Nursing is much more than a job. You can make a difference in people’s lives by bringing comfort, promoting health, and saving lives. If you want a future in delivering and leading on safe, effective, and compassionate care for people with a range of health conditions, then our nursing clearing courses are for you.

Here at the University of Salford, we have a large community of nursing students, but that doesn’t mean you’ll feel one of many. Our cohorts are close-knit, and our students often say the sense of community and support are the best things about the University. Read about our nursing students’ experiences.

Fifty per cent of your studies will be spent on placement in hospital and community settings, both in the NHS and the independent sector. This could include being in wards, health centres, detention centres, care homes, or in hospices. While you are on placement you will spend time in a well-supported environment, working alongside qualified practice assessors and supervisors.

Nursing Facilities

Nursing training doll in hospital bed in nursing simulation suite

Studying a nursing degree through clearing at the University of Salford means you will use several clinical rooms to enhance your learning. From taking blood to giving emergency CPR, you will learn a range of routine and more complicated procedures.

Housed in the Mary Seacole building, our clinical practice wards and simulation suite were designed to give the look and feel of a real hospital. There are several rooms that can be used for a range of scenarios, such as adult bays, children’s bays, a treatment room, and a midwifery labour room.

The patient simulation lab provides you with opportunities to tackle real-life scenarios in a safe and supported environment. The lab contains hi-tech patient simulators that can mimic everything from the common cold to a major heart condition

  • Emergency Care Patient Simulators: Anatomically correct, feature-rich mannequins, which can be used for the physical demonstration of various clinical signs, including bleeding, breathing, blinking eyes and convulsions.
  • iStan Patient Simulators: A step up from the emergency care patient simulators, the iStan adds an essential human element to patient simulation. It moves, breathes, and can cry out or moan with pain, providing a realistic patient for you to practice on.
  • Pedia Patient Simulator: A complete reproduction of a six-year-old child, enabling you to practice paediatric scenarios.
  • Baby Simulator: This mannequin makes it possible to interact with our most vulnerable patients - in a safe, realistic learning environment.

All the simulation equipment can be linked up to a hi-tech computer and audio-visual aids. Groups of students get to role-play a wide range of different scenarios, with a lab coordinator observing, running, and intervening in the scenario remotely.

Nursing Clearing Courses

Nursing degree students gathered around a hospital bed practicing with equipment.

All our nursing degrees in clearing are accredited by The Nursing and Midwifery Council. On successful completion of these courses, you will receive a recognised degree qualification that leads to registration as a qualified nurse with The Nursing and Midwifery Council.

When you join the University of Salford, you will be welcomed into a friendly and relaxed environment in which to learn. Studying nursing through clearing will ensure you are ready for your future career. We will prepare you for the transition from student nurse to qualified nurse, both professionally and autonomously, to manage yourself and others effectively.

Our nursing degrees

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Registered Nurse – Adult)

Our BSc (Hons) Nursing (Registered Nurse – Adult) will prepare you to offer support, education and care to adults and their families in a variety of settings, including in hospitals and in the community.

You will develop knowledge of concepts of public health, well-being, and global health, including awareness of factors affecting health within a diverse and multicultural society.

A blended learning approach will provide the foundation for the teaching and learning strategy by way of seminars, masterclasses, action learning, guided learning study, simulation, and workshops. The course has an equal split between time spent in theory and practice to ensure you can build your skills ready for a career of making a difference in people’s lives. 

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Registered Nurse – Children and Young People)

Have a strong desire to help some of the most vulnerable in our society? Our BSc (Hons) Nursing (Registered Nurse – Children and Young People) will teach you how to manage and maximise the health of children and young people in a hospital or in the community.

You will gain the knowledge and skills to deliver professional and compassionate family-centred care. We will work with you on your development to become an emotionally intelligent nurse that is able to lead and coordinate compassionate, person and family-centred care whilst working as an integral member of interdisciplinary teams.

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Registered Nurse – Mental Health)

On our BSc (Hons) Nursing (Registered Nurse – Mental Health) degree, you will learn about how to support people with ongoing mental health problems. We will teach you how to work with people who have issues around substance misuse or offending behaviour, as well as how to support people during the most acute phases of their distress.

Studying a mental health nursing degree in clearing will teach you the essential knowledge, skills and the professional attitudes needed to deliver and promote holistic care of mental and physical health. Your theoretical learning will be complemented by field practice and level-specific seminar group facilitation, discussion, and formative feedback.                                                                                                        

FdSc Nursing Associate (Direct Entry Route)

Nursing Associates work with registered nurses to care for patients and service users of different ages and in a range of settings. They are integral members of the healthcare team - bridging the gap between support workers and registered nurses.

Our FdSc Nursing Associate (Direct Entry Route) degree is designed to train you on how to deliver hands-on care, focusing on ensuring patients continue to get the compassionate care they deserve. This course is a two-year programme leading to a Nursing Associate Foundation Degree.

You will work alongside qualified practice assessors in learning areas where you will experience a wide variety of care-giving settings.

Contact us

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If you have a question about studying any of our courses, or you’d like to learn more about joining the University of Salford, contact our friendly team today on 0161 295 4545 or


How long is a nursing degree?

At the University of Salford, our BSc Nursing degrees take three years to complete, and our FDSC Nursing Associate degree takes two years to complete.

Is a nursing degree hard?

Studying for a nursing degree will involve a variety of assignments and exams, which can make it academically challenging. Alongside your studies, you'll also be expected to complete placements regularly to ensure you get experience in the workplace. Managing your studies alongside these shifts can be difficult. However, if you are dedicated and organised, you will succeed and experience an incredibly rewarding career. If you find your studies overwhelming, there will be support available from your lecturers and university support staff.

What can you do with a nursing degree?

A degree in nursing gives you a range of career options to explore that are rewarding and inspiring. Some of the job roles include:

  • Adult nurse
  • Child nurse
  • Mental health nurse
  • Nursing associate

As a graduate and qualified nurse, you will be able to apply for a job in an acute setting such as a hospital, or in the community. You may want to work within the NHS, or in the public or private sectors; for example, on a ward, or in a health centre, a prison, a care home or a hospice.