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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Programme alteration or discontinuation
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Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2018
About entry requirements
The standard academic entry requirements represent the grades which, if attained in addition to successfully meeting mandatory subject requirements, and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests), will normally result in an offer being made. Students must achieve the standard entry requirements in first sitting (by end of S5).
We adjust the standard academic and non-academic entry requirements at both S5 and S6 for eligible applicants who complete one of our pre-entry programmes. Criteria for eligibility include attending a Scottish target secondary school, living in a priority Scottish postcode, are currently living or have spent time living in care. For more information about your eligibility and our pre-entry programmes, please see: Access Glasgow.
The minimum academic entry requirements indicate the minimum grades that must be achieved, by the end of S5, for an offer to be considered. For some degree programmes, offers (either conditional or unconditional) may be made below the standard academic entry requirements. Where a conditional offer is made, the S5 & S6 cumulative requirements detail the grades that would be necessary by the end of S6. Students must also meet any subject and non-academic requirements stated.
The University of Glasgow will accept Highers and/or Advanced Highers toward academic entry requirements. Where Advanced Highers are required this is stated.
For our full SQA Higher Admissions Policy please see: Entry requirements: Scottish Highers
A-levels and International Baccalaureate
The standard academic entry requirements represent the grades at which any possible offer would be made. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).
The minimum academic entry requirements indicate the minimum grades the university will accept for entry to this programme. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).
For more information on our A-level admissions requirements please see: Entry requirements: A-levels
For more information on our IB admissions requirements please see: Entry requirements: IB
- 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.
- 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.
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:
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study
- BALEAP guide to accredited 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: 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:
- UK Border Agency Tier 4 English Language requirements
- UKBA list of approved English language tests [pdf]
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.
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.
Fees and funding
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.
Nursing International Scholarship
This unique scholarship of up to £1,000 for each of 3 years of the BN Degree programme will help cover part of the cost of fees, accommodation or living expenses whilst you are a student on the Bachelor of Nursing Degree programme.
This scholarship will be divided into two payments each year, half in September and half in January. Continued payments will only be awarded if there is a record of good attendance.more information
Ann Hart Buchanan Student Scholarship
The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database
How to apply
If you’re seeking full-time study you must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
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 www.ucas.com 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.
Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:
- 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
- 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.
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 www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.