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Few other professions offer you as much choice or opportunity for personal and professional growth as nursing. It’s exciting, rewarding and, yes, it’s challenging. But it’s a career that lets you make a real difference to people's lives.

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  • There are four areas of nursing you can specialise in, and you’ll need to know which you’d like to study when applying for a university course.

    Adult 

    Adult nursing specialises in caring for people aged 18 and above. Some may have one health condition to manage, others may have multiple conditions. You’ll work with a wide range of specialists to deliver the best outcome.

    Child 

    A child nurse aims to minimise the effects of illness on children, ensuring they develop into healthy, happy adults. You’ll work closely with parents or guardians and other healthcare specialists in this role.

    Learning disabilities

    You’ll work with adults and children who have a range of learning disabilities. A learning disabilities nurse works to improve or maintain their patient's health, encourage independent living and help them lead a fulfilling life.

    Mental health

    You’ll support people with a range of mental health conditions. Some may need long-term care, others short-term support. As a mental health nurse, you’ll help them take more control over their condition.

    Discover more about nursing roles

  • Universities all over the country offer nursing degrees. There are full and part-time study options, and some courses offer distance learning. Use our Course Finder to discover undergraduate and postgraduate nursing courses.

    Find your nursing course

  • From August 2020, new annual payments of £5,000 - £8,000 will be available to help you during your studies.

    Learn more about the annual nursing payments.

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