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Advice for Nursing Applicants

Start your! 

If you want to become a nurse, you should start by finding out as much as possible about the profession. This website has lots of resources. You can: 

You can also find out more on the NHS Careers website

Applying for a course 

Once you have decided that nursing is for you, you need to start thinking about the course. There are some important things to consider: 

  • Which university is right for you? Visit different ones to find out more. You should consider reputation, location, facilities, accommodation and student social life. 
  • Compare nursing courses – there are hundreds out there and they may differ considerably. Consider things such as course structure, quality of teaching, work experience opportunities, entry requirements and graduate success.

What we want to see

When applying for nursing courses at the University of Nottingham we are looking for you to demonstrate: 

  • why you want to be a nurse 
  • your commitment to your chosen field of nursing 
  • an understanding of the demands of the role 
  • academic achievements 
  • a caring and committed attitude 
  • teamwork, social, organisational and time-management skills 
  • the skills you've gained from relevant work, voluntary and other experiences 

Personal statement 

The personal statement is the key part of your application form. While qualifications are important, we are looking for well-rounded individuals who show real passion in becoming a nurse. Remember:

  • start early and take your time 
  • sell your skills and experience 
  • be honest 
  • don't be afraid to write several drafts to get it just right 
  • ask for advice from your careers officer and teachers 
  • visit UCAS for more help 

You should consider work experience or extracurricular activities to boost your application. 

Find out more about completing a nursing personal statement

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School of Health Sciences

B236, Medical School
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2HA

telephone: +44 (0)115 95 15559