We are nurses.
We are fulfilled.
A career in nursing is one of the most rewarding you can choose. You’ll be part of a passionate and multidisciplinary team, working together to change lives. Depending on the area of nursing you choose to specialise in, you could be helping patients with their mental health, assisting someone with learning disabilities, or caring for newborns, the elderly and everyone in between.
And with the skills you already have, plus our unrivalled, on-the-job training and support, there’s no limit to where you could take your career.
The most common route into nursing is by completing a nursing degree. It’s a dynamic way of learning, combining academic study with hands-on, practical experience. Our training is recognised as some of the best in the world and will leave you feeling ready for anything.
There are full and part-time courses available across the country, giving you plenty of flexibility to fit your studies around your life.
Already have a science or social science degree? You can do a postgraduate course in two years rather than three.
Once you’re working with us, you’ll enjoy continuous professional development, helping you to develop your skills, gain new ones, and progress to specialist roles with a higher pay grade.
And with annual reviews and the support of our passionate team, you’ll have career potential that matches your ambitions – whether that’s a move into research, teaching, management or even becoming a specialist.
There’s more than one reason nursing’s so rewarding. Not only will you enjoy a competitive salary, you’ll also get a generous pension and exclusive health service discounts too.
And to help you enjoy a healthy work/life balance, you’ll work a flexible 37.5 hour week with 27 days holidays a year plus public holidays.
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In short, no. In fact, there’s recently been a large increase in application from mature nursing students.
If you’re concerned, you can have a chat with your chosen university about what the training might be like.
If you’re still unsure, there are plenty of university open days you can attend to get a real flavour of what the training might be like.
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 need help with things like childcare or choose a specific area of study.
For a start you can be assured it will afford you really strong job prospects – with 94% of nursing students employed within six months of graduating, you’re practically guaranteed a job for life. But it doesn’t stop there. The opportunities for progression are endless and there’s no limit to how far you can take your career with us,
With ongoing training and continuous professional development, you’ll gain new skills and be able to work towards specialist roles with a higher pay grade. There will also be plenty of opportunities to specialise in any areas you’re interested in, such as clinical research, management or teaching. We’ll also sit down with you for a personal development review every year too, so we can see how we can support your goals.
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 the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (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.
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.