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I have a 3rd class degree, should I apply for a post graduate in Nursing?


User: dogtanian8 - 26 April 2017 17:46

In 2014 I obtained a non honours degree in Health Studies. Two years later I pursued an open honours degree. I gained good marks in the essays, but unfortunately I got 44% for the final exam and 48% for the final project. I was awarded a 3rd class classification because of it. If I was in a brick University I could have been awarded a 2.2. I'm finding it hard to get a job with my degrees, because the jobs require a driving licence and experience. I've done a few months voluntary work and it's not enough. So I decided to go for Nursing as a career because I have extensive experience of working as a Healthcare Assistant and Carer. I have an access to Nursing qualification. Problem is I can't do the undergraduate in Nursing, =the student loans company can no longer offer any undergraduate funding because I have a degree. I can only do the postgraduate in Nursing, but the problem, but they want a 2.2. and above. Shall I still apply despite their requirements? I've been unemployed for two months and it's been difficult :-(

User: TreeofLife - 27 April 2017 11:06

Yes, apply anyway. You've got nothing to lose and I expect you will find a place somewhere.

User: Tudor_Queen - 27 April 2017 12:11

Definitely apply - you may get a place. But why not get your driving license if that is a major barrier to you getting work now?

User: Lydia - 27 April 2017 17:49

I would contact a couple of universities that you would consider applying to do the nursing degree at. These degrees are usually funded an the NHS bursary. Lots of people do nursing and midwifery as a second undergraduate degree where I am and the fees are paid. Good luck with it.

User: Tudor_Queen - 27 April 2017 18:16

Hasn't NHS funding for nursing just been cut by the government?

User: Lydia - 27 April 2017 18:52

Oh sorry, ignore me then, I thought it was the bursary for living costs, I didn't realise it was the fees as well.

User: helebon - 27 April 2017 19:05

How about studying for a PG Certificate in something health related? 60 credits at masters level would cost around two thousand pounds at a brick university. It would show you are able to study at masters level. .

User: Tudor_Queen - 27 April 2017 21:27

Quote From Lydia:
Oh sorry, ignore me then, I thought it was the bursary for living costs, I didn't realise it was the fees as well.

You could be right - I've just heard snippets about it on the news...

User: helebon - 28 April 2017 10:03

Have you been to an open day? at the uni about the course.

User: helebon - 02 May 2017 09:16

The OU website states student loans are available to do a second undergraduate degree in certain subjects. Includes BSc Adult Nursing and BSc Nursing Practice courses. Fot courses starting on or after 1st Sept 2017. http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/fees-and-funding/equivalent-qualifications

User: helebon - 19 May 2017 22:34

What about a Nursing degree apprenticeship. These are due to start from September 2017 and take 4 years. The cost is covered by the employer.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nursing-degree-apprenticeships-factsheet/nursing-degree-apprenticeship-factsheet#eligibility-to-become-a-nursing-degree-apprentice

User: j93x - 06 July 2017 04:16

Quote From dogtanian8:In 2014 I obtained a non honours degree in Health Studies. Two years later I pursued an open honours degree. I gained good marks in the essays, but unfortunately I got 44% for the final exam and 48% for the final project. I was awarded a 3rd class classification because of it. If I was in a brick University I could have been awarded a 2.2. I'm finding it hard to get a job with my degrees, because the jobs require a driving licence and experience. I've done a few months voluntary work and it's not enough. So I decided to go for Nursing as a career because I have extensive experience of working as a Healthcare Assistant and Carer. I have an access to Nursing qualification. Problem is I can't do the undergraduate in Nursing, =the student loans company can no longer offer any undergraduate funding because I have a degree. I can only do the postgraduate in Nursing, but the problem, but they want a 2.2. and above. Shall I still apply despite their requirements? I've been unemployed for two months and it's been difficult :
-(

Hi there!
I'm a midwife currently working in the NHS and was lucky enough to receive funding when I trained. Are you sure you want to go into nursing? It's such an awful time for the NHS at the moment, understaffed, substandard care because we're so stretched to the max (it's not uncommon I have to look after and am accountable for 12 women on a ward and their babies). Most days I go home angry and frustrated. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my job and I'm so privileged to do what I do but there's only so much one can take. And would you believe I've only been qualified one year. I'd think long and hard about a career in the broken NHS before paying hefty fees to be undervalued and eventually burnt out.

User: j93x - 06 July 2017 04:18

HOWEVER. If you are sure you would like to go into nursing (I do recommend you thoroughly understand the realities though) then do apply. There are more nurses and midwives leaving the register this year than have actually entered onto the NMC register. If you can show your dedication and relevant skills / work experience then I don't think your 3rd will be too much of an issue. As long as you have evidence of recent study within the last five years. If you don't I recommend you taking maybe an open university module in something relevant such as biology.

User: helebon - 24 July 2017 18:14

There is NHS bursary funding for a capped number of part-time undergraduate health care students. For students starting Sept 2017. This includes Adult Nursing at Oxford Brooks University. It looks like course fees are not funded though? So need a student loan.

Take a look at the following web page and scroll down to 'New undergraduate part-time courses'.
https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/healthcare-students/courses-starting-after-1-august-2017




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