Buckinghamshire New University
Nursing Associate (with NMC registration) FdSc
Buckinghamshire New University

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Do you want to work within a team helping people at their most vulnerable moments? The Nursing Associate is a sought-after post within healthcare. Upon graduation you’ll be prepared for a role supporting Registered Nursing staff and could work within the wider Multi-Disciplinary Team.

Through a mix of hybrid learning, placement opportunities, specialist- facilities and supportive and compassionate lecturers, this course can help create a great foundation for professional development into Registered Nursing.

Why study this subject? There is high demand across the nursing sector, nationally and internationally, for qualified Nursing Associates.

A FDSc Nursing Associate course will help you learn how to deliver care for a range of people in diverse settings and meet this growing need.

On graduating from this programme, Nursing Associates will be able to work independently, within defined parameters of practice and under the direction of a Registered Nurse, to deliver the distinct plan of care.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? At Buckinghamshire New University, from your very first welcome, you’ll find yourself surrounded by friendly, like-minded students and staff – all passionate about nursing and healthcare.

Our degrees are created with employers to ensure that, when you graduate, you will have the skills employers are looking for.

Our programme teaches you how to deliver a wide range of clinical and care skills, and demonstrate appropriate values and behaviours, underpinned by a systematic knowledge base.

During the course you are supported by several key educators and a range of health care professionals across all four fields of nursing (adult, child, mental health and learning disability), both in classroom-based learning, clinical practice placements and within our state-of-the-art simulation suite, situated at our Uxbridge Campus.

This programme integrates academic and learning in practice through collaboration between practice learning partners and the University. A detailed plan of the academic year, including practice, will be given to you when you start the programme.

What facilities can I use? You can benefit from hands-on experience in our healthcare simulation labs at our Uxbridge Campus. Our purpose-built wards include real equipment, just like you’d find in a hospital.

Simulation is an important aspect of our nursing and healthcare programmes. You will regularly spend time in the simulation labs, taking part in realistic scenarios to practise a broad spectrum of technical skills in a safe and supportive environment.

What will I study? The curriculum for this course has been designed to embrace the philosophy of the FDSc Nursing Associate of transforming lives and creating a community of practice with students at the heart of the learning and teaching.

Each session is closely linked to the development of knowledge as outlined within the ‘All England Nursing Associate Practice Assessment Document’.

As well as this, our students have the opportunity to experience and develop core skills through Practice Placement opportunities.

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Nursing Associate (with NMC registration), FdSc you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

A typical offer will be 32 - 56 UCAS Tariff points in addition to GCSE Grade 4/ C or above in Maths and English or a suitable equivalent. Applications will be assessed on an individual basis.

Qualification requirements

This programme is suitable for people who already may have been employed within a healthcare environment and for those who have no prior healthcare experience.

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All other courses
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees
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Tuition Fees Nursing Associate (with NMC registration) FdSc

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £16000 year 1
International £16000 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

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About Buckinghamshire New University

Buckinghamshire New University, also known as Bucks, was founded in 1893, in the town of High Wycombe, South East England. This university has chosen to divide its academic offerings into seven separate schools, which is reflected in that learning resources such as libraries are located in their relevant areas to reduce crowding and also increase the ease of looking for the materials the student needs. Bucks has been the recipient of numerous awards, among which we can find the Silver Award from TEF.

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Where is this programme taught

Uxbridge Campus
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