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    Hi! I started a children's nursing degree at 18 years old and left after my first year, I passed the year with a high 2.1 but due to financial issues and health issues I could not carry on. I took up a job in a special needs school and I'm now a senior LSA and in the 2nd year of a 4 year degree in Applied Education Studies. I'm really enjoying the degree and the job is great, at the end of my degree I would like to go back into nursing. I will be 24 by then, a lot older and wiser than I was at 18, my health issues are under control and I'm in a much more financially stable place than I was back then. How competitive are PgDip programmes in children's nursing and what is the likelihood of me getting in with my background? Thanks.
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    (Original post by Charlottehall96)
    Hi! I started a children's nursing degree at 18 years old and left after my first year, I passed the year with a high 2.1 but due to financial issues and health issues I could not carry on. I took up a job in a special needs school and I'm now a senior LSA and in the 2nd year of a 4 year degree in Applied Education Studies. I'm really enjoying the degree and the job is great, at the end of my degree I would like to go back into nursing. I will be 24 by then, a lot older and wiser than I was at 18, my health issues are under control and I'm in a much more financially stable place than I was back then. How competitive are PgDip programmes in children's nursing and what is the likelihood of me getting in with my background? Thanks.
    Postgraduate nursing requries a high number of hours in clinical practice. I think it would be worth looking into whether your current job would be considered relevant hours. As far as I am aware, it would not be considered, although most universities will consider mature applicants on an individual basis. An email enquiry to a few different universities should clarify this for you.

    Otherwise, you may need to look at an undergraduate level nursing degree. The only difference between the two is that the undergrad degree is slightly longer to account for the clinical hours needed to apply for registration with the NMC. You would need to check the entry requirements to determine whether you met the academic requirements too. I can't see any issues with you meeting the recent study requirements.
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    Postgraduate nursing requries a high number of hours in clinical practice. I think it would be worth looking into whether your current job would be considered relevant hours. As far as I am aware, it would not be considered, although most universities will consider mature applicants on an individual basis. An email enquiry to a few different universities should clarify this for you.

    Otherwise, you may need to look at an undergraduate level nursing degree. The only difference between the two is that the undergrad degree is slightly longer to account for the clinical hours needed to apply for registration with the NMC. You would need to check the entry requirements to determine whether you met the academic requirements too. I can't see any issues with you meeting the recent study requirements.
    Hi, thank you for your response! As my clinical practice hours from nursing (626 hours) will fall within the last 5 years and I have around 100 hours from a job in social care, the universities I am looking at for PgDip nursing say I will be fine on the work experience front. Thank you so much for your help
 
 
 
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