Nursing Associate FD

About the course

The Nursing Associate is a new role within healthcare designed to bridge the gap between Healthcare Assistant and Registered Nurse.

This course is for healthcare workers currently working as a healthcare assistant supporting registered nurses caring for patients and service users.

As a Nursing Associate you will be equipped with the knowledge, understanding, skills, attitudes and behaviours relevant to employment as a Nursing Associate, working to a nationally recognised code of conduct.

The course meets the requirements of the national Nursing Associate Training programme curriculum, and provides an outcome-based course of academic and work-based learning that will help you to develop the wide-ranging skills and capabilities required for this new role.

During the course you will attend a range of practice settings alongside your employment in a healthcare setting and attend university for the equivalent of a day a week. Throughout the course you will be supported by both a practice mentor and a personal academic tutor.

NHS Constitution

The NHS constitution brings together details of what staff, patients and the public can expect from the National Health Service. It sets out the principles and values that guide how the NHS should act and make decisions. The NHS Constitution states that the NHS "aspires to the highest standards of excellence and professionalism. "

Applicants are expected to demonstrate their understanding and application of these values throughout the selection process. View the Constitution here

Nursing Associate - FD - University Square Campus, Luton

  • Apply Via - DIRECT ENTRY
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code -
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Feb
  • Duration - 2 Years
  • Attendance - Full time
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Why choose this course?

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  • Learn through a combination of lectures/seminars, guided learning and work-based learning.
  • Study a practice-led and competency-based curriculum based upon the NHS Constitution and its values, developed by experienced nurses and delivered in partnership with local employers and services.
  • Develop your scope of practice enabling you to play an active part in improving service users’ and patients’ experiences of healthcare
  • Build on your potential throughout this two-year course through the strong emphasis on work-based learning where you will be supported by a personal academic tutor and practice-based tutor to assist and enhance your development as a Nursing Associate.
  • On completion of the foundation degree you will be eligible to apply for Nursing Associate posts or year 2 entry to one of our BSc (Hons) registered nursing courses (if you also meet the NMC entry requirement).

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?


  • Developing Values-Based Practice For Nursing Associates (Wbl) (ASP011-1) Compulsory
  • Health And Wellbeing: Improving Lives (ASP008-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Study Skills (ASP006-1) Compulsory
  • Person-Centred Care (ASP010-1) Compulsory
  • Project Preparation For Nursing Associates (ASP012-1) Compulsory
  • Embedding Nhs Values In Nursing Associate Practice (Project) (ASP010-2) Compulsory
  • Enhancing Nursing Associate Practice (Wbl) (ASP011-2) Compulsory
  • Healthcare Policy And Quality (ASP007-2) Compulsory
  • Safeguarding Health And Wellbeing (ASP006-2) Compulsory

Discover the School of Healthcare Practice

The School of Healthcare Practice provides contemporary education and training for students wishing to qualify as adult, mental health or children's nurses, midwives, paramedics or operating department practitioners.

It also supports the education and training of Healthcare Assistant Practitioners wishing to gain a foundation degree.

All students studying within the school spend at least 50% of their time in practice settings working with a practice mentor. All academic staff  are link lecturers to practice partners, supporting students in the practice areas.

Discover the facilities, see examples of students’ work, read about graduate successes, browse courses, view staff profiles and much more.

How will I be assessed?

The course assessment strategy is closely aligned to the teaching and learning strategy which is designed to have: immediate relevance to practice; draw on expertise-by-experience; foster active learning and be leaner-centred in approach. A distinct feature of the course is the range of assessment tasks, including those that allow you to undertake workplace relevant assessments that can have an immediate impact in practice. Examples include: written assignments ranging from reflective pieces to academic essays culminating in a project at Foundation degree level, assessed practice within your workplace; computer based examinations and oral presentations.

Your use of professional and theoretical literature will increase in complexity, depth and breadth as you progress through the course. In the first year, you will be expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the evidence-based literature and apply this to practice. In contrast, the second year will demand deeper analysis and evaluation of the literature and its applications. For example, you will develop your ability to study and practice more independently. You will be expected to identify a subject that particularly interests you based upon the NHS values, and propose a service improvement project supported by appropriate

Entry requirements

A Foundation Degree will be of particular interest if you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship, vocational A levels, BTEC National or equivalent.

Foundation Degrees are also particularly suitable if you want to qualify while working.

2017/18 entry

UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

As a guideline, a typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32-48 points, based on your level 3 studies.

Many students studying for foundation degrees come to us through work-based routes so you can apply for a foundation degree even if you don't have traditional academic qualifications.

We welcome applicants with relevant work experience.

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500

For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

  • Interview
  • Written test (literacy)
  • Written test (numeracy)

On entry, trainee nursing associates should demonstrate an ability to work at level 2 literacy and numeracy. Details of this level can be found on learn direct website at:

Applicants will currently, or on enrolment, be employed in a health or care role. (Trainee nursing associates need to be employed in a setting where they can be appropriately supervised by a registered nurse or other appropriate health or care professional).

As the course includes work-based learning, there is a requirement for the student to be employed within the workplace for the duration of the course. Students are advised to review their contractual agreement with their employing organisation on application to ensure they will meet course requirements for work place learning for the duration of their course

Applicants will need to demonstrate the ability to study a programme at academic level 4 (equivalent to first year of a degree), with the potential to progress to level 5 (equivalent to year 2 of a degree).

You will also need to demonstrate the appropriate values and attitudes for the programme in line with HEE's value based recruitment programme.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Your experiences on this course will equip you with the knowledge, understanding, skills, attitudes and behaviours relevant to employment as a Nursing Associate. Skills such as study skills, communication and interpersonal skills, self-awareness, team working, reflective practice, managing stress and change management will be made meaningful to you in your future employment as a nursing associate through application to healthcare contexts. Responding to the challenges associated with the often complex care needs of patients will provide you with the confidence and competence to deliver effective, safe and responsive care.

Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more

Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Fees and Funding

  • Fees are £6,200

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Fees are £6,200

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Extra costs for this course

Study materials

  • Stationery (printer ink, paper, pens, USB sticks, files etc (£30-£50)
  • Books (£50-£200)

Travel costs

You need to ensure that you budget for travelling from your home to the University; between academic sites and to and from placements. You will be attending University one day per week.

*The information above is for guidance only. Exact costs may vary.


Our flagship £34m Campus Centre is funky and functional. It brings together all our student services, social and learning spaces, and a 240-seat lecture theatre under one roof.

The Campus Centre building is connected to the rest of the University and the first floor acts as a one-stop shop for all students services.

Designed for work as well as play, the Campus Centre incorporates relaxed learning zones with Wi-Fi access.

It also features the Students' Union support services and executive offices alongside places to eat

Accommodation at Luton

Our contemporary en-suite accommodation features 852 fully-furnished flats, just part of our accommodation offering of more than 1,500 study rooms.

This exciting new facility includes:

  • state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment
  • informal and quiet learning spaces
  • two Harvard-style lecture theatres
  • a student lounge and cafe

Luton campus is home to the following departments:

  • Business
  • Media, Art and Design
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Whatever degree you choose the facilities will be first class:

  • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments
  • Business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court
  • Dedicated laboratories for psychology, sport and exercise science, biomedical science and forensics
  • Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios
  • Art and design studios

Town centre location

The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of the student halls, train and bus stations.

Directions to Luton campus

Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is approximately 50km north of London.

It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and central London is only a 30-minute train journey away.

Luton is has excellent transport links to other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes. London Luton Airport is located just 2.5km from the Luton campus.

How to Apply


Nursing Associate - FD

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