

Careers/further study

Once registered, nurses can work within hospitals or the community for either the NHS, armed forces, prison service or a private sector employer. There is work available in all parts of the UK and in a wide range of specialities. Many opportunities exist for the nurse to develop their career, through the ethos of life-long learning, at a pace that suits the individual.

Admissions and International Recruitment

Admissions and International Recruitment deals with enquiries and applications for all full-time undergraduate programmes. Contact us by

  • telephone: +44 (0)117 32 83333
  • fax: +44 (0)117 32 82810
  • e-mail: admissions@uwe.ac.uk
  • letter: Admissions and International Recruitment, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Bristol BS16 1QY, UK

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