Nursing Associate

Associate nursing students

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2 Years (Full-Time)


Oxstalls, Gloucester

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.

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Study style

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.
  • Simulation
  • Shadowing

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

72 tariff points

Typical offers

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.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

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.

Subject to satisfactory DBS disclosure; selection is by interview. Please refer to the interview guide for further information.


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
Foundation Degree - 2 years full-timeB700


  • Nursing
  • Healthcare

Industry links

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

Two female nurses

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.

Course leader

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.

Nursing students

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.

School of Health and Social Care

Our School of Health and Social Care offers you access to the latest equipment, facilities and placements to bring learning to life and make you a confident practising professional. We will support you to care for yourself so you'll be more resilient and efficient when caring for others.

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