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Course summary

This course prepare students for a rewarding career as a nursing associate, gaining skills through a combination of theoretical study, simulated practice and clincal experience. Nursing associates contribute to most aspects of care, including delivery and monitoring, and work together with the healthcare teams to deliver the best and safest care. This 2-year programme, validated by the Nursing and Midwifery council, equips students with the skills, knowledge and confidence to care for patients across the 4 fields of nursing in various settings. It prepares students to become accountable professionals, promoting health and preventing ill health, providing and monitoring care, working in teams, improving safety and quality of care and contributing to integrated care. Students spend half of their time learning through theory and simulated practice and half their time on clinical placements which take place at leading London healthcare trusts. Our clinical skills and simulated practice sessions, delivered in our well-equipped Clinical Skills Centre, allow students to develop competence and confidence in the role of nursing associate in a controlled and safe environment. This course is recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC); On successful graduation students are eligible to apply for registration with the NMC as a nursing associate. Students can 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 progressing onto one of these BSc’s after graduating from the nursing associate course, students are able to enter at year 2, therefore completing the BSc in 2 years rather than the usual 3 years.


In year one, the course focuses on the foundations for the nursing associate role, considering the psychological, social and biological factors influencing health across the lifespan. Students complete clinical practice placements to begin to build practical skills. Year one modules include:

  • Introduction to health and well-being
  • Introducing clinical and communication skills in practice
  • Introduction to therapeutics and medicines management
  • Applying clinical and communication skills in practice
  • Developing clinical and communication skills in practice
  • Learning in Practice 1
In year two, students consolidate and develop further the foundations of the nursing associate role, developing teamwork, improving safety and quality of care and health promotion. Students pursue practice learning through longer placements to acquire competence and confidence in becoming a nursing associate. Year two modules include:
  • Team-working and improving safety and quality of care
  • Consolidating clinical and communication skills in practice
  • Promotion of Health and Development for self and others
- Learning in Practice 2

Assessment method

Students will be assessed by means of:

  • Practice Assessment Document (PAD)
  • Written assignments, including essays
  • Examinations (short answer questions, multiple choice questions, calculations)
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCEs)
- Project

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Successful interview Occupational Health clearance Enhanced DBS check

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Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks


English language requirements

GCSE at grade 4 or above (or grade C or above for GCSEs taken before 2017) in English Language and Mathematics or equivalent qualification e.g. Functional/Key skills Level 2 in numeracy and literacy

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Fees and funding

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Healthcare: Nursing Associate (Direct Entry) at City, University of London - UCAS