- Number of A levels required:
- Typical offer:
- BBB - You must also meet in full the GCSE entry requirements for the programme.
- General Studies:
- Not accepted, but a good performance may be taken into account if you fail to meet the conditions of your offer
All applicants must meet in full both the GCSE and Level 3/higher qualification entry requirements for the Bachelor of Nursing programme. The only exception to meeting the GCSE requirements in full applies to some Access applicants, please see the relevant section below for more details.
Please note previous academic study will be considered when assessing the suitability of applicants for interview.
GCSE requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above which must include English, Mathematics and a Science subject at grade B or above. We do not accept level 2 equivalents e.g. BTEC, Key skills
Preferred subjects and grades: Biology, Psychology or Sociology A level, and two others. Welsh Baccalaureate at grade B can substitute one of the A Levels.
Edexcel Level 3 extended project: From 2016 a grade A in the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is accepted in addition to 3 A Levels (of equivalent level 3 qualifications). You would be made a variable offer e.g. BBB or BBC plus A in the EPQ.
BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or Applied Science accepted. Grades required - DDM
BTEC Diploma considered on a case by case basis when combined with an A level (typical offer DD plus B)
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma considered on a case by case basis when combined with an A level
You must also meet in full the GCSE entry requirements for the programme (see above).
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 32 points with 3 subjects at higher level graded 5, 5, 5. You must also meet in full the GCSE entry requirements for the programme (see above).
Access to Higher Education (Health or Science): 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 including 30 at distinction, 15 at merit (to include study of Physiology or Biology) and 15 credits at level 2. You must meet the GCSE entry requirements in full for the programme (as above). However, if it is more than 5 years since you took your GCSE’s and you also have 2 years full time paid work experience in health and social care, you are only required to have GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above.
Graduate Entry Requirements: Bachelor degree minimum 2:2 or Masters or PhD. You must also meet in full the GCSE entry requirements for the programme (see above).
International students: We can only accept applications from those considered as home fee status.
Unconditional Offer Scheme
Our Unconditional Offer Scheme is available to outstanding applicants. This scheme allows us to target the very brightest students in certain subject areas, who demonstrate exceptional academic performance in their schooling to date, taking into consideration the views of their current institution and teachers. Find out more about our unconditional offer scheme.
During 2014, the Department of Nursing has also reviewed its screening and selection processes to ensure that they are mapped against the NHS Values within the NHS Constitution. This work complies with the requirements of Health Education England’s ‘National Framework for Values Based Recruitment’ which was published in October 2014 and includes a Case Study on work undertaken by the Department of Nursing at the University of Birmingham, which can be accessed on Page 91 of this document.
Due to the large number of applications for the Bachelor of Nursing programme, shortlisting takes place prior to candidates being invited to attend for a face to face interview. Shortlisting is based on consideration of your:
- Personal statement
- Actual or predicted grades
Both within your personal statement and at interview, we are looking for evidence of the following:
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- A clear understanding of the University of Birmingham Bachelor of Nursing programme
- Enthusiasm for a career in nursing and having a desire to make a difference within healthcare
- Understanding of what a nurse does and the values and personal qualities that make a good nurse
- Skills and knowledge gained when undertaking relevant work experience or voluntary work
- Experience of working in a healthcare setting or experience of being a carer or a service user
- Knowledge of current national issues within nursing and healthcare
- Skills acquired whilst undertaking Edexcel level 3 extended project
- Capacity for independent study
- Awareness of equal opportunities and cultural diversity
Even though at the University of Birmingham you are not applying to study a specific field of nursing, we acknowledge that your personal statement on your UCAS form will state that you are applying for a specific field of nursing because you are applying to other universities. However, if you are shortlisted to attend for interview we will expect you to have a clear understanding of our common foundation year.
Please be aware that meeting the minimum requirements for entry, does not guarantee you an interview or an offer of a place on the programme.
Disability and dyslexia advice and support
The University of Birmingham has a positive view of what candidates with disabilities can achieve as future healthcare professionals and we take seriously our obligation to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that all students with disabilities can successfully complete their studies. All applicants will be assessed up to and including the interview, based on the criteria outlined above regardless of any disability. If you declare a disability we will invite you to work with us together with the disability team, clinical colleagues and specialist services to explore how best we can support your studies. Find out more about disability and dyslexia advice and support at the University of Birmingham.
Realising Opportunities programme
Realising Opportunities (RO) is a unique collaboration of 12 leading Universities, working together to promote fair access and social mobility of students from under-represented groups. Students are supported through a coherent programme of activities designed to raise their aspirations to progress to research intensive Universities.
Applications through UCAS to RO Partner universities from participating students will be given additional consideration with the potential to receive an alternative RO offer from many Partners.
Find out further information at the Realising Opportunities website. Ask your school or college if they are involved in this programme.
Access to Birmingham (A2B) scheme
The Access to Birmingham (A2B) scheme is designed to help students from families and communities in the West Midlands who have little or no experience of Higher Education find out about what studying at University involves.
- Receive an offer 2 grades lower than the standard offer e.g. BCC
- If you achieve the standard offer grades, you may be eligible for an annual £1200 scholarship. This is awarded in addition to any other bursary or grant you are eligible for.
- Complete an on-line study support module and an assignment which is marked by the University
Find out more about the scheme and eligibility to apply at the Access to Birmingham website.
Conditions of offers and programme requirements
If you do decide to accept a place at the University of Birmingham you are required to comply with the following:
- Achievement of the academic requirements for entry to the Bachelor of Nursing
- A satisfactory health declaration, including evidence of appropriate immunisations and Occupational Health clearance if required
- Clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), previously known as Criminal Record Bureau. (CRB) checks.
- You sign and adhere to the ‘University Code of Professional Practice and Fitness to Practice’ thereby agreeing to certain levels of conduct, behaviour and health whilst studying on the Bachelor of Nursing programme. Details of which will be forwarded with an offer letter.
- On commencement of the course, provide original copies of academic certificates and photo identification. These will be photocopied and kept on your personal file, in order to comply with NHS fraud requirements
- Accept that your preferred field of practice choice at the end of Year 1 cannot be guaranteed
- Agree to travel to clinical placements in hospitals and the community, in the Birmingham and Solihull area
- Agree to undertake shifts including early morning, afternoon, evening and night duty on week days, weekends and bank holidays, both within hospitals and community settings
- Comply with uniform and infection control policy on clinical placement
- Holidays are fixed and not negotiable, students have 2 weeks at Christmas, 2 weeks at Easter and 6 weeks in the summer
We can only accept applications from those considered as home fee status.