One of the following:
A Levels – at grades ABB with at least one being biology, chemistry, physics, physical education, psychology or sociology. Applicants are also required to pass the practical element of assessment in science subjects. General studies will not be accepted.
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 possible 120 below:
- Development through the Life Stages (10 credits)
- Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care (10 credits)
- Sociological Perspectives for Health and Social Care (10 credits)
- Physiological Disorders (10 credits)
- Health Psychology (10 credits)
- Nutrition for Health and Social Care (10 credits)
- Complementary Therapies for Health and Social Care (10 credits)
- Human Inheritance for Health and Social Care (10 credits)
- Infection Prevention and Control (10 credits)
- Physiology of fluid balance (10 credits)
- Psychological perspectives for Health and Social Care (10 credits)
- Biochemistry for Health (10 credits)
- Science for Health (10 credits)
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.
English language requirements
If your first language is not English, and you have not attained GCSE English (grade C or above), then you must pass an approved test before you apply.
For nursing the test currently recognised is the IELTS with the following scores:
- At least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections
- At least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections
- An overall score of 7 (out of a possible 9)
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
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.
Notes for applicants
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 are currently not accepting international students.