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FdSc Nursing Associate Direct Apply

Course summary

Due to the current health crisis which has resulted in the Nursing and Midwifery Council revising the pre-registration regulations, at the present time, all Advanced Standing applications and Accreditation of Prior Learning applications (Students transferring their credits from other institutions), have been placed on pause until further notice. If you have any questions about your application, please submit an enquiry below.

Adult nursing is a rewarding and challenging career, enabling you to make a real difference to people's lives. You will work with adults of all ages, who may have one or more long or short-term physical/mental health conditions. 

These could include:
  • heart disease
  • arthritis
  • dementia
  • diabetes
  • cancer
  • injuries (caused by an accident, for example).
As a student studying adult nursing you will achieve a BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) and become registered as an adult nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).


Applicants are required to complete an enhanced occupational health assessment to ensure that you are occupationally fit to work in the health and social care setting.

Please see entry requirements below for more details

£1,000 grant towards travel costs

Heart of East London

We are a thriving and expanding university in the heart of East London, with easy access to central London and major hospitals and clinics. East London represents London’s cultural diversity, studying here means that you are in the heart of everything new and of the future.

Diversity in the teaching team

We are proud to voice that our teaching team is one of best in providing nursing associate education. With multiple clinical backgrounds and decades of experience working with national and international settings, we are able to bring real world experiences to our learners. From clinical bedside to classroom environment, our focus is simple and clear - provide high quality evidence based teaching to champion patient centred care.

Industry Partners

We have strong industrial contacts with NHS and non-NHS healthcare settings. Our current portfolio easily extends more than 10 strong healthcare partnerships to provide the nursing associate learner to embrace a vibrant and colourful experience.


What you'll learn

You’ll learn how to observe patients and assess their physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual needs. You’ll develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to plan and deliver the most appropriate care for them (underpinned by current research findings) and evaluate the results, in both hospital and out of hospital settings. 

You’ll learn how to help people stay independent and maximise their wellbeing, improving their health outcomes and also care for people as they reach the end of their lives. A significant part of your learning will focus on communicating with compassion and building relationships with patients, their carers and families, to provide a positive care experience. Your aim will be to improve patients’ quality of life and deliver high quality care. 

You’ll need to take account of many factors that impact on the patient and work to get the best possible outcomes for your patients. This will include working effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team, for example with: Doctors, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, and Social Workers. This exciting course will also allow you to develop a broad range of skills including, teaching, clinical decision making, leadership management and professionalism. Finally, you’ll reflect the values of the NHS Constitution and the 6 Cs: care, compassion, competence, communication, courage & commitment in the work you do as a nurse.

Learning and assessment Methods

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.

Mixture of assignments, OSCEs, group work and practice based competency documents.

Principally on campus, but there will be blended learning activities via Moodle Learning platform and practical skills sessions to ensure you learn in the best environment.

Who will teach on this course

Rob Waterson

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

See course specification

Your future career

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.

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