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What A-levels do you need to become a nurse?

Got your sights set on becoming a nurse or a midwife? If you're thinking of studying nursing at university, make sure your A-level line-up will tick all the right boxes…

Whether you’re interested in working with children or you’d prefer to specialise in mental health, unsurprisingly nursing courses usually require at least one science. As care and people skills are central to nursing, you may also find a social science useful.

The following requirements also apply to degrees in midwifery.

Essential A-levels (or equivalent)

  • Some courses ask for biology or another science.

Useful A-levels (or equivalent)

  • Psychology.
  • Sociology.
  • Chemistry.
  • CACHE.

Other typical A-levels taken by current nursing students

  • General studies.
  • Health and social care.
  • Religious studies.
Take a look at individual nursing and midwifery courses on Which? University to find out the most popular subjects students studied before taking their degree. 

Similar subject areas...

Similar subjects may have different A-level requirements to nursing, so if you want to keep your degree options open, be sure to check the entry requirements of specific courses before you finalise your choices.


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