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Entry Requirements - Nursing & Midwifery Studies

Minimum Entry Requirements

Applicants offering entry requirements over 3 years old will be required to provide evidence on recent study at an appropriate level.

Bachelor of Nursing: Adult Nursing
Essential GCSEs

A minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above. These must include English or Welsh Language, Mathematics and a Physical Science.
In certain circumstances Key Skills level 3 in Communication and Application of Number may be accepted in lieu of English/Welsh and Mathematics.
Applications will only be considered from those applicants that have already obtained these qualifications.

Plus one of the following:

A-Level

3 A-Levels. A typical profile being BBB. General Studies and key skills will not be included.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma with a pass in the Core and grades BB at GCE A-level.

BTEC

The National Diploma in Health Studies should be passed with a minimum of DDM as the final award. BTEC in Early Years should be passed with DDD as the final award. Other relevant BTEC National Diplomas may be considered.

CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education

A minimum of 360 UCAS points - A grade.

Scottish Higher

AAAB Plus credit standard grades in English Language, Mathematics and a Physical Science.

Irish Leaving Certificate

A1B3C3C3C3C3 at higher level to include a C in English Language, Mathematics and a Physical Science. Four other subjects are also required at ordinary level. Each case is considered individually.

International Baccalaureate

Obtain Diploma with an overall score of 28 points. English Language, Mathematics and a Physical Science must be offered at Subsidiary or GCSE level, if not at higher level.

European Baccalaureate

Obtain Diploma with an overall score of 60-69%.

Applicants offering alternative/vocational qualifications

Evidence of recent successful study at an appropriate level is required. Recent is within the last three years. Appropriate level is Advanced Level or equivalent.

Access Course

Students must offer a credit based nursing or health based Diploma level course validated by The Open College Network. This should be passed with a minimum of 27 distinctions and 18 merits which must come from within the rules of combination and credit. Applicants offering an access qualification would not require GCSE qualifications.

Please note: Distance Learning Access Courses are acceptable to the School provided they include witnessed assessments in a supervised assessment centre. Assessments by Skype are not acceptable for entry onto our programmes.  Witnessed assessments have been implemented so this only applies to courses completed from July 2012 onwards.

OU K101

This should be passed with a minimum of 60 level 1 credits. In addition students must meet the Maths, English Language and Science GCSE requirements. Other relevant OU modules may be considered.

International Students

Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in listening and reading and not less than 7.0 in writing and speaking. (Please note: this applies to overseas students who have pre arranged application arrangements).


Bachelor of Nursing: Mental Health Nursing
Essential GCSEs

A minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above. These must include English or Welsh Language, Mathematics and a Physical Science.
In certain circumstances Key Skills level 3 in Communication and Application of number may be accepted in lieu of English/Welsh and Mathematics.
Applications will only be considered from those applicants that have already obtained these qualifications.

Plus one of the following:

A-Level

3 A-Levels. A typical profile being BBB. General Studies and key skills will not be included.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma with a pass in the Core and grades BB at GCE A-level.

BTEC

The National Diploma in Health Studies should be passed with a minimum of DDM as the final award. BTEC in Early Years should be passed with DDD as the final award. Other relevant BTEC National Diplomas may be considered.

CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education

A minimum of 360 UCAS points A grade.

Scottish Higher

AAAB Plus credit standard grades in English Language, Mathematics and a Physical Science.

Irish Leaving Certificate

A1B3C3C3C3C3 at higher level to include a C in English Language, Mathematics and a Physical Science. Four other subjects are also required at ordinary level. Each case is considered individually.

International Baccalaureate

Obtain Diploma with an overall score of 28 points. English Language, Mathematics and a Physical Science must be offered at Subsidiary or GCSE level, if not at higher level.

European Baccalaureate

Obtain Diploma with an overall score of 60-69%.

Applicants offering alternative/vocational qualifications

Evidence of recent successful study at an appropriate level is required. Recent is within the last three years. Appropriate level is Advanced Level or equivalent.

Access Course

Students must offer a credit based nursing or health based Diploma level course validated by The Open College Network. This should be passed with a minimum of 27 distinctions and 18 merits which must come from within the rules of combination and credit. Applicants offering an access qualification would not require GCSE qualifications.

Please note: Distance Learning Access Courses are acceptable to the School provided they include witnessed assessments in a supervised assessment centre. Assessments by Skype are not acceptable for entry onto our programmes.  Witnessed assessments have been implemented so this only applies to courses completed from July 2012 onwards.

OU K101

This should be passed with a minimum of 60 level 1 credits. In addition students must meet the Maths, English Language and Science GCSE requirements. Other relevant OU modules may be considered.

International Students

Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in listening and reading and not less than 7.0 in writing and speaking. (Please note: this applies to overseas students who have pre arranged application arrangements).


Bachelor of Nursing: Children’s Nursing

Essential GCSEs
A minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above. These must include English or Welsh Language, Mathematics and a Physical Science.
In certain circumstances Key Skills level 3 in Communication and Application of number may be accepted in lieu of English/Welsh and Mathematics.
Applications will only be considered from those applicants that have already obtained these qualifications.

Plus one of the following:

A-Level

3 A-Levels. A typical profile being BBB. General Studies and key skills will not be included.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma with a pass in the Core and grades BB at GCE A-level.

BTEC

The National Diploma in Health Studies should be passed with a minimum of DDM as the final award. BTEC in Early Years should be passed with DDD as the final award. Other relevant BTEC National Diplomas may be considered.

CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education

A minimum of 360 UCAS points - A grade.

Scottish Higher

AAAB Plus credit standard grades in English Language, Mathematics and a Physical Science.

Irish Leaving Certificate

A1B3C3C3C3C3 at higher level to include a C in English Language, Mathematics and a Physical Science. Four other subjects are also required at ordinary level. Each case is considered individually.

International Baccalaureate

Obtain Diploma with an overall score of 28 points. English Language, Mathematics and a Physical Science must be offered at Subsidiary or GCSE level, if not at higher level.

European Baccalaureate

Obtain Diploma with an overall score of 60-69%.

Applicants offering alternative/vocational qualifications

Evidence of recent successful study at an appropriate level is required. Recent is within the last three years. Appropriate level is Advanced Level or equivalent.

Access Course

Students must offer a credit based nursing or health based Diploma level course validated by The Open College Network. This should be passed with a minimum of 27 distinctions and 18 merits which must come from within the rules of combination and credit. Applicants offering an access qualification would not require GCSE qualifications.

Please note: Distance Learning Access Courses are acceptable to the School provided they include witnessed assessments in a supervised assessment centre. Assessments by Skype are not acceptable for entry onto our programmes.  Witnessed assessments have been implemented so this only applies to courses completed from July 2012 onwards.

OU K101

This should be passed with a minimum of 60 level 1 credits. In addition students must meet the Maths, English Language and Science GCSE requirements. Other relevant OU modules may be considered.

International Students

Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in listening and reading and not less than 7.0 in writing and speaking. (Please note: this applies to overseas students who have pre arranged application arrangements).


Bachelor of Midwifery
Essential GCSEs

A minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above. These must include English or Welsh Language, Mathematics and a Physical Science. In certain circumstances Key Skills level 3 in Communication and Application of number may be accepted in lieu of English/Welsh and Mathematics.
Applications will only be considered from those applicants that have already obtained these qualifications.

Plus one of the following:

A-Level

3 A-Levels. A typical profile being ABB. General Studies and key skills will not be included.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma with a pass in the Core and grades AB at GCE A-level.

BTEC

The National Diploma in Health Studies should be passed with a minimum of DDD as the final award. BTEC in Early Years should be passed with DDD as the final award. Other relevant BTEC National Diplomas may be considered.

CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education

A minimum of 360 UCAS points - A grade.

Scottish Higher

AAAA Plus credit standard grades in English Language, Mathematics and a Physical Science.

Irish Leaving Certificate

A1B3C3C3C3C3 at higher level to include a C in English Language, Mathematics and a Physical Science. Four other subjects are also required at ordinary level. Each case is considered individually.

International Baccalaureate

Obtain Diploma with an overall score of 28 points. English Language, Mathematics and a Physical Science must be offered at Subsidiary or GCSE level, if not at higher level.

European Baccalaureate

Obtain Diploma with an overall score of not less than 77%.

Applicants offering alternative/vocational qualifications

Evidence of recent successful study at an appropriate level is required. Recent is within the last three years. Appropriate level is Advanced Level or equivalent.

Access Course

Students must offer a credit based nursing or health based Diploma level course validated by The Open College Network. This should be passed with a minimum of 30 distinctions and 15 merits which must come from within the rules of combination and credit. Applicants offering an access qualification would not require GCSE qualifications.

Please note: Distance Learning Access Courses are acceptable to the School provided they include witnessed assessments in a supervised assessment centre. Assessments by Skype are not acceptable for entry onto our programmes.  Witnessed assessments have been implemented so this only applies to courses completed from July 2012 onwards.

OU K101

This should be passed with a minimum of 60 level 1 credits. In addition students must meet the Maths, English Language and Science GCSE requirements. Other relevant OU modules may be considered.

International Students

Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in listening and reading and not less than 7.0 in writing and speaking. (Please note: this applies to overseas students who have pre arranged application arrangements).

Please note: Deferred entry is not available for the Bachelor of Midwifery programme.

Transfers

The School is happy to consider transfer requests from those who are already studying Nursing or Midwifery at another institution. Initial enquiries should be directed to the School Information Desk. Existing Cardiff University students will need to apply via UCAS in the usual way.

Essential entry requirements

Applicants will be expected to have a minimum of 5 GCSEs including English Language, Maths and a Physical Science at grade C or above. In certain circumstances Key Skills at Level 3 in Communication and Application of Number may be accepted in lieu of English/Welsh and Mathematics.

Available Places

There are two intakes a year. One in September the other in February/March for the Bachelor of Nursing (Hon's) programme (Adult and Mental Health) with approximately 160 places in each intake.

Please note: September intake only for the Bachelor of Midwifery (Hons) with approximately 37 places in each intake. September intake only for the Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) programme (Child) with approximately 25 places in each intake.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for the undergraduate degree, please contact the School for advice.

In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, competence in the English language is also a criterion of admission.

More information on English Language Requirements

Additional Requirements for Admission

Non Academic Requirements: Following confirmation of offers, enrolment/continuation on the programme will be conditional upon a satisfactory health screening and Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Disclosure.

Applying for Bachelor of Nursing programmes

UCAS

Applicants must already meet or be working towards the pre-requisite entry qualifications.

Applications should be made via Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) www.ucas.com

Applications are made on-line via the UCAS website using the "UCAS apply" facility. To use this facility you need to access www.ucas.com/apply. The UCAS website will provide you with information on how to apply and will explain the procedure for application.

Please Note: Deadline for applications for programmes commencing 2013/14 is 15th January 2013.

Enrolment

Following confirmation of offers enrolment/continuation on the programme will be conditional upon a satisfactory health screening and Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Disclosure/Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) registration.

Health Requirements

All applicants who accept an offer are required to complete a health questionnaire prior to enrolment. The information submitted is assessed independently by the Occupational Health Department, and there are three possible outcomes:

  • You meet the health requirements and are accepted onto the course.
  • The health questionnaire highlights a few issues and the Occupational Health Adviser contacts you to discuss them. Reasonable adjustments which would enable you to complete the course might also be discussed at this stage.
  • You may be invited to have a more in-depth occupational health assessment, possibly involving a medical examination, to determine whether you are fit to practise.

All students must complete this process before starting the course.

NB: Midwifery Students must have a validated negative sample for Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. This is arranged by the Occupational Health Department following commencement of the programme.

For further information contact: www.nmc-uk.org

Good Health and Character

All applicants must meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) good health and character, fitness to practice requirements.

This will be achieved by providing a satisfactory CRB disclosure and registration. These costs will be met by the applicant. Applicants will also be required to provide a ‘Statement of Character’ in addition to their UCAS reference. Applicants are encouraged to disclose any relevant information to the schools Nursing and Midwifery Council Fitness to Practice Panel as early as possible during the application process.

All applicants will be required to have a satisfactory health screening prior to enrolment on their programme of study. This is conducted independently by the University’s Occupational Health department.

Advice regarding all these processes will be provided by the schools’ selection and admissions department during the application process.

However, should applicants require any other guidance regarding good health and character requirements the selection and admissions department would be delighted to meet their needs.

All applicants are treated on an individual basis and any information disclosed will be treated in confidence. Health and character requirements are conditions of enrolment. Therefore they are independent to the selection process and do not influence selection decisions.

Resit Candidates

The Cardiff School of Healthcare Sciences will consider resit candidates on an individual basis.


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