What courses can I do after this?
You could progress on to a top up programme such as the BSc Nursing at Bournemouth University.
To do this course you should have...
On enrolment, Trainee Nursing Associates will be employed in a healthcare role. They should be employed in a setting where they can be supervised by a Registered Nurse or other registered healthcare professional in line with NMC guidelines. Individuals will need to demonstrate the ability to study a programme at academic level 5.
They will need to have the following qualifications:
L3 NVQ / QCF Diploma in Health or Health and Social care or equivalent
Maths and English - Functional Skills at L2 or a GCSE grade A-C. For applicants whose first language is not English must offer evidence of qualifications in written and spoken English. Acceptable qualifications are: English language requirements International English Language Test System (IELTS) 7.0 overall (at least 7.0 in listening and reading sections and at least 6.5 in the writing and speaking sections) or Occupational English Test (OET) grade B in listening and reading and writing and speaking. OET tests only accepted if taken from February 2016 See https://www.nmc.org.uk/registration/joining-the-register/english-language-requirements/accepted-tests/
Work in line with The Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England.
Satisfy through application and selection process suitability for Nursing Associate practice and values and behaviours in accordance with the NMC (2018) Code.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
All applicants for RPL will be individually assessed and must also meet the entry requirements of the programme. A student may be admitted to the programme with specific credit provided that they can demonstrate that they have met the intended learning outcomes of the relevant unit(s) at the required level. The total RPL permitted will not exceed a maximum of 50% of the programme, provided that all requirements are met in full. For first and second level nurses registered with the NMC, RPL is permitted to the maximum allowed in University regulations, provided that all requirements including professional requirements are met in full.
Enquiries regarding Individual Unit Exemption(s) must be received during the admissions process, Applications for individual unit exemptions are dealt with by the Admissions Teams. All applicants wishing to apply for RPL must complete RPL form which is available on request.
Occupational Health (OH) Checks
Nursing is physically and mentally demanding and you will need to be mentally and physically able to undertake this course. Places are offered subject to passing an OH check, this will take place as part of the application process. Health conditions need to be dealt with on an individual basis e.g. deafness, blindness, eczema (or other dermatological allergic reactions) on exposed areas, epilepsy, back problems, or mental health conditions, eating disorders and other disabilities. These do not automatically exclude you but please ensure that you fully disclose your condition on the form. The College and BU can then consider whether reasonable adjustments can be made to support you on this course. If you require more guidance please contact us The College for more information.
You will be required to provide a record of your immunity status or be vaccinated or have the required blood tests. Please see this table for the required immunisations. You may need to ask your GP or current OH department or find your childhood vaccination record for details of your past immunisation records. You should be aware that there may be charges made (for which you will be liable) relating to your gaining the appropriate immunity required prior to starting your training programme.
The College and BU has an expectation that all students will comply with the vaccination programme. This ensures that you will be able to undertake the wide range of training placements that your course will require. Occasionally some vaccinations are contraindicated in certain medical conditions. If this occurs, The College and BU will need to see evidence and will consider students on an individual basis. Refusal to have immunisations will result in the student not being allowed to attend practice placement and being withdrawn from the course. There is no opportunity to appeal against the requirements of the immunisation policy.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (previously known as CRB)
All successful applicants will be subject to a recent Enhanced Disclosure and Barring List check (must be completed within the last 3 years or record of annual update). This will be a condition of offer and will need to be completed prior to commencing the course.
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* Please note fees are subject to change.
Funding Band £15,000
The programme aims to produce compassionate, competent and confident Nursing Associates who will qualify with a Level 5 Foundation Degree. They will be able to deliver a wide range of skills including; clinical, care and interpersonal. These are underpinned by a systematic knowledge base.
The Nursing Associate Curriculum Framework requires Learning Outcomes to be met of the following 8 Domains:
Domain 1: Professional values and parameters of practice
Domain 2: Person-centred approaches to care
Domain 3: Delivering care
Domain 4: Communication and interpersonal skills
Domain 5: Team working and leadership
Domain 6: Duty of care, candour, equality and diversity
Domain 7: Supporting learning and assessment in practice
Domain 8: Research, development and innovation
These are presented as:
• Knowledge to be acquired and applied
• Practical skills to be demonstrated
• Attitudes and behaviours to be consistently displayed
You will be able to practice safely and effectively within their parameters of practice, demonstrating appropriate values and behaviours in a wide range of health and care settings and meet the NMC Standards of Proficiency.
Applications for September 2022 start date are now closed.
We are taking enquiries for an early 2023 cohort.
More about the course
All Trainee Nursing Associates are required to wear the BPC TNA uniform.
There may be extra costs that are not covered by the fees which employers and students will need to consider when planning their studies. Apprenticeship funding covers the cost of your teaching, assessment, 2x uniforms and operating facilities such as the library, access to shared IT equipment and other support services.
These additional costs may be required for additional vaccinations, security checks such as DBS (dated within the last 3 year), extra uniforms, professional registrations.
Applications for September 2022 start date are now closed. We are taking enquiries for an early 2023 cohort, please contact the course administrator Dawn Lock via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.