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FdA Health and Wellbeing (Nursing Associate) [Higher Apprenticeship]

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Two years full-time. 

Starts in January 2022

Typical Offer: 

80 UCAS tariff points (or above)
CDD (A-Level), MMP (BTEC). 

Please see Entry Requirements below.

Students on the FdA Health and Wellbeing course at the University benefit from close working relationships with the lecturing team and other experts in the field of health and care from our practice partners in the NHS and other local health and care providers.



The University of Suffolk has a great deal of experience in running Foundation Degrees as well as a number of pre-registration programmes including  nursing, midwifery, radiography and social work programmes and this experience, alongside with significant input from employers, has informed the structure and content of this new programme.

A key aspect is the partnership between the University and local health care providers within the NHS, Private, Voluntary and Independent Sectors.  This partnership enables you to learn whilst in employment combining classroom based theory and practical experience from work-based learning.

Students on the FdA Health and Wellbeing course at the University benefit from close working relationships with the lecturing team and other experts in the field of health and care from our practice partners in the NHS and other local health and care providers. You will benefit from the fact that academic staff here get to know every student as an individual, and will support you through your academic journey with us.

Further information about the University's relationship with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is available in the PSRB register

Course modules

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Personal and Professional Development (Mandatory)

This module aims to provide students with a sound foundation on which to develop key literacy, numeracy and study skills including information technology, problem solving and reflection. It will also provide the student with time management and organisational skills, with the aim of raising student confidence in undertaking academic study.  

Communication and Teamwork (Mandatory)

This module is designed to enable students to gain understanding of the changing nature of health and social care roles and boundaries and to assist in gaining skills in functioning as effective members of a team. It will also develop and enhance the fundamental communication and interpersonal skills required to facilitate effective relationships with others within the health and social care setting.

Health and Wellbeing (Mandatory)

This module aims to introduce students to the changing health and social care landscape to enable appreciation of the challenges faced by society in supporting the health and wellbeing of the population. It aims to raise awareness of health inequalities and the social determinants of health whilst encouraging students to consider how these can be addressed within their sphere of practice through promotion of health and wellbeing

Human Anatomy and Physiology (Optional)

This module aims to provide students with an introduction to human anatomy and physiology. It will enable students to have a clearer understanding of anatomy and physiology and will therefore aid the development of problem-solving skills in practice. The emphasis of this module will be on human structure, function and homeostasis as a basis for physiological health.

Human Growth and Development (Optional)

Everyone moves through a series of stages throughout their lives, a process usually referred to as the life cycle. This module gives students the opportunity to examine and explore how developmental processes, life stages, and human experience, affects individuals.

Practice Learning 1 (Mandatory)

The practice-learning element of the FdA Health and Wellbeing is an integral and essential part of the programme. This module is designed to facilitate student learning in exploring how the theoretical components of the course relate to practice. The student will be expected to use these theoretical ideas to consider and develop their practice within their specific workplace.

Introduction to Research (Mandatory)

This module aims to provide an overview of research, extending the students’ knowledge and appreciation of research issues, from an examination and understanding of methodology and means of application, to an understanding of research in the broad context of professional practice.

Personal Development and Leadership skills (Mandatory)

Personal development, educational, management and leadership skills are essential in order to function successfully within a health and care environment. This module adopts the position that employees at all levels have elements of management and leadership within their roles and that all learners should be able to reflect on their roles and how they contribute to the success of organisational goals.

Practice Learning 2 (Mandatory)

This module will assist the student to demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with their Practice Supervisor and other colleagues to play an instrumental role in the initiation and implementation of a practice improvement plan.

Promoting Health in Acute Care Practice (Optional)

This module is designed to facilitate the role of health care worker in the acute setting and is intended to contribute to the provision of quality care to individuals within the health care environment. The module will enable students to develop and strengthen their knowledge, understanding, practice skills and their ability to undertake fundamental patient assessment and supervised care interventions.

Living Well with Long Term Conditions (Optional)

This module aims to enhance knowledge regarding the impact of long-term health needs. Healthcare is required to be delivered in such a way as to optimise care outcomes, enhance choice, the patient’s experience of the service and quality of life. As increasing numbers of patients and their families / carers live with long-term conditions, the need for care and rehabilitation in all settings will increase.

Foundations of Acute and Long Term Conditions (Optional)

The changing levels of ill health within the population pose a challenge to health workers who care for the needs of individuals and communities. Therefore, this module recognises the need for sound underpinning knowledge to achieve these challenges. It will introduce the student to fundamental bio-psycho-social theories of ill health.

Holistic Care in Mental Health (Optional)

This module aims to explore the concepts of assessment and how it contributes to the service users overall care, understanding the nature, extent and severity to which the person is affected by their mental health problems.  The student will be able to distinguish and appreciate the relationship between biological, psychological and social factors in mental health and ill health.

Recovery in Mental Health (Optional)

This module will enable students to explore the principles and processes of recovery as an assumption, a process and a necessity. To support this understanding an appreciation of human rights, the need for a positive culture of healing and recovery oriented services is required.

Contemporary Issues in Learning Disability Practice (Optional)

Supporting people with learning disabilities in contemporary society demands that health and social care workers have the requisite skills and knowledge to understand the developing needs of people with learning disabilities across the lifespan. The aim of this module is to enable students to apply a holistic approach to care, taking into consideration physical, psychological, cognitive, emotional and cultural needs across the lifespan.

Complexity in Learning Disability Practice (Optional)

Children and adults with learning disabilities present with complex multi-dimensional needs, some being life limiting, life threatening, or restricting social integration. These needs may impact upon the individual’s development, choices and family life. It is essential for students to work collaboratively with other health and social care professionals to promote health and wellbeing and protect potentially vulnerable individuals and their families. This reflects the need for students to be critical decision makers with the ability to develop a flexible approach to care.

Supporting the Safe Management of Medication (Optional)

The purpose of this module is to enable students to develop an awareness of safe medicines management and to enhance their skills to support safe administration of medicines in a variety of settings. The module will provide students with knowledge and understanding of professional guidelines, legislation and ethical issues which impact on medicines administration.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Foundation degree in Health and Wellbeing will be well placed to take advantage of a variety of career openings which exist in the health and care arena.

This programme is offered as a stand alone qualification and as part of the Higher Apprenticeship, and is mapped to the Assistant Practitioner Standard, enabling graduates to work as Assistant Practitioners, Senior Support Workers or Band 4 workers in the NHS, Private, Voluntary or Independent Sector. 

These are workers that deliver care to service users under the direct supervision of a registered practitioner, with a level of knowledge and skill beyond that of the traditional health and care support worker.  They take some tasks from registered professionals and may work across many of the traditional professional boundaries.   

Graduates completing the FdA in Health and Wellbeing will be eligible to apply to study on the Degree Apprenticeship Mental Health or Adult Nursing leading to registration.       

Fees and finance

This Higher Apprenticeship is offered only to students undertaking the course as part of their employment. Apprenticeship training will therefore be funded directly by employers or by employers in partnership with Government. Apprentices will not be required to pay any tuition or course fees, and will not be eligible for any Student Finance England maintenance support.

Please see our Apprenticeship pages for more information about apprenticeship funding.

Entry requirements


Lecturer in Health Apprenticeships

Lecturer in Health Apprenticeships

Lecturer in Health Apprenticeships

Lecturer and Course Leader in Adult Nursing (District Nursing)