Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2022/23)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2022/23)

UCAS points

112-120 (September 2022 entry)

UCAS code

B770

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BSc (Hons)

Start dates

September, March, See below

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus
St Helena, Chesterfield

Course description

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 (NMC). When you graduate, you'll be eligible to register and practise as a nurse, as long as you meet the NMC's requirements.

"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

If you already hold a degree and are looking to qualify as a nurse, find out more about our MSc Nursing (Adult).

Nursing is challenging, satisfying and life-changing. This highly respected course represents your first step into a profession it is a privilege to join.

Top 20Nursing subject area ranked**The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022
99% in professional occupations 15 months after graduation**The Guardian University Guide 2022

Adult Nursing - your questions answered!

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Lecturer - Adult Nursing, Stephen Reddish, answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Adult Nursing at the University of Derby.

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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, as long as you meet the NMC's requirements.

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, 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 Practice Assessors and Practice Supervisors who will help you get as much out of the experience as possible. Placement hours are subject to change.

There may even be the opportunity to head overseas for work experience. In 2022 a group of students visited Rotterdam and Mexico to gain insights into a different healthcare system and culture. 

First-class facilities in Derby and Chesterfield

You can study this course at our Chesterfield site. Both offer outstanding including clinical skills suites built to professional standards, with replica wards, counselling rooms and treatment rooms fully equipped with the latest clinical resources.

Our state-of-the-art simulated environment allows you to practise your skills in a realistic setting. The first university facility of its kind outside London, the suite replicates the atmosphere and 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.

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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 spearheads a range of projects aimed at building healthy, sustainable communities. This gives you access to up-to-date knowledge and the 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 the 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 the 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.

What you will study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Undergraduate Open Days

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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Chesterfield Open Days

The best way to find out if studying at The University of Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the campus, tour our first-class facilities and meet our academic team.

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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. The assessment strategy is designed to provide a diverse range of assessment approaches, with feedback and feedforward mechanisms designed to help students make the most from assessment and continue to develop. 

Who you will meet

Our teaching team includes qualified health professionals with extensive experience in 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.

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

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Debbie Watkinson
Programme leader

Debbie Watkinson is a qualified nurse and registered midwife and programme lead for student experience and a senior lecturer in pre-qualifying health care at the St Helena site in Chesterfield.

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Entry requirements

2022 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for the 2022-23 academic year which includes September 2022 and March 2023 entry.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112-120
A LevelBBB-BBC
BTECDDM-DMM
GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification
Access to HEPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 15, Merit: 24, Pass: 6

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, our admissions team may offer you an alternative course that will enable you to continue in your aspirations towards becoming a registered nurse. You can study this programme starting in March (UK students only) or September (UK and International students) at Kedleston Road, Derby Campus.

Students should apply for the full degree programme and our admissions team will get in touch with you after the interview stage if this pathway is suitable for you.

Additional entry requirements

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each skills area)

2023 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for the 2023-24 academic year which includes September 2023 and March 2024 entry.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112-120
A LevelBBB-BBC
T LevelMerit
BTECDDM-DMM
GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification
Access to HEPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 15, Merit: 24, Pass: 6

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, our admissions team may offer you an alternative course that will enable you to continue in your aspirations towards becoming a registered nurse. You can study this programme starting in March (UK students only) or September (UK and International students) at Kedleston Road, Derby Campus.

Students should apply for the full degree programme and our admissions team will get in touch with you after the interview stage if this pathway is suitable for you.

Additional entry requirements

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each skills area)

Fees and funding

2022/23 Fees (August 2022 - July 2023)

 Full-timePart-time
UK

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

Funding for nursing and allied health courses

By studying on this programme, you are eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,250. The loan will support your studies and enable you to start a rewarding career in healthcare.

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. This is provided through the NHS Learning Support Fund (LSF) and is not managed by the University. Please check with the LSF for residency requirements and eligibility criteria.

If you're eligible, you can get:

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

In addition to this non-repayable grant, you are also able to access a maintenance loan of up to £9,488 per year to support your studies, giving you access to over £17,000 per year of funding. Training grant payments will be paid in three instalments over the academic year. This is to provide you with a consistent flow of funding throughout the academic year as far as possible.

All NHS LSF applications must be submitted within six months of the start of the academic year and you will need confirmation of your Student Finance in order to complete your application. You need to set up an NHS Learning Support Fund online account to apply.

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

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.


UK students

Full-time students applying to start in September or March should apply for this course through UCAS.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September or March should apply for this course through UCAS.

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Careers

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, as long as you meet the NMC’s requirements.

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 about our Health and Social Care short courses.

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† Additional information about your studies

International students can only join the September intake at Kedleston Road, Derby Campus.

Teaching hours

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, excellent 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.

Please also note that due to the current Covid-19 situation, if your course offers fieldtrips, the location of these may change or be cancelled. If this happens, you will be communicated to in advance and we will do our very best to seek out other practical opportunities to ensure your experience is not affected.

The information provided on this page is correct at the time of publication but course content, costs and other individual course details do change from time to time and are updated as often as possible, so please do check these pages again when making your final decision to apply for a course. Any updated course details will also be confirmed to you at application, enrolment and in your offer letter.

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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.

Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.

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