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Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: B700
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : BBB / IB : 30 / BTEC : Applications considered
  • This programme does not accept applications from international students.
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Entry Requirements

Clinical Requirements

For details of full clinical and academic requirements for this course, please download our BN (Hons) Nursing 2018 Academic & Clinical Entry Criteria

NHS Values will be assessed in all areas of an application, including UCAS Personal Statement and at interview. For more details, please download our explanation of Value Based Recruitment.

A level offerGCE A2 Levels at Grades BBB from three A2 levels (or two A2 levels and two AS levels), preferably one subject to be a Biological Science at A2.
Higher grades may be required from re-sit students.

For applicants from England: Where a science has been taken at A level (Chemistry, Biology or Physics), a pass in the Science practical of each subject will be required.
Subject requirements5 GCSE subjects graded A*-C. These must include English Language, Mathematics, and Science. Where numerical grading is introduced, English Language, Mathematics and Science will be required at grade 5. Science Dual Award is acceptable. Core and Applied Science GCSEs will not be considered. All GCSEs should be obtained at one sitting.

For applicants from England: Where a science has been taken at A level (Chemistry, Biology or Physics), a pass in the Science practical of each subject will be required.
BTEC Level 3 Extended DiplomaBTEC Nationals are accepted in addition to 5 GCSE subjects graded A*-C which must include English Language, Mathematics and Science. Where numerical grading is introduced English Language, Mathematics and Science will be required at grade 5.

BTEC National Extended Certificate:

We will accept one National Extended Certificate at a minimum of Distinction. This must be accompanied by two A2 Levels at grade B. One A2 subject should preferably include a Biological Science. In total, between the two qualifications, three separate subjects must be taken.

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma and National Diploma must be from course specifications commencing from September 2016 onwards.

BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care or Applied Science graded at DD will be accepted. This must be accompanied by one A level at grade B. In total between the two qualifications, two separate subjects must be taken.

BTEC National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or Applied Science accepted at a minimum of DDD.

Higher Grades may be required from re-sit students.
International BaccalaureateAccepted in addition to 5 GCSE subjects, graded A* - C which must include English Language, Mathematics and Science. Applicants must achieve a minimum of 30 points to include 3 Higher Level subjects at a minimum of Grade 5. Biology must be offered at a minimum of Grade 6 or above.
European Baccalaureate74% overall with a minimum mark of 8 in Biology and no subject mark below 6.
Irish Leaving Certificate6 Higher Level subjects to be gained at a single sitting. 2 subjects at H2 grade, plus 4 subjects at H3; to include English Language, Mathematics and Biology.

Higher grades may be required from resit students.

Please note that FETAC L5 is not accepted.
Scottish Higher/Advanced HigherAccepted in addition to five National 5s graded upper A-C which must include English Language, Mathematics and a Science. A minimum of 5 Bs from any combination of Advanced Higher and Higher subjects; preferably one subject to be a Biological Science.

Duplicate subjects are not accepted.

Higher grades may be required from re-sit students.
Welsh Baccalaureate AdvancedAccepted at grade A alongside two A2 levels at grade B. One A2 should preferably be a biological science.
Cambridge Pre-U DiplomaWill be considered.
AQA BaccalaureateWill be considered.
EU applicants

Residents of ‘European Union’ countries, educated under a non-British system should present with qualifications which have a science component and which would admit them to a degree course at a University in their own country.


Translations of all educational certificates must be provided.


Students whose native language is not English must show evidence of proficiency in English to a standard equivalent to average academic level 7 of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no component lower than 6.5.

EU entry requirementsEU Qualifications
Graduate applicationWe welcome applications from graduates holding a minimum of a 2:2 classification. If your degree is not in a science-related subject, please contact the admissions tutor to discuss this further: mailto:shs@liverpool.ac.uk. The degree qualification should be supported by a sound academic background, with a minimum of 5 GCSE subjects graded A* - C, which must include English Language, Mathematics and Science. There are no shortened courses for graduates. Partially completed degrees will not be considered.
Access60 credits at Level 3 (all should be new learning, ie GCSE awards cannot be APL against the Diploma). 45 credits passed at distinction to include: minimum of 15 level 3 credits in Biology or Human Physiology; minimum of 15 level 3 credits in Professional Healthcare Practice and a minimum of 15 level 3 credits in either Chemistry/Physics/Social Issues in Healthcare/ Psychology or Sociology. All must be at Distinction level.

The remaining 15 level 3 credits can be gained from ungraded credits in academic subjects. Either another science subject or from the subjects stipulated above.

5 GCSE subjects graded A* - C and must include English Language, Mathematics and Science.

Please note: we consider Access courses to be suitable for adult learners who have generally been out of education for at least 3 years and have had no access to higher education. This is not considered an appropriate route for students who have failed to achieve the necessary A2 Level grades.

Access courses via Distance Learning are not acceptable for entry on to this programme.

For details of full Access Course requirements, please download Access Course requirements for Nursing.
International entry requirementsThis programme does not accept applications from international students.
Academic referenceAn academic reference must be included within the UCAS application. If the applicant is a graduate and has been working since graduating (within three years), an employer reference is acceptable.
Profession-specific knowledge and skills required

As well as a strong academic background, we also look for frontline caring experience in accordance with the values and behaviours of the NHS constitution.

Declaration of criminal background

You will understand that as a health sciences student, and when you qualify, you will be asked to treat children and other vulnerable people. We therefore need information about any criminal offences of which you may have been convicted, or with which you have been charged. The information you provide may later be checked with the police. Please complete the Declaration of Criminal Background form.

Health screening

The University and the School of Health Sciences has an obligation to undertake health screening on all prospective healthcare students. Any offer of a place to study is conditional on completion of a health questionnaire and a satisfactory assessment of fitness to train from the University's Occupational Health Service. This will include some obligatory immunisations and blood tests.

Disability information

If you have, or think you have dyslexia or a long term health condition or impairment that may have the potential to impact upon your studies and/or your Fitness to Practice duty, please complete the Disability form. We will contact you to discuss your support needs.

Important information

The academic profile, reference and personal statement of each candidate are given equal consideration. Due to the large number of applications it is advised that candidates ensure that they present with the strongest possible application.

Candidates who are short-listed must be able to attend for interview between December and March.

Additional essential requirements

Additional requirements include:

  • Knowledge/understanding of the profession
  • Evidence of care/compassion for others
  • Evidence of teamwork and personal achievement
  • Evidence of verbal/written communication skills

Please download Nursing entry criteria 2017 for full details.

Mature students and access courses

Studying for a degree later in life can be highly rewarding and our mature students are among some of our most successful. However, we appreciate that it is a big step for you to take, and that you’ll have lots of questions that you’ll want to discuss with us. We’re here to help, so please do get in touch.

Our Mature Students and Access courses pages contain lots of information and, importantly, a point of contact to talk things through with you.

General Studies

Most (see exceptions below) of our non-clinical programmes welcome General Studies as one of three A levels upon which we make an offer. However, applicants may offer only one of General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies among their three A levels.

General Studies is not considered for:

  • Diagnostic Radiography
  • Dentistry
  • Life Sciences
  • Management School
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Orthoptics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Veterinary Science