How to Become a Nurse in Scotland

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The National Health Service (NHS) Scotland, states that those wishing to train as a nurse can choose from four different areas of nursing: children, mental health, adults and learning disabilities. To become a nurse in Scotland, you have to complete a three- or four-year diploma or degree. There are thirty-eight nursing programs available in Scotland, from ten universities, according to the UK's central application office, UCAS. Each university has its own specific requirements, which may require standards higher than the basic ones.

Check your qualifications to see if you meet the basic requirements. To study nursing in Scotland you need to have five GCSE's, including English and Maths, if you are from England. Secondary school students in England, Wales, and Northern, between the ages of 14 and 16 take GCSE exams. GCSE's are awarded per subject and are compulsory exams. Standard Grade is the Scottish equivalent. It is not required of you to have A levels, however the UCAS states that those with at least one A level will be given preference. In the final two years of school, students study for A levels in their chosen subjects. Many university courses require the completion of A levels. Highers are the Scottish equivalent.

Choose the nursing course you want. Nursing courses in Scotland are broken down into four specialities. Not every university in Scotland offers all the specialities. To see which universities offer which course, visit the UCAS website, where you can search for a list of all the courses available in Scotland and the specific requirements. All nursing courses will cover the same basic training in the first year. After the first year, you will take classes specific to your chosen speciality. All nursing courses require practical training on site at hospitals.

Apply for your chosen nursing courses. Applications for nursing courses in Scotland are made through the UCAS website. The UCAS will provide you with details, such as deadlines, fees, and a help guide on how to fill out your application. In most cases, you can apply to five different courses, listing your top choice first. You will hear if an offer to take the course has been made by the university no later than July, sometimes sooner.

Find out if you are eligible for financial help. The Scottish Government Health Department awards bursary grants to students studying nursing. These grants are administered by the Students Awards Agency in Scotland (SAAS). All students applying for a bursary must have been resident in the UK for the past three years. To see if you are eligible for a grant visit for those living in England or for those in Scotland. You can apply online by following the registration instructions.

Complete your course and practical training. After finishing the required training set out by your course ,you will be a qualified nurse in Scotland. Some courses may require you to have certain vaccinations before starting, and criminal records may also be checked.

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