Nursing BN (Hons)


Nurses form the largest group of staff in the NHS and are a crucial part of a healthcare team.

Nursing at Glasgow is ranked top in the UK according to the Complete University Guide 2017.

Programme structure

Year 1

You will study a range of subjects including nursing, health studies, social sciences, biological sciences, and moral philosophy and ethics. The focus of your study in first year is the healthy individual and care of the older adult. You will begin to learn essential nursing skills and will have the opportunity to care for adults in the hospital and community setting.

Year 2

You will study adult nursing and continue your study of life sciences, social sciences and ethics. Life science subjects include anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and microbiology.

Your core nursing course will include the study of pharmacology, nutrition, social policy and an introduction to nursing research.

You will also undertake four practice learning placements, two in a hospital setting (adult medical and surgical nursing) and two in the community setting (district nursing, health visiting and public health nursing).

Year 3 

In year 3 you will study:

  • Adult nursing, particularly related to human disease and pathology
  • A course in human disease and pathology which is taught by internationally renowned clinicians
  • A research methods course that develops your awareness of research and the relevance of research for nursing practice
  • Advancing clinical skills that will help prepare you for opportunities in clinical practice.

You have two practice learning placements in the hospital setting, one of which is a high dependency or critical care unit.

Year 4

In the Senior Honours year you will undertake a period of study over two semesters which incorporates the final 12 weeks of clinical practice consolidation. You will have the opportunity to investigate an area of interest related to clinical practice through a written dissertation. You will take courses on nursing policy in context and management for healthcare, which will ensure that you have an understanding of health policy as it relates to nursing care, the factors affecting the delivery of healthcare and the key concepts of supporting future students in nursing.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2018


  • Standard academic entry requirements: ABB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: N/A.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Two A-level science subjects from Chemistry, Biology (or Human Biology), Physics and Mathematics. Applicants who do not possess Chemistry as one of their two required science subjects at A-level must have GCSE Chemistry at grade B or above. English GCSE at B or above. Experience of caring. Interview.


  • Standard academic entry requirements: AABBB by the end of S6.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants must have achieved a minimum of ABB by the end of S5.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Two Higher science subjects from Chemistry, Biology (or Human Biology), Physics or Mathematics. Applicants who do not have Chemistry as one of their two required science subjects at Higher must have a minimum of National 5 Chemistry at grade B or above. National 5 English is also required at B or above. Experience of caring. Interview.

We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants, from ABBBB at S5/S6, based upon completion of a pre-entry programme. For pre-entry programme eligibility and adjusted grade requirements, see Access Glasgow.

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: N/A.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Chemistry or Biology at Higher Level 6. Applicants who do not possess Chemistry at HL should possess Chemistry at SL. Experience of caring. Interview.


Applicants may be invited for an interview. Interviews take place from January until March with offers normally being made by late March/early April. Applicants are strongly recommended to enhance their application by working in a relevant health or social care context before studying on this programme. Work may be paid or voluntary and should last a minimum of three days (over a period of time). Priority will be given to applicants with work or volunteering experience in healthcare contexts.

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL*: 100; no sub-test less than: Reading: 24; Listening: 24; Speaking: 23; Writing: 27 
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 185; no sub-test less than 185 
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 185; no sub-test less than 185
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 70; with 70 in each skill
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEIII at Pass with Pass in all sub-tests

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office:

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

For further information about English language, please see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.

Career prospects

The Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)programme, with its strong scientific basis, prepares our graduates for all areas of care. On qualifying, our graduates have been employed throughout the UK and the rest of the world.


This programme is recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration.

Important information

Fitness to Practise

Where a programme of study requires the student to act in the course of practical training in a quasi-professional role in relation to patients, children, clients or service-users or where the qualification provides a direct licence to practise, the University has a duty to ensure that the student is fit to practise. Fitness to Practise is assessed not only in terms of academic attainment but also in accordance with relevant professional concerns and expectations. Students registered to study nursing are subject to separate Fitness to Practise procedures. A copy of the Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise will be made available to BN students.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a serious blood-borne virus (BBV). This can be passed between a nurse and patient. Healthcare workers must ensure that they do everything possible to protect themselves and their patients from this infection.

Students must complete a full course of immunisation against the Hepatitis B virus. The immunisation process can take up to nine months and applicants are therefore advised to commence this process at the earliest possible opportunity. However, it is not a requirement for students to have completed the immunisation process prior to registration. Please also note that your GP is NOT under obligation to immunise you. 

Nursing students can complete the full course of Hepatitis B immunisation by attending the University’s Occupational Health Unit. This can only be done once they are registered as a student. The immunisation process must be completed by 30 June of the first year of the course. A candidate who has not satisfactorily completed their Hepatitis B immunisation will not be permitted to register and attend classes in the following session until such time as this has been satisfactorily completed. 

Confirmation of a student’s Hepatitis B Surface Antigen status is identified by the University’s Occupational Health Unit’s screening programme, prior to registration in September. No student will be registered without having this blood test. Identification of Hepatitis B in a potential student will not preclude registration to undergraduate Nursing. 

If you are concerned you may be at risk of being a carrier of the Hepatitis B virus or any other BBV you should have this checked immediately, and if positive, you must contact the relevant School (Medical/Nursing & Health Care/Dental) as soon as possible so that discussion can take place on whether reasonable modifications would be required to be made within the undergraduate course.

Disclosure Scotland: Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme

If you are admitted to the BN programme you will be required to undertake a Criminal Convictions check prior to registration. The Scottish Government will pay for checks for nursing students.

Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:

BN (Hons) (Hons)

  • KIS
    Nursing: B700

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.


We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding in recent years.

Bachelor of Nursing Scholarships

Bachelor of Nursing Scholarships are available to home, EU and international students studying Nursing at Glasgow.

For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see:

How to apply

UCAS deadlines

The deadlines for applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry is 15 October each year. The deadline for applications to all other degree programmes is 15 January each year.

The University of Glasgow does not usually accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines. It is the applicants' responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
  • 30 June: international (non-EU) students.

Apply at or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

UCAS tariff points

The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.

How soon will I receive a decision?

We will usually respond before the end of March.

If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.

If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.

Will I be interviewed?

An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.

Is deferred entry available?

For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.

University Transfers

Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:

  1. The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
  2. The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.

Widening participation

We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.

Apply at or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.