Frequently Asked Questions

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How many student Nurses do you take each year?

Typically, the University of Lincoln takes around 220 Adult field Nursing students and around 40 Mental Health field Nursing students each year.

When does the Nursing course start and finish?

The Undergraduate course is a three year course, offered over ‘long’ academic years which typically run for 45 weeks, each starting in mid-September and running through to the start of August.

How many hours a week will I be at University?

Usually, a student will not physically be in University for any more than two days a week. However there are exceptions where students must attend additional sessions in preparation for going onto placement. The NMC indicates that a student must complete at least 2,300 hours of theoretical learning over the duration of the course.

Can I study Nursing part time?

The Nursing programmes are currently offered as a full-time degrees only.

Can I study within School term time?

Due to the requirements of completing 2,300 theoretical hours and 2,300 hours in practice on placement, students will study both within school term time and during some school holidays. The programme’s ‘long’ academic year typically runs for 45 weeks, starting in mid-September and running through to the start of August. Students do receive a two week Christmas and two week Easter holiday.

When will I get my timetable? Can I get it early?

A provisional timetable is released to students in mid-August.

Are the lectures compulsory?

All sessions ran as part of the programme are compulsory and contribute towards completing 2,300 hours of theoretical study. If students fail to maintain appropriate levels attendance and keep up with the required theoretical hours year on year, then they will not be able to progress onto subsequent levels of the programme.

Can I change my timetable if I have childcare problems?

Due to the requirements of the hours needed to progress and complete the programme, timetables cannot be amended.

I want to be a children’s nurse, can I do that at Lincoln?

Our BSc (Hons) Nursing with Registered Nurse (Children's Nursing) programme has been developed to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to meet the future needs of children and young people.

What are the fees to study Nursing at Lincoln?

For the most up to date fees information, please visit our Nursing course pages.

How much time will I be on placement?

The course is split with half of your time spent completing theory and half of your time spent in placement. You are required to complete 2,300 hours of theory and 2,300 hours of practice placements and this is timetabled into the course. This is usually within two blocks of around 9-10 weeks in each year, with an additional four week placement in year two.

When do the placements start?

The placements start in your first year after your first block of theory in which you will have completed mandatory training and preparation sessions. This first placement generally starts in the January following your enrolment onto the programme.

Do I have to arrange my own placements?

The University has partners that it works closely with to deliver quality placements to our students.  All placements are arranged through the University to ensure they meet our standards and have passed an educational audit.  Students are able to arrange their four week elective placement which forms part of the second year placements. Information will be given to you on what you need to do to arrange this placement and the requirements of this at the start of your second year.

Can I choose where I have my placements?

Placements are allocated to students throughout their study and will be in a variety of service and geographical areas to ensure you are exposed to a wide range of learning opportunities and experiences as required by the NMC.  Students are able to choose where they would like to go for their elective placement as explained above.  For your final placement, a list of available places is published and you are able to complete an application form for where you would like to go. This is a competitive process that aims to facilitate you gaining a placement of your choice and to help develop employability skills. 

Can I go back home for my placements?

We consider your home time and term time address when we allocate your placements. If your placement is closer to your home address, you would be able to move back home for this time period. Our placements are in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

I can’t drive. How will I get to my placements?

We consider your driver status when we allocate your placements and if you cannot drive, we ensure your placement is accessible by public transport. You could also potentially relocate to the placement area using funded accommodation such as bed and breakfasts which the University will assist with and this may save you travelling each day. If another student is on the same placement with you, you may choose to car share or access accommodation together. 

Do I get paid when I’m on placement?

You will not be paid a “wage” whilst on placement. The government has committed to providing students with a non-refundable grant of £300 to cover an excess payment, which allows access to funding to cover any essential travel costs while on placement. Students who also require extra accommodation should their placement be a considerable distance from the University will also be entitled to have any additional accommodation costs reimbursed.

For more information on placements, you can access our website on

Clinical Suites

The clinical suites in the Sarah Swift building are used by the School of Health and Social Care to simulate real hospital and home environments, and feature the latest in patient simulation technology.

Students have access to simulated male, female, and infant patients that feature realistic anatomy and clinical functionality, as well as CPR mannequins to help develop clinical and decision-making skills during scenarios and clinical practice. The replicated ward environment is of an NHS standard and features realistic patient bays, as well as clinical equipment and consumables to provide a realistic workspace. 

The suites are located in the new Sarah Swift building and are available as learning environments for students on the Nursing, Social Work, Physiotherapy, Midwifery, Paramedic Science, and Occupational Therapy courses.