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Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

Nursing Associate Practice (X20)

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Course summary

In England, the nursing associate role has been developed in response to workforce needs and acts as a bridge between healthcare support workers and registered nurses within healthcare teams. Our Foundation Degree in Nursing Associate Practice is a Higher Technical Qualification; the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) has approved it as meeting occupational standards for the healthcare sector. It helps you to develop the knowledge and skills needed to deliver high-quality, safe, and compassionate care in preparation for this new role in healthcare. To study this qualification, you'll need to be employed in an appropriate healthcare setting or supported by an NHS Trust or other healthcare organisation, who are able to provide the required practice learning experience. Upon successful completion, you’ll be eligible to register as a nursing associate with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Key features of the course

  • Enhance your employability through a professionally regulated IfATE-approved Higher Technical Qualification.
  • Enables professional registration as a registered Nursing Associate on the NMC register.
  • Practice-based learning – you’ll need the support of your employer, an NHS Trust or another healthcare organisation to undertake your practice placements.
  • Covers all fields of nursing practice across the lifespan, including long-term conditions, mental health, children and young people, end-of-life care, learning disabilities, primary, secondary, community and acute care.
  • Build a solid foundation for further study and potential progression to study to be a registered nurse.

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


This foundation degree has two stages, each comprising 120 credits. You’ll start Stage 1 with a 60-credit module introducing health and social care. This is followed by a 60-credit module that focuses on healthcare practice where you'll be required to complete 770 hours in practice as part of your study. In Stage 2, you’ll complete your foundation degree with a 60-credit theory module, and a 60-credit practice module where you will need to complete a further 770 hours in practice.

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

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Nursing Associate Practice (X20) at Open University - UCAS