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Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

School of Nursing and Midwifery

BSc (Hons) Nursing

Essential Criteria

General Entrance Requirements:

The General Entrance Requirements can be satisfied in a number or ways as shown below. The University has recently agreed to accept Level 2 Essential Skills in

Communication in lieu of a Grade C in GCSE English Language.

All applicants must have 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above to include

English

Language, Mathematics and a Science subject

(ie Chemistry, Physics or

Biology or a combination of the same).

A GCSE in Applied Science will

not

be accepted as meeting the general entrance requirements for nursing and midwifery degree programmes.

Access/Foundation

applicants must offer 3 GCSEs at Grade C in English Language,

Mathematics, and a Science subject at Grade C or above.

Access programmes satisfy the English Language requirement.

NICAT Mathematics is accepted in lieu of GCSE Mathematics.

A module in Biology, Chemistry or Physics is acceptable in lieu of GCSE Science.

A module in Psychology will

not

be accepted as meeting the general entrance requirements for nursing and midwifery degree programmes.

In addition to

the GCSE requirement or equivalent, applicants

MUST

offer

one

of the following qualifications:

Please note: A relevant science subject is Biology or Chemistry.

GCE A Level Qualifications

BC/CCD

– where

a relevant science subject

is being offered at A-level.

BB/CCC

– where

no relevant science subject

is being offered at A-level.

BTEC National Diploma/Extended Diploma(18 credits)

Successful completion with Distinctions in 3 Unit values and Merit grades over the other 15 Units of the qualification where

a relevant science subject

is offered.

Successful completion with Distinctions in 6 Unit values and Merit Grades over the other 12 Units of the qualification, where

no relevant science subject

is being offered.

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BTEC HNC

Successful completion with a Merit Grades over all Units of the qualification.

BTEC HND

Successful completion with Merits or better in at least 10 of the 16 Units.

Access/Foundation Course

An average mark of 60% where at least half of the overall programme is in Biology or Chemistry.

For non-science access courses, an average mark of 65% is required.

Irish Leaving Certificate

All candidates must offer passes in 5 subjects including English Language,

Mathematics and a Science subject (ie Chemistry, Physics or Biology or a combination of the same), four of which should be Grade C or better.

BBCC or BCCCC at Higher Level

– where

a relevant science subject is

being offered.

B

2

, B

2

, CC or B

2

, CCCC at Higher Level

– where

no relevant science subject

is being offered.

Scottish Highers

BBBC or BBCCC.

All candidates must also offer Standard Grades 1-3 including English Language,

Mathematics and a Science subject (ie Chemistry, Physics or Biology or a combination of the same).

First Degree

Pass or better.

Applicants whose first language is not English will require an IELTS Score of 7.0 in all areas (or equivalent approved test in English).

Applicants must meet the general academic entrance requirements by

31 August

2012

. If applicants request a re-mark of a paper and subsequently achieve the required grade, their offer will be honoured but it may have to be deferred to a later intake.

Qualifications not listed above will be considered on merit upon receipt of original written documentary evidence. Candidates whose qualifications are not listed above, and who may have a query about the acceptability of their qualifications, may wish to contact the School of Nursing and Midwifery before submitting their application (Email: nur.registry@qub.ac.uk

). Please include detailed information about academic background and qualifications.

Applicants made an offer of a place on the programme are required to undergo a satisfactory

Occupational Health Assessment

and

Criminal Records check

and may be required to register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority, subject to

Government review of the Vetting and Barring Scheme.

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Desirable Criteria

Shortlisting for Interview:

As part of the selection procedure, the School of Nursing and Midwifery conducts individual interviews with those shortlisted. Where the number of applications meeting the Essential Criteria exceeds the commissioned number of nursing and midwifery places for entry in September 2011, the School of Nursing and Midwifery reserves the right to apply the following desirable criteria:

GCSEs at Grade B (or equivalent accepted qualifications) to include

Mathematics and a Science subject

(ie Chemistry, Physics or Biology or a combination of the same)

NICATS Mathematics Score of 70 and an equivalent score in the science module of an Access course.

Closing Date

Applications for Nursing and Midwifery Degree programmes are administered directly by the School of Nursing and Midwifery and not by UCAS.

Completed application forms MUST be returned by

4pm on Friday 6 th

January 2012

to:

The Registry Office

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Que en’s University of Belfast

Medical Biology Centre

97 Lisburn Road

Belfast

BT9 7BL

Northern Ireland (UK)

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The Subject

The School of Nursing and Midwifery is located within the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, and is uniquely positioned to offer an innovative approach to interprofessional education using the latest technologies in simulated learning for clinical practice.

Our programmes integrate theory and clinical practice, preparing our students to be sought-after practitioners capable of delivering care around the globe. Our training partners include internationally-recognised clinical institutions, and ambulatory and community care services. Our students benefit from teaching by staff actively engaged in areas of specialty practice, and with the support of a personal tutoring scheme.

There are numerous opportunities for student exchanges with our international partners and the School supports students to undertake activities of benefit to the broader Northern Ireland community.

Course Content

This three year course leads to the award of a BSc (Hons) Nursing and is the first step in preparing you for an outstanding career in Nursing.

The course has specific learning outcomes that relate to the knowledge, skills and attitudes to practice that are: patient/client centred; clinically effective; competent and safe; evidence-based; and established on caring and ethical principles.

The course comprises a common first year, followed by a two-year specialist programme in one of the following fields:

Adult Nursing

Children’s Nursing

Learning Disability Nursing

Mental Health Nursing

Queen

’s is the only university in Northern Ireland to offer all four fields of Nursing.

Careers and Further Study

Nursing graduates of Queen’s are highly sought-after by health care and community agencies across the United Kingdom and internationally. Our graduates have highly developed critical thinking and clinical practice skills and have been educationally prepared to work in a variety of demanding roles and settings.

Studying Nursing at Queen

’s provides a solid foundation for graduates to undertake further study in specialty areas of nursing practice such as adult/child intensive care, cancer, orthopaedics and cognitive behavioural psychotherapies. Our postgraduate programmes are designed to prepare nurse leaders who can work effectively within the dynamic and challenging health care systems of today. Career pathways in nursing include advanced clinical practice, education, management and research.

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