University of Greenwich

Course Introduction

The nursing associate role has recently been introduced to help build the capacity of the nursing workforce and the delivery of high-quality care, while supporting nurses and wider multidisciplinary teams to focus on more complex clinical duties. As a nursing associate you will play a key role in the multi-disciplinary workforce, working alongside a range of colleagues to respond to the needs of patients and their families Successful completion of the nursing associate programme entitles you to register with the Nursing & Midwifery (NMC) council as a Registered Nurse Associate. Once qualified there will be a range of career options open to you, specifically you will be able to receive recognition of prior learning (RPL) against a BSc Hons Nursing programme, completing your nurse training within 18 months to two-years. You might be able to undertake your subsequent nurse training as an apprentice, thus learning while earning.

Why study to be a nursing associate at the University of Greenwich?

• You will study at a university with an excellent and highly regarded reputation for delivering health and social care education – Nursing at the University of Greenwich is first in London for the quality of its teaching and overall student satisfaction.

• The University has an extensive range of partners, including NHS acute, community and mental health Trusts, GP surgeries, hospices and other voluntary sector organisations where placements can be undertaken. Our range of placements will give you experience of caring for people across the lifespan, enabling you to develop a wide repertoire of transferable nursing skills.

When on placement you will be allocated a practice supervisor who will support your learning and development on placement. You will also be assigned a practice assessor who will complete the formal assessment of your practice learning.

Successful completion of the course will allow you to:

• Attain a Foundation Degree of Science (FdSc) in Nursing Associate (Level 5).

• Register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Please note: the content and structure of the course may change in line with the standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC 2018).

Course Modules

Year 1

Students are required to study and complete the following mandatory modules.

• Professional & academic development (30 credits Level 4)

• Anatomy, physiology & pharmacology (30 credit Level 4)

• Delivering & monitoring planned care 1 (30 credits LEVEL 4)

• Individual health & wellbeing (30 credits Level 4)

Year 2

Students are required to study and complete the following mandatory modules.

• Recognising & managing individual needs (30 credits Level 5)

• Pathophysiology: illness and its impact upon an individual (15 credits Level 5)

• Delivering & monitoring planned care 2 (30 credits Level 5)

• Medicines management (15 credits Level 5)

• Role transition (30 credits Level 5)

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc £9,250 European Fees
2 years
Full Time
Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc £9,250 Home Fees