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Advice for Mature Students

We actively encourage applications from mature students (21 and over) from a wide variety of backgrounds.

We appreciate the unique and valuable experiences older students bring to university and recognise that many already have the life skills needed for nursing.

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications – not just A-levels. Please check the entry requirements sections on our various nursing courses on the prospectus to find out more. 


Open days

Our nursing specific open days are an excellent way to not only find out more about the University, but also to chat to our admissions team about your options. We also have mature students on hand and often have a local college present to talk to you about Access courses. You can also visit us on a University wide open day.

Student support

All our students enjoy a wealth of support and have access to:


Changes to the funding and financial support of students beginning nursing, midwifery or physiotherapy courses were announced in the government Spending Review in November 2015.

From 2017/18, new students will no longer receive NHS bursaries and will need to take out maintenance and tuition loans like other students. 

For current details please visit and the Council of Deans of Health website. For an independent view on student finance see Martin Lewis’ Money Saving Expert website

For more on finances, visit our Student Fees and Finance website.

Update on funding changes for graduate entry nursing:

In July 2016, the government released their response to the public consultation regarding the bursary changes. 


At The University of Nottingham, graduate entry nursing (GEN) is a postgraduate pre-registration course. Initially it was uncertain what financial support students on a GEN course would receive. After the public consultation there were proposals about how funding should be organised for postgraduate pre-registration students. While the government is making a decision, it has extended bursaries for tuition fees and maintenance for these courses for September 2017/January 2018 entry. This is a transitional arrangement only for new entrants in 2017/18 UCAS cycle until a longer-term solution is finalised from September 2018 onwards. Further detail will be published in due course by the government.

The full consultation response is available online which also outlines additional grants for childcare and funding placement travel and accommodation expenses for students.

The Council of Deans of Health have also updated their funding clinic webpages with information from the consultation.


More information

Being a mature student at Nottingham

Book your place on a nursing open day

Download our mature students' guide

Nichola Forrest

Graduate Entry Nursing, Mental Health Branch

Nichola speaks about being a mature student, choosing Nottingham, balancing studying and having a family, Derby and student support.   


View more nursing student profiles



School of Health Sciences

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

telephone: +44 (0)115 95 15559