The nursing degree courses are usually 50% practical and 50% theory. In addition to the course work, the university will arrange a placement at a local hospital, other clinical institution or nursing environment. The final qualification gained following a degree course is academically higher than that of a diploma but a diploma can be “topped up” to a degree later in your nursing training.
Following the first year of the Common Foundation Programme you will specialise in your second year in an area such as one of the following: Adult Health, Children's Health, Mental Health or Learning Disability Nursing. A degree can be tiring to focus on as it is four years of uninterrupted educational training, however the support and social side of life at a university or college can also be rewarding.