Entry requirements (adult nursing)

This page has information on the entry requirements for adult nursing.

University courses

Typically you'll need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above (possibly in English language or literature and a science subject), plus two A levels or equivalent level 3 qualifications for an undergraduate degree. Some universities may ask for three A levels or equivalent. If you already have a degree, you might be able to study for a postgraduate qualification through an accelerated programme

It is vital to check entry requirements of the universities you plan to apply to as they can vary. You can use our Course finder to find universities running adult nursing courses.

Alternatives to A Levels

Alternative qualifications to A levels include:

You may need to achieve a certain level, for example a merit or distinction in the case of BTEC. It might be possible to combine academic qualifications with vocational qualifications. For example, an A level and a BTEC qualification.

Before starting any qualifications, always check with universities to ensure that you would be accepted onto an adult nursing course. 

Financial support while studying at university

You'll be entitled to receive at least £5,000 a year towards your studies while at university. Your personal circumstances may mean you could receive more. And the good news? You'll never have to pay it back

Other routes into adult nursing

Nursing degree apprenticeships are available with some employers. Increasing opportunities for current healthcare support staff to apply for nursing associate apprenticeships are also expected. This can lead to nursing degrees or nurse degree apprenticeships. 

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