Routes into Nursing

I'm not a Registered Nurse

Whether you're just starting out or you have a degree in another subject, we have the right courses to get you into nursing.

Apprenticeships

The apprenticeship is an alternative route to gaining a nursing degree. What makes it an apprenticeship is the regular monitoring by the university, employer and apprentice about their progress and performance.

The entry requirements are exactly the same as a nursing degree at Derby – 112 UCAS tariff points plus Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths, English and Science. The apprenticeship can be studied full-time (3 years) or part-time (likely to be 4 years). There are currently no cost to the apprentice for course fees.

You must be employed for the duration of your apprenticeship and will be paid as part of the apprenticeship, funded by the new apprenticeship levy however the amount of salary per year has not been agreed. You will still need to undertake all of the normal placements as expected on the Nursing degree and will therefore spend time away from your host environment. If completing the apprenticeship part time, you will also spend time in a Heal Care Assistant role.

Courses

Pre-qualification courses

For those of you who do not currently hold a degree you can qualify as a practicing nurse by completing one of our pre-qualification courses below. Each course has specific pathways that will provide you with the relevant skills required to practice as a nurse upon graduation.

Each course carries its own entry requirements and which can be viewed by selecting the course content pages listed below. From here you can also learn about which course is right for you.

Courses

Pre-registration courses

These pre-registration courses support those with a prior degree (2:2 or above) to become a registered nurse at an accelerated pace. Both courses are full-time for two years.

You will need:

  • 5 GCSEs Grade C or above (or grade 4) including Maths, English and Science or equivalent
  • Honours degree 2:2 or above
  • Relevant professional work experience in a service user context equivalent to 450hrs (12 full-time (37.5hrs) weeks)
  • Experience of education or study within the last five years is preferred.

In addition:

  • You will be expected to complete a portfolio to evidence how your past experiences are relevant to a career in nursing
  • Admission is subject to occupational health screening and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks
  • If English is not your first language you must have achieved at least level 7 in all four components of IELTS (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

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I'm a Registered Nurse

If you're already a registered nurse, we have a range of post-registration, CPD and LBR courses to help keep your practice up-to-date.

Our Continuing Professional Development and Learning Beyond Registration courses and modules work to further develop the skills and knowledge of those already qualified to work in health and social care.

We have CPD and LBR modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels (levels 6 and 7), which have all been tailored to meet the needs of practitioners and managers working within the health and social care sectors. We have modules to suit nurses, occupational therapists, hand therapists, radiographers, psychotherapists, and those working within complementary therapies.

  • Level 6 modules are for qualified nurses holding an Advanced Diploma in Nursing.
  • If you're already qualified to bachelors degree level, you can select from our Level 7 masters modules.

More information about CPD and LBR

I want to return to nursing

If you were previously registered as a nurse and want to return to practice you must study a return to practice programme to re-activate your Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration to be able to legally work as a registered nurse.

Our Return to Practice course is designed specifically to support you to develop the skills and knowledge you require to work in a dynamic and challenging arena.

The Return to Practice programme consists of one 24 week module and is available to any nurse who has previously been registered with the NMC but is currently unable to comply with the practice standard requirement of working in a nursing capacity for 450 hours, in the three years prior to renewal of registration.

You will need proficient literacy and numeracy skills, evidence of having undertaken some form of academic study in the previous three years and evidence of minimum 30 days or 210 hours of clinical experience in the previous 12 months. You will also need English and Maths at GCSE grade C or above or an alternative. An Occupational Health Clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service clearance are required.

Courses

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