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The Open University Healthcare Support Worker (HCSW) Pathway

Are you a HCSW interested in becoming a Registered Nurse with an Open University BSc (HONS) qualification for Adult, Learning Disability or Mental Health Nursing?

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Work 26+ hours a week in a permanent post;
  • Have 12 years’ experience in full time education (including all school years);
  • Core communication skills at SCQF Level 5 or Standard Grade English (passed at credit level) or National 5 (or the equivalent) in English;
  • Core numeracy skills at SCQF Level 5 or Standard Grade Mathematics (passed at credit level) or National 5 (or the equivalent) in Mathematics or Arithmetic;
  • Good character and good health; and
  • Have your line manager’s support.


Applications for October 2021 are now closed .


For further information please refer to the OU BSc (Hons) Nursing Programmes Information for Managers (October 2021) booklet and the OU employer pack information.


Read more about the OU Future Nurse Curriculum October 2021 and please click here to watch a narrated OU Nursing Presentation: Stage 1 student briefing


Read the OU Nursing Newsletter 2020




Read this thank you message from the Open University to their nursing partners

Thank You from The Open University  
Nursing Employers quarterly newsletter, January 2020

To our nursing partners,

As the new year beckons, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on 2020 and say Thank You.

Despite the challenges, pressure on resources and limited placement capacity, we are so pleased that most of our students have been able to continue their programme and emerge with great achievements - which simply would not have been possible without you, our partners.

It’s been a testing year for healthcare practice, but the inspiring work from health professionals across the UK, and beyond, has been courageous. We feel privileged to work alongside our employer partners as we educate and develop a relentlessly caring workforce.

This year has certainly been tough, but there are many reasons to celebrate. 

As the new academic year started, we were pleased to welcome our new Head of School, Professor Sam Baron to the School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care. 

We are incredibly proud to report that the majority of our BSc (Hons) Nursing students completing at the end of the academic year 2019/2020 were able to graduate and register with the NMC – here are the results all wrapped up:

In October, we launched our brand-new Future Nurse curriculum with an innovative integration of enquiry-based learning. We successfully recruited to all four fields of nursing: Adult, Children and Young People, Learning Disabilities and Mental Health.

In its infancy, course evolution and enhancements are critical to improve both the employer and student experience. We’d like to thank you for your commitment, encouragement and invaluable feedback so far, as we implement our new programme.

We’re currently collating some FAQs to be published early next year. In the meantime, if you need further information about any of our nursing programmes please contact your local Staff Tutor.

A final note

In what really has been a challenging year, thank you for supporting your Nursing students, who’ve shown wholehearted dedication in developing their skills whilst continuing to work through a demanding period.

From all of us here, we wish you, your colleagues, and families, a joyful festive season and a Happy New Year.

Best Wishes

Janet Webb 
Associate Head of School, Professional Programmes

Samantha Baron 
Head of School, School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care

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Last Updated: 18 October 2021