Why Become an Associate Nurse?
The aim of this course is to provide you with the knowledge, understanding, skills, attitudes and behaviours to become a nursing associate. We aim to produce compassionate, competent and confident nursing associates at academic level 5, qualified to deliver a wide range of clinical, care and inter- personal skills underpinned by a systematic knowledge base. You will be able to practice safely and effectively within your parameters of practice, demonstrating appropriate values and behaviours in a wide range of health and care settings (Health Education England, 2017).
The University of Gloucestershire Foundation Degree Nursing Associate has been developed within the National Curriculum Framework developed by Health Education England.
The programme combines academic and work-based learning through close collaboration between employers and education providers. The programme has been developed to provide an outcome-based programme of academic and work-based learning that will develop the wide-ranging skills and capabilities required in this new role. Successful completion of this programme will equip Nursing Associates with the knowledge, skills and behaviours that enable them to support the delivery of nursing care in and across a wide range of health and care settings.
As a trainee Nursing Associate, you will experience placements in a variety of settings. This is in order to ensure that you experience as wide a range of learning opportunities and contexts as necessary to fully deliver the required learning outcomes.
A variety of teaching methods will be embedded in programme to deliver the curriculum to enable you to achieve all of the learning outcomes and facilitate your personal and professional development. Methods of teaching and learning will include a flexible and blended approach:
- Formal learning that is face-to-face, physical and/or virtual/online
- Reading/study periods
- Self-directed learning – physical/online etc.
- Educational supervision/mentoring
- Assessment activities
- Teaching within the workplace
- Action learning sets
- Informal learning e.g. blogs, social media etc.
Tariff information for 2020 entry†
CDE at A levels, MMP at Extended Diploma or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.
Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.
You must have a minimum of 5 subjects at GCSE grade 4/C or above, to include English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.
See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
|UCAS codes available for this subject|
|Foundation Degree - 2 years full-time||B700|
You will gain experience with placements in a variety of healthcare settings, including acute, primary, independent and private care. You will benefit from the support of Coaches in Practice while on placement and the university uses a Collaborative Learning in Practice (CLiP) approach to supporting you in practice areas wherever possible.
Associated professional accreditations
Nursing and Midwifery Council
Empowered patient care
We will empower you with the skills needed to support the people in your care and prepare you to work as part of the multidisciplinary team. We will help develop the leader in you so that you can build effective teams, influence others and set patient agendas.
Research/practice-informed learning and teaching
Evidence based practice is embedded into all modules and the collaborative relationship between the student, personal tutor, mentors and coaches in practice will help to ensure that links are maintained and developed between research, theory and practice.
Learning for the future
Students will have the opportunity to develop technological skills by engaging in on-line communication and by accessing course materials and resources within the virtual learning environment. Emphasis on self-care within the programme is designed to support life-long learning and personal development to enable students to become resilient practitioners for the future.