Course details

Study options

Full-time: 2 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

UCAS points

64-80 (September 2019 entry)

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

FdSc

Start date

September

Location

St Helena, Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

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.

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.

What you will study

You'll study modules such as:

  • Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan
  • Communication and Working in Teams
  • Providing and Monitoring Nursing Care
  • Promoting Health and Independence
  • Personal and Professional Development for Nursing Associates
  • Integrated Theory and Practice

You'll study modules such as:

  • Research and Evidence Based Practice
  • Medicines Management
  • Patient Centred Care for Complex Health Needs
  • Leading and Integrating Care
  • Assuring Quality and Safety of Care
  • Applied Theory and Practice

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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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.

Entry requirements

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points64-80
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / Audition

Yes

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.

UCAS points can be achieved through level 3 qualifications including Access to Higher Education or Access to Nursing, A Levels, T Levels or BTEC.

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all ages as long as they can be considered adequately prepared to succeed on the programme.

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 2020 typical entry requirements

UCAS points64-80
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / Audition

Yes

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.

UCAS points can be achieved through level 3 qualifications including Access to Higher Education or Access to Nursing, A Levels, T Levels or BTEC.

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all ages as long as they can be considered adequately prepared to succeed on the programme.

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

2019/20 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

N/A

N/A

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September 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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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.