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Nursing Studies and Health (DipHE, CertHE)

If you are one of the 52% of applicants who have not received a place in your first choice health professional NHS bursary degree, then we have the right course for you within our range of Nursing Programmes.

Our unique portfolio of programmes are designed to greatly increase your chances of gaining entry into your first choice degree. Your offer is made depending on your career goals, employment (and/or) life experience, current role in the sector, and qualifications gained. Every applicant receives an offer to study and progress.

The courses are run full or part-time in either our Swansea or Carmarthen campus, as well as our UWTSD group locations*.

*dependant on student interest

Extra location: Aberystwyth (to be confirmed – dependant on student numbers)


Pathway Options and How to Apply

Pathway Options

Nursing Studies and Health - CertHE (1 year) SWANSEA
UCAS code - 852M
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Nursing Studies and Health - CertHE (1 year) CARMARTHEN
UCAS code – 852M
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Nursing Studies and Health - DipHE (2 years) SWANSEA
UCAS code – PS12
Apply via UCAS

Nursing Studies and Health - DipHE (2 years) CARMARTHEN
UCAS code – PS12
Apply via UCAS

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Tuition Fees 2020/21:
£9,000 (Home/EU)
£11,850 (Overseas)

Why choose this course?

  1. We are committed to care.
  2. We provide opportunities for you to develop and progress.
  3. We have links with the Industry and Local Health Boards to enable you to gain experience in your chosen area of the health and social care field.
  4. We will help and support you to achieve your career aspirations.
  5. We offer flexible and exciting options for the future.

What you will learn

Course Overview

We work closely with colleagues the health sector to ensure your programme is fit for purpose and helps you get to where you want to go.

We have partnered with volunteer and paid employers within the sector to give you’re a range of specialist roles and training in the sector across Wales.

Module Topics

First Year (Cert)

  • 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 (Dip HE)

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

Modules nursing


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

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

Due to the range of pathways available each applicant will be considered individually. Every applicant will be given an offer for a place to study within the health portfolio.

We recommend making your current job role, nursing or healthcare career goals, and current level of maths qualification very clear in your personal statement

Entry Criteria

Career Opportunities

We have a very strong employment support and work experience system within the Health Portfolio. This is particularly strong for our Nursing students. We can offer opportunities across paid and volunteer sections.

This course has a particularly high rate of higher educational progression, with around 85% of our first year students progressing onto their first choice degree. These include general adult nursing, paediatric nursing, paramedic science, midwifery and occupational therapy across the UK.

Career Opportunities

Additional Costs

Due to the work practice module within this programme, students will be required to pay for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Related Courses
  • Health and Social Care – (HND, BSc)
  • Health Management – (HND, BSc)
  • Health and Care of Children and Young People – (FdSc, BSc)
  • Care (CertHE)
Student Quotes

“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

“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

“Thank you to my lectures and staff they were always very approachable and supportive. I have met fantastic people and made great friends through my time at University of Wales Trinity Saint David. “

Eva Castro Jara

“I’ve really enjoyed this course, it really made me understand more about myself and others around me.”

Kirsty Briscoe


Sally Gordon

“This course will lead to more opportunity and knowledge for your future.”

Sophie Webb

Bursary / Scholarship Information