Course details

Course length

Minimum of 2 years

Lecture/workshop days - dates/times

1 day per week at the University, 11 weeks per year on placement

Course description

The University of Derby was one of the first Higher Education Institutions to be involved in the pilot training programme for Nursing Associates, with over 100 Trainee Nursing Associates starting with the University in January 2017.

Nursing Associates work with care assistants and Registered Nurses to deliver hands-on care across the full range of assessment, planning, implementing and valuating care. Nursing Associates bridge the gap between care assistants and Registered Nurses, complementing the care provided by both.

The Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship looks to develop your knowledge and critical understanding of theory underpinning workplace practices. The course fosters reflective practice and explores the limits of the learner's scope of practice. By studying at the University of Derby you will gain access to Gold-rated teaching and excellent facilities, and benefit from our strong track record in providing high quality, innovative nursing education. 

675 hours of placement are integrated within the programme, enabling registration as a Nursing Associate with the NMC.

A nurse looks at a bottle of medicine from a cabinet in front of a bright yellow wall.

Who is this course for?

For individuals

For organisations

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Structure, certificates and assessment

YEAR ONE - LEVEL 4
Reflection and
Learning for Personal
and Professional
Development
Foundations of Nursing
Associate Practice

Communication and
Interpersonal Skills
Working in Health and
Social Care
Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology     
Knowledge and Skills for Practice

 

    YEAR TWO  LEVEL 5  
Continuing
Development in
Lifelong Learning
Applied Anatomy
and Physiology for
Care
Management of
Medication for HC
Workers
Developing Nursing
Associate Practice
Service
Co-ordination
in H&SC
Advanced Knowledge and Skills for Practice

Benefits

Entry requirements

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all ages as long as they can be considered adequately prepared to succeed on the programme. If learners have few or no formal qualifications, they may be able to gain entry to the programme if they have the required communication and learning skills as well as the knowledge, experience and motivation to succeed. All learners will be asked to provide evidence of academic potential and commitment to confirm their ability to undertake the programme.

Individual employers will also set their own selection criteria and typical entry requirements and we will work with them concerning entry.

To apply for this apprenticeship you must currently be in paid employment of at least 30 hours per week. Your employer must cover the costs of the apprenticeship.

Fees and funding

Employers

Cost of the apprenticeship will normally be in line with the funding band £15,000, but individual agreements will be considered depending on student numbers and involvement of employers.

Apprentices

Fees will be paid by your employer with government funded support or through the apprenticeship levy.

How to apply

For more information call +44 (0)800 001 5500 or email apprenticeships@derby.ac.uk

Contact details

 
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Apprenticeship Hub apprenticeships@derby.ac.uk +44 (0)800 001 5500