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Course summary

The new role of nursing associate is designed to bridge the gap between healthcare assistant and registered nurse. This flexible, practice-led course is aimed at healthcare assistants currently supporting registered nurses to provide care. As a nursing associate, you will have the skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours to play an active part in improving people’s experience of healthcare. This Foundation Degree provides the study- and work-based learning you need to develop these wide-ranging skills and widen the scope of your service. It also meets the requirements of the national Nursing Associate Training programme curriculum as well as the NHS Constitution (see below). Why choose this course?

  • Attend university for the equivalent of one day a week so it fits easily alongside your current employment and other commitments
  • Learn through a combination of lectures and seminars, guided study and work-based learning
  • Study a curriculum developed by experienced nurses and delivered in partnership with local employers and services
  • Put your skills into practice in a range of healthcare settings
  • Benefit from the support of a practice mentor and a personal academic tutor
  • On completion of the Foundation Degree, you will be eligible to apply for nursing associate posts or Year 2 entry to one of our BSc (Hons) registered nursing courses (as long as you also meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council entry requirement)
Additional information We would strongly recommend that all successful applicants (unless exempt on medical grounds) receive a full course of Covid-19 vaccinations prior to commencing the course.


Areas of study may include:

  • Introduction To Nursing Associate Interventions
  • Application Of Nursing Associate Theory And Practice
  • Academic Skills Development For Nursing Associates
  • Exploring Health And Primary Care Services In The Community
  • Understanding Health For Healthcare Practitioners
  • Public Health Principles And Practice For Nursing Associates
Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate at the point of publication on the UCAS website. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to our website.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.

If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks

We would strongly recommend that all successful applicants (unless exempt on medical grounds) receive a full course of Covid-19 vaccinations prior to commencing the course.


English language requirements

IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with a minimum score of 6 in any area, where English is a second language (unless already registered with the NMC as a nurse).

Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students

There is no data available for this course. For further information visit the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

For information on the 2023 fees please refer to our website,
Nursing Associate Practitioner at University of Bedfordshire - UCAS