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Struggling to choose a course?

While many people already have a general idea of the field they want to enter, selecting the right course from the large selection of options available can still be a hard decision.

Withdrawal of students in the first year is usually because they are unhappy with their chosen course. Considering that every course and every university is different, and that students have their individual preferences, here are four things you should consider when choosing the right course:

Strengths and goals

Spend some time to reflect on your interests and skills. By doing this, you are in a better position to figure out what courses will suit you.

You can start by choosing a field that you are interested in, and from there, think of a course that will match your skills, values and personality type. For example, if you are interested in the health care industry, courses on offer include nursing, midwifery, physical therapy, aged care and pathology.


Create a list of courses to explore and research each course. You can source information on the internet, through online programs and prospectuses offered by the different universities or schools, or even through your family and friends.

Take the time to visit college websites to explore not only the subjects included in your course but also to find out the content of each module per subject.

Career opportunities

There is little point in doing a course unless it sets you up for a successful and fulfilling career. If changing your career path is the reason for studying, it is crucial that you take into consideration the kind of career you wish to pursue.

Pause, Time out

Taking a break can be a good option if you have the resources to do so. You can use this break to travel, gain some work experience, and figure out what career is right for you. This allows you to have some time to weigh up your options and make a more informed decision.

There are endless possibilities for your international future. Please contact ICN and our experienced team members will be happy to guide you.

Course Advice for Students Planning to Study Abroad

Let’s help you find a course that suits your career goals

Whether you’re still considering possible courses, tossing up between two fields of study or have no idea what kind of career you want, we can help you find the best course and coordinate your university application.

01. Let’s find your best fit

With so many courses and universities to choose from, deciding where and what to study abroad can be a daunting task. Don’t worry, we are here to hand-hold you during the entire process. Our teams are backed by a sophisticated knowledge matching system that contains all the latest information on our partner institutions, including schools, English language colleges, vocational colleges, and universities.

02. We work on your dream goals

It may seem obvious, but your education, experiences and topics of interest are the first step to finding your dream course. Also, your chosen course should put you on a path to a profession you’ll love for life. Your ICN counsellor will work with you to shortlist a range of courses and dive down deep into the detail of course handbooks and subject choices.

03. Consider the timelines and budgets

Knowing how much a course will cost and how much you can afford to spend on your education are important factors in choosing where and what to study.

04. Course experience and campus life

The environment and social culture of a university are important factors in determining how satisfied and happy you’ll be in your course. Every student’s preferences are different. You may thrive in a lively city campus, or you might prefer a smaller, rural location. You might want a campus with lots of cultural diversity or one with active clubs and societies. We’ll take all of this into account as we help you select your choice.


Applying for your course and accepting the offer

01. Apply with confidence, we’ve got your back

We take the hassle out of submitting your university and school applications. Your designated ICN counsellor will submit your applications on your behalf.

Our team will also help with course application documents, compile your applications, certify supporting documents and send your application directly to your chosen university or institution.

02. Application assessment and acceptance

Most universities and institutions respond within 2-6 weeks of your application being submitted, and if they offer you a place in a course, you will receive an official offer letter. You can also attend our various education fairs and seminars where representatives from top universities are available to interact directly and assess your eligibility for the course on the spot.

03. Acceptance and payment, the final steps

If there are no conditions on your offer letter that you need to meet, you can accept the offer immediately. Examples of conditions that could be specified include submission of a new IELTS test result, your academic transcript of a recently completed study, or certain certified documents.

Health and Life Sciences

Career prospects

We understand that higher education is an investment for your future. At our partner School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, we design each of our courses with two things in mind: a commitment to academic excellence and your employability. With us, you will have the opportunity to access the latest technology, research and theory, and apply it to real-world examples and projects. All these resources and training will allow you to become a graduate and a recognised industry professional. We aim to be at the forefront of world-class teaching and respond to market demand. Our experienced and highly qualified lecturers work with industry and professional bodies to ensure each course addresses the dynamic needs of society. The strength of our resources and expertise, alongside our dedicated employability support, the Talent Team at our partner campuses, has improved the career prospects of many students.

We aim to empower our graduates to become future healthcare professionals, with the knowledge informed by our research. We use our research strengths to enhance our societal engagement and enrich your teaching and learning experience.


Welcome to the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health

Why study Nursing with us?


With our partner schools, we produce nurses who are not only excellent clinical practitioners but who also understand the importance of care, compassion and communication. These values run through all our courses, and  staff at our partner schools  have a wealth of experience and can demonstrate how those values make a positive impact on patients' lives.


As our partner school take a 'whole patient journey' approach you will develop an understanding of how your role fits in to the team of healthcare professionals who work alongside nurses throughout the patient's journey to recovery, including paramedics, doctors, health care assistants and radiographers.

Note: Please feel free to contact us for the detailed brochure for each subject. 


Please see our list of courses

Intakes: January, March, May, July, September, November.

Health and Life Sciences
Access to Nursing
Nursing and Allied Health Professions Foun*
Adult Nursing Blended Learning BSc/Msc
Midwifery BSc (Hons)
Nursing Associate Foundation Degree
Mental Health Nursing  BSc/MSc
Learning Disabilities Nursing  BSc/MSc
Children and Young People’s Nursing BSc/MSc
Critical Care Nursing PgC
Public Health and Community Studies BA/BSc*
Diagnostic Radiography BSc/MSci
Applied Bioscience Foun/BSc*
Health and Social Care Foun/BA*
Applied Psychology BA*/BSc/MSc

Arts and Humanities
Business Management and Leadership BA*
Law and Practice LLB
Primary Education and Teaching Studies BA*
Professional Accounting BA*/MSc
Digital Marketing with Data Analytics MSc
Economics, Banking and Finance MSc/PGDip/PGCert
Financial Economics and Banking BSc (Hons)
Finance MBA
Global Business Management BA (Hons)
Global Events Management BSc (Hons)
Global Business MBA
International Finance and Accounting BA (Hons)
International Hospitality and Tourism Management BA (Hons)/MSc/PGDip/PGCert
International Project Management MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Engineering, Environment and Computing
Energy Management BSc*/MSc
Cloud Computing BSc*
Computing Science BSc*
Cyber Security BSc*/MSc
Data Science BSc/MSc
Electro-Mechanical Engineering BEng*
Electrical and Electronic Engineering BSc/MSc
Electrical Automotive Engineering MSc
Automotive Engineering BSc
Mathematics and Data Analytics BSc/MSc
Mechanical Engineering BSc/MSc


Find your home away from home


Choosing where to live is a big decision. You’ll want to love where you live, so you can get the most from your international study experience. You need to feel safe, with access to people who can support you when needed.

Why ICN?

ICN can guide you in choosing your next home through our trusted accommodation partners across the UK. We also have access to some exclusive ICN rates and deals. Ask your ICN counsellor for help choosing the right option for you. They can also help you through the application process once you’ve made your decision.


Your stay options


A Homestay is perfect if you want to stay with a local family to experience their culture and lifestyle. Host families chosen by our providers are easy-going, friendly people and will make you welcome in their home. You all stay in a comfortable room of your own and share meals at home with your new family. Your host can also give you tips on interesting places to explore and how to get there.

Why choose a Homestay?

  • It's a good way to improve your English
  • You all make new friends and discover what the residents/locals are like!
  • Living in a family can help you feel less homesick
  • You have someone to guide and support you as you settle in.
Student Apartments

Student apartments are a fantastic choice if you are looking for convenience, affordability and the chance to share your experience with students from all over the world. Everything you need is in one place and you can move in straight away.

Why choose a Student Apartment?

  • It's easy to make friends and socialise
  • Support staff are available if need help or are unsure about anything
  • Apartments are usually close to campus, so you spend less time travelling
  • You live in a safe, secure environment.

We have done the hard work for you by putting together an awesome range of accommodation options to fit your needs and budget. All our partners are chosen for their reputation as trusted accommodation providers for students.

Everything you need to know about UK Visas

UK student visa requirements

The visa you need will depend on your age and the type of study you want to do. An overview of study visa types and application requirements is included below, but for more information, you should visit the Gov.UK website (https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/work-visas)

To be eligible for a Tier 4 student visa, you must
  • Have an unconditional offer of a place on a course with a licensed Tier 4 sponsor.
  • Be able to speak, read, write and understand English.
  • Have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course.
  • Applying for your visa online
  • You must apply for your student visa application online using the British Government’s official Gov.UK website (unless you are applying from North Korea, in which case you can use a hardcopy form).
  • You can apply up to three months before your intended date of travel to the UK. Your application date is the date when your application fee is paid.
When applying for your Tier 4 visa, you will generally need
  • A current passport or other valid travel documentation.
  • Evidence of funds to provide your living expenses for the duration of your course.
  • Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) reference number and documents used to obtain CAS.
  • Passport-sized colour photograph.
  • Tuberculosis screening (if required).
  • Assessment documentation.
  • Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) clearance certificate (if required).

Additional documents may also be needed if you are:

  • Not a citizen of the country you are applying from.
  • Under 18 years of age.
  • Have family (dependents)

If any of your supporting documents is not in English, you will need to have it translated. Each translated document must be dated, and include the translator’s name and signature and confirmation that it is an accurate translation of the original document.

English language requirements

You must provide evidence of your knowledge of the English language when you apply for your visa. This usually means passing a secure English language test.


UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) have minimum English language requirements for reading, writing, listening and speaking according to your level of study. Your education institution (sponsor) may have different English language requirements.


There is a chance you may be interviewed by a UKVI officer as part of the visa application process. If you cannot hold a simple conversation without an interpreter, you may be refused entry to the UK, regardless of your English language results.

Biometric residence permit

As part of your application, you must also obtain a biometric residence permit (BRP) from UKVI. You will need to make an appointment with UKVI to have your fingers and thumbs scanned and a digital photo taken of your face.


Why Study Abroad

Benefits of Overseas Study

More than ever before, we live in a globalised world. Earning your degree overseas can have huge benefits for your career and personal development.

Here are just a few of the advantages of choosing international study.

01. Start your career off on the right foot

Graduates who’ve chosen to study internationally are highly sought after by employers. Pursuing a degree overseas signals to employers that you have courage, flexibility, cultural awareness and an understanding of how other people work and think. This will really put you ahead of the pack when it comes to internships and job applications.

02. From learning a language to living a language

Studies have shown that being surrounded by a language is the best way to become fluent and to understand the local culture. You'll be surrounded by English language speakers every day and seeing and hearing the language in the local cultural context.

Living, studying and working in English can be challenging at first, but you’ll be surprised at how quickly it becomes second nature. Communicating confidently in English will help you to excel in your studies and meet new friends from other parts of the world who could even become professional connections down the road.

03. Diverse choice of courses

Expanding your options to consider overseas study opens up a world of new educational opportunities. ICN partners with high-quality universities and schools across the UK; whatever you are looking for – from a course that is highly ranked for research to a unique study environment – we can help find the best fit for you.

Students who come to study in the UK with ICN often comment on how much they enjoy the diverse teaching styles. Some courses and modules may be traditional class-based, others may involve a lot of teamwork while others will include a lot of work experience. Think about what would suit you best and we’ll take this into consideration while researching course options with you.

04. Grow and develop personally

Students who study overseas return home with an informed and much less biased perspective towards other cultures and peoples. Whether you’re studying science, politics or finance, being able to think from a multinational perspective will help you face modern challenges and come up with innovative solutions.

As an international student, you will graduate with a more diverse set of experiences than many domestic students in your home country that will allow you to think more openly and creatively. As you learn to view the world through different lenses, you’ll also learn new things about your own country and culture.

05. Stories to last a lifetime

Your international study experience doesn’t end at the campus gates. During weekends and holidays, you’ll have the chance to travel to tourist hotspots or get off the beaten track in your chosen country. Make sure to save some mementos, such as train tickets and photographs, and keep a record of your adventures, because you might not realise how incredible your time was until you’re home.

Maybe one day in the future you’ll be the one giving advice to your siblings – and even your own children – about why and where to study abroad!


Why study in the United Kingdom?

A degree from a UK institution is a passport to professional success.

Wherever in the world you choose to pursue your career, a degree from a university in the United Kingdom is internationally respected and considered a quality education. This impression is backed up by the numbers, with the UK producing 14% of the world’s most cited academic papers and 5% of the world’s scientific research.


These figures are all the more impressive considering the countries that comprise the United Kingdom are home to just 1% of the world’s population. The UK’s universities have a reputation for fostering genius across a multiplicity of disciplines, with luminaries such as Ernest Rutherford (the father of nuclear physics) to Oscar Wilde (acclaimed Irish writer and playwright) graduating from notable UK tertiary institutions.


Choosing to study abroad at a UK university has many financial, cultural and social advantages as well. A shorter, more intensive course structure means you’ll be able to fast-track your career and minimise your living costs while you study. The United Kingdom also has a range of programs designed to provide students with discounts and access to cheap public transport and study essentials.


Here are some good reasons for students to consider the UK.

1. The economy

The United Kingdom’s economy is huge. In fact, it’s the sixth largest in the world and it has enjoyed steady economic growth until the current world economic downturn. In essence though, businesses are still growing and people are finding work.

2. Education

The UK fulfils the criteria for many students’ needs and has some of the best universities in the world, including Cambridge and Oxford.

3. Healthcare

Not every country in the world has a solid healthcare system. In fact, very few have a National Health Service (NHS) like the UK. Legal residents in the UK have access to FREE healthcare. International students can access the NHS upon payment of the International Health Surcharge (IHS). More details are available from the Health Advice and Services for International Students section of this guide.

4. Culture

There are few places with such a rich culture as the UK. With its mixed ethnic population and a long and interesting history, it is a fascinating place to explore.

5. The UK is geographically well placed

The UK is ideally placed for taking short trips to other countries. Many European destinations can be reached in just a few hours from London, which makes it a great travel hub.


Looking after your wellbeing

We understand that the academic support we offer at our partner institutions is not the only help you may need during your studies. This is where our wellbeing services come in. Dedicated support from Health and Wellbeing team is available for help and guidance on mental health issues, academic pressures, financial concerns and much more.

Disability and welfare support

At our established partner campuses, welfare and disability advisers can offer bookable appointments to support students with disabilities, specific learning difficulties, mental health conditions or a long term illness, including assistance with the completion of Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) forms and needs assessments.

Student success coaching

AT our partner campuses dedicated student success coach is available to offer support and signposting to appropriate agencies on a wide range of issues including benefits, finance, accommodation, health and wellbeing and other personal problems that may affect students’ learning.

Counselling and mental health

We aim to help students cope more positively with any difficulties so that they can succeed in their academic studies. Our welfare advisers can refer students to counselling services including face-to-face individual support and triage for immediate concerns or referral to external support agencies.

Protection Services

There are uniformed security staff at our partner campus locations to help to keep you safe. They can also offer advice in areas such as bike security and personal safety.