We are nurses.
We are the most rewarding career.
As a nurse, you’ll be at the very heart of healthcare.
You’ll be part of a passionate and multidisciplinary team, working together to change lives. You could be helping patients with their mental health, assisting someone with learning disabilities, or caring for newborns, the elderly and everyone in between – it’s one of the most varied roles, and you decide which area of healthcare you’d like to specialise in
Training to become a nurse involves a combination of academic study and practical, hands-on experience. It’s a dynamic way of learning that will leave you feeling ready for anything.
And because our training is recognised as some of the best in the world, there really is no limit to where it could take you.
If there’s one thing you can be sure of as a nurse, it’s that you’ll never stand still. You’ll enjoy continuous professional development, helping you to gain new skills and progress to specialist roles with a higher pay grade.
And with ongoing mentoring and support from your team, you’ll be able to take your career in any direction you like.
With 94% of nursing graduates employed within six months of graduating, you’re virtually guaranteed a job.
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Some universities offer ‘dual field’ nursing degrees, in which you can combine two of the fields during a four-year degree.
There are lots of benefits to becoming a nurse, but above all is the chance to make a real difference to people’s lives and being part of a team unlike any you’ll find elsewhere.
And then there’s the job prospects – 94% of nursing students are employed within six months of graduating, and there are endless opportunities to progress your career.
The pay is better than you might think too. As a newly qualified nurse, you’ll start your career in the NHS on pay band 5, earning at least £25,000 a year. You’ll also enjoy one of the most generous pension schemes in the UK, as well as discounts at shops, restaurants and more.
Applications for full-time nursing degrees are made through UCAS using its online application system. You’ll need to register with them before making your application.
If you’re looking for a part time course, you’ll need to contact your chosen university to find out about their application process.
When you take a nursing degree, you may be eligible for at least £5,000 a year to help with your studies – and there’s additional support available if you choose a specific area of study or need help with things like childcare costs.
If you don’t want to take a nursing degree, there are other options.
There are a small number of nursing degree apprenticeships available. They include a mix of on-the-job training and classroom learning, and let you start working in your chosen area of study to a degree level. They usually take around four years to complete and you’ll be able to count your training towards a registered nursing degree.
You could also become a nursing associate. This role bridges the gap between being a healthcare support worker and a registered nurse. Once you’ve qualified you can go on to train as a fully registered nurse if you’d like to.
You’ll perform more complex tasks and enjoy more responsibilities than a healthcare support worker without having to become a fully registered nurse. It involves a combination of academic learning one day a week and work-based learning the rest of the time.