Tuesday, February 19, 2013



Nursing in the United Kingdom has a long history, but in its current form probably dates back to the era of Florence Nightingale, who initiated schools of nursing in the latter part of the 19th and early 20th centuries. During the latter part of the 20th century, increases in autonomy and professional status changed the nursing role from "handmaiden" to the doctor to independent practitioners. Nursing offers a diverse, challenging and rewarding career to all those who'd like to make a difference to people's lives.  Nurses and nursing staff take responsibility for the care they provide and answer for their own judgements and actions. They constantly respond to new challenges and act as a leader, carer and clinician. Experienced nurses find fulfilling careers in positions of responsibility, often running nurse led clinics or in leadership roles, up to executive level. Nursing is changing rapidly, with more focus on public health and preventing disease. It is possible to develop career pathways in clinical, research, education and management roles.  Nurses also work in university education, on leisure cruise ships or in the military. Nursing is a great career for international students because it allows for growth and specialization in many areas. Most people associate nurses with a hospital, which is true— more than half of all employed nurses are hospital based employees.

An international student looking to find both a rewarding and stable career might find themselves studying nursing abroad. With the many types of fields and specialties, there is a wide range of opportunities for any international student. If you are looking for a career that gives you the ability to work with people on a regular basis and make a difference, studying nursing may just be the field for you!

One such group of nursing programmes in the UK that are unique and outstanding is – University of Glamorgan. It is labelled no. 10 nursing programme in the UK.
"The Faculty offers a supportive and academically
challenging environment, with an excellent reputation
for its teaching quality and encouraging staff."
The nursing programs they offer are-
1.      BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Nursing)
2.      MSc Professional Practice
3.      MSc Public Health
4.      Undergraduate Pre-Registration Nursing Programme*
5.      Undergraduate Nursing Programme for Qualified Nurses*

One such special programme is their Overseas Nursing Programme –

This course is designed for internationally qualified nurses with minimum of one year’s experience in their home country. Applicants must possess IELTS with a minimum score of 7.0 in each category at one sitting, gained within the last two years. You will require a decision letter from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). On successful completion of this programme, students can apply to register with the NMC to practice in the UK as a nurse (on condition of satisfying NMC criteria and eligibility to practice).
The UK Border Agency has recommended that Overseas Nursing Programme (ONP) students will apply under Tier 2 of the Points Based System. Tier 2 is a work permit category and it is necessary for the employer to agree for the employee to undertake the period of study and adaptation training necessary for the ONP.


The International Student Support Service offers information and advice to international students on a range of non-academic issues such as immigration, finance, health and daily life in the UK.