DipHE Nursing Associate







2 Years




£4,000 per academic year

Course leader

Esther Reid


Why study DipHE Nursing Associate at The Institute?

The Nursing Associate role will sit alongside existing nursing care support workers and fully-qualified registered nurses to deliver hands-on care for patients. The role will bridge the gap between health and care support workers, who have a care certificate, and graduate registered nurses and offers opportunities for health care assistants to progress into nursing roles.

Course content

What will you study on the DipHE Nursing Associate programme?

Students complete five modules within the first year.

  • Study skills Development
  • Foundations of Nursing Associate practice
  • Essential skills for Nursing Associate practice
  • Introduction to professional nursing practice for Nursing Associates
  • Nursing Associate Practice 1

There are four modules within the second year of the programme

  • Delivering Care Across Boundaries
  • Developing the Nursing Associate Role in Practice
  • Team Leadership and Learning
  • Health Care Practice as a Nursing Associate 2

The modules aim to consolidate previous experience and develop student's knowledge in their practice area.
Students have a module assessment to complete for each module, and a range of assessment methods are used throughout the programme


How is the DipHE Nursing Associate Programme taught?

Theory Sessions

You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches and this course will require your active participation in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students both individually and collaboratively.

Your learning will be supported by technology and this programme will be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools such as online resources, quizzes and learning materials as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers.

Teaching within the Institute is classroom based with some time spent in the practical room.
Students also undertake periods of assessment in practice in their own work setting, called Hub placements. Students gain a range of experiences including adult acute, mental health and community. Students will also undertake 2 week placements per year in other areas of healthcare practice (to include learning disability and child practice areas) known as Spoke placements.

Students will remain as employees as well as becoming students of the Institute in partnership with Middlesex University for the duration of the programme. They do need the support of Supervisors in practice, who will be responsible for assessing the students during their periods of practice assessment. Ongoing support is given to the Supervisors for this role from the programme team.

Students are expected to attend all study and spoke weeks and not take annual leave at these times. Other periods of time are called ‘non-specified’ time, and annual leave should only be taken during these periods. 

Additional features to this course:

  • Group work will be used throughout the programme to enable students to share their experiences and perceptions, to share good practice and discuss challenges faced within set time frames
  • Skills and Practical Workshops will focus on developing clinical skills and abilities utilising underpinning theory. You will have the opportunity to practice and rehearse within secure and safe environments such as skills laboratories
  • Individual and Group tutorials may be used to provide individual or a small group tutorial to support you
  • Lectures will introduce key information, concepts and theories. When used they will be followed up with seminars and group work to ensure clarity and understanding of the concepts introduced, and to maximise the integration of theory and practice

All modules are assessed through coursework, which can be a combination of individual and/or group work, presentations and class based tests. There are also in-class tests and exams.

The learning, teaching and assessment approaches used throughout your programme will encourage you to be actively involved in your learning and to co-operate with other students.

Entry requirements

Applications are welcome from those currently working (or newly employed) as HCSWs, or similar roles. 

 Students must possess;

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades A-C, (including Maths and English), or equivalents - functional skills (level 2) 
  • An NVQ level 2 in Health and Social Care taken within the last 5 years, Maths and English as above are still required
  • Equivalent or higher qualifications would be considered 

Candidates must also pass the university entrance level maths and English tests, and interview as part of the selection process.
Self-funded students are not eligible.

Fees and funding

The fees below refer to the 2019/20 academic year 

£4,000 per year

Full funding is available for HSC employees who are successful at interview. Terms and conditions apply. 


How can the DipHE Nursing Associate support your career?

On successful completion of the programme, students will commence their role as a nursing associate within Health and Social Care and be paid a band 4 salary. Nursing associates will work in accordance with a national job description. This may differ for students who are supported by a private practice area.

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The Institute
Princess Elizabeth Hospital
Rue Mignot
St Martins

Phone: 0044 1481 707328

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