Become a highly trained, vital part of the wider nursing team
Normally a minimum of three A levels
BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma
Pass an Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at merit
Maths & English (or equivalent) grade 4/C
Equivalent qualifications may be considered, including workplace delivered NVQs
We are looking for applicants who are passionate about health care professions and providing person centred care. The University will make reasonable adjustments where possible and appropriate for any candidate who has a disability recognised under the Equality Act, 2010 but we ask that you contact the University in advance to enable us to make adjustments
Duration 2 years full time, up to 4 years part time
Nursing associates work with healthcare support workers and registered nurses to provide care and treatment in a wide range of health and care settings. This two-year foundation degree is a flexible, practice-based course, which will enable you to provide high quality, person-centred care across the lifespan. Nursing associates work with healthcare support workers and registered nurses to provide care and treatment in a wide range of health and care settings. This two-year foundation degree is a flexible, practice-based course, which will enable you to provide high quality, person-centred care across the lifespan. This two-year foundation degree is delivered within a supportive learning environment. It offers perspectives on health, ill health, health promotion and protection, life sciences and nursing practice in a range of settings. It comprises approximately 50% theory and 50% practice, across the required 2300 programme hours. The Nursing Associate programme is a flexible, authentic practice learning course aimed to develop competent, confident and compassionate Nursing Associates, providing high quality, safe and responsive person-centred care across the lifespan in diverse care setting. This course includes significant practice (or work-based) learning. Students will have the opportunity to achieve national proficiencies relating to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Standards of Proficiency for Nursing Associates. This will enable them to become an accountable professional, promote health and prevent ill health, provide and monitor care, work as part of a team, improve safety and the quality of care, and contribute to integrated care.
Multiple clinical backgrounds and longevity of experience working within diverse settings
High quality, evidence based teaching, with a person centred ethos
Both theory and practical environments
Strong industrial contacts with NHS and non NHS healthcare settings
A diverse teaching team
Opportunities for shared learning with other health professional students
Working with people of all ages and in a variety of settings in health and social care
Supporting the nursing leadership in the delivery of high-quality patient-centred care
demonstrating personal growth through affordable career progression by developing new knowledge and embracing wider career opportunities
How to deliver and manage planned care
The disease process and the human life span
Drugs and pharmacology for medicine management
This programme includes campus-based classes, on the job training, portfolio building and self-directed study. Apprentices will also need to work flexibly in order to keep up with requirements for independent study and research. Students will be taught for 15 hours per week, 1 day per week on campus in lectures, seminars and clinical skills workshops and simulations, and 1 day through guided virtual activity. Students will spend the remaining 22 hours/3 days in clinical practice.
Assessment in both theory and practice is continuous, and is assessed against Nursing and Midwifery Council competencies, where students are required to demonstrate evidence of their achievement.
Assessment is designed to provide students with opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge, essential skills and professional values, attitudes and behaviours across both the academic and practice-learning context, to demonstrate safe and effective practice.
Assessment is planned across the programme, with a specific emphasis on learning and assessment in authentic practice learning environments, enabling nursing associate students to develop the skills needed for future employment as a Nursing Associate and the academic skills of higher education
Claire is our Healthcare Education Strategic Advisor, responsible for working closely with the NHS and other health partners to develop our health programmes.
Fees UK students: £9,250
Fees for International students: £12,500
Our Student Funding Advisors offer confidential and impartial advice about your funding options
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check (Annual Update Service or dated within 6 months of the start of the course) Evidence that an occupational health declaration has been completed prior to starting the programme Evidence of all required vaccinations being up-to-date Travel to and from placement Accommodation and general living costs
Membership of a Union (Optional but advised)
NMC registration on completion of the programme.
There may be some discretionary trips and other activities to support your studies
Whilst the Nursing Associate is a new and varied role within the nursing team, it also provides a platform from which to develop further. Students may wish to train in a specialist field of nursing, for example, commencing their studies in Year 2 of a typical three-year degree, to become a qualified nurse. Alternatively, they could progress onto a non-professional BSc (Hons) award.