The future nursing workforce needs advanced leadership, and higher level clinical and analytical skills.
Our four-year course leading to a Masters in Nursing and first level registration as a nurse has been designed with this in mind. It will equip you with the confidence and ability to think critically, apply knowledge and skills, and provide expert, evidence-based, direct nursing care.
As a nursing student in the Department of Health Sciences, you’ll be joining some of the brightest and best students preparing to become the nursing leaders of the future. Based in a Department renowned for its cutting edge research into healthcare practice and policy, you'll study a scientific, research-informed curriculum in world-class facilities. With an equal balance of theory and clinical learning throughout your course, you'll be supported to develop high-calibre clinical skills across a diverse range of exciting practice placements.
We are currently developing some of the specific details of this course in response to changes to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards for Nursing. Please keep an eye on these pages for the latest information about our nursing courses.
After completing this degree students will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the professional regulatory body for nurses and midwives in the UK.
Including a Clinical Simulation Unit which looks just like a hospital ward
We've partnered with Health and Social Care providers across North Yorkshire
Staff are active in research and your teaching is informed by the latest developments
York is a research-intensive Russell Group university. Our stimulating and supportive nursing course will enable you to become a self-directed and independent learner. You will gain the intellectual independence to contribute and challenge theory and practice. Nursing students at the University of York engage in various practice communities across healthcare and education in order to facilitate intellectual and professional development.
You will develop the personal and professional skills required to become adept at delivering high standards of patient- and family-centred care, while promoting individual and community health and wellbeing. You will learn about the nature and causation of disease and disability, specific client problems and nursing interventions.
Your practice experience will cover the whole of the region and you will work with our partners across York NHS Foundation Trust, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust and Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust, as well as other practice providers. You will benefit from a wide range of experiences in different localities and practice settings, from coastal towns to rural communities.
In Year 1 you will study a variety of modules adding up to 120 credits. You will be introduced to the fundamental aspects of a career in nursing and core topics related to working in public health.
You will also spend a significant part of your time on placement, where you will be based in a wide variety of settings throughout the region. This may include residential and nursing homes, acute and critical care, primary care and community health.
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.
This module covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.
This module will:
In Year 2 you will begin to focus your work around mental health nursing. You will start to develop a deeper, more critical understanding of nursing and of your role as a partner in relation to others. You will be encouraged to consider your role within the context of different healthcare settings and alongside other health and social care disciplines.
Working within mental health nursing, you will concentrate on the acquisition of specialist knowledge and skills. The focus will be on your professional development as an accountable practitioner and leader and you will be introduced to increasingly complex and challenging problems.
In this final year, you'll refine the skills you have gained in previous years and prepare for your role as a registered nurse.
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
The fees and funding figures below are for 2019 entry. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year.
Costs for uniform provision, Occupational Health Screening, and Disclosure and Barring Service checks are included in your student fees. You will have to meet the costs of uniform replacement or missed occupational health appointments. You will also have to pay for Professional Association Fees (Indemnity) which is covered in the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) or Unison Student Membership which is approximately £30. Placements are compulsory and can incur costs, which will depend on what you choose to do. Please note that this information is subject to change for students starting in 2019, you should refer to the Departmental webpage for up to date Fees and Finance advice.
UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.
For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.
We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”
The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018
Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.
You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
Our focus is on making your learning relevant to your nursing practice. With a combination of tutor support, mentor guidance in placements and excellent teaching facilities we can help you get the very best out of your time in York, ensuring that you will develop your knowledge and skills as well as confidence in your role as a nurse.
The course is stimulating and uses various teaching methods from lectures and group work to presentation and simulation training.
You will undertake a variety of practice experiences that will help to build and shape your knowledge and skills. Placements could be with partner organisations outside the city of York where some travel is required. You will work with a diverse range of people from different cultures who live in a variety of environments.
Practice experience will be gained over the full 24 hours; you will be required to work a complete pattern of shifts, including nights and weekends, early and late shifts.
You will split your time equally between attending lectures and seminars on campus and working out on placement with one of our clinical partners.
The rest of your time on the course will be spent on independent study. This may include preparation for lectures and seminars, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. The expectation is that full-time nursing students will spend around 4600 hours learning throughout their course.
Our superb Clinical Simulation Unit (CSU) is a safe and supportive environment where you can develop and enhance your clinical skills and contains much of the healthcare equipment you will find in any modern hospital. Here you will be exposed to the most up-to-date procedures and technologies under safe and supervised conditions.
It provides facilities which replicate a number of areas where healthcare professionals may work; from the home environment and primary care clinics to hospital wards and critical care areas. Our CSU has two four-bed hospital bays, an intensive care suite, and a bedsit. We also have a large, versatile teaching area which can be divided into multiple room configurations by modern, soundproofed, movable walls.
You will be based in the Department of Health Sciences, on Campus West. Most of your contact hours will be in Alcuin college, with some additional teaching at various other locations on Campus West.
You will also undertake practice placements as part of this course. The placements will be assigned by the department and you will be supported by a link lecturer and practice mentor. They can be across the whole of the North Yorkshire region. You will have to fund travel costs to placements, although you may be eligible for some travel cost reimbursement. Please see our frequently asked questions page for more information.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
You will be assessed throughout the course in both theory and practice elements. You will have to successfully complete all areas to be able to progress.
A variety of assessment methods, including presentations, essays, reports, simulated scenarios and examinations will be used. Individual written assessment feedback will be provided to you for every piece of assessed work with the exception of closed examinations. Feedback may also be provided verbally. Verbal feedback can be on a one-to-one basis with an academic member of staff or delivered to you as part of a group exercise.
Students from the Department of Health Sciences have an excellent record in achieving immediate employment after completion of their course. Most students go into careers with NHS trusts in North Yorkshire and in other areas of northern England as well as other NHS organisations in the UK.
Typical first posts are as band 5 staff nurses in the NHS, but being a York Nurse will prepare you for a lifelong career which may see you undertake future roles such as:
Three A levels at grades ABB. Please note we do not accept General Studies.
|GCSEs||You should already hold GCSE English Language, Maths and Science (at Grade C/4 or above) or equivalent qualifications at the point of application.|
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||Pass 60 credits with at least 45 credits achieved at Level 3. You must achieve 30 level 3 credits at distinction and 15 level 3 credits at merit. At least 15 level 3 credits should be in science subjects. We will not normally consider applicants who have progressed to an access course within three years of taking A levels and failed to achieve the necessary grades for entry to the course.|
|BTEC||We accept a range of BTEC qualifications equivalent to 3 A Levels. BTEC National Extended Diploma with DDM For the BTEC National Extended Diploma in Early Years we require DDD|
|Cambridge Pre-U||Pass with M2 in three Principal Subjects/Global Perspectives|
|European Baccalaureate||75% overall average|
|Irish leaving Certificate||H2,H2,H3,H3,H3,H3|
|Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers||Scottish Advanced Highers: AB + AABBB, Scottish Higher (without AH): AAABB|
Other qualifications are accepted by the University, please contact the department for more information.
If you achieve a C or higher at EPQ, you will be eligible for a reduced offer, one grade below our typical offer.
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualification:
IELTS: 7.0, with a minimum of 7.0 in each component.
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
Please note that international students are not currently eligible to apply for this course.
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