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.
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.
Here at ARU, we are dedicated to the continual improvement of healthcare and stand by the values of the NHS Constitution. We’ll support you to be become a confident, compassionate, competent and responsive practitioner with knowledge, skills and behaviours required to deliver safe, high quality, person-centred nursing care across a range of health and social care environments. You’ll understand the service user experience and look for ways to improve this through contribution to innovation in health care practice.
We are proud to have been shortlisted for Nurse Education Provider of the Year in both 2019 and 2020 by the Student Nursing Times. This speaks volumes about the quality of our teaching. You’ll soon discover that our faculty is a stimulating place to learn, with excellent facilities and registered, practising tutors who will make sure you’re being taught the latest techniques and give you the support you need to succeed. We make use of technology to support your learning. Good examples are the use of virtual reality scenarios or monitoring your progress with real time assessment.
Our Nursing and Midwifery Council validated course places equal value on clinical practice and theory. During your two-year Foundation degree you’ll have four main placements, on hospital wards (surgical, medical, general, child, A&E), with the mental health team in the community and specialist clinics.
You’ll be linked to one of our NHS healthcare trust partners for your placements in hospitals or community settings.
We want to make sure you experience a variety of placements and that you graduate as an effective practitioner. Our placement maps will help you plan your travel before you start on the course.
Teaching on campus usually takes place between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. On placement, you’ll be working shifts, this can mean early, late and night shifts, as well as working weekends and bank holidays. You’ll be supported by practice supervisors and assessors on placements as well as staff from ARU.
Each year, you’ll get allocated annual leave at set points to support you in balancing your course and relaxation time. You’ll have the chance to share experiences with students from other courses, and to see how the professions work together to provide effective and seamless care.
For Nursing Associate Direct Entry student, Health Education England will provide one payment of £1,000 to each student to cover the entire 2 year programme.
Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery Louise Jenkins and nursing student Hannah share their advice for getting the most from your nursing interview at ARU.
Nursing is far more than a career. As a nurse you'll make a difference to many people’s lives - including your own.
As a nursing student at ARU, you'll use purpose-built skills labs and sophisticated healthcare equipment.
From Year 1 you'll be out on placement, getting hands-on experience in hospitals and community healthcare teams.
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As part of your nursing studies with ARU, you’ll be able to take advantage of:
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.
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 studentTen placement tips for nursing students
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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.Find out more about our Taster Days
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