Undergraduate 

Nursing BN

nursing students

As the largest group within the healthcare workforce, nurses have a pivotal role in achieving safe, effective and high quality patient care. Nurses work within the multidisciplinary team, supporting patients to make informed decisions about their holistic healthcare requirements.

Nursing at Glasgow is ranked top in the UK (Complete University Guide 2019 and the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).

  • September start: session dates
  • Nursing BN (Hons): B700 4 year degree
  • Glasgow: main campus

Programme structure

Please note: the structure of this programme is under review and subject to change.

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 the hospital setting and two in the community setting.

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 within acute and critical care settings

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

for entry in 2020

BN

A-levels

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

About A-level entry requirements

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).


A-Level qualifications must be achieved at the first attempt.


Highers

  • S5 standard entry requirements: AABBB.
  • S5 minimum entry requirements: No minimum at S5.
  • S6 standard entry requirements: AABBB.
  • Additional requirements: Two Higher Science subjects from Chemistry, Biology/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 standard entry requirements: AABB/ABBBB.
  • Adjusted S5 minimum entry requirements: No minimum at S5.
  • Adjusted S6 standard entry requirements: AABB/ABBBB. Considered for offer at BBBB
  • Adjusted additional requirements: Two Higher Science subjects from Chemistry, Biology/Human Biology, Physics or Mathematics.
     
    Minimum of National 5 Chemistry at Grade B.

    National 5 English at Grade B.

    Interview.
     
    Successful completion and grades in either the Top-Up Programme or Summer School.

About Higher 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.



International

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements 36 Points including three HL subjects at 6,6,5.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants must meet STANDARD Entry Requirements.
  • Additional requirements: Chemistry or Biology at HL6.
     
    If Chemistry not at HL6 must have at SL6. Interview.

About International Baccalaureate entry requirements

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).


International Baccalureate qualifications must be achieved at the first attempt.


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

English language requirements

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

FAQs

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: kelly.fox@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.

Accreditation

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)

  • 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.

Scholarships

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.
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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 2020 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.  

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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.

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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.

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The Martin Niemöller Scholarship (College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences)

The German Speaking Congregation in Glasgow are pleased to offer one scholarship award of £500 for students originating from German speaking countries. The scholarship will support those students in need of financial support at any stage of their degree programme.

All students awarded a Martin Niemöller Scholarship will be asked to submit a short letter of thanks to the Development and Alumni Office for onward transmissions to the donors of the award.

More Information

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). 

International students can also apply using The Common Application: however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using UCAS.

Application deadlines

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or also 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

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

More information about this programme

98%

Nursing students were satisfied overall

Data published by Unistats, March 2019
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PROFESSIONALLY ACCREDITED

guardian newspaper

3rd in UK: Guardian University Guide [Nursing & Midwifery]

Complete University Guide

1st in UK: Complete University Guide [Nursing]

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World top 100: QS World University Rankings [Nursing]

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1st in UK: Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide [Nursing]

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