When you apply to Brighton we want to hear about who you are. Grades are never the whole picture; we're interested in things like creativity, resourcefulness, persistence and the capacity to think big and find new ways of doing things. And we recognise that not everyone has the same background. That's why we treat everyone who applies as an individual. We recognise many qualifications and we care about all of your achievements and the experiences you've had that set you apart.
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BBC, must include a science or social science subject at grade B.
DMM in a health or science subject.
28 overall with three subjects at Higher level.
Access to HE Diploma
pass with 60 credits overall. Health studies, nursing or science.At least 45 credits at level 3, with 18 credits at distinction and 27 credits at merit or above.
Merit in the Health, Healthcare Science or Science T-level. Other T-levels are not accepted.
GCSE (minimum grade C or grade 4)
- with Access course – maths and English.
- with A-levels, BTEC or K101 – at least three GCSEs including maths and English.
Functional Skills 2 will be accepted in lieu of GCSE English and maths.
If you do not have the required GCSEs find out which equivalent qualifications we accept instead.
A wide range of other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis, for example, Open University K101 and K102.
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 seven-day cycle.
Completion of our Health and Social Care Practice foundation degree with 120 credits at level 5 may enable you to start in year 2 of our nursing degrees – Nursing (Adult), Nursing (Child) or Nursing (Mental Health).
COVID-19 vaccine requirement
The COVID-19 vaccination requirement has been removed. Find out more about this decision.
Studied before or got relevant experience?
A qualification, HE credits or relevant experience may count towards your course at Brighton, and could mean that you do not have to take some elements of the course or can start in year 2.
Candidates are advised that places for entry into year 2 of this course are very limited. We normally welcome these applications but high demand for all nursing courses will restrict availability.
Students successful at the application stage will be invited to attend an interview. At your interview we'll discuss which campus you wish to be based at – Eastbourne or Brighton: Falmer.
Read our nursing application and interview tips.
Men are under-represented in many nursing and allied health professions in the UK. We are committed to helping address the balance and particularly welcome applications from male applicants.
Tips for writing a good personal statement
- Identify why you are interested in the course.
- Only apply for one field of nursing (adult, mental health or child).
- Provide insight into your personal experiences, work or voluntary work.
- Do not discuss Florence Nightingale or quote words of wisdom as an opening statement.
- Consider how your referee may describe you and reflect this in your statement.
- Our nursing degree is theory and practice so discuss your ability to cope with the demands of the whole course.
Our applying to Brighton section provides more information on writing a personal statement.
- Receive email regarding occupational health and DBS – start completing these forms
- Receive email regarding accommodation
- Complete your occupational health and DBS forms
- From mid-August – enrolment – you will receive an email with instructions.
- Early September – receive your one-week induction timetable.
- Mid September – deadline for completing your occupational health and DBS forms
You must be enrolled for your course before the start date.
Occupational health check
Your offer is subject to occupational health and DBS clearance.
All applicants must complete a University of Brighton occupational health clearance check. If you are working within an NHS/healthcare organisation you will still require a University of Brighton health clearance check.
Once you receive your health questionnaire you must fill this in immediately and return your completed and signed form to the occupational health department by the deadline provided (usually a couple of weeks before your start date), failure to do this will affect your ability to attend your first placement.
Send your form by email or registered post, see the form for contact details. Please note that the questionnaire will need your GP's signature which your GP may charge for, this will need to be paid for by you. We suggest that you use your current GP to complete this form rather than a university-based GP who will not have immediate access to your medical records.
The University of Brighton will pay for your occupational health clearance throughout your course. However you will personally have to pay for any travel to occupational health appointments at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.
We will send you your occupational health questionnaire by email in June if you are starting in September.
All applicants must complete a University of Brighton DBS clearance check.
If you are currently working within an NHS/healthcare organisation you will still require a University of Brighton DBS check. Failure to complete a University of Brighton DBS will affect your ability to attend your first placement.
- We will send you an email regarding filling in your DBS form in June if you are starting in September.
- The deadline for completing your DBS form will be provided but it is usually required at the beginning of the month in which you start your course.