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FdScHealth and Social Care (Nursing Associate)

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UCAS code: HSA1
Institution code: S30
Campus: Southampton City CentreView on Google Maps

Why study a health and social care (nursing associate) foundation degree at Solent University

Become a skilled nursing associate in an incredible profession, with fantastic career prospects in a range of different healthcare settings on our NMC-accredited course.

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  • Successful completion of this course allows registration to the NMC as a Nursing associate.
  • Once qualified, nursing associates will be able to work in a range of settings within the healthcare environment.
  • Learn using specialist nursing facilities including a nursing simulation suite, nutrition laboratories and biomedical science laboratories.
  • Our teaching team have excellent teaching and clinical experiences. They can help you to become a skilled nursing associate to make a positive difference to people lives.
  • Take part in a range of clinical placements in all years of study, in a variety of primary and secondary services, such as community and hospital teams and specialist providers.

Course overview

This challenging and fulfilling course is a NMC-accredited foundation degree which, upon successful completion, allows registration to the NMC as a nursing associate. You will gain knowledge, skills and behaviours that allow you to work in a variety of healthcare settings including adult, paediatrics, mental health and learning disabilities in both the community and hospital settings.  

Working in healthcare is an inspiring, challenging and rewarding occupation where no day is ever the same. This course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to support your career development in healthcare. At Solent University, we have strong and dedicated local industry links with practice partners who support our students both during and after their studies.

Working in healthcare is an exciting, fulfilling and satisfying career, and the ever changing healthcare environment drives the development of healthcare roles - giving the opportunity for lifelong learning.

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Accredited by:

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Higher Technical Qualification

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Course features

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

  • Professional accreditation

    This course has been accredited by a professional body

  • Built-in work experience placement

    As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those who want to work in a healthcare setting, who feel they have the qualities and philosophy required to become a caring, effective, professional and safe practitioner. Trainee nursing associates should demonstrate the following values:

  • Caring personality
  • Compassionate towards patients and families
  • Competent and safe in practice
  • Effective communication
  • Courageous
  • Committed to the highest standards of professionalism and nursing care.

What does this course lead to?

This is a new and exciting role to support the nursing family, with future opportunities to progress to become a Registered Nurse for those who have the aspiration and ability to do so. Once qualified, nursing associates will be able to work in a range of settings within the healthcare environment.

Meet the team

The University cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


We have a dedicated clinical skills suite with a six bed ward, GP consulting room, nurse’s treatment room, waiting area/break out space, care home bedroom and working kitchen and bathroom. There is a wide range of clinical equipment including simulation manikins to facilitate a number of simulated scenarios.

Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces. Away from studying, why not try out the gyms, fitness studios and sports halls in our £28 million Sports Complex, or watch a blockbuster film at our student-run cinema with Dolby Atmos audio.

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