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UKCC minimum requirements
Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) - for mature applicants
UKCC Education Tests (DC)
Applicants from Republic of Ireland (Eire)
Applicants educated outside the United Kingdom
explains in detail the minimum entry requirements for courses.
You must meet the following requirements in order for your application to be processed.
(NOTE - When CATCH determines whether or not applicants
(NOTE - Applicants who are accepted for a course in a
Higher Education Institution will normally be expected to complete the course in that
institution. Careful selection of course and institution is vital)
CATCH maintains information on all courses which begin within the following 12 months. A number of Higher Education Institutions do not interview applicants more than 12 months before the start date and you should take this into consideration before submitting your form. Please keep your form until you can meet all the entry requirements. Applicants who do not meet all the requirements will NOT be processed and will be required to make a fresh application when the entry requirements are met.
You may enter a course provided you are aged 17 years on
the first day of the course.
The UKCC specifies the minimum educational entry requirements. The UKCC does not specify any particular subjects for nursing courses. It does specify, however, that applicants to midwifery programmes must have passes in English and a Science subject.
Each Higher Education Institution sets its own entry requirements which may be more than the UKCC minimum. You can find these later in the Guide under the heading "Minimum Entry Requirements". When choosing an institution you must ensure that you meet their requirements or your application will not be processed.
The Higher Education Institutions' selection procedures ensure that all students selected for a course are literate, numerate and able to communicate in written and spoken English. Students need to have achieved an educational level which allows them to meet all the demands - educational and practical - of the course.
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The UKCC permits the use of a combination of qualifications to meet the minimum entry requirements. It is not possible to list all acceptable qualifications in this Guide as they often require individual consideration by the UKCC (eg Access to Higher Education Programmes). If you wish further advice about your qualifications please contact the CATCH Unit.
SHORTENED COURSE FOR GRADUATES
PRE-REGISTRATION MIDWIFERY PROGRAMMES (SHORTENED)
The group qualification comprises a selection of at least 12 full modules from the package. One module should be completed from Section A, two modules each from Sections B,C,D and E and the remaining three modules may be taken from any section.
Applicants must have passed all 12 modules before applying to CATCH. If the application is returned before receipt of the official results from SQA you must enclose a letter from your course tutor to confirm that you have passed all 12 modules.
Two half modules may be accepted as the equivalent of one full module and a double module may be accepted as the equivalent of two full modules. (NOTE - Standard or Higher Grades etc cannot be used in place of modules in the Package).
Abbreviations are used as follows:
* Modules which may not be offered in the future
SQA MODULES EQUIVALENT TO STANDARD GRADES
The following individual or groups of SQA National Certificate modules are approved by the United Kingdom Central Council as equivalents to Standard Grade (level 3 or better) in the Scottish Certificate of Education for entry to pre-registration nursing and midwifery programmes.
Certificate in Health Studies
A Certificate in Health Studies, awarded by the former Scottish Technical Education Council (SCOTEC), or a selection of SCOTVEC National Certificate modules, formerly endorsed as being equivalent to a former SCOTEC Certificate in Health Studies, may be accepted in lieu of three subjects passed in the Scottish Certificate of Education Ordinary Grade, band C or better or Standard Grade, grade 3 or better.
* Modules which may not be offered in the future.
SQA MODULES EQUIVALENT TO HIGHER GRADES
The following individual or groups of SQA National Certificate modules are approved by the United Kingdom Central Council as equivalents to Higher Grade, (band A, B or C) in the Scottish Certificate of Education for entry to pre-registration nursing and midwifery programmes.
* Modules which may not be offered in the future
A number of institutions and Colleges of Further Education have developed an access course called SWAP. This consists of 12 SQA (formerly SCOTVEC) modules (from the UKCC Package) which have been agreed between the institutions and Colleges of Further Education. Students who successfully complete SWAP will be offered a place on a nursing course.
Please note that CATCH does not process applications for SWAP courses as applicants have a guaranteed place on a nursing course. Further information is available from the Higher Education Institutions or Colleges of Further Education.
However students completing SQA modules on a pre-nursing
course may find they are studying with SWAP students at the College of Further Education.
The SQA students not on SWAP, who do not have a guaranteed place on a nursing course,
should apply through CATCH at the end of their course.
The UKCC has approved a series of educational tests. The tests are intended for mature candidates who do not meet the minimum educational requirements.
There are three tests available, DC1, DC2 and DC3. Each may be taken only once. Should an applicant fail one test they may be offered another version providing that at least 14 days has elapsed between each attempt.
It is important that you advise any institution offering a DC test of any previous attempts in order to ensure that staff provide you with a different version of the test. If an applicant attempts the same version of the test twice the score will be invalid, even if it is above the acceptable pass score. It would still be counted, however, as one of the three permitted attempts at the DC Test Series. The UKCC holds a register of all DC Tests taken, which enables institutions to verify candidates' eligibility.
Before forwarding a completed application form to CATCH applicants must have obtained an authorised pass in the DC educational test. Please enclose a copy of the DC test result with your application form.
The DC tests are offered at the discretion of the Higher Education Institution. Please note that there is no requirement for institutions to provide these tests.
An information booklet on the DC test is available from the Nurse Selection Project, School of Education, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT.
Subjects passed in any of the following examinations at the grades indicated are equivalent to subjects passed at SCE Ordinary Level (A,B or C):
Irish Leaving Certificate (prior to 1969) - subjects passed
at 50% or above in pass or
Subjects passed in the Irish Intermediate Certificate are
There is a wide range of certificates awarded by examining bodies outwith the UK and it is not possible to list these in the Guide.
If you have overseas educational qualifications please
include photocopies and any necessary English translations along with your application
Your application will be considered on an individual basis
by each institution. If you are invited to attend for interview please note that you must
be able to attend at your own expense.
A career in nursing or midwifery is both physically and emotionally demanding and good health and stamina are essential. Your health will be assessed before you are offered a place on a course. In addition you will have to complete a Health Declaration form.
If you have any particular health problem which may be adversely affected by a career in nursing or midwifery please ask a member of the Higher Education Institution staff to refer you to an appropriate Occupational Health Department for advice.