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International Stage One - Nursing

Nursing focusses on providing care and support to individuals and is considered a highly rewarding career within the health care sector. The ICD pathway in nursing offers you an alternative route to a 3-year undergraduate nursing degree. Completing this course gives you both an academic and professional qualification that leads to you becoming a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.


The IS1 is the equivalent to the first year of a four year Scottish undergraduate degree. This programme is designed to help you develop your academic knowledge and skills within your subject area. You will also focus on improving your English academic literacy in preparation for continuing onto your chosen University of Dundee undergraduate degree. Studied across three terms, you will continue straight onto year two of your degree course at the University of Dundee once you have successfully completed the pathway.

English Language Requirements

Course English Language Requirement
Minimum IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.5 in each component
+6 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 5.0 with no less than 4.5 in each component
+12 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 4.5 with no less than 4.0 in each component

What you will study

Alongside core modules, you will study subject-specific
modules that will equip you with a foundation of knowledge
for your chosen field of study.

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Modules you will study

Introduction to Psychology

After looking at the subject’s historical development, three particular areas are studied. The main focus within Social Psychology is on antisocial behaviour. Cognitive Psychology focuses on the nature and structure of memory: capacity, duration and encoding in short- and long-term memory. Developmental Psychology covers the developmental theories of Piaget and Vygotsky, including key developmental concepts and how each may be applied to the process of learning.

Applied Sociology

This module covers key sociological theories, concepts and evidence. You will apply knowledge and understanding to issues in education, health, crime and other areas of UK social life.

Chemistry for Nursing

You will be introduced to Chemistry and drug calculations. Experience will be gained in preparing and diluting solutions with an emphasis on accuracy and safety in a laboratory environment.

Data Analysis

This module provides a sound foundation in statistical knowledge and skills and covers an introduction to probability, hypothesis testing, the interpretation of data in context, the application of data to problem-solving, and experimentation.

Communication in Healthcare

This module demonstrates the importance of effective communication and a range of core communication skills in nursing and healthcare. It explores the principles and methods of communication including challenging behaviour and how to respond.

Nursing and Healthcare

Exploring the history of nursing, this module introduces students to nursing and healthcare provision in the UK anddevelops understanding of different nursing theories, moral and ethical principles of nursing and how they influence current practice including expectations and some key roles of a nurse.

Anatomy and Physiology (Nursing)

This module aims to provide students with an introduction to the anatomy (structure that makes up the body) and physiology (the functions of body parts and the body as a whole) of the body. The main topics covered are cells, tissues, homeostasis, organs and systems. The systems include the cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, integumentary, nervous, digestive, urinary, reproductive, endocrine, and lymphatic/immune systems.

Key Information



4 years:1 year pathway + 3 year degree


Start Dates

September 2023


Pathway Tuition Fee

£19,495.00 – £19,695.00