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News: Kick-start your career in nursing at Nottingham College.

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Wednesday 12th May marks International Nurses Day, a day which celebrates and shines a light on the important work nurses do. If you are aspiring to a future nursing career there are lots of routes and study options to help you get there.

Nursing staff working through the pandemic have shattered the stereotypes of nursing and the world has seen first-hand the fundamental role nursing plays in patient safety. Over the past year, demand for university level nursing courses has risen, with the pandemic inspiring a new generation of students to enter the field. If you’re a school leaver we offer lots of options to help you to take the next step towards university and if you’re aged 19+ and don’t currently have the qualifications you need, we can help you get there with an Access to Higher Education Course.

We outline some of the options below and share stories from our former students who are now working on the frontline as nurses and student nurses.

School leaver? There’s lots of options for you to take the first step towards your future nursing career.

Libby - former Nottingham College student and now student nurse
Libby Avery completed a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health Studies) here at Nottingham College in 2018.

Our BTEC’s covering Health and Social Care offer an insight into the practical and theoretical experience you’ll need before moving onto further study. 

Former students Libby and Britney studied a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care with us before continuing their studies at university where they worked on the frontline as student nurses during the pandemic.

I love being a nurse and I can’t thank my family and the staff at Nottingham College enough for the help and guidance I received during my studies in order to follow my dreams in becoming a nurse. 

LIBBY AVERY — Former BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care student.

On successful completion of the 1 year foundation course you are able to move onto our Level 3 extended diploma in Health and Social Care. This will enable you to gain UCAS tariff points needed for university and will allow you to study a range of courses at degree level within the health or social care field including nursing.

Our Level 1 and courses will allow you to progress onto courses of a higher level.

A Levels

Universities accept a range of A Level subjects for nursing courses, typically they may request a science-based subject such as Biology too. You’ll need to check specific university entry requirements as these will vary, but the huge range of A Level subjects we offer means we are bound to have the course options to suit you and help you on your way to your nursing career. 

All students at High Pavement have access to our dedicated team of UCAS Advisers, Achievement Coaches and Careers Advisers who will support you with your applications, completing personal statements and preparing for interviews.

Aged 19+ and don’t have the necessary qualifications? We can help!

Entry requirements for university nursing courses will vary depending on where you choose to study but you will typically need a level 3 qualification and GCSEs. If you are aged 19+ and don’t have the necessary qualifications, then our Access to Higher Education (HE) courses could be a great choice for you! These courses are specifically designed for adults aged 19+ returning to education and are a fast-track route to university level study.

If you want to pursue a career in adult, child or mental health nursing, midwifery or other health professions, our Access to Higher Education: Nursing and Midwifery course will put you on the right track.


Mature student Ade has gone through a number of personal tragedies, but says that the life experiences and challenges she has faced are what makes her so passionate about becoming a nurse. 

She used the Access to Nursing and Midwifery course as a springboard to higher education, and is now in her second year of studying adult nursing at university. 

My lecturer was so supportive and encouraging, and I’m determined to become a nurse. 


Not sure? Our Careers advisors are here to help.

If you’re considering a career in nursing but don’t know which course is the best option for you our careers advisors can help you navigate your choices. Find out more about our careers advisors and book an appointment here (you don’t need to be a current student!).

Alternatively please contact our call centre on 0115 9 100 100, who will be pleased to make an appointment for you. You can also email: careersteam@​nottinghamcollege.​ac.​uk

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  • 12th May 2021 (8:00 AM)
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