All nursing roles are graduate professions today. It is possible to get a cadet role, but they are usually for school/college leavers. They are expected to go on to uni and get their degree/masters to enter nursing though. Sorry if this is disappointing. I have met fabulous people who would make unbelievable nurses but didn't/couldn't do a degree. It's a disaster for our NHS but who am I ????
Hi, I’m a nurse, been qualified quite a few years. Essentially, all nurse training is via university. This was so nursing came in line with other AHP qualifications like physio, OT and SALT which are all degree courses. The diploma has been phased out. They do modules in uni and placements as well.
The alternative now is to train as a ‘nursing associate’. You are a paid band 3 when you train for 2 years then when you qualify you are a band 4. You would only become a band 5 (so entry level nurse) if you go on to do a conversion course later down the line. I have some misgivings about this approach to training (there’s limitations on what you can do when you’ve qualified, there’s a question of whether it’s just a cheaper way of employing nurses) but if you want on the job training, this might be the best approach for you. There’s more information on the NHS careers website here
As PPs have said, all nurses are educated to degree level now. The courses are 50% placement (I did 2 x 12 week placements per year), and 50% university.
Perhaps you’d prefer the Band 4 Nurse Associate course? I did this before going on to do my degree. That was 1 day per week at college and the rest of the time working as a band 3 with progression to Band 4 once the course was completed.
I am a health professional but not a nurse. Nursing requires a degree course nowadays but I would not describe the course as academic as some other health studies (In know this by attending some of their lectures as an observer), and it is heavily placement based as pp have said.
Approach a uni by looking on their website. Find out what the enrolment requirements are, and go along to the open day where you will get lots of advice on how to get any qualifications you need beforehand.
Be optimistic, you may have a good chance, you just need to fact find.