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Why choose City to start your Nursing career?

By choosing to study at City, you’ll benefit from learning in a modern environment and receive a high level of specialist teaching from experts in your profession. We hope the below information gives you some useful insight into the benefits of starting your nursing career with a course at City.

City’s heritage

With over 120 years of experience, City, University of London is one of the capitals most reputable providers of nursing education. We’re proud of our heritage with connections to pioneering nurses including;

  • Ethel Bedford Fenwick, who campaigned for over 30 years for the establishment of a register for nurses and became ‘nurse number 1’, and was the founder of the Barts Training School for Nurses, which later became part of City, University of London.
  • Catherine Pine, who trained and worked at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. She also ran a nursing home where suffragettes were cared for as they recovered from hunger strikes and forced feeding, and became the personal nurse of Emmeline Pankhurst after her release from Holloway Prison in 1913.

City joined the University of London in 2016, giving our students students access to a larger student community, numerous student societies, additional sports teams and facilities, accommodation provision and libraries including Senate House library..

The School of Health Sciences, a world-leading centre for healthcare education

Our Nursing division is part of our School of Health Sciences, a world-leading centre for healthcare education due to our interdisciplinary approach and world class research, find out more about our School of Health Sciences.

Specialist clinical facilities

Our Clinical Skills Centre at City offers excellent facilities for you to rehearse practical skills prior to starting your clinical placements. It has been expertly designed for teaching and is reflective of clinical environments and working wards. You will have access to a simulated 6-bedded unit with realistic equipment including piped oxygen, call bells, medicines and emergency equipment.

Watch our video to find out more about our nursing facilities and our method of teaching through simulated practice, or take a virtual tour of our campus.

Clinical placements in London’s leading hospitals and Trusts

Practical experience is a vital part of your Nursing degree and you will spend approximately half of your course on clinical placement. Placements take place at leading London hospitals and in a variety of settings, depending on the specialism of nursing you choose this can include specialist units, hospital wards and primary care settings.

You will be fully supported by City whilst undertaking any placement during your course. You will receive weekly visits from your link lecturer and be given a dedicated clinical placement facilitator to support your development within the workplace.

Excellent employment prospects

Career prospects are excellent, with nursing graduates eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which provides an internationally recognised professional qualification enabling you to practice in the UK and overseas (additional registration may be required in some countries). Many of our students go on to work for the Trusts where they undertook placements, and over 90% of our nursing graduates are in employment or further study six months after completing their course (DLHE).

By joining a nursing course at City, you will become a CapitalNurse, giving you support to develop your nursing career in the capital. Through this relationship with CapitalNurse, our final year nursing students are currently offered a special streamlined employment scheme by all NHS Trusts in North Central London. This provides a supportive and straightforward way of moving into their first nursing roles after completing the degree.

Financial support

Students studying BSc or MSc (pre-registration) Nursing courses, can apply for non-repayable grants of at least £5,000 per year from the NHS Learning Support Fund. This is in addition to existing mainstream student support accessed through the Student Loans Company. You can find out more on our funding webpage.

The University also offers a variety of other financial support which you may be eligible for, this can be explored on our Scholarships and bursaries webpage.

Teaching excellence

Teaching is delivered by academics credited for their inspirational and engaging approach. Many are also active researchers, working on projects which are having a direct impact on both current and future practices within the healthcare sector.

We are proud of the quality of our teaching and the dedication of our staff within our Nursing division, and this has been recognised by being ranked 1st in London for student satisfaction in Nursing for two consecutive years (Complete University Guide 2020 and 2021).

Positive student experiences

To get a real insight into what it’s like to study a nursing course at City, you can read our student profiles, or some of our student blogs where they discuss their experiences in more detail.

Speak to staff and students

You can chat directly to some of our students at any time during the year using our ‘ask a student’ platform, or you can speak to students and academic staff during our Open Days or online events. These events will be promoted on our website, and more online events will be added throughout the year.

Dedicated applicant website

You can access lots of information on our dedicated applicant website , you can filter by Nursing to view all details relevant to your course. These pages are updated with new content during the year so should give you lots of insight into studying nursing at City and help answer any questions you might have about facilities and services at City.

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