Nursing BN

nursing students

As the largest group within the healthcare workforce, nurses have a pivotal role in providing, leading and coordinating care. Nurses work within the multidisciplinary team, across a range of health and social care environments, supporting service-users to make informed decisions about their holistic healthcare requirements.

The Bachelor of Nursing programme at Glasgow is consistently ranked at the top of the university league tables: for 2020 Nursing was ranked top in the UK in the Complete University Guide, 2nd in the UK in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide and 3rd in the UK for Nursing & Midwifery in the Guardian University Guide.

  • September start
  • Session dates
  • Nursing BN (Hons): B700 4 year degree

Programme structure

The BN (Hons) programme is a four-year professional degree. Learning takes place within the University and also clinical areas such as hospitals and healthcare centres. Learning takes place withing the University and also in practice learning environments, such as hospitals, health and social care services and care homes. 100% attendance is normally required

Year 1

You will study a range of subjects including nursing, health studies, social sciences, biomedical sciences, evidence-based practice and ethics. The focus of your study in first year is the healthy individual and caring for people in communities.

You will begin to learn communication and relationship skills and nursing procedures and undertake clinical placements in hospital and community settings.

Year 2

You will study adult nursing and deepen your knowledge and understanding of biomedical sciences, ethics and research. Biomedical science subjects include anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, genetics, microbiology and pharmacology.

Your core nursing courses will include the study of nursing theory and procedures, ethics in nursing, health and social care policy and research for evidence informed practice. These courses assist students in making the link between health, ill health and disease processes. They will provide a foundation for further study of human disease and research methods in year three. You will undertake further clinical placements and further develop your communication and relationship skills and nursing procedures.

Year 3 

Year 3 (Junior Honours) adopts a holistic approach to the in-depth study of a range of human diseases and health conditions.

You will continue your study of adult nursing, human disease and pathology and pharmacology. You will also further develop your understanding of research and the relevance of research for evidence informed nursing practice.

Looking forward to your career as a registered nurse, you will learn the skills required to supervise nursing students on clinical placement and consolidate your learning in relation to communication and relationship skills and nursing procedures, which will prepare you for an array of opportunities on your clinical placements.

Year 4

In the senior Honours year you will learn more about health and social care policy, leadership, professionalism and global health challenges, to further develop your understanding of the factors that affect health and the ways in which you can influence care. You will also complete an independent study in an area of nursing that interests you, for the Honours dissertation. The final clinical placement is also incorporated into this year.

Practice placements

During this programme, you will be required to attend placements anywhere within the Greater Glasgow area.


University of Glasgow Scottish Practice Assessment Document (PAD)

All Scottish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have worked collaboratively to produce a single Practice Assessment Document (PAD) for Scotland, which must be completed by all nursing students undertaking a pre-registration nursing programme.

The purpose of the PAD is to provide a record of the student’s practice learning progress and achievement of learning outcomes throughout each practice learning experience (PLE). This allows current and future Practice Supervisors, Practice Assessors and Academic Assessors to see an overview of student progress from the first PLE through to the last.



Programme flow

The programme flow is very carefully planned to ensure that students meet the regulatory requirements. Students must adhere to this programme flow and holidays must only be arranged for the scheduled vacation weeks.



Practice Learning Experience handbook

The Practice Learning Handbook provides provide guidance and information for students and practice learning staff involved in supporting University of Glasgow Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) (BN Hons) students. It contains an outline of the BN Hons programme, details of role expectations of students and staff who support students on practice learning experience (PLE), university guidelines for the assessment of students and staff contact details. This handbook should be used in conjunction with the student’s Scottish Practice Assessment Document (PAD).



Grading of practice

Students will be supervised and assessed in practice in accordance with the NMC (2018) Standards for student supervision and assessment (SSSA). During each placement, students will work closely with a Practice Supervisor who will provide guidance and direction. The Practice Supervisor will work closely with a nominated Practice Assessor. Together, the Practice Supervisor and Practice Assessor will discuss the student’s performance in relation to each of the platform proficiencies. The outcome of this assessment will be documented in the student’s Scottish Practice Assesment Document (PAD) before being reviewed and confirmed by the student’s Academic Assessor.

Within the BN (Hons) programme, practice learning is credited and graded in the same way as any academic work the student undertakes. The assessment of practice learning is both formative and summative, with the formal stages of assessment being the interim(s) and then final discussion and assessment. The student should first be assessed for achievement of the proficiencies and communication and relationship skills/nursing procedures, for the relevant part of the programme. The student’s overall performance should then be rated using the grading scale in the PAD (based on Schedule B of the University of Glasgow’s Code of Assessment).

The student’s performance is given a grade from A to F. A grade ‘D’ (satisfactory) meets the minimum threshold requirement to pass a practice learning placement. However, when grading a student, it is essential to consider the Part of study, the level descriptor and the learning outcomes listed in the PAD (Part 1 p. 38 Part 2 p. 58 and Part 3 p. 99). In other words, students are assessed in context of their stage of education and what can be reasonably expected of them at that stage. Therefore, it is possible for a Part 1 student to achieve an A grade if these components are considered together.

Any student who attracts a fail grade (E, F) will be required to repeat the PLE, in keeping with the University of Glasgow’s Code of Assessment. Any questions or queries about grading practice should be directed to the student’s academic assessor (or Part Lead in their absence).



Raising a concern

Concerns about a student’s clinical performance, conduct or professionalism should be raised as soon as possible to allow discussion and learning development planning. This will normally take place in the PLE and may involve the student, the Practice Supervisor and/or Assessor, the Academic Assessor and Practice Education Facilitator/Care Home Education Facilitator (where applicable). An interim review sheet will be completed by the practice supervisor/assessor identifying the areas of concern clearly so that a learning development plan can be created which sets out how these areas of concern may be addressed. The Academic Assessor may also make an entry in the “additional notes” section of the student’s PAD. This allows ongoing assessment of the student’s learning development which can be recorded in the development support plan in the PAD. For more information, please refer to the Practice Learning Support Protocol in Section 3 of the student’s Scottish PAD.



Key contacts

Admissions Officer: David Hunter

Programme Lead: Louise McCallum

If your query relates to Part 1 (Year) 1 of the programme, please contact the Part 1 Lead: Dr Rosemary Mullen

If your query relates to a Part 2 (Year) 2 student, please contact the Part 2 Lead: Dr David Hunter

If your query relates to a Part 3 (Year) 3 student, please contact the Part 3 Lead: Mrs Louise McCallum

If your query relates to a Part 3/Year 4 student, please contact the Part 3 (Year 4) Lead: Dr Clare McFeely


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

for entry in 2021

Summary of entry requirements for Nursing

SQA Higher Entry Requirements (by end of S6)

  • Additional requirements: two Highers from Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics. National 5 Mathematics, Chemistry, English at Grade B. Interview.

SQA Higher Adjusted Entry Requirements* (by end of S6)

  • Additional requirements: two Highers from Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics. National 5 Mathematics, Chemistry, English at Grade B. Interview. Successful completion of Top-Up or one of our Summer Schools.

* See Access Glasgow for eligibility.

A-level Standard Entry Requirements

  • ABB - BBB
  • Additional requirements: two A-Levels from Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics. GCSE English, Chemistry and Mathematics at Grade B or 5. Interview.

Irish Leaving Certificate

  • H2, H2, H2, H3, H3
  • Additional requirements: two H2 subjects from Chemistry, Biology/Human Biology, Physics, Mathematics. Minimum ordinary Chemistry, Mathematics and English at grade B2/O2 if not at Higher. Interview.

IB Standard Entry Requirements

  • 36 (6,6,5 HL) – 32 (6,5,5 HL)
  • Additional requirements: two HL subjects from Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics. SL English, Chemistry and Mathematics at 4. Interview.


Alternative routes

We welcome applicants who have/are currently studying at Colleges of Further Education or are existing graduates.

  • HNC/HND in Applied Science or similar science based programme
  • Additional requirements: Grade B in graded unit. Interview. Successful completion and grades in either Top-Up or Summer School/OPENS.
  • HNC Care and Administrative Practice
  • Additional requirements: HNC Care and Administrative Practice students will only be considered if candidates also have two Highers, at B grade or above, in science subjects (Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Biology/Human Biology). If Chemistry is not one of the two science Highers, candidates must have this at Nat 5 (grade B) or above. Grade B in graded unit. Interview. Successful completion and grades in either Top-Up or Summer School/OPENS.
  • University of Glasgow Access Course (Chemistry & Biology)
  • Additional requirements: Interview.
  • SWAP Access to Health and Biological Sciences
  • Additional requirements: Grade ABB (minimum). Interview. Successful completion and grades in either Top-Up or Summer School/OPENS.
  • SWAP Access to Medical Studies
  • Additional requirements: Grade ABB (minimum). Interview. Successful completion and grades in either Top-Up or Summer School/OPENS.
  • Graduates
  • Additional requirements: The degree must include Chemistry or Biology.  If not, these must be obtained at high school level (Highers or A Level) within the last 7 years, before applying for admission.  A minimum of Grade B is required in both subjects. Interview. Successful completion and grades in either Top-Up or Summer School/OPENS.



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 (Hons) 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. 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 (Hons) programme you will be required to undertake a Criminal Convictions check prior to registration. 


2021 Admissions Policy and further information about entry requirements

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

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)

  • 7.0 with no sub-test under 7.0. 
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission to this programme:

TOEFL (ib, my best or athome)

  • 100 with minimum R 24, L 24, S 23, W 27.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

PTE (Academic)

  • 70 with minimum 70 in all subtests.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.


  • 140 with 140 in 2 or more sub-scores including literacy and no sub-score below 120 for direct entry, 125 with no sub-score lower than 115 for in-sessional support, 120 for 5 week PSE, 115 for 10 week PSE, 110 for 14 week PSE, 105 for 18 week PSE.
  • Tests must have been taken within 1 year of start date.

Glasgow International College English Language (and other foundation providers)

  • 65%.
  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses

  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

Alternatives to English Language qualification

  • Undergraduate degree from English speaking country (including Canada if taught in English)
  • Undergraduate 2+2 degree from English speaking country
  • Undergraduate 2+2 TNE degree taught in English in non-English speaking country
  • Masters degree from English speaking country
  • Masters degree (equivalent on NARIC to UK masters degree) taught in English in non-English speaking country.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed 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 External Relations

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. Successful completion of the BN (Hons) programme leads to registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, allowing graduates to practice as a registered nurse within the UK. On qualifying, our graduates have been employed throughout the UK and the rest of the world. 


The Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) recognises this programme for the purpose of registration as an Adult Nurse. 


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)

Nursing: B700 (4 years)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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


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.

Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has a number of Undergraduate Excellence Scholarships available to new International and EU students for 2021 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.  

James McCune Smith Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has 30 undergraduate scholarships available for students of African/African-Caribbean backgrounds. The scholarship supports students who could face financial difficulties taking up their place to study at the University. The value of the scholarship is £2,000, paid in instalments for one year of undergraduate study. The scholarship is open to new applicants to the University. Current students who have previously been in receipt of the award may reapply, however, preference will be given to applicants entering their first year of study.

Undergraduate Talent Scholarships

The University of Glasgow awards c.50 undergraduate Talent Scholarships each academic year to support students who could face financial difficulties in taking up their place to study at the University. The value of each scholarship is typically £1,500 p.a. for each year of the degree programme, subject to satisfactory progress. Talent Scholarships are available to students entering any of the University's Colleges.

Dental School students are eligible for a Talent Scholarship in their first year of study only. They are eligible for the NHS Dental Student Support Grant in the following years.

Scholarship application deadline is 5PM on SUNDAY, 23rd MAY.

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.

Cowrie Foundation Scholarship

The University of Glasgow and The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation (CSF) will offer a scholarship to support Black African and Caribbean heritage applicants from socio-economically challenged backgrounds.  Applicants must be ordinarily resident in the UK and commencing an undergraduate study in the academic year 2021-2022.

The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation wants to fund 100 Black British students through UK universities in the next decade. More information on the Foundation can be found here.

Humanitarian Scholarships

The University of Glasgow is offering four scholarships (one per college) for applicants to the University who are staying in the UK on humanitarian grounds and are facing challenges in progressing onto Higher Education. The scholarship is open to prospective undergraduate and postgraduate taught students of the University of Glasgow applying for entry in 2021/22. The scholarship meets the full cost of tuition fees for the duration of your programme as well providing an additional £5,000 per year stipend, if the eligibility criteria for university accommodation is met this will also be provided for the duration of your degree. For more information on the accommodation criteria, please see the Accommodation Services section on the website.

We are also offering eight scholarships to students who hold refugee status. This scholarship is awarded as a £2,500 stipend towards study costs, per year of study.

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

How to apply

Full-time students must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). The University will accept Centre or Teacher Assessed Grades in lieu of exam results.

SQA applicants who are eligible for our Widening Participation programmes are encouraged to participate in one or more of these programmes, including Summer School, to support your application and the transition to higher education.

International students to Arts, Engineering, Law, Nursing, Science, and Social Sciences can also apply using The Common Application: however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using UCAS. Applications to Dentistry, Education, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine must be made through UCAS.

Application deadlines

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or also applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 29 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website): this has been extended from 15 January 2021 due to covid restrictions.
  • 30 June: international (non-EU) students

We do not usually accept any applications after these deadlines.

It's your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of your application before submission. Requests to correct application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

Apply via UCAS

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