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What qualifications do I need to become a nurse?

Let’s talk about Thursday 16th August 2018; the dreaded results day. Two years of hard work and three final weeks of stress all for the anxious wait of this day. In the famous words of Jeremy Clarkson ‘Don’t worry if your A level grades aren’t any good. I got a C and two U’s and I’m sitting here deciding which one of my Range Rovers to use today’.

TFS Healthcare are a recruitment agency looking for nurses throughout the UK. Nursing is the UK’s most employable degree with a huge 94% of students securing a job within six months of graduating.

There are so many career paths in nursing that you can follow, it can get quite daunting. There are four main fields of nursing and these are as follows:

  • Adult nursing, this involves the care of patients over 18. Nurses can work in hospitals or in community settings such as nursing homes or health centres.
  • Children’s nursing, working with children and young people up to 19 years old. Children nurses also offer support and advice to educate parents and carers.
  • Learning disability nursing, nurses who qualify in this sector help people with learning disabilities to live independently and fulfilling lives.
  • Mental Health nursing, this involves delivering and planning care for people living at home. They work alongside other healthcare professionals to ensure patients with mental illness get the specific care they need.

Nursing is a popular course to study at university to you need to ensure that you stand out. Most individuals will have similar grades, so you will need to have a specific trait to make you stand out from the crowd.

There is a fear throughout school that you must be an A* student to be able to study nursing as a degree. This is false. University isn’t the only way that you are able to get into a nursing career. Entry requirements for a nursing degree are like all other degrees, they vary from different universities. Most universities look for three A-Levels, plus supporting GCSEs in English, maths and science.

You may now be asking yourself, where am I going to study? Well, if you have already started your UCAS application then you will have your five choices, choose the one that is best suited for your course. If you attended taster days, think to yourself- what lecturer did I like, where would I feel most comfortable. Ask yourself questions before making your final decision.

As mentioned before, university isn’t for everyone. Don’t believe the myth that you must go to university to become a nurse. Nursing degree apprenticeships offer routes to becoming a nurse that don’t involve full-time study. An apprenticeship will still offer the same academic study as a university degree. Most nursing apprenticeships will take four years, however if you have previous learning and experience the degree may take less than four years to complete.

If you are looking for career opportunities in nursing then get in touch today on 020 7407 1122 or register with us.