Foundation Degree Nursing Associate Programme

Apprenticeship route

 

The Keele School of Nursing and Midwifery has an excellent reputation for quality and learning; where students support is put at the heart of what we do and align with our core values of respect, dignity, compassion, kindness and passion for nursing in healthcare, which are intrinsically promoted.

We are now delighted to offer the Foundation Degree Nursing Associate to bring care assistants into the nursing family. If you share our values and are committed to your learning and development you could become a Keele Apprenticeship Nursing Associate. On successful completion of your two-year foundation degree apprenticeship, you will be able to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a qualified Nursing Associate. From there you also have the option to continue your studies to become a registered nurse.

Entry Criteria for Foundation Degree Nursing Associate for 2018/19:

  • Maths and English GCSE pass or level 2 key skills/functional skills equivalent
  • Care experience and currently working as a care assistant in a participating organisation in the Shropshire / Staffordshire Nursing Associate partnership

Programme Stucture

 

52 weeks: 7 weeks A/L to be taken only in Directed Study weeks

 

13 weeks

13 weeks

13 weeks

13 weeks

Year 1 (120 credits)

Module 1 - 15 credits

Module 2 - 15 credits

Module 3 - 15 credits

Module 4 - 15 credits

Practice Module 1 - 30 credits

Practice Module 2 - 30 credits

Year 2 (120 credits)

Module 1 - 15 credits

Module 2 - 15 credits

Module 3 - 15 credits

Module 4 - 15 credits

Practice Module 3 - 30 credits

Practice Module 4 - 30 credits

Modules 1 to 4 are 15-credit theory modules with one day study per week either in the School or on directed study over 13 weeks each, therefore eight over two years.

Practice Modules 1 – 4 are 26 weeks long and are work-based learning modules where you learn and are assessed in practice over four days per week.

We also prepare you for the End Point Assessment to complete your two-year apprenticeship.

Indicative Modules:

Year 1 (Level 4) 120 credits

 

Code

Compulsory modules

Credits

1

NUR-10047

Fundamentals of Nursing Associate Practice

15

2

NUR-10048

Skills for Academic Learning  and Professional Practice

15

3

NUR-10049

Medicines’ Management in Nursing Associate Practice

15

4

NUR-10050

Applied Biological Science

15

5

NUR-10051

Nursing Associate Clinical Practice 1

30

6

NUR-10052

Nursing Associate Clinical Practice 2

30

Year 2 (Level 5) 120 credits

 

Code

Compulsory modules

Credits

1

NUR-20141

Enhancing Nursing Associate Practice

15

2

NUR-20142

Health and Wellbeing in Nursing Associate Practice

15

3

NUR-20143

Safety and Quality in Nursing Associate Practice

15

4

NUR-20144

Leadership and Team working in Nursing Associate Practice

15

5

NUR-20145

Nursing Associate Clinical Practice 3

30

6

NUR-20146

Nursing Associate Clinical Practice 4

30

What Keele can offer you on your programme:
  • A modern purpose-built Clinical Education Centre, where the School of Nursing and Midwifery is based, with Keele Teaching Excellence Framework ‘gold award’ teaching
  • Excellent library facilities including a large computer suite on-site
  • Simulated Clinical Skills Facilities, including in a simulated ward-based environment
  • Excellent personal tutor and pastoral support
  • A visit to the Anatomy Suite at Keele University
  • A focus on all four fields of nursing practice with fields of Nursing special study sessions
  • Inter-professional education opportunities with all the health faculty students at Keele University
  • A range of programme assessments e.g. communication skills , practical demonstration of skills, assessment in practice, practice for apprenticeship end-point-assessment, portfolio
  • Close partnership working with your practice area and with your organisation
The Keele Nursing Associate Programme is based on:
  • Nursing Associate Curriculum Framework (HEE 2017)  
  • NMC Draft Working Standards of Proficiency for Nursing Associates (NMC 2017),
  • Apprentice Standard for Nursing Associates (IFA 2017)