Frequently Asked Questions
What are the entry requirements for BSc Nursing?
The standard entry requirement for A Levels is BBB (including one science subject from: applied science, biology, chemistry, human biology, PE, physics, psychology or sociology).
We also accept a number of alternative qualifications for entry into nursing. These are outlined on individual course profile pages, listed under entry requirements.
How many course places are available?
There are approximately 300+ places available across adult, child and mental health nursing. There are a maximum of five places for international students.
The ratio is approximately 200+ for adult nursing, 60 for mental health nursing and 40 for child nursing.
Can I defer my entry?
Yes, however, deferred entry is only accepted once.
If I recevie an offer but fail to get the grades, what will happen?
It is difficult to predict what will happen in advance of exam results. Some years we find that fewer offer holders meet the grades and therefore we are able to accept applicants who just failed to meet the grade requirement.
Can I apply if I have applied to the University of Nottingham previously?
Yes, you are welcome to submit an application, even if you have previously taken part in our interview stage.
What do you look for in the personal statement?
We look for a range of factors in the personal statement and we want you to demonstrate to us the full picture of your skills and relevant experience for preparing yourself for a career in nursing. Further information about what we look for in personal statements is available in our advice for nursing applicants section.
What type of work experience is required?
We look for candidates to demonstrate relevant healthcare experience, which could be in a hospital or community setting but also in care homes. This work experience should be recent and must have been carried out within the previous 2 years.
Do I have to take part in an interview?
Yes, an interview is required as part of our selection process. This will usually be held during January and February and you will be invited to interview via email. For 2019 entry, candidates can select either a face-to-face interview or a virtual interview. Interviews take the format of two focused mini interviews that last approximately 15-20 minutes each. Your answers will be scored. All offers are subject to being successful during the interview process, satisfactory health screening, and disclosure and barring service (DBS) clearance.
Fees and funding
What are the course fees?
Please refer to the University's Fees webpage
for the most up-tp-date information for both Home/EU and International students.
Is there a bursary for nursing students?
Please note that NHS bursaries are no longer offered. Nursing students receive a maintenance loan to cover living costs following the same guidelines as other undergraduate students. Further information can be found on our Student funding pages.
You may also be eligible to apply for a University bursary or scholarship.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
When is the next opportunity to visit the University to find out more about nursing?
We hold nursing open days, which are subject specific so that you can find out more about our undergraduate and Graduate Entry Nursing courses. It’s a great opportunity to tour our facilities and speak to staff and current students about nursing at Nottingham.
You are also welcome to attend a University Open Day, where our campuses will be open for you to explore. At a University Open Day, there will also be the opportunity to take a look at our range of accommodation. Find out more and book your place.
Outside of open days, you are welcome to visit our campuses for a self-guided tour. We also offer virtual 360 degree tours of our campuses.
What accommodation is recommended for nursing students?
We offer a range of accommodation options for students. The first-year of BSc Nursing follows the University term dates, which means that students have the option of either catered or self-catered accommodation. Popular accommodation options include St Peter’s Court (a modern student village situated close to Jubilee Campus) and Broadgate Park (across the road from University Park West Entrance).
Find out more about our Accommodation Services.
Are there opportunities to study abroad?
Yes, students will undertake a 4-week elective clinical placement during their second year and this can be in an international healthcare setting. Previous students have undertaken their placement all over the world including: Australia, Barbados, Cape Verde, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Romania, Seychelles, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda and the USA.
There is also an opportunity to apply to study abroad with one of our prestigious Erasmus+ partner universities. Students complete a 9-week clinical placement with one of our partners in France, Ireland, Malta, Norway, Spain or Sweden. Erasmus places are very competitive.
What are my career options upon completing a nursing degree?
Nursing graduates are highly employable. In 2017, 98.6% of graduates secured employment within six months of graduation.*
*Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates who were available for work or further study, 2016/17.
Graduates enjoy careers in a range of diverse settings. Nurses are the largest group of staff in the NHS and a UK Registered Nurse qualification is widely recognised for employment in international nursing posts. Our graduates benefit from both an academic qualification and a professional qualification that serves to enhance their employment opportunities.
Typically, our students will have a number of job offers six months before they finish the course. Our degree will equip you with a professional qualification, as you will register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, which enables you to start working right away.
What are the course dates?
Our undergraduate nursing courses follow the University term time dates. First year BSc students will have Wednesday afternoons free (when not on placement) providing the opportunity to take part in university activities such as sports and societies.