Work-based undergraduate (24 months)
Train as a nursing associate - a new Band 4 role in the nursing workforce supporting registered nurses in primary, secondary, community and social care that will lead to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). You'll help to plan, coordinate and deliver care, and work to a nationally-recognised NMC code of conduct.
Our course is delivered over 22 months, allowing you to attend face-to-face theory, directed learning activities and practice placements. This supports the development of a strong Community of Practice and role identity, an essential element in the development and implementation of a new professional role.
You'll spend over 50% of the course learning in a variety of practice settings, with support from a registered nurse who's undertaken further studies in order to provide mentorship.
The curriculum is divided into eight areas:
Assessment takes place in a number of settings: ‘in hospital’, ‘close to home’ and ‘at home’. The employer setting counts as one of these experiences for your first and final placements.
Our course follows both the Health Education England (HEE) Nursing Associate Curriculum Framework (2017) and the Nursing Associate Standard at Level 5. It's designed to widen access to higher education for new and existing band 1-4 healthcare workers; and support the development of knowledge and skills through flexible, practical work-based learning.
Completion of the L5 Nursing Associate course will now permit you to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) on a Band 4 salary with your employer. Further information can be found here.
In addition, your employer may support you to join the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship (top-up). This allows you to apply up to 180 credits of Accredited Prior Learning (APL) from your Nursing Associate course, enabling you to study additional modules at Level 6 and specialise in adult, child or mental health nursing for a Band 5 role.
Each module has a theoretical and a practice-based assessment to meet the HEE Nursing Associate Curriculum Framework programme outcomes.
We'll assess you in a number of ways, including QMP multi-choice testing, written assignments, presentations, and an e-portfolio. Medicines calculations are also tested via electronic examination.
You'll also be assessed in practice during each module. A formative assessment at the mid-point of the placement provides feedback to you on your progress, and helps to inform an action plan for continued learning. This is completed using an e-practice assessment document which you can access off- or online, with support from University staff if you need it.
The endpoint assessment to complete this Higher Apprenticeship has two elements.
1. A 60-minute observation including question and answer session as necessary. You'll be observed in the workplace and demonstrate skills, knowledge and behaviours in the following HEE Curriculum Framework areas:
2. A 90-minute professional discussion. We'll use scenarios to assess your skills, knowledge and behaviours in regard to the following HEE Curriculum Framework areas:
You will be working towards these competencies throughout the course, and time is built in to prepare you for the endpoint assessment.
The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.
We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.
We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.
* Applicants without a Level 3 qualification but with at least six months healthcare experience will be considered on an individual basis for accreditation of prior learning (APL)/prior experiential learning (APEL).
** Applicants currently working towards a Level 2 qualification in either English or Maths must have gained the qualification prior to the start of the course. If you are unlikely to have evidence of either qualification before the start of the course, you should delay your application until you have these.
Please note: you will need to have the National Care Certificate (Health) to undertake the End Point Assessment. If you do not hold this, you will be able to complete this during your Degree programme to enable you to take the EPA.
Only on provision of the evidence to demonstrate that you meet the requirements listed above will you be invited to attend an interview. This will also involve a 30-minute numeracy test (non-calculator) and the submission of a personal statement, which you must be prepared to discuss in your interview.
You will be required to provide one reference from someone who knows you in your current (preferable), or most recent, healthcare role to identify your attitude to study and learning.
Applicants from outside the European Economic Area must provide evidence of achievement of the English Language Testing System (IELTS) test: at least 6.0 in the listening and reading sections, at least 6.0 in the writing and speaking sections, and at least an overall score of 6.0.
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