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International Year Zero - 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.

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The IYZ 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.

Key Information



4 years:

1 year pathway + 3 year degree


Start Dates

September 2022 | November 2022 | January 2023

Pathway Tuition Fee


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.

Subject Specific Modules

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Continuation degrees

This study route offers you a pathway to the following degree course

BSc (Hons)
Adult Nursing

Dundee aims to help students develop into compassionate and knowledgeable registered adult nurses, ready to take on the exciting challenge of working in any modern healthcare environment. For the BSc version of this course, students are not required to complete an honours project or dissertation.

BSc (Hons)
Mental Health Nursing

As a mental health nurse, students will care for people in a diverse range of settings, presenting with a variety of mental health challenges. For the BSc version of this course, students are not required to complete an honours project or dissertation.

Supporting students to success

Learn more about what our students have to say when studying across our education network.

I have a lot of international friends here at BUIC, and I’ve learnt so much from them. There is always a lot to do together both on and off-campus.

Sagar Nepal, Bangor University International College (BUIC)

I would recommend UGIC because it is based on the main University of Greenwich campus, a cosmopolitan university. At UGIC, there are students from all around the world, and I've made a lot of friends from exciting places."

Gozel Turkmenistan, University of Greenwich International College (UGIC)

I think one of the main reasons the IIM (pre-masters) has been so helpful is because the staff are so supportive and are always able to help me. Whether it is understanding a module or finding out how to sort accommodation, they will help you with everything. I’ve enjoyed studying at Bangor, the people are friendly, and the environment is also really peaceful and safe. It’s given me the best opportunity to succeed in my studies here in the UK.

Tong Tong China, Bangor University International College (BUIC)