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Admissions criteria - Nursing

This information applies to all pre-registration undergraduate Nursing programmes.

If you are a qualified nurse, please contact the School direct as the following admissions criteria may not apply.

Applicants must already meet or be working towards the pre-requisite entry qualifications. Applications should be made via Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Applications are made on-line via the UCAS website using the "UCAS apply" facility. To use this facility you need to access UCAS apply. The UCAS website will provide you with information on how to apply and will explain the procedure for application.

All applications received at UCAS by the main cycle closing date, which is 15 January, will receive equal consideration.

Please note: for administrative and logistical reasons, the selection process differs between programmes.

A-level, Welsh Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate

A-level, Welsh Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate requirements can be found in Course Finder.

Other qualifications

Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome, as are those who may have combinations of qualifications or other relevant work/life experience. If you would like to know the entry requirements for a specific qualification not listed here, please contact our admissions team on either or +44 (0)29 2087 9999.

Additional requirements for admission and enrolment

Following confirmation of offers, enrolment/continuation on the programme will be conditional upon a satisfactory health screening and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

International applicants

We are unable to accept applications for Adult Nursing (BN), Child Nursing (BN) and Mental Health Nursing (BN) intake (including deferred applications) from international fee-status applicants.

For non UK EU students, the majority of applicants offer A level subjects, some other international qualifications are acceptable. Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 7.0 with no less than 7.0 in listening and reading and no less than 7.0 in writing and speaking.

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.

For further information contact the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

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.

All applications are reviewed to ensure that candidates either possess or are working towards qualifications which meet the school's minimum entry criteria. If so, the application will progress to the next stage and will have the personal statement scored using predetermined shortlisting criteria.

Shortlisting selection criteria
  • Motivation
  • Communication skills
  • Insight into the nature and demands of the programme
  • Insight into chosen area of practice
  • Insight into the emotional demands of care and caring when responding to patient/client needs
  • Transferable skills and attributes
  • Those applications with the highest shortlisting scores at this stage will be invited to interview (MMIs).

Please note: Applicants who are invited to the interview days and have disabilities or additional support needs are encouraged to indicate this in your response to the Admissions Team email: We will contact you to discuss your access requirements so that appropriate adjustments can be arranged.

Applications which have not met the required threshold score will not be invited to the Interview Day (MMIs) and will be informed by UCAS that their application has been unsuccessful.

Unsuccessful applicants who wish to obtain feedback should contact general admissions.

Following the Assessment and Interview stage each applicant is awarded a total application score. This is the sum of their assessment and interview scores.

Offers are made to candidates who have achieved the highest total application scores and who have provided a satisfactory statement of character.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their selection process via UCAS tracker; direct applicants by the university. Unsuccessful applicants who wish to obtain feedback should contact general admissions.

The interviews at the School of Healthcare Sciences involve the use of a Multi Mini Interview (MMI) procedure which is based on the Objective Structured Clinical Examination format, commonly used by Health Sciences programmes to evaluate clinical competence. The MMI process is an opportunity to address interviewees in person and to assess information that is not always readily forthcoming in traditional application processes.

The MMIs are made up of a series of short, carefully timed interview stations which provide information about an applicants' ability to think on their feet, to critically appraise information, to communicate ideas and demonstrate that they have thought about some of the issues that are important to the nursing profession.

There are six stations in total. Each mini interview lasts a maximum of five minutes.

Two important points to remember:

  • the MMI is not intended to test the amount of prior knowledge in these domains
  • interview stations change throughout the week

Adult, Mental Health and Child Nursing interview dates:

  • 9, 10, 11 December 2019
  • 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 February 2020

Adult interview dates only:

  • 5, 6 March 2020

Mental Health Nursing interview dates only:

  • 5, 6 March 2020

Child Nursing interview dates only:

  • 3 March 2020

Extra consideration will be guaranteed to suitable applicants to the School of Healthcare Sciences. View the University policy on use of contextual data.

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

The School of Healthcare Sciences will consider requests for deferred entry for Mental Health and Adult Nursing only. The School of Healthcare Sciences will not consider offers for deferred entry on the Child Nursing programme.

Transfers with credit from another Higher Education institution

The School of Healthcare Sciences will consider applications from students wishing to transfer to Cardiff from nursing degrees at other UK Universities. Transfers are considered where there are compelling personal circumstances supporting a transfer as well as a funded place available, and where the applicant meets the entry requirements for the relevant degree scheme. A satisfactory level of performance in the first year of the programme at their current institution is a requirement.

Transfers from other programmes within Cardiff University

The School of Healthcare Sciences will not accept direct transfers from students wishing to transfer from other Schools within Cardiff University. Students are welcome to apply via UCAS, and will be given equal consideration via our selection process where the applicant meets the entry requirements for the relevant degree scheme. All applicants to nursing programmes are required to start at the beginning of the programme due to the clinical component of these programmes.

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