Entry requirements (children's nursing)

This page has information on the entry requirements for children's nursing.

University course

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. 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

Each university sets its own entry requirements so you should check the universities you plan to apply to. You can find children's nursing courses on our Course finder.

Alternatives to A-levels

Alternative qualifications to A-levels include:

You may need a certain level for example a merit or distinction in the case of BTEC.

In some cases it is possible to combine academic qualifications with vocational qualifications. For example, an A-level and a BTEC qualification. 

Before starting any course, always check with universities to ensure that it would be accepted for a children's nursing degree.

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 children's nursing

Nursing degree apprenticeships are offered by some employers. There will also be increasing opportunities for current healthcare support staff to apply for nursing associate apprenticeships which could lead onto nursing degree apprenticeships. 

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