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Diploma in Adult Nursing (Enrolled Nurse)

Further your career in healthcare.

Key Facts

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School of Health Sciences

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Study Options:
Full Time

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Start Date:
Sep '22

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Course Length:
2 Years

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Home: £9,250 per annum

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Direct (please note that this programme of study can only be accessed by individuals in a substantive post who work at either the Gibraltar Health Authority (GHA) or the Elderly Residential Service (ERS).

About this programme

This Work Based Learning (WBL) Diploma in Adult Nursing are for those Nursing Assistants (NAs) who are currently employed at either the Gibraltar Health Authority (GHA) or the Elderly Residential Service (ERS), and who wish to progress and become Enrolled Nurses. The programme is structured to meet the academic requirements for award of a Diploma in Adult Nursing, and to enable students to be eligible to apply to register with the Gibraltar Nurses Midwives Health Visitors Registration Board  as an Enrolled Nurse.
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Covid-19 vaccine: Staff and Students

Gibraltar was the first country in the world to vaccinate its entire population from Covid-19. As part of the nationwide vaccination programme, all University of Gibraltar teaching staff and students – including non-residents and international students – were offered a Covid 19 vaccine.

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Face to face teaching

We are committed to providing an excellent learning experience that is personal and participative. That’s why we have decided to continue the face-to-face delivery of our programmes.

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Delivered by expert teaching staff and health care practitioners. The Diploma in Adult Nursing (Enrolled Nurse) is a two year programme where you will spend approximately 50% of your programme in the clinical environment supported by experienced registered nurses and other health care practitioners.

You will learn about adult nursing through lectures, seminars, guided self-study and online work through our Virtual Learning Environment (Canvas). You will also participate in tutorials, workshops, conferences and project work.

Introduction to life sciences

This module is a core requirement for the BSc Nursing students. The content of the module is designed to help students develop their knowledge and understanding of human anatomy and physiology in relation to nursing, which is an essential element of nursing proficiency.

Introduction to adult nursing

This module introduces students to the context of adult nursing practice across a range of healthcare settings. Students will learn about contemporary healthcare concepts and a range of common health conditions. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of the importance of guiding the nurse to deliver safe, effective and compassionate care, which is essential when caring for adults in partnership with families and other healthcare professionals.

Introduction to public health and health promotion

This module is a core requirement for all students across all fields of the BSc Nursing programme. As an introductory module it will enable students to develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of public health and health promotion. Students will explore the global, social-political-economic and psycho-social forces on the population’s health and well-being. In addition the student will explore the evolution of public health, the determinants of health and health inequalities.

Introduction to professional practice

This module will prepare students for placements and their learning in practice and the assessment process during year one of the programme. It will introduce a range of nursing procedures to enable students to provide skilled, evidence based, person centred compassionate care to people at any stage of life who may have a range of physical, mental, cognitive or behavioural health conditions.

Therapeutic interventions in nursing: bio-psycho-social approaches

This module explores a range of therapeutic approaches in nursing. The module examines evidence-based treatment methods, current practice and nursing interventions. Students will learn about pharmacology and bio-psycho-social and alternative treatments.

Students will learn about partnership working with healthcare professionals, patients, service users and carers for administering treatment, as well as enabling students to identify contemporary nursing practices underpinned by therapeutic procedures.

Assessment and care process for the acutely ill person

This module enables students to build on anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology knowledge acquired in year one to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to assess and deliver safe and effective care when a person is acutely ill. It will equip students to recognise people who are acutely ill and at risk of deteriorating, undertake timely structured assessments, interpret clinical data and use situational judgement to escalate findings, prioritise care needs and to plan, deliver and evaluate evidence-based, person-centred care as part of the interdisciplinary team.

Collaborative working for health and well-being in adults with long term conditions

This module develops the students’ knowledge and understanding of long-term conditions and the lived experience of adults from a bio-psycho-social perspective. Students will consider the political agenda and the socio- economic issues impacting on the management of long-term conditions.

It will incorporate professional accountability, social inclusion, partnership and interdisciplinary working, patient involvement in the provision of care, leadership and quality assurance in nursing, all of which are essential elements of nursing proficiency.

Developing professional practice

This module will further develop the skills taught and practised in the introduction to professional practice in year one. Students will be able to assess, plan and rationalise the nursing care they provide for people in health and social care and community settings. The emphasis will be on holistic person-centred care covering physical, psychological, social and cultural and being delivered as inter- and intra-disciplinary care.


The University’s strong relationships with the Gibraltar Health Authority (GHA), the Elderly Residential Services (ERS) and other practice partners mean that you’ll enjoy meaningful and relevant placements throughout the programme.
These placements will see you put theory into practice and be an integral part of your journey to become an Enrolled Nurse. You will spend the first year of study working in your original environment, mentored by a Registered Nurse (mentor). During the second year of the programme, you will spend your placement in an area of practice separate to your original area of work, mentored by a Registered Nurse (mentor).

Simulation Suite

The University of Gibraltar’s fully-equipped simulation suite provides a safe learning environment in which to carry out practical study. Clinical skills are fundamental to nursing practice, and in order to deliver high quality care to patients, the clinical skills are practiced on full body manikins in our simulation suite.
This provides unprecedented opportunities for students to acquire, develop and maintain the knowledge, skills, values and behaviours needed for safe and effective patient care.

Why choose this programme?

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Entry Requirements

Typically, all applicants will have:

  • A minimum of 2 years’ healthcare experience and employed by either the Gibraltar Health Authority (GHA) or the Elderly Residential Services (ERS). This is essential, as the EN student will complete their placement in their area of work. The student needs to be in fulltime employment and will be seconded from their area of work. Individuals who are not in fulltime employment will not be eligible for this programme.

All applicants should typically have:

  • 5 GCSE’s A*– C (grade 4 or above post 2017) including English Language and Mathematics (Science also preferred).
  • Strong communications skills with the ability to communicate your ideas effectively in discussions, presentations and writing.
  • Basic IT skills, such as word-processing, email and Internet.
English Language Requirements:
  • An overall IELTS test result of 7.0, including a minimum of 6.5 in all sub-tests. Equivalent awards will be considered (e.g. Pearson’s Test of English, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English, Duolingo English Test, City & Guilds International ESOL 8984, or the TOEFL- IBT test of English proficiency). If you do not meet our entry requirements, you can still apply as we will consider your application.
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Offers are based on a combination of qualifications or predicted grades, the applicant’s personal statement and references. For guidelines on personal statements and references please click here.


Programme Fee (per annum) Years
Home £9,250 2

Note: the above fees are for the Academic year 2022/23 and are subject to indexation.


The University of Gibraltar hosts or directly offers a number of scholarship programmes to support your studies. Scholarships are available to support undergraduate, Master’s degree and PhD programmes and are made available to students based on certain criteria.




Please note that this programme of study can only be accessed by individuals in a substantive post who work at either the Gibraltar Health Authority (GHA) or the Elderly Residential Service (ERS).


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