FndCert Fast-track to Higher Education (Nursing)

If you don’t have the required entry qualifications for one of our Adult Nursing degrees, but can show that with some expert coaching and tuition you could succeed at degree level, why not consider our Fast-track to HE (Nursing) course? Successful completion of this 9-week course will support your progress to an NMC-approved Nursing degree programme starting the following May/June at the University of Bolton.

FndCert Fast-track to Higher Education (Nursing)

Course details

The University of Bolton’s experienced and supportive team can help you build on your existing communication and work-related skills and experience, preparing you for undergraduate study in nursing. We’ll support you to develop essential academic and professional skills that are vital for success at university.

We’ll focus on helping you learn how to communicate in the academic environment, both in writing and verbally. You’ll also explore how to develop original work and learn about the importance of referencing to ensure you avoid plagiarism. Our dedicated team will guide you as you learn the skills necessary to become a professional student, such as how to work with others, manage your time effectively, solve problems and develop strategies of resilience. Gaining all these skills will prepare you for undergraduate study in nursing and offer a great platform for developing your employability skills.

On successful completion of this 9-week programme, it’s expected that you’ll progress to a BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) degree in the following May/June (subject to meeting all other entry criteria).

  • Start date: 28/10/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: FndCert
  • Duration: 9 weeks

Course highlights:

  • This fast-track programme allows you to attend the University of Bolton for two days per week and complete your foundation stage in 9 weeks.
  • Successful completion of the course will normally lead directly to an approved BSc Nursing programme at the University of Bolton.

Key features:

  • We’ll support you to acquire and develop essential skills, helping to prepare you for both academic study and future employment.
  • Our approach to teaching and learning is ‘student-centred’, so we’ll work with you on an individual basis, providing tailored help and support throughout your studies.

Entry requirements

  • Start date: 28/10/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: FndCert
  • Duration: 9 weeks

Please note that this course is only available to Home students.

Normally, you’ll have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English and Mathematics. Please contact us for a list of acceptable GCSE equivalents.

You must also have a period of work experience in a relevant area such as health care, and be able to provide evidence of learning at Level 3.

If you're planning to change career and have qualifications in a discipline unrelated to nursing or health care, we'll be happy to consider your application.

If your application is successfully short-listed, then you’ll be asked to undertake a numeracy and literacy assessment. If you’re successful during this phase, then you’ll be invited for interview.

The interview process will involve face-to-face interviews with academic staff, practice staff and service users. You’ll also be assessed on your values, behaviours, communication and problem solving skills. We’re seeking students who can demonstrate commitment to a nursing career, who have excellent communication skills and who are caring, compassionate and courageous.

If you’re successful at the interview stage, you’ll be asked to undergo occupational health screening and a DBS check.

You’ll need to demonstrate that you’re of good health and good character and satisfactorily pass occupational health screening.

The BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) degree course involves working unsupervised with vulnerable adults and you must gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting your degree-level studies. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service.

Career opportunities

On successful completion of this 9-week programme, it’s expected that you’ll progress to a BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) degree in the following May/June (subject to meeting all other entry criteria). Depending on your prior qualifications and experience, you may also be accepted on alternative programmes offered by the University.

What can I do with this qualification?

Professional recognition

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or SDMenquiries@bolton.ac.uk for more information

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply


You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

Before you commence the online application please read the Application Guidance Notes.

You should also ensure you have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk


The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk

Teaching & assessment


Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Introduction to Academic Skills
  • Employability and Development
  • Further Academic Skills

Teaching, learning and assessment

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you acquire and develop the appropriate skills, knowledge and concepts needed to successfully complete the course.

Activities such as practical sessions/scenes, seminars, tutorials, self-directed study, lectures, video viewing and analysis, tutorials, IT sessions, library and guided study promote active learning. We adopt a variety of practical approaches using a blended learning environment. We also use a virtual learning environment website to share additional learning materials, course content and support resources.

Summative assessments are designed to determine whether you have met the learning outcomes for each module. You can expect to undertake both written and verbal summative assessments. We also use formative assessments to help you and your tutors check your progress, including in-class activities and group work. These do not, however, count towards your final module marks.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (100%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (70%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (30%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • Course type:
  • Start date:
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
  • Duration:
    9 weeks

Contact us

Vicky MacMillan
Programme Leader
Email: V.MacMillan@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903851

Trish Houghton
Head of Centre for Nursing
Email: T.A.Houghton@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903756

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903