Queen Margaret University


This course will prepare you to confidently deliver safe, effective and person-centred nursing care. It will offer you the chance to be part of a community of learners, working collaboratively with lecturers, clinical staff, service users and other students on a transformational journey towards
registration. You will actively engage in creative and critical ways of working and learning including approaches such as critical inquiry, reflection, contemplation, simulation and practice learning experiences.

Year One:
Knowing self and others. This year focuses on the foundations of professional nursing care. You will explore a range of influences on health, professional issues, skills for nursing practice, and the bio-sciences to inform person-centred care. You will focus on the healthy person and healthy communities. You will begin to learn to meet the needs of people across the lifespan and what the key health challenges may be both nationally and internationally. We will also focus on supporting and facilitating your own self-care, incorporating contemplative learning approaches. Clinical skills
learning will prepare you for practice learning experiences in a variety of settings.

Year Two:
Knowing self, others and society. In this year, you will build on learning from year one and learn how to plan and evaluate care in a person-centred way. This year will also focus on facilitating and supporting health and self-care in persons/family/carers. You will learn how to assess and care for
people as they cope and adapt to ill health, combining science subjects with nursing care. Clinical skills learning will prepare you for practice learning experiences in a variety of settings.

Year Three:
Knowing how to develop self and others. This year will concentrate on the care of people with complex needs and increasing dependency in a range of settings. Making person-centred judgements and decisions will be a focus. Leadership skills will also be further developed in this year and the promotion of person-centred cultures in care environments. You will explore healthcare governance
and research evidence relating to effective, compassionate nursing practice. Further clinical skills learning will prepare you for practice learning experiences in a variety of settings and you will develop knowledge of the integration of health and social care through engagement with the voluntary sector.

Year Four:
Will focus on integrating previous learning to enable you to graduate as a registered nurse with
advanced skills. There will be completion of a portfolio and development of research themes related
to current healthcare priorities to support development of a dissertation final project. Final year skills work will involve more advanced assessment and practice learning experiences. This will prepare you for registration and include preparation for prescribing in the future and supervising students when

Entry Requirements

2022 entry requirements:
4 Highers at BBBB (standard entry) or BBBC (widening access entry) including English or another English based subject and a science subject plus English and Maths at National 5 at B (if not held at Higher).

Students may be required to be immunised against Hepatitis B.

You would require a satisfactory PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) check to show you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details.

Start Date






Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


School of Health Sciences


Health Professions

SCQF Level



Career Area

Health and Medicine

Career Sectors

Alternative Medicine

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