Nursing Associate Degree Apprenticeship

The Nursing Associate Degree Apprenticeship provides the knowledge and skill base your staff need to support registered nurses in a range of care settings.

What is the Nursing Associate Apprenticeship?

This programme will equip your employees with the wide-ranging skills they need to provide effective support to registered nurses in your workplace.

Through a combination of academic theory and work-based practice, they will develop skills in all areas of nursing: from the initial assessment and planning of care, to its delivery and evaluation.

Who is the Nursing Associate Apprenticeship for?

This apprenticeship is for individuals already working in health care who are motivated to progress with their nursing role.

Successful learners will achieve a level 5 qualification and be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a nursing associate.

How will your business benefit?

This programme aims to produce compassionate, competent and confident nursing associates.

Your employees will be equipped to carry out safe and effective practice, demonstrating appropriate values and behaviours in a range of health and social care settings. They will demonstrate personal responsibility while working under the supervision of the registered nurse, who will benefit from greater flexibility to focus on complex care duties.

Decision-making skills will be enhanced leading to increased confidence and understanding of care delivery.

Why UWE Bristol?

Your staff will be motivated and inspired by the opportunity to experience a variety of health and social care environments that cover the age spectrum.

Learners are registered as UWE Bristol students, giving them access to our extensive online and library resources. They’ll be allocated an academic personal tutor who will support them throughout the programme, and will receive help and guidance with developing study skills.

Our excellent links with clinical practice means teaching is influenced by current thinking and best practice in the field. Our clinical partners also lend their expertise to periodic reviews of trainees’ progress throughout the programme.

Course details

Indicative content

Year 1

  • Improving Safety and Quality
  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology for Clinical Practice
  • Communication and Relationship Management Skills
  • The Accountable Professional in Clinical Practice 1
  • Provide and Monitor Care

Year 2

  • Contributing to Integrated Care
  • The Accountable Professional in Clinical Practice 2
  • Promoting Health and Preventing Ill Health
  • Working in Teams
  • Pharmacology and Medicines Management

Learners will also be supported to develop a learning portfolio.

Your employees will be assessed throughout the programme both in practice and academically. To meet all styles of learning there is a variety of forms of assessment, including exams, assignments and presentations.

Qualification, professional registration and accreditation

On successful completion of the programme, the nursing associate will have a foundation degree and be able to register with the Nursing Midwifery Council.

Duration and delivery

Attendance at the University is one day per week over an academic year. Time away from the base placement is also embedded within the programme and is arranged by the employer. This enables the nursing associate to care for a range of patients and clients across the age spectrum.

Placements and supervisors are managed by the employer.

Entry requirements

The University’s standard entry requirements apply with the following additions/exceptions:

  • Disclosure and Barring service check, and occupational health confirmation that is dated within the previous 12 months (employer requirement)
  • Functional skills level 2 in Maths and English or grade C (minimum grade 4) GSCE Maths and English or equivalent, and NVQ level 3 / BTEC or equivalent
  • Must be employed in a health care role.

Contact the Degree Apprenticeship Team

To find out more about the course, or for more information about the Levy and Degree Apprenticeships, please email our Degree Apprenticeships Team at or call us on +44 (0)117 32 81043.

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