FdSc Health Care Practice

Key information

Why choose this course?

  • Spend over 1000 hours in clinical placements e.g. hospitals and hospices
  • Gain practical experience in our simulation laboratories
  • Gain a qualification to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • You’re passionate about becoming a registered nursing associate and want to learn how to provide outstanding person-centred care
  • You want to benefit from real-world expertise and knowledge from a teaching team who are all registered with the Nursing and Midwifery council
  • Join a course which is co-produced with service users, carers and practice partners to gain essential skills required by today’s health care sector
  • Be taught in a rich learning environment, including simulation laboratories where you can practice your skills safely in a real-life setting
  • Immerse yourself in a range of clinical placements, from mental health to palliative and primary care to get substantial hands-on experience.

What's the course about?

Nursing associates bridge the gap between health care assistants and registered nurses. This course is designed to equip you with the competencies and understanding you’ll need to succeed in this role. You’ll benefit from our experience, as we share techniques, values and behaviours that have helped us and our patients. Plus, you’ll also learn essential transferable skills, like problem solving, time management, communication and effective team working.

Our strong emphasis on work-based learning, means that throughout the duration of the course you’ll spend over 1,000 hours in a range of clinical settings, including hospitals, GP surgeries and hospices. You’ll be guided by practitioners, as you observe and practice your skills in real-life settings. Working closely with multi professional health care teams, you’ll see first-hand how to deliver compassionate expert care.

Your main campus is College Lane 

This is where the creative arts, science and health-related subjects are based. This means you’ll share the campus with future nurses, scientists, artists and more. You can use the common rooms to relax with friends, work out in the 24-hour gym or have a drink in our on-campus pub or cafes. We also have restaurants for you to eat in or grab something on the go. Our Learning Resources Centres are open 24/7, which means you can study whenever suits you best. Want to pop over to the other campus? You can take the free shuttle bus or walk there in just 15 minutes.   

What will I study?

Nursing Associates are expected to attend University one day per week for 45 weeks of the year, and they also have three six-eight week placement blocks during the academic year.

We’ll teach you the skills and knowledge you’ll need to become a safe, accountable and proficient nursing associate. From technical skills like taking blood pressure and an ECG to learning how to effectively communicate with patients, families and carers. You’ll learn how to prioritise and manage your own case load to meet patient’s needs safely and effectively. Every step of the way, you’ll benefit from constructive professional feedback. By learning how to evaluate your own delivery of care, you’ll become an extremely knowledgeable, reflective and self-aware practitioner. 

Together, we’ll explore theories and current research, which you’ll use to provide evidence-based care. We’ll teach you about all areas of care such as hygiene, nutrition and how to prevent infection. You’ll gain an understanding of how to deal effectively with safeguarding issues relating to vulnerable adults or children.

This programme is delivered part-time over a course of 24 months. We offer a blended learning approach, which includes lectures, seminars, workshops, group work and clinical placements. We’ll encourage you to undertake independent study to consolidate your learning. There’s a range of assessment methods too, including essay assignments, simulated practical assignments, scenario-based presentations and professional discussions. This inspired approach to teaching and assessment, gives you a stimulating learning environment to thrive in.

To say that I enjoyed myself would be an understatement. I thrived and I achieved so much, but most importantly, I am now prepared for a wonderful career in nursing and I look forward to returning to the University of Hertfordshire in January to continue my academic development. I highly recommend Herts.

Ian Costello

FdSc Health Care Practice graduate