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Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship


School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Nursing

The cost of the apprenticeship will be covered by your employer and/or the Government. You will need to cover the cost of any study materials plus travel to and from campus if required. Please note, due to the nature of apprenticeships and how they are funded (by the government and the employer), apprentices will not be eligible for student finance - this includes tuition fee loans and maintenance loans.

Start Dates(s): September


The apprenticeship will run approximately over two and a half years with 20% of the time being spent at University and 80% in clinical practice. Apprentices will be expected to work the shift pattern in place within the clinical area they are working in.

In Brief:

  • The Degree Apprenticeship route will allow you to work and study for your degree at the same time as well as taking advantage of employer and government funding.
  • With the Degree Apprenticeship, your employer and/or the Government will pay your tuition fees and you will be earning a salary.
  • Learn in our purpose-built, state-of-the-art simulation facilities.
  • A part-time only course

Course Summary

The Nursing Associate is a highly trained support role to deliver eff ective, safe and responsive nursing care in and across a wide range of health and care settings. This role will bridge the gap between a support worker and a Registered Nurse, providing a workforce for future healthcare. The apprenticeship programme is approximately a two and a half year programme leading to a Nursing Associate Foundation Degree. 

Nursing Associates will work independently, and as part of the healthcare team, delivering care in a range of primary, secondary, community and social care settings. In this role, you will deliver hands-on care, focusing on ensuring patients continue to get the compassionate care they deserve.

In order to apply for this programme, you will need to be employed in a relevant field (NHS, private Healthcare etc.). Apprenticeship roles for the Associate Nurse can be found on the links below: 

Please note, due to the nature of apprenticeships and how they are funded (by the government and the employer), apprentices will not be eligible for student finance - this includes tuition fee loans and maintenance loans.

Course Details

You will develop high quality, compassionate care under the direction of a Registered Nurse (or other registered health and social care professional) with a focus on promoting health and independence. You will work as part of a designated team delivering care that focuses on the direct needs of the individual and will carry out specific delegated tasks and responsibilities to a high standard and competency. 

The Nursing Associate training programme combines and integrates both academic and work-based learning. A trainee Nursing Associate will be based, as an employee, in a particular organisation, in a specific setting, but will experience working in alternative settings in order to gain a wide appreciation of many health and care contexts and are able to fulfil all the requirements of the programme.

Course Structure

Apprentices will study six modules in total throughout the programme. The first year will comprise of modules such as; Foundations of Health and Wellbeing, Application of Skills to Support Health and Wellbeing 1 and Application of Skills to Support Health and Wellbeing 2. These modules will allow apprentices to develop their professionalism, interpersonal skills and find out more about human anatomy, person-centred care, safeguarding and public health and health promotion. 

The second year of the programme will include modules such as; Introduction to Reflective Practice, Exploring Specific Health Issues and Developing and Changing Practice. These modules will develop knowledge of longterm conditions, medication management, mentorship, service improvement and nursing interventions.

Year 1                

This module will enable you to display a commitment to professional values, standards and ethical practice within the parameters of practice for your role. You will examine the theories & principles that underpin health & social care and you will learn to apply and promote safe and effective, person centred nursing care.      
In this module you will explore the principles of public health and develop skills in health promotion and preventative healthcare for individuals across the lifespan, communities and populations. You will develop knowledge and skills in identifying and managing safeguarding issues and risk assessment and management across the lifespan and develop knowledge of key body systems and apply this to key skills in routine care delivery.      
This module will enable you to advance your knowledge and skills of the principles of care delivery for the acutely ill person across the lifespan, whilst maintaining professional values, working within legal and ethical frameworks and parameters of practice. You will develop knowledge of how physical and psychological health are affected by ill-health and engage in holistic person-centred care planning.      

Year 2                

This module will provide you with the knowledge, clinical and care skills and attitudes & behaviours to provide holistic, patient centred care of mental and physical health across the life span. You will experience a range of opportunities to practice safe and effective nursing care for people with long term conditions and you will develop the required knowledge and skills for the safe administration of medicines.      
This module will enable you to explore your own role in relation to duty of care, equality & diversity and within the multidisciplinary team. You will understand and engage in the process of reflection for providing safe and effective nursing care across the lifespan and when faced with challenges. You will also explore clinical decision making skills when prioritising care within a busy environment.      
This module will enable you to engage in research development & innovation to support evidence based practice.  You will develop your leadership skills to support your own and colleagues learning and assessment in practice.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
English Language and Maths at grade C or above
Other Qualification Students will also need to demonstrate an ability to study at Diploma level with a commitment to complete a Foundation Degree programme and have experience working within healthcare and intermediate IT skills.

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

Unfortunately we are unable to accept international students onto degree apprenticeship programmes, we can however accept international qualifications.

Applicant profile

The Nursing Associate apprenticeship programme is for Healthcare Assistants / Clinical Support Workers who are looking for a new challenge and an opportunity to develop and progress their career within healthcare.


The Nursing Associate will undertake a variety of placements. For some specialist/smaller organisations, apprentices may be required to undertake placements in a neighbouring organisation. The University of Salford will deliver the academic aspect of the programme. Nursing Associates will work clinically for 30 hours (pro rata parttime) and attend University for 7.5 hours per week.


Throughout the apprenticeship, apprentices will be assessed in both clinical placements and in the University. Assessment will take place via a range of methods including; practice assessments, essays, objective structured clinical exam (OSCE), presentations and viva examinations. All apprentices will need to complete an End Point Assessment (EPA) as part of their apprenticeship. This can only be taken once the Level 5 Foundation Degree has been completed successfully. The EPA comprises of an observation including question and answer session as necessary and a professional discussion.


The programme structure will be delivered to degree apprentices on a part-time, day release basis subject to agreement by the employer and the university. 


The apprenticeship levy was introduced in April 2017 and requires all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill of over £3 million each year to invest in apprenticeships.

The funding policy supports the changes to the way apprenticeships in England are paid for, underpinned by the apprenticeship levy of 0.5% of the annual pay bill for companies paying over £3 million per year.

There is also a co-investment model for companies who will not be paying into the levy. The government will cover 90% of the cost of the apprenticeship and the employer will only have to contribute the remaining 10%. Once payments have been declared to HMRC, employers will now have access to a digital apprenticeship account from which they will be able to access funding to pay for apprenticeship training.

The maximum amount of money allocated to each standard falls into one of 15 funding bands, ranging from £1,500 to £27,000. The Nursing Associate standard has been allocated the following funding band:

Funding band maximum: £15,000

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