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Pre-Nursing & Care Studies

One or Two Year Course

Course Content

The primary aim of this course is to provide a general introduction to Nursing. It is, however, also suitable for anyone interested in a career in the Health and Social Care sector. Students choose either a one year GCSE programme, a two year A level programme or a mixture of both. The following GCSE/AS levels subjects are usually chosen by students: 

  • Biology

  • English

  • Mathematics

  • Psychology

  • Sociology

However, students can also opt for any of the other AS levels listed on page 5, or the  additional GCSE choices listed below: 

  • Health Studies

  • Human Physiology (in year 2)

In addition all students will study First Aid and Caring Skills in year 1 and British Sign Language (Stage 1) in year 2. 

Visits to care organisations, input from social care and health practitioners, as well as relevant and varied work placements are all features of this particular course. Previous placements have included wards and departments in local hospitals, ambulance stations, care homes, schools, nurseries and specialist units.

The course is extremely flexible and allows students to tailor a programme of study to their individual learning needs and career aspirations. 

Method of Assessment

The GCSE and A level components of the course are assessed through examinations and coursework. The other course components are continuously assessed.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for the GCSE route should normally possess 2 GCSEs (grade ' D' or above), an appropriate Foundation GNVQ, or equivalent qualification. For the A level route they will normally possess 4 GCSEs (grade 'C' or above), an appropriate Intermediate GNVQ, or equivalent qualification. All applicants will need to provide satisfactory references. Applications from individuals with relevant previous experience, including mature students, are particularly welcomed.


Students completing this course can progress onto a range of further training for careers in nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, paramedics, social work and care management. Alternatively, they can enter employment as health care support workers in a variety of nursing and care environments.