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Nursing Studies

Nursing studies, a career that begins with care

If you thrive on the unexpected and want to make a difference in people’s lives, a career in a healthcare setting could be for you. Study over four years in Cambridge or Chelmsford, with a foundation year in nursing studies to get you started.

Key information

Undergraduate course


  • Foundation (4 Years)


  • January
  • September


  • Cambridge

Nursing Studies overview

Our course provides the knowledge, values and skills you will need to pursue a career in a healthcare setting whether that may be working for an international NGO or in professional, non-practicing roles in healthcare, such as management or policy.

In this type of care profession, it isn’t just about what you learn: it’s also about who you are. You will need qualities such as patience, honesty, sensitivity, tolerance, persistence, integrity, sound judgement as well as excellent communication skills.

The foundation module has been developed to provide a broad base of skills that can be useful to Nursing studies students as they progress through higher education. Especially, students of nursing studies will find it necessary to work confidently in multidisciplinary teams throughout their careers. In this module students will frequently work with others from different degree programmes.

As a student, you will study across a broad base of transferable knowledge and skills areas, becoming skilled in critical analysis, problem-solving, supporting you in understanding how to manage, support and drive forward health care services, organisations and communities.

Pathway progression

Successful completion of this pathway will lead to the award of the following from ARU:

If you are a UK student upon completion of the foundation year, and subject to meeting all progression, professional body requirements and available places, you may be eligible to apply for one of the accredited NMC degree programmes:

BSc (Hons) Nursing – Adult
BSc (Hons) Nursing – Child
BSc (Hons) Nursing – Mental Health

International students who are registered on the BSc Nursing Studies are expected to complete this four year programme due to visa and funding regulations.

Please see our International and UK course matrix for entry point, intake and study location information.

Course structure

Interactive Learning Skills and Communication (ILSC)

This Element has been designed to help students develop their academic literacy, and
research and communication skills in preparation for undergraduate study. The areas of
reading, writing, speaking, and listening will be covered. ILSC also helps students understand
the institutional culture, practices, norms and expectations of the UK higher education.

A subsidiary aim of this Element is to ensure that students develop transferable skills of
effective and professional communication to support ongoing study, as well as providing a
basis to foster career and life-building skills.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

No previous technical experience is required for this Element, which provides students with
an introduction to practical ICT skills. This foundation will be needed for academic success
across many areas of higher education. The students will use industry standard office
productivity software and techniques to produce presentations, written assignments, and
charts and tables in spreadsheets.

Alongside practical skills, fundamental topics surrounding technology use will be discussed,
together with societal and ethical perspectives. The Element will enable students to discuss
the main challenges facing society and consider the implications of their technology use.

By the end of the Element, students should have sufficient mastery of the Microsoft Office
productivity suite to allow them to plan and produce presentations, use functions and write
formula to display, format and analyse quantitative data and produce written assignments
to a standard appropriate to higher education.

Critical Thinking

This is an element created to address problem-solving and the critical assessment of
information. Critical thinking is in high demand by employers, introducing it at level 3 allows
the student to apply and develop their capability throughout the course of their studies,
building the confidence to work independently throughout a students’ degree. Students will
learn how to determine the reliability/fallacy of ideas and documents which should enable
them to be more effective researchers and writers.

Core Maths

This is an element designed to develop basic numeracy skills needed at University. Students will
practice various mathematical manipulations and apply these concepts to real-life
situations. The subjects covered are a range of arithmetic skills, algebra, solving equations,
probability and basic statistics in order to help students be successful in their future studies.

Biology: Physiology

This is an element designed to learn about the body, its functions, and systems. This course is
designed to give a foundation knowledge of organ systems and different regulatory systems.
Students will learn to classify organisms and their major components.


This is an element where students will learn about the brain and psychosocial contexts within
the humanities and sciences. Students will look at how research has informed theories
about how we think and behave, and how this applies in a variety of contexts. By applying
psychological principles to current events and common situations, students will gain greater
understanding of human actions and motivations.


This is an element which will discuss the complexity of ethical theory and practice. Students will
be encouraged to use critical thinking and research to discuss descriptive, normative, and
analytic approaches to ethics and ethical problems. Students will look at a variety of
applications spanning a range of contexts within the humanities, technology, business,
medical and legal ethics to understand ethical behaviour in varying contexts.

Preparing for a career in caring

This is an element designed for students entering courses in the health and social care fields.
Students will address current events and common situations in the healthcare sector.
Students will learn about the structure and types of healthcare provision in the United
Kingdom. Students will discuss communication skills, especially as they apply to interviews
or professional presentation skills that students will encounter later in their course.

Related links

For more information about intake semesters and campus location please see our course matrices.

Find out the academic entry requirements for our courses listed by country. Unless stated, requirements are standard across all courses.

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