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Would unis accept my qualifications

If I have a four in maths and English and health and social care level 2 and another four in another subject - have no fours in science as didn’t try at school could I possibly re take to up my gcses or is that too challenging? And now doing an access into nursing online and it’s funded and will finish in December and will be a mature student when going to Uni and hopefully going to get some volunteer experience when I pass my driving test in a few months or become a hca or similar.
Would uni of herts or ARU accept me or are they too competitive with the nursing course?
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Original post by accesstonursing
If I have a four in maths and English and health and social care level 2 and another four in another subject - have no fours in science as didn’t try at school could I possibly re take to up my gcses or is that too challenging? And now doing an access into nursing online and it’s funded and will finish in December and will be a mature student when going to Uni and hopefully going to get some volunteer experience when I pass my driving test in a few months or become a hca or similar.
Would uni of herts or ARU accept me or are they too competitive with the nursing course?

If your access to nursing course provides you with a level 3 qual upon completion that equates to the access entry requirements of your chosen university (e.g 45 credits equating to a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points), this should be fine. A lot of universities do not ask for science related GCSE's for nursing and a 4 for GCSE Maths and English meets most requirements too.
Any experience you can gain will boost your application, even if it is not directly related. As long as you can show in your personal statement that you understand the role of a nurse (your specialism specifically), what is expected of you at university, and can demonstrate understanding and evidence of the 6 Cs of nursing, this will support your application. You can also find virtual work experience online that provides great insights into the profession you want to go into and often gives you a completion certificate at the end, and you can talk about this in your personal statement and interview if successful. Check out Springpod for some interesting free courses 🙂
Original post by CCCU Health Rep
If your access to nursing course provides you with a level 3 qual upon completion that equates to the access entry requirements of your chosen university (e.g 45 credits equating to a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points), this should be fine. A lot of universities do not ask for science related GCSE's for nursing and a 4 for GCSE Maths and English meets most requirements too.
Any experience you can gain will boost your application, even if it is not directly related. As long as you can show in your personal statement that you understand the role of a nurse (your specialism specifically), what is expected of you at university, and can demonstrate understanding and evidence of the 6 Cs of nursing, this will support your application. You can also find virtual work experience online that provides great insights into the profession you want to go into and often gives you a completion certificate at the end, and you can talk about this in your personal statement and interview if successful. Check out Springpod for some interesting free courses 🙂

Hi thank you! Just really worried in case im at a disadvantage. Fingers crossed I’ll get accepted into a place then 🙂 . I’ll use your advice as well and appreciate this all. Also I love caring and helping for people - had experience in a care home but I’m quite slow due to my autism and have adhd. Will i struggle with nursing if i am slow?
Original post by accesstonursing
If I have a four in maths and English and health and social care level 2 and another four in another subject - have no fours in science as didn’t try at school could I possibly re take to up my gcses or is that too challenging? And now doing an access into nursing online and it’s funded and will finish in December and will be a mature student when going to Uni and hopefully going to get some volunteer experience when I pass my driving test in a few months or become a hca or similar.
Would uni of herts or ARU accept me or are they too competitive with the nursing course?


Most nursing courses only require a four in maths and english language so you should be okay. try emailed your specific university if you have any doubts
Original post by accesstonursing
If I have a four in maths and English and health and social care level 2 and another four in another subject - have no fours in science as didn’t try at school could I possibly re take to up my gcses or is that too challenging? And now doing an access into nursing online and it’s funded and will finish in December and will be a mature student when going to Uni and hopefully going to get some volunteer experience when I pass my driving test in a few months or become a hca or similar.
Would uni of herts or ARU accept me or are they too competitive with the nursing course?

hi, as a mature student myself, hopefully I can help.

The entry requirements for mature students differ in many cases its simply a case of showing you have a GCSE English and Maths, in some cases depending on the course it may simply be a case of an interview with the course director just to show how passionate you are about the subject and what uve learned in your spare time.

Speak to your uni, and try to get the email of course director/module director and take it from there.
Original post by accesstonursing
Hi thank you! Just really worried in case im at a disadvantage. Fingers crossed I’ll get accepted into a place then 🙂 . I’ll use your advice as well and appreciate this all. Also I love caring and helping for people - had experience in a care home but I’m quite slow due to my autism and have adhd. Will i struggle with nursing if i am slow?

I can't speak for other universities, but as one who works closely with access to nursing students at local colleges, we really value these students as the access course itself is a very good entry qual in terms of preparing you for university level study, and access students we have had successfully complete their degree often say that the transition from access to university was easier than they thought it would be! 🙂

A passion for helping people and wanting to make a difference is so important, so that is perfect! A lot of universities have support systems in place to support you and ensure that you enter into an inclusive environment. I would recommend reaching out to the universities you are interested in directly and speak to them about your concerns and they should be able to reassure you and talk about what support you would have access to as a student. If you can visit the universities and take a look at the campus and meet and speak to the nursing academics, this should also help make you feel more at ease and enable you to see if the campus and course is the right fit for you 🙂
Original post by accesstonursing
If I have a four in maths and English and health and social care level 2 and another four in another subject - have no fours in science as didn’t try at school could I possibly re take to up my gcses or is that too challenging? And now doing an access into nursing online and it’s funded and will finish in December and will be a mature student when going to Uni and hopefully going to get some volunteer experience when I pass my driving test in a few months or become a hca or similar.
Would uni of herts or ARU accept me or are they too competitive with the nursing course?

Hi @accesstonursing,
Thanks for reaching out and it's great you're considering a nursing degree and career 🙂
Which course were you looking at? Here at Herts, we consider applicants with 45 credits at Level 3 from the access course. We don't require a GCSE science for our BSc Adult, Learning Disability and Mental Health Nursing courses, but this would be needed on our BSc Child Nursing course.
Our next open day is on 27 April - you'd have the chance to speak directly to course leaders and attend taster sessions, so we'd urge you to come along as this will really help with your questions. You can register here.
Hope this helps, but please let me know if you have any further queries.
Wishing you all the best with your studies and we'd love to see you at our open day.
Gaynor
Marketing and Communications Team
Original post by accesstonursing
If I have a four in maths and English and health and social care level 2 and another four in another subject - have no fours in science as didn’t try at school could I possibly re take to up my gcses or is that too challenging? And now doing an access into nursing online and it’s funded and will finish in December and will be a mature student when going to Uni and hopefully going to get some volunteer experience when I pass my driving test in a few months or become a hca or similar.
Would uni of herts or ARU accept me or are they too competitive with the nursing course?

Hi there!

It’s great you are looking at your options and considering a pathway that you will enjoy 🩺

If you are concerned about grades/admissions, it would be best to talk with our Nursing admissions team. Feel free to send them an email: [email protected] , or for more general information about the University or any other queries, email: [email protected]

You can always chat with our students about their experience with Nursing Morgan is currently studying Adult Nursing and we have Jess who is currently studying Child Nursing. Or, we have our Open Day coming up on the 20th January if you want to explore our campuses and chat with the academic team and students in-person 😊

Do let us know any queries you may have,

Jemma
Original post by accesstonursing
If I have a four in maths and English and health and social care level 2 and another four in another subject - have no fours in science as didn’t try at school could I possibly re take to up my gcses or is that too challenging? And now doing an access into nursing online and it’s funded and will finish in December and will be a mature student when going to Uni and hopefully going to get some volunteer experience when I pass my driving test in a few months or become a hca or similar.
Would uni of herts or ARU accept me or are they too competitive with the nursing course?

@accesstonursing
Hi, I've taught on Access to HE for over 10 years, mostly on the Nursing and Midwifery pathway.

With the right number of UCAS tariff points from your Access course, mostly distinctions and a few merits, plus your grade 4's in english and maths you should be O.K for a lot of Universities - for midwifery they would likely expect a 4 in science too as it is more competitive. Remember that UCAS tariff points are a guide, if you give a barn storming interview they can still offer you a place for less points - check the Nursing and Midwifery Council website for recent developments in the field before an interview

Marc
Arden University Student Ambassador
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Original post by accesstonursing
If I have a four in maths and English and health and social care level 2 and another four in another subject - have no fours in science as didn’t try at school could I possibly re take to up my gcses or is that too challenging? And now doing an access into nursing online and it’s funded and will finish in December and will be a mature student when going to Uni and hopefully going to get some volunteer experience when I pass my driving test in a few months or become a hca or similar.
Would uni of herts or ARU accept me or are they too competitive with the nursing course?

Check with the NMC- they set most uni's gcse requirements. Mainly need a 4 or 5 for basic maths and literacy on the job. Either you could check with the NMC or the university's admission department, that should be able to help :smile:

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