Course details

Next course date

March and September 


Minimum of 2 years

Course description

This programme is aimed at individuals entering the Nursing Associate role. Entrants will come from a wide variety of backgrounds reflecting the breadth of the health and social care workforce. The programme has been developed to reflect key policies shaping the Nursing Associate workforce, the NHS, Health and Social Care sectors today with the skills and attributes needed within the workforce to deliver care with compassion and to ensure the best outcomes for patients and service users. The programme has been developed through close consultation and collaboration with employers and is directly linked to the delivery of care in practice.

  • Join a foundation degree course accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, when you graduate you will be able to register and practice as a Nursing Associate
  • Look forward to excellent career prospects: 100% of our graduates were employed or continued onto further study on completion of the course.
  • Gain essential practical experience within all four fields of nursing – Learning disability, mental health, children’s and adult specialisms
  • Benefit from some of the best university facilities of their kind, including clinical skills suites and our state-of-the-art immersive suites
  • Be inspired on a programme with strong approval ratings: in the 2018 National Student Survey 92% were satisfied with this course
  • Learn from a highly experienced and enthusiastic teaching team who provide full support to help you achieve your ambitions
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Who is this course for?

For apprentices

  • Develop in your chosen career whilst still employed
  • Gain theoretical knowledge and understanding
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Increase confidence and improve service user experience

For organisations

  • Help address record vacancies by growing your own professional staff
  • Invest in committed staff that are connected to the local area
  • Improve retention of key staff
  • Demonstrate a career pathway for all employees
  • Improve patient and client satisfaction
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Structure, certificates and assessment

 Please note: there are no option modules both Apprentices and Direct entry students will complete the same modules.

  • Human Growth and Development across the Lifespan
  • Communication and Working in Teams
  • Providing and Monitoring Nursing Care
  • Promoting Health and Independence
  • Personal and professional development for Nursing Associates
  • Integrated Theory and Practice
  • Research and Evidence Based Practice
  • Medicines Management
  • Patient centred care for complex health needs
  • Leading and Integrating care
  • Assuring quality and safety of care
  • Applied Theory and Practice


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. 

Apprentices do not need Maths/English at the start of the course. However some employers may insist on this for them to support their candidate.
If apprentices do not have Maths/English they must achieve this by the end of the programme in order to gain the apprenticeship qualification, Nursing and Midwifery Council registration and to ensure they are funded.

A relevant Level 3 qualification or a portfolio application. 

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 and will allow external placements as well as their usual working week.


Fees and funding


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.


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

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

For more information call +44 (0)800 001 5500 or email

Applications to this apprenticeship must be made through the employer. If you are an individual who is not yet employed within this sector, you may find the following links useful:

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Additional information about your studies

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

Mandatory costs not included in your fees
  • Suitable shoes that comply with uniform policy approx £40
  • Travel to and from internal and external placements
  • Professional NMC membership required to practice one qualified
Optional costs not included in your fees
  • Textbooks to supplement anything available through the library - various prices depending on the content
  • Printing costs of course materials if a hard copy is desired approx 5p per sheet

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