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University of Wales Trinity Saint David Nursing

Dip HE Nursing Studies and Health

University of Wales Trinity Saint David Nursing, 93% of UWTSD’s Nursing students agreed that their course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt – NSS 2017.

The NHS is changing in Wales. It has never been so difficult to gain a place in Nursing and similar professional roles including midwifery, paramedic science, radiography and occupational therapy. If you are one of the 52% of applicants who have not received a place in your first choice health professional degree, then this is the course for you.

This unique programme is designed to increase your chances of gaining entry into your first choice degree. We will develop your knowledge and ability in the core concepts, theories and underpinning knowledge of nursing and related subjects while training you in the skills needed to succeed in higher education.

The Dip HE Nursing Studies and Health Programme is offered as flexible route qualification. This means you are able to keep applying to your first choice degree while you study with us and leave the course at the end of year one or two depending on when you gain your place.

We know that you do not want to give up on your goals – and we are here to work with you to reach them, no matter what barriers you may have had in your way.

We offer flexible programmes which work around you and your life as much as possible. All our courses are offered as FULL or PART time programmes.  We offer flexibility within all our part-time routes across all our programmes within the Health Portfolio.

Course Overview

The Dip HE Nursing Studies and Health works with you to improve your chances of gaining entry on your first choice degree. We will train you in the underlying concepts of nursing and related professional roles. We also help you with interview skills, healthcare work experience, educational grades and attainment, and UCAS applications.

If you are not successful in gaining a place on your first choice degree we provide the opportunity for you to gain a BSc with one extra year of study. This could be a BSc Health and Social Care or BSc Health Management (Swansea campus), or BSc Public Health (Carmarthen campus). We also work closely with other schools and faculties in UWTSD to provide other direct and fast track routes to a degree, for example the BA Counselling Studies.

We can offer you the opportunity to visit the campus and meet the teaching team. We will answer any questions and if required a one to one informal chat can be arranged. Please email the named contact at the top of the screen if you would like to know more.


First Year

  • Personal and Academic Development (PAD)
  • Communication and Counselling
  • Workplace Practice
  • Managing Organisations
  • Introduction to the Physiology of the Body (‘Physiology I’)
  • Introduction to Health Research

Second Year

  • Specialised Care: Working with Dementia & the Elderly
  • Community Care
  • Physiology Of Health Including Nutrition (‘Physiology II’)
  • Health Industry InternshipPublic Health
  • Psychopathology & Therapeutic Responses in Health
Entry Criteria

Applicants will require AT LEAST ONE of the following:

  • 32 UCAS points or equivalent.
  • Or at least three years’ experience in related setting (this could include entrance interview and written test depending on your employment experience)
  • Or Access Diploma at 45 PASS credits
  • Or independent applicant (i.e. over 21 years old) with relevant life experience*
  • DBS update system a requirement for ALL UWTSD applicants

*You may be given pathway options in this instance.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: PS12
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
2 year
Start Date: September

Swansea | Carmarthen
School of Sport, Health and Outdoor Education
Contact Name:
Amanda Owens
Contact Email:
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