Work-based undergraduate (24 months)
January 2019, September
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.
(Failure to provide evidence of these requirements on submission of application will prevent your application from being assessed):
* Applicants without a Level 3 qualification but with experience of health care 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 who meet all other entry requirements will be required to pass a numeracy and/or literacy test at interview.
Please note: the End Point Assessment cannot be taken without the Level 2 qualifications. You will be expected to gain these qualifications within 18 months of the course commencing. We strongly recommend all applicants gain these qualifications in advance of applying to the Apprenticeship to give themselves the best chance of success on the course.
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.
Only on provision of the evidence to demonstrate that you meet the requirements listed above will you be invited to attend an interview (half day), including numeracy and literacy tests, where you will be expected to demonstrate insight into the Nursing Associate role, appropriate values for health care and the ability to study.
Two references are required – personal/employment (one must be from your current employer to identify attitude to study and learning.)
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