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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 year

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

72 (September 2020 entry)

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road and Britannia Mill, Derby Campus

Course description

Keen to use the arts in a positive and therapeutic way with others? Achieve your ambitions by studying on this innovative four year course which includes a foundation year.

If the arts have played a vital role in your own personal development, why not harness your creativity to make a difference in other peoples’ lives? Our pioneering BA (Hons) Creative Expressive Arts, Health and Wellbeing with Foundation Year shows you how.

Beginning with a foundation year

Starting at foundation level is ideal if it has been a while since you were in formal education; are planning a career change; would benefit from a more gradual introduction to university level study; or do not meet the entry requirements to join our three-year honours degree directly.

It gives you an insight into the therapeutic arts and working with people, as well as supporting you to develop the skills you need to achieve your goals.

On completion of the Foundation Year you will then commence study on the full BA (Hons) Creative Expressive Arts, Health and Wellbeing degree, more information on this can be found on the following page.

Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more

Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.

Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.

What you will study

You’ll study a selection of modules such as:

  • Study Skills
  • Arts and Health
  • Communication Skills
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Work-Based Learning
  • Anti-Discriminatory Practice
  • Fundamentals of Public Health

If you don’t have either English or Maths GCSE, you will need to substitute one or two of the above for a module in English and/or Maths.

  • The healthy practitioner
  • Effective communication
  • Human development and play
  • Working creatively with groups
  • Arts, culture and wellbeing
  • The creative self
  • The Developing Practitioner
  • Concepts of Self
  • Group Work with Diverse Populations
  • Interpersonal Development
  • Arts for Health
  • The Emerging Pracitioner
  • The Professional Self
  • The Professional Practitioner
  • The Nature of Evidence
  • Group Work in Community Placement or Group Work in Community Extended Placement*
  • Independent Scholarship or Independent Study*

* You will choose either Group Work in Community Placement and Independent Scholarship or Group Work in Community Extended Placement and Independent Study

Foundation YearFoundation Year

Code: 3HS501

Health, Wellbeing and Creativity

This module aims to introduce students to the potential of the arts for health and wellbeing. They will initially have opportunities to engage with a range of practical process and skills in the arts and creativity. They will then learn to develop and focus their ideas around health and wellbeing in a practical context to produce a collaborative body of work with their peers, whilst maintaining their own individuality. Students will be supported by tutors to begin developing the skills to work with arts-based material and to question how the arts might inform and promote wellbeing. This module supports students to develop a command of selected media; along with skills in self-management, communication and group working.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 3HS502

Introduction to a Recovery Model for Mental Health

This module will provide students with an introductory understanding of common mental health problems across the whole lifespan within the context of contemporary practice and a person centred and recovery approaches. It will provide students with insight into the bio/psycho/social factors of mental health problems to increase awareness and understanding of common mental health problems. It will provide understanding of key factors associated with creating positive therapeutic relationships with service users and carers and explore key principles such as stigma, inclusion & diversity.
20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 3HS503

Preparation for Professional Practice

This module will introduce students to the economic, political and cultural drivers which have influenced the development and delivery of health and social care in the 21st century. At a time when health and social care delivery is changing, students will consider how their own professional attitude and behaviours will influence their role performance in future practice.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 3MO500

Study Skills

This module will introduce students to the academic skills needed for study at undergraduate level, and enable them to plan for their future study and career.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 2MO500

English

This is a level 2 module. The module is oriented towards providing students with sufficient English skills to enable them to engage confidently with level 4 modules.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 2MO501

Mathematics

The course is equivalent to GCSE Maths and covers statistics and probability, number work, geometry, and algebra and graphs.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 3HS500

Communication Skills

All health and social care students will be assessed in their ability to communicate with service users, carers and other allied professionals from all sections of the community. Health and social care professionals have to communicate and share information in an open and honest way and; be able to listen actively and to talk to those requiring and using services as well as those caring for service users, with due respect for their age, ethnicity, culture, understanding and needs. This module will help students to understand the principles of, an importance of effective communication.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 3HS504

Promoting Equality in Human Professions

Central to health and social care work is making informed responses to inequalities but why do they still exist in the 21st century? What is the balance between the power of social structures and individual responsibility? How much do we choose the life we live? The willingness to understand the experience of inequality, to ‘walk in someone’s shoes’, is at the heart of good practice and this module explores the limits and opportunities facing workers as they try to do this. Whilst experienced as personal, such things as health, well-being, choice, confidence, optimism, are related in complex ways to the social structures and processes of which we are part and which we recreate.

Through discussion, reading and small group tasks, students will be encouraged to think critically about the evidence of inequalities and the connection between social structure, human agency and experience. Evaluating evidence and, through a case study, showing an understanding of others’ experience form the basis of the assessment.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 3HS505

Public Health Principles

This module will offer students an introduction to the essential principles and elements of public health. The importance of public health is significant within recent government policy and the focus on public health is viewed as a key means of tackling inequalities in health and to improve the health of society. We all have a role in improving the health of populations, via direct client care and policy implementation. One key aspect of public health practice is demonstrating the ability to understand and respond to local health and care needs appropriately. This is particularly important for the disadvantaged and vulnerable people in society. In order to recognise health and care needs, it is important to understand concepts of need and the different approaches employed to address them. Knowledge and understanding of the vulnerable or disadvantaged members of society is also required in order to ensure their specific needs are met.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 3HS506

Skills for Interprofessional Practice

This module will provide a basis on which all learners will build regardless of their area of practice. Content and assessment will be based on the fifteen standards contained in the Care Certificate. Students will have the opportunity to undertake interprofessional learning activities and simulation as part of this module. They will participate as interprofessional groups in simulated health and social care scenarios, offering opportunities to learn, rehearse and refine skills in a safe environment. This offers excellent opportunities for interprofessional learning, which is key to the future sustainability of health and social care systems. Workplace experience (employed and/or voluntary) will be encouraged but is not mandatory.
20 Credits
optional
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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How you will learn

The course balances classroom-based theory sessions in the form of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and exercises with practical sessions involving studio, performance, and exhibition work. The focus is on developing your transferable skills so that you can adapt to varied and changing circumstances. Work-based learning and placements are a key part of your learning experience too, allowing you to develop your skills in working with people of differing ages, identities, backgrounds, and abilities.

Throughout the course, you have access to guidance and advice from a personal academic tutor, and will also benefit from practice-focussed support sessions for academic skills, self-care, and employability.

How you are assessed

During your foundation year you will be assessed mainly by coursework, and with some in-class tests.

For the remainder of your studies you'll be assessed in a variety of ways to help you develop a compelling skill-base. These include academic papers, reflective essays, exhibitions, performances, reflective journals and diaries, videos, and production projects. In some assessments, you will be able to choose how you are assessed, allowing you to work with your strengths.

Who you will meet

You will learn from highly experienced academics who are committed to supporting your success. All specialists in their field, they include active researchers, authors, Arts and Health Practitioners and Community Artists, qualified Arts Therapists, Musicians, Composers, Performers, and professional artists, all with outstanding professional networks. We pride ourselves on offering a supportive and engaging learning environment.

The team includes Programme Leader, Dr James Williams and Dr Clive Holmwood.

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

Dr James Williams
Programme leader

James Williams is a Senior Lecturer in Therapeutic Arts (Music) teaching composition, improvisation, and performance. James is the Programme Leader for BA (Hons) CET and previously lectured in Music Composition for four years at the University of Hertfordshire where he taught music theory and perspectives on electroacoustic and electronic composition.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.

IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
Portfolio

Yes - see portfolio information

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.

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 points72
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at Level 2 as part of your course of study.

IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
Portfolio

Yes - see portfolio information

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.

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

£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.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK 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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International 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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Guidance for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree

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Careers

Graduates from our full BA (Hons) Creative Expressive Arts, Health and Wellbeing degree have gone on to work in community arts, voluntary organisations, health, education and the corporate sector. Some have set up their own businesses.


You could also continue to postgraduate studies if you have ambitions to become an arts therapist, social worker or teacher.

Opportunities for further study

If you would like to register and practice as an arts therapist, we offer exciting masters-level courses to help you achieve your ambitions. With Music Therapy joining our portfolio in 2017, we believe we are the only university in the country to offer such a comprehensive range of postgraduate courses in this field.

You can consider:

Ongoing careers support

Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with help, guidance and support from day one of your course – and for up to three years after you’ve completed your studies.

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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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