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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fee

£14,700 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

120 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

B770

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BSc (Hons)

Start dates

March, September

Location

St Helena, Chesterfield
Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

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).

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 Site. 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 £25,000 per year and will pay 9% of any income above £25,000. 

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 July 2019

Top 20Nursing subject area ranked**Guardian University Guide 2020
100% in professional occupations6 months after graduation**DHLE 2016/17
This short video gives you the key facts behind the new NHS bursary, showing you just how affordable a degree in Nursing or an Allied Health Professional can be and what student finance is available.

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What you will study

You’ll study modules such as:

  • Being an Accountable Professional
  • Assessing Needs and Planning Care
  • Future Nurse
  • Practice Assessment Part 1
  • Contemporary Issues in Public Health
  • Negotiated Module
  • Developing Professional Knowledge and Values
  • Practice Assessment Part 2
  • Future Nurse within an Interprofessional Context
  • Leadership for Transition to Registration
  • Independent Study
  • Practice Assessment part 3
Year 1Year 1Year 2 Year 2 Year 3Year 3

Code: 4NU505

Being an Accountable Professional in the Four Fields of Nursing (Shared)

This module introduces the students to the role of the nurse exploring how historical developments have led to the current delivery of healthcare. This will include discussion of how evidence is used in nursing practice, and how the voice of people using services are listened to. Legal, ethical and professional frameworks will be explored to ensure care delivery is effective, safe and patient-focused.

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the personal and professional values required of an accountable nurse.

2. Evaluate the importance of using an evidence base in nursing practice. 

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4NU506

Assessing needs and planning care

This module introduces students to the essential skills needed to assess and plan care across the lifespan. Shared and field specific opportunities for learning will support the implementation of the module. Knowledge and understanding of biological, psychological and sociological concepts will ensure a firm foundation is developed Students will explore theoretical concepts in relation to their role and that of others in healthcare delivery including communication.

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate the ability to apply underlying concepts and principles in relation to nursing assessment.

2. Interpret and evaluate how the assessment processes inform the planning of care.

3. Illustrate knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5NU506

Negotiated Modul

This module allows you to choose an area of study (in agreement with your module leader/supervisor) that interests you and that allows you to apply elements of what you have learnt within your field of practice. Students undertaking this module will negotiate a contract of learning with the module leader or delegated supervisor. This will be a written agreement dated and signed by both parties who will each have copies. 

This is a negotiated piece of work, and the module content will be dependent upon the topic chosen by the learner, who will be supported through this process. Content may include:

  • Specialist areas of interest
  • Formulating learning outcomes
  • Differing assessment strategies 
  • Negotiating learning contracts
  • Research methodology
  • Academic Skills
  • Sourcing and referencing literature evidence 
  • Digital Skills
  • Find, interpret, manage and share information
  • Interprofessional working
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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5NU507

Contemporary Issues in Public Health

This module will explore contemporary issues in public health. It will develop the ability to apply knowledge to nursing practice and consider the wider implications of life context in promoting health and preventing ill-health. On successful completion of the module, students will be able to: 1. Analyse key epidemiological and demographic data in order to identify health needs. 2. Demonstrate the ability to critically apply the theoretical components of public health to nursing practice.
40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5NU508

Developing Professional Knowledge and Values in Mental Health Nursing

This module will explore how evidence underpins nursing practice. It will consider debates around ‘best available’ evidence and enable students to appraise different types of evidence and its utility for practice. Students will consider field specific nursing skills and knowledge in relation to a range of evidence-based therapeutic treatments and interventions.  Pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches will be explored within the context of nursing care. 

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

1. Appraise a range of research evidence and discuss its implications for practice.

2. Analyse the evidence base in relation to the delivery of nursing care.

3. Critically examine evidenced-based treatments and interventions relating to nursing care.

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5NU521

Practice Assessment Part 2 (Mental Health)

The Midlands, Yorkshire and East Practice Assessment Document (MYEPAD) is designed to support and guide students towards successfully achieving the criteria set out in the Future nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses and Standards for education and training (NMC 2018). The MYEPAD makes up a significant part of the overall programme assessment.

Continuous assessment is an integral aspect of assessment in practice and students are expected to show evidence of consistent achievement. The Ongoing Achievement Record (OAR) is a separate document that summarises achievements in each placement and with the main document provides a comprehensive record of professional development and performance in practice. 

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

1. Practice in accordance with competencies as defined within the MYEPAD Part 2.

2. Demonstrate the required numeracy competence in line with NMC standards.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Practical

Code: 6NU994

Independent Study

This module runs over two semesters and provides the opportunity for students to investigate and evaluate research relevant to nursing practice. The learner will utilise knowledge from previous modules in order to select and justify designs, methods and ethics appropriate to research within nursing practice. The module will enable students to conduct an independent project that will demonstrate their ability to apply theoretical, investigative principles to a topic relevant to your chosen area of practice.

Students will enhance critical analytical and appraisal skills but also digital skills such as internet, searching digital databases along with organisational skills.

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

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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Virtual Open Day

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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 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, Lou Sherratt, has taught at the University for a decade having previously worked as a Registered Nurse. 

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

Lou Sherratt
Programme leader

Lou has worked at the University of Derby since December 2008. She became Programme Lead for BSc Adult Nursing in August 2018.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
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
IELTS7.0 (in all areas, except 6.5 in written element)
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 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 2021 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points120
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
IELTS7.0 (in all areas, except 6.5 in written element)
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.

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

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

£14,700 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.

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 to eligible students. Eligibility will include the following:

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 £9,203 per year to support your studies, giving you access to over £17,000 per year of funding.

Read the full press release on the Government website

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

Additional costs and optional extras

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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International 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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Clearing

If you don’t have a place at uni, have had a change of heart about your course, or maybe your gap year plans are on hold – don’t worry. Call our Clearing hotline on 01332 592020 and explore your options.

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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.

Contact us

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Additional information about your studies

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.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

Included in your fees

 

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

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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