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Nursing Associate Practice (X20)

Open University

UCAS Code: Not applicable | Foundation Degree - FD

Entry requirements


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About this course


Course option

2.0years

Distance learning | 2022

Subject

Nursing

In England, the nursing associate role has been developed in response to workforce needs and acts as a bridge between healthcare support workers and registered nurses within healthcare teams. The Open University's Foundation Degree in Nursing Associate Practice helps you to develop the knowledge and skills needed to deliver high quality, safe and compassionate care in preparation for this new role in healthcare.

You'll need to be employed in an appropriate healthcare setting to study this practice-based qualification. With healthcare employers keen to develop their workforce, it is anticipated that the employability of students who complete this qualification will be high, with successful completion allowing you to register as a nursing associate with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

**Key features of the course**
- Only available to students resident in England.

- Practice-based learning – you’ll need the support of your employer to study and undertake your practice placements.

- Enhances your employability through a professionally regulated qualification.

- Essential preparation/underpinning knowledge and skills for the role of nursing associate.

- Builds a solid foundation for further study and potential progression to study to be a registered nurse.

- Covers all fields of nursing practice across the lifespan including long term conditions, mental health, children and young people, end of life care, learning disabilities, primary, secondary, community and acute care.

Modules

This foundation degree has two stages, each comprising 120 credits. You’ll start Stage 1 with a 60-credit module introducing health and social care. This is followed by a 60-credit module that focusses on healthcare practice where you'll be required to complete 770 hours in practice as part of your study. In Stage 2, you’ll complete your foundation degree with a 60-credit theory module, and a 60-credit practice module where you will need to complete a further 770 hours in practice.

The Uni


Course location:

Distance Learning

Department:

The Open University

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

92%
high
Nursing

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Nursing (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
100%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

100%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
83%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
15%
Male students
85%
Female students
41%
2:1 or above
10%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

After graduation


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What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Nursing and midwifery

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£25k

£25k

£30k

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£28k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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