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FDSc Nursing Associate (with NMC Registration)

TARIFF: 32 - 56
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: Uxbridge
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2021
Do you want to work within a team helping people at their most vulnerable moments? The Nursing Associate is a sought-after post within healthcare. Upon graduation you’ll be prepared for a role supporting Registered Nursing staff and could work within the wider Multi-Disciplinary Team.
Through a mix of hybrid learning, placement opportunities, specialist- facilities and supportive and compassionate lecturers, this course can help create a great foundation for professional development into Registered Nursing.

 

It has been a wonderful experience for me, meeting new people, working together as a group and sharing ideas. The tutors are also really supportive and friendly.
Sophia Ajet
Sophie Ajet
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Why study this subject?

There is high demand across the nursing sector, nationally and internationally, for qualified Nursing Associates.

A FDSc Nursing Associate course will help you learn how to deliver care for a range of people in diverse settings and meet this growing need.

On graduating from this programme, Nursing Associates will be able to work independently, within defined parameters of practice and under the direction of a Registered Nurse, to deliver the distinct plan of care.

For each student on our Nursing Associate course, Health Education England will provide one payment of £1,000 to cover the entire two-year programme.* You can use the funds however you feel fit to assist you, for example child care, travel, iPad for online learning or for books.

*If the LSF learning support fund is bought in then it will replace this funding.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

At Buckinghamshire New University, from your very first welcome, you’ll find yourself surrounded by friendly, like-minded students and staff – all passionate about nursing and healthcare.

Our degrees are created with employers to ensure that, when you graduate, you will have the skills employers are looking for.

Our programme teaches you how to deliver a wide range of clinical and care skills, and demonstrate appropriate values and behaviours, underpinned by a systematic knowledge base.

During the course you are supported by several key educators and a range of health care professionals across all four fields of nursing (adult, child, mental health and learning disability), both in classroom-based learning, clinical practice placements and within our state-of-the-art simulation suite, situated at our Uxbridge Campus.

This programme integrates academic and learning in practice through collaboration between practice learning partners and the University. A detailed plan of the academic year, including practice, will be given to you when you start the programme.

What facilities can I use?

You can benefit from hands-on experience in our healthcare simulation labs at our Uxbridge Campus. Our purpose-built wards include real equipment, just like you’d find in a hospital.

Simulation is an important aspect of our nursing and healthcare programmes. You will regularly spend time in the simulation labs, taking part in realistic scenarios to practise a broad spectrum of technical skills in a safe and supportive environment

We also offer a free campus-link bus service, so you can also access everything our High Wycombe Campus has to offer.

What will I study?

The curriculum for this course has been designed to embrace the philosophy of the FDSc Nursing Associate of transforming lives and creating a community of practice with students at the heart of the learning and teaching.

Each session is closely linked to the development of knowledge as outlined within the ‘All England Nursing Associate Practice Assessment Document’.

As well as this, our students have the opportunity to experience and develop core skills through Practice Placement opportunities.

How will I be taught and assessed?

Academic study is taught through generic and field specific lectures, modules, seminars and simulation.

You are expected to undertake 575 hours of placement learning each year of the programme, which will be organised by the Placement Learning team. Whilst in practice Nursing Associate students are considered supernumerary to the workforce but integral to giving patient care.

You will be assessed through a number of means including:

  • clinical practice assessments
  • coursework and Modules
  • written assignments
  • presentations
  • exam.

You are also required to complete the knowledge skills and behaviours included in the All England Nursing Associate Practice Assessment Document in each year of practice.

Useful Information

FDSc Nursing Associate (with NMC registration) Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 32 - 56

You will also need to have GCSE Grade 4/ C or above in Maths and English or a suitable equivalent. 

Applications will be assessed on an individual basis and an interview will be required.

Students may have completed the Care Certificate prior to commencing the programme, however this may also be completed within the first year of the programme and documented within the Year 1 Practice Assessment Document (PAD).

This programme is suitable for people who already may have been employed within a healthcare environment and those who have no prior healthcare experience.

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Physiology for Nursing Care

Community and Public Health

Fundamentals of Nursing Associate Professional Practice

Year 2 Modules

Becoming an Effective Healthcare Practitioner

Using Research for Evidence Based Practice

Professional Practice for Nursing Associates

How much does it cost

Home and EU

Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022

£9,250 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

advice@bucks.ac.uk

WHAT ARE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

On successful completion of the programme, you will be eligible to register as a Nursing Associate with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. With this qualification, you may find employment within the NHS or with private healthcare providers.

You may also choose to stay on at Buckinghamshire New University and use this course to gain exemptions on application to the BSc (Hons) Nursing degree programmes and may reduce the time needed to complete this programme.

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