Issues related to inequalities within nurse education are explored by drawing on issues related to oppression and exploitation in general education, higher education and to the specific ways nurses (pre-registration and post-basic) are selected and taught There is analysis of the way in which a holistic approach may be helpful in reducing inequalities, with specific reference being given to experiential learning and distance/open learning approaches The role of the education system in creating and maintaining inequalities is explored in terms of rights, chances and educational outcomes