Nurse education

Pre-registration nursing graduatesThe Isle of Man Health and Social Care Teaching Team deliver the pre-registration nursing degree programme in partnership with the University of Chester. On completion of the programme students are awarded a degree in their chosen field of adult or mental health nursing, and professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

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. They must practise autonomously and be responsible and accountable for safe, compassionate person-centred, evidence-based nursing that respects and maintains dignity and human rights (NMC 2010). In the spirit of the these standards, this programme promotes shared learning between fields, with field specific application of both theory and practice.

The pre-registration nursing programme has been designed to take account of the essential physical and mental health of all people; including babies, children and young people, pregnant and post natal women, adults and older people. The student nurse will spend a minimum of 2,300 hours in practice supported by a qualified mentor and a minimum of 2,300 hours in the academic setting supported by qualified nurse lecturers.

The adult field pathway has a total annual intake of fourteen students and the mental health field pathway has a total intake of six students. The places may be split between BN and MN after review of those successful at interview and so exact numbers and availability of BN/MN routes will vary each year. The programme is delivered on a full time basis over 3 years. Successful applicants are awarded a bursary, which is currently £5000 per year (as of April 2016).

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. This will require the student to actively identify and negotiate specific personal learning requirements within the parameters of each module’s learning outcomes.

Methods of learning and teaching will include:

  • formal lectures
  • scenario-based learning sessions
  • individual and group tutorials
  • seminars
  • presentations and debates
  • self-reflection
  • case discussions
  • practice-based workshops
  • directed study
  • private study sessions
  • e-learning packages

Admission criteria

Applicants for the BN (Hons) degree in Nursing should be Isle of Man residents. Full details of entry requirements are provided on the University of Chester website at:

Applicants 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 4 subjects; International Baccalaureate: 28 points; QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma; Open College Units or Open University Credits and The Advanced Diploma. GCSE English Language or literature and mathematics at grade C or above (or specified equivalent) is also required.

Applicants for the MN Nursing must be Island residents and should normally hold a first degree (normally a 2:1 class honours or above). Applicants also require GCSE English language or literature and mathematics at grade C or above (or specified equivalent).

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) states that for candidates from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), scores from the International 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 to establish fitness to undertake nurse education. A Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Disclosure is carried out on all successful candidates. The Occupational Health department examines and assesses the health of all candidates to ensure that they are physically fit to commence nurse education. In addition, each candidate must be declared 'fit' in accordance with the Clothier report recommendations. This is normally done via a letter from the candidate's GP.


Adverts inviting applications for the programme are normally placed in the local press each year during January. Those applicants who meet the criteria will be shortlisted and invited for interview usually during March of each year, with programmes commencing in September. Applications are welcome from those with necessary predicted grades who are awaiting examination results.


For further information contact:

Raymond Ndengeya

Programme Leader (Mental Health Field)

Telephone:+44 1624 687551

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Bernadette Devlin

Programme Leader (Adult Field)

Telephone:+44 1624 642927

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Ali Wood

Programme Administrator

Telephone:+44 1624 642933

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