Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

UCAS points

120-128 (September 2018 entry)

UCAS code

B770

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BSc (Hons)

Start dates

March, September

Location

Chesterfield Campus, Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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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: 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).

Please note you are still able to apply directly to the University for this course for a September 2018 start. Please scroll down to the ‘How to apply’ section below.

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, 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 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.

Find out more about health education funding

*Band 5 salary at August 2016

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What you will study

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.

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.

Entry requirements

September 2018 typical entry requirements

UCAS points120-128 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSE

English and Maths at GCSE at Grade C (or Grade 4) or equivalent

Interview / AuditionYes - see interview details
PortfolioN/A

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.

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points120 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionYes - see interview details
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

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.

Additional requirements

An Occupational Health Assessment and Clearance by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this when required. More information

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.

Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

N/A

N/A

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

Additional financial support is available from the NHS for this course. Please see their webpage for more information.

For an independent view on student finance see Martin Lewis' Money Saving website.

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

For more information on student loans for health programmes please visit The Council of Deans webpage here.

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September or March should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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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.

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

Contact details

EnquiryEmailPhone
Course: Lou Sherratt (Programme Leader) L.Sherratt@derby.ac.uk +44 (0)1332 592317
Course: David Foreman (Admissions Tutor - Derby) D.Foreman@derby.ac.uk +44 (0)1332 592166
Course: Pip Bradstock (Admissions Tutor - Chesterfield) P.Bradstock@derby.ac.uk +44 (0)1246 210222
Admissionsaskadmissions@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 591167
Generalmarketing@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 590500

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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.

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.

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