FdSc Health Care Practice

About the course

The Nursing Associate is a new nursing occupation, introduced into the health and care workforce to bridge the gap between health and care assistants and registered nurses. This programme functions as both a stand-alone, as well as a progression route into the Registered Nurse role.

Nursing Associate is a highly trained support role to deliver effective, safe and responsive nursing care in and across a wide range of health and care settings. Associates will work as part of the nursing team supporting registered nurses and delivering and monitoring care. They will have gained a breadth of knowledge and a flexible, portable skill set to enable them to serve local health populations covering pre-life to the end of life.

The nursing associate works within all aspects of the nursing process, taking account of the perspectives and pathways of individuals, their families and carers, providing holistic care and supporting the registered nurse in the assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care.

This programme is mapped to the Nursing Associate apprenticeship standard.

Why choose this course?

  • Nursing Associates will have the ability to provide quality patient care to people of all ages in a wide variety of health and social care settings
  • Apprentices on our programme will benefit from a variety of placement experiences which will enhance their skills set.
  • Successful completion of the Associate apprenticeship ensures eligibility into the Registered Nurse graduate degree apprenticeship.
  • Access simulation facilities at the University as part of your learnings, enhancing your real world experience.

What will I study?

Nursing Associates are expected to attend University one day per week during term time, and they also have three four-week placements during the year.

Professional Accreditations

The Nursing Associate role is a professional role regulated by the professional and regulatory body, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).


On successful completion of the programme of study the Nursing Associate will be eligible to join the Nursing and Midwifery Council register and there is an opportunity for progression to graduate nursing.