If you want to be a nurse or midwife in the 21st century, you have to get a degree in the relevant subject. Getting a nursing diploma is no longer an option – the nurses of the future will all be graduates.
Degrees in midwifery and nursing courses are available throughout the UK and you can choose to focus on child nursing, adult nursing or nursing relevant to people with mental health problems or learning disabilities.
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Compared to other courses, students working towards registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council get the advantage of having their tuition fees paid in full by the NHS. They also receive a grant – which does not have to be paid back – of £1000 each year and a bursary for living expenses. This is means-tested and repayable, with a maximum of £4,395 each year. In London, the maximum is slightly higher (£5,460) to reflect the additional cost of living.
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For students wanting to study in the capital, several universities based in central or Greater London offer courses. You can combine study of the theory of nursing or midwifery practice with practical experience in busy NHS departments, often within the larger teaching hospitals in London.
Here you can browse the major London providers to find details of the courses on offer, tuition fees and entry requirements.
LSBU has a well-established Faculty of Health and Social Care which is home to the Departments of Adult and Midwifery Nursing, Primary and Social Care, Allied Health Sciences, Children’s Nursing and Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Nursing. The faculty also has two institutes – the Institute of Vocational Learning and the Institute for Leadership and Service Improvement, both related to healthcare.
Undergraduate nursing courses available at London South Bank: Faculty of Health and Social Care
Students with a health or science based degree can take a two year postgraduate diploma in PgDip adult nursing, PgDip children’s nursing and PgDip mental health nursing to become a registered nurse as well.
The Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery ranks top of all schools of nursing in London in 2013. In its prime position on the Southbank, this is also one of the largest providers of nursing courses; its 200 staff teach and manage almost 3,000 nursing students across seven specialist departments.
Undergraduate nursing courses available at King’s
The University of West London runs a College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare offering a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Highly ranked in the league tables for Nursing and Paramedical Studies, the College is based at the university’s site in Brentford and allied to the Berkshire Institute of Health, which opened in December 2012 in Reading.
Undergraduate nursing courses available at the University of West London
You can choose to study Nursing, Midwifery and Specialist Community Public Health Nursing – for budding health visitors – at the University of Greenwich. The adult nursing course is taught at the university’s Medway Campus and at Avery Hill while the remaining courses in Child Nursing, Learning Disability and Mental Health Nursing are all conducted at Avery Hill.
Undergraduate nursing courses available at the University of Greenwich
City offers three nursing degrees, in adult, child and mental health nursing and a midwifery degree. The courses are dynamic and innovative preparing students to be knowledgeable, reflective, compassionate practitioners with a strong capacity for critical thinking.
We equip students with the general and specialist skills required to practise with competence and confidence and excel in the nursing and midwifery professions. Students gain work experience through clinical placements in London’s leading hospitals and community settings, such as Barts Health NHS Trust, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, working with a diverse and complex population.
City students are highly employable, with graduates starting on an average salary of £25,000 for nursing and £29,500 for midwifery. The course is taught by academics who are leaders in the field of nursing.
Undergraduate nursing and midwifery courses available at the City University London: School of Health Sciences
Founded in 1916 as a professional organisation for trained nurses, the Royal College of Nursing has evolved into a successful professional union. For almost a century the RCN has pioneered professional standards for nurses, in their education, their practice, and their working conditions. Today the RCN has over 400,000 members, and is uniquely acknowledged as the "voice of nursing" by both the government and the public.
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The nursing and midwifery courses at Middlesex University receive high ratings from students, with 90% in work or further study within 6 months of graduating and 75-80% completely satisfied with their course overall. In an ideal position to place its student nurses in some of the leading hospitals in the world, Middlesex offers a full range of undergraduate degree courses.
Undergraduate nursing courses available at Middlesex
Fast facts about nursing degrees at the Bucks New University
Bucks New University, based at Uxbridge in Middlesex offers degree courses in nursing. Half of the teaching takes place within a practice environment and involves 37.5 hours work each week so that you gain experience of what it’s really like to work in nursing.
Undergraduate nursing courses available at Bucks New University
Fast facts about nursing degrees at Kingston University
Kingston University offers nursing and midwifery degrees at the campus in Kingston and in conjunction with St George’s, which is part of the University of London. Degrees are awarded by Kingston.
Undergraduate nursing courses available at Kingston University