Naturally, you’ll need to be literate and numerate to study for a nursing degree.  However, there are no national entry requirements for pre-registration nursing courses, because each university sets its own criteria.

Typical degree entry requirements are:
5 GCSEs (or equivalent) as above, plus at least 2 A-levels (or equivalent).

While at school I hadn’t really considered doing a degree, but training and working as a hospital dental nurse showed me I could achieve more than I realised. I’ve since taken two postgraduate degrees.

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If you left school or university some time ago, you may need to show evidence of recent academic study. Don’t worry if you haven’t studied for a while: universities will be able to tell you if they consider other relevant qualifications or achievements.

Access to Nursing courses are available across the country. These are designed for people who would like to study for a nursing qualification but do not have the necessary entry requirements.

Whatever your situation or background, it is essential that you contact the universities you are considering to check their entry requirements before applying.

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To apply for a place on a nursing pre-registration course, you need to go through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service, known as UCAS.