Nursing Associate

Nursing Associate FdSc

The FdSc Nursing Associate two-year course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The course has been carefully co-designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and professional attributes that will enable you to meet nursing proficiencies as required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. These proficiencies are expected of nursing associates and will form the basis of your professional practice.

You will have the opportunity to engage in skills development and simulated learning allowing you to practice the skills required of a Nursing Associate. It will also enable you to identify where you need to focus your personal and professional development plans.

As you progress through the course, you will find that your work-based learning will inform your theoretical work and vice-versa.  Your work-based learning will be managed by the University Work based Learning Team (WBLT) and academic team, to ensure that you will meet the work-based learning requirements for your course.  

Your primary work-based placement will be in one of three health and/or care settings as detailed below:

  • In Hospital
  • Close to home
  • At home

Nursing selection events

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Two years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:


  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:

    NA10 (September) NA11 (March)

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    March and September 2020

  • The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at UCLan was the winner of the student experience award at the 2018 Student Nursing Times Awards.
  • The Faculty was also shortlisted in the Nurse Education Provider of the Year (Pre-registration) and Student Innovation in Practice categories at the 2018 Student Nursing Times Awards.
  • The trainee nursing associate role is proving to be an exciting addition to the nursing workforce and successful completion of this course will ensure you are eligible to apply for initial registration as a Nursing Associate with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
  • The course is based on exciting and innovative teaching, utilising technology, superb clinical skills facilities and interdisciplinary education. 
  • Gain real-world experience with 2 extensive external placements.

Course Overview

Year 1 (Level 4)

  • NU1901 Society, Health and Nursing Associate Care.
  • NU1902 Nursing Associate Practice 1

Year 2 (Level 5)

  • NU2901  Essentials of Nursing Associate Care
  • NU2902  Nursing Associate Practice 2

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: TBC

Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 48 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement.

GCSE grade 4 or above in English and Maths or equivalent

Evidence of capacity for digital and technological literacy

Certificated evidence of completion of general education of 12 years

Successful performance at a values based selection event

Students with non-standard qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and may be suitable to submit a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Claim.

Applicants who are not from the UK are required to have an English Language Qualification as per Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements.

All offers are subject to a successful values-based interview, satisfactory occupational health report and receipt of a satisfactory enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) certificate.

Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory personal statement and reference (academic or employer).

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DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Further Information

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

Teaching and learning methods will reflect an “active learning” approach in which students are engaged in meaningful activity and are at the centre of their own learning. This is in keeping with an adult learning philosophy and the programme aims and learning outcomes.

  • A range of learning and teaching methods will be employed, including:
  • Discussions and seminars
  • Keynote lectures
  • Enquiry Based Learning (EBL)
  • Debate
  • Digitally based resources and directed study and reading
  • Simulation
  • Nursing associate skills development
  • Supervised practice within the practice environment
  • Learning and teaching methods will include the service user and carer experience and voice wherever possible.

Assessment is mapped to the curriculum and occurs throughout the programme to determine student progression. A range of formative and summative assessment methods are used including:

  • Peer assessment and feedback
  • Presentations
  • Student negotiated project
  • Reflective narratives
  • Examination
  • Written assignments
  • Practice based/Simulation observational assessment

Assessment methods will include service user and carer contribution wherever possible.

The academic staff teaching on the course are registered nurses within the field of Adult or Children or Mental Health Nursing and are registrants on the Nursing and Midwifery Council Register. We occasionally bring in subject experts who are not nurses where their specialist knowledge can enhance your learning experience.

Anatomage Suite

Clinical Skills Suite


Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

On completion of the programme students are eligible to register with the NMC


Placements - Your primary work-based placement will be in one of three health and/or care settings as detailed below:

  • In Hospital
  • Close to home
  • At home

Within your work-based placement, there will be some flexibility to not only complete your required work-based learning, but also to attend external placements, access one-day work-based learning opportunities e.g. working with other health and social care team members, and to engage in structured learning activities that do not require you to attend University i.e. completing online activities or assessment preparation.  You should negotiate with your practice supervisor and academic advisor / course leader on how you should use this time effectively to meet the course requirements.  To demonstrate breadth of experience across settings and to achieve the learning outcomes of the programme you will be expected to experience at least two substantial external placements, one in each of the other two settings.  You are expected to complete the shift patterns / rota allocated by your practice supervisor(s) in your practice placement area. You will also have to work weekends and some bank holidays whilst in practice. This will enable you to experience the 24-hour cycle of care and prepare you to join the profession of nursing.

Nursing students

There is always travel involved to get to placements and you will need to work the shift times and patterns of the placement – just as you do in full employment at the end of the course. Part of the placement experience is to help you to understand how nursing care is delivered to people experiencing a range of needs in a range of settings. You will also learn and work with other professionals to enable you to gain a good understanding of how different professionals work together to deliver quality care for people.

Within each work-based placement, you will be supported by practice supervisors, practice assessors, practice education facilitators (PEF) and academic staff. When in practice placement you will have protected learning time and are supernumerary to the staffing complement.  The Nursing and Midwifery Council (2019) define protected learning time “…as time in a health or care setting during which students are learning and are supported to learn.” 

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Nursing

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.