Nursing study in the UK

Nursing in the UK

Nursing courses in the UK

Introduction to Nursing

International students wishing to register and work in the UK nursing profession are required to complete the Overseas Nursing Programme (ONP) as part of their studies. The ONP enables international students to become registered nurses in the UK, where they are then registered to work in either the NHS or the private sector. The ONP may be integrated as part of BSc (Hons) and MSc courses in International Nursing Studies. Students can therefore gain an undergraduate and/or masters degree in International Nursing Studies and obtain registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to work in the UK. Each of these courses are full-time for one year, during which time students are given the option to undertake the ONP, which involves 400 hours of supervised practice placement.

Once international students have successfully completed either the BSc (Hons) or the MSc in International Nursing Studies, along with the ONP, they must then register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the UK. After this time they are free to seek employment as a nurse in the UK. During study, international students studying at universities in the UK are permitted to work 20 hours per week during term time and full-time during holidays.

Most nursing degrees tend to last for four years, and students will cover a wide variety of the different aspects of Nursing during this time. Compulsory courses in Life Sciences will take place, while placements in various community and medical centre will also see you take a hands on role with your skills. Lectures, tutorials, practical sessions and group work will cover each aspect of the profession.

Careers in Nursing

There are four specialist areas a student can focus on during study – adult, child, learning disability, mental health – which will shape your future career and what parts you will focus on during subsequent study.

Working in a GP or private practise, walk-in or school offers a wide variety of potential environments to work in, and below are just some of the roles that can be focused on:

  • School nurse
  • District nurse
  • Prison nurse
  • Health visitor
  • Theatre nurse

What are the entry requirements for Nursing?

There are no strict subject requirements needed to study nursing at university, but impressive grades in both English and a science subject will give you a better chance of securing a place on your course. Students must have a valid letter from the Nursing and Midwifery Council stating that they are required to undertake their desired course of study.

For international students wishing to study Nursing at undergraduate level, an IELTS score of no less than 6.5 across all four categories - reading, writing, speaking and listening – with an overall 7.0 score generally required at most universities.

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Where can I study Nursing in the UK?

To learn more about some of the best Nursing universities in the UK, please find details on the top ten ranking Nursing universities:

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