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Launch of Wales's first distance learning course for nursing

Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) has been working with Bangor University in supporting them to launch Wales’s first full-time, fully-funded, distance learning course for nursing. Student nurses on the course will split their time between learning online at home and getting hands-on experience on placement.

This distance learning model allows learners to study remotely but still have regular access to a dedicated tutor.

This full-time programme has the same curriculum as an in-person nursing degree, and it is only the mode of delivery that is different.

The taught elements of the course will be delivered via Bangor University’s interactive virtual online learning environment. This is where students can access lectures, seminars, skills training, and more. There’s even a virtual common room.

There are alternating 7-week blocks of theory and work placements, with 10 weeks of leave spread across each year. These placements provide the opportunity to develop and apply your knowledge and skills in a practical environment.

You will learn about best practice and excellence in patient care with a range of other health professionals. The work placements will be as close to a student’s home address as possible. On occasion, however some travel may be required.

“Our first cohort commenced study on this programme in 2023 and feedback from these students demonstrates they feel they have a supportive community for online learning.“ said Dr Elizabeth Mason, Interim Head of School.

She added: “This distance learning route allows students to study pre-registration nursing online whilst undertaking practice learning within placements in Welsh Health Boards.  

“The flexibility of this programme allows students to complete their theory hours online via a virtual learning platform. Bangor University lecturers, the University study skills team a dedicated programme lead, and personal tutor offers in-person and online support for professional development and to support learning.”

To find out more, head over to Adult nursing distance learning at Bangor university, Children’s nursing distance learning at Bangor university, and Mental health nursing distance learning at Bangor university.

Hear what one of Bangor's distance learning students had to say about the course: