Highlights of graduate entry nursing (GEN) at Nottingham
- Study in a research-active school with teaching staff who are experts in their field
- Benefit from our outstanding teaching and research reputation* and be a part of an award-winning student body
- Access over 300 societies and sports clubs, and join in with activities arranged through the Nursing and Midwifery Association (NMA) community
- Develop the wide-ranging, high-level skills demonstrated by first-class nursing practitioners and required for leadership in healthcare
- Gain an understanding of multi-professionalism and multi-agency working, with an emphasis on holism, cultural sensitivity and social inclusion in nursing practice
This course is aimed at those who already have a degree and some prior healthcare or related experience, and are committed to providing excellence in care.
We welcome students who have recently completed an undergraduate degree, or simply want a change of career. Academic support from personal tutors and peers is in place to help mature students and other students returning to education after a short break.
Teaching follows an enquiry-based, person-centred approach, which will build on your existing skills. It also incorporates shared learning with other disciplines and professions, developing your clinical leadership skills and preparing you for practice.
Students are expected to demonstrate the Chief Nursing Officer's six C's of nursing - care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment - as they learn how to deliver outstanding healthcare in a supportive environment.
* We were rated ‘Gold’ in the 2017 Teaching Exercise Framework, ranked 5th in the UK and 27th in the world for nursing by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019. In research, we were ranked 8th in the UK for our research power (Research Exercise Framework, 2014).
New nursing curriculum from 2019
In September 2019, we are launching an exciting new curriculum for our nursing courses. Our future nurses will be prepared to take on greater responsibilities, become leaders and enjoy opportunities to progress in a range of specialist areas.
Students on the new courses will enjoy innovative learning experiences and be better able to engage in all areas of student life - including clubs, events and societies.
Course duration and structure
This programme is a three-year course that is undertaken in two years, through the accreditation of your undergraduate degree and relevant practical experience*.
In line with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) regulations, all courses leading to registration (no matter their academic level) must be of three years duration. However, for students who already have a suitable degree and relevant experience, we can shorten the duration of the course to two years.
Examples of relevant experience are in the entry requirements section.
The majority of study takes place at the Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, where we have a clinical skills centre and drop-in facilities where students can practice in a simulated environment.
Students benefit from learning with manikins, allowing them to gain confidence before working with real patients, as well as allowing them to experience simulated scenarios which might not occur in practice; for example cardiac arrests or critical illness.
Students can also take advantage of the free HELM Open database, offering over 200 quality, peer-reviewed online learning and teaching resources.
How to apply
The application deadline is 30 September 2019 for courses starting in January 2020. Applications received after this date will be considered for September 2020 instead.
Applications for GEN are made directly to the University through the postgraduate online application system.
Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed and selection made based on academic qualifications and personal attributes suitable for nursing. Adjustments to the interview process can be made for international applicants. At interview, candidates will need to present a short account of how their prior learning and experience relates to nursing practice.
Students are required to have an honours degree (2:2 or above). Please note we will not accept nursing degrees.
Relevant healthcare experience
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requirements for undertaking this course are met by Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Experience of healthcare or other relevant employment, and demonstration of the skills, knowledge and attitudes expected of graduates must be evidenced before a place may be offered.
Achievement of these requirements will be assessed via interview questions, an interview presentation, and the completion of a biological sciences workbook
Find out more about the selection process.
English language requirements
If your first language is not English, and you have not attained GCSE English at grade 4 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 7.5 (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.
For details of other English language tests and qualifications we accept, please see our entry requirements page.
Flexible admissions policy
In recognition of our applicants' varied experience and educational pathways, the University of Nottingham employs a 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. Please see the University's admissions policies and procedures for more information.
Notes for applicants
Entry qualifications should be regulated (see find a regulated qualification) and overseas qualifications are accepted at our discretion after discussion with the University of Nottingham's International Office. Distance learning programmes may be accepted if a recognised regulated qualification is awarded.
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 welcome applications from international applicants who meet our entry requirements. Please visit our international applicants page where you can find more information or make an enquiry.
During the two-week elective placement on the second year of the course, students can arrange a placement overseas, provided the country is deemed safe to travel to and you are able to self-fund the trip.
Pre-registration students have previously undertaken placements in 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.
Practice-based learning is a key part of the course and you will experience a range of placements, working with healthcare professionals in a variety of areas, spending 50% of your time in a clinical practice setting.
Practice experience mainly takes place across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, in a range of in-patient and community settings. These could include:
- acute medical wards
- acute surgical wards
- rehabilitation wards
- critical care and intensive care
- coronary care
- district nursing
- practice nursing
- emergency nursing
Students will gain experience in each of the following placement categories:
- acute care
- healthcare of the older person
The course has a 50/50 split in terms of time spent in study and practice placement. Your placements allow you to see different aspects of the patient journey. For example, you may be based on a hospital ward, but you will also experience a GP's surgery and the care outpatients receive in the community.
This holistic approach will give you a wider perspective and demonstrate some of the challenges that both patients and healthcare professionals face at various stages.
In the first year, you will take part in small cross field study groups. The structure is as below:
- ten weeks theory
- five weeks placement
- five weeks theory
- four weeks theory
- four weeks placement
- final four weeks placement (this is assessed)
- three weeks theory
Throughout the programme, you will receive clinical supervision preparing you for registered nursing practice. This supervision is integrated into the course structure from the first to last clinical placement.
During the second year of your course, you will have the opportunity to undertake a two-week elective placement. Students arrange their own elective placement, which can be in a local or national healthcare setting. Alternatively, students can arrange a placement overseas, provided the country is deemed safe to travel to and you are able to self-fund the trip.
Elective placements could include working in areas as diverse as:
- the prison service
- neonatal units
- internships at RCN
- the department of health
As well as providing valuable experience, the elective placement also gives students the opportunity to experience a different field to the pathway they are studying. This helps students to develop their skills in caring for people with different health needs.
Our modules provide a balance of nursing theory and practical application via placements and are delivered in 15 week blocks. Modules are guided by the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) policies and procedures.
Nursing Science and Professional Knowledge
This module aims to introduce students to the concept of nursing, including values based practice, accountable practice, duty of care, legislative and ethical frameworks, and equality and diversity. Additionally the module will enable students to explore important aspects of biosciences that inform safe and effective person centred nursing care. Students will be encouraged to link theory and practice through the use of clinical skills, Enquiry-Based Learning (EBL) case studies and integration with their professional practice experience.
Co-production of care
This module aims to introduce the students to the concept of co-produced care, which requires nurses to become facilitators of care. Patient/client centred nursing is at the heart of co-production and acknowledges the patient as an expert in their own care. Students will gain an understanding of evidence based approaches to patient/client centred care and how these can assist in the decision making process to encompass nurse assessment, interventions and safeguarding vulnerable people.
Important to coproduction is underpinning knowledge and skills and this module will provide further opportunities for students to develop knowledge of pathophysiological processes to explore the management of disease processes across the lifespan as well as demonstrating an understanding of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.
Psychosocial Influences on Health
This module aims to enable students to explore the implications of psychosocial influences on health and well-being for people across the age spectrum. This will contribute to their nursing practice by facilitating the students to assess health and health care needs, appraise health promotion interventions and facilitate choice and partnership working through the use of appropriate communication and interpersonal skills. In addition the student will consider adjustments which may be needed where an individual has a cognitive impairment.
Complex Care Delivery
This module aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to manage patients/clients requiring complex care as a result of multiple health problems and complex conditions. This module will integrate professional, biological science and pharmacological knowledge with the mental, physical, cognitive, behavioural, social and spiritual health needs in order to deliver effective, evidence based complex care.
The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. This course page may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.
Teaching methods and assessment
Find out more about how you will learn and be assessed, including an example first-year timetable, on our teaching webpage.
Clinical skill development is an essential component of any nursing course. This will occur both in University and practice. Some clinical skills, for example hand washing, are assessed alongside other components of the course.
Typical clinical skills that will be covered include:
- patient observations
- giving injections
- first aid
- administering of medication
- wound dressing
Once you have successfully completed the course you will be able to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as an adult nurse.
Advanced Clinical Learning – adult field
This module aims to develop the principles of caring for the adult injured or sick person within a variety of complex settings. Students will build upon previous knowledge and skills and consider leading patient centred care. This module will enable practising advanced clinical skills including management of the deteriorating patient in a safe environment. Emphasis will be given to a simulated caseload management.
Leadership and Innovation for Nursing
This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop the capacity to organise, evaluate, support and supervise care. The transition from learners to autonomous and innovative registered nurses will be supported. This module will stimulate the development of clinical leadership and change management skills required to implement innovations leading to safe practice and excellent service delivery.
This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to explore the concepts of the research process and determine how research findings can be utilised to improve practice. This is with the view to completing, under supervision, an empirical or literature based research dissertation.
On completion of all seven modules, students will be eligible to register as a qualified adult nurse with the NMC.
The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer at the date of publication but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. This prospectus may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.
Careers and professional development
Our graduates benefit from both an academic qualification and a professional qualification that serves to enhance their employment opportunities.
Nursing graduates enjoy careers in a diverse range of settings, including both the NHS and the private, voluntary and independent sector, either locally or further afield. Nurses are the largest group of staff in the NHS and you may choose to pursue a career in clinical care, teaching and research, or management. You can also continue studying with the University of Nottingham whilst in employment with our postgraduate and doctoral studies.
Find out more about the range of nursing careers.
For details of typical employment opportunities, check the RCN Bulletin and NHS Jobs website.
This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Average starting salary and career progression
A newly qualified nurse working in the NHS can expect to be employed at Band 5 with a salary ranging from £23,023 up to £29,608*. With career progression and development there is the prospect of applying for senior clinical posts, for example, Band 6 Ward Manager/Band 6 District Nurse (salary range £28,050-£36,644) and Band 7 Specialist Nurse (salary range £33,222-£43,041)*.
In 2017, 100% of postgraduates from the School of Health Sciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation.
* Correct as of June 2018
** Based on known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for work or study, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Careers Support and Advice
Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in your career.
Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills by:
- assisting with job or course applications
- searching for appropriate work experience placements
- hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers
Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.
Careers support and advice
We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students whatever your course, mode of study or future career plans.
You can access our Careers and Employability Service during your studies and after you graduate. Expert staff will help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.
More than 1,500 employers advertise graduate jobs and internships through our online vacancy service. We host regular careers fairs, including specialist fairs for different sectors.
Fees and funding
As a student on this course, you could factor some additional costs into your budget, such as printing, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses. You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies or more specific titles.
You will need to pay £40- £50 for an enhanced DBS check, and may wish to subscribe to the DBS update service for £13 per year. Please note that these figures are approximate and subject to change.
Scholarships and bursaries
Eligible full-time students starting our Graduate Entry Nursing (GEN) course qualify for the same fee loan and living costs support as undergraduate students starting full-time higher education courses in 2018/19.
If you take out a tuition fee loan, this will be paid direct to the University for your tuition fee. You may also be able to access a loan for living costs with both elements repaid as a proportion of your income above a threshold (currently 9% above £25,000) to the Student Loans Company and any outstanding amount written off after 30 years. In addition, as you will be accessing funding in the same way as undergraduates and depending on your individual circumstances, you may be eligible for other funds from the government and the University of Nottingham.
As the living cost funding is generally higher than previous funding from the NHS, you should be better able to concentrate on your studies and become a highly effective and compassionate nurse with excellent career opportunities because you have studied at a Russell Group University.
Government loans for masters courses
Masters student loans of up to £10,906 are available for taught and research masters courses. Applicants must ordinarily live in the UK or EU.
International and EU students
Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.
We provide guidance on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study. You can also access specific funding opportunities, entry requirements and other resources for students from specific countries.
This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.