Taught course

Adult / Mental Health Nursing Pre-Registration

University of the West of Scotland · School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery

Entry requirements

You must:

  • possess an appropriate degree in a biological, health, social science, nursing or related subject
  • provide a personal/employer reference
  • provide an academic reference and formal university transcript
  • undertake successful personal interview, health screening and Protection of Vulnerable Groups screening

Months of entry


Course content

This exciting, innovative two year pre-registration course is the first of its kind in Scotland that is underpinned by masters leveleducation, enabling you to become a highly educated nurse with longerterm potential for management, leadership, consultancy, educational
and research roles.

About the programme

Designed for graduates with an appropriate degree in health, biological or social sciences, nursing or a related subject wishing to change careers, this programme will prepare student nurses for professional registration.

There is a strong evidence-based focus which develops existing knowledge and research skills and you will engage in a combination of theory, clinical simulation, reflection, personal development planning and practice learning experiences. Ongoing assessment, practical experience and clinical simulation will develop nurses who are fit-for-practice.

Practical experience

Practice learning experiences are available in one of five West of Scotland health boards: NHS Ayrshire and Arran; NHS Dumfries and Galloway; NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde; NHS Lanarkshire and NHS The State Hospital. You will experience
the 24 hour/7 day continuum of care which represents contemporary healthcare delivery, enhancing your clinical skills and integrating theory with practice. This also includes private, independent and voluntary organisations.

Your learning

The programme has three parts containing a mixture of theory and practice core modules. There are three 20 credit modules in Part 1 and 2 with Part 3 consisting of a 60 credit theory/ practice dissertation module.

The programme aims to prepare student nurses for professional registration, with key components including the delivery of personcentred care, compassionate care, values-based care, the patient safety agenda and professional, legal and
ethical issues. A recognised innovative feature of the programme is the approach of clinical simulation used for skills demonstration, practice, and development throughout the programme which allows you to practise skills in a safe, realistic environment.

Our Careers Adviser says UWS produces nurses who are fit-for-practice and who will contribute to the leadership of a competent, dynamic workforce. Graduates secure employment within a range of healthcare areas.

Professional accreditation This programme is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Graduates are eligible to apply for professional registration within their specific field.

Information for international students

Overseas students must complete the academic version of the British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test and achieve at least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections, at least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections and at least an overall score of 7.0 (NMC Circular 1/2007).

Fees and funding

For more information please visit our website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Further details of qualification

All theoretical modules are taught at Hamilton Campus. Practice learning experiences will be undertaken within the health board area in which the student resides.

Course contact details

Adult Nursing Hazel McWhinnie Mental Health Nursing Betty Scholes
0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 out with UK)