Course details

Study options

Full-time: 2 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2022/23)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2022/23)

UCAS points

80 (September 2022 entry)

UCAS code

B720

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

FdSc

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus
St Helena, Chesterfield

Course description

We were one of the first Higher Education Institutions to be involved in the pilot training programme for Nursing Associates, with over 100 Trainee Nursing Associates starting with us in January 2017.

  • Join a Foundation Degree course with excellent career prospects: 100% of our graduates were employed or continued onto further study on completion of the course
  • On successful completion of the programme, you will be able to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Nursing Associate
  • Gain essential practical experience within all four fields of nursing – Learning Disability, Mental Health, Children’s and Adult
  • Benefit from some of the best university facilities of their kind, including Clinical Skills Suites and our state-of-the-art Immersive Suites
  • Learn from a highly experienced and enthusiastic teaching team

This programme is aimed at individuals entering the Nursing Associate role. Entrants will come from a wide variety of backgrounds reflecting the breadth of the health and social care workforce.

The programme develops your knowledge and critical understanding of theory underpinning workplace practices, fostering reflective practice and exploring the limits of the learner's scope of practice.

The programme reflects key policies shaping the Nursing Associate workforce, the NHS and Health and Social Care sectors today with the skills and attributes needed within the workforce to deliver care with compassion, and to ensure the best outcomes for patients and service users. The programme has been developed through close consultation and collaboration with employers and is directly linked to the delivery of care in practice.

First-class facilities in Derby and Chesterfield

You can study this course in Derby or Chesterfield. Both offer outstanding learning environments built to professional standards, with replica wards, counselling rooms and treatment rooms fully equipped with the latest clinical resources.

Our state-of-the-art Immersive Suite creates a simulated environment for practising your skills in a realistic setting and is available at Derby and Chesterfield. 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.

In tune with latest developments

This course is closely mapped against the needs of employers. In delivering the programme we respond to national changes, such as latest government policies, to ensure your learning is up-to-date and relevant.

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.

Higher Technical Qualification 

This programme has been recognised as a Higher Technical Qualification, which means it has been developed by awarding bodies in collaboration with employers, so you'll get the right training, knowledge, and skills to succeed in the workplace. 

Students working on a mannekin using air equipment
Two female nursing students treating an adult mannekin in the immersive suite

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.

    Kedleston Road, Derby Campus entrance

    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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    How you will learn

    How you are assessed

    Assessment approaches are varied and include poster presentations, exam, essays, assignments, case based discussions and practical skills assessments.

    Who you will meet

    The teaching team includes qualified health professionals with extensive experience of nursing and leadership roles within the NHS as well as nursing education. They have professional interests across children’s, mental health and learning disability nursing as well as occupational therapy and science.

    Tracey Whitmore, Programme Leader, has more than 30 years’ experience as a Registered Nurse (Adult) as well as teaching higher education for over 10 years.

    Chesterfield students showing open day visitors around the nursing facilities.

    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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    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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    Entry requirements

    2022 entry

    These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2022 entry.

    RequirementWhat we're looking for
    UCAS points80
    A LevelCDD
    BTECMMP
    GCSEGCSE Maths and English or equivalent qualifications
    Access to HEPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 0, Merit: 30, Pass: 15

    Covid-19 vaccination requirements

    The University does not require students to be vaccinated as part of their programme. However, some placement providers may request the University to confirm vaccination status prior to students being allocated to them on placement modules. In this instance, we may need to ask students about their vaccination status.

    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

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

    How to apply

    Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.


    UK students

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

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    International students

    On-campus courses starting in September 2022 and January 2023 are now closed to new applications from international students due to unprecedented demand. Applications for September 2023 will open in October. If you have any questions, please email askadmissions@derby.ac.uk.

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    English language entry requirements must be achieved and evidenced as part of an application and before an interview can be offered for this programme.

    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.

    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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