Nursing Associate Foundation Degree 2019/20 entry

Course code:

HLSFD050

Study options:

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019
January 2020

Fees:

NHS funded

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Faculty:

Get in touch

Ann McCarthy

02477 684531


hsx430@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

Development of the health and social care workforce is pivotal to building the capacity and capability needed to deliver compassionate, high quality evidence based care to a diverse and ageing population. An apprenticeship is considered an ideal way to develop the knowledge, skills and experience needed for a career in nursing, combining study and training in the workplace.

The Nursing Associate Foundation Degree is a relatively new addition to the portfolio of health courses at Coventry University. It is designed to meet the educational requirements necessary for the newly created Nursing Associate role, supporting registered nurses delivering hands on care in a wide variety of clinical settings.

It also offers a pathway to other nursing roles, including that of a graduate nurse through progression onto a pre-registration programme therefore further enhancing career prospects.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is recognised by the following professional bodies:

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) will be regulating the Nursing Associate role and approving Nursing Associate courses. On successful completion of the course you will be eligible to apply to join the Nursing and Midwifery Council Nursing Associate register. Registration is subject to meeting good health and character requirements and payment of a registration fee. Further details about the registration fee and process will be available on the NMC website in January 2019. It is likely that the approach to registering as a Nursing Associate will be similar to that for students registering as a Nurse with the NMC.

What our students say...

I have learnt so much already in the first 12 months of the Nursing Associate course. I am growing in confidence and really excited about my new role. The teaching at the University is great and I am also well supported by staff in my work-based area.

Kim Hackett, Year 2 Trainee Nursing Associate

Course information

The Nursing Associate course is primarily a work-based learning course, preparing holders of the Foundation Degree with the knowledge, qualities and transferrable skills necessary for employment in their chosen field of nursing.

The learning outcomes for the course meet the skills and knowledge requirements set by Health Education England (HEE) who devised the national curriculum framework for Nursing Associates in partnership with Skills for Health and Skills for Care (HEE 2017) and it also meets the Nursing Associate Apprenticeship Standards (2017). Ensuring a robust relationship between nursing theory and practice is a fundamental principle underpinning the teaching and learning strategy for the course.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

All modules are designed to enable students to deliver a wide range of clinical care underpinned by a systematic knowledge base in a compassionate, competent and confident manner. The course will also ensure preparation for the higher apprenticeship end point assessment.

Modules

  • Year 1

    • Foundations in Communication and Professional Practice
    • Introduction to Nursing Science
    • Promoting Health and Wellbeing
    • Foundation Assessment Skills
    • Planning Care for Safe Nursing Practice
    • Applied Nursing Science

Overview

All modules are designed to enable students to deliver a wide range of clinical care underpinned by a systematic knowledge base in a compassionate, competent and confident manner. The course will also ensure preparation for the higher apprenticeship end point assessment.

Modules

  • Year 2

    • Ensuring the Delivery of Safe Care
    • Therapeutic Approaches in Nursing Care
    • Team-working, Leadership and Innovation
    • Application of Research Evidence Based Care
    • Transition to Nursing Associate
    • Supporting Learning and Assessment

In more detail...

The course is delivered primarily by a work-based learning model with attendance at University for one day each week. Integration of theory and practice to ensure the development of sound evidence based knowledge to underpin clinical and interpersonal skills is central to the design.

The course was developed in partnership with local employers, service users and students with the Trainee Nursing Associate experience at the forefront, ensuring research inspired teaching is embedded throughout the course.

An innovative feature of this course is that you will be offered opportunities to participate in learning by simulation alongside the pre-registration nursing students from learning disability, child and young person, mental health and adult nursing fields. This should enhance understanding of each other’s roles which is a nationally recognised challenge of the Nursing Associate role.

The course is delivered primarily by a work-based learning model with attendance at University for one day each week. Integration of theory and practice to ensure the development of sound evidence based knowledge to underpin clinical and interpersonal skills is central to the design.

The course was developed in partnership with local employers, service users and students with the Trainee Nursing Associate experience at the forefront, ensuring research inspired teaching is embedded throughout the course.

An innovative feature of this course is that you will be offered opportunities to participate in learning by simulation alongside the pre-registration nursing students from learning disability, child and young person, mental health and adult nursing fields. This should enhance understanding of each other’s roles which is a nationally recognised challenge of the Nursing Associate role.

A wide variety of assessment are used throughout the course with half of the assessments taking place in the work based learning areas. All of the assessments are designed to integrate theory and practice and to build on previous learning experiences. As Trainee Nursing Associates are in full time employment, this has been taken into account during the scheduling of the assessments to ensure a balanced and manageable assessment load both within modules and for the duration of the course. 

Assessments include case study based essays, presentations, reflections, practical clinical examinations, teaching Service Users or peers, and exams such as drug knowledge and calculations. Resources such as interactive workbooks and online quizzes are provided to help you assess your own learning as well as preparing you for assessments. Compassionate and caring attitudes and values are central to the role and will be assessed throughout the course.

As the course is undertaken as a higher apprenticeship, on completion of the foundation degree there will be an end point assessment. Your employer will consider when you are ready to undertake your end point assessment which entails an observation of practice and a professional discussion.

A Nursing Associate who successfully completes the course should achieve the following learning outcomes: 

  1. Be able to exercise personal responsibility and work independently within defined parameters of practice, taking the appropriate initiative in a variety of situations and performing a range of clinical/practical skills consistent with the roles, responsibilities and professional values of a Nursing Associate.
  2. Be able to exercise the skills, attitudes and behaviours that support the planning, delivery and evaluation of high quality person-centred, holistic care.
  3. Be able to work across organisational boundaries in a range of health and care settings and apply, in practice, the range of nursing skills appropriate to their parameters of practice.
  4. Be able to communicate effectively across a wide range of channels and with a wide range of individuals, the public, health and social care professionals, maintaining the focus of communication on delivering and improving health and care services and will possess those inter-personal skills that promote clarity, compassion, empathy, respect and trust.
  5. Be able to explain the principles underpinning leadership frameworks and associated team-working and leadership competencies and will demonstrate a range of those competencies, attitudes and behaviours required of a Nursing Associate.
  6. Be able to explain the principles underpinning duty of care, equality and diversity and the need for candour and will demonstrate the application of those principles in a range of settings.
  7. Be able to exercise those skills, attitudes and behaviours that support personal development and life-long learning together as well as those associated with the development of others.
  8. Be able to demonstrate the importance of being research aware, research and innovation, and their own role in this, across the health and care landscape in improving the quality of patient safety and care and in addressing the challenges faced within the context of rising public expectations.

During your weekly study day your learning will be supported by interactive lectures, workshops and seminars where you learn from each other, clinical skills teaching laboratories and tutorials.  Online resources will be available for you to undertake self-directed learning and help you with your assignments.

You will be allocated an Academic Personal Tutor (APT) for the duration of the course who will support and guide you to manage your study time, maximise learning opportunities and meet assignment submission dates.

In your work based learning area you will have an allocated Mentor/Assessor to facilitate and assess your learning in practice along with a named Practice Facilitator to support you during work-based learning modules and oversee your placement allocations.

As Trainee Nursing Associates will be caring for Service Users from diverse populations, the course content will reflect this to include information and discussions to ensure cultural awareness and understanding of a range of topics such as societal influences, organ donation, end of life care, genetic conditions and other lifestyle factors. Opportunities to take part in international events on the campus and locally will be shared.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

I have learnt so much already in the first 12 months of the Nursing Associate course. I am growing in confidence and really excited about my new role. The teaching at the University is great and I am also well supported by staff in my work-based area.

Kim Hackett, Year 2 Trainee Nursing Associate Coventry

Entry Requirements

An application for a place on the course must be supported by an Employing organisation.

Applicants must have a minimum of one year of experience of working in a healthcare setting. The entry requirements include GCSEs grade A-C in Maths and English or equivalent such as functional skills level 2 in Maths and English. Other requirements include an ability to study at the appropriate level with a commitment to completing a Foundation Degree course, intermediate IT skills, evidence of time management skills and ability to prioritise. An ability to work within multidisciplinary teams, escalate concerns, and show initiative are essential requirements for the role.

Candidates will be invited to attend the University for a presentation outlining the structure and content of the course and an overview of the facilities and support that are provided. They will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and undertake a values-based interview evidencing the NHS Constitution values.

Applicants must have a minimum of one year of experience of working in a healthcare setting. The entry requirements include GCSEs grade A-C in Maths and English or equivalent such as functional skills level 2 in Maths and English. Other requirements include an ability to study at the appropriate level with a commitment to completing a Foundation Degree course, intermediate IT skills, evidence of time management skills and ability to prioritise. An ability to work within multidisciplinary teams, escalate concerns, and show initiative are essential requirements for the role.

Candidates will be invited to attend the University for a presentation outlining the structure and content of the course and an overview of the facilities and support that are provided. They will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and undertake a values-based interview evidencing the NHS Constitution values.

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from Coventry University. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community. Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: The International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So, if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However, we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is also the opportunity to apply to one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2019.

What our students say...

I have learnt so much already in the first 12 months of the Nursing Associate course. I am growing in confidence and really excited about my new role. The teaching at the University is great and I am also well supported by staff in my work-based area.

Kim Hackett, Year 2 Trainee Nursing Associate

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

NHS funded (per year)


January 2020

NHS funded (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

NHS funded (per year)


January 2020

NHS funded (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2019

(per year)


January 2020

(per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments. 

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans:
EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans:
EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

What our students say...

I have learnt so much already in the first 12 months of the Nursing Associate course. I am growing in confidence and really excited about my new role. The teaching at the University is great and I am also well supported by staff in my work-based area.

Kim Hackett, Year 2 Trainee Nursing Associate

Career prospects

All Trainee Nursing Associates on the course will be in full time employment as this is a course requirement.

Throughout this primarily work-based learning course you will have opportunities to experience a variety of clinical placements and visits to different care settings including those outside your employing organisation. The focus of employability is key throughout all modules and underpins the course.

What our students say...

I have learnt so much already in the first 12 months of the Nursing Associate course. I am growing in confidence and really excited about my new role. The teaching at the University is great and I am also well supported by staff in my work-based area.

Kim Hackett, Year 2 Trainee Nursing Associate
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

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