Nurses form the largest group of staff in the NHS and are a crucial part of a healthcare team. Nurses work in every sort of health setting from accident and emergency to working in patients’ homes, with people of all ages and backgrounds.
In your first year 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. However, you will have the opportunity to care for adults during the summer in a hospital setting.
You will study adult nursing (the core subject), life science subjects and social science subjects.
Life science subjects include
- Anatomy and physiology
- Human biology.
Social science subjects are
- Community nursing
- Health promotion
- Social policy
- Research and ethics.
You will also have the opportunity to experience nursing first-hand in a hospital setting (adult medical and surgical nursing), and also in the community setting (district nursing, health visiting and public health nursing).
The BN is offered as both a three-year programme and a four-year Honours programme. You will follow the same curriculum in third year, whether you are on the three- or four-year degree.
You will study
- professional, ethical and moral issues
- the application of information systems and nursing responsibilities related to specific drug treatments
- 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.
If you are studying for a degree with Honours 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.
You will have a personal adviser who will be available for pastoral guidance and support and assistance with study skills. During periods of clinical practice you will be supported by a named registered nurse mentor with clinical teaching support provided by a member of academic staff.
The Bachelor of Nursing 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.
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 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.
This programme is recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of Membership.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2014
Highers: ABBB including two science subjects from Chemistry, Biology (or Human Biology), Physics and Mathematics by the end of S6 = unconditional offer.
Applicants must achieve a minimum of BBB by the end of S5. A pass in Standard Grade or Intermediate 2 English is also required.
A-Levels: BBB including two 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 achieved a GCSE pass in Chemistry at Grade A/B. English GCSE pass is required.
IB: 32 points including Chemistry HL 6 or Biology HL 6. Applicants who do not posses Chemistry at HL should possess Chemistry at SL. A minimum of 6 points in English at SL is also required.
Before an offer is made, applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements may be invited for an interview. Interviews take place from January until March with offers normally being made by late March/early April each year. Please note that meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an interview. Experience of caring for individuals, either paid or voluntary, is essential.
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 24
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): A minimum
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): B minimum
- PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 68; minimum 60 in writing
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre 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 Language Centre 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: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
my academic qualifications are below the requirements?
Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.
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 contact the Language Centre.