Access to Nursing Studies
Start date: August 2024
Duration: Two semesters
Mode of study: Part-time
Delivery: On-campus and online classes on Monday and Thursday evenings
Class time: Two 3-hour classes each week
Independent study: 6-10 hours each week
Fees and funding
Course fee: £575 (2024-25)
SAAS part-time fee grant may be available - find out more on the SAAS website.
Access to Nursing Studies is the only part-time course in the Forth Valley area allowing direct entry to a Nursing or Paramedic Science degree.
The course offers a supportive learning community where you will gain the necessary academic and numerical skills as well as essential scientific knowledge needed for degree study.
As an Access student, you will have full entitlement to all the Student Services and campus facilities offered to our undergraduate students.
The University of Stirling is ranked Top 5 in Scotland for Nursing
Progression to a Nursing or Paramedic Science degree at Stirling
To pass the Access to Nursing Studies course you will need to:
- Gain an average of at least 50% across the modules
- Fulfil the attendance and assessment requirements for each module
- Attend an interview with the Nursing Division
Successful students will be offered a place on a Nursing undergraduate degree, Adult Nursing or Mental Health Nursing, at the University of Stirling. There is also the opportunity to study the Paramedic Science degree.
Since 2019, more than 90% of students who successfully completed the Access pathway, were offered a place on a Nursing degree at Stirling.
Due to the smaller number of places available, it is more competitive to gain a place on the Paramedic Science course. Please contact the Admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
The University aims to offer you a place on your chosen course, but it may not always be possible. However, if you successfully complete your Access course, you will be offered some choice of courses, with the University aiming to offer you a place as close as possible to your chosen degree.
The Access to Nursing Studies course also offers progression to Forth Valley College’s full-time HNC in Healthcare Practice, which allows direct entry to the 2nd year of Stirling’s Nursing degrees, as well as routes into Midwifery (which Stirling does not currently offer).
BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
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Read Julie's storyI never thought it would be possible for me to go to university due to finishing school with only my standard grades. I was quite happy in my job, but I felt there was something missing, a sense of purpose. With the Access course, I was able to get into Adult Nursing degree and work towards my desired career as a nurse.