Nursing Associate FdSc

Key Facts

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  • Level:


  • Duration:

    2 years Full-time

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK 23/24:

    Full Time: £9,250

  • Fees International 23/24:

    Full Time: £14,750

  • Location:

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Nursing Associates work with registered Nurses to care for patients and service users of different ages and in a range of settings. Nursing Associates are members of the nursing team and are accountable for their own practice. This full-time 2 year nursing associate degree FdSc, with a 50/50 split between theory and practice learning, will prepare you to be a highly skilled autonomous and reflective practitioner who is able to deliver high quality, compassionate, professional and safe care.

Successful completion of the nurse associate foundation degree will lead to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Nursing Associate, allowing you to practice in accordance with the NHS Constitution which is underpinned by the core NHS values. FdSc Nursing Associate has been approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This means you can be confident that this programme meets the standards of education, training, conduct and performance required for nurses in the UK.

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  • Leads to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a registered Nursing Associate.
  • Hyper-real simulation mannequins and virtual reality to recreate clinical environments.
  • Access to welling activities to support academic, professional and emotional development.
  • HP laptop and software included with this course for eligible students* (*see eligibility criteria and terms and conditions).

Course Content

  • This nursing associate foundation course has been designed to contribute towards achieving the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: SDG3 of Good Health and Wellbeing and SDG5 Gender Equality.

    Our aim is to help you to develop into a safe and effective Nursing Associate who is caring and compassionate and able to deliver high quality care to people of all ages and in a range of settings.

    The associate in nursing foundation degree is a 50/50 split of theory and practice to enable you to develop your knowledge and apply this in clinical practice. You will have a range of practice placements allowing you to develop your competence in caring for people of different ages and in different settings.

    By studying this FdSc you will:

    • Learn to work in teams
    • Develop your professional self
    • Develop excellence in caring for people
    • Work in partnership with other members of the healthcare team
    • Develop competence in evidence-based care.

    The Foundation Associate in Nursing degree also runs as an employer-sponsored apprenticeship. You can find further details on our Apprenticeships webpage.

    List of modules:

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 23/24. The modules relating to the academic year 24/25 will be available from June 2024.

  • The following are entry requirements for the Nursing Associate foundation degree:

    • Level 2 qualification – Maths and English Language Grade C or equivalent
    • Level 3 qualification – pass grade or
    • Access Course – Pass grade or
    • BTEC Extended Diploma – PPP or
    • BTEC Diploma – MM or
    • 1 A level – Grade E or
    • Pass (D or E) at T Level

    Please note that we may consider other qualifications for this foundation associate in nursing course not listed above on an individual basis, please contact our Admissions team to discuss these in further detail.

    All offers of a place on the programme are subject to:

    • successful Occupational Health Screening,
    • satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report, and
    • successful interview by the University.
    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a foundation nursing associate course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 7.0 with no lower than 7.0 in Reading, Listening and Speaking as well as no lower than 6.5 in Writing for study at the undergraduate level.

    For more information on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) English language entry criteria, please follow the NMC website.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

    Interview Information

    After applying via UCAS and meeting the entry requirements, you will be invited to an interview and will be interviewed individually by a member of the Nursing Associate team and a service user representative.

    You will receive further information and the interview preparation instructions from us by email before your interview. If you have any questions, please email us at:

    As part of your interview preparation, consider the role of the nursing associate and what qualities and skills you have to fulfil this role. We also recommend you keep up to date with current health care and nursing issues by visiting the following sites:

  • 2023/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted for this nursing associate foundation degree relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • International – Full Time: £14,750
    2022/23 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • International – Full Time: £14,000
    Additional Costs
    • Travel costs to and from placements, and extra costs associated with placements, may be incurred throughout your studies depending on where you are based.
    • optional membership of Union
    • optional two week European placement (flights, accommodation, living expenses)
    • first set of clinical uniform is free but additional uniforms have to be purchased by the student
      black leather shoes, black socks.
  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join our full time associate in nursing foundation degree at Northampton, you will receive a laptop when your course begins*. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks, visit our Student Perks page or dedicated International Perks page.

    * UK fee payers only (see Terms and Conditions for further details)

  • How will I be taught?

    You will be taught by high quality and experienced lecturers who will share their knowledge and passion of nursing with you.  They will also enable you to develop your study skills.  You will have a range of learning activities that will vary from face to face sessions, tutorials, online blended learning, simulation and virtual reality in our state of the art simulation suit and placement learning. You will also be able to access our wellbeing activities that will range from study skills, sports and mindfulness sessions.

    How will I be assessed?

    Assessment on this foundation nurse associate degree is by a variety of methods including written assignments, presentations, scenario assessments and assessment in clinical practice.

    What is our recruitment approach?

    Values Based Recruitment is an approach with attracts and selects students on the basis that their individual values and behaviours align with the NHS constitution. The purpose of this is to ensure that the future and current workforce is selected with the right values and skills to support the delivery of excellent patient care.

    Through application and interview applicants are selected based on their ability to show they have the values of the 6Cs.


Placeholder image for Ruth Smith, Senior Lecturer - Adult Nursing
Ruth Smith

Senior Lecturer - Adult Nursing

Faculty of Health, Education and Society

Hannah Cannon, Senior Lecturer in Practice Development - Nursing
Hannah Cannon

Senior Lecturer in Practice Development - Nursing

Faculty of Health, Education and Society


Careers and Employability

On successful completion of this nurse associate foundation degree you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Registered Nursing Associate.

Graduates can apply to one of our BSc Nursing programmes, and subject to successful interview, can complete a further 18 months of study. This will enable you to gain BSc (Hons) in Nursing and apply for a registration with the NMC as a Registered Nurse.


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