Course overview Foundation Degree in Healthcare - Nursing Associate
City is the leading London university for student satisfaction in nursing associate courses. This 2-year programme equips you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to care for patients across the 4 fields of nursing in various settings.
It prepares you to be an accountable professional, promoting health and preventing ill health, providing and monitoring care, working in teams, improving safety and quality of care and contributing to integrated care.
As a nursing associate you will contribute to most aspects of care, including delivery and monitoring, and work together with the healthcare teams to deliver the best and safest care.
- Prepare for a rewarding career as a nursing associate with this professional degree, validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council
- Spend half of your time learning through theory and simulated practice, and half on clinical placement
- Complete clinical placements at leading London healthcare trusts – such as Barts Health NHS Trust, and East London Foundation Trust.
- Experience unrivalled placement opportunities across the four fields of nursing; Adult, Children’s, Mental Health, and Learning Disabilities.
- Enjoy outstanding support on placement, with weekly visits from your link lecturer and dedicated placement facilitator in the workplace
- Practise your skills in a simulated real-life environment in our well-equipped Clinical Skills Centre, featuring six-bed wards replicating real hospital environments
- Learn the latest healthcare technologies with CityTECS – one of UK’s first Technology Enabled Care Studios
There are direct entry and apprenticeship routes for this course. Direct entry applicants apply to the University through UCAS. Apprenticeship applicants should contact their employer to enquire about opportunities and the application process.
Focus on the foundations for the nursing associate role, considering the psychological, social and biological factors influencing health across the lifespan. You will complete clinical practice placements to begin to build your practical skills.
Consolidate and develop further the foundations of the nursing associate role, developing teamwork, improving safety and quality of care and health promotion. You will pursue practice learning through longer placements to acquire competence and confidence in becoming a nursing associate.
Introduction to health and well-being (20 credits)
This module will introduce you to the key principles of health and well-being and patterns of inequality in health and healthcare access. It provides the opportunity to explore the healthcare needs of individuals, families and communities, and identify the social determinants of health and illness.
Introducing clinical and communication skills in practice (20 credits)
Relationships are central to the quality of person-centred, holistic care and the development of effective partnership working with patients, carers and families in health and social care contexts.
Introduction to therapeutics and medicines management (20 credits)
Medicines management requires the delivery of safe and effective person-centred care to ensure that individuals experience the maximum benefit, and the medicines they need are administered safely to minimise patient harm. Therefore, patient safety is central to medicines management.
Applying clinical and communication skills in practice (20 credits)
This module will build on your first ‘Clinical and Communication Skills in Practice’ module and assist you to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to recognise, and care for individuals experiencing an acute health event and who may experience a rapid deterioration in their condition.
Developing clinical and communication skills in practice (20 credits)
This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of self-management, rehabilitation and recovery and the importance of ensuring person-centred, holistic care for individuals experiencing enduring mental health, learning disabilities or physical long-term care, and the support required for their families and carers.
Learning in Practice 1 (20 credits)
In this module you will gain experience of working in a range of settings and be able to care for people in their own homes, in the community, hospital environments or other care settings.
Team-working and improving safety and quality of care (20 credits)
In this module, you will have the opportunity to explore different approaches to team working, your role within the team and examine the importance of working with others in teams and across different healthcare settings to ensure safe and effective care.
Consolidating clinical and communication skills in practice (40 credits)
This module aims to build upon, consolidate and examine your existing knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable you to provide compassionate, safe and effective care with an appreciation of the wider health and social perspective.
Promotion of Health and Development for self and others (40 credits)
This module introduces you to the fundamental principles of supporting and supervising colleagues. You will be introduced to learning and teaching theories and reflective practice to direct your own learning and support others to learn in your role as a nursing associate
Learning in Practice 2 (20 credits)
This module is designed to help you build upon, apply and consolidate your practice learning experience to further develop your professional knowledge, skills, values and attitudes so you can effectively provide safe, compassionate person-centred care.
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Teaching and assessment
The programme uses a blended approach encompassing both face to face and online learning and teaching strategies.
It makes full use of available learning technologies whilst recognising the value of face to face interaction and facilitation, enabling a ‘flipped classroom’ approach.
The variety of methods used will develop your strengths and preferred learning styles. They will also help you to experience and develop further educational strategies to meet the required outcomes of the programme.
You will engage in increasingly more challenging work as the programme progresses from Certificate to Diploma level learning.
Our clinical skills and simulation sessions will allow you to develop competence and confidence in the role of nursing associate in a controlled and safe environment.
A range of methods will be used throughout the programme, including:
- Seminar groups
- Laboratory Practical
- Enquiry Based Learning
- Clinical Practice Experience
- Simulated Practice
- Guided Independent Study
- Guided Learning
- Online Learning
The menu of assessment strategies used within the programme may include:
- Practice Assessment Document (PAD)
- Written assignments, including essays
- Examinations (short answer questions, multiple choice questions, calculations)
- Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCEs)
Fees and funding
Fees for year 2023/24
The tuition fees indicated are for the 2023/24 academic year only. Fees for each subsequent year of study are subject to an annual increase to take account of City's increased costs of delivering educational services. This increase will be 5% for each subsequent year of study. You should expect your fee to increase by this amount and budget accordingly.
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2023/24 academic year only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase which is normally 2%.
- Fee waivers are available for this course.
- Means tested support is available for 2023/24 entry.
Fees and funding for apprenticeship
The apprenticeship route is funded through your employer.
Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit our finance pages.
Some of our degrees may involve additional expenses which are not covered by your tuition fees. Find out more about additional expenses.
On successful graduation you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, enabling you to practice as a nursing associate in the UK and overseas (though additional registration may be required in some countries).
You may also go on to further study at Bachelor’s level, including City’s BSc nursing courses, which include Adult Nursing, Children’s Nursing or Mental Health Nursing.
If you choose to progress onto one of these BSc’s after graduating from the FdSc nursing associate course, you will be able to enter at year 2, therefore completing the BSc in 2 years rather than the usual 3 years.
How to apply
Applications for this course are now closed. Other courses are still available through Clearing.
Once applications open you will be able to apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.
You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.
Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.
UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.
You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £26.50 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £22.
The School of Health & Psychological Sciences Admissions team have put together some handy tips and advice about the application process, you can also contact them to organise a drop-in session for additional advice and support.
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
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