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Foundation Degree Science Nursing Associate, Level 5, 2020/21 - Course Handbook

Foundation Degree Science Nursing Associate
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Welcome to the Course

Mark Hillier

Welcome to our new and continuing students for the Foundation Degree Science Nursing Associate apprenticeship. This handbook provides you with information that you will need on your course. You should find it helpful when you first start, when you are preparing for assessment and at any time that you need help or advice in connection with your studies here. You will also receive a Module Handbook for each module you study on your course and a Practice Learning Handbook.

You are enrolled on an apprenticeship course that is preparing you for a career which carries with it both privilege and responsibility. You should be proud of the profession of which you are preparing to enter and look forward to upholding the values and standards that have made UK nursing so well regarded across the world. It is important that you conduct yourself professionally at all times in order to justify the trust the public places in our profession. This can take some getting used to at first, but your course team and employers are here to support you. Throughout your course you will learn about the behaviour and conduct that the public expects from nurses and nursing associates. You will develop and be assessed on the knowledge, skills and attitude that you need to become a nursing associate. You should use the Nursing & Midwifery Council's Code of Conduct (2018) to guide your conduct at all times during the course, https://www.nmc.org.uk/standards/code.

A lot of the information that follows in this handbook is common to all our pre-registration nursing provision. However, our intention is that you start to identify with the unique requirements for nursing associates from the onset. We have a team of staff who have a commitment to nursing and we work in partnership with your highly committed employers and placement providers to facilitate your development into future practitioners that are able to shape the future of nursing locally, nationally and even on a global platform.

The course is challenging and rewarding in equal measures - do commit to developing good relationships with your fellow students and with your practice support tutor. We look forward to getting to know you over the weeks and years ahead and working in partnership with you all. It is a privilege to be part of your journey. The course team is looking forward to working with you this year and we hope that your time studying with us at Leeds Beckett is both enjoyable and successful. Your course team and the School of Health and Community Studies are committed to ensuring that you continue to have opportunities to access the learning and wellbeing support that you need over the coming year. Your practice support tutor and Course Leader are available to help with any questions regarding your learning support arrangements in 2020/21.

Please note that the course was approved for delivery during the 2019/20 academic year by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), so sometimes in the sections below we provide information for apprentices who commenced before September 2020 and for apprentices who commenced from September 2020 (NMC Standards 2018).

Mark Hillier, Director of Nursing Apprenticeships
Catherine Waskett, Course Leader
David Stonehouse Course Leader

NB: We are expecting a visit by Ofsted in the academic year 2020-21 to review this apprenticeship. We will receive 48 hours’ notice of a visit and as soon as a visit is confirmed, we will email all apprentices and employers. Visits can last 2-5 days. Preparation for the visit is ongoing and it is important you understand about your involvement in an Ofsted visit to help in this preparation. You can be involved in a number of ways, e.g., all apprentices are asked to complete an online Ofsted questionnaire, teaching sessions are observed, you could be invited to meet the inspectors to discuss the apprenticeship and your experiences, and you may be visited at work (often a virtual meeting). Ofsted also asks to see samples of apprentices' assessments. Please see the appendices below for more details. If you have any queries on the preparations for the visit, please contact Mark.

Welcome to your course in the School of Health and Community Studies. Whether you are a new or returning student I am delighted to be able to welcome you into the 2020/21 academic year.

The year ahead will contain successes, challenges, and personal growth for you, and the School’s team of dedicated academic staff and administrators are here to help you to achieve your potential.

The School has a broad range of disciplines in our Health Promotion, Nursing and Healthcare, Psychological Therapies and Mental Health, and Social and Community Studies groups. Our academic teams work collaboratively, drawing on each other’s expertise to support learning, undertake professional practice and consultancy, and deliver internationally recognised, societally impactful research.

Throughout the year ahead please do take time to let us know what you are enjoying and what you find valuable, but also please let us know if there are things we could do differently to improve your experience through feedback to your Course Director, at the School Forum or through module evaluations and surveys.

I wish you every success for this academic year.

Dr Duncan Sharp

Dr Duncan Sharp, Dean of School

Welcome to Leeds Beckett Students’ Union!

Here in the SU we’re here to support, connect and represent you! Whether it’s gathering feedback on how you’re finding Uni, running in an election to become a full-time officer or joining a society, the SU’s got your back! Below you can find information on a few of our services including the advice service, student voice and how to be a course rep. If you’ve any questions on what the SU is, how it can support you or want to share feedback and have a rant, please feel free to message us. You can follow us on social media by searching LeedsBeckettSU on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the most up to date information.

My role as your Education officer is to support and represent you. If you have feedback you’d like to pass on, want to chat about a campaign idea or about the many things on Disney+, then you’ve found your one stop shop gal! I’m a student just like you and study Speech and Language Therapy, for a fun fact, drop me a message, you can find me on Facebook by searching ‘Sherry Iqbal’
I’m really looking forward to meeting you (virtually!) and wish you the best! See you around.

Sherry Iqbal, Education Officer, LBSU

Your apprenticeship offers you a great opportunity to gain valuable skills and knowledge, both at work and at the University, that will ensure you are fully competent in your chosen field and enable you to progress further with your career.

All successful apprenticeships are built on strong relationships between the Apprentice, their employer and the University, in particular the Course Team. These colleagues are there to support you on your learning journey and so you will work closely with them to make sure you get the most out of this exciting experience. It is essential that you keep your employer and Course Team fully up-to-date with any matters relating to your attendance, any support you might need and any other challenges you come across.

As you will be aware, all Apprentices sign a number of documents before starting their apprenticeship, including a Commitment Statement which provides details of the apprenticeship requirements that have been agreed to by yourself, your employer and the University. This key document will follow you through your apprenticeship and will allow you to see your progress and identify areas you might want to strengthen. Please refer to the Commitment Statement and contact your employer and/ or Course Team if you have any questions about the apprenticeship.

An important part of all apprenticeships is for Apprentices to spend at least 20% of their working time “off-the-job”. This time is typically spent in University but it may also include learning activities in your workplace, but outside you normal day-to-day activities. This learning will ensure you gain the necessary skills and knowledge for your career role. You will need to keep track of this off-the-job learning but your employer and Course Team will help you with this. In addition to informal contact, there will be opportunities for you to formally discuss your off-the-job learning, and general progress/ issues, at meetings between your employer, the Course Team and yourself, these are referred to as Tripartite Reviews, and these are a requirement of all apprenticeships. Details of your Tripartite Reviews, and other ways to access support at work and University, will be recorded in your Commitment Statement.

Introduction

This Handbook contains important information about Leeds Beckett University’s planned approach to course delivery and assessment in 2020/21. You should read this web page carefully so that you are aware of any changes that affect your course.  

The University is informed by Government and Public Health England (PHE) Covid-19 advice and guidance for maintaining a Covid-secure learning and working environment. Working closely with apprenticeship employers, we have made arrangements to continue to provide a high-quality educational experience in a way that protects the safety and wellbeing of both students and staff. We are engaging closely with Leeds Beckett Students’ Union to inform the arrangements and will also be informed by feedback provided by our individual students. 

Government and Public Health England advice and guidance from apprenticeship bodies continues to evolve, so the arrangements for delivery of your course and use of the campus may need to change during the academic year to continue to protect students and staff.

The taught content at each level of study, or its equivalent, will be delivered across the academic year 2020/21.  We have identified an appropriate mix of blended learning – a mix of face-to-face, on-campus, online and digital content and teaching and learning for each subject, reflecting what will maximise learning as well as supporting more vulnerable learners and enabling the university as a whole to minimise transmission risk.

Covid-19 social distancing measures will be implemented during 2020/21 for teaching, learning, assessment and student support.  

In the event of further government lockdowns, either local or national, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable you to continue with your studies. 

Courses are being taught in either three teaching blocks or two semesters. If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for teaching block 1 or semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice. We may revert to different proportions of on-campus learning and online learning delivery later in the academic calendar year or a later teaching block.  Learning will remain accessible for students who are unable to attend on campus sessions. 

How we will communicate with you

As part of the Admissions and Enrolment process, we have sent information to new and continuing apprentices on the plans for delivery of your course in 2020/21, the academic calendar (teaching block delivery or alternative) applicable for your course and the options available to you, to enable you to make informed choices. 
As the situation evolves, further information on local course delivery arrangements will be provided to you in emails and on the University’s Covid-19 microsite.

In addition to the course specific information set out in this Handbook and the above communications, the University’s Covid-19 microsite contains information for students/ apprentices and applicants, including information relating to University accommodation and University facilities and services.  The Covid-19 microsite is regularly reviewed and updated as the situation, advice and planning evolve and is available at: www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/covid19/

Key terms and conditions

Before you start your apprenticeship, you are required to sign an Apprenticeship Agreement and Commitment Statement, documents that outline the key terms and conditions of your apprenticeship and provide links to other sources of information.  It is essential that you carefully read these documents and are clear on what is required from you, your employer and the University.  If you have any questions regarding how Covid-19 could affect your apprenticeship please refer to the Covid-19 microsite Degree Apprenticeships page that may provide you with an answer or contact your employer, your Course Director or the Apprenticeship Team (apprenticeships@leedsbeckett.ac.uk). 

Location of delivery

In academic year 2020/21, it is planned that your course will be delivered via a blend of online and digital learning and on-campus teaching and learning, with the necessary Covid-19 social distancing and other measures in place on campus informed by the Government and Public Health England advice and guidance. 
Information on how blended teaching and learning will be delivered and the location of any on-campus delivery is provided in subsequent sections of this Handbook entitled ‘Location(s) of Delivery’ and ‘Teaching and Learning Activities’. 

Policies, Standards and Regulations 

Covid-19 social distancing measures will be in place for teaching, learning, assessment and student support in 2020/21. This means that there will be operational requirements and protocols in place for the way in which your course is delivered and the way in which University activities, facilities, and spaces operate which students and staff will need to follow.   

In the event of further government lockdowns either local or national in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies. We may need to implement approved emergency Covid-19 pandemic academic regulations to take account of the impact of Covid-19 general extenuating circumstances. 

Details of the policies and regulations which are relevant to you are available in the ‘Policies, Standards and Regulations’ section of this Handbook.  

Placements and Other Off-Campus Learning Opportunities 

If your course involves placement(s) outside the workplace, Covid-19 response measures are likely to impact on the arrangements for placements. If available, these are likely to operate with appropriate social distancing arrangements.  Employers may reduce the availability of placement or volunteering opportunities due to the impact of Covid-19 on their operations. 

For more information about how your placements are planned and current updates please contact your Course Director or your Placement Team, contact details in the apprenticeship commitment statement. 

Students will have access to advice and support throughout their apprenticeship from the University careers and employability team during their studies via the online resources and support.

Change of Circumstances

Apprentices may find that throughout their apprenticeship they experience changes in their circumstances. The ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency) has clear guidance about the support available and the requirements that need to be met when an apprentice’s circumstances change. This guidance includes changes in personal circumstances where the apprentice may need to take a ‘break in learning’. Where apprentices are made redundant or change employer. This also includes where apprentices have been ‘furloughed’. Government guidance is evolving continuously to support apprentices in response to Covid-19. 

If you think you may face or are facing any of these changes in circumstances or would like to discuss your apprenticeship in general, please contact the Apprenticeships Team on 0113 812 4500 or by email at apprenticeships@leedsbeckett.ac.uk for up to date advice, support and guidance. 

Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course

We will prioritise face-to-face teaching and practical teaching to meet any requirements of relevant professional, statutory and regulatory bodies (PSRB) if your course includes these elements. This will ensure that your course retains its full professional status. 

Where applicable, specific information on applicable professional statutory or regulatory body recognition or requirements for your course is summarised in the ‘Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course’ section below.

Teaching and Learning Activities

The way we will deliver this course and teaching, learning and assessment activities in 2020/21 will be informed by Public Health England advice and guidance from apprenticeship bodies on Covid-19 secure requirements and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff. 

You will experience a blended approach to learning for 2020/21; this is a mix of face-to-face, on campus online, and digital content, teaching and learning. 
We are working within the government 2 metre social distancing measures for Teaching Block 1 so we are not planning to deliver large-group teaching on campus throughout 2020/2021. This will ensure that maximum space will be available for small-group teaching.

In most cases, the taught content will also be available online so you can still access it if you are not able to attend campus due to the pandemic (for example, due to self-isolation, shielding or travel restrictions). There will be digital content and recorded lectures available online to support students who may be unable to travel to campus. In some circumstances, other formal taught sessions may also be recorded. 

In the event of a further government lockdown in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies and study towards achieving any specified professional statutory and regulatory body accreditation requirements where this applies.   Students are advised that they will need a personal digital device for this purpose. The University’s wide range of student support services available for students also includes a laptop loans scheme. Students may wish to bring an existing personal device or purchase or lease a laptop or similar device for their personal use which would be an additional cost.  The costs of this would vary depending on your individual requirements but can be in the region of £400-800 depending on the device. If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for teaching block 1 or semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice (see Introduction section above).

Further information on local course delivery arrangements will continue to be available from your School. 

Learning Support

Our approach to delivering student support in 2020/21

Given the planned social distancing measures in place on campus for 2020/21 to ensure safe delivery of services for students and staff, some of the arrangements for student support will be accessible online. 

We are committed to ensuring you continue to have opportunities to access the learning and wellbeing support that you need over the forthcoming year. General learning spaces, including access to libraries, will be available to be booked online; and where specialist space is needed, this will either be provided: as normal; created in newly adapted spaces; or replicated as part of an enhanced suite of online resources.

We want to provide a safe environment for students and staff, so on-campus delivery of student support services will be limited. This may mean that campus-based school offices will operate within defined core office hours.  However, full access to advice, learning support and specialist services will be delivered via telephone, email, video calls and online live chat.  The Students' Union will also be implementing social distancing arrangements for student advice services. 
Access to Library support in 2020/21

The Library offers access to thousands of resources via MyBeckett or the Library website which also provides full details of all our services. 

In response to Covid-19, and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff, the libraries will be available via a booking system in 2020/21 for students to study, access PCs and laptops, printer/ copiers, and other equipment, and to use the books and journals

Further information on Library support is available in the ‘Library and IT Support’ section of this Handbook. 

Range of Support Services Available

There is a range of support for disabled or vulnerable students. Any student with a disability, who may or may not have declared this to the University and wishes to discuss their learning support for the year ahead or their status as a Covid-19 extremely vulnerable person, should contact their Disability Adviser for their School who is based in Student Services to discuss their support needs in the first instance.  The service contact details are disabilityadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or telephone 0113 812 5831. Students who are classed at Covid-19 Extremely Vulnerable (i.e. you have received a Shielding Letter from the NHS) but who do not regard themselves as disabled, and have not registered with the Disability Team, should discuss any support arrangements they may need, directly with their Course Director and if resident in halls, their Residential Life Team.

Further information is available in the ‘Support for Disabled Students’ section of this Handbook. 

Information on the support available from your School and other Services is available in the ‘Key Contacts’ and ‘Learning Support’ sections of this Handbook. 
In order to provide you with information on student services support in 2020/21 in response to the changing Covid-19 position, updated information will be provided on our University Covid-19 microsite.

Course-specific information

Please note that this course is being taught with a semester-based delivery (not in teaching blocks) using a non-standard 2020/21 Student Academic Calendar provided below.

It is currently planned for 2020-21 that the course induction and module sessions will be delivered online following the existing course and module timetables. Practical sessions will usually be on campus and clinical sessions will be taught in PPE provided by the School. This delivery will be kept under regular review and students will be informed of changes as soon as possible

Access to a personal digital device and head set to enable participation in digital and online learning, teaching and assessment is essential. Online delivery may use a variety of platforms including Collaborate, Skype for Business and MS Teams. Other platforms may be used for specific activities. Support is available from the University to enable you to use platforms or software that you are unfamiliar with; you can download Microsoft Office onto your device by logging into your Office 365 portal from the IT tab on MyBeckett and obtain IT Support here: https://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/it_support. Online assessments may require you to download software prior to the exams and this will usually require up-to-date operating systems.

Please note that that Chromebooks do not work well with some of the software you will be required to use.

Details of how students will be supported to engage with online content and assessment on the course will be covered at induction and detailed in your module handbooks, available on MyBeckett. You will be guided to the support available from the University to help with unfamiliar software or platforms for your modules. You will also be guided to our usual online resources, such as the Skills for Learning and the Library resources, and to the support provided by the Library Academic Support team. You will receive guidance on managing your independent study hours for each module undertaken.

Clinical Skills Suite: In order that the Clinical Skills Suite can be used safely, some extra health and safety rules have been put in place. Students must self-assess prior to coming on campus for each session and must not attend if unwell; students must comply with the risk assessment guidance; and students must sign in and out of the Suite to ensure contract tracing is possible, if necessary. The course team will ensure continued risk assessment/ compliance with PHE guidelines; will provide PPE for clinical teaching/practical skills purposes; will limit student numbers for physical distancing and reduced contact; and will provide clear and current guidance and risk assessments to students prior to and when accessing the Suite.

For PPE on placement, students will follow their employer/placement provider’s guidelines and PPE is provided to ensure their safety and the safety of services users.

Key Contacts & Keeping in Touch

On this course, the academic advisor role is undertaken by the practice support tutor. You will be advised who is your practice support tutor normally during induction.

Lisa Forbes, l.forbes@leedsbeckett.ac.uk 0113 812 7967
Zoe Lambert, z.l.lambert@leedsbeckett.ac.uk 0113 812 7101
Dr David Stonehouse, d.stonehouse@leedsbeckett.ac.uk 0113 8129256
Catherine Waskett, c.h.waskett@leedsbeckett.ac.uk 0113 812 4438

Staff offices are on the fifth floor, Portland Building.

Your practice support tutor is your first point of contact for academic and personal matters while you are studying at Leeds Beckett. Your practice support tutor is responsible for your academic support across all modules and is there for pastoral support throughout the year. They may signpost to student services for counselling, financial support, etc. as appropriate. Your practice support tutor will meet with you at the start of the course and then offer you an appointment within the first four weeks of semester one to discuss any personal support requirements you may have and to review your pre-course work and academic plans. You will also meet with your practice support tutor for practice support sessions and you should be able to discuss any support requirements with them either during or after the session.

During your apprenticeship you will be supported by a range of staff at work and University, including a Workplace Mentor. Your Workplace Mentor will be a key contact for you at work and will help you in a number of ways, such as identifying relevant learning opportunities and to help you succeed with these. More details of your Workplace Mentor, and other support options, will be listed in your Commitment Statement.

Richard Whitehead, r.whitehead@leedsbeckett.ac.uk, 0113 812 5153, Calverley Building room 518

When elected, your Course Representative details will be provided in class or via MyBeckett.

The Academic Librarians for this course are Kirsty Bower, Maria Kulas, Laurence Morris and Caroline Robinson.

Please contact them at: hcslibrary@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Or complete their online Get Help form for help with academic and research skills.

Course Leaders

Catherine Waskett, c.h.waskett@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Dr David Stonehouse, d.stonehouse@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

QUICK GUIDE TO CONTACTING PEOPLE FOR SUPPORT - information from your Practice Learning Handbook

Practice Learning Team, Emma Bates: TNA@leedsbeckett.ac.uk Tel: 0113 81 26278 for the following:
InPlace support
Questions regarding self-sourced placement
Concerns over your placement allocation e.g. travel time
Pre-booked annual leave

Director of Practice Nursing and Healthcare, Mark Hillier, m.d.hillier@leedsbeckett.ac.uk for the following:
Questions regarding self-sourced placement approval
Concerns over your placement allocation
Raising / escalating concerns in practice
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Your practice support tutor (if not available, please contact your Course Leader) - contact for queries regarding the following examples:
Portfolio assessments
Practice incidents and concerns
Safeguarding concerns
Personal support
Sickness or absence from placement (also needs to be reported to your employer and nursing@leedsbeckett.ac.uk)
Support with individual learning plans
Support for returning apprentices
Support for apprentices who may be at risk of failing placements
Support for apprentices with reasonable adjustments
Arranging risk assessments for apprentices who are pregnant
Contributing to practice-based risk assessment for apprentices with reasonable adjustments for practice

The contact details of other key services, such as the Student Advice Hub, Disability Support, Library, Money, Careers, Students' Union Advice Service and Students' Union Student Voice Team can be found on the Students web page.

Academic and administrative staff at our University use your student email address to contact you. It is important that you check this account regularly i.e. at least twice a week. You can forward emails from your student email address to a preferred personal email address, however, quarantine and spam filters needed by our University mean that emails sent from external email addresses may be delayed, blocked or deleted. It is therefore important that your student email address is the only email address that you use to contact University staff. Information on how to access your student email address can be found on the Library Student IT Support page (http://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/it_support/office365/outlook)

Please make sure that you inform your Course Administration team whenever you change your address and contact details. It is important that you also update your records yourself. You can do this via the My Account/Update my Data tab on MyBeckett. This will ensure we can always contact you in an emergency, and that you receive any important University communications that we may need to send you.

We will inform you of class activities and course notifications, including any cancellations. Cancellations or changes to timetables will be notified as soon as possible. This will usually be done by email to student email address and announcements sent out via MyBeckett. If on a rare occasion, you do attend a session and the member of staff does not arrive, please contact the Course Administrator for advice.

For each module, the Module Handbook will include the preferred method of communicating general information about that module to you and the Nursing Group on MyBeckett will be the preferred method of communicating course Information.

Your course team is based in Portland Building, fifth floor, and your School admin office is in Calverley Building room 518, when on campus.

Contacting Staff
If you need to contact a member of the academic team, you should first try to speak to them at the end of your lectures or in practice support. If they are not available, or the matter is urgent, please email them for an appointment.

When we are on campus, nursing staff are based in Portland Building on level 5. Staff emails and phone numbers are displayed in the student learning space and if you have an appointment with a staff member, you should phone the relevant member of staff from this area and they will come to meet you.

Responses from Staff
Please allow staff 3-5 of their working days to respond to your email and if you do not receive a response, please re-email or phone. If you do have difficulties contacting a member of the team, your course leader or administrator will be able to help.

Changes to Timetables
Please check the electronic timetable regularly (at least once a week) to see any changes which may have been made to forthcoming sessions. The course team will notify you by email of any changes which have to be made with short notice – i.e., affecting sessions in the forthcoming 7 working days.

Reporting absences
You must email nursing@leedsbeckett.ac.uk if you are going to be absent for any University / placement session or hours. Please provide the following information:
• Your full name
• Your course
• Your year
• Your practice support tutor’s name
• Date/s of absence
• Modules and or placement areas you will be absent from

You must also inform your employer and placement if due on placement. See more details in the apprenticeship guide appendix.

Skype for Business is a communication tool for staff and students:

  • Make calls using audio, video and instant messages across the University community.
  • Create and participate in group online meetings to support project assignments.
  • Available across University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.
  • Fully integrated with the Office 365 suite already used by staff and students.

Further information is available on the Library's Skype for Business web page for students. 

MS Teams is part of the Office 365 suite used by staff and students for communication and collaboration: 

  • Access via MyBeckett on University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.  
  • Participate in online meetings and video conferencing in groups or one-to-one.  
  • Work on shared content, ideas, projects and online learning.  

Further information is available on the Library's MS Teams FAQ web page.

Your course team will advise how Skype for Business, MS Teams and Collaborate will be used on your course.

Do you need to know more about joining your online teaching sessions or seminars? See the guidance from the Library on this link: How do I attend an online meeting/seminar/webinar?

For information on Collaborate, see this link: How do I access a Collaborate session?

Timetable Information

This course will be scheduled using a teaching block or semester-based delivery. The 2020/21 academic calendar and term dates are available on our Academic Calendars web page.

Taught sessions will normally be scheduled and included in your timetable. This will include on-campus sessions that you should attend. In 2020/21, depending on your course, this may also include scheduled online teaching and learning sessions where student engagement is required at a specified time and tutor pre-recorded lectures and scheduled discussion sessions. Module information will be made available online by the school for enrolled students.

Timetables will be made available to students during induction week via:
1. The Student Portal (MyBeckett)
2. The Leeds Beckett app

You should discuss any difficulties relating to your engagement with timetabled sessions with your Course Administrator.

The School Forums, where students raise feedback on their academic experience, are scheduled into all students’ timetables. Any student can attend but only Course Reps are expected to be in attendance.

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Course Overview

Health Education England (HEE) produced specific outcomes for nursing associate training, through the ‘Nursing Associate Curriculum Framework. The skills and knowledge from this framework were used to create the Nursing Associate Apprenticeship Standard. HEE advises that the overall aim from the programme is to develop a nursing associate who is fit to practise in the widest range of settings as well as being equipped with the specific knowledge, skills and capabilities required for the context in which they have trained and are employed. In addition the ‘Working Draft standards of proficiency for nursing associates’ (NMC 2017) states that ‘The nursing associate will have the skills and knowledge to monitor and review the care they deliver, identify when the care plans needs amendment, and refer back to the nurse when necessary’.

The Nursing Associate Curriculum Framework presents the aims and learning outcomes expected in a nursing associate course in the following eight domains:
Domain 1, Professional values and parameters of practice: The nursing associate must be able to exercise personal responsibility and work independently within defined parameters of practice, taking the initiative in a variety of situations and performing a range of clinical and care skills consistent with the roles, responsibilities and professional values of a nursing associate.
Domain 2, Person-centred approaches to care: The nursing associate must be able to exercise those skills, attitudes and behaviours that support the planning, delivery and evaluation of high quality person-centred, holistic care.
Domain 3, Delivering care: The nursing associate must be able to work across organisational boundaries/ in a range of health and care settings and apply, in practice, the range of clinical and care skills appropriate to their parameters of practice.
Domain 4, Communication and inter-personal skills: The nursing associate must be able to communicate effectively across a wide range of channels and with a wide range of individuals, the public, health and social care professionals, maintaining the focus of communication on delivering and improving health and care services and will possess those inter-personal skills that promote clarity, compassion, empathy, respect and trust.
Domain 5, Duty of care, candour, equality and diversity: The nursing associate must be able to explain the principles underpinning duty of care, equality and diversity and the need for candour and will consistently demonstrate the application of those principles in across life course and range of settings.
Domain 6, Supporting learning and assessment in practice: The nursing associate must be able to exercise those skills, attitudes and behaviours that support personal development and life-long learning together as well as those associated with the development of others.
Domain 7, Team-working and leadership: The nursing associate must be able to explain the principles underpinning leadership frameworks and associated team-working and leadership competencies and demonstrate a range of those competencies, attitudes and behaviours required of a nursing associate.
Domain 8 Research, Development and Innovation: The nursing associate must be able to demonstrate the importance of research and innovation, and their own role in this, across the health and care landscape in improving the quality of patient safety and care and in addressing the challenges faced within the context of rising public expectations.

On completion of the apprenticeship, students will be able to:
Exercise personal responsibility and work independently within defined parameters of practice, taking the initiative in a variety of situations and performing a range of clinical/practical skills consistent with the roles, responsibilities and professional values of a nursing associate.
Exercise those skills, attitudes and behaviours that support the planning, delivery and evaluation of high quality person-centred, holistic care.
Work across organisational boundaries in a range of health and care settings and apply, in practice, the range of nursing skills appropriate to their parameters of practice.
Demonstrate the importance of research and innovation, and their own role in this, across the health and care landscape in improving the quality of patient safety and care and in addressing the challenges faced within the context of rising public expectations.
Use a variety of communication and coaching skills to engage, work collaboratively with and disengage therapeutically from service users and carers and demonstrate critical self-awareness, autonomy and enterprise while working both independently and within teams, contributing to the development of other future nursing associates and care assistants and healthcare professionals.
Apply underlying principles of leadership and team working to develop the nursing associate role and work as an effective and valued member of the healthcare team.

Work more independently in practice, with less direct supervision, in a safe and increasingly confident manner.
Identify, apply and evaluate a range of culturally sensitive approaches in practice to prevent and manage ill health and promote well-being.
Integrate into practice the key policies, principles and theories relevant to general nursing, demonstrating values of commitment to collaborative, co-productive models of healthcare.
Apply skills of evaluating research and other forms of evidence using digital healthcare resources to inform and enhance nursing practice.
Use more complex interpersonal skills in order to build and maintain effective caring compassionate and person centred nursing associate relationships with service users in more challenging situations.
Recognise and work in practice within the professional, legal and ethical boundaries of a nursing associate and show leadership in the development of the role within the multidisciplinary team.

During your apprenticeship you will develop Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSBs) that have been identified by employers and subject experts across the country as being essential in ensuring you are fully competent in your specialised role. These KSBs are built into the modules you will study as part of the apprenticeship and will be developed through a range of learning activities at work and at University.

During your apprenticeship you will develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours that have been identified by employers and subject experts across the country as being essential in ensuring you are fully competent in your specialised role. These knowledge, skills and behaviours are built into the modules you will study as part of the apprenticeship and will be developed through a range of learning activities at work and at University.

The apprenticeship's learning outcomes listed above collectively reflect the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to become a competent registered nursing associate as defined by the sector in the Apprenticeship Standard and the NMC’s Standards.

Assessment & Feedback

Level 4 is assessed by coursework, with examinations and practical assessments.
Level 5 is assessed by coursework, with examinations and practical assessments.
Apprentices are assessed in practice and in the workplace at both levels.

All Apprentices are required to complete an End Point Assessment (EPA) before they can successfully pass the apprenticeship. Before an Apprentice can attempt the EPA they must satisfy a number of criteria, which are referred to as Gateway Requirements. Once they have met the Gateway requirements, the Apprentices undertake the EPA tasks which are designed to test the Apprentice’s KSBs and their overall competency.

EPAs will be assessed by an outside organisation (EPAO) or by someone within the University who has not been involved in the delivery of the apprenticeship.

The Apprenticeship grade will normally be based on the EPA, for example, if you achieve a Merit in the EPA you will be awarded a Merit in the Apprenticeship.

You are advised to contact your Course Director with any questions relating to the EPA.

Your Nursing Associate integrated End-Point Assessment (EPA)

PLEASE ENSURE you understand your EPA and EPA gateway requirements and discuss these regularly with your employer and practice support tutor at your tripartite meetings.

When this apprenticeship standard was originally approved, it had a ‘non-integrated’ EPA, meaning additional assessments had to be undertaken after the degree was awarded in order to complete the apprenticeship. This is no longer the case and the EPA is now integrated in the degree. The Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education has published the EPA plan for the Nursing Associate fully integrated apprenticeship standard and here is a summary.

Overview
Apprentices will typically spend 24 months on-programme working towards the occupational standard. The EPA period should only start, and the EPA be arranged, once the employer and NMC Approved Education Institution are satisfied that the apprentice is consistently working at or above the level set out in the occupational standard and all of the pre-requisite gateway requirements for EPA have been met.

It is expected that the gateway will be reached on completion of the final qualification module and before the Examination Board. The EPA period is expected to last a maximum of one month beginning when the apprentice has passed the EPA gateway. The EPA starts with the Examination Board and finishes when the University makes the required declarations to the NMC. The apprentice is not required to carry out any additional assessments. The EPA will determine the overall apprenticeship standard and grades of:
Pass
Fail
Please note that you can no longer achieve a merit or distinction for your EPA and apprenticeship, but apprentices can still achieve merit (level 5 average mark of 60% - 69%) or distinction (level 5 average mark of 70% and over) for the FdSc Nursing Associate award.

Gateway requirements (this wording has been contextualised for your apprenticeship)
The apprentice has met the knowledge, skills and behaviours: the employer and University are satisfied the apprentice has consistently demonstrated they meet the KSBs of the occupational standard.
Achieved English and mathematics at Level 2.
Practice Assessment Document (PAD) completed and signed-off by the workplace and University supervisor or assessor/practice and academic assessor.
For apprentices on the HEE Framework apprenticeship: Completion of all required modules, taking into account any recognition of prior learning (RPL), of the qualification based on the Health Education England Nursing Associate Curriculum Framework (HEE 2017) which includes the mandatory protected learning time and a minimum 675 hours of external practice placements but before the Examination Board.
For apprentices on the NMC 2018 Standards apprenticeship: Completion of all required modules, taking into account any Recognition of prior learning (RPL), of the foundation degree approved by the NMC in line with the requirements specified in the Nursing Associates Programme Standards (NMC 2018) which includes the mandatory protected learning time and a minimum 460 hours of external practice placements but before the Examination Board.

The EPA plan and your occupational standard are on these Institute for Apprenticeship & Technical Education web pages:

HEE Framework: https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/nursing-associate-v1-1

NMC 2018 Standards: https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/nursing-associate-(nmc-2018)-v1-1

Current Covid-19 situation and temporary discretions/flexibilities for the EPA

For our apprentices approaching their end of their apprenticeships, there are some ‘flexibilities’ put in place by the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education during the Covid-19 situation to help make sure the EPA can continue to take place. Here is their current guidance:

The Institute is supporting new flexibilities for Registered Nurse (RN) Degree Apprentices and Nursing Associate (NA) Apprentices that reflect the adjustments made by the Nursing and Midwifery Council with regard to professional registration in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

With immediate effect and during the Covid-19 crisis any RN and NA apprentices who have:
Completed a recognised apprenticeship programme leading to a nursing qualification;
Been assessed as having permanently met the requirements for occupational competence and therefore Professional Registration with the NMC;
Have passed through the apprenticeship gateway (see above for these details);
Will be regarded to have met the End Point Assessment (EPA) requirements and have achieved their apprenticeship.

This change to the EPA process will only be applied to qualifying apprentices during the Covid-19 crisis. The measure reflects the alignment of professional registration and EPA for the Registered Nurse and Nursing Associate apprenticeship programmes.

Your Course Director will keep you informed about any changes to your EPA and also see the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education web page for updates: https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/covid-19/recent-announcements/nursing-apprenticeship-flexibilities-announced/

Please note the exam/assessment periods in the programme plan and make sure that you are available during those periods. Further details of your schedule of examinations can be found on your timetable once the examination schedule is released. Coursework submission deadlines can normally be found on MyBeckett and in individual Module Handbooks/other module guides.

Disabled students requiring adjustments to assessments and/or examinations should contact Disability Advice at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss their support requirements. In order for adjustments to be identified and implemented in a timely fashion we urge all students to register with us as soon as possible, as we cannot provide adjustments at short notice.

For further information visit Disability Advice or email us at disabilityadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or call us on 0113 812 5831. Please also see Disability Advice on the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett for further information.

It is important for your progression and achievement that you submit all work for all assignments in a timely manner. It is also important that you keep copies of all work submitted until after you have graduated. You should also keep any receipts confirming the submission of assignments. In the event of your submitted work being lost you may be required to produce a copy of the work and submission receipt. If you are unable to do so, your work will not be marked.

It is important to note that submitting all assignments is a requirement of your course. Should you experience extenuating circumstances which prevent you from submitting on time please make yourself aware of the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances process. Without any form of extenuating circumstances, standard penalties apply for late submission of assessed work. Full details of the penalties for late submission of course work are available in section 3.12 of the Academic Regulations. Please check the penalties that apply to this course as some Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body requirements may mean that different penalties apply.

If you have been recommended ‘flexibility around deadlines’ as a reasonable adjustment in a Reasonable Adjustment Plan, your Course Administrator will be able to advise you of the process.

Due to the professional requirements of the course, readers and scribes are not usually permitted in any exams relating to online calculations, health care numeracy assessments or practical exams. These exams and assessments replicate practice and this level of support is not reasonable in practice. Students will be supported with extra time if detailed in the reasonable adjustment plan.

You may be required to submit your written work via Turnitin; further information on Turnitin is available.

GUIDELINES FOR ASSIGNMENT PRESENTATION

The following guidelines are offered as a general requirement for all assignments unless specified otherwise in a specific module handbook.

Format
Layout - assignments must be typed in double line spacing (except for quotations of more than 3 lines) on a A4 size document. Margins should be 2 cm wide. Pages should be numbered. Font - Arial, size 12 should be used.

Structure
Title Page - giving your student number, University details, course, module details and word count.

Acknowledgements - for support received in preparation of the work.

Statement of Confidentiality - a clear statement of your intention to protect the anonymity and confidentiality of clients and colleagues should be included in all assignments. Please see the section on ‘Ensuring anonymity and confidentiality in assignments’ for further guidance.

Contents Page - showing all page numbers for the detailed listing in sequence.

Reference List - for all written assignments, in alphabetical order of authors, listing all journals/books used or referred to in your text. Use the Harvard referencing convention as outlined in ‘Quote Unquote’. http://skillsforlearning.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/Quote_Unquote.pdf

Word count - assignments must not exceed or fall below 10% of the total word count allowed unless otherwise specified. Any content over the word count +10% will be disregarded and will not be marked. For example, if the word count is 3000 words then the marker will mark up to 3300 words and disregard anything written after that point. All words, including quotes, within the assignment are included in the word count, except for the reference list, appendices and any tables. Please specify how many words you have used for your assignment on the front page. Assignments which do not declare their word count will not be marked.

Appendices - if these are required as support materials they should be clearly numbered and listed in the contents page.

Style - try to write in a straightforward, clear style, avoiding colloquialisms and abbreviations like ‘didn't’ and ‘can't’, etc.

Plagiarism - Acknowledge all quotations and sources of information to avoid plagiarism using Harvard referencing. Use single quotation marks at the beginning and ending of the precise words used. Quotations longer than three lines should be indented five spaces and single spaced, so that they stand out clearly from your own material. Check the Skills for Learning web pages for further guidance on avoiding plagiarism and paraphrasing guidance so you can show your understanding.

Ensuring anonymity and confidentiality in assignments

All work submitted must have the confidentiality statement together with a submission sheet. In your academic work, you may be required to draw on your experience in practice. It is vital that in addition to ensuring confidentiality in terms of the names and identifying characteristics of patients/service users/ colleagues, the place of work should not be identifiable in any way. This includes the department, ward or service in addition to the Trust or private organisation. Examples of terms you might consider using to ensure confidentiality include:
.a surgical ward in a large teaching hospitals Trust in the north of England
.a specialist community team from a large mental health Trust in the north of England
..a private nursing home in an inner city area

If you need to cite a local policy or locally developed practice guidelines, you should use the term ‘Trust’ or ‘Nursing Home’ without actually citing the actual name. An example of this would be:
...Mary was assessed using the Trust’s validated pressure sore assessment tool (Trust, 2009)

In the reference list, this should be presented as: Trust (2009) Pressure Sore assessment practice guidelines

In addition, any copies of local documentation that you might be submitting as an appendix (such as an assessment tool) should have any identifiable logos, letterheads or brandings obscured.

If you are in any doubt about the issue of how to maintain confidentiality and anonymity in your written work, please seek advice from your module leader.

NB: Breaching confidentiality of people or place in the content of assignments may lead to the work being referred and receiving a mark of zero. Students must also be aware that if, within any coursework (written or oral), ethical, legal or professional standards appear to be breached in relation to professional practice, your practice support tutor/ Course Leader/ module leader may need to investigate to ensure public protection. This could include contacting your employer. Please discuss any issues of concern about standards of practice/ unsafe or unethical practice with your practice support tutor/ Course Leader / module leader.

Assessed work will normally be returned with appropriate feedback within four weeks of your submission. Each Module Handbook will provide you with specific guidelines on how and when you will receive feedback on your assessments.

Formative feedback: This will be provided either at sessions with practice support tutors (pre-course work and some Skills sessions), during module sessions or via online or written feedback.

Summative feedback:Marks will usually be released online on or before 6pm at the end of the 4 week turn around period. Marks may be released earlier and if so, students will receive an email informing them of the release. The module leader will then arrange for you to collect your work if necessary. Please note this 4 week period does not include Bank holidays and periods where the University is closed for business. Students who are unclear about their feedback should make an appointment to discuss this with the marker in the first instance and should escalate to the Course Leader if there are any unresolved concerns.

In relation to assessment feedback, there is sometimes a perceived delay between submitting an assessment and receiving feedback, as work has to be marked and moderated, before feedback can be given, but this will normally be within the standard four week return period.

Results from module assessments and decisions on progression to the next level of study (e.g., from Level 4 to Level 5 of an undergraduate degree) or awards (if you are in the final level) are available on the Results Online system: https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/results-online/

Results will appear on Results Online within five working days from the date of the Progression and Award Board meeting (the meeting where your end of level outcome will be decided) or the Module Board meeting (the meeting where modular outcomes are decided).

If you are unsure about when you might receive your results or have queries relating to your results, you should contact your Course Administrator.

The University recognises that, from time to time, students may encounter issues which may prevent them from being able to submit or take assessment. Where this is the case, students may be able to submit their 'extenuating circumstances' for consideration. Please see the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances web page for further information.

If you have not passed a module at the first attempt you will be eligible for re-assessment. See your Module Handbook for details of the relevant re-assessment process (e.g., whether it is coursework, an examination, a presentation or other form of assessment/when it will take place/what the deadline is).

You will be advised of the re-assessment opportunity and details by group email or a MyBeckett announcement from the module leader when results for the first assessment are released.

You are advised to contact your module leader, Course Administrator or practice support tutor for any necessary clarification.

Please note that if you fail a module at the reassessment opportunity, the Progression and Award Board may offer you a repeat module or repeat year opportunity. This offer does not guarantee support from your employer to continue your apprenticeship.

If a practice experience is failed, please check the information in the Additional or Non-Standard Regulations section.

Details about our Appeals process can be found on the Appeals web page.

Academic integrity means intellectual honesty and is part of good academic practice. Further information can be found on our Academic Integrity web page.

Teaching & Learning

As part of the apprenticeship students undertake a wide range of off-the-job activities in clinical practice and at University, both face-to-face and online. Off-the-job learning is defined as activity which is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and must teach new knowledge, skills and behaviours that contribute to the successful achievement of an apprenticeship. This can include training delivered at the workplace but must not be delivered as part of normal working duties. Apprentices spend at least 20% of their paid working hours doing off-the-job activities.

Off-the-job learning activities enable apprentices develop the KSBs that are required to successfully complete the apprenticeship’s End-Point Assessment (EPA). Employers and the course team offer support and guidance throughout the apprenticeship, providing the necessary learning opportunities and helping students make the connections between the different activities undertaken. Examples of off-the-job learning include:
Learning and teaching activities include lectures, seminars, application to practice groups, simulated learning, online quizzes, and e-learning modules and activities. There is a course and level overview of learning and teaching which ensures that there is balance across the year and progression throughout the course. There is a focus on encouraging increasing independence and advancing skills, taking account of different preferences, learning styles and disabilities.
Time in practice for developing new clinical knowledge, skills and behaviours through a process of formal practice supervision and assessment and documented within the practice assessment documents. Learning in practice might include: opportunities to practise clinical skills under supervision; observation of practice by a work mentor or practice supervisor/practice assessor; receiving constructive feedback on practice performance; following a patient pathway across settings.

The use of formative assessment is embedded in each module and across the course to maximise learning, to support students’ development of specific academic skill sets such as academic integrity, reflection, case study writing and reports and to prepare students for summative assessments.

Professional standards while studying on the course

To ensure the highest standards of teaching and learning for students, the course team takes a zero tolerance to any disruption in class. Disrupting the learning of others contravenes both Leeds Beckett University Student Regulations, which you have agreed to abide by when enrolling on the course, and the Nursing & Midwifery Code of Conduct (2018). Disruption may take the form of arriving late, using mobile phones in class and talking which disturbs others concentration.

Students are required to refer any student who is in breach of these regulations to the module leader in the first instance, for immediate management and to the Course Leader and employer if problems continue. The module / Course Leader will arrange to meet with the student and may issue a letter of warning following the meeting. Students who do not meet standards of professional behaviour during the course may be referred to the University Fitness to Practise Panel. Information relating to unprofessional conduct may be recorded on any references supplied by the University.

All modules are core

Level 4
Academic Learning for Nursing Practice (NA), 20 credits
Applied Biological Sciences in Nursing Practice (NA) 1, 20 credits
Developing Professional Awareness (NA), 20 credits
Nursing for Health (NA), 20 credits
Preparation for Nursing Associate Clinical Practice, 40 credits

Level 5
Academic Learning for Nursing Practice (NA), 20 credits
Applied Biological Sciences in Nursing Practice (NA) 2, 20 credits
Applied Biological Sciences in Nursing Practice (NA) 3, 20 credits
Nursing for Health (NA), 20 credits
Preparation for Nursing Associate Clinical Practice, 40 credits

Level 5 delivery 2020/21 - January, April, July cohorts, indicative

Semester 1

Core

Semester 2

Core

Academic Learning for Nursing Practice (NA)

Y

Nursing for Health (NA)

Y

Applied Biological Sciences in Nursing Practice (NA) 2 * Y Applied Biological Sciences in Nursing Practice (NA) 3* Y
Preparation for Nursing Associate Clinical Practice Y Preparation for Nursing Associate Clinical Practice cont

* The delivery of these modules is swapped for the January cohort.

A standard 20 credit module equates to 200 notional learning hours, comprising teaching, learning and assessment, placement activities and independent study. The course exceeds the normal 2400 notional hours for a foundation degree due to placement hours.

For Level 4 apprentices who commence from September 2020

The off-the-job minimum learning time requirement is 696 hours which is exceed on this course.

Overall workload in hours

Level 4

Level 5

Teaching and Learning

216

180

Independent Study and Assessment

624

445

Placements and Associated Hours

577.5

1202.5

For Level 5 apprentices who commenced prior to August 2019

Overall workload in hours

Level 4

Level 5

Teaching and Learning

220

210

Independent Study and Assessment

580

420

Placements and Associated Hours

860

710


Details of School academic staff can be found on the School of Health & Community Studies Website.

Attendance & Absence

The University expects you to attend and fully contribute to all mandatory sessions on your timetable as set out in your student contract. Engagement in your lectures, seminars and practicals is an important part of your learning - contributing both to the University community and the learning experience of your fellow students on the course.

We monitor your engagement at the University as regular attendance and academic achievement are closely linked. Moreover, by monitoring your engagement and attendance we can identify students who may need our guidance or support at an early stage to help them progress in their studies. This is part of our commitment to ensuring an excellent education and experience and supporting your success at Leeds Beckett.

The University does understand that from time to time there is good reason why you cannot attend a class, and in this instance you must contact your School office and employer to let them know.

Please note that any attendance reports can be shared with you and your Course team. You might be asked to contact your School office so that appropriate academic or pastoral support can be offered, should your attendance record give cause for concern.

Our most important aim is to support your studies, but we are also required to report attendance to various external bodies such as the Student Loan Company, the Home Office and the Apprenticeship funding body, the Education and Skills Finding Agency (ESFA). There are measures in place for students who seek to falsely register either their own or fellow students’ attendance.

Our Attendance Policy is available under ‘Student Contract’ on the Student Regulations web page.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific attendance requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

You must notify your Course Administrator if you are absent for more than one day (for example for an interview, emergency unforeseen circumstances, or for compassionate leave). If you are going to apply for mitigation you will need to provide written evidence of the reason for your absence.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

You are advised to review your Commitment Statement to ensure you are clear on who to contact in your employment organisation and University if you will be absent.

If you are unable to study due to Covid-19 (coronavirus) symptoms, please see the guidance available on our Covid-19 web page.

You are advised to review your Commitment Statement to ensure you are clear on who to contact in your employment organisation and University if you will be absent due to illness.

If you are unable to study because of another illness for more than 14 consecutive days (including weekends), you must provide us with a Fit Note. You can send a digital copy of your Fit Note to your Course Administrator, and then send the original by post.

If you are absent through illness on the day of an examination or assignment deadline and you intend to apply for mitigation, you must also provide us with details as possible. Your submission for mitigation may be made online and the circumstances surrounding it may be self-certified unless your period of absence is prolonged. Generally, all absences of 2 weeks or more will require the submission of verifiable documentary evidence. For more information on ‘fit to sit’ and mitigation please visit our Mitigation web page.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

Campus-based students who suspect they may have, or have been diagnosed as having a serious infectious disease such as Mumps, TB, measles, meningitis or chicken pox should not attend campus and notify their Course Director or Course Administrator as soon as possible giving information regarding which groups of students (and/or colleagues and clients on placements) you have been in contact with and when. For diseases such as Mumps, TB or meningitis, your doctor will notify the West Yorkshire Public Health Protection Team who may also wish to speak to you (or your family) to determine if others require screening or medication. You should follow advice given by the hospital or your GP about when it is safe to return to University. Further information is available on the Student Wellbeing web page.

For guidance on what to do if you have symptoms of Covid-19 (coronavirus), please visit our Covid-19 web page.

If you are thinking about changing course or withdrawing from your course, general student information can be found on our Student web pages.

However, as you are an Apprentice, you are advised to contact your employer and the Course Director to ensure you are clear on your options.

Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Successful completion of the course provides eligibility to apply for registration with the NMC as a nursing associate.

For students who commenced prior to August 2020, the NMC has special arrangements in place to register people who started their training in England before 26 July 2019. Further details are provided here: https://www.nmc.org.uk/registration/joining-the-register/register-nursing-associate/england/

For the NMC’s current Covid-19 information for students, see this link: https://www.nmc.org.uk/news/coronavirus/information-for-students-and-educators/

Declaration of Health and Good Character
https://www.nmc.org.uk/education/becoming-a-nurse-midwife-nursing-associate/guidance-for-students/

In order to meet NMC and practice placement requirements, all students must demonstrate that they are of ‘good character’ and must participate in an enhanced pre-entry DBS check. Any previous cautions, reprimands and convictions must be declared. The presence of a caution, reprimand or conviction will not necessarily automatically result in rejection of the application but will be assessed in relation to the nature, severity and timing of the offence, and whether it is a single incident or repeat offence. Applicants may be invited for interview to discuss the circumstances before a decision is made. Any DBS not meeting requirements will be discussed anonymously with placement providers. Students will only be offered a place if agreement is given by placement providers.

Students are required to inform the Course Leader if there are any changes to their Health and Good Character during the course and immediately prior to applying for registration. In addition to this, at the start of every academic year, students will be required to complete a “Declaration of Health and Good Character” form which will be reviewed by the Course Leader. You must keep a copy of your DBS certificate for the duration of the course. You may be required to provide a copy before you can start practice in some placement areas and University do not keep a copy so safe keeping of this is essential. If you fail to keep a copy, you may be asked to pay for a replacement. Students who withdraw for more than 6 weeks will be usually required to complete another DBS on return to the course.

As an apprentice, you are responsible for informing your Course Leader and employer immediately if you develop a health condition or disability that may affect your ability to practise safely and effectively. This is so that your fitness to remain on the programme can be reassessed. You will be required to declare your good health annually.

Registration with the NMC
See these link for details:
https://www.nmc.org.uk/registration/joining-the-register/register-nursing-associate/england/
https://www.nmc.org.uk/registration/joining-the-register/register-nurse-midwife/trained-in-the-uk/applying-to-the-register-after-more-than-six-months/

'In Year' Work Placement Information

Students are employed in a healthcare setting as a requirement to access the apprenticeship. Placements take place across both years. In order to meet the requirements of the nursing associate curriculum, apprentices are required to have at least two placements in settings other than their primary placement of employment. Apprentices have a primary ‘hub’ and secondary ‘spoke’ placements. Placement of the apprentices and availability of workplace mentors or for the NMC 2018 Standards, the practice supervisors/practice assessors, are the responsibility of the employers, supported by the University’s Practice Learning team. In addition, practice support tutors will provide support to apprentices in practice environments.

For apprentices who commence from September 2020 (NMC 2018 Standards)

Apprentices spend the following days or equivalent (such as block placements) in work related activities over 45 weeks each year, with a 37.5 hour week including one day per week at University. Apprentices have in total at least 2300 hours of protected learning time, comprising 1150 hours of theory and 1150 hours practice learning in hub and spoke placements. Practice hours may be managed, for example, as one or two days a week or may be undertake as a block. Apprentices are required to achieve 660 hours of practice learning away from the hub in spoke and enrichment (self-sourced) placements.

Nursing associate pre-registration programmes must include at least 2300 programme hours protected for learning, whether in an academic, health, or care setting. These programme hours must include an equal balance of theory and practice learning. This programme adheres to the programme hours related to the NMC’s option B (NMC, 2018) work based learning route, where the learner is:
• released for at least 20% of the programme for academic study
• released for at least 20% of the programme for protected in external placements enabling them to develop the breadth of experience for a generic role
• protected learning time must be assured for the remainder of the programme hours

This means that Nursing Associate students spend the following days or equivalent in work-related activities over 45 weeks per year, with a 37.5 hour week:
• One day per week at University for 2 years
• One day per week in a protected learning capacity working alongside their practice supervisor/practice assessor in their primary placement/hub
• One day per week in a protected learning capacity working alongside a practice supervisor/practice assessor in external/spoke placements or equivalent hours within a placement block
• Two/three days per week in the specific clinical area where they are employed depending on external placement model
• 7 weeks annual leave (to be agreed with employer)

You will normally spend one day per week over two years at Leeds Beckett. This will be a set day per week. The remainder of time will be spent in practice where you require protected learning time of 1150 hours. You will spend one day a week (or equivalent) developing your practice learning, working with your Practice Supervisor or Practice Assessor. This process enables you to continue to be employed as well as studying for your foundation degree. You will also have external/spoke placements which are blocks of practice learning away from your employed (hub) area. These placements which will usually be at least four weeks in length but no longer than six weeks. Nursing associate students are not expected to have placements in each field of nursing but should, through their programme, benefit from experience with adult, children, and patients/service users with mental health conditions and learning disabilities (NMC, 2018).

For apprentices who commenced prior to August 2019

Apprentices spend the following days or equivalent (such as block placements) in work related activities over 40 weeks per year, with a 37.5 hour week (including one day per week at University): three days per week in the specific clinical area they are employed in. This is called their primary placement and must be either hospital, ‘at home’ or ‘close to home settings’; and one day in a supernumerary capacity working alongside their employment mentor in a substantial external placement in the remaining two settings. The 1570 practice hours for the course include two substantial supervised external placements of 675 hours.

Own employment area and other placements usually in West Yorkshire.

Placement Activities
As part of preparation for placement, you are required to undertake mandatory training and health clearance each year and declare good health and character.

Mandatory Training
Each year you are required to attend annual mandatory training to ensure you are safe to be in practice. For level 4 and students repeating modules, all mandatory training must be completed annually before you start placements. This includes: Fire, Moving and Handling, First Aid/Resuscitation, Child Protection/Safeguarding and Information Governance as well as any other preparatory sessions required by the NMC or our practice partners.

Occupational Health
Apprentices are required to ensure their health meets the requirements for placement through following advice from their employer’s Occupational Health Department.

Placement experiences
Placements are arranged by our Director of Practice Nursing and Healthcare, Mark Hillier. Please contact Mark on m.d.hillier@leedsbeckett.ac.uk if you wish to discuss your allocations.

Uniforms and Name Badges
Your employer will provide you with uniforms at the start of the course and a name badge for practice. It is your responsibility to ensure you follow the Uniform Policy of the placement area at all times and this can be found in the Student Nursing Group on MyBeckett.
You will be provided with a name badge at the start of the course. If you misplace this you will be required to purchase a new one. Please contact your Course Leader.


Practice Learning Handbook
You will have online access to a handbook each year which contains information on learning in practice, whistle-blowing, raising and escalating concerns and NMC requirements. Your practice support tutor will also support you with any questions or concerns regarding practice.

Reporting absences
You must email nursing@leedsbeckett.ac.uk if you are going to be absent for any University / placement session or hours. Please provide the following information:
• Your full name
• Your course
• Your practice support tutor’s name
• Date/s of absence
• Modules and/or placement areas you will be absent from

You must also inform your employer and placement, if you were due to go to placement. See more details in the apprenticeship guide appendix. Please ensure that at all times you follow your employer’s sickness/absence processes.

Reasonable adjustments on placement:
Please refer to your Practice Learning Handbook for details for adjustments in practice.

Skills, Employability & Graduate Opportunities

Apprentices are in full time employment whilst studying for the foundation degree, so they are able to very quickly utilise their newly acquired knowledge and skills within the
workplace for the benefit of patients and service users. The course includes a variety of practice experiences and assessments, combined with academic studies designed to complement and underpin the apprentices’ practical learning. This blended approach is designed to be adaptable and flexible with a combination of face-to-face teaching and online learning. Practice support sessions encourage learners to reflect on the practice they have been engaged in and relate this to professional, legal and ethical frameworks and to identify supporting evidence.

Students completing this apprenticeship will have developed a wide portfolio of practical and academic skills. The Nursing Associate apprenticeship standards identify the standards and essential skills required for nursing associates and as students will be working towards achieving these on the course. Academic skills developed include reflective and report writing, critical thinking and evaluation, team working, use of databases to search for evidence, change management and leadership skills.

You will have opportunities to gain recognition during your time at Leeds Beckett University for the extra activities you do in addition to your studies, including volunteering, student societies, playing in our University sports teams and being a Course Representative.

There are three Graduate Attributes for the University and these are tailored to suit your course. The three attributes you should achieve by the end of the course are for you to be digitally literate, have a global outlook and for you to be enterprising. Learning about these attributes and being assessed on them as part of your modules will provide you with capabilities which are essential for your future career and wider life as you move on from your studies here. You will be formally assessed on all the attributes in some of your modules at each academic level in each year of your course.

Digital literacy: Throughout the course students build on their digital literacy skills. Formative and summative assessments have been designed to progressively develop student digital literacy skills. Students engage with digital tools to search for information, and evaluate and present information for PowerPoint, video and poster presentations. Students are supported at level 5 to develop skills in appraising literature from a variety of sources. The use of the virtual learning environment, MyBeckett, is integrated throughout the course with structured learning activities to support face-to-face teaching and learning. Students work online to practise clinical calculations, and complete clinical skills assessments on an e-learning platform. Turnitin is used for assignment submission. Students are required to access and maintain patient data using a range of software and devices. The course uses online packages such as ‘Elsevier’, ‘CareShield’ and ‘Safemedicate’ that replicate authentic drug calculations and practical skills activities in a virtual setting.


Being enterprising: The nature of nursing associate courses requiring that students meet certain standards ensures that these attributes are embedded. In particular, the curriculum ensures that a reflective approach is used in assessment and learning. Students have the opportunity to practise giving and receiving feedback and develop self-awareness and team working skills. There are sessions that address employability skills and how students can optimise their employability through CV development and mock interviews. These sessions are supported by practice partners and the University’s Careers team.

Global outlook: The course has embedded cross-cultural capability and global perspectives throughout. The NMC Code stresses the importance of students acceptance of different cultural traditions and beliefs, demonstrating respect for diversity and individual preference, and value difference regardless of personal view.

The apprenticeship has been developed as a collaboration with local healthcare employers. The aprentices is employed in a specific healthcare setting as a requirement to access the course. On successful completion of the nursing associate course, graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with the NMC and be employed as a nursing associate.

For nursing associates wishing to become registered nurses, FdSc Nursing Associate graduates can apply to BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing or BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing, joining these courses in level 5, subject to Recognition of Prior Learning processes. Alternatively, nursing associates working in healthcare, not wishing to become registered nurses, can undertake the BSc (Hons) Health and Community Care level 6 CPD course.

Learning Support

If you have a question or a problem relating to your course, your Course Administrator is there to help you. Course Administrators work closely with academic staff and can make referrals to teaching staff or to specialist professional services as appropriate. They can give you a confirmation of attendance letter, and a transcript. You may also like to contact your Course Rep or the Students’ Union Advice team for additional support with course-related questions.

Your Academic Advisor will be an academic member of staff who teaches you on your course. Your Course Director will make sure that you are given the contact details of your Academic Advisor at the beginning of each year, usually in your course induction. Further details on the role of your Academic Advisor are available on the Academic Advisor web page.

The Student Advice Hub Team can support with a number of practical elements of University life. When you first arrive at University, they produce your first Student ID card and any replacements you require during your studies. When you commence your studies, they can provide you with bank letters, so that you are able to open and maintain student bank accounts, and Confirmation of Enrolment letters that you might need for a range of purposes. Current students and graduates can also request transcripts from the Student Advice Hub.

As you progress with university life, the Student Advice Hub Team are able to provide information in relation to any element you might need help with. If you have a question and you’re not sure who to ask, please get in touch. If the team aren’t able to answer your query directly, they will ensure you can access the most appropriate team to offer help.

If you need help with more complex queries or concerns, their trained advisers also support students with 1-1 appointments, providing a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space to talk about your circumstances and identifying support that you can access within and outside of the University. You can book an appointment with an Adviser on MyHub.

Ordinarily, members of the Student Advice Hub in the Student Hubs on the ground floor of the Rose Bowl and Leslie Silver at City Campus and in Campus Central at Headingley. However, due to Covid-19, and in the interests of the health and safety of our students and staff, for a period of time this service will support you digitally via live chat, email, video calls and online resources. Their telephone number is 0113 812 3000 and you can contact them via e-mail on studentadvicehub@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. Appointments can be booked via the Student Advice Hub Team web page, all of which will be delivered virtually.

Within MyBeckett you will see two tabs (Support and Opportunities) where you can find online information and resources for yourselves. The ‘Support’ tab gives you access to details of services available to give you academic and personal support. These include Library Services, the Students’ Union, Money advice, Disability advice and support, Wellbeing, International Student Services and Accommodation. There is also an A-Z of Support Services, and access to online appointments/registration.

The ‘Opportunities’ tab is the place to explore the options you have for jobs, work placements, volunteering, and a wide range of other opportunities. For example, you can find out here how to get help with your CV, prepare for an interview, get a part-time job or voluntary role, take part in an international project, or join societies closer to home.

Support for disabled students is available from our Disability Advice team. Support is available for students with a range of disabilities including:
• epilepsy, diabetes and IBS
• depression, anxiety and eating disorders
• dyslexia, dyspraxia, and AD(H)D
• Autism Spectrum Conditions
• Mobility difficulties
• Sensory impairments

Support is individually tailored depending on the nature of your disability and the demands of your course. We would encourage you to contact us as early as possible to enable us to implement any adjustments you may need. If you have a disability and have not previously declared it, please fill in the registration form (which is also available via the Disability Advice web page) or contact the Disability Advice team on 0113 8125831 or email disabilityadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

More information on disability advice is available under the Academic and Personal Support sections of the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett, and on the Disability Advice web page.

Disabled students can also access the Disability Resource Areas in each library and the support provided by the Library Learning Support Officer. More information is available on the Library website.

The Library

The Library offers 24/7 support for your studies. You can access thousands of resources via MyBeckett or the Library website which also provides full details of all our services.

Library Academic Support

The Library Academic Support Team can help you develop your academic skills such as critical thinking, academic writing and analysing data, and research skills such as how to find, use and evaluate information for your studies. The team liaises with your lecturers to provide the information resources you need for your subject and to arrange academic skills sessions to support you in your studies.

The team maintains a number of websites to support your learning:

  • In your Subject guide, you'll find a variety of information resources which have been selected as a good starting point for research in that area.  These are available on the Skills and Subject Support web page or via the Course or Support tabs in My Beckett.
  • On the Skills for Learning website, you’ll find online resources covering topics such as essay writing, research and time management, plus information to help you reference and avoid plagiarism, alongside details of online workshops that are designed to help you succeed in your assessments.  The Skills for Learning website can be found on the Library website or via the Library or Support tabs in My Beckett.

Library and Student IT Advice Service

The Library and Student IT Advice Service team can answer your queries on borrowing, finding information, passwords, Office 365, online meetings, saving your work, MyBeckett and more:

  • online (including 24/7 chat) via the Contact Us web page
  • by phone - 0113 812 1000 (24/7 IT support)


They also have a wide range of short tutorials available on the Library’s YouTube channel.

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi on the University campus is provided by eduroam, a secure wireless network, which also allows you Wi-Fi access if you visit other universities. To connect:
1. Select eduroam from available Wi-Fi
2. Your login details are:
Username: e.g., c1234567@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Password: your normal university password
*Android Users: Select under Phase 2 Authentication – MS-CHAPv2
Help is available on the Library’s Wi-Fi web page.

Microsoft Office 365

You are provided with free access to Office 365 and the latest version of Office can be downloaded from the IT tab in MyBeckett or from office.com. All students who are registered for a qualification at Leeds Beckett University are eligible and you can use the subscription for the duration of your course. For instructions and more information, please see the Office 365 support page.

OneDrive

OneDrive Leeds Beckett is your individual file storage with 1TB of storage space. With OneDrive you can access and share your files across your devices. This is accessible on University PCs and off-campus through Office 365 portal. See the Saving your Work pages on the Library website for more information.

Leeds Beckett RemoteApp

The Leeds Beckett RemoteApp gives you access to a range of specialist software for your course on your personal devices. See the RemoteApp page on the Library website for more information.

Media Equipment – free loans

You can borrow high-end Media Equipment for free. Browse, reserve and collect equipment ranging from GoPros to Remote Presenters from the ground floor of the Shelia Silver and Headingley Libraries. Further information is available on the Media Equipment web page.


The Students’ Union Advice Service offers free, independent, non-judgemental advice and guidance to all Leeds Beckett Students. This can include advice on any problems you might have whilst on your course including all the Academic Regulations (Mitigation, Extensions, Complaints, Appeals, Disciplinary procedures and Academic Integrity). We can also give advice on any issues you may have with your housing including disrepair, contract checking and issues with deposits. We can also advise on student funding and debt.

We will listen to your problem and outline what options are available to you, so you can make an informed decision on what to do.

Hopefully you will never need us but just remember we are here for you if you do.

Email: suadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Tel: 0113 812 8400

www.leedsbeckettsu.co.uk/advice

The Students’ Union Student Voice & Insight Team works together with the Education Officer to effectively represent students’ academic interests.

We provide support, training and ongoing development to c.1000 Course Representatives, who are elected by you to represent you whilst you study at Leeds Beckett, and facilitate the School Forums where any student can raise feedback about their academic experience at Leeds Beckett and discuss changes that have occurred as a result of student feedback with University staff.

Unsure who your Course Rep is? Maybe you’re interested in becoming a Course Rep or have feedback about your academic experience? Drop us a message on the details below:

Email: studentvoice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Tel: 0113 812 8400

www.leedsbeckettsu.co.uk/officerteam

Resources

MyBeckett, the portal and virtual learning environment provides:

• access to your modules and timetables;
• your reading lists and email account;
• your personal storage area on our University IT servers;
• information on where to look for academic or personal support (Support tab);
• information on opportunities such as jobs, careers, part-time work, placements and volunteering (Opportunities tab)
• access to Library and student IT advice

Further information and support for using MyBeckett can be found on the MyBeckett Support Pages.

The physical resources when on campus and online resources available for this course include:
• Classroom and lecture facilities with PC and smart board facilities
• Social learning spaces with individual tutorial rooms
• Online learning repository ‘MyBeckett’ which contains lectures, notices, assignment submission facilities
• Clinical skills suite and Communication skills suite
• Online learning platforms, e.g., Care-shield, Safe Medicate and Elsevier Clinical Skills

Further details

• Location: The course is delivered in the University, predominantly at the City Campus and in healthcare placements within West Yorkshire. We have a Practice Learning team that supports the students with their placements.
• When on campus, teaching and learning take place in a number of venues in the University: lecture theatres and classrooms, the science laboratory, the communications suites, clinical skills laboratories and the simulation suite.
• Skills resources: The course is supported by a range of equipment including task trainers, adult, child and high fidelity simulated manikins, online learning packages including the Safe Medicate medication programme https://www.safemedicate.com and the Elsevier clinical skills web site https://www.elsevierclinicalskills.co.uk/
• Nursing lecturers: The course is primarily delivered by nurses with current registrations with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Non-nursing lecturers may deliver into some sessions for the specialist context.
• Service users and carer involvement in the delivery and assessment of the course, is a valued asset and continues to be developed.
• Library Resources: The course is also supported by the Libraries and Learning Innovation who provide a variety of services which include the libraries and IT facilities, individual student email accounts, MyBeckett, resources and equipment loans.
• Online: Students are introduced to MyBeckett (our virtual learning environment, VLE) at induction and it is integrated throughout the course to support all structured and guided academic activity. Independent study and learning are also facilitated through MyBeckett with a range of interactive resources and links to professional and academic materials and sites. Examples include: virtual discussion areas, electronic submissions and feedback for level 4 modules, self-assessment quizzes, lecture slides available on the VLE for relevant modules and the Safe Medicate and Elsevier clinical skills web site.

Student Voice

We are committed to working in partnership with you and the Students’ Union to provide you with an inclusive, safe and engaging learning environment which is conducive to study for all our students and our staff. An important element of your time studying with us is your engagement in developing your learning. Your engagement and attendance on your course enables you to further your learning and supports your achievement, course completion and aspirations for the future. There is an expectation that students will attend, engage in their learning and submit for assessment. We provide support for you to maximise your time studying with us and to develop your learning, skills and abilities to support you in your chosen career path.

We seek active participation by all our students in the continuous enhancement of our courses and through our monitoring, annual review and enhancement processes. These are formal processes used by our University for assuring the academic standards and quality of your course and its continuous improvement. These processes utilise your feedback, External Examiners’ reports, feedback from staff and others, data relating to student outcomes on the course and student surveys to reflect on areas of good practice and areas for further enhancement. We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey. We utilise the outcomes of these surveys to benchmark our courses nationally and to inform annual course enhancements.

Informal feedback is also welcome at any time either via your Academic Advisor or module tutor or via your Course Representative. Our partnership with you enables us together to make the most of your learning experience with us and to enhance the quality and reputation of your course. You can find out what actions have been taken in response to your feedback through your Course Representative, the Students’ Union, your tutors or through the Library.

Course Representatives are student volunteers who represent your views at course level, in formal and informal meetings with academic and support staff online and follow up on actions that have occurred as a result of student feedback at School Forums. Details about being a Course Representative are available on the Students web pages. The Students’ Union oversees Course Representatives and more information is available on the Students’ Union website.

You have the opportunity to become an elected Course Representative working in a voluntary capacity with students, the Students’ Union, the Course Director and members of the course team and our University. The Course Director, working in partnership with our Students’ Union, enables the process for election and appointment of Course Representatives. The Students’ Union provides training and development for Course Reps and supports their engagement in enhancement activities. Being a Course Representative provides an opportunity for you to enhance your own learning and the development of relevant professional and employability skills in parallel with your studies.

As a Course Representative you would play an important role in:
• acting as a point of contact and advocate for students on your course and in supporting their active engagement;
• gathering feedback from students on your course to inform further enhancements to the quality of your course and the student experience;
• enabling dialogue and good communication between students and staff on the course;
• working with the Course Director, members of the course team and the Students’ Union to enhance your course;
• facilitating and engaging in meetings about your course; and
• being an ambassador for your course.

Further details about Course Representatives are available on the web pages above and in our University’s Academic Regulations.

We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey.

We are committed to providing a high quality experience for all our students. We welcome comments and compliments from students, and find them valuable for on-going improvements to our provision. Comments and compliments about your course can be raised with your Course Representative or directly with your Course Director or Academic Advisor.

If you have a specific complaint about an act or omission of our University, you may be able to make a complaint under the Student Complaints Procedure. In the first instance, you should raise the matter as soon as possible with the member of staff most directly concerned, or with the person who can best resolve it. If this does not resolve the matter, or if the complaint is too serious to be addressed in this way, then you should make a formal complaint in writing. Information about how to make a complaint, including the student complaints procedure and a complaints form, is available on the Students web pages.

In addition to the University processes listed above, as an Apprentice, you also have the right to make enquiries or raise concerns outside of the University. Full details of these options can be found in your Commitment Statement.

General Information

Foundation Degree Science Nursing Associate

For apprentices who commence from September 2020

Certificate of Higher Education Health Related Studies
Diploma of Higher Education Health Related Studies

For apprentices who commenced prior to August 2019

Certificate of Higher Education Health Related Studies

Leeds Beckett University

Level 5 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, with 120 credit points at each of levels 4 and 5 of the UK Credit Framework for Higher Education (240 credits in total)

For apprentices commencing from September 2020:

Nursing Associate (NMC 2018) ST0827
https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/nursing-associate-nmc-2018/

For apprentices who commenced prior to August 2019:

Nursing Associate ST0508, retired 27/7/19
https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/nursing-associate/

City Campus, Leeds (plus location of work placement, if applicable)

In 2020/21, the course will be delivered via a blended approach that includes online teaching and learning, digital learning and on campus sessions. If a further lockdown is necessary then delivery will be continued and supported via online and digital learning.

Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. If you have any queries about your tuition fees, please visit our Course/Tuition Fees Payment web page or contact Fees@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. Ongoing queries relating to additional course costs may be discussed with your Course Administrator.

Policies, Standards & Regulations

Key University regulations and policies can be accessed on the following web pages:

• Academic Regulations (including assessment regulations) are available on our Academic Regulations web page
• The Student Contract is available on our Student Regulations web page
• The Student Charter is available on our Academic Regulations web page (Section 20)

Other Student regulations and University policies, including Safety, Health and Wellbeing policies, are available on our Student Regulations web page

You should also familiarise yourself with our Zero Tolerance Report and Support web page regarding sexual harassment and assault, and also the Report & Support web page regarding racial harassment.

The course follows the Academic Regulations except where noted below.

For apprentices commencing from September 2020 (NMC 2018 Standards)

Progression and achievement of the award
All assessments, components of assessment, modules, practice assessments and practice experiences (placements) must be passed for progression to level 5 and for the conferment of the target award. The course does not allow for compensation or condoning of marks at component of assessment level or module level by the Progression and Award Board. There is no compensation in assessments across theory and practice. The pass mark is 40% or pass for pass/fail marking, except for the components of assessment noted below.

Components of assessment with pass mark above 40% and two reassessment opportunities
The following components of assessment have pass marks as stated and students will be given exceptionally two re-assessment opportunities for these components (this would also apply if the module was repeated):
Level 4 Fundamentals of Nursing Science and Practice Online calculation exam 80%
Level 5 Application of Nursing Science Online calculation exam 100%

Non-credit bearing modules
The Practice Assessments modules at each level are non-credit bearing and accommodate the practice experiences (placements), episodes of care, practice hours and skills. All components of assessments must be passed for progression to level 5 and to achieve the target award.

Reassessment opportunities for practice experiences (Practice Assessments modules)
A student may fail one practice experience only across the whole course. A recovery opportunity is provided in the same academic year if this fail takes place in semester one. If the failed practice experience takes place in semester two, then wherever possible, students have a recovery opportunity provided before the end of the academic year. This fail remains on the student’s profile in the event of the student being given an opportunity to repeat the full year.

A student failing two assessed practice experiences during the course will be deemed to have failed the course and a recommendation will made to the Progression and Award Board to withdraw the student from the course and be awarded a contained award if the requirements of that award have been met. There are no reassessment or repeat opportunities.

Students cannot claim mitigation against practice assessments. If a student has extenuating circumstances, they should discuss this with their practice support tutor and employer.

Remote delivery of examination
The online calculation exam in the level 4 Fundamentals of Nursing Science and Practice module is delivered remotely.

Rapid reassessment viva
Reassessment opportunities include an option for a rapid reassessment viva in certain assessments (as detailed in the relevant module handbooks) for students who obtain 35-39% at the first attempt. This is to provide students with alternative options to reassessment.

Attendance
As well as following the University’s attendance policy, the course has minimum attendance requirements of 100% for University sessions and 100% attendance on practice experiences. Details of how absences are managed are detailed in the Course Handbook and the Practice Learning Handbooks. Attendance is monitored at University sessions and on placement.

Contained awards
Students who fail to achieve the minimum performance required for the target award shall be recommended for the conferment of a lower award with a different title in line with the Regulations:
Certificate HE Health Related Studies
Diploma HE Health Related Studies (when the Practice Assessments 2 module is not passed)
The contained awards do not provide eligibility to apply for registration as a nursing associate and follow the standard Academic Regulations.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
To meet the NMC requirements for RPL for credit transfer, a maximum of 50% of the credit for the course can be recognised through prior learning.

Reasonable adjustment plans
Due to the professional requirements of the course, readers and scribes are not usually permitted in any exams relating to online calculations, health numeracy assessments or practical exams. These exams and assessments replicate practice and this level of support is not reasonable in practice. Students will be supported with extra time if detailed in the reasonable adjustment plan.

Other requirements
Health and Good Character on entry and throughout the course
Students are required to have satisfactory occupational health assessments and DBS and make an annual declaration of health and good character at the start of each academic year and prior to course completion.
Any changes to a student’s health and good character during the course must be declared to the Course Leader and the employer.

For apprentices who commenced prior to August 2019

Modules required to be passed
Level 4 Preparation for Nursing Associate Clinical Practice must be passed (all components passed at the stated threshold) to progress to level 5;
Level 5 Preparation for Nursing Associate Clinical Practice must be passed (all components passed at the stated threshold) to achieve the target award.
As the main placement hours are included in the learning and teaching activities for these modules, the notional hours exceed 400 in each 40 credit module.

Contained award: The course has one contained award, Certificate of Higher Education Health Related Studies which follows the Academic Regulations.

All apprentices

Attendance: The course stipulates 100% attendance in order to meet the required practice and theory hours. Nursing Associate students must follow the absence reporting procedure in this Course Handbook. Absence from placement is managed by the student’s employer.

Academic calendar
This apprenticeship follows a non-standard calendar to accommodate placements, including start and end dates, semester deliveries, and assessment periods. Annual leave entitlement and agreement of annual leave dates are determined by the employer. You may be required to work during annual leave from University to support winter pressures or other busy periods in your workplace. If the University closes, this does not release you from any employment requirements.

Fitness to Practise: The course is authorised to use the University Fitness to Practise Policy. Students are expected to act in a professional manner at all times in line with the Policy. https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/-/media/files/policies/student/ups_fitness_to_practise_policy_procedure.pdf

Being fit to practise requires nursing associate students to have the appropriate level of skills, knowledge, health and character to practise safely under supervision. The Code (NMC, 2018) sets out the professional standards that nursing associates must uphold in order to be registered to practise in the UK. You are expected to use this code to guide your conduct and behaviour. You must inform your practice support tutor or Course Leader immediately if there are any changes to your health or character that may have an effect on your practice.

Merit and distinction awards
The course follows the Academic Regulations for the achievement of merit or distinction.

Notional hours
In view of the theory and practice/placement hours requirement of this professional course, the notional hours exceed the usual 2400 hours for a foundation degree.

The External Examiner assures that you are assessed fairly in relation to other students on the same course and also that the standard of your own award is comparable to similar courses taken by students in other higher education institutions within the UK. The External Examiner(s) provide an annual report for your course. External Examiner reports are available on our External Examiner Reports web page, which is accessible via the Course Information link on the Students home page.

Ms Regina Holley, Course Leader, University of West London
Ms Mandy Lee, Senior Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University
Mrs Siobhan McCullough, Lecturer, Queen's University Belfast

Appendices

Module Information

The Course Administrator can provide you with the module information for your course, or tell you where to locate the details. This includes a description of module content, how the module will be taught and how you will be assessed.. In most cases, you will be provided with a module handbook at the start of the module or one will be made available to you In My Beckett


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