FdSc Nursing Associate

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Take the first step towards a fulfilling career as a Nursing Associate with our NMC-validated Foundation degree. When you graduate, you’ll be ready to start working as a registered Nursing Associate.

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Nursing: a career that begins with care

Our student nurses share their experiences and tips for applying to study nursing at ARU.

The role of a Nursing Associate is a new role that is designed to bridge the gap between a healthcare assistant and a registered nurse.Their valuable contribution to healthcare is regulated by the NMC and will allow for progression via further study to registered nursing programmes such as Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing and Child Nursing.

As part of your course, you’ll get the chance to immerse yourself in placements that will help you to build up the practice-based knowledge and skills to deliver such care, and become an integral part of the nursing community.

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Facilities and accreditation

Nursing skills labs

As part of your nursing studies with ARU, you’ll be able to take advantage of:

  • purpose-built simulated hospital wards offering the very best in experiential learning
  • registered, practising tutors and lecturers who’ll make sure you’re being taught the latest techniques and give you the support you need to succeed.

Nursing & Midwifery Council

Our degree course is validated by the NMC and you’ll be linked to one of our eight NHS healthcare trust partners for your placements.

Nurse Education Provider of the Year

We’re proud to have been shortlisted for Nurse Education Provider of the Year in both 2019 and 2020.


On graduation you’ll be eligible to register as a Nursing Associate with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Once registered you’ll be able to join the Nursing Associate workforce in England.

We work with staff across acute hospital and community settings in Cambridgeshire and Essex, and service users, in developing this course to ensure that it meets the needs of health care employers and the needs of the public accessing health care services.

You may choose to continue your studies after completion and may have the opportunity to progress on to a registered nursing degree in Adult Nursing, Child Nursing or Mental Health Nursing. This would be on completion of a bridging module to prepare you for branch specific study.


"The program taught me not only the career perspective but taught me to be who I want to be and I want to share that"


Nursing Associate FdSc student


"My first placement was on a care for the elderly ward. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it was great for me."


BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing student

Ten placement tips for nursing students

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Taster Days

If you want to know more about Nursing at ARU, we're offering virtual Taster Days. Meet our lecturers and current students, explore the role of the nurse, find out more about our nursing courses and placements, and pick up tips for your application and interview.

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You’ll spend 50% of your learning time out on placement. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in assessing, treating and communicating with patients.

Your guide to placements


If your application to study nursing at ARU is successful, we'll invite you to an interview day in Cambridge or Chelmsford. Here’s how to get prepared.

Your nursing interview