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Nursing Associate Foundation Degree

This two-year Nursing Associate Foundation Degree is split between placements and on-campus learning. Train for a key nursing role, responding to the needs of patients and their families.

Nursing associates support the delivery of high-quality care while allowing nurses and wider teams to focus on complex clinical duties. This role is highly valuable in responding to patient needs.

In the first year of this course, you discover more about the role and its values. You'll study anatomy and physiology to understand the biology behind ill-health, plus the psychological and social factors that affect health and wellbeing. In the second year, you learn more about disease processes, and how to deliver and manage planned care. You'll also learn about drugs and pharmacology for medicine management.

Successful completion of the course entitles you to register with the Nursing & Midwifery (NMC) council as a Registered Nurse Associate.

Course/institution codes

B715

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Campus

Avery Hill

Duration

2 years full-time

Start month

September

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What you should know about this course

  • Benefit from our excellent reputation for health and social care education. Nursing at the University of Greenwich is first in London for the quality of its teaching and overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey, 2019).
  • Our extensive range of placement partners includes NHS acute, community and mental health Trusts, GP surgeries, hospices and voluntary sector organisations. Gain experience of care across the lifespan and develop a wide repertoire of transferable nursing skills.
  • Our highly qualified staff are both teachers and researchers, giving you access to a talented pool of educators.

What you will study

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About the course team

You will be taught by a wide range of academic staff and clinical experts who have  varying nursing backgrounds and expertise. We also draw widely on the experiences of patients/ service users who share their knowledge and perspective of their illnesses and experiences of health care.

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Entry requirements

You should normally hold three GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above, which must include English Language (or equivalent) and Mathematics (or equivalent)

And 

Learning at Level 3 by qualification (normally 48 UCAS points).

Or 

Two years of verifiable and relevant work experience.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

Further information about entry

Applicants who are shortlisted will be required to attend a selection day which will involve a short face-to-face interview.

Applicants who were educated in a language other than English should seek further information regarding the required IELTS scores or OET grades.

Available to overseas students?

No

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

Enhanced disclosure

Applicants for this course are required to complete a suitability declaration, an enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check, and an occupational health check.

How you will learn

Teaching

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • 1-to-1 tutorials

Further details to be confirmed.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

Information coming soon.

Independent learning

You study through blended learning, with a range of online resources, quizzes and other materials. This approach will enable you to develop increasing autonomy in your learning and gain feedback on your development.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying. 

The University is currently investing over £1.5 million to equip our newly refurbished skills / simulation laboratories to help you develop and rehearse the clinical skills you need as a nursing associate.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Further details to be confirmed.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include ‘practice’ assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

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Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2019/2020 fees

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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2020/2021 fees

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* For full fees information please visit our fees information pages.

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

Accommodation pages

Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Information coming soon.

For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

When on placement you will be allocated a practice supervisor who will support your learning and development on placement. You will also be assigned a practice assessor who will complete  the formal assessment of your practice learning.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Graduates will be able to work as a Nursing Associate and make career progression within the health and social care sectors. You'll develop a wide range of transferable clinical, care and interpersonal skills (including medicines management) across different health and social care settings.

Successful completion of the course will allow you to:

  • Attain a Foundation Degree of Science (FdSc) in Nursing Associate (Level 5).
  • Register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

This award can also be recognised as prior learning (RPL) towards a BSc Hons Nursing course, allowing you to complete your nurse training within 18-24 months. You might be able to undertake this as an apprentice, so you earn as you are learning.

Do you provide employability services?

Our Employability & Careers Service (ECS) is committed to supporting our students and recent graduates in their transition towards a rewarding graduate destination. We aim to empower our students to achieve their potential, with support including:

  • CV and cover letter checks
  • Application support
  • One-to-one careers advice
  • Interview tips and support
  • Careers fairs
  • Internships
  • Graduate jobs.

More about Careers.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Accommodation information

Accommodation pages

Not quite what you were looking for?

We've got plenty of other courses for you to choose from. Browse our foundation prospectus or check our related courses below.

Nursing at the University of Greenwich

Take your first step towards a fulfilling career with one of our pre-registration nursing degrees and benefit from excellent links with health service providers. All nursing students on courses from September 2020 will benefit from guaranteed, additional support of at least £5,000 a year, which they will not need to pay back.

Visit our nursing subject page.

Placements in London and Kent


Our nursing and midwifery courses are run in partnership with several NHS Trusts, who work with us because of our reputation for teaching excellence. Find out about our placements.

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If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.