University of East London
Nursing Associate FdSc
University of East London

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council

We are delighted to be able to offer this exiting new programme in collaboration with Health Education England and our practice partners across the Communities of East London.

At the University of East London, we pride ourselves on the real-world relevance of our courses and the impact we are making in our East London Community and the wider world. We are an open and inclusive university that is focused on transforming the lives of our students.

Working within the sphere of nursing, the Nursing Associate delivers high quality person-centred care across health and social care settings. The Nursing Associate works within all aspects of the nursing process, taking account of the perspectives and pathways of individuals, their families and/or carers providing holistic and person-centred care to individuals, supporting the registered nurse in the assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care.

The Nursing Associate is a highly trained support role to deliver effective, safe and responsive nursing care across a wide range of health and care settings. Nursing Associates work independently and with others under the leadership and direction of a Registered Nurse within defined parameters to deliver care in line with an agreed plan.

The Nursing Associate programme offers a highly rewarding and challenging career which will provide you with a combination of practical and theoretical training to achieve a qualification that will allow you to make an important contribution to delivering safe and effective care across the lifespan.

At UEL, we work with a number of local leading trust partners who offer innovative placement experiences that span both physical and mental health. You will experience a broad range of environments for you to develop the knowledge skills and behaviours required to develop confidence and experience as a Nursing Associate. The nursing programmes at UEL thrive on the supportive relationship with practice partners across the communities of East London and serves to support the health and social care needs of the local population. You will gain experience in delivering patient centred care for people who may wish to be cared for at home, in a community setting or in a hospital setting. You will gain experience across the four fields of nursing which cover: Adult, Child, mental Health and Learning Disability Nursing. You will support patients to make decisions about their healthcare needs and support those who may have complex healthcare needs. You will be working in a rapidly developing environment with evolving new technologies and new ways of delivering healthcare where you will play a pro-active part of an inter-professional team.

The Nursing at UEL will provide you with a strong foundation for becoming an accountable evidenced based nurse with the leadership skills to support high quality care in the local community of East London and beyond.

On completing the course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the NMC as a Nursing Associate.

A career in nursing offers opportunities for a career in a broad range of fields across the NHS and private sectors in hospital, community and social care. For example:

Acute Hospital Trusts General Practice Community hospitals Nursing homes and care homes Private Hospitals and the Independent sector Key Industry Partners Local NHS partners across North East London. Independent and private sector

UEL will support you in your personal and professional development to play a vital role in person-centred high quality care.


Salary of all UK Graduates of Adult Nursing

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £27082 £27580 £29406
25-75 percentile range £24705 - £29662 £20779 - £33455 £21535 - £35984

Assessment tasks are mainly spread across the year to make the workload manageable. Assessment methods include group works, exams and individual work including essays, presentations, case studies, professional development and practical activities depending on the nature of the course. All grades count towards your module mark. More details will be included in the student handbook and module guides. Year 1 - 33 % practical, 33 % coursework, 17% Practice Assessment Documents (PAD), 17% Exams (Can be different headings: exam, assignment etc.) Year 2 – 33 % practical, 33 % coursework, 17% Practice Assessment Documents (PAD), 17% Exams You’ll always receive detailed feedback outlining your strengths and how you can improve. We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 15 working days, although you will receive immediate feedback following many of our face to face assessments.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

Applicants should have, or be working towards, grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent Level 2 qualification such as Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Mathematics or Key Skills Level 2 in Application of Number and Communication)

Qualification requirements

48 UCAS points

48 UCAS points

48 UCAS points

For detailed information on entry requirements for our courses, please see the individual course pages. We consider a range of UK and worldwide qualifications at the appropriate level and also take relevant work experience into account when considering an application. Many courses have a Foundation Year option for those students whose qualifications do not meet the BA or BSc entry requirements. Applicants should have, or be working towards, grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent Level 2 qualification such as Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Mathematics or Key Skills Level 2 in Application of Number and Communication) Entry requirements are intended only as a guide for applicants. They are not a guarantee of an offer, nor of the conditions that may apply. When making a decision on your academic suitability, we will make an assessment of you as an individual and will use information other than qualifications; which may include predicted grades, performance at Level 2, relevant work experience, previous study at degree level, personal statement, references and any portfolio, written test or interview, to make our decision. If you have any questions, please contact a member of our Applicant Relations Team from Monday to Friday (9am–5pm) on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email [email protected]

Requirements for international students / English requirements

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

    • 6.0
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
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Tuition Fees Nursing Associate FdSc

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
EU £13740 year 1
International £13740 year 1

Average student cost of living in London

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)

University Rankings

Positions of University of East London in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of East London in related subject specific rankings.

Medicine & Health

    • #29 
    • #45 
    Good University Guide by Subject - The Times
    [Published ]
    • #53 
    • #68 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]

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What students say about studying Adult Nursing in the UK?

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About University of East London

The University of East London, often abbreviated to UEL, states their goal being to become the leading careers-focused university in the United Kingdom. UEL operates from three different campuses; Stratford Campus, Docklands Campus, and University Square Stratford. The Docklands Campus is the largest of the three campuses, and is just a 15-20 minute walk away from Central London, and 10-15 minutes away from Canary Wharf by train.

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Where is this programme taught

Stratford Campus
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