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Pathway to a degree in healthcare

Healthcare students walking in a group

Our pathway to a degree in healthcare has been designed for adults returning to education who want to study part-time in order to apply to study a degree.

Modules are taught in the evenings and at weekends. You will study in a relaxed and supportive environment. After studying the pathway you will be able to make an application to study an undergraduate degree in these subject areas:

  • adult nursing
  • mental health nursing
  • child nursing
  • midwifery
  • occupational therapy
  • radiotherapy and oncology
  • diagnostic radiography
  • physiotherapy
  • medical pharmacology.

How it works

The pathway is made up of 60 credits. This includes two compulsory core modules, made up of 20 credits each, and additional optional modules that will equal 20 credits.

Applicants wishing to enrol on this pathway will need to have gained five GCSEs, grades A-C/9-4. These should include mathematics and English or Welsh.

For the pathway to radiology and radiotherapy, you will need to have gained five GCSEs, grades A-C/9-4. These should include double science, or physics and another science, mathematics and English or Welsh.

Physiotherapy students need to have 7 GCSEs A-C/9-4. These should include Maths, English/Welsh and Double Science. Students also need to have achieved a Biology A Level, grade B or above.

Pathway modules

Core modules

Optional modules


Under normal circumstances, you can expect to complete the pathway within one year, but you can take longer if needed.


Information about funding and finance can be found here.


If you have any queries or would like to know more about this route, please email your query to

Remember to add your name and the type of nursing that interests you in the subject header of the email (eg 'Your Name - Mental Health Nursing')

In the main body of the email please enter a contact telephone number and let us know if you have the required qualifications (5 GCSEs including English / Welsh and Maths).

If you do not have the required qualifications, please tell us what qualifications you hold.

A member of the Pathways Team will respond to your email as soon as possible.

Pathways to a degree