Nursing Associate (NMC 2018)

Nursing Associate Apprenticeship

About the course

Nursing associates have a really important role to play within the healthcare team. This important role bridges the gap between healthcare assistant and registered nurse. Nursing associates provide hands on care within a wide variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, community settings, general practice and care homes. It is a level 5 course and usually takes two years to complete. It is fully accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The learning is a mixture of hands on experience in the workplace, placements outside the workplace, and learning activities supported by the University.

After qualifying there are great opportunities to develop within the role of Nursing Associate, as well as using the qualification as a stepping stone towards becoming a registered nurse. At the end of the training apprentices will have a foundation degree and become eligible to register with the NMC, when they will then become a fully registered nursing associate.


Upon successful completion of the programme, graduates are awarded the following qualifications:

  • Foundation Degree in Nursing Associate.
  • Eligibility to become a registered Nursing Associate with the NMC.
  • English and Maths to Level 2 are included if not held at entry.

Entry requirements

  • As a guideline, a typical offer would require a UCAS tariff score of between 32-48 points, based on the applicants level 3 studies.
  • We welcome applicants with relevant work experience.
  • On entry, nursing associate apprentices should demonstrate an ability to work at level 2 literacy and numeracy.
  • Applicants will currently, or on enrolment, be employed in a health or care role. (Nursing associate Apprentices need to be employed in a setting where they can be appropriately supervised by a registered nurse or other appropriate health or care professional).
  • Applicants need to remain employed within the workplace for the duration of the course, ideally for a minimum of 30hrs a week.
  • Applicants will need to demonstrate the ability to study a programme at academic level 4 (equivalent to first year of a degree), with the potential to progress to level 5 (equivalent to year 2 of a degree).
  • Applicants need to demonstrate the appropriate values and attitudes for the programme as part of the application process.

Fee - Health and care organisations with a wage bill less than £3m will just pay £750 over two years (or £375 per annum), this is because the government funds 95% of the full fee. If you are a levy-payer then this apprenticeship will be £15,000 from your levy.As a business of any size, you can also use Manage apprenticeship service to apply for funding from large businesses that want to fund 100% of your apprenticeship training and assessment costs.