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Nursing Associate Apprenticeship

Entry 2018: See entry requirements
Duration: 2 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: FdSc
UCAS code: N/A
Placement: Placement year not available
Not suitable for international students
Faculty of Health Studies
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A new Foundation Degree, created in response to demand for the Nursing Associate role in the healthcare system.

The Nursing Associate supports the registered nurse in ensuring service users and families receive high quality, compassionate care. The programme will prepare you to work alongside healthcare assistants and registered nurses to deliver and evaluate hands-on care. During the programme you will attend the University one day a week and experience practice in a variety of clinical settings, employed as a trainee Nursing Associate.

Successful trainees will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Nursing Associate. Visit your local NHS Trust website for further information and to apply.

Entry requirements

  • NVQ or equivalent Level 3 in a health-related subject
  • Level 2 Maths and English.

Additional entry requirements:

All places are offered subject to satisfactory occupational health screening, a second reference and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

The occupational health screening

All places are offered subject to satisfactory occupational health screening. This will involve completing an on-line occupational health questionnaire and attendance if required at a medical appointment.

Students on health care programmes must be able to meet the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency (2013). Occupational health screening and assessment will consider the students’ health and wellbeing and their fitness to study and practice. Progress on the course is dependent on your continued fitness.

This screening process complies with Public Health England requirements for protection of the public and students and staff working in health and social care.

All offers of places are made subject to satisfactory health clearance and an agreement to undergo appropriate blood tests and immunisations.

The University is obliged to make reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities to enable them to fulfil the required competencies of the programme. Candidates who are concerned about health issues are strongly advised to contact us prior to applying.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

All places are also offered subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (previously known as CRB check) disclosure. This is due to the fact that you may be required to work with children or vulnerable adults on your clinical placement, and will need to demonstrate that you can safely work with these groups upon HCPC registration.

English language requirements:

IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 in each sub test.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

All modules are core and 20 credits.

Year 1

  • Introduction to human biology for nursing associates
  • Nursing Associate placement 1
  • Professional values and nursing
  • Nursing Associate placement 2
  • Person centred approaches to care
  • Nursing Associate placement 3

Year 2

  • Therapeutic care delivery
  • Nursing Associate placement 4
  • Leadership for care delivery
  • Nursing Associate placement 5
  • Research development and innovation
  • Nursing Associate placement 6

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

Throughout the foundation degree programme you will participate in a wide range of trainee centred learning activities in order to help you develop the knowledge, skills and values required for practice based around core subjects.

There is a structured approach to teaching which will start with key reading, and or a directed activity, followed by a keynote lecture. This is consolidated by more directed activities for example group work, clinical case studies, simulated practice, team based learning and elements of problem based learning, tutorials, debates and discussions. You will be expected to complete and give feedback upon directed activities, and undertake regular self-directed study. Your learning will be monitored by regular formative assessments; this provides timely feedback but does not contribute to the final module mark.

The programme is assessed both formatively and summatively in theory and practice. There is scope within some assessments to choose topic areas for study, and in some cases type of assessment. Assessments aim to determine achievement of the learning outcomes of each module. Methods used include essays, case studies, reports, workbooks, communications exercise, individual readiness assurance tests and team readiness assurance tests, written and clinical examinations and portfolios.

Practice experience is continuously assessed with a mid-placement formal formative assessment and a formal summative assessment. In addition you will complete a formative reflection on practice and feedback will be provided by your PAT. You are required to submit a self-assessment for all summatively assessed work. Service users/carers are involved in all aspects of assessment, including setting assessments, providing evaluation and feedback in practice and summatively assessing some presentations. Written assessments and reflections are submitted electronically using Pebblepad or Blackboard according to module guidelines.

Theory assessments include a variety of methods with optionality being available in the topic areas studied and where possible method of assessment. Clear links between formative and summative work will be made evident to students to support learning from and for assessment. Methods of assessment have taken into consideration; outcomes and feedback (staff, clinicians and students) from current assessments, variety of assessment, clinical assessments to assess safe practice in a controlled and safe environment, resourcing and marking mechanisms.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

How do I find out more?

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How to apply

Contact your local NHS trust for further information and application details.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.