School of Health Sciences
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Advice for BSc nursing applicants

Start your research

If you want to become a nurse, you should start by finding out as much as possible about the profession and the different fields of nursing.

You can also find out more about nursing careers on the NHS Careers website.

What we want to see in your application

While qualifications are important, we are looking for well-rounded individuals who show real passion in becoming a nurse. When applying for our nursing courses we are looking for you to demonstrate: 

  • why you want to be a nurse 
  • your commitment to your chosen nursing field
  • 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 

Work experience

You should consider work experience or extracurricular activities to boost your application. This may be through experience gained in a caring environment, however, you can also demonstrate communication and dealing with people in a non-healthcare environment (for example, working in a café).

From 15 March 2022, the UK government revoked the requirement for students engaged in patient-facing health or social care settings to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. This means that while we still encourage all eligible students to become fully vaccinated, there will be no impediment to you starting your course, regardless of your Covid-19 vaccination status.


Minimum age requirement

We cannot consider your application if you will be under the age of 17 years and 6 months, on the 1 September of the year you start your course.

Previous applicants

You are welcome to submit an application, even if you have previously applied to study nursing at the University of Nottingham. This includes if you have previously taken part in our interview stage.

Applicants who have been unsuccessful in a Nursing interview with us previously should contact us before submitting a second application for further advice.

Additional alternative entry requirements

BTEC academic science modules

Please see the course profiles for adult, child and mental health pathways for more information about the alternative qualifications we accept.

Extended Diplomas may also be considered if they include 60 credits from:

  • 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

Additional alternative qualifications

  • Distance learning Access to HE courses: accepted if they meet the wider requirements detailed in the online course profiles.
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma Sport & Exercise Science: DDM
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: BB, to include a science, plus BBBBB at Highers
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Six higher level subjects in a single sitting. Three subjects at H2, plus three subjects at H3: to include English language, mathematics and biology
  • International Baccalaureate: Diploma with an overall score of 30 points (three subjects at higher level including a 5 in a science subject), plus English and maths at standard level
  • European Baccalaureate: Diploma with an overall score of 75%. All candidates must hold science credits of A level equivalence.


Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview.

The interview itself will last 25-30 minutes during which you'll be asked a small number of fixed questions.

We don't expect extensive nursing knowledge but you need to demonstrate you understand the general principles of nursing. More about what to expect and what we're looking can be found in our Selection process guidance.

Top tips

  • Demonstrate that you understand the demands of the course
  • Communicate clearly and effectively
  • Contribute to, and engage with others in the interview situation


School of Health Sciences

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

telephone: +44 (0)115 95 15559