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Nursing Associate Foundation Degree Apprenticeship [Level 5] FdA / Foundation

  • Level(s) of Study: Foundation degree / Undergraduate
  • Start Date(s): October 2024
  • Duration: Two years
  • Study Mode(s): Part-time (day)
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) this work-based apprenticeship course is designed for staff in employment across health and social care to meet the NMC standards of proficiency for nursing associates.

Delivered on a day-release basis at NTU's newly developed Institute for Health and Allied Professionals at the Clifton Campus.

The course has been developed in partnership with employers to create a programme of study to meet the needs of a wide range of health and social care settings. It has been designed to be academically rigorous and provide both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed for progression to Nursing Associate roles within health and social care settings. The design of this programme is founded on the principles of providing high quality, evidence-based person-centred care.

This course integrates collaborative learning and uses a wide range of assessment methods to ensure that the course will be engaging and challenging. Throughout the course, the learning materials and assessments have a work-based focus, using case-studies, problem-based learning and blended learning methods to demonstrate how theory underpins health and social care practice.

Students will access a wide variety of placements for 20 weeks over the two years to achieve the NMC programme hours and practice learning requirements. These placements will include experiences in adult, children’s, mental health and learning disability areas, across the lifespan in a variety of setting across community, hospital, primary and social care settings.

Course accreditation

  • NMC Logo

What you’ll study

This course aims to provide a route to achieving the Foundation Degree [Higher] Apprenticeship for Nursing Associate by combining all the components required for this apprenticeship in a single, unified programme of study.

  • Professional Practice and Accountability
  • Promoting Health and Wellbeing
  • Person Centred Care
  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  • Essence of Care 1 and 2
  • Managing Long Term Conditions
  • Leadership and Teamwork
  • Supervision, Assessment and Communication
  • Optimising Safety and Quality in Healthcare

How you’re taught

Your learning will have a work-based focus, with a wide range of activities and methods. You'll attend for one full week of study at the beginning of each academic year and then regularly attend for one day per week alongside blended and independent learning activities for 44 weeks a year.

How you’re assessed

Assessment methods include:

  • A Practice Assessment Document and Ongoing Achievement Record which will be in the format of an E-portfolio on a PebblePad platform
  • Essays
  • Reflective accounts
  • Objective structured clinical examination (OSCE)
  • Presentations
  • Academic posters
  • Multiple choice and short answer question exams
  • Professional discussion
  • Medication calculation exam

Campus and facilities

The purpose-built Health & Allied Professions (HAP) Centre is home to our world-class teaching, practice, research and scholarship in the Institute of Health and Allied Professions (IHAP).

Entry requirements

  • All applicants must have GCSE grade 4 (C) in Maths and English or;
  • Level 2 qualification in Maths and English
  • Applicants must attend and complete an assessment day before a place is offered.

You must also hold employment within a health and social care setting that

  • Allows a sufficient level of flexibility to facilitate the required 20% off the job training.
  • Provides opportunity for the development of new skills and application of theory to practice.
  • Is either permanent or subject to a contract which will last for the duration of the course.

You must be sponsored by an employer who must

  • Enter in to a contract with the learner and NTU, pledging to provide adequate support and opportunities for development to enable the learner to succeed.
  • Agree to accommodate the 20% off the job training requirement, ensuring that the apprentice can attend all taught sessions delivered at NTU city campus as well as having time to conduct independent study.

Unfortunately this course is not available for EU or international students.

Fees and funding

For Apprenticeship fees, funding and guidance information, please see our Apprenticeships pages.

Your employer will be able to access government funding which will cover the costs of your course fees. Your employer will discuss with you regarding any extra charges such as accommodation and travel expenses prior to you signing up to the apprenticeship so that you are aware of any additional costs you may incur before you accept your apprenticeship.

Unfortunately this course is not available for EU or international students.

How to apply

To apply click the Apply button at the top of the page.

For further information visit our apprenticeship pages or email us.

Unfortunately this course is not available for EU or international students.