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.
- 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
This programme is a Higher Apprenticeship programme and in order to apply, you will need to be employed, full-time in a relevant role.
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.
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.
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.
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.