Nursing BN (Hons)

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Entry Requirements

Clinical Requirements

Please view the Nursing entry criteria pdf for 2022. 

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.

Previous certificated /experiential learning is recognised and may be accepted as meeting some programme outcomes. This may include both theory and practice achievement. The Nursing and Midwifery Council states that recognition of prior learning that is capable of being mapped to the Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses and programme outcomes should be permitted for up to a maximum of fifty percent of the programme.

However, the University of Liverpool's Policy on Recognition on Prior Learning states that the maximum amount of prior certificated/ experiential learning that will be recognised is normally one third of the programme. Therefore, in accordance with the University's policy, the maximum amount of credit for which a claim of recognition of prior learning can be made should equate to no more than one third of the BN programme.

Opportunities are available for those who may be eligible for recognition of prior learning: the award of credits on the basis of demonstrated learning which has taken place in the past and was at the higher education level. Support will be offered throughout the application process and assessment for recognition. Any queries relating to potential eligibility for recognition of prior learning should be forwarded to the admissions tutor for the BN programme.

A level requirementsGCE 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. (this is the typical entry requirement) for this course.

General Studies is not considered for this course.

Subject requirements5 GCSE subjects graded A*-C or grade 4; 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 National Extended DiplomaBTEC nationals are considered in addition to 5 GCSEs grades A* - C, which must include English Language, Maths and a Science. Where numerical grading has been introduced, English Language, Maths and a Science will be required at Grade 5 or above. Please note that Science dual award is acceptable but Core Science and Applied GCSEs will not be considered.

BTEC 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.


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.

QQI/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 AdvancedAdvanced Welsh Baccalaureate: accepted 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.
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.
Access45 credits at Level 3 in Science or Health-Science related subjects. 30 credits must be at Distinction grade, the remaining 15 credits graded at merit or above.

Plus 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. (Equivalents are not considered).
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International entry for this course

We accept international students through UCAS. However, we also accept International students who successfully complete the Foundation Certificate in Science and Engineering (Health and Medicine) programme at the Liverpool International College. Success at interview is also required.

IELTS

International applicants whose native language is not English must show evidence of proficiency, to a standard equivalent to average academic level 7 of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 7 in listening, reading and speaking.

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 numeracy/verbal/written communication skills
  • Applicants will need to demonstrate that on entry to the programme they have capability for digital and technological literacy to meet course outcomes. Evidence of digital literacy and technological literacy capability will therefore be aligned to the online application process.

 

Alternative entry requirements