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?

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

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How will I be assessed?

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?

Fees and Funding

  • Fees are £6,200

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

  • Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email

  • Fees are £6,200

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

  • Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email

  • International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

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

  • Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email

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.


How to Apply


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