University of Derby

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Nursing and Midwifery Council

Foundation Degree Science Nursing Associate

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Course summary

The University of Derby was one of the first Higher Education Institutions to be involved in the pilot training programme for Nursing Associates, with over 100 Trainee Nursing Associates starting with the University in January 2017.

  • Join a Foundation Degree course with excellent career prospects: 100% of our graduates were employed or continued onto further study on completion of the course
  • On successful completion of the programme you wil be able to Register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Nursing Associate
  • Gain essential practical experience within all four fields of nursing – Learning Disability, Mental Health, Children’s and Adult
  • Benefit from some of the best university facilities of their kind including Clinical Skills Suites and our state-of-the-art Immersive Suites
  • Be inspired on a programme with strong approval ratings: in the 2018 National Student Survey 92% were satisfied with this course
  • Learn from a highly experienced and enthusiastic teaching team who provide full support to help you achieve your ambitions
This programme is aimed at individuals entering the Nursing Associate role. Entrants will come from a wide variety of backgrounds reflecting the breadth of the health and social care workforce. The programme develops your knowledge and critical understanding of theory underpinning workplace practices, fostering reflective practice and exploring the limits of the learner's scope of practice. The programme reflects key policies shaping the Nursing Associate workforce, the NHS, Health and Social Care sectors today with the skills and attributes needed within the workforce to deliver care with compassion and to ensure the best outcomes for patients and service users. The programme has been developed through close consultation and collaboration with employers and is directly linked to the delivery of care in practice. First-class facilities in Derby and Chesterfield You can take this course at Derby or Chesterfield. Both offer outstanding learning environments built to professional standards, with replica wards, counselling rooms and treatment rooms fully equipped with the latest clinical resources. Our state-of-the-art Immersive Suite creates a simulated environment for practising your skills in a realistic setting and are available at Derby and Chesterfield. The first university facility of its kind outside London, the suite replicates the atmosphere, sights and sounds of, for instance, the inside of an ambulance, a busy A&E ward or an operating theatre so you can gain a greater understanding of clinical decision-making in action. In tune with latest developments This course is closely mapped against the needs of employers. In delivering the programme we respond to national changes such as latest government policies to ensure your learning is up to date and relevant. As health care is increasingly delivered by multi professional teams, we offer opportunities at each stage of the course for you to learn with, and from, students from other disciplines. This is really important in preparing you to work in more flexible ways after graduation. By learning to work together, you can help achieve the best outcomes for your patients.

This Higher Technical Qualification is approved against occupational standards decided by employers. Learn more about Higher Technical Qualifications.

Modules

Stage one Human Growth and Development across the Lifespan Communication and Working in Teams Providing and Monitoring Nursing Care Promoting Health and Independence Personal and professional development for Nursing Associates Integrated Theory and Practice Stage two Research and Evidence Based Practice Medicines Management Patient centred care for complex health needs Leading and Integrating care Assuring quality and safety of care Applied Theory and Practice

Assessment method

Assessment approaches are varied and include poster presentations, exam, essays, assignments, case based discussions and practical skills assessments. The teaching team includes qualified health professionals with extensive experience of nursing and leadership roles within the NHS as well as nursing education. They have professional interests across children’s, mental health learning disability nursing as well as Occupational therapy and science. Your Programme Leader, Tracey Whitmore, has more than 30 years’ experience as Registered Nurse (Adult) as well as teaching higher education for over 10 years.

Professional bodies

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

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Health checks

An Occupational Health Assessment and Clearance by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this when required.

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Interview


English language requirements

IELTS overall score at a minimum of 6.5; with at least IELTS 6.0 in each band (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) or another Secure English Language Test(SELT)at CEFR level B2 or above


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £14900 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £14900 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Foundation Degree Science Nursing Associate at University of Derby - UCAS