University of the Highlands and Islands Nursing

By | 14th June 2017

University of the Highlands and Islands Nursing

Nursing BSc

If you are looking for an exciting and rewarding career, nursing could be for you.

The University of the Highlands and Islands offers you the opportunity to undertake a nursing degree in the Highlands or Western Isles of Scotland leading to professional registration as an Adult or Mental Health nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.  Our BSc in Nursing Programme is an innovative programme that combines the best of teaching, technology, simulation and practice experience to prepare you for an exciting career in nursing. You will be able to experience nursing care in different hospital and community settings and to study at our Department of Nursing in Inverness (Adult and Mental Health Nursing) or Stornoway (Adult Nursing only). Our students will also have the opportunity to undertake international exchanges.

Nursing education in the Highlands and Western Isles has a long and successful history, more recently nursing degrees have been awarded by the University of Stirling and the experienced staff delivering these award-winning programmes will continue to do so with the University of Highlands and Islands.

Your programme will provide you with the knowledge and skills to gain entry to the Nursing Midwifery Council as a registered nurse. The primary purpose of the NMC is protection of the public. It does this through maintaining a register of all qualified nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses eligible to practise within the UK and by setting national standards for their education, training and conduct.

The aim of the programme is to support your development into a confident, and competent nurse who can provide effective compassionate care in a range of care settings. You will have the opportunity to develop skills of critical reading, appreciation and analysis, numeracy and literacy.

Special features

  • Academic qualification (BSc) and gain NMC registration
  • Opportunities to experience and learn about nursing practice in different contexts including overseas placement opportunities
  • Dynamic career opportunities within Scotland, the UK and beyond
  • Study in the heart of the beautiful Highlands and Western Isles of Scotland
  • Internationally acknowledged academics
  • Exciting placement opportunities in hospital and community settings
  • Option to take an elective to study abroad
  • Opportunities to meet and work alongside student nurses from oversees
  • Innovative teaching and learning approaches
  • Student centred and student focused curriculum

Entry requirements

This programme is aimed at school or college leavers and mature entrants who have the desire and aptitude to care for patients, carers and their families.

Minimum entry requirements are not subject specific:

  • 3 Highers at grade B or above or
  • 3 A levels at grade C or above


  • College access course eg. NC Health and Social care pass along with three externally examined Highers at grade B or above or
  • Access to Nursing pass with a profile grade of BBB or
  • Relevant HNC/D with B in graded unit

Additional desired requirements:

  • English: National 5 or Intermediate 2 at grade C or above; or Standard Grade (grade 2); or SQA Communications 3, or GCSE English Literature or Language (at C or above); or equivalent.
  • Mathematics: National 5 or Intermediate 2 at grade C or above; or Standard Grade (grade 3); or GCSE (at C or above); or equivalent.

Recognised European or international equivalent qualifications are considered. If English is not your first language you must have evidence of your English language skills:

  • Non-EU students must have IELTS with overall score of 7.0 with at least 7.0 in each skill; this is the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) prerequisite
  • EU Students must have an IELTS score of 6.0, with at least 5.5 in each skill or equivalent.

Qualifications over 5 years old are considered on an individual basis.

As part of the recruitment process, selected applicants will be invited to a compulsory interview day which is designed specifically for entrants to nursing.  Full guidelines will be provided in advance of the interview day including required preparation for the event. It will be helpful for you at that stage to be familiar with the Nursing and Midwifery Code.

All successful applicants are subject to a Disclosure Scotland (PVG) check. This will show all spent and unspent criminal convictions. Previous criminal convictions need not exclude you, but all convictions must be declared on your application.

All successful applicants must be passed fit by Occupational Health. This will require a questionnaire and also a personal visit to the Occupational Health Department in addition to and on a separate occasion to the interview day