Dip HE Nursing Studies and Health

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100% of UWTSD’s Nursing students agreed that staff are good at explaining things – NSS 2018.

The NHS is changing in Wales. It has never been so difficult to gain a place in Nursing and similar professional roles including midwifery, paramedic science, radiography and occupational therapy. If you are one of the 52% of applicants who have not received a place in your first choice health professional degree, then this is the course for you.

This unique programme is designed to increase your chances of gaining entry into your first choice degree. We will develop your knowledge and ability in the core concepts, theories and underpinning knowledge of nursing and related subjects while training you in the skills needed to succeed in higher education.

The Dip HE Nursing Studies and Health Programme is offered as flexible route qualification. This means you are able to keep applying to your first choice degree while you study with us and leave the course at the end of year one or two depending on when you gain your place.

We know that you do not want to give up on your goals – and we are here to work with you to reach them, no matter what barriers you may have had in your way.

We offer flexible programmes which work around you and your life as much as possible. All our courses are offered as FULL or PART time programmes.  We offer flexibility within all our part-time routes across all our programmes within the Health Portfolio.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: PS12
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
2 year

Tuition Fees for 2018/19:
£9000 (Home/EU students)
£11000 (Overseas students)
Scholarships and Bursaries

Swansea | Carmarthen
School of Sport, Health and Outdoor Education
Contact Name:
Amanda Owens
Contact Email:
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We support our students 100% in helping them achieve their aspirations and dreams.

  • A brilliant course with the best group of lecturers who are all friendly, approachable, supportive and extremely intelligent and knowledgeable. I would not be in the position I am now, starting my degree in September, without this course. I enjoyed all aspects, with my favourite modules being leadership and organisation, communication and counselling and physiology/anatomy.

    Eleise Evans

  • This course has helped me to reach my future educational goals and I’m hoping that by completing the second year of this course it will give me the opportunity to get my place on my degree. It’s been a brilliant experience.

    Natasha Phillips

  • It has helped me achieve the grades needed to begin my nursing degree. I thoroughly enjoyed counselling, anatomy and the opportunity to do workplace practice. If you sincerely want to achieve your desired goals then this course will be suffice to push you further.

    Sharde Dovaston

The Dip HE Nursing Studies and Health works with you to improve your chances of gaining entry on your first choice degree. We will train you in the underlying concepts of nursing and related professional roles. We also help you with interview skills, healthcare work experience, educational grades and attainment, and UCAS applications.

If you are not successful in gaining a place on your first choice degree we provide the opportunity for you to gain a BSc with one extra year of study. This could be a BSc Health and Social Care or BSc Health Management (Swansea campus), or BSc Public Health (Carmarthen campus). We also work closely with other schools and faculties in UWTSD to provide other direct and fast track routes to a degree, for example the BA Counselling Studies.

We can offer you the opportunity to visit the campus and meet the teaching team. We will answer any questions and if required a one to one informal chat can be arranged. Please email the named contact at the top of the screen if you would like to know more.

course overview nursing

First Year

  • Personal and Academic Development (PAD)
  • Communication and Counselling
  • Workplace Practice
  • Managing Organisations
  • Introduction to the Physiology of the Body (‘Physiology I’)
  • Introduction to Health Research

Second Year

  • Specialised Care: Working with Dementia & the Elderly
  • Community Care
  • Physiology Of Health Including Nutrition (‘Physiology II’)
  • Health Industry InternshipPublic Health
  • Psychopathology & Therapeutic Responses in Health

Modules nursing

Why Choose this Course?

This programme offers an academically challenging, vocational experience which incorporates innovative teaching and assessment methods.

The opportunity to take on public or voluntary sector work experience is a key theme throughout all our programmes. We will work with you to find the placement which suits your future goals. We have links with three health boards in Wales, as well as a variety of health organisations and charities.

We are proud of our strong student support and study skills development programme. We will also equip you with wider skills such as interview skills, mentoring and life coaching skills within the first year.

The Health Portfolio boasts a high rate of further progression.

Health Portfolio Programme Team:

Health Portfolio Directors: Amanda Owens and Tania Davies

Course Tutors

Assessments include; essays, exams, reports, presentations, reflective blogs and professional portfolios.

You will be asked to utilise information technology communication and organisational skills for your assignments.

Modules nursing

Applicants will require AT LEAST ONE of the following:

  • 32 UCAS points or equivalent.
  • Or at least three years’ experience in related setting (this could include entrance interview and written test depending on your employment experience)
  • Or Access Diploma at 45 PASS credits
  • Or independent applicant (i.e. over 21 years old) with relevant life experience*
  • DBS update system a requirement for ALL UWTSD applicants

*You may be given pathway options in this instance.

Entry Criteria

We have a very strong employment support and work experience system within the Health Portfolio. We work with three health boards as well as a variety of public and private organisations, companies and charities in the Health Sector within West Wales to build opportunities for all our students. 

This course has a particularly high rate of higher educational progression, with around 85% of our first years students leaving to accept places in general adult nursing, pediatric nursing, paramedic science, midwifery and occupational therapy across the UK.

Career Opportunities

UK/EU Tuition Fees

Visit our UK/EU Tuition Fees section to find out more.

Overseas Tuition Fees

Visit our Overseas Fees section to find out more.

Bursaries and Scholarships

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

We also offer short courses for businesses and a Pathway course for applicants with no formal qualifications wishing to enter the sector or higher education*

*subject to validation