Nursing Associate Degree Apprenticeship

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


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.

Course details

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.

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.

Apprentices 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.


Nursing Associate foundation degree (Level 5).

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

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.

Health checks

You must be in good health and up-to-date with all routine immunisations that are required for working in health and social care settings. The Department of Health (Nov, 2021) has stated that all health and social care workers (including students and volunteers) MUST be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 by the 1st of April 2022. If your course includes placements in any health or social care settings, you will be required to show proof of your Covid vaccinations.

If you are offered a place on one of our health and social care programmes, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and must be prepared to undergo a medical examination. You will also be required to confirm your status in respect of a number of infectious diseases (tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, varicella, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV antibodies, Covid-19) and be prepared to have all required vaccinations. Please note that the list of required vaccinations may change, in response to advice from the Department of Health.

If your vaccinations are not up-to-date, this will affect your ability to continue on your course. If you have any concerns with regards to vaccinations please raise this at the point of application.

If you were vaccinated outside of the UK and want to check if your Covid-19 vaccine is recognised in the UK please check the UK government website.

How to apply

Prospective students may only apply for a degree apprenticeship through their employer. If you are interested in any of our degree apprenticeship programmes, speak to your employer in the first instance.

There is funding available to sponsor employees’ professional development on degree apprenticeships. We will work with your employer directly to manage your application.

Benefits for businesses

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.

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.

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.

An employer's guide to the deployment of qualified registered nursing associates in social care settings (

Why UWE Bristol?

You will be registered as a UWE Bristol student, and get access to our extensive online and library resources. You'll be allocated an academic personal tutor who will support you throughout the programme, and you 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 your progress throughout the programme.

Contact the Degree Apprenticeship Team

To find out more about the Nursing Associate Degree Apprenticeship, or for more information about the levy, funding available and degree apprenticeships, please email our Degree Apprenticeships Team at or call us on +44 (0)117 328 4888.

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