Our entry requirements indicate both Standard and Minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.
Minimum year 1
Standard Entry Requirement
BBBC including English and Biology or Human Biology.
National 5 Grade C in Maths.
Minimum Offer Entry Requirement
BBCC including English and Biology or Human Biology.
National 5 Grade C in Maths.
You may be given an Offer of entry if you meet our specified minimum entry requirements within our widening participation criteria, and outlined in our Contextual Admissions Policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.
BCC including Biology/ Applied Science and a Literary subject.*
GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths.
GCSE Grade C/4 in English required for candidates who do not have A Level English.
For Midwifery, applicants need to demonstrate a breadth of subject choice and must be studying three separate A Level subjects. We are unable to accept Double Award A Levels for entry to this degree programme.
BTEC National Extended Diploma Level 3
Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in Health and Social Care + A Level Biology at Grade C.
GCSE Maths at C/4.
Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in Applied Sciences + A Level English or Alternative Literary Subject* at Grade C.
GCSE Maths at C/4.
Irish Leaving Certificate
Pre-2017 Grading System:
B1, B3, B3, B3 at Higher Level including English and Biology.
A2 in two Ordinary Level subjects including Maths.
New Grading System:
H2, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level including English and Biology.
O2 in two Ordinary Level subjects including Maths.
Care and Administrative Practice with B in the graded unit.
Higher Biology/Human Biology or English at Grade B also required.
Please note the following points about local access to nursing courses offered by Further Education Colleges for those interested in Nursing and Midwifery courses at Edinburgh Napier University
Edinburgh Napier University has Partnership Agreements with 4 local Further Education Colleges – Borders, Edinburgh, Fife and West Lothian Colleges for entry to Adult, Learning Disability, and Mental Health Nursing.
Well over 100 students study each year, on appropriate preparation to nursing and midwifery courses, at our Partner Colleges and those Further Education students have priority in the selection process.
All students attending our access to nursing course within our partnership colleges are required to pass SQA Higher Care or Human Biology at grade C. Any students studying an Access to Nursing course at any other Scottish Further education College would be required to meet this condition to be considered for interview at Edinburgh Napier University for adult, learning disability or mental health nursing.
Child Health Nursing and Midwifery Courses
Students on Access to Nursing courses are not considered for either Child Health Nursing or Midwifery.
Access to HE Diploma
Pass Access to HE Diploma in a related subject with 45 credits overall with a minimum of 39 credits at Merit and 6 at Distinction to include Biology and English at Level 3.
Maths required at Level 2 or equivalent.
There will be a selection interview and all candidates must meet NMC requirements of good health and good character. Competition for places varies from year-to-year and achievement of the typical minimum entry requirements does not always guarantee shortlisting for interview or a place on the course.
Admission to the programme is dependent upon a satisfactory Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) check. This will be sent to you prior to interview and will be conducted on the interview day. The cost of the PVG check will be paid by the University.
Please note that we cannot accept applications for deferred entry for this course.
Previous nursing students
Please note that students who have already studied a Nursing degree are unlikely to receive funding for a second Nursing degree.
Adequate and appropriate recent study is essential. This must include Higher Biology or Human Biology and Higher English or a Literary subject*. Please contact us at email@example.com if you are unsure whether or not you would be eligible to apply. Relevant work experience will be considered alongside recent study.
*Literary subjects include: English/English Literature; History; Modern Studies; Religious, Moral & Philosophical Studies/Christian Theology; Psychology; Geography; Sociology; Health and Social Care; and Law.
English language requirements
If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test. The English Language requirements for this programme are IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in each component, excluding Writing which requires 6.5). For guidance on the acceptability of other English Language tests please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country
Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
- BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
- BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study.
Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.
Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies