Health and Social Care

Choosing a course can be a difficult decision, so we have created some useful resources to help your students broaden their knowledge of studying Health and Social Care at university.

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At Derby we offer Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing and Children's Nursing, all of which are accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Your students can find out about the best route for them into these exciting careers in our Routes into Nursing guide.
Our students develop their skills and gain experience in our outstanding learning environments, including our state-of-the-art Immersive Interactive Simulation Suite

Clare studies Adult Nursing at the University of Derby, in this video she talks about the opportunities on the course and how the academics have supported her throughout her studies and work placements. Watch the video.

Third year Adult Nursing student, Joseph Kabanda, talks to us about what it’s like studying at the University of Derby. Praising the academic expertise, Joseph explains why his experience has been so enjoyable and how the course has prepared him for life after graduation. We also get an insight into how our state-of-the-art facilities, including our artificial patients, make learning easier. Watch the video. 

Placement experience is a vital element of studying to become a nurse. Our useful guide explains what to expect from clinical placements on our nursing courses. Download our Clinical Placements in Nursing at the University of Derby digital resource.

Find out more about what it is like to study Nursing by downloading our Nursing brochure.

At Derby we offer Midwifery which meets the standards and competencies set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as well as the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly standards.

Our students develop their skills and gain experience in our outstanding learning environments, including our state-of-the-art Immersive Interactive Simulation Suite.

In this video Debbie Watkinson, Senior Lecturer, answers questions on who our Midwifery degree is for, the career it could lead to, facilities our students use, placement opportunities and much more! Watch the video.


Our students gain hands-on experience in our purpose-built diagnostic imaging suite and our new immersive simulation environment, which they then put into practice whilst on a variety of clinical placements. These placements are a vital element of the course, and make up around half of our students' time on the course.

Take our Radiography tour, which shows the practical facilities students use on the course and the highly experienced lecturers they work with. You can also find out more about our Diagnostic Imaging Suite.

Our subject brochure further explains what it is like to study Diagnostic Radiography at Derby. Download our Diagnostic Radiography brochure.

Studying on our Occupational Therapy course allows students to gain invaluable experience through practice-based learning and work with a dedicated team who have worked in a broad spectrum of occupational therapy roles.

Practice placements are a key part of the course, that encourage students to take the theory they have learned and apply it to real life situations. Students are supported by a tutor from the practice placement team and qualified occupational therapists, who are trained to assess and develop each students' practical skills. Hear from some of our recent graduates about their placement experiences.

Watch our Occupational Therapy tour to find out what the course involves and see the practical ways our students learn. Our Occupational Therapy brochure  further explains what it is like to study the course at Derby.

There are lots of course options for students interested in working in health, social care and community roles.

Our Child and Family Health and Wellbeing degree is for anyone keen to work in family and parenting support, health promotion, childcare and community work. Students will be equipped with the skills, understanding and values needed to work in a broad range of settings delivering health, social and development work. 

Tess is a mature student on our Child, and Family Health and Wellbeing course. She shares her experiences of joining the course and how the university has supported her. Watch the video.


Are your students interested in a career making a difference to the lives of children, young people and their families? Our Routes into Youth Work and Community Development guide explains the different routes that students can take to progress into a career in youth work. 

Our course is one of the largest professional youth and community work training courses in the country, and provides students hands-on, real-life experience in a range of working environments. 

A key part of the course is a focus on Inter-Professional Learning (IPL), where students learn to work effectively across professional disciplines. Read more about our IPL strategy from our Senior Lecturer Tim Howell.

Find out more about Health, Social and Community work by downloading our Health, Social and Community Work brochure.

Students on our Counselling and Psychology Principles and Practices course build a broad and detailed knowledge of theories and applications, which they put into practice whilst on placement. The course is underpinned by strong professional parterships, meaning the course features guest lectures by influential figures within the profession, including Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) and Children and Young People Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) practitioners, art therapists and mental health practitioners. 

Watch our Counselling tour, which highlights the settings our students learn in and the skilled lecturers they work with.

Our subject brochure explains what it is like to study Counselling and Psychotherapy at Derby. Download our Counselling and Psychotherapy brochure for further information. 

Funding for Nursing and Allied Health courses

If students are studying on a Nursing or Allied Health programme, they are eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,250. The loan supports their studies and enables them to start a rewarding career in healthcare.

From September 2020 all new and continuing nursing and allied health students on pre-registration courses will also receive a grant of at least £5,000 per year that is not means-tested and will not have to be repaid. 

An additional payment of up to £3,000 per academic year will be available for eligible students. Eligibility will include the following:

Among others, the shortage specialisms have been confirmed to include:

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Graduate student Tess Venn who studies Child and Family Health and Wellbeing

It's been a brilliant experience, not just from the learning aspect but the social aspect, I've made some great friends, the tutors are absolutely brilliant and really, really supportive.

Tess Venn
BSc (Hons) Child and Family Health and Wellbeing