Diploma Higher Education Nursing (Adult) / Enrolled Nurse

About the Diploma Higher Education Nursing (Enrolled Nursing)

Adult nursing is a person-centred profession with the main aim of promoting the wellbeing and social inclusion of all people through improving or maintaining physical and mental health. Adult nurses provide care for people over the age of 18 and increasingly for older people with complex conditions. They may also care for people with a mental health condition or learning disability, or children.

Throughout the duration of your programme except for the taster placements in your first few months of the Diploma, you will remain in your area of practice (e.g. John Ward, Dudley Toomey ward) and will not be moved around different wards.

Successful completion of this Diploma will equip the pupil to work as an Enrolled Nurse and to progress in a career within the health and social care sector. The Diploma will enable you to develop a wide range of transferable clinical, care and interpersonal skills (including medicines management, venepuncture). 

The EN Pupil will also be eligible to apply to the Gibraltar Nurses, Midwives, Health Visitors Registration Board as an Enrolled Nurse.

Most of the delivery of the generic Diploma modules will be co-delivered in School together with students on the BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing and the BSc (Hons) Mental Health nursing, making learning meaningful, fun and interprofessional. Pupils on the Diploma will undertake the same modules as the BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing programme throughout the 2 year programme (these are set below).

What you will study

In the first year, you will be introduced to the foundations of nursing and healthcare; while in the second year you will develop your understanding of the application of person-centred care, assessment, clinical reasoning and decision-making. You will examine holistic care across the life span related to all nursing fields and then build on this further, focusing on acute and long-term care within adult nursing. General nursing topics are studied alongside subjects tailored to adult nursing.

Year 1

Year 2

Constants/themes throughout the programme                   

Modules may not contain all of these themes but they will be represented across the whole programme:

Professional values

  • The '6Cs'
  • Quality of life
  • Safeguarding and risk
  • Working with diversity and anti-discriminatory practice

Communication and interpersonal skills

  • Study skills
  • Managing and maintaining  relationships
  • Ethics and law
  • Self-awareness and reflection
  • Psychology/behavioural sciences

Nursing practice and decision-making

  • Numeracy
  • Pharmacology and medicines  management
  • Care needs across the life  span
  • Life sciences
  • Nursing skills
  • Creativity and problem solving skills
  • Research and evidence-based practice

Enrolled Diploma Higher Education Nursing Entry requirements:

  • GCSE A*–C (or comparable numeric score under newly reformed GCSE grading) in five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics (Science also preferred) or equivalent qualification eg Functional/Key skills level 2 in numeracy and literacy; Level 2 Applied Science.
  • QCF / NVQ L2 desirable.
  • It is expected that the candidate will have ideally 2 years of continuous health care experience in a local care setting.

Selection Process

All applicants will be expected to complete a numeracy and literacy exam on the day of their interview. If successful, candidates will proceed to part 2 of the interview. This will include a group interview, followed by a scenario based interview and finally an individual interview. Applicants need to meet the selection process to meet the entry requirements set by the School of Health Studies and Kingston University London and St George's University of London.   

Example of Entry Exam Literacy and Numeracy paper   

For individuals who do not have GCSE maths or English, you could do the literacy and numeracy L2 course via the Distance Learning Centre or Open Study College by clicking on the images below.
GCSE Maths could be done via the Archimedes Training Centre in Gibraltar. They also offer other GCSE's and A2's.



Please be advised that these are external links and are not connected to the School of Health Studies.

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