Nursing Associate: Information for employees

Overview

Our Nursing Associate Apprenticeship enables new and existing health care staff to study for a fully-funded FdSc in nursing whilst in paid employment. 

Delivered by experienced Registered Nurses, the flexible, work-based programme provides you with the knowledge and skills to support the provision of quality health care. You'll become an important part of the nursing family, helping to make a difference to individuals, their families and communities.

Once qualified as a Registered Nursing Associate you may work across a wide range of health care settings, including:

  • Acute or Community Hospitals (across a range of clinical areas)
  • Community Nursing Teams
  • GP Practices

Key benefits

  • @ No course fees - Costs are covered by the government and your employer
  • @ Earn while you learn - Remain employed and receive a full wage while studying.
  • @ Registered status - On successful completion of this course you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, gaining a professional qualification
  • @ Ongoing support - Guidance from experienced academic tutors as well as qualified staff for the duration of the programme
  • @ An education provider you can trust – Our reputation in delivering high quality nursing education for 20 years, as well as internationally renowned research, has enabled us to become the largest provider of healthcare education in the South West

Course overview

  • Designed for employees working a minimum of 30 hours per week in a health care setting, who would like to obtain a professional qualification in nursing whilst continuing to earn a salary.
  • Two-year, full-time course with attendance at University one day a week. 
  • For the duration of the programme you’ll split your time between study and guided practice, undertaking placements in a variety of settings.
  • Following completion, apprentices will have the opportunity to continue their studies with a view to becoming a Registered Nurse.

Core learning

  • Delivering high-quality, person-centred care, underpinned with evidence-based knowledge.
  • Communication and interpersonal skills, and working within therapeutic relationships.
  • Team working and leadership skills, and using research to support change and innovation in your workplace.
  • Professional values which underpin modern healthcare practice.

Assessment

Both Year 1 and Year 2 of your Nursing Associate Apprenticeship will include six modules of study, each of which will be assessed. Where possible, assessments will be linked to areas of practice you are working in, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate your personal learning and development.

In addition to continuous assessment and maintaining a Portfolio of Evidence, upon completion of the 45 week course you will undertake an ‘End-Point Assessment’ (EPA). This will be provided by an independent External Assessor and will include an observation of nursing practice followed by a discussion about the professional domains of Nursing Associate practice.

Modules

Year one

  • Evidence Based Practice in Nursing
  • Anatomy & Physiology for Nursing Associates
  • Assessment in Nursing Associate Practice
  • Managing Care through Planning, Implementation & Evaluation in Nursing Associate Practice
  • Therapeutic Relationships through Effective Communication
  • Nursing Associate Professional Values and Parameters of Practice

Year two

  • Assessing Public Health Needs
  • Medication Management
  • Team Working and Leadership
  • Research, Development and Innovation
  • Supporting Teaching, Learning & Assessment in Practice
  • Developing Nursing Associate Skills and Practice

Degree Apprenticeship: BSc (Hons) Nursing

On successful completion of the Nursing Associate Foundation Degree, employees may be interested in becoming a Registered Nurse. The Nursing Degree Apprenticeship is a flexible, work-based route for both new and existing healthcare practitioners.

The BSc (Hons) Nursing apprenticeship provides the opportunity to remain in employment whilst studying for a degree in adult or mental health nursing

Find out more about Degree Apprenticeships in Nursing