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Nursing in Wales

The OU in Wales has a nursing degree scheme, which allows healthcare assistants to study flexibly for a nursing degree while continuing to work in their local hospital or care home.

New for February 2023 – Additional places on Pre-Registration Nursing Bsc (Hons) in Wales

If you’re currently working as a NHS healthcare support worker, you can apply to study on our nursing degree, which will start in February 2023.

Contact your employer’s nurse education department or education lead to find out more.

This is a fully funded package, and you’ll receive on-the-job support from your employer.

You’ll need GCSEs in maths, and English or Welsh at grades A, B or C, or the equivalent.*            

Here’s the timetable to register:

  • Candidate names (including their e-mail addresses) sent to the OU by 9 November 2022
  • Completed applications sent to the OU by 23 November 2022
  • Shortlisting  –  28 November-2 December 2022
  • Interviews** – 12 December-21 December 2022
  • Outcomes including offers of places to successful candidates – 23 December 2022

Places on the OU in Wales’ nursing degree have been commissioned by Health Education and Improvement Wales(HEIW).

*The equivalent is usually Essential Skills Wales level 2 in Application of Number and Communication (6 credits in each), but other qualifications such as Functional Skills are eligible.
**Interviews will be online with your employer and a staff tutor based in Wales. Please let us know if you’d like to use Welsh at your interview.  

The programme covers all four fields of nursing which are:

  • Adult
  • Mental Health
  • Learning Disability
  • Child & Young Person

Each are approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council as part of their Future Nurse Curriculum.

Students need to be employed in a role (NHS or third sector) where they deliver nursing care and can access two registered nurses for supervision and assessment. If they work in residential care and do not have access to two registered nurses but want to study at this level they can instead register for our Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care Practice (Wales) (T34) (Please note only 60 credits of this certificate will be eligible for consideration towards the nursing degree.)

We recommend that candidates register for the Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice (T01), choosing the 16 month rather than the 12 month option. This includes two modules. One is on theory, (K102) and the other (K104) combines practice and theory.

T01 students will study for their certificate alongside their job, and won’t need a student uniform or be released for practice placements. They’ll need access to a supervisor for 15 hours a week during work time.

(Pre-registration nursing students will need a student uniform and be released 15 hours a week to take part in their practice placements, as well as an additional supported study day).

After successfully completing T01, there are a number of options for entry to stage 2 of the nursing degree. These depend on individual situations, and are subject to recruitment and selection processes.

If you are

  • prospective students
  • employers
  • workforce development staff
  • HR managers

you can discuss the programme with us, and we’ll guide you through the process.

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