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Nursing Associate - FdSc *

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The two-year Foundation Degree Nursing Associate course has been developed to support the introduction of a new nursing role and is a work-based learning course aimed at experienced Health Care Assistants who want to develop themselves to become a Registered Nursing Associate (RNA)....

  • Level Undergraduate
  • Study mode Blended Learning
  • Location City South
  • School School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

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Overview

The two-year Foundation Degree Nursing Associate course has been developed to support the introduction of a new nursing role and is a work-based learning course aimed at experienced Health Care Assistants who want to develop themselves to become a Registered Nursing Associate (RNA). The aims and learning outcomes have been mapped against the Nursing and Midwifery (NMC) Standards of proficiency for nursing associates (NMC, 2018) and the relevant occupational standard for Higher Technical Qualifications as approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

This course is not open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

The FdSc Nursing Associate is a full-time course delivered at City South Campus. You will attend university and also attend placements in a variety of settings across the four fields of nursing. Whilst in your placements you will have supernumerary status which will support and protect your learning time in clinical practice.

You will study four level 4 modules in the first year which cover key theory and practice knowledge and skills to include person and family-centred care, professional values, the parameters of an RNA’s role and safe administration of medication. The second-year modules focus on leadership and mentoring skills, health sociology and health promotion and you will also study key elements of evidence-based practice. You will also complete a portfolio of evidence that is compiled over the two years as part of the practice competencies assessments.

On successful completion of the course you will be eligible to apply to be registered on the NMC Nursing Associate register and you will be awarded an FdSc Nursing Associate. You will have 5 years to register the award with the NMC.

Accredited By

This course is accredited by:

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Higher Technical Qualification HTQ logo

Why Choose Us?

  • We have excellent facilities, including state-of-the-art simulation equipment that will support you in your studies. There are several study spaces and open access information technology support.
  • We have been shortlisted for the Student Nursing Times Nursing Associate Training Programme Provider of the Year (pre-registration) 2022.

Open Days

Join us for an on-campus Open Day where you'll be able to learn about this course in detail, chat to students, explore our campus and tour accommodation. In the week before the event, we’ll post you an event programme to plan your day and find your way.

Next Open Day: 29 June 2024

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Entry Requirements

These entry requirements apply for entry in 2024/25.

All required qualifications/grades must have been achieved and evidenced at the earliest opportunity after accepting an offer to help confirm admission and allow for on-time enrolment. This can also include other requirements, like a fee status form and relevant documents. Applicants can track their application and outstanding information requests through their BCU mySRS account.

Essential requirements

Entry requirements

GCSE grade C or new grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics. GCSE equivalents e.g. key skills level 2 or functional skills maths and English level 2 are currently accepted.

Plus one of the following:

  • One A level grade D or above
  • Two AS level grade D or above
  • BTEC National Award grade M
  • BTEC National Certificate grade PP
  • BTEC National Diploma grade PPP
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • NVQ level 3 full diploma

If you have a qualification that is not listed, please contact us.

Fees & How to Apply

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  • International Student

UK students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: FdSc

Starting: Feb 2025

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International students

Sorry, this course is not available to International students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Guidance for UK students

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Personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

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Work experience

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School or college experience

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Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

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Course in Depth

Level 4

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

Level 5

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

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Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
The Nursing and Midwifery Council

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) works with partner organisations to set and maintain high standards of nursing and midwifery education across the UK.

This course has been approved and monitored by the NMC to make sure that the education and training on offer meets their standards.

To work as a nurse or midwife, you must pass an NMC approved course at a higher education institution (HEI) in pre-registration nursing and midwifery, leading to registration with the NMC.

Higher Technical Qualification HTQ logo
Higher Technical Qualification

This Higher Technical Qualification is approved against occupational standards decided by employers.

Employability

Employment opportunities

On completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply to join the Nursing and Midwifery Council Nursing Associate register and practise in the UK. As a qualified Nursing Associate you could work in a range of roles in the NHS. You could also choose to continue your studies and qualify as a Registered Nurse.

Facilities & Staff

 

Our Facilities

Our School of Nursing and Midwifery is based at our City South campus in leafy Edgbaston.

We’ve spent £41million expanding our facilities at City South. These facilities offer hands-on practical experience, replicating the spaces you will come across in professional practice.

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that you learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. Alongside physical spaces such as a mock operating theatre and wards, we also make use of online and virtual technology, such as our virtual ward and virtual case creator.

See more of our skills facilities at City South

Centre for Skills and Simulation

The Centre for Skills and Simulation offers a range of different spaces which replicate situations that you will encounter in practice. These include hospital wards, an operating theatre and a home environment room.

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. The hospital wards can be adapted from low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

The home environment room is the perfect space for teaching communications skills and allows us to simulate a community setting for our students. It is particularly useful for mental health nurses, learning disability nurses and midwives.

Simulation Manikins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and simulation babies (SIM babies) which are anatomically correct manikins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills. The manikins contain software which replicates real symptoms, and can manipulate indicators such as blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM man can even ‘talk’ to the students as they are treating him, to add another dimension to learning.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building has two open-access IT Suites which offer PCs, printers, photocopiers and scanners. There is also an IT Helpdesk for quick and easy help with your computing or internet issues.

Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

In addition to desktop PCs, we also offer a laptop loan facility, allowing students to borrow a laptop for up to six hours while on campus.