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FdSc Nursing Associate Direct Apply

Course overview

Start date

September 2021

Subject area





On campus, dual delivery

Course summary

Nursing associates bridge the gap between registered nurses and healthcare support workers to providing a rewarding career and 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.

As a Nursing Associate your duties may include:

  • Taking basic observations such as pulse and blood pressure
  • Undertaking clinical tasks such as ECGs
  • Working with a wider clinical team to keep them updated with patient’s condition
  • Dealing with safeguarding issues relating to vulnerable adults or children

With a FdSc Nursing Associate degree, you will be able to register as a Nursing Associate with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Grant towards travel costs

Students can apply for a one-off grant of £1,000 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.


Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

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Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

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Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parents' Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance 

For further information visit or contact Student Finance England.

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:


Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.


Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
You don't need to pay this up front
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

Level three qualifications or the equivalent of 48 UCAS points, or studies to level 3 such as NVQ3 health and care with relevant work experience. GCSE Maths and English (Grade C or above) or Functional Skills level 2 or Equivalent.
Disclosure Barring Service
Applicants are required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for Regulated Activity. As you will have close contact with children and/or vulnerable adults on the this course, you will be required to have a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure certificate. You need to complete this process prior to starting the course. Failure to complete this process will impact you going on placement as part of the course. Each year of the programme, you will also be required to undertake a self declaration of your good health and good character.
We would normally expect you to have Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Maths.


(Including European Union)


Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We will also consider other qualifications at level 3 such as NVQ 3.

Speak to an adviser to explore your pathways - call 0208 223 4354

Overall Academic IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more.

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

Students who have applied to study healthcare programmes are required to obtain Occupational Health clearance. This is to ensure that you are fit for all aspects of the course, and also to protect the public who may be affected by your placement activities. As a healthcare student, you must comply with Department of Health guidelines on immunisations, vaccinations and screening required to protect you and your patients during the course of your work. In order to undertake placement activities you will be required to be vaccinated for some infectious diseases if you do not already have immunity to them. During your course you will be given the opportunity to be screened and given any relevant vaccinations at no cost to you the student. Without appropriate immunity or vaccinations your place on the course may be at risk.

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll learn

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.

Learning and assessment Methods

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.

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.

You’ll be based in the School of Health, Sport and Bioscience in Stratford, but this course integrates theory alongside practice, so you’ll also spend time undertaking placements in a wide range of clinical settings.

We have strong links with local NHS trusts and private-sector providers, which means you’ll have a range work placement opportunities.

When not on placement, you’ll enjoy practical and clinical sessions at Stratford in our Clinical Education Building. Our modern, purpose-built campus offers superb teaching facilities, as well as our Nursing Simulation Lab where you can practice what you have learnt in a safe immersive environment.

Each year you will spend around 300 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module. Via guided independent study and scheduled teaching you will have 600 hours per year to ensure you meet the criteria for the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

The approximate amount for this course are:

  • Year 1: scheduled teaching – 300 hours; guided independent study – 300hours
  • Year 2: scheduled teaching – 300 hours; guided independent study – 300 hours

Who will teach on this course

Nigel Davis

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.

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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