Nursing and Midwifery undergraduate frequently asked questions

We offer a Health Foundation Year for each of our five BSc programmes. These are for those who have taken traditional college-level qualifications equivalent to three A Levels, and fallen below the required number of UCAS points for the three-year programme. 

 If you do not have traditional college-level qualifications equivalent to three A Levels, then an Access Course may be the best route for you to take. These can be studied at your local college or online via distance learning. 

Due to their vocational nature, we cannot accept NVQs. 

It is a requirement of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) that all students have GCSE Maths and English at grade C, or an equivalent such as Functional Skills Level 2. 

We do not have a requirement for applicants to hold GCSE Science. 

Yes, and our courses attract a higher than average number of mature students. Mature students still need to meet the entry requirements. 

In order to make our BSc courses accessible to all age groups, we have no requirements for previous healthcare experience. However, you will need to be able to demonstrate transferable skills relevant to healthcare roles.  

If you are considering an MSc nursing course, healthcare experience is required (see link below for further information). 

We offer a two-year MSc degree programme in all four fields of nursing. 

 

Applications must be submitted via UCAS. 

Please see the UCAS website for application deadlines.

We have one intake of BSc Nursing and Midwifery students each September. MSc Nursing courses usually begin March/April. 

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We accept international students for our BSc and MSc Nursing and Midwifery programmes. Find out more here.  

You will be interviewed by a panel of two, which will include at least one member of the academic team. The second panel member may be a lecturer, third-year student, clinician, or user of healthcare services. 

Please note that due to COVID-19, our interviews are currently taking place via video call using Microsoft Teams. More information on this process will provided to applicants requiring an interview. 

For pre-15th January applicants, UCAS require decisions need to be made by 31st March. To ensure it is a fair process for all applicants, decisions to invite to interview, or to offer places, are made on a rolling basis. This means that for the more competitive programmes, applicants may need to wait longer before receiving a decision. 

You will need to provide us with your certificates from relevant and completed qualifications before we can make you an offer if your application is successful. These will need to be uploaded to the applicant portal. Information on how to do this will be provided in your interview invite email. Please ensure you carefully read all communications from us. 

You can order replacements through the relevant exam board. Your school should be able to advise you of who this is, or you can find out more here.

All offers include this, as all new students need to pass DBS and Occupational Health checks. You will be sent all the information you need regarding both parts of your offer so please check your emails regularly so you do not miss any information from us. Students who do not achieve satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health checks will not be able to progress. 

We will consider applications for deferred entry. Applicants who have applied for the next academic year can request to have their application deferred by emailing nursing.admissions@keele.ac.uk. The decision on whether to allow this is at the discretion of the Admissions Tutor. 

We can provide a feedback letter to applicants who have not been successfulHowever, this will be generic in the first instancePersonalised feedback can be provided after the May UCAS deadline. Applicants can request feedback by emailing nursing.admissions@keele.ac.uk. 

Information on how to appeal our decision can be found in our Admissions Policy.  

We can consider applications to transfer into year 2 of our degree programmes. 
 
To be considered we would need an application via UCAS, including a list of your qualifications, a personal statement indicating that you are applying for a transfer and a supporting academic reference from your current personal tutor. You will also need to provide a transcript from your current University indicating your course progress. 
 
Your application will then be considered by our admissions tutors, and applicants who are successful at this stage will be invited to attend an interview. 
 
Please note that we can only accept transfer applicants if a place on year 2 of the programme becomes available, and we are unable to consider applications for transfer from applicants who have had failures in theory or practice. 

The best way to contact the team is to email nursing.admissions@keele.ac.uk 

You can query this by emailing nursing.admissions@keele.ac.uk. Ensure you include the full title of the qualification and the grade achieved, if applicable. Sending a copy of your certificate and module breakdown, if available, will make it easier for us to answer your query. 

The interview is values-based, but you will also be expected to understand the role of the nurse/midwife, and the demands of the course you are applying for. 

Student’s geographical location and means of transport, when possible, are taken into account when allocating to clinical placements and, whilst efforts are made to limit student travel, it is not possible to guarantee that placements will be in particular locations and students may be required to travel some distance for their placements. Clinical placements currently in use by the School of Nursing and Midwifery and are normally within a 50 mile radius, most being 30 miles or less, from the university.  

Travel Expenses may be claimed in accordance with information from the NHS Learning support fund guidelines. 

The health foundation year is for students who do not meet the necessary entry criteria for direct entry to the 3 year degree programme. As it is a combined programme with students advancing to the degree if they meet the progression requirements, the selection process for the 3 year degree course and the Health Foundation Year course, including screening of the personal statement and interview process, is the same for both courses. Applicants should only apply for the course they meet the academic entry criteria for. 

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