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Nurse education

Nurse educationThe Keyll Darree Higher Education Team deliver the pre-registration Nursing Degree/Masters programme in partnership with the University of Chester. *Subject to Validation in 2021. On completion of the programme students are awarded a Degree/Masters in their chosen field of adult or mental health nursing and professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

The programme aims to provide professional nurse education which takes account of all the relevant professional and academic benchmarks, producing nurses who must act first and foremost to care for and safeguard the public. 

The pre-registration nursing programme has been designed to take account of the essential physical and mental health of people across the age continuum. The student nurse will spend a minimum of 2,300 hours in practice supported by a range of healthcare professionals and a minimum of 2,300 hours in the academic setting supported by qualified nurse lecturers.

The adult pathway has a total annual intake of sixteen students and the mental health field pathway has a total of eight students. The programme is delivered on a full time basis over three years. Successful applicants are awarded a bursary, which is currently £5,000 per year (as of January 2018).

Students are placed at the centre of the learning experience and are expected to assume responsibility for their own educational development through reflection and management of their learning. Methods of learning and teaching emphasise student-centred techniques. This will facilitate the student to become an increasingly autonomous learner, able to identify their own learning needs and goals within the parameters of the programme.

Admission Criteria

All applicants must be Isle of Man residents and presently require GCSE English Language or Literature and mathematics at Grade C or above or grades 4-9.

Applicants for the BN (Hons) Nursing require a minimum of 112 UCAS points (current as of September 2017), which must be obtained from GCE A Levels or equivalent, for example BTEC/OCR National Diploma; Irish/Scottish Highers: B in four subjects; International Baccalaureate: 28 points; QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma; Open College Units or Open University Credits and the Advanced Diploma. NVQ/QCF/GNVQ/RQF level 2 and 3 do not meet the equivalent entry criteria.

Applicants for the Masters Nursing should hold a first degree (normally a 2.1 class honours or above).

The NMC states that for candidates originally from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), scores from the Internal English Language Testing System (IELTS) are accepted as evidence of literacy. The scores must be at least 7.0 in each section and the overall average score must be at least 7.0.

Nursing is both mentally and physically demanding and the good character and health of all successful applicants will be assessed by our Occupational Health Department to establish fitness to undertake our nurse education programme.  A Disclosure & Barring Service certificate is required and will be carried out on all successful applicants.


Adverts inviting applications for the programme are placed in the local press and social media each year from October to January. 

Application forms are completed online. 

Bachelor of Nursing (Adult) programme

Bachelor of Nursing (Mental Health) programme.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 27 January 2021. Those applicants who meet the criteria will be shortlisted and invited for interview during the week commencing 8 February 2021 with the programme/s commencing in September 2021.  


For further information contact:

Pauline Golding, Programme Administrator

Telephone:+44 1624 642976

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Henry Mutasa - Programme Leader (Mental Health Field)

Telephone:+44 1624 642894

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Bernadette Devlin, Programme Leader (Adult Field)

Telephone:+44 1624 642927

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