We answer your frequently asked questions about training to become a registered nurse.
How do I become a nurse?
There are three main routes to become a nurse. These are:
- Nursing Degrees - Most people take a Nursing Degree in order to become a nurse. Nursing Degrees offer a variety of pathways, meaning that you can specialise in the field of nursing you would later like to work in. Nursing is considered an extremely employable degree with 94% of UK nursing graduates in jobs within six months of finishing their degree.
- Nursing Associate FdSc - Nursing associates work with healthcare support workers and registered nurses to provide care and treatment in a wide range of health and care settings but are not fully registered nurses. As well as being a professional role, a Nursing Associate qualification allows you to progress on to graduate level nursing.
- Nursing Degree Apprenticeship - This qualification offers a flexible route to becoming a nurse that doesn't require full-time study at university. Nursing degree apprentices still need to undertake academic study at degree level and meet the standards laid down by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
At Worcester we offer Nursing Degrees as well a flexible progression routes via our Nursing Associate FdSc, Health and Social Care FdSc and Healthcare Foundation Year.
What are the different specialisms you offer for Nursing Degrees?
We offer three full-Time Nursing Degrees. These are:
- Adult Nursing BSc (Hons) - Adult nurses work with patients over 18. They can work in hospitals or in community settings. Once qualified, they can take extra courses to specialise in areas such as A&E Nursing, Oncology or Radiology.
- Children’s Nursing BSc (Hons) - Children’s nurses work with children and young people up to 19 years old. They can work in a variety of settings and can specialise, once qualified, in areas such as intensive care, child safeguarding and cancer care.
- Mental Health Nursing BSc (Hons) – Mental Health nurses work with other health care professionals to ensure patients with mental illness get the specialised care they need when at home, in residential units or in hospitals. Mental Health nurses may choose to specialise in areas such as rehabilitation, child and adolescent mental health or working in secure settings.
How much do nurses get paid?
The starting salary for a nurse in the UK in 2020 is £24,907. Over time, this can rise to up to £37,890 for experienced nurses with a specific specialism. The Royal College of Nursing is a good souce of information for the latest pay bands.
Do you get paid to train as a nurse?
The Government has announced that nursing students on courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year which they will not need to pay back.
There is up to £3,000 further funding available for eligible students, including those specialist disciplines that struggle to recruit, a childcare allowance for some students and potential funding for those training in areas of the country which have seen a decrease in people accepted on some nursing, midwifery and allied health courses over the past year.
Read more about this financial support for healthcare students.
How long does it take to train as a nurse?
Our Nursing BSc (Hons) degrees take three years including placements.
A Nursing Associate FdSc takes two years. A further top up degree is required with this qualification to become a fully registered nurse.