Undergraduate pathway: Nursing

Nursing, a career that begins with care

The possibilities are endless and exciting and we’d love to take the first step of your nursing journey with you, so why not consider starting with us at foundation level leading to a BSc (Hons) Nursing degree from Anglia Ruskin University.
All careers in nursing begin with care, but they can take you in so many different directions. Whether you want work in a hospital or in the community, days or nights, with children or older adults, we will help you find the right path for you.
There are many reasons to study with us but here are a few achievements we are particularly proud of:
  • Anglia Ruskin University has been named as one of the top 10 universities in the country at which to study Nursing http://www.anglia.ac.uk/news/nursing-times-names-anglia-ruskin-in-top-10
  • ARU was one of only 16 HEIs in the UK to receive an 'outstanding' in the NMC Fitness to Practise category.
  • In the NSS 2016 results our BSc Mental Health in Cambridge had 100% student satisfaction.
Hear what our students and staff say about studying nursing with Anglia Ruskin


This course is available for only UK, EU and EEA applicants.
Due to restrictions in the availability of placements in the NHS (UK National Health Service) we can't accept nursing applications from international students unless you have, and can produce evidence of, 'Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK' and have lived in the UK for three years or more for reasons other than education prior to the course.

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Pathways at Anglia Ruskin University

High School


Stage 1: University Foundation


CRIC at Anglia Ruskin University


For a detailed course overview, please follow this link

Stage 2: First Year Degree


Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education

Cambridge, Chelmsford, Peterborough

Stage 3: Second Year Degree


Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education

Cambridge, Chelmsford, Peterborough

Stage 4: Final Year Degree


Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education

Cambridge, Chelmsford, Peterborough


For more information about intake semesters and campus location please see our course matrix.

- International Course Matrix

Home/EU Course Matrix


In addition to our entry requirements you will need to provide a personal statement covering the following;

• Please outline why you would like to go into nursing and specifically the stream of nursing for which you have applied

• How your experience and research has contributed to your understanding of the realities and challenges you’ll face, both during the course and in the profession

• What it is about your skills, attitudes, values and character that make the profession right for you

• Outline what you think you can offer to the nursing profession and society


Successful completion of this pathway will lead to the award of the following from Anglia Ruskin University:


*progression to all nursing streams is conditional upon completion of the following, all of which you will be supported through during the foundation course


  • Successful completion of the foundation programme
  • Successful Interview with nursing team
  • Pass literacy and numeracy test
  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure
  • Occupational Health clearance
  • GCSE English Language grade C or above (or equivalent)

Alternative options

If you fail to meet the progression requirements above the following options will be offered:

Repeat/Resit of the course/modules.

Transfer to an alternative ARU programme:

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