Qualifying as a nurse or nursing associate

Prefer to study full time? Or want to earn as you learn?

Study full time

Direct entry to nursing degree

If you meet the entry requirements, you can apply directly to a university that offers a nursing course. Find a list of universities that offer nursing degrees here

For most courses, you’ll require three A levels or equivalent qualifications (the grades required will vary by university, usually ranging between 104-200 UCAS points). This will usually include a science or social science subject, as well as GCSE English and maths, or equivalent qualifications.

Many universities will also expect you to be able to demonstrate an understanding of what being a nurse involves. You could show this by having spent time shadowing a nurse or volunteering in a health and social care setting.

Earn as you learn

Nursing associate apprenticeship (higher)

The role of nursing associate is a new addition to the roles available for support staff in healthcare. Nursing associates work alongside healthcare assistants and registered nurses, ensuring that patients receive a high standard of care.

At our Trust, you'll be employed as a healthcare assistant, gaining practical experience as you study part time.

Entry requirements and further details about the qualification you will receive will be updated as the information becomes available.

Nurse degree apprenticeship

We look for hardworking and dedicated individuals who have a passion for healthcare - people who meet our values of putting patients first, always improving and working together. In your application, you should demonstrate not only your passion for patient care, but a commitment to studying.

Different universities will have different entry requirements and we will update this information as it becomes available.

Once you complete your degree, you will become a fully registered nurse.