Places available for this September. Apply online or call 0330 123 2023.

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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 2023 and September 2024

Limited places are still available for this September - call 0330 123 2023.

Providing the perfect base from which to begin your nursing career, our FDSc Nursing Associate degree gives you the knowledge and skills needed to play a valued role in a multi-disciplinary health care team. You’ll learn from our experienced lecturers and technicians using state-of-the-art simulation facilities, coupled with time out on clinical placement.
This combined learning approach of theory and practice will prepare you to help patients through the vulnerable times in their lives. Upon completion of the degree, you’ll be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, as well as being able to progress into Registered Nursing.


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No. 1 Students' Union in the UK*
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Top for our response to the cost-of-living-crisis*
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5th for learning opportunities*
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Top 10 for student support*
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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

Why study this subject?

There is high demand across the nursing sector, nationally and internationally, for qualified Nursing Associates. A FDSc Nursing Associate course provides a great foundation to move into health care and will help you learn how to deliver care for a range of people in diverse settings.

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 a defined plan of care.

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A lecturer talking to a smiling student nurse who is stood in uniform in a simulation ward

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.

We've been running our range of nursing programmes for many years and were one of the first universities to launch the FDSc Nursing Associate degree. Students at BNU benefit from an excellent standard of teaching provided by staff who maintain close links with practice, ensuring that the programme is always kept up-to-date. Our lecturers cover various specialities including, adult, children’s, mental health and learning disability nursing.

At BNU, we recognise roles in this field are hands-on – that’s why you’ll take part in simulated learning experiences throughout the course using our specialised facilities. This will enable you to recreate authentic scenarios and practise your skills in a safe environment.

Alongside your studies, you will take part in a range of clinical placements with our NHS partner hospitals. We work with a range of hospitals across the region and our students are highly respected whilst out in practice – many of our students go on to be employed by the Trust that they worked with during their time at the University.

As a BNU student, you will automatically become a member of Bucks Students’ Union giving you access to a wide range of services that we offer for free as part of our exclusive Big Deal package. We are the only university in the UK to offer our members free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities, allowing them to experience new things, socialise with broader groups of people and boost their employability – all to enrich your university experience.

I was incredibly nervous when I came to university for the first time, and with English not being my first language, my confidence was low. But with continued support from both my wonderful classmates and fantastic staff here at BNU I am now more confident than I ever thought I could be. I couldn’t be more grateful to the University for the dedication it has to its students, and for giving us the opportunity to be the best version of ourselves
Housseinatou Keita
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What facilities can I use?

We utilise state-of-the-art simulation facilities for learning, development and practicing of skills – our purpose-built wards include real equipment, just like you’d find in 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 as well as utilising the facilities at Uxbridge, you will also be able to use everything our High Wycombe Campus has to offer too.

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What will I study?

The curriculum for this course has been designed to embrace the philosophy of the Nursing Associate to transform lives and create 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 England Nursing Associate Practice Assessment Document. As well as this, our students are able to experience and develop core skills through clinical placement opportunities.

How will I be taught and assessed?

Within the Nursing Associate programme, we use a variety of teaching and assessment methods to help you succeed. You’ll benefit from simulation sessions, lectures, seminars and group activities to ensure readiness for professional registration and clinical practice.

Throughout the programme, students are encouraged to fulfil their potential by taking responsibility for their learning, including being prepared for sessions, undertaking independent reading, and negotiating learning opportunities within the practice setting.

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
  • medical calculations
  • written assignments
  • presentations
  • exams.

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

Useful Documents

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 provides a guide 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

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2023 - 2024

£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

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.

Course leader

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