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Course summary

Our Level 5 FdSc Nursing Associate programme allows you to develop the skills and knowledge to become an effective and essential part of the nursing team, contributing to excellent nursing care. Nursing associates support registered nurses to ensure service users and their families receive effective, compassionate, safe and responsive nursing care in and across a wide range of health and care settings. Your studies will balance practice learning experience at one of our partner NHS trusts with study at the University. Attending the University will complement your learning in the workplace, and support you to develop the core knowledge, skills, values and behaviours that are required to work with patients of all ages in a range of settings covering pre-conception to end of life. Our dynamic and multi-disciplinary course team will support you as you learn to deliver high-quality person-centred care that takes account of the perspectives and pathways of individuals, their families and carers. We’ll help you learn to provide effective support to the registered nurse in the assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care. To become a nursing associate, you’ll need to develop a breadth of knowledge and a flexible, portable skill set that will enable you to serve local health populations. We’ll support you as you learn to work across a range of fields of nursing, such as children and young people, adults and older people, mental health and learning disability nursing.


Information about the modules offered as part of this course is available on the University of Bolton’s website.

Assessment method

Details of the learning activities and assessment methods for this course are available on the University of Bolton’s website.

Professional bodies

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

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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

International applicants

Please note this course is not open to International applicants.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

A level 2 or level 3 qualification in health and social care is desirable, but not essential. You must have GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English Language and Mathematics and demonstrate the academic aptitude to undertake this programme. Functional Skills Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy are accepted as equivalent to GCSEs. Please contact the University for other GCSE equivalent qualifications that would be accepted for entry onto this course. Each candidate will be considered and selected on an individual basis by both the partner NHS trust and academic staff. Qualifications gained outside England and Wales will be assessed on an individual basis according to guidance by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks



Please note that this course is subject to the University of Bolton's Fitness to Practise procedure.

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

The interview process will involve face-to-face interviews with academic staff, practice staff and service users. You’ll also be assessed on your values, behaviours, communication and problem solving skills, and undertake a numeracy and literacy assessment. We’re seeking students who can demonstrate commitment to a career as a nursing associate, who have excellent communication skills and who are caring, compassionate and courageous.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band (or equivalent).

We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

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

Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

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