Course details

Study options

Full-time: 2 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

80 (September 2021 entry)

Course level




Start date



St Helena, Chesterfield
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

Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2

Code: 4NU509

Communication and Working in Teams

In this module, trainees will focus on growing and developing the skills required for effective communication, and positive collaboration when working in teams. They will learn about themselves as team players and team workers, as well as begin to identify skills for leading and shaping teams that work across adult, mental health, child and learning disability contexts.

Trainees will lay the foundations for coaching and mentoring. They will develop effective communication techniques such as developing an understanding of the need for reflection and self-awareness and consideration of other factors affecting practice, such as beliefs, values, attitudes, ethics, diversity and vulnerability. This module incorporates a range of interprofessional and service users’ roles and experiences.

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20 Credits

Code: 4NU510

Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan

This module provides an overview of the organisation and normal function of the human body and will enhance the learners’ existing knowledge and experience of the topic. Focussing mainly on the normal anatomy of the body, the module will also cover aspects of human development and ageing. Reference will also be made to physiological concepts to allow students to centre their learning.
20 Credits

Code: 4NU514

Promoting Health and Independence

In this module, trainees will develop an understanding of their role in promoting health and preventing ill health with clients. They will also develop an awareness of the social, political and economic factors/drivers which contribute towards health and ill health.

Trainees will develop advocacy skills for effective person centred care, and consider the sociological and psychological aspects of health and illness. They will consider person centred care across adult, mental health, child and learning disability contexts. This module takes a whole-lifespan approach, from conception to death and considers health from early years through to older life.

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20 Credits

Code: 4NU521

Personal and Professional Development for Nursing Associates

In this module which runs throughout the first year, trainees will be introduced to the programme as well as the nature of professional health and social care practice. Trainees will commence the module by focusing on and developing study skills to prepare for further learning in Higher Education.

They will be introduced to the concepts of professional responsibility, accountability, professional conduct, the values and behaviours of health and social care, as well as gaining a ‘toolkit’ for the rest of their programme and professional life. The module develops health and social care practitioners to become lifelong learners, and develops resilience and self-caring.

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20 Credits

Code: 4NU522

Integrated Theory and Practice

This module introduces theoretical and practical aspects of a range of clinical and therapeutic skills required of the trainee. These skills are applied across a range of settings. This will include being able to carry out a range of procedures whilst applying evidence based practice and person centred care. The importance of communication in practice will enable the trainee to begin to assess the needs and priorities of people in their care. The module will include both physical and mental health procedures and across the lifespan.
20 Credits

Code: 4NU523

Providing and Monitoring Nursing Care

This module develops trainees’ knowledge, understanding and capability in the wide variety of nursing contexts. They will study nursing from theoretical and practical perspectives, integrating these contexts for the benefit of their patients, clients or service users from all backgrounds including adult, mental health, child and learning disability.

Trainees will gain the knowledge and theoretical underpinning to support the assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of high quality person-centred care. The module also promotes a sense of identity as a professional group, and will give learners a strong foundation to prepare for future professional practice. Medicines management will be introduced as a topic in this module, to permit trainees to start developing these skills, although medicines management will be covered again in more depth in year 2.

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20 Credits

Code: 5NU514

Leading and Integrating Care

In this module, trainees will develop the skills for leadership in their professional practice. They will consider the qualities of leadership, how to become a leader in their own context and how to lead a team. They will consider integrated care systems, as well as the wider factors affecting care provision that is joined-up for the benefit of patients. Examples of previous case studies where integrated care has worked well, or has not worked well will be used to highlight the importance of interprofessional and integrated care. Trainees will also develop skills for supervision, teaching, and mentoring of others.
20 Credits

Code: 5NU518

Patient Centred Care for Complex Health Needs

This module builds on the first year anatomy and physiology module, encouraging trainees to develop a wider awareness and approach to patients, clients or services users with complex care needs or multiple co-morbidities. Trainees will consider ‘when things go wrong’, and how diseases processes can be modified by care interventions.
20 Credits

Code: 5NU519

Research and Evidence Based Practice

The understanding and application of research and evidence to practice is an important skill to develop, and this module will encourage trainees to consider the evidence base for care activities. They will learn how to analyse and critique evidence, as well as bring their own contributions to professional spheres of knowledge and understanding.
20 Credits

Code: 5NU524

Medicines Management

This module offers trainees the opportunity to examine the principles and practices relating to the management and administration of medications across a broad range of care environments. They will be encouraged to consider their own role and responsibilities in relation to medicines management. Assessment of medicines management proficiency is completed separately as part of practice assessment documentation.
20 Credits

Code: 5NU526

Assuring Quality and Safety of Care

This module focuses on care quality and safety. Trainees will develop knowledge and understanding of and skills in quality and service improvement, human factors and ergonomics. Patient safety is a paramount consideration, and trainees will develop as change agents and leaders to improve the quality of care their clients receive.

In this module trainees will undertake a quality improvement project in the practice environment to demonstrate direct impact on the workplace.

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20 Credits

Code: 5NU527

Applied Theory and Practice

This module focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects of a further range of clinical and therapeutic skills required of the trainee to ensure they meet the proficiency outcomes across a range of settings.

This will include being able to explain how to carry out a range of procedures to other trainees whilst applying evidence-based practice and person-centred care. The importance of communication in practice will enable the trainee to begin to assess the needs and priorities of people in their care as well as developing their delegation and teaching skills. The module will include both physical and mental health procedures. Assessment will be via an analysis of the evidence base for a chosen procedure.

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20 Credits

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.

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

September 2021 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points80
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE Maths and English or equivalent qualifications

IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionYes - see interview details

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.

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


£9,250 per year





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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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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