BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)
Why choose this course?
Choose a career that changes lives
- Accredited course - This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, so when you graduate you’ll be eligible to register and practice as a nurse in the UK
- Employable graduates - 100% of our graduates are employed or in further study within 6 months of completing their course
- Satisfied students - 81% of our students said they were satisfied with the course overall, according to the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS).
Gavin Boyle, Chief Executive at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, comments, “High standards of nurse education are absolutely pivotal to the quality of care we provide. We know that the nurses the University of Derby deliver are first class and we want to recruit the people that it trains."Show All
UCAS code: B770
Start date: September and March
Course length: Full-time: three years
Campus: Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus or Chesterfield Campus
College: College of Health and Social Care
About this course
This is a three year full-time course, and you will qualify with a BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing. The course acts as preparation for registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
Is adult nursing for you?
As an adult nurse, you will work with a range of adults with diverse, acute and chronic conditions. Using the skills you'll develop during this course, you'll improve the quality of your patients' lives in a number of environments. Throughout the course you'll gain experience in a wide variety of placements across Derbyshire, including hospitals, acute settings, community and voluntary organisations and the independent sector.
As part of your preparation for registration as a nurse, you will take part in 24-hour care that will involve shift patterns. You will experience various learning environments on your placements including hospitals, community settings and voluntary organisations. You will also experience 24-hour nursing.
Real World Learning
Students complete clinical hours in settings carefully selected by both the university and the NHS Trusts. University/Trust - approved mentors work closely with the student to ensure the student is developing skills in line with the nursing program. Each nursing program specialty has dedicated field placement facilitators who work for the NHS Trusts ensuring students find quality placements based on the requirements of the Nursing Midwifery Council.
- Biological sciences
- Evidence based practice and research
- Leadership and management
- Professional, legal and ethical studies
- Pharmacology studies
- Sociological aspects of health care
- Integrated practice, incorporating essential skills clusters.
We’re proud to say that our courses are closely mapped against the health and social care sector. This ensures that our curriculum is up-to-date, providing you with the assurance that your learning is current and relevant. This does mean that we do have to respond to national changes such as government policy. As a result, some of the information about our courses may change.
Study at Derby or Chesterfield
You have the option to study this course at our Chesterfield or Derby Campus.
Studying at our Chesterfield Campus
Our new Chesterfield Campus at St Helena’s offers an outstanding learning environment, with state of the art teaching rooms and IT suites. It also has a state of the art clinical skills suite, six bed mock ward and a 360° video projection suite to simulate a range of working environments.
Formerly Chesterfield Girls High School, St Helena’s is a striking Grade II listed building. Built in 1845 from local stone, the building holds much history, and provides an authentic and inspiring study environment.
Studying at our Derby Campus
At our Derby Campus we boast some of the best resources you'll find in any university - a Clinical Skills Suite, Immersive Simulation Room, Domestic Living Suite, Counselling Suites, and a Community Care Living Space.
Our Derby Campus sits just outside the city centre and you’ll find easy access to everything you’ll need, from local facilities and transport to shopping and nightlife.
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
September 2016 typical entry requirements UCAS points 280 (up to 40 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
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
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
The fees for students starting this course in September 2017 will be available soon.
How you will learn
How you're assessed
So that you're ready for your career in nursing we want to ensure that your skills and knowledge match current working practices in health and social care. Assessment approaches include problem based learning, assignments, online activities and exams. In practice, a qualified mentor will assess your knowledge and skills.
Careers and employability
When you complete this course, you can apply for employment as a qualified nurse. Our students have an excellent record of employability locally, nationally and internationally.
Nursing is a highly valued profession and when you become a registered nurse you'll be able to find opportunities in a wide range of specialities immediately after qualifying. We work closely with employers in the health and social care sector to make sure this course is relevant to their workforce, so you can be sure that you'll develop the skills you'll need to keep moving forward in your career.
Graduates from this course have gone into hospital based posts on a variety of wards, intensive care units, coronary care units, theatres and in A&E. Others have gained posts within community teams, private hospitals, nursing homes, health and social care settings and independent voluntary sectors. Some of our graduates have even gone on to work in posts overseas.
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What our students say
"Proud to have completed my training with Derby, a very good institution."
"Good supportive placement areas."
"The University of Derby is not only friendly, but the staff are all very supportive. I would recommend anyone wanting to undertake nursing to consider coming here."
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