Colleges Offering Nursing Diplomas in the UK

As the largest group of staff in the National Health Service (NHS), nurses form an indispensable part of the health care sector in the United Kingdom. A diploma in nursing often can lead to a successful and exciting career. A number of colleges, known as universities in the U.K., provide nursing Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) programs, which can lead to a degree course in the final year or registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council to be able to practice as a nurse.

City University London

Offering the choice between adult, child and mental health nursing, City University London provides both degree courses and diplomas in nursing. While studying here, students can expect to gain clinical experience through work placements in some of London's leading health care settings. Placements are taken in local hospitals, clinics, general practitioner surgeries and nursing homes. City offers the following diplomas: DipHE Adult Nursing, DipHE Child Nursing and DipHE Mental Health Nursing. Courses are full time, starting in either February or September and lasting for three years.

School of Community and Health Sciences City University 20 Bartholomew Close London EC1A 7QN United Kingdom +44-20-7040- 5780

University of Dundee, School of Nursing & Midwifery

Offering undergraduate DipHE programs in adult, child and mental health nursing, the School of Nursing & Midwifery at the University of Dundee is one of the largest providers of nursing education in Scotland. A big part of the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing, the school is ranked second in Scotland and 12th in the U.K.

Diploma courses are three years long and are full time. Students usually complete a common foundation program in the first year before choosing to specialise either in adult, paediatric or mental health nursing in subsequent years. While attending Dundee, students can learn about theoretical as well as practical aspects of nursing as they undertake a series of work placements in hospitals and community settings alike.

Dundee University Admissions & Student Recruitment University of Dundee Nethergate Dundee DD1 4HN United Kingdom +44-13-8238-8547

Northumbria University

Northumbria University offers a variety of advanced nursing diploma programs including Nursing Studies: Learning Disabilities. Offering a 50/50 balance practice and theory, the course equips students with theoretical as well as practical skills to allow them to care for people with learning disabilities from a young age into their adulthood. All courses are full time, three years in length and are comprised of a foundation year as well as a two-year branch program in the student's chosen area of specialisation.

Northumbria University Coach Lane Campus Coach Lane Benton Newcastle Upon Tyne NE7 7XA United Kingdom +44-19-1227-4274

Buckinghamshire New University

Located on the outskirts of London, Buckinghamshire New University has a history of achievement in nursing education, according to the school's website. Buckinghamshire offers diplomas in most branches of nursing--adult nursing, child nursing and mental health nursing. Students here benefit from training and development opportunities while undertaking both community-based and hospital placements.

Buckinghamshire New University Faculty of Society & Health Buckinghamshire New University 106 Oxford Road Uxbridge Middlesex UB8 1NA United Kingdom +44-1-4946-0317

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