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FdSc Nursing Associate

Gain eligibility to register as a qualified nursing associate with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, benefitting from a wide range of practice experiences and the opportunity to provide care for a diverse client group.

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      UCAS Code: B745
      Course Length: 2 Years Full-Time
      Start Dates: September 2022, September 2023
      Subjects: Nursing
      Location: Edge Hill University
      Example Offers: EE (A Level) or PPP (BTEC)
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      This foundation degree will help you to develop the skills, understanding and evidence-based practice needed to deliver care in a safe and compassionate way as a nursing associate. The role of nursing associate is a new position in the nursing team in England, where you will work across all four fields of nursing with healthcare workers and registered nurses. You will gain experience supporting a variety of people of all ages across a range of healthcare settings. Typical duties of a nursing associate may include undertaking clinical tasks, supporting individuals and their families and carers, performing and recording clinical observations, discussing and sharing information with registered nurses on a patient’s condition, behaviour, activity and responses, ensuring the privacy, dignity and safety of individuals is maintained, and recognising issues related to safeguarding vulnerable children and adults.

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      In Depth

      What will I study?

      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.

      You 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 you 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.

      In Year 1 you will be introduced to the foundations for nursing associate practice in which you will develop knowledge of the principles that underpin professional practice and patient care.

      In Year 2 you will prepare to undertake the professional role of the nursing associate and gain the skills and experience required to become a partner in care with both your patients and members of the multidisciplinary team.

      This programme adheres closely to the six core values of the NHS. These values, enshrined within the NHS Constitution, have been developed by patients, the public and staff to inspire passion in the NHS, guide it in the 21st century, and provide common ground for cooperation in achieving shared aspirations. Further information about the core values can be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england.

      How will I study?

      You will be taught through a combination of seminars, lectures, tutorials and technology enhanced learning. The theory part of the programme typically involves attendance at university on two days per week. While the majority of classes will take place at Edge Hill University, some sessions may involve studying at other sites where you will be responsible for travel and parking costs.

      You will spend a substantial amount of time in practice. Placements are undertaken on a full-time basis in hospitals, community settings and people’s homes. You will be supported by a practice placement supervisor, a practice education lecturer and a practice assessor.

      Placements include weekend, early morning, evening and night work to ensure access to a full range of practice experiences across 24-hour care. You will be responsible for travel and parking costs while on placement. There is also an opportunity to undertake a diversity practice learning experience either within the United Kingdom or internationally.

      How will I be assessed?

      Assessment in both theory and practice is continuous, assessed against Nursing and Midwifery Council competencies, where students are required to demonstrate evidence of their achievement. A range of assessments includes assignments, time-limited assessments, clinical reasoning and simulated practice exams. You will also be assessed in practice.

      Who will be teaching me?

      All lectures are delivered by professionals within the field of nursing as well as specialists in other areas. The programme team represent a range of qualified, research-active professionals with extensive experience of working within the health and/or social care sector. Most importantly service users, carers and their families will be involved in facilitating your learning so that you gain an understanding of the impact care has on individual groups.


      The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine offers some of the best facilities for the education and training of health and social care professionals in the country.

      The outstanding teaching and learning resources include leading edge clinical skills facilities, an 860-seat lecture theatre, and a variety of teaching rooms and social learning spaces.

      Learning Resources

      The Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre offers a variety of simulated environments from home, through primary and emergency care, to secondary care and beyond. The flexible and adaptable facilities include a ward environment, operating theatre, an anatomy and ultrasound resource centre, a ‘Better at Home’ suite, clinical skills area and consultation rooms.

      You will benefit from access to a wide variety of healthcare equipment, as well as a range of full-body patient simulators that can breathe, talk, have pulses and can simulate a wide range of symptoms and clinical conditions. This will enable you to undertake practical scenarios in realistic settings, providing ideal preparation for professional practice placements and future employment.


      Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.


      Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

      Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.


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      Compulsory modules:

      NUR2010Preparing for the Role of the Nursing Associate (120 credits)

      Preparing for the Role of the Nursing Associate recognises that research evidence underpins real-world practice. The module therefore supports the development and enhancement of critical thinking skills which can be applied to the delivery of person-centred care and patient safety. Preparation for the workplace is key to this module and the focus on care organisation as well as the delivery of care will enable you to position yourself as a partner to both the patient and interdisciplinary care teams. You will use evidence-based practice to develop your understanding of, and ability to provide, holistic care across the lifespan and to a range of groups and health and social care settings. As you progress towards registration, you will develop your coaching, supervision and delegation skills and gain an understanding of how research and reflection activities can enhance the quality of patient care and services.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 25 (Time-Limited Assessment), Practical(s): 25%.

      NUR1010The Foundations of Nursing Associate Practice (120 credits)

      The Foundations of Nursing Associate Practice provides you with a foundation of the fundamental principles which underpin professional practice to equip you with the skills, knowledge and competencies required to deliver safe and effective care in a range of settings. The module covers the concepts of professionalism, accountability and personal and professional development, establishing the values required of a nursing associate and considering the parameters of person-centred care. You will gain expertise in nursing procedures necessary for real-world practice and develop communications skills for practice with a range of client groups, across a variety of settings, underpinned by knowledge of biology, psychology and sociology across the lifespan.

      Assessment: Coursework: 25%, Written Exam(s): 25 (Time-Limited Assessment), Practical(s): 50%.

      Entry Criteria

      Entry Requirements

      Typical offer 32 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

      You must also have GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

      An interview forms part of the selection process.

      If you accept an offer from Edge Hill you will need to satisfy the requirements of the Nursing & Midwifery Council in respect of physical and mental fitness and will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

      Example Offers

      Some examples of how you can achieve 32 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

      • A Level: EE;
      • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Pass, Pass, Pass (PPP);
      • T Level: Overall grade of Pass (E or above on the core);
      • International Baccalaureate (IB): We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points;
      • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3.

      Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

      For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

      EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

      Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

      If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

      Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/fastrack.

      Career Prospects

      What are my career prospects?

      Upon successful completion of the programme, you will gain eligibility to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a qualified nursing associate, ready to join this growing profession in England.

      As a nursing associate, you will gain experience of caring for people across the lifespan and will therefore be able to work with healthcare support workers and registered nurses across all four fields of nursing: adult, children’s, mental health and learning disabilities.

      While nursing associate is a new and varied role within the nursing team, it also provides a platform from which to develop further. You may wish to train in a specialist field of nursing, for example, commencing your studies in Year 2 of a typical three-year degree, to become a qualified nurse. Alternatively, you could progress onto a non-professional BSc (Hons) award.


      Tuition Fees

      If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this foundation degree in academic year 2022/23, the tuition fee will be £6,165 a year.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

      The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

      Financial Support

      Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this foundation degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

      For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining this programme, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2022/23 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2022.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see www.edgehill.ac.uk/eufinance for further details.


      Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective pre-registration health and social care students.

      These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

      To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.


      How to Apply

      Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com.

      Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

      Further information for international students about how to apply is available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyinternational.

      Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

      Visit Us

      If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.

      Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about our full range of events for prospective students, including campus tours and virtual activities, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.

      Request a Prospectus

      If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

      Get in Touch

      If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

      Course Changes

      Expand All This tab outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years. Future material changes will be added here as amends are made to course information.

      18th May 2022 - Change of Assessment Methods

      Examinations on the course will now take the form of online time-limited assessments.

      25th January 2022 - Change of Location

      The programme will now be delivered primarily from Edge Hill University rather than University Hospital Aintree.

      Covid-19 - Nursing Associate Essential Information

      Nursing Associate Course Statement

      In line with Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements, delivery will consist of face-to-face delivery by lecturers. This will be a mix of live interactive teaching in an online environment and attendance on campus. Attendance in clinical practice is also an essential part of the programme. For the theory component of the programme, there will be campus attendance and online learning comprising of synchronous (seminar, tutorial) and asynchronous (lecture, discussion board) learning activities and academic support. For practice learning, you will attend clinical practice where student safety has been assured. This will include learning using simulation, which will be either on campus or via virtual learning environments. Attendance on campus will be compliant with current Public Health England guidelines. If government advice allows, there will a minimum of six hours on-campus attendance on one day per week. This may include theoretical learning, pastoral/academic support and/or independent learning activities.

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