Routes into Nursing

I'm not a Registered Nurse

Whether you're just starting out or you have a degree in another subject, we have the right courses to get you into nursing.

Pre-qualification courses

For those of you who do not currently hold a degree you can qualify as a practising nurse by completing one of our pre-qualification courses below. Each course has specific pathways that will provide you with the relevant skills required to practice as a nurse upon graduation.

Each course carries its own entry requirements and which can be viewed by selecting the course content pages listed below. From here you can also learn about which course is right for you.



The apprenticeship is an alternative route to gaining a nursing degree. What makes it an apprenticeship is the regular monitoring by the university, employer and apprentice about their progress and performance.

You must be employed for the duration of your apprenticeship and will be paid as part of the apprenticeship, funded by the new apprenticeship levy however the amount of salary per year has not been agreed. You will still need to undertake all of the normal placements as expected on the Nursing degree and will therefore spend time away from your host environment. If completing the apprenticeship part time, you will also spend time in a Health Care Assistant role. There are currently no cost to the apprentice for course fees.



Pre-registration courses

These pre-registration courses support those with a prior degree (2:2 or above) to become a registered nurse at an accelerated pace. Both courses are full-time for two years.

You will need:

  • 5 GCSEs Grade C or above (or grade 4-9) in Maths and English (or equivalent)
  • Honours degree 2:2 or above (essential)
  • Experience of education or study within the last five years (desirable)
  • 800hrs of work experience in a service user context obtained in the last five years (essential). It is desirable that the experience is in paid employment.
  • Applicants must complete an occupational health assessment and Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check as part of the selection process and any offer made will be subject to these.
  • Applicants must submit an Enhanced CV using the programme template to evidence how past experiences are relevant to a career in nursing and to evidence 800 hours of work experience.  
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate IELTS 6.5 overall with no less 6.0 in any element (or equivalent level in OET).


I'm a Registered Nurse

If you're already a registered nurse, we have a range of post-registration, CPD and LBR courses to help keep your practice up-to-date.

Our Continuing Professional Development and Learning Beyond Registration courses and modules work to further develop the skills and knowledge of those already qualified to work in health and social care.

We have CPD and LBR modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels (levels 6 and 7), which have all been tailored to meet the needs of practitioners and managers working within the health and social care sectors. We have modules to suit nurses, occupational therapists, hand therapists, radiographers, psychotherapists, and those working within complementary therapies.

More information about CPD and LBR