Beginning with a foundation year
Starting at foundation level is ideal if it has been a while since you were in formal education; are planning a career change; would benefit from a more gradual introduction to university level study; or do not meet the entry requirements to join our three-year honours degree directly.
It gives you an insight into working in health and social care environments, as well as supporting you to develop the skills you need to achieve your goals.
On completion of the Foundation Year you will then commence study on the full BA (Hons) Youth Work and Community Development degree.
You’ll study modules such as:
You’ll study a selection of modules such as:
- Study Skills
- Arts and Health
- Communication Skills
- Working in Health and Social Care
- Work-Based Learning
- Anti-Discriminatory Practice
- Fundamentals of Public Health
- Introduction to Mental Health
If you do not have GCSE in English and/or Maths, you will need to take these as core components of your foundation year, in place of some of the above foundation year modules.
- Social Inequalities
- Youth Work
- Community Development
- Group Work
- Reflection and Resilience in Practice (placement, double module)
- Creating Learning
- Managing Inter-Professional Working
- Managing Learning in Practice (placement, double module)
- Research, Change and Impact
- Self, Culture and Identity
- Resources, Enterprise and Project Management
- Responding to Emerging Issues (Independent Study)
- Pathway-specific Module
- Pathway-specific Module
- Pathway in Practice (placement, double module)
From day one you’ll get all the benefits of being a University of Derby student, plus extra support to help you build your knowledge, skills and confidence.
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, Claire Williams, has taught at the University for a eight years and prior to this worked as a lecturer at Salford University. She is now a Senior Lecturer and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, teaching on a number of pre-registration education nursing modules. In addition she is the Assistant Discipline lead for Chesterfield Campus.
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||80 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level||N/A|
|Specific requirements at GCSE|
GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.
|Interview / Audition||Yes - see interview details|
Alternative entry qualifications
- BTEC - MMP
- Access to HE Diploma - 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 0 Merit: 30 Pass: 15
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service certificate cleared by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this once you have applied. More information.
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.
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 from our BSc (hons) Adult Nursing course 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.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
† Additional information about your studies
Download programme specification
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 usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
Included in your fees
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Travel expenses to placements, the student pays the first £5 of travel costs
- Two bound copies of independent study approx. £6 per copy
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Text books to supplement anything available through the library
- Study trips and conferences are made accessible throughout the programme. Where possible the programme will pick up the costs for these
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.