The entry requirements listed here are our typical offer for this course and should be used as a general guide. For courses that require interview or portfolio review, this may also be considered in the level of any conditional offer we may make, if your application is successful.
Access to HE Diploma
pass with 60 credits overall. Health studies, nursing or science. At least 45 credits at level 3, with 30 credits at distinction.
GCSE (minimum grade C)
With Access course – maths and English grade C.
With A-levels, BTEC or K101 – at least five GCSEs at grade C or higher, including maths, English and science.
A wide range of other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis, eg. Open University K101.
For all nursing courses leading to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a nurse, you must demonstrate the following:
- completion of 10 years general education
- successful completion of literacy and numeracy assessments during the interview process
- evidence of study within the last five years is desirable
- evidence of commitment to the profession
- passing of occupational health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks
- ability to meet travel requirements to attend placements
- ability to follow a shift pattern that could cover any part of a 24-hour 7-day cycle.
Our Health and Social Care Practice foundation degree offers two ways to qualify for this course. Successful completion of year 1 enables you to apply for entry to year 1, and completing the course with 120 credits at level 5 may enable students to start in year 2.
Interview and numeracy assessment
If you are invited to interview, we will need to see your certificates that allow you to meet our academic entry requirements for the course you have applied for. If you need copies of exam certificates, please contact the appropriate examination board. Schools do not usually keep copies of exam certificates. However they should have a record of your results and we will accept a certified letter from your school, listing the grades that you achieved.
When will I hear the result of the interview?
Normally, you should hear within two to four weeks of the interview date. However, during busy admissions phases and when public holidays fall in this period it may take a little longer.
What can I expect in the maths and English test?
There is a need for nurses to have the skills to calculate medicines, nutrition, fluids and to apply number skills to other areas. Therefore, on the day you come for interview, you will be set an assessment that tests your number skills. No calculators will be permitted during this test.
The tests last for 30 minutes and are designed to test basic competency in maths and written English. This is now a requirement of the Nursing and Midwifery Council for all prospective nursing students. We recommend the following website to brush up your skills: www.open.edu/openlearnworks.
See a sample numeracy assessment paper (pdf 54Kb).