How to become a Nurse

Sunday, February 7, 2021

How to become a nurse

Did you know nursing is the UK’s most employable type of degree, with 94% of students getting a job within six months of finishing their course?

The first thing to decide is which field of nursing you want to study in, all of these fields you’ll have the opportunity to make a real difference to peoples lives.

The four fields of nursing are:

  • Adult Nursing
  • Childrens Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Learning Disability Nursing

There are some degree courses that allow you to study in two of the fields. These are known as ‘dual field’ degrees. Once you have qualified you’ll be able to work as a nurse anywhere in the UK and even internationally.


Entry requirements for nursing degree courses vary because each university sets its own entry criteria, but you are likely to need at least two (usually three) A-levels or equivalent qualifications at level 3, plus supporting GCSEs including English, maths and a science (usually biology or human biology). Contact universities directly to find out whether qualifications equivalent to A-levels or GCSEs are acceptable.

Financial support 

At least £5,000 will be available from September 2020 to help eligible undergraduate and postgraduate student nurses fund their studies. Best of all, it won’t need to be repaid.

Nursing degree apprenticeships

Nursing degree apprenticeships offer flexible routes to becoming a nurse that don't require full-time study at university, although nursing degree apprentices will still need to undertake academic study at degree level.You will need to secure a position as a nursing degree apprentice and your employer will then release you to study at university on a part-time basis. You’ll typically need a level 3 qualification to start a nursing degree apprenticeship. 

Vacancies for nursing degree apprenticeships are advertised on the NHS Jobs website