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Course summary

The Bachelor of Nursing (BN) with Honours programme reflects global, UK and Scottish perspectives of health care. The transfer between health environments and the acute primary care interface is key to understanding the health needs of different populations. Throughout the four years of the programme, you will be introduced to a range of inpatient and community placements and other health-related learning experiences. Nursing and Midwifery Council education standards This programme adheres to the new Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) education standards. These standards are designed to embrace the range of nursing practice. This will help prepare you for life at the forefront of the dynamic healthcare environment of the 2020s and beyond. The Bachelor of Nursing with Honours degree prepares nurses for the evolving healthcare landscape. Gain key skills in:

  • critical thinking
  • teamwork and leadership
  • an ability to innovate and work in interdisciplinary settings
  • clinical skills and proficiency across the required range
On graduation you will be eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as an adult nurse. Curriculum The programme combines theoretical and skills learning within the University (50%) with practice learning experiences (50%). The equal weighting of theory and practice is a defining feature of the structure of this degree and is required by the NMC. There are three strands of the curriculum which lead you from Year 1 to Year 4, building on previous learning as part of a spiral curriculum. Life sciences, research skills and social sciences are introduced in Year 1 and then build in complexity and depth into year 2 and over the course of the programme. The Honours option courses in Years 3 and 4 allow you to personalise the programme, following your particular interests in different care contexts, approaches or conditions. Clinical skills are developed across all four years, working in the clinical skills laboratory, in nurse-led groups and in a programme of inter-professional learning with medical students. Practice learning is integral to the programme and students learn in a range of practice settings including community, care homes, acute hospital and specialist services. Study abroad In Year 3 there is an opportunity for all students to undertake an elective placement which may be abroad or within the UK. In addition, there is usually an opportunity to apply to study abroad as part of a semester long exchange with La Trobe University, Australia. Student support Student support at The University of Edinburgh is excellent and includes:
  • a Personal Tutor system
  • a University wide student support infrastructure
  • accessible academic staff
  • personalised support in the practice learning environment

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2022.

If you already have a 2022 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

Detailed entry requirements, including typical offer levels, and information about other qualifications we accept, are available on the University of Edinburgh’s website. You’ll also find important information on how to apply. You must submit a fully completed UCAS application that includes details of the qualifications you are taking, including full predicted grades for qualifications not yet completed, your personal statement and your reference.

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Minimum Qualification Requirements

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Additional entry requirements

Health checks

All students must undergo hepatitis B immunisation and TB status health check before starting the degree. There is fitness to practice guidance for people who wish to become nurses, we strongly advise you to make yourself aware of this before you apply. Please consult the Higher Educational Occupational Physicians/Practitioners (HEOPS) website for fitness to practice guidelines for this degree.


Admission to this degree includes an interview process. Further details on the process will be sent to candidates shortlisted for interview.

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Some prior experience of working with people is advisable.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)77.0 overall with 7.0 in each component.
TOEFL (iBT)100100 or above with 25 in each section (including Special Home Edition). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
Cambridge English Advanced185 overall with 185 in each component.
Cambridge English Proficiency185 overall with 185 in each component.
Trinity ISEISE III with a pass in all four components.

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher: SQA National 5 at C; SQA Standard Grade at 3; SQA Intermediate 1 at A; SQA Intermediate 2 at C; GCSE/IGSCE at C or 4; Level 2 Certificate Grade C or IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry). We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests. English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
EU £30400 Year 1
International £30400 Year 1

Additional fee information

Scottish students must apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for payment of their tuition fees. EU On 9th July 2020 the decision was made by the Scottish Government to end free university tuition for European Union (EU) students starting in 2021-22. Funding policy for EU nationals and associated groups starting a course of study in academic year 2022-23 or later will be in line with international fees. Full time international and EU students will pay a fixed annual fee rate for the duration of their programme.
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