One of the following:
A Levels – at grades ABB with at least one being biology, chemistry, physics, physical education, psychology or sociology. General studies will not be accepted. If you commenced A Level studies in autumn 2015, completing in summer 2017 and have not chosen a science, please contact us for advice on whether your application can be considered for a BSc Nursing course.
CACHE Diploma – overall grade A
Scottish Advanced Highers – ABB
Irish Leaving Certificate – AABBB
International Baccalaureate – Diploma with an overall score of 32 points
European Baccalaureate – Diploma with an overall score of 75%
All candidates must hold science credits of A level equivalence
GCSE – 5 at grade C or above, including English, maths and a science* (BTEC science components will also be accepted). Key skills will not be accepted.
*anatomy and physiology, human biology, biology, chemistry, physics or double award.
BTEC – The Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health Studies) or Health Science should be passed with a minimum of DDM as the final award to include a minimum of 60 academic science credits, plus GCSE English and maths (grade C or above). Other relevant Extended Diplomas may be considered if they include 60 credits out of the list below:
- Development Through the Life Stages
- Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
- Sociological Perspectives for Health and Social Care
- Physiological Disorders
- Health Psychology
- Nutrition for Health and Social Care
- Complementary Therapies for Health and Social Care
- Human Inheritance for Health and Social Care
- Infection Prevention and Control
- Physiology of Fluid Balance
- Psychological Perspectives for Health and Social Care
- Biochemistry for Health
- Science for Health
Access to HE Diploma – 45 credits at level three (to include a minimum 30 credits at merit or above with at least 15 of these at distinction), with a minimum of 15 credits from science units at merit or above plus, GCSE English and maths (grade C or above).
We no longer accept Functional Skills qualifications in maths and English in lieu of GSCEs.
Distance learning Access to HE courses: any exam invigilation should take place with the invigilator physically present in the room with the student.
English language requirements
Nursing students need to be fluent in the English language in order to both understand and complete the course and to communicate effectively with patients and members of the multidisciplinary team. For students whose first language is not English we require an IELTS score of 7.5 with no less than 7 in any element. Please note that a pass at GCSE English language with a B or above will normally be regarded as meeting this requirement.
Students who require extra support to meet the English language requirements for their academic course can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) to prepare for their future studies.
Students who pass at the required level can progress directly to their academic programme without needing to retake IELTS.
Please visit the CELE webpages for more information.
Flexible admissions policy
In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, The University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy
. We consider applicants’ circumstances and broader achievements as part of the assessment process, but do not vary the offer from the grades advertised as a result of these. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures
for more information.
Notes for applicants
Entry qualifications should be regulated (see find a regulated qualification) and overseas qualifications are accepted at our discretion after discussion with The University of Nottingham's International Office. Distance learning programme may be accepted if a recognised regulated qualification is awarded.
For all courses, selection is made on the basis of meeting entry requirements, academic potential and evidence of commitment to nursing. All offers are subject to being successful at the selection day, satisfactory health screening, and disclosure and barring service (DBS) clearance.
We will be offering up to a maximum of five places for international students.
Please note that our international course fees include uniforms, placements and travel to placements.