FdSc Health and Care Practice (Nursing Associate)

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How do we tackle rising obesity levels in children? Should we use apps to diagnose and treat patients? Which services will we need to cope with an ageing population?

Health and social care is evolving in our modern society. We’re seeing many changes to the way our healthcare systems work, from devolution in Manchester to an integration of health and social care services, as well as the introduction of the new nursing associate role in England.

This exciting course provides you with both an academic and professional qualification that gives entry to a range of careers within nursing. The course will prepare you for a role as a nursing associate which is intended to complement registered nurses.

The nursing associate course offers new routes into registered nursing roles and shortened entry to honours degree nursing courses.

We’ve designed this two-year course to help you develop the practical clinical skills and techniques (such as how to give an injection) you’ll need to work in health or social care settings, as well as the confidence to work as part of a larger team.

You may practice some clinical skills alongside students on our BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing course, in our Clinical Simulation Suite. You’ll also work with them on the simulated scenarios we create there, such as major trauma management where a patient involved in a motorbike accident arrives who needs stabilising and emergency care. It’s a fantastic way to learn how to operate as part of a team and explore ways you’ll work with nurses to support patients.

Limited places still available for March 2020

Features and Benefits

  • University experience- Experience being a full-time University student with other undergraduates
  • Real-world experience- Wide range of placement and simulation opportunities
  • Build your confidence- You’ll learn clinical skills alongside our student nurses to help you develop confidence in working as part of a team.
  • Student support- Excellent level of student support, from a department with the highest level of student satisfaction for student support in England (NSS 2019).
  • Teaching expertise- You’re taught by an academic team who have all worked as practising nurses, health visitors or emergency practitioners.
  • Continue your studies- As a graduate, you could continue with your studies and undertake a shortened course: BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing, BSc Mental Health Nursing or BA (Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care.
"The course has taught me to think outside the box and to gain some courage whilst in practice." Ashleigh Gill - FdSc Health and Care Practice (Nursing Associate)

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Career Prospects

As a nursing associate, your role sits between a healthcare assistant and a registered nurse, and you could work across any of the four fields of nursing (adult, child, mental health, and learning disability).

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

We will interview you as part of your application.

Applicants must have level 2 or equivalent qualification in English and Maths (GCSE grade C or level 4), and demonstrate the academic aptitude to undertake the programme. 

In addition, applicants must demonstrate they have the capability to develop digital and technological skills to pass the programme.

English language requirement: an overall score of 6.5 in the academic version of IELTS. You should not achieve less than the equivalent of an IELTS academic score of 6.5 in each of the sections of reading, listening and speaking and 6.0 in the section of writing as an alternative to GCSE English Language or other level 2 equivalent.

Applications are considered on an individual basis, taking into account additional educational achievements, life experience and skills, including personal statement and interview scores when making offers.

Course details

As a trainee Nursing Associate you will care for and support vulnerable adults in a variety of settings including hospital, community and the independent and voluntary sectors.

Nursing is a challenging profession, both mentally and physically, which carries a great deal of responsibility. Nurses care for people across the lifespan including young adults and others with acute and long-term illnesses. They work as part of a multi-disciplinary team alongside doctors, physiotherapists, anaesthetists, pharmacists, dieticians and many others.

You will learn how to assess the needs of the patient, communicate effectively with professional colleagues, and provide sensitive support for the patient and their families. 

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Core Units

Health and Care Skills across the Life-course

This unit will introduce key health conditions using a life span approach, incorporating relevant policies, legislation, clinical guidelines and evidence based practice.

Health Sciences

This unit will equip the student with the necessary knowledge of anatomy and physiology to deliver safe, effective and competent nursing care.

Practice in Focus

This unit will equip you with the necessary clinical and care skills and knowledge for practice to deliver safe, effective and competent nursing care.

Principles of Health and Care in Practice

This unit will equip you with skills towards becoming a professional nurse using holistic care and a person-centred approach to service users, throughout their lifespan.

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Core Units

Public Health Policy and Practice

This unit will include current public health policies, and evidence based approaches to public health practice. You will explore different approaches to health education, promotion and protection.

Developing Skills for Health and Care Practice

This unit develops knowledge and skills in monitoring patient health. The focus will be on the early recognition of deterioration in a
patient's health and subsequent escalation and treatment.

Team Working and Quality Enhancement

This unit addresses leadership, change management and practice development across health and care settings. Topics include; team and partnership working, conflict management, practice education, quality enhancement, and technological innovations.

Practice in Focus

This unit will equip you with skills towards becoming a professional nurse using holistic care and a person-centred approach to
service users, throughout their lifespan.

Additional information about this course

Personal Statements:

Your personal statement is expected to demonstrate an insight into the role of the nurse and specifically nursing associate, including an understanding of care environments and current issues in contemporary health care practice. You should describe the concept of a caring and compassionate attitude, effective communication skills, good time-management skills, and an awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses. An awareness of the NMC Code and the vision for the role of nursing associates and how this can support the delivery of high quality person centred care should be included. You should convey your ability to work both independently and as part of a multi-professional team and demonstrate motivation and a commitment to preparing to study the nursing associate foundation degree.


Shortlisted candidates must attend an interview in person. Applicants will need to be able to demonstrate evidence of I.T. skills either through a formal recorded qualification on the application or by completing a questionnaire at interview. Candidates are not required to complete a Maths and English test at the interview, but should prepare by having an understanding of the role of the nursing associate and enthusiasm to care for others.

Further information will be sent prior to the interview to support your preparation.  

Health checks:

You will be required to complete an Occupational Health Assessment to ensure that your health does not constitute a barrier to the achievement of the programme learning outcomes or eligibility to apply for registration with the professional body. This will require the completion of a health questionnaire before or during the first few weeks of your course, followed by an occupational health screening appointment which will include the consideration of appropriate immunisations.

Travel costs to appointments (which will be within the Greater Manchester area) will not be covered by the University.

Professional Suitability:

Students on programmes leading to professional qualifications are required to adhere to professional standards and codes of practice during their studies. Failure to do so may lead to exclusion from the programme on the grounds of professional unsuitability. Students will be briefed about the requirements at the start of their studies.

Course specific regulations:

Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies require students to achieve results that demonstrate their ability to practise safely. There are therefore some exceptions to the standard University Assessment Regulations for those students, for example limitations on resits and on compensation of failed marks.

Placement options

You’ll go on practical work placements in hospitals and community settings.

Department of Nursing

Our Department of Nursing is a large team of specialists, covering many aspects of nursing and healthcare, offering real insight and experience of professional practice.

The department is passionate and enthusiastic about helping students achieve their goals, working to the mission statement of not just providing academic qualifications, but equipping students with the tools to become professionals.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £4,625 studied per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £15,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU international students: Part-time fee: £15,000 studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

Up to £100 depending on whether you already have suitable footwear and clothing for practice and skills sessions, and how much you want to spend.

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop.

Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Uniforms: Full uniform is provided free of charge when the course commences. If students wish to replace any item of uniform or secure additional items of uniform throughout the programme (e.g. because it has been damaged or no longer fits) then they must order and pay for this directly with the supplier. There are certain exceptions to this, for example if the student becomes pregnant. These are detailed in the faculty uniform policy. Students can choose to purchase non-standard items such as fleeces directly from the supplier.

You will need to purchase suitable footwear for practice. NHS Trusts require shoes (not trainers) that meet health and safety requirements. Advice will be given on what to purchase. There is a loose dress code for practical skills sessions (trainers, t-shirts and tracksuit bottoms) which should be purchased at minimal cost (e.g. there is no need for designer brand trainers).

We strongly recommend that you purchase a number of items at the start of term which you will find useful on the course (e.g. a stethoscope, tape measure, scissors and goniometer) but it is not mandatory. These can be purchased at the book fair in Freshers' week at reasonable prices (£20 - £30 in total).

Placement Costs

2 to £12 a day whilst on placement (costs will vary considerably).

You will need to budget for travel costs to your placement which could be up to 80 kilometres from the University. Travel costs to placement will vary considerably depending on where you live, the location of your placement and how you choose to travel. Information on public transport costs within Greater Manchester can be found at www.tfgm.com. All NHS Trusts charge for car parking.

You may chose to go overseas for your elective placement and any costs associated with this will be yours.

Professional Costs

Up to £135 depending on your status.

DBS Checks: Before starting on your course, you must undergo a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (Enhanced Disclosure). At the time of going to press, you do not have to pay for your first DBS check. If you cannot attend a DBS session at the University before the start of the course, you can use the UK Post Office Document Certification Service, which costs approximately £10. If you are not a UK citizen, or if you have lived in one country outside the UK for six or more months in the last five years, you must where this is possible obtain a police clearance certificate from the country in which you resided, in addition to the Disclosure and Barring Service check. You must supply a certified translation if the certificate does not automatically include this. Costs vary and can include fingerprint and translation fees where required.

Returning students, who have already had a DBS certificate from Manchester Met and who need a second DBS certificate, for example, due to a suspension of study, are required to pay the DBS fee.

Please go to our DBS webpage for more details and for current DBS fees.

NMC registration is currently £120 and is paid at the end of the course – visit www.nmc.org.uk for current rates.

Membership of Royal College of Nursing is optional and is currently 85p per month (for students) - www.rcn.org.uk for current rates.

Other Costs


The course uses Moodle and each unit of study has a dedicated area. The programme team post resources/links to resources on Moodle and students are at liberty to print the resources in hard copy should they wish to. If printing is done using the university print services, the costs of a single sheet (black and white) is 5p (at the time of going to press).

You will require insurance for your tablet supplied by us. You will be responsible for replacement should you lose it.

You will also be asked to pay £5 for a manual for the Acute Illness Management Course in Year 3 as these are from an external provider. Occasionally there are extra opportunities to attend optional events or community engagement activities this may incur costs for travel or parking.


For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

Bursaries and scholarships

Money Matters

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

Full-time: FD30
Part-time: FD29

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.


Programme Review
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