Studying nursing

From the application process to your reading list: everything you need to know about applying for and studying Nursing at the University of Stirling.

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Applicant event for Nursing

If you are applying for BSc Nursing, join us on 25 February 2021 at 10am.

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Your study and Covid-19

A blended learning approach is being employed across the campus and online teaching is being used for most modules. However, dependent on COVID 19 government guidelines, there may be face to face skills teaching. If face to face skills teaching is timetabled, the teaching areas will be risk assessed and health and safety will be ensured and maintained by everyone involved.

Find out more about Changes at Stirling, including how you'll be taught, start dates and how we're making campus safer.

Prior to going on placements, all students attend online ‘Prep for Practice’ sessions, facilitated by Faculty of Health Sciences staff. You will be advised about the clinical areas and issued with the most up to date information about maintaining safety (including PPE) and you will be fully supported by an Academic Assessor and Practice Assessor throughout the duration of your placement.

Compulsory admission criteria

Information on compulsory admission criteria and how to upload documents to our applicant portal.

Submitting videos

As part of your application, we need you to create and submit a short video. 

Course reading

Find out more about our recommended reading for Nursing students.

Our graduates, our philisophy

Our graduates will be dynamic, future-focused leaders in health and social care. Through a collaborative, student centred and contemporary model of education, our students will meet their intellectual, emotional and creative potential.

Exploring health care evidence and the lived experience of people, our graduates will develop values, integrity and resilience to become socially responsible reflective practitioners who meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Code.

This ethos will enable our graduates to build effective relationships with others in order to meet the health and social care needs of people within communities.’

Course information

We offer four courses at undergraduate level:

Our four year route provides you with an Honours degree. This will allow you to demonstrate your ability to write and learn at a higher level than the ordinary degree. The Honours route is advantageous for those who intend to progress to Masters and Advance Practice levels of study beyond registration.

Conditional places mean that you have yet to meet the academic requirements for entry to the course. You will need to upload a copy of your qualification certificate(s) to the Applicant Portal once received for our consideration. We also require you to pass compulsory checks including Disclosure Scotland Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme (any applicant resident outside the UK within the last 5 years will also have to obtain criminal records clearance from their countries of residence). Applicants must also be passed as fit by Occupational health before we can finally confirm your place on the course.

Unconditional places mean that you have met the academic requirements for entry to the course. However, this is still subject to you passing further compulsory checks including Disclosure Scotland Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme (any applicant resident outside the UK within the last 5 years will also have to obtain criminal records clearance from their countries of residence). Applicants must also be passed as fit by Occupational health before we can finally confirm your place on the course. 

The NMC requires that students complete all theory and practice modules. You are required to attend all theory and placement learning related sessions to meet the HCPC requirements to register as a nurse.

The NMC requires that students complete 2,300 hours clinical practice and 2,300 hours theory.

There is a 50:50 split between placement time and theory. All students will be provided with a programme flowchart (timetable) for the length of their study.

Nursing students can expect a total of 7 weeks of annual leave during each year of the course. Please note that this differs from the wider university community due to the HCPC course requirements for theory and practice hours.

Exact dates will be confirmed at the start of the programme on your flowchart (timetable). Students must be aware that they are not allowed to take holiday outside of the allocated periods.

Please do not book any travels prior to seeing your timetable.

Most placements will be within NHS Forth Valley, NHS Fife and NHS Tayside. Please be aware of the geographic area for each NHS Health area.

You will need to familiarise yourself with travel options prior to commencing your placements. Travel arrangements will differ from placement to placement.

There is a University accessibility and inclusion service for all students.

Once, students have registered with the university accessibility and inclusion service students will gain support from the Faculty. Within the Faculty, there is a named accessibility and inclusion officer who provides support for students whilst on campus and when attending placement.

Most placement areas can be reached by public transport. However, in some cases students will need to drive to certain practice learning placements and so those students with cars will be asked to share this information at the beginning of their programme. It may be possible to car share with other students with negotiation at practice placement areas, if COVID 19 guidance permits. It is worth noting that many shift patterns with the Scottish Ambulance Service commence/end when public transport runs a sparse timetable or does not run services. Ambulance stations can be located in villages/towns that do not have regular public transport services.

In order to gain employment with an Ambulance Service you will require to have a driving license with Category C1 included.

Getting to the University and parking

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Watch our students

Student nurses and student mental health nurses talk about what it's like to study at Stirling.

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