BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)
Why choose this course?
Start this degree in March 2017 at Derby or Chesterfield and your degree fees will be funded by the NHS
Choose a career where you can make a difference every day. We will equip you to deliver exceptional care as a confident, capable and compassionate adult nurse.
- Join a degree accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council: when you graduate, you’ll be eligible to register and practise as a nurse
- Look forward to excellent career prospects: 98% of our graduates are employed or in further study within six months of completing their studies
- Gain essential practical experience on a range of clinical placements in different health care settings
- Benefit from some of the best university facilities of their kind, including clinical skills suites and our state-of-the-art immersive suites
- Learn from a highly experienced and enthusiastic teaching team who provide full support to help you achieve your ambitions
- Be inspired on a programme with strong approval ratings: in the 2016 National Student Survey 84% of students were satisfied with this course
- Choose to study at our Derby or Chesterfield Campus, starting in either March or September.
“High standards of nurse education are absolutely pivotal to the quality of care we provide. We know that the nurses the University of Derby delivers are first class and we want to recruit the people that it trains.” Gavin Boyle, Chief Executive at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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UCAS code: B770
Start date: September and March
Course length: Full-time: three years
Campus: Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus or St Helena, Chesterfield Campus
College: College of Health and Social Care
About this course
Nursing is challenging, satisfying and life-changing. This highly respected course represents your first step into a profession it is a privilege to join.
The ideal preparation for your career
We have a strong track record in providing high-quality and innovative nurse education. We help you develop an in-depth understanding of the demands and rewards of the role so that you are fully prepared to work with adult patients who have diverse, acute and chronic conditions.
Alongside substantial time spent on clinical placement, you’ll cover the core themes of biological sciences; pharmacology studies; the sociological aspects of health care; leadership and management; professional, legal and ethical studies; evidence-based practice and research; and integrated practice.
Because this course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, you will be eligible to register and practise as a nurse as soon as you graduate.
Hands-on experience of the profession
Practical experience is a cornerstone of this degree. Drawing on our extensive links with the NHS and other local employers, you’ll hone your skills on a wide variety of placements across Derbyshire, including hospitals, acute settings, community and voluntary organisations, and the independent sector.
This is essential to your preparation for registration, taking up approximately half of your time on the course. You’ll take part in 24-hour care with shift patterns so you gain a genuine feel for the practicalities and demands of the profession.
Your clinical placement hours will be completed in settings carefully selected by the University in association with the NHS Trusts. Throughout, you’ll benefit from the support of approved and qualified mentors who will help you get as much out of the experience as possible.
There may even be the opportunity to head overseas for work experience. In 2016, six of our students spent a month on placement in Kerala, India, to gain insights into a different healthcare system and culture.
First-class facilities in Derby and Chesterfield
You can take this course at our Derby Campus or our new Chesterfield Campus. Both offer outstanding learning environments including clinical skills suites built to professional standards, with replica wards, counselling rooms and treatment rooms fully equipped with the latest clinical resources.
An exciting new addition is a state-of-the-art Immersive Suite which creates a simulated environment for practising your skills in a realistic setting. The first university facility of its kind outside London, the suite replicates the atmosphere, sights and sounds of, for instance, the inside of an ambulance, a busy A&E ward or an operating theatre so you can gain a greater understanding of clinical decision-making in action. Immersive suites are available at both campuses.
A dynamic learning experience
We enrich your studies with exciting opportunities to take part in special projects, conferences, awards schemes and national NHS initiatives. Some students were, for instance, selected to become Care Maker Champions to spread the word about compassion in practice in the NHS. Our groups regularly take part in public health initiatives too, promoting imaginative measures to encourage healthier lifestyles.
We hold showcase events where you can demonstrate the skills you are developing on the course and some students even present their ideas for service improvements at high-profile conferences. We have an impressive track record in schemes such as the Student Nursing Times Awards too.
Expertise to inspire you
You’ll be taught by enthusiastic and dedicated staff who are immersed in their areas of practice and committed to supporting you at every stage of your studies. Some continue to work in practice alongside their teaching role.
Our Health and Social Care Research Centre spearheads a range of projects aimed at building healthy, sustainable communities. This gives you access to up-to-date knowledge and latest thinking relevant to your career. Our team includes renowned professionals whose work features regularly in leading journals and books and who help shape national policies.
In tune with latest developments
This course is closely mapped against the needs of employers, which will ensure that your learning is up to date and relevant. In delivering the programme, we respond to national changes such as latest government policies. As a result, some of the information about the course may change.
As health care is increasingly delivered by multi-professional teams, we offer opportunities at each stage of the course for you to learn with, and from, students from other disciplines. This is really important in preparing you to work in more flexible ways after graduation. By learning to work together, you can help achieve the best outcomes for your patients.
Financial support to help you succeed
Don’t let financial concerns get in the way of your ambitions. As an applicant for this course, you will be able to access a support package of tuition fee loans and support for your living costs.
You won’t have to pay any money upfront: tuition and living cost loans work just like a tax on your earnings rather than a commercial or payday loan. You will only start paying back the loans when you are earning above £21,000 per year and will pay 9% of any income above £21,000. As an example, if you started on the current NHS Band 5* salary, you would repay £6.81 a month.
You can also secure grants – which do not have to be repaid – to cover childcare and the costs of travelling to your placement.
*Band 5 salary at August 2016
What you will cover
You’ll study modules such as:
- Applied Health Sciences 1
- Evidence Based Practice
- Foundations for Nursing
- Integrated Adult Nursing Practice 1
- Applied Health Sciences 2
- Integrated Adult Nursing Practice 2
- Public Health
- Research Methods for Practice
- Applied Health Sciences 3
- Improving Health and Social Care Services
- Integrated Adult Nursing Practice 3
- Team Working, Leadership and Management.
The way UCAS Tariffs are calculated is changing in 2017. The entry requirement below reflects this change. Read more about these changes.
September 2017 typical entry requirements UCAS points 112 (up to 16 from AS-levels) Specific requirements at A-level N/A Specific requirements at GCSE
Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths, English and Science
Interview / Audition
Yes - please see below
We'll also accept the following:
- Access to Higher Education Diploma (60 credits) with a minimum 24 level three credits at Merit plus level two maths and English (either GCSE or when taken as part of the Access course)
- NVQ3 in Health and Social Care plus five GCSE passes at grade C or above including maths, English language and science. We don't accept any other level two qualifications except as part of an Access course.
When you apply for this course you should make sure that you consider the following areas in your application:
- Give evidence that you meet the academic entry criteria above or are expected to
- Show you meet the criteria to apply for NHS financial support
- Provide examples of using your communication skills with the public
- Give examples of working as part of a team
- Demonstrate you can write clearly and concisely, showing a good level of spelling and punctuation
- Show that you're motivated to become a nurse
- Provide a reference
- Show that you've studied formally at some point over the last five years
- Demonstrate how you've gained insight into caring for others.
At the University of Derby we aim to attract and select nursing students on the basis that their individual values and behaviours align with our core values, those of the Chief Nursing Officer’s 6Cs and The NHS Constitution.
We have enhanced our existing processes to ensure that we recruit the right workforce not only with the right skills and in the right numbers, but with the right values to support effective team working and excellent patient care and experience.
As part of the application process you will be invited to a Selection Day. This includes:
- A presentation by academic staff about the course
- Group-work exercise
- An individual interview (with members of the admissions team/practice partners and/or current students).
Documents to bring
- Evidence of a total of five GCSE’s, or equivalent, at grade C or above – this must include English, maths and a single science
- If you are completing an Access to Higher Education Diploma we need to see evidence of level 2 English and Maths only
- Evidence of your level 3 qualifications if you have already completed these
- If applicable, evidence of your Degree and/or Master qualification – certificate and transcript
- If you have completed an Access to Higher Education Diploma we need to see your certificate and transcript
- Documentation showing proof of residency in the UK (if applicable). This is required as this programme is not available to overseas applicants.
- If you were born outside of the UK you must have no restrictions on your stay in the UK so would need to provide evidence of Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK, a certificate which shows you now have British Citizenship or an official home office document which shows you have refugee status.
You may be eligible for an NHS Bursary. Find out more details - NHS Personal Eligibility Calculator
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required at the point of accepting a place at the University. The Disclosure and Barring Service was established when the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged in 2012 and will now provide the criminal records checking service for this programme.
Use our UniPoints app as a guide to calculate your UCAS Tariff points, search for courses and check entry requirements for 2017 and beyond.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
How to apply
- Full-time students applying in March or September should apply for this course through UCAS
Fees and finance
All students on university courses in nursing (leading to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council) will be eligible for financial help from the NHS while studying.
Eligible students who are accepted onto this course will usually have their tuition fees paid in full and may receive financial support in the form of a bursary.
All eligible students will receive a £1,000 grant each year. They will also be eligible to apply for an additional means-tested bursary of up to £4,395 per year.
NHS Student Bursaries provides financial support to eligible students taking approved (NHS funded) courses in nursing. Please visit the NHS Student Bursaries' website for more information including:
- eligibility requirements
- the financial support available
- an online bursary calculator
- how the process of applying for financial support works
- frequently asked questions
- the latest rates
- details of the adoption award
- details of the maternity support award.
Changes to funding for degrees starting on or after September 2017
From 2017/18, new students on Nursing and Allied Health Profession (AHP) courses will take out maintenance and tuition loans like other students rather than receiving an NHS grant. Find out more
For an independent view on student finance see Martin Lewis' Money Saving website.
Fees for 2018/19 entry are still being decided, so please check back later in the year for more information.
How you will learn
So that you are fully prepared for your career in nursing, we ensure that your skills and knowledge match current working practices in health and social care. The practical abilities you develop on placement will be underpinned and extended by the knowledge you gain through lectures, tutorials, workshops and activities in the University’s own high-quality training facilities.
How you’re assessed
Our assessment approaches include problem-based learning, assignments, online activities, and exams. While you are in practice, a qualified mentor will assess your knowledge and skills.
Who you will meet
Our teaching team includes qualified health professionals with extensive experience of nursing and leadership roles within the NHS as well as nurse education. They have professional interests ranging from surgical nursing care to cardiac rehabilitation, A&E to public health.
Your Programme Leader, Catherine Vassar, has taught at the University for a decade having previously worked as a Registered Adult Nurse. She is now a Senior Lecturer and Senior Fellow, leading a number of pre-registration education nursing modules.
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will be communicated after enrolment on your course.
Careers and employability
On successful completion of this degree, you’ll be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and go into practice as a nurse.
Our students have an outstanding employability track record locally, nationally and internationally: in 2015 100% of our graduates were employed or in further study within six months of completing the course.
We offer full support to help you achieve your career goals, including guidance on applications, CVs and interview techniques. Health care organisations large and small attend our annual employer fairs as part of their recruitment drives. Some of our students are fortunate enough to have several job offers by the time they complete their course.
Our graduates have gone into hospital-based roles on a variety of wards, intensive care units, coronary care units, theatres and A&E departments. Others have secured posts within community teams, private hospitals, nursing homes, health and social care settings, and the voluntary sector. Many take up roles in settings where they gained experience on placement.
As a registered nurse, you could also pursue career opportunities in the armed services, prisons, travel companies and charitable organisations, to name but a few. Some of our graduates have even gone on to work overseas.
Take your studies to the next level
We offer a full range of post-registration courses to help you gain more advanced and specialist skills to take the next step in your career. You could, for instance, focus on areas such as district nursing, health visiting, school nursing or the management of long-term conditions.
You could also explore broader issues such as leadership for healthcare improvement or inter-professional practice. If you would like to conduct independent research into a specialist aspect of health and social care practice, there are opportunities to progress to doctorate level study too.
Many of our post-registration courses and modules can be incorporated into your workplace practice as part of a programme of continuing professional development. Find out more
What our students say
“I’ve felt really well looked after and everyone here is really motivated to get me where I want to be. I love the nature of being taught by people who are nurses first and lecturers second, as they really want to see you develop into the best nurse you can be.”
Kirsty Quinn, BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)
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