Open University Nursing Programme

The OU Nursing programme for 2020 will be advertised in January and will offer four routes – adult, mental health, learning disability and children’s.   To receive an application in January please email with your name and Trust

The OU Nursing programme takes 4 years approximately, you continue to get paid in your current role and are seconded onto the programme.  So you are in your own job, then you could be out on placement or study leave for a block of time.  The time out training equates to 4600 hours over the duration of the course.  While the Trust receives £4000 towards backfill, it is estimated that it costs around £25k to train each person in terms of covering your post when you are studying or on placement.  So there is not an automatic entitlement to apply.

Places are limited and applicants are shortlisted based on their application form and then selected by interview.  UNISON offers interview prep workshops in each Trust for those members shortlisted.  We also recommend attending our free member workshops on clinical and non clinical topics and workshops such as Dignity in Health & Social Care can support the application and interview process.

You don’t need K101 to apply but you do need to meet the criteria below.

To be eligible to apply you must have and supply original certificates or replacement certificates for
•    Level 2 English (eg GCSE A-C, NVQ, QCF/QCR, HNC, HND, Access course, Essential Skills, K101, Leaving Cert)
•    Level 2 Maths/Numeracy (eg GCSE A-C, Access course with a maths component, Essential Skills Numeracy, Leaving Cert)
•    Plus have
•    At least a 26 hour substantive contract – you cannot include bank hours, or additional hours even if they are regular.
•    Permission from your line manager and the budget holder to apply

You must have completed your Maths and English courses and provide original certificates at interview, so if you have lost them, apply for replacements well in advance.

If you have less than a 26 hour contract, you can talk to your manager about the option of increasing your contracted hours if you get a place on the programme.  Your manager would have to agree to this in writing at the time of application.

Tutor: Open University

Course Dates


12:00 am - 12:00 pm


5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Course Venue


This course is no longer available for applications.