Nursing is a diverse, rewarding and life changing career that can make a real difference to peoples life.  To qualify as a registered nurse you require a degree in nursing and must be registered with the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC).

There are four main nursing fields that you can choose from;

  • Adult Nursing
  • Paediatric Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Learning Disability Nursing

Contrary to popular belief practice nursing can be a first career destination for newly qualified nursesf  and provide invaluable skills, education and learning opportunities to progress professionally. Roles and skills which historically were the responsibilities of general practitioners are shifting towards toward nurses meaning they are becoming more accomplished in different roles.


Routes and Requirements

Entry requirements for BSc Honours in Nursing may vary between different universities. Therefore it is recommend that you contact the university of choice to determine the required qualifications.

Entry requirements for nursing degree courses vary because each university sets its own entry criteria, but you are likely to need at least five GSCES and two A-levels or equivalent.


How to Apply

Once you have decided which university and what qualifications needed. Applications for the course can be made through UCAS this is an online secure system. See links at the bottom of the page for further advice and guidance.

Other Routes to Nursing

Nursing Associates

Nursing Associate role is to work alongside other healthcare professionals such as registered nurses and healthcare support workers.  The two year course includes a range of clinical settings to gain experience and one day a week academic learning. Nursing associates are employed by a specific healthcare setting during their training. To become a nursing associate you’ll need GCSEs grade 9 to 4 (A to C) in maths and English, or key skills level 2 in maths and English.

Nursing Degree Apprenticeships

Nursing degree apprenticeships offer an alternative route into nursing rather than full-time university study. You will still take the same academic study as those at university and still be accountable by NMC standards but can be more flexible and on average takes four years to complete the course.  You will need to secure a position as a nursing degree apprentice and your employer will need to release you to study. As this is degree level you will need similar qualifications as those doing full time nursing degree.