Nursing BN

nursing students

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 (Complete University Guide 2019).

Programme structure

Year 1

In the first year, you will study a range of subjects including nursing, health studies, social sciences, life 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 and ethics. Life science subjects include anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and microbiology.

Your core nursing course will include the study of pharmacology, nutrition, social policy, public health nursing and an introduction to nursing research. The basic concepts of Human Disease and Pathology will be introduced providing a foundation for further study in Year 3.

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/public health nursing).

Year 3 

Year 3 adopts an holistic approach to the in-depth study of adult patients and human diseases. You will continue your study of adult nursing, studied in tandem with a course in human disease and pathology.

The advancing clinical skills course gives you the opportunity to develop a range of advanced clinical skills which will prepare you for an array of opportunities in clinical practice. You will also further develop your understanding of research and the relevance of research for nursing practice.

You will undertake 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, leadership and management in the nursing and healthcare context to further develop your understanding of the factors which affect care and the ways in which you can influence it.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2019

About entry requirements

SQA Highers

The S5 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 by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5).

The S5 Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades which an applicant must have obtained by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5) in order for them to be considered for a conditional offer based on S6 results. Not all applicants who achieve the Minimum Academic Entry Requirements will be made an offer. This will depend on the number of applications we have received for a degree programme and the number of applicants who have met the Standard Academic Entry Requirements.

Where an applicant is made a conditional offer based on S6 results, the S6 Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the cumulative grades that must be attained by the end of S6, in addition to meeting any mandatory subject and non-academic requirements. All degree programmes allow applicants to “double count” Highers and Advanced Highers in the same subject when calculating cumulative grades. A Grade B in an Advanced Higher will be regarded as another Grade A at Higher Level and a Grade C at Advanced Higher will be regarded as another Grade B at Higher Level. All degree programmes require grades in a minimum of four different subjects.

Advanced Highers

Advanced Highers are a qualification of increased importance to the University, which recognises that applicants with these qualifications find the transition to university easier and perform better in their university exams. Many of our degrees specify Advanced Highers as part of the S6 Entry Requirements.

If a school is unable to offer specific Advanced Higher subjects applicants will be made bespoke offers which will normally require the applicant to attain additional relevant Highers in S6.

Adjusted Entry Requirements

We adjust the Standard Academic Entry Requirements for eligible applicants who complete one of our widening participation pre-entry programmes. Criteria for eligibility include attending a Scottish target secondary school, living in a priority Scottish postcode area, current or previous experience of living in care or estrangement from family support.

For more information about your eligibility and our pre-entry programmes see: Access Glasgow.

Admissions Policy

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 represent the minimum grades that the University will accept for entry to the degree programme. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).

Admissions Policies


  • Standard academic entry requirements: ABB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Two A-levels from: Chemistry, Biology/Human Biology, Physics and Mathematics. GCSE Chemistry at Grade B (or Grade 5-6) if not at A-level. GCSE English at Grade B (or Grade 6). Interview.


  • Standard S5 academic entry requirements: AABBB.
  • Minimum S5 academic entry requirements: ABB.
  • Standard S6 academic entry requirements: AABBB
  • Other mandatory requirements: Two Higher Science subjects from Chemistry, Biology (or Human Biology), Physics or Mathematics. Minimum of National 5 Chemistry at Grade B. National 5 English at Grade B. Interview.

We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants who complete  one of our widening participation pre-entry programmes: see Access Glasgow.

  • Adjusted S5 academic entry requirements: ABBBB.
  • Adjusted S6 academic entry requirements: ABBBB.
  • Adjusted mandatory requirements: Two Higher Science subjects from Chemistry, Biology (or Human Biology), Physics or Mathematics. Minimum of National 5 Chemistry at Grade B. National 5 English at Grade B. Interview.

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Chemistry or Biology at HL6. If Chemistry not at HL must have at SL6. Must have a minimum of SL6 English. Interview.

Graduate Entry

Applicants with a first degree within the last seven years can apply for admission. However, if the degree does not include Chemistry and Biology, these must be obtained at high school level (Highers or A Level) within the last seven years, before applying for admission. A minimum of grade B is required.


Applicants are normally invited for an interview. Interviews take place from January until March with offers normally being made by late March/early April.

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

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.

Other Requirements

All applicants are required to undertake satisfactory health and police checks before commencing nursing. Information on standards of undergraduate nursing students can be found at: https://www.nmc.org.uk/standards/code/


English language requirements

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

The English language proficiency levels also meet the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) requirements

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

  • overall score 7.0
  • at least 6.5 in the writing section and at least 7 in the reading, listening and speaking sections
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Occupational English Test (OET)

If you have completed an OET examination you must provide a certificate that confirms:

  • at least a B grade in listening and reading, and
  • at least a B grade in writing and speaking.

We will only accept results from OET tests taken from February 2016 onwards


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:

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.


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)

  • KIS
    Nursing: B700

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see 2019/20 Tuition fees for details. If you are starting in September 2018, please refer to 2018/19 Tuition fees.


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.

Ann Hart Buchanan Student Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has been the recipient of a bequest from the estate of Mrs Ann Hart Buchanan for the purpose of nurse education and training.

It is proposed that a scholarship should be endowed to benefit a nursing student(s) on the BN (Hons) programme or student/nurse accepted for a postgraduate course of study in the Nursing & Health Care School at the University of Glasgow.

This scholarship will be awarded annually for the purposes of:

  •     Travel in connection with study or research that will enhance the student’s learning and learning experience (undergraduate or postgraduate)
  •     Supporting tuition fees for a graduate with BN (Hons) [1st or 2:1] to undertake a postgraduate course of study in the Nursing & Health Care School at the University of Glasgow within 2 years of graduation
  •     Support undergraduate student(s) with a minimum of one-third of the funds in any three-year period ie allocating £600 to an undergraduate student(s) within each 3 year period.
More Information

African Excellence Scholarship (IE Abroad)

The University of Glasgow is offering 1 exclusive scholarship to students from either South Africa or Zimbabwe who have been supported in their application by our representative in these countries – IE Abroad.  The scholarship is available to students entering any of the University’s Colleges to undertake an undergraduate programme excluding Medicine or Dentistry.

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Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has a total of 100 Undergraduate Excellence Scholarships available to new international students for 2019 entry. The scholarship is awarded as a tuition fee discount of £5,000 per year of study and is subject to satisfactory progress for consecutive years of study.  

More Information

Beaconhouse Schools

The University of Glasgow offer a 15% discount on the first year of tuition fee to students from Beaconhouse Schools and who enrol on an undergraduate programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount does not apply to Veterinary Medicine, Medicine and Dentistry programmes.

More Information

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).

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 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.

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 www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

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Data published by Unistats, March 2018
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