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Entry Programme

Health & Social Care - Return to Study

UK students only
6 Weeks
March 2023
Distance Learning

Are you an adult (21+) interested in a career in Adult Nursing, but lack the Level 3 formal qualifications to apply for this degree?

Why study with us

  • A number of free programmes are available, each specifically aimed at supporting applicants access the different Nursing pathways at UCLan.
  • Over the course of six weeks, you will be supported and assessed against the entry requirements and be eligible to apply for Year 0 or Year 1 of a degree.
  • This programme provides a taster of Adult Nursing and introduces the study skills required for success.

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What you'll do

  • You'll get introduced to key concepts important to the theory and practice of Nursing and Health and Social Care.
  • You'll develop the academic, literacy, and numeracy skills required for future study. This could lead to a career in the health and care, and nursing professions.
  • Develop and enhance your confidence, self-awareness, and interpersonal skills. Gain insight into what it would be like to study an undergraduate degree.

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Future careers 

During the Return to Study Entry Programme, individuals will be able to apply for:

The BSc (Hons) Nursing with Registered Nurse (Adult) Practice-Based Pathway.

This course is in conjunction with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust at Preston College or onto the Health and Social Care Foundation Entry course which runs at our Preston campus.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements. Applicants get assessed on their personal statement. Personal statements must get submitted as part of the application for consideration.

Our guide to completing a personal statement for adults can be found below.

When we review your application, we will consider:

  • Your educational achievements
  • Work experience
  • Personal statement

Unsure if you are eligible? Contact our friendly Course Enquiries team to talk through your options.

For those wishing to apply for Nursing or Health and Social Care, acceptance to the degree course is subject to enhanced DBS and Occupational Health clearance.

Fees and funding

This programme is free of charge.

We recommend you consider the cost of continuing onto a full-time degree if you have existing financial commitments. You'll need to consider the different modes of study, support, and financial options available.

Mature students are often in a position of needing to be able to work around study to support themselves and dependants.

For more information:

Student finance
Bursaries and scholarships

The NHS Learning Support Fund provides funding of £5000 or more per annum if you study eligible nursing and health programmes.

Contact Student Financial Support Team
Telephone: +44 1772 892 583


This course is based in the School of Community Health and Midwifery located in the Faculty of Health and Care

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at the University of Central Lancashire on our student contract page