Routes into Nursing

There are a number of routes into nursing, depending on your qualifications and experience.

BSc (Hons) Nursing

For our BSc Nursing programmes, we require applicants to hold Level three qualifications such as A-levels, BTECs or an Access course, along with Maths, English and Science at GCSE/Level two. You can view full details of the grade requirements on the course pages.

FdSc Assistant Practitioner

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BSc (Hons) Nursing courses, and are already employed as an assistant practitioner (or equivalent such as healthcare support worker) you may wish to consider our FdSc Assistant Practitioner.  Although you will not be a registered practitioner on completion of the course, you will have developed skills and opportunities that will enhance your career. Your skills will help the NHS and independent sector meet demands for high quality care.

This is a two year part-time course. You can choose from the following pathways, which are offered at our Uxbridge, High Wycombe and Aylesbury  campuses. On completion of the foundation degree, you may then choose to progress on to a nursing degree in order to gain your NMC registration.


We offer a number of apprenticeship routes, including Assistant Practitioner, Registered Nurse, Nursing Associate and Advanced Clinical Practitioner.

If you wish to complete an apprenticeship, you will need to apply through your employer. If you would like to study a degree apprenticeship with your current employer, ask them to call us on 01296 74422 or email

  • We offer pre-qualifying nursing programmes at our Uxbridge Campus in west London as well as at our Aylesbury Campus in Buckinghamshire.
  • Bucks nursing students are highly respected in the Trusts and clinical areas we work in.
  • We have state-of-the-art simulation facilities at our Aylesbury, Uxbridge and High Wycombe campuses, where our students hone their skills and get ready for practice.
  • We use interesting, innovative and engaging methods of teaching, including technology in the classroom, and bringing research and the latest evidence-based practice into our curricula.
  • We encourage our students to adopt the seven key principles and values set out by the NHS Constitution in England.
  • The quality of our teaching is evident in our high employability rates. 98% of our nursing students are in work or further study six months after graduating (HESA Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2016-17). Many of our students go on to work in the Trust where they did their clinical experience.
  • We care about our students’ wellbeing and continuingly introduce new initiatives offering support and guidance to our students. This includes a self-care leaflet and placements advice booklet as well as a range of activities which are all free as part of our ‘Big Deal’ package.

Our BSc (Hons) and PGDip nursing students spend 50% of their course at the University and the other 50% out on clinical placement.

While in practice, a clinical staff member provides mentorship, supervises their experience and meets with them to assess they’re meeting the requirements of the course. Other health professionals and staff members also contribute to their learning, so they work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Our clinical experience areas are spread over a large area in north-west and central London, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. Students undertake placements in different parts of the region, and different settings, to benefit from wide-ranging experiences throughout their course.

Read more about our clinical placements.

To get our nursing students as ready as possible for practice, we have invested in state-of-the-art, simulated clinical skills areas. Students regularly spend time in these areas, to practise their technical skills, and use the newest technologies, in a safe and supportive environment.

We use simulation manikins programmed to act like humans, and ‘moulage’ – the process of applying mock, often gorily realistic injuries for training purposes. We also engage service users in role-play sessions. This allows us to provide realistic scenarios where students can gain experience, exposure and feedback to boost their confidence before going out on placement.

Read more about our simulation facilities.