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 :-(
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.
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
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.
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.
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'.
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