You can still apply for this course
Why choose this nursing course?
You already have a degree and want to become a registered nurse in just two years. The MSc in Nursing (Graduate Entry) programme is a three year course that is undertaken in two years though the accreditation of your undergraduate degree course and relevant practical experience. This programme leads to a Masters level qualification and registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). There are excellent career prospects in a range of avenues including clinical practice, management, research and education. Previous graduates from this programme have performed extremely well in competing for sought after positions within the nursing profession.
This course is not suitable for qualified nurses. If you are a qualified nurse you may wish to consider our professional courses.
Students joining this course in January 2017 and January 2018 will still have course fees paid for by the government. See financial support below.
Where will I study?
The new Graduate Entry Nursing programme is offered at our Derby Centre and starts in January. View videos of our staff and students talking about the Derby Centre. You will undertake practice placement predominantly throughout the Derbyshire region in a comprehensive range of in-patient and community settings.
What will I learn?
The programme utilises an enquiry based learning approach which builds on your existing skills for learning and is underpinned by a student centred philosophy. It also encompasses shared learning with other disciplines and professions, developing your clinical leadership skills and preparing you for practice.
Practice-based learning is a key part of the course and you will experience a comprehensive range of placements, working with healthcare professionals in a variety of areas.
As with all our courses, you can expect to experience a stimulating blend of learning activities, from lectures and clinical skills workshops through to innovative web-based activities.
When nursing a child you will learn how a healthy child develops and how to minimise the impact of illness or hospital admission. This involves working in partnership with the parents, or whoever looks after the child at home.
There are special communications challenges associated with children's nursing, for example a small child cannot articulate his or her fears and needs or where it hurts. Children's nurses need to be able to spot when a child’s health takes a turn for the worse, which can happen rapidly. Intuition, non-verbal communication skills and the ability to engage sensitively in play will be vital.
You will often be sharing your skills with others, supporting the child's carers to build the confidence and ability to carry on with the caring role at home; it's all about knowing when to stand back and when to take over if necessary.
As a children's nurse, you will often find yourself managing distress - a child's distress and their family's distress. A desperately worried parent can often feel panic, anxiety, anger, powerlessness or guilt - so it's essential that you have a supportive approach to help them through this.
Many children are now surviving previously fatal conditions and are reaching adulthood. Many have complex long term needs which may require care in a variety of settings; however all require child focused services (DoH Making it Better for Children and Young people – 2007). Children's nurses work in a wide range of settings including hospitals, schools, clinics, and children’s own homes.
Children’s nursing is tougher and broader than some imagine it to be, but is immensely rewarding. Find out more about the different fields of nursing or see the NHS Careers website.
Book your place on our 2016 GEN open day
For January 2017 entry:
Course fees are paid for all students who meet the NHS student bursaries eligibility criteria. Eligible students will receive a non-means tested grant of £1,000, a means-tested bursary of up to £4,395. Additional allowances are available for students with disabilities and dependents, but you will not be eligible for the Reduced Rate student loan.
For January 2018 entry:
Changes to the funding and financial support of students beginning nursing, midwifery or physiotherapy courses were announced in the government Spending Review in November 2015.
Update on funding changes for graduate entry nursing
In July 2016, the government released their response to the public consultation regarding the bursary changes.
At The University of Nottingham, graduate entry nursing (GEN) is a postgraduate pre-registration course. Initially it was uncertain what financial support students on a GEN course would receive. After the public consultation there were proposals about how funding should be organised for postgraduate pre-registration students. While the government is making a decision, it has extended bursaries for tuition fees and maintenance for these courses for September 2017/January 2018 entry. This is a transitional arrangement only for new entrants in 2017/18 UCAS cycle until a longer-term solution is finalised from September 2018 onwards. Further detail will be published in due course by the government.
The full consultation response is available online which also outlines additional grants for childcare and funding placement travel and accommodation expenses for students.
The Council of Deans of Health have also updated their funding clinic webpages with information from the consultation. For independent advice on student finance see Martin Lewis’ Money Saving Expert website.
How to apply
Applications are accepted through UCAS. Applications received before the UCAS closing date in January are prioritised however we continue to accept late applications for the remaining places.
The UCAS code for this course is 3310.
Selection and interview
Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed and selection made based on academic qualifications and personal attributes suitable for nursing. Candidates will need to present a short account of how their prior learning and experience relates to nursing practice. Healthcare experience is essential to meet NMC advanced standing requirements for this this course. This will involve demonstrating a basic level of care experience (under supervision) through the submission of an online portfolio of evidence. Examples could include experience such as a healthcare assistant, mental health support worker, volunteer with healthcare charitable institutions etc.
Find out more about the selection process.