Become a knowledgeable and skilled member of the nursing team, supporting registered nurses to provide high-quality, safe, person-centred care. Please note this programme is currently subject to NMC approval.
Upon successful completion of the programme, students will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Nursing Associate in England.
72-120 UCAS Tariff points total from A-levels, BTEC or equivalent Level 3 qualifications
BTEC - BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma
Pass an Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at merit
Or T level P (C+)
GCSE Maths & English Grade 4 / C or above
Equivalent qualifications may be considered, including workplace-delivered NVQs
Students will be required to demonstrate values in accordance with The NMC Code (2018) Professional standards of practice for nurses, midwives and nursing associates and the capability to learn behaviours in accordance with The Code.
If English is not the applicant’s first language and they do not have GCSE English Grade 4 /C or above or L2 Functional Skills, then IELTS (or equivalent qualification) will be required with an overall score of at least 7.0 (at least 6.5 in all elements sections) in accordance with NMC guidance.
Applicants will also need a satisfactory occupational health assessment and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure.
UCAS points UCAS tariff 72 - 120 points
Duration 2 years full time, up to 4 years part time
Nursing associates work with healthcare support workers and support registered nurses across the four fields of nursing to provide high-quality, safe, person-centred care in a wide range of health and care settings across the lifespan.
This two-year foundation degree is mapped to the NMC (2018) Standards of proficiency for nursing associates and includes both academic and practice-based learning. Successful completion of the programme leads to eligibility to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in England.
The programme is delivered within a supportive learning environment and includes classroom and simulated learning within our trailblazing clinical simulation suite and is taught by experienced registered nurse academics and other professionals from a wide range of clinical backgrounds.
The programme includes 2300 hours in total with a minimum of 1150 hours required in clinical practice placements. Learners are supported in clinical practice by registered nurses, nursing associates, assistant practitioners, and other members of the wider interprofessional team. Learners are both continuously and formally assessed by Practice Supervisors and Practice Assessors who have completed additional training to support learners.
Taught by committed and experienced registered nurse academics and other registered professionals from a wide-range of clinical backgrounds.
Accelerated learning through combining academic theory with clinical simulation in our new state of the art suite. Learners will understand why their new knowledge and skills are relevant and how to apply these in their clinical practice, contributing to high-quality, safe care.
Close working relationships with professional colleagues in clinical practice, ensuring our programme is responsive and relevant to local need and helping learners to robustly prepare for their future role as accountable registrants.
High-quality placements in clinical practice, working with local healthcare providers in acute and community care settings, with guided learning to help students develop knowledge and skills specific to the area of clinical practice.
Focus on supporting learners to become safe, accountable professionals through developing robust critical thinking and complex problem-solving and teamwork skills, empowering learners to contribute to nursing teams through effective self-management and ability to positively respond to challenges
Please note: This course is subject to validation which means that it is either a new course or that the content is currently being updated. You can apply for this course now while some of the details of the course are being finalised by the University. Please contact the course leader if you would like further information.
Developing a career in modern healthcare
Making a positive difference to people’s lives everyday
Becoming part of a nursing team and contributing to high-quality, safe care
How the human body works and what to do when things go wrong
How research improves professional practice and patient safety
Developing a career as a Registered Nurse across any of the 4 fields of nursing including Child Health; Mental Health; Learning Disability and Adult nursing.
This programme is delivered on our Plymouth Campus and includes both academic theory and clinical practice, which are delivered side-by-side. Students will attend a weekly Study Day which will include lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, clinical simulation, group discussions, debates, peer support, study skills and more. Students will also have an Independent Study Day each week to focus on researching for assignments with allocated ‘reading weeks’ throughout the academic year. Students will spend the equivalent of 22.5 hours per week in clinical practice, applying their academic learning to patient care under guidance and supervision. Students will be allocated 2 placements in Year 1 and 2 placements in Year 2, each over a period of 26 weeks, in order to complete the required 1150 hours in clinical practice by the end of the programme.
The programme specifically prepares students for professional practice as nursing associates, and all assessments are there to ensure understanding and application of the knowledge skills and professional behaviours required. Academic assessments include essays, case studies, In-Class Tests, practical assessments in the clinical skills lab, academic poster presentations and literature reviews. Students maintain a Practice Assessment Document (PAD) and Professional Practice Portfolio (PPP) which records continuous and formal assessments in clinical practice including Episodes of Care and Medicines Management, to evidence achievement of the NMC (2018) Standards of proficiency for nursing associates and Professional Values (The NMC Code, 2018).
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Sandy is a registered nurse, midwife, specialist public health nurse and experienced nurse academic and programme leader.
Fees UK students: £9,250
Fees for International students: £12,500
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Whilst the Nursing Associate is a new and valued role within the nursing team, it also provides a platform from which to develop further. Students may wish to qualify as registered nurses and because of the generic nature of the role, can apply for BSc (Hons) Nursing across the four fields of nursing, including Child Health, Mental Health, Learning Disability and Adult. Students will be able to apply for up to 50% (maximum allowed) ‘Recognition for Prior Learning’ (RPL) on NMC-approved nursing programmes and complete their studies within 18 months – 2 years. Alternatively, they could progress onto a non-professional BSc (Hons) award.