The Access to Nursing Preparatory Course is designed as programme of preparatory study to enter a degree programme in Nursing Studies. Students undertaking this course can also apply for training positions in General Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing, Intellectual Disability Nursing and Childrens Nursing.

Nurses look after people who are unwell or who, for some other reason, need special care. They provide care and advice for patients, and they work in a variety of settings. The Access to Nursing Preparatory Course introduces students to the caring role of the nurse and emphasises the importance of interpersonal communication. It equips them with the skills and knowledge to care for patients in a safe and hygienic environment.

Students will learn the basic principles of infection control and are taught to apply standard precautions in relation to infection control. They will learn the structure and function of the human body and gain an understanding of the interrelationship between the systems of the body. They study the levels of personal development to understand the concepts of mental age and chronological age in order to be able to relate to people at a level appropriate to their needs.

The Access to Nursing Preparatory Correspondence Course is intended for anyone wishing to undertake a Pre-Registration Nursing or Midwifery programme who does not satisfy the minimum statutory entry requirements.

It is designed to measure a candidate's ability to cope with the intellectual demands of nurse/midwifery training. Passing the test means you are eligible to apply for entry into nurse/midwifery training.


The Diploma of Higher Education qualification in Adult, Children, Mental Health and Learning Disability is the new three year nurse training programme.

The first 18 months of training are spent on a Common Foundation Programme (CFP) which is divided into two parts each containing both theoretical and practical experience to enable students to make the all-important links between theory and practice. During the first 18 months all students gain a broad overview in Adult, Child, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities (Mental Handicap) areas.

In the nursing college you will learn a range of core subjects and skills, including the theory and practice of Nursing, methods of communication, social, biological and behavioural sciences appropriate to Nursing, the structure of the National Health Service, and professional and ethical conduct. You will gain practical experience with well and ill people at an early stage, through placements in both hospital and community settings under the supervision of qualified staff. As a Student Nurse you will not be included on a duty roster until the latter part of your training.

For the second 18 months of the course you will branch off to study your chosen specialist area of nursing - Adult, Child, Mental Health and Learning Disability. Each branch offers study of specialist principles of Nursing applied to a range of appropriate practice. Emphasis is placed on enabling you to become a knowledgeable practitioner who is critically aware and prepared for the demands made on the professional nurse in al Health Service.


Theory and practice will be closely related and applied to the care of adults in a wide range of hospital and community settings. Students will be encouraged to take a practical problem solving approach to care which will be focussed on the holistic needs of patients.


The course commences with the study of the development of the healthy child leading to placements relating to care of the child in the community. The course progresses to the study and application of nursing principles in the context of acute and continuing care of the child both in hospital and the community.


The course considers various approaches to mental health care before focussing on specific areas of mental health nursing. Theoretical principles underpinning severe, enduring, acute and specialised aspects of nursing care will be integrated with practical experience in institutional and community settings.


The theoretical principles and rationale which underpin the care of people with a Learning Disability (Mental Handicap) are studied concurrently with a variety of placements in educational, residential and community areas. Areas of study include human development, social aspects and specialist care which are integrated with practical experience.

Successful completion of the Course leads to qualification as a Registered Nurse as well as an academic qualification at Diploma level.


The minimum entry requirements for nursing and midwifery training courses are:


  • 5 GCSE/GCE "O" level grade A-C or
  • 5 CSEs Grade 1 or

NMC approved alternatives to the above. 


The NMC has approved a list of qualifications from other countries which may be accepted, these include:

  • 5 GCSE/GCE "O" levels grade A-C obtained from the AEB, Cambridge, London or Oxford examination boards, or
  • 5 passes at Senior Secondary Certificate Examination SSCE grades A-E, or
  • 5 passes at grades 1-6 in the West African School Certificate/Ordinary level General Certificate of Education, or
  • 5 passes at credit standard or distinction in the Sri Lanka Ordinary level General Certificate of Education, or
  • A full European Baccalaureate
  • A full International Baccalaureate
  • Or any other educational qualifications equivalent to the above


Comprises of

  • Access to Nursing Preparatory Course
  • Pre-Nursing Course
  • Preparatory Care Skills Course


This program prepares prospective candidates wishing to sit the entry into the Nursing Test. The course allows participants to build on or recall their numeracy and literacy skills. Gives opportunities to understand types of exercises in Test Papers.


Four major components consisting of:

Basic Arithmetic-NUMERACY MODULE

Calculations using fractions, Decimals and percentages, simple measurements and estimations.

Comprehension Skills-LITERACY MODULE

Exercises in English Comprehension - Simulated exercises to give confidence in completing comprehension passages and questions against a time schedule.


Exercises in the everyday use of English.

Sentence construction, word recognition and meaning.


Abstract Reasoning: This involves verbal reasoning questions.

Develop understanding of concept and skills to complete exercises in timed period.



This involves a placement in a caring environment

It allows good exposure to nursing and forms evidence/portfolio gathering to facilitate interviews to nursing schools.


The program is suitable for those wishing to study nursing in the UK but do not have the necessary academic requirements

Applicants are expected to complete our Assessment Test



Participants are expected to take the simulated exams.

On completion of the overall course, the participants will take the Access to Nursing entry test.



The program will facilitate the participants ability in areas of Knowledge and learning while preparing them very quickly for the Access to Nursing Test.


Session 1

  • Government Directives
  • Care Planning
  • Supervision
Mental Health Reform

The Health and Safety at Work Act. - general introduction

Session 2

  • Health and Safety at Work - responsibilities and application of the law
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)
  • Infection and its' control
  • Recording of Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences (RIDDOR)
  • Ergonomics - Theory

Session 3

  • Equality, Diversity and Rights
  • Principles of Good Practice
  • Confidentiality

Session 4:

  • Abuse and Aggression
  • Confusion
  • Communication
  • Communicating with the Elderly confused

Within this program, NCSI also offer a preparatory course for Basic Skills Test. The course enables participants to build on or recall their literacy and numeracy skills in preparation for the test.

All four components of the test are covered:

  • Verbal reasoning
  • Basic arithmetic
  • Non-verbal reasoning
  • Comprehension skills.

Our Home-Study Access to Nursing Preparatory Correspondence Course comes in the form of a 110-page interactive workbook with assignments and tests. As you are aware you can apply for nurse training in the UK if you pass the formal Access to Nursing course as no GCEs are required. Complete the Access to Nursing Preparatory Correspondence Course and you will sail through the multiple choice questions on which the test is based. Give yourself the advantage of private coaching and you will have a far better chance of success - five times better than the average unprepared candidate.

The prepared candidate enters the examination room with real confidence knowing that he/she has been trained to answer quickly with an "examination technique" that gives him/her a head start to candidates who have left things to chance. The Home-Study Access to Nursing Correspondence Course is designed for people for all walks of life - from practising nurses to young and mature people. After all, you would want to pass the very first time as your future depends on it.

The following components are included in the Access to Nursing Preparatory Correspondence Course:

  • Basic Maths, English and IQ test in the interactive course workbook.
  • Tutor assignments with model answers providing practice. - Mock test paper for marking/assessment.
  • Written by experts in the Home-Study learning method.
  • 12 hours study in armchair comfort.



The PRE-NURSING COURSE is aimed at people who want to start the Nursing Training but have not perhaps studied for several years. It can be taken as a refresher course by candidates with 5 GCEs or those who have passed the Access to Nursing course or about to take the Access to Nursing course. It is a natural follow-on from the Access to Nursing Course and may count as evidence of recent study. The course gives a real insight into the essential study skills covered in nurse training.

The course is a home-study package, with all the advantages such systems allow, i.e flexibility of study, no travelling involved, you work at your own pace.



The course is divided into three self-contained A4 workbooks:


    Aspects of essay writing and the various types of writing (creative, informative, essay, etc..). This section is very important because nurse training involves a lot of essay writing. The Maths section covers basic number skills and includes the key topic of metric units (SI units) and simple drug dosage calculations.


    Thee topics are studied early on in nurse training. Our course aims to develop your thought stimulation and act as a springboard for further studies. You will learn that health and social welfare go hand in hand. The psychology module covers personality types and what can happen when things go wrong (abnormal psychology).


    Physiology (human biology) and related anatomy (structures of the body) are covered in this section. It provides a firm basis for further studies as appropriate to nursing. The communication module highlights that effective communication between the nurse and patient/client is an integral and essential part of modern nursing.

Each workbook contains in-text questions, with answers, to check your knowledge and understanding as you progress through the course. The course requires about 20-40 hours of study, however, you can take as long as you wish.


The Home-Study Preparatory Care Skills Course will prepare applicants  to learn more about care work in hospitals, clinics and nursing homes.

It covers the patients’ physical comfort, mobility, continence, nutrition and personal hygiene, with special reference to elderly care.

Ideal for new or prospective Nursing students. Recommended with the Home-Study Pre-Nursing Course. 70 A4 pages.

Psychologically prepares you for your Nursing interview and Nursing/Midwifery training.

Puts you ahead of your peer group as you know what to expect when you attend the formal interview and when you start your training.

Deals with many important topics such as Care Plans, Caring for People etc…

A must if you are seriously contemplating Nursing as Career!

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