Nursing Associate

Nursing Associate FdSc

Degree Apprenticeship

Nursing Associate - Level 5

The aim of the course is to provide educational opportunities to enhance skills, values and knowledge in order to provide holistic hands-on compassionate care as part of the nursing team under the direction of a registered nurse.

Successful completion of the course will mean that you meet the outcomes as laid out in Health Education England’s Nursing Associate Curriculum Framework (2016) and will be able to seek employment as a Nursing Associate.

The concept of the Nursing Associate role was first introduced in the Shape of Caring Review (2015) where the development of a defined highly trained support role to help Registered Nurses deliver safe, effective and responsive care was needed in order to respond to the future nursing needs of the public and patients.

Benefits to the apprentice

  • Fully funded through the Apprenticeship Levy
  • Accelerate your career without a career break
  • Achieve a professional qualification/accreditation alongside the degree.
  • Share and learn with a unique peer network of professionals

Benefits to the employers

  • Upskill future leaders to help scale your business
  • Industry led learning to apply in your business
  • Access funding to develop highly qualified professionals
  • Projects deliver tangible business benefits

Read more information for employers

What does the programme lead to

The Nursing Associate is a highly trained support role to deliver effective, safe and responsive nursing care in and across a wide range of health and care settings.

Nursing Associates work independently, and with others, under the leadership and direction of a Registered Nurse within defined parameters, to deliver care in line with an agreed plan.

Nursing Associates will have a breadth of knowledge and a flexible, portable skill set to serve local health populations, in a range of settings covering pre-life to end of life.

The Nursing Associate apprentice must meet the 15 standards as set out in the Care Certificate, prior to taking their end point assessment.

Working within the sphere of nursing the Nursing Associate delivers high quality person-centred care across health and social care settings. The Nursing Associate works within all aspects of the nursing process, taking account of the perspectives and pathways of individuals, their families and/or carers providing holistic and person-centred care to individuals, supporting the registered nurse in the assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care.

Job Roles

Nursing Associate - Nursing associate is a protected title and may only be used by someone on the Nursing and Midwifery Council register.

UCLan works with employers to design and deliver degree apprenticeships and establishes the content and delivery of a programme according to their needs on an individual basis.

UCLan is committed to the principle of an apprenticeship being the development of an individual into a role of which the course is one component. What and how this is delivered is designed with the employer through the tailoring of delivery both mode and content.

Information for apprentices

LEVEL: Level 5
START DATE: September
LOCATION/CAMPUS: Preston or Burnley or Westlakes

FEES: Tuition Fees are paid by funding through the Employer and/or Government via the Apprenticeship Levy, meaning that you as the learner do not pay the standard tuition fee rates. Students on Degree Apprenticeships do not qualify for any funding from Student Finance.

How you can access the programme

Contact our course enquiries team on 01772 892400 or email

If you are already in a relevant job role, talk to your manager or your employer and share the programme information with them. They may be willing to support you through the Apprenticeship. Contact our Business Development team on 01772 895500 or email for support.

Entry Requirements

Admission to the Programme is through Human Resources application process within the relevant NHS Trust. The selection/interview process will involve Trust personnel, UCLan staff and/or a Work Based Education Facilitator.

Selection may involve literacy and numeracy testing and candidates must show the ability to communicate clearly both verbally and using a computer. This will be assessed at interview.

Admissions Criteria

GCSE Maths and English Lang/Lit Grade C or above or equivalent.

AND one of the following to demonstrate a minimum of achievement of 48 UCAS points:

  • GNVQ (intermediate and advanced)
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma (3 passes)
  • BTEC National Diploma (Pass, Pass, Pass)
  • BTEC National Subsidiary National Diploma (Distinction)
  • ‘A’ Level (100 points equivalent)
  • Access Course (Pass)
  • Irish leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • OCR National Certificate (Distinction)
  • OCR National Diploma (P2)
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (P3)
  • 14-19 Diplomas (E)

For applicants where English is not their first language an IELTS score of at least 7.0 in the listening, reading, writing and speaking sections with an overall average score of 7.0 is required.

Degree and Higher Apprenticeships have flexible entry requirements. We work closely with the employer and apprentice to consider previous qualifications and experience. This may also include consideration of year of entry.


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Course Content

Level 4

  • Nursing Associate Practice 1
  • Society, Health and Nursing Associate Care

Level 5

  • Essentials of Nursing Associate Care
  • Nursing Associate Practice 2


All of our degree apprenticeships are day release (1 day per week). 

Learning Environment and Assessment

UCLan has an extensive array of learning resources both on and off campus. For those off campus there are many resources:

  • Electronic resources including e-journals and e-books
  • Search by Subject guides to help access journals and books, etc
  • Online access to other libraries and information services (perhaps closer to home) through local and national schemes such as Sconul Access.
  • Inter-Library Loans Service
  • Information Skills training programme
  • Access to IT help and advice from LIS Customer Support
  • The Remote Access services allow students to access their UCLan network account, the library's electronic resources and some core software applications from their own computer as if they were on-campus.

End Point Assessment

The Degree Apprenticeship programme includes an End Point Assessment (EPA) to check that students have met the Apprenticeship Standard competencies and are ready to join the profession with full occupational competence.

Read further information about EPA

Information for Employers

Apprenticeships allow the learner to combine work and study by mixing on-the-job training with classroom learning. An apprentice will be employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week at one of our UCLan campuses or training centres. By the end of their apprenticeship, they will have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in their chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level.

Apprentices in every role follow an approved study programme, which means they’ll gain a nationally recognised qualification at the end of their apprenticeship.

APPRENTICESHIP STANDARD: Nursing Associate - Read more
LEVEL: Level 5
FUNDING BAND: up to £15,000
View more information on Levy and Non-levy paying organisations and eligibility.

Funding bands range from £1,500 to £27,000 and sets the maximum amount of digital funds an employer who pays the levy can use towards an individual apprenticeship.

How to access the programme

Contact our Business Development Team:
Telephone: 01772 895500, email:

Further Information about Degree Apprenticeships

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Nursing
For more information, contact Business Development on 01772 895500 or email


The Apprenticeship Standard along with the degree qualification forms the degree/higher apprenticeship programme. View the standard.

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Further Information for students

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