What students say about nursing
My nursing degree is split, with 50% of my time in uni with lectures, practicals, and clinical skills building, and 50% on clinical placement. So far I have had a mixture of assignments - some 2,000 and 4,000 word reflective accounts, placements (three in all) and all very different, and two exams. I would recommend the course to any individual interested in nursing and caring for others.1st year, Swansea University
Nursing is not a course for the faint hearted. The lectures are long and intense, and placement means "summer holidays" are a thing of the past. (writing this on my break at 03:30am on August 1st, in a cardiac ward lol) You will need to pull your weight, and get ready for a big life change. But if you are willing to put in effort, its sooo rewarding. We do clinical skills, essays, presentations and have placement in blocks of 8-10wks. If you ever find yourself struggling with any of it though, you have a personal tutor who will make time for you, and help you out.2nd year, Manchester Metropolitan University
Very full-on, full-time study, with very little rest time! A mixture of lectures, tutorials, clinical skills and self-directed study. Varied practice placements. Full attendance required. Assessments were a mixture of essays and exams and some group work.3rd year, University of Dundee
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
- Biology or another science
Useful to have
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
Personal statement advice
Aspiring nurse? With an average of nine applicants for every nursing place, you'll need a standout personal statement that sets you apart from the tough competition.
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Health service manager
- Care home manager
Other real-life job examples
- Adult nurse
- Children's nurse
- Mental health nurse
What employers like about this subject
Studying for a degree in nursing will help you to develop skills in patient care, in case assessment and handling, and in multidisciplinary, clinical team-working. Other useful transferable skills that a nursing degree can provide include communication, time management, adaptability, problem-solving, and leadership. Nurses tend to work in hospitals, but can also work for GP practices, in clinics, for schools or universities, in the Armed Forces, in social or residential care homes and in the leisure industry attached to hotels or cruise ships.