Undergraduate Nursing

BSc (Hons) Nursing
School of Nursing and Midwifery

Entry Requirements

Applicants will be selected for admission to the undergraduate nursing programme on the basis of open competition using the following criteria:

  • Basic eligibility, i.e. achievement of minimum academic and English language entry requirements.
  • References and life experience, i.e. work / life balance, extracurricular activities, relevant work or voluntary experience, etc.
  • Performance at a structured interview.

The following requirements are the minimum standards for consideration for entry into the undergraduate nursing programme for the Academic Year 2021/2022. Please note that attainment of these grades does not guarantee acceptance to programme and admission to any stage is at the discretion of the RCSI Bahrain Admissions Committee.

Applicants whose first language is not English, or who have not been educated solely in a native English speaking country must satisfy an English language proficiency requirement. Upon successful completion of the online application form, the admissions team will schedule the applicant for an English examination (OOPT) online or at RCSI Bahrain. Applicants are required to achieve a minimum score of 32 in the OOPT prior to interview.

Following interview, applicants are required to complete a second English language examination (Aptis). Applicants are required to achieve B1 level or above with no single component less than A2 in the Aptis test.

If valid IELTS Academic / TOEFL results are provided, they will be reviewed by the admissions office to assess if the applicant is not required to complete the OOPT or Aptis test.

Please note: English language qualifications are only valid for two years from the date of the test.

Applicants who have been solely educated through an English language curriculum in a native English speaking country and / or those who have completed the following curricula meet the English language requirement for entry into the BSc in Nursing.


IB Diploma Minimum score of 5 in Standard or Higher Level English.
(I)GCSE/GCE Minimum score of Grade C in English.
Irish Leaving Certificate Minimum score of Grade D in Ordinary Level English.