How to apply?

Please be aware that we only offer adult branch nurse training. There is no opportunity to study Learning Disability, Mental Health, Child nursing or Midwifery. However, you will be exposed to these specialities whilst in practice.

Entry requirements


  • A first degree of 2:2 classification or above in a relevant academic discipline discipline e.g. Social, Behavioural and Human sciences or Health and Social Care related degrees
  • GCSE (or equivalent) English, Mathematics and Science at grades A* to C

Literacy and numeracy are essential under Nursing and Midwifery Council's requirement. Your application and interview are designed to consider these areas.

Our standard English requirements for overseas applicants are: IELTS with an overall score of 7 (with no less than 7 in each part).

Work Experience

All applicants must be able to provide evidence of 650 hours of health related work experience. The two main reasons for this experience are to give you a true insight into working in healthcare and to develop the essentials skills needed to be a successful Nurse.

Participatory work experience (not simply observing, but a 'hands on' role) is extremely valuable. Many applicants arrange to undertake paid or voluntary work as a Healthcare Assistant. Whatever work experience you have, it is important that you reflect effectively on this in your Personal Statement.
Please read the full guidance on work experience and your personal statement here before submitting your application.


Health screening forms will be sent to applicants who have firmly accepted an offer of a place. This will require that GPs fill in a form documenting immunisation history.
An immunisation programme may be required if individuals are not up to date or need additional vaccinations prior to clinical placements.

The School of Nursing continually reviews the immunisation requirements and procedures for nursing students, taking into account national guidance, and you will be required to comply with any such amendments if you are offered a provisional place.

Students who have serious health problems must disclose this on their Occupational health form, as their course may need to be modified to accommodate Department of Health guidance on activities which they may or may not perform. All potential students with significant health problems will be individually assessed for suitability for the course.

It is imperative that all procedures outlined above are followed precisely to avoid prejudicing your entry to the course.

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check

All applicants for entry to Nursing are required to undergo a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check.  Admission to the course offered by the University of Sheffield, School of Nursing is subject to the Rehabilitiation of Offenders Act (1974) Section 4(2) (Exemption) Order 1975 and the Department of Health Circular HC (88)9 guidelines regarding child protection and police checks. Before being admitted on to this course, therefore, you will need to apply for an enhanced disclosure document from the Disclosure Barring Services.

A Commitment to uphold the values of the NHS

All applicants to Nursing are required to demonstrate an awareness of and commitment to the core values of the NHS which aspires to provide the highest standards of excellence, professionalism and public accountability, and gives priority to the interests of patients. We base our selection decisions on these values and how well you are able to express them on your application and performance at our selection day.  We would invite you to consider your application and suitability to Nursing by reviewing the NHS Constitution (2013) by clicking here.

If you have any queries on the above please contact the Admissions Tutor: Elaine Whitton, 0114 222 2069,

For more information on the accreditation of prior learning (APL) please click here.


To apply for this course please apply through UCAS. The course code is 3010.

Please read all guidance on the UCAS website before completing and submitting your application. Here are some further points to remember:

  • Always give full details of your qualifications especially if international
  • If you are awaiting your results ensure your referee gives a prediction in your reference
  • Your personal statement is VERY important.

What next?

Applications will initially be checked that they meet our minimum academic requirements. We will look at the results of all your previous qualifications and the predictions of any qualifications that you are currently studying for.  If these conditions are met, your application will then be sent out to members of the course team who will consider your suitability for entry to the course.

On the basis of information provided on the application and the reference the team will identify if you are suitable to interview with potential for admission to the course.

If you are invited to interview you will be sent full details of what the process involves and how you can prepare.

Once you have been interviewed all offers will be made through UCAS, usually within 3 weeks. All the offers that we make are also subject to the receipt of a satisfactory health questionnaire and a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Barring Services (DBS) check (or equivalent). Please read the sections on Health Requirements and  checks  for further details. We will send you details about how to arrange your DBS check and health requirements.

Students with a disability

There are two factors to bear in mind if you have a disability, and are considering studying nursing:

  1. Your personal experience with disability can give you greater insight into the lives of many of your patients, and make you better equipped to assist them as a doctor. As a consequence, we welcome applications from disabled people.
  2. Nurse training covers every aspect of health care, and includes involvement in patient care during practice placements. If your disability is such as to make it impossible for you to practice, we would be unable to accept you onto the course. As a consequence and to ensure that effective support can be provided, disabled applicants, and applicants with serious health problems should contact the admissions tutor before applying.

Overseas applicants

In order to be eligible for a place on the course you must have home or EU student status.

If you have lived overseas for a period of 3 months or more since the age of 16 and are now resident in the UK you will be required to provide both a DBS check and an overseas equivalent.