Apprenticeship Nursing Associate

About the course

This programme provides the educational framework for students to work as a nursing associate to deliver effective, safe and responsive care across a wide range of health and care settings.

Nursing associates work under the leadership of a Registered Nurse within defined parameters, in line with an agreed plan.

The responsibilities of the role include delivering high quality, person-centred care. Taking account of the perspectives and pathways of individuals, their families and/or carers to provide holistic and person-centred care, from initial assessment to evaluation of care.

Apprenticeships combine full-time work with accompanying skills development programmes, designed by employers within the sector. They allow the apprentice to gain the technical knowledge and real, practical experience required for their future career, and are delivered through a mix of learning methods. On completion of this programme, apprentices will have gained valuable experience training within their relevant area, and the competence to undertake their duties with confidence.

This programme includes campus-based classes, on the job training, portfolio building and self-directed study. Apprentices will also need to work flexibly in order to keep up with requirements for independent study and research.


A typical suite of modules could include:

Semester One

Certificate stage (Level 4)

  • Fundamental Nursing Skills for Nursing Associates
  • Fundamentals of Academic and Professional Practice for Nursing Associates
  • Nursing Associate Practice 1
  • Promoting Health and Preventing Ill health in Nursing Associate Practice
  • Nursing Associate Practice 2

Semester Two

Diploma Stage (level 5)

  • Developing Professional Practice (Nursing Associate)
  • Contemporary Practice for Nursing Associate: An Evidence Based Approach
  • Nursing Associate Practice 3
  • Nursing Associate Practice 4

Entry requirements

There are no specific qualifications required for entry to this apprenticeship. However, applicants will need to be able to provide evidence that they are able to meet the academic requirements of the programme.

Applicants to this apprenticeship will be from different age groups, with differing backgrounds and experience.

Whilst direct entry is possible it is very likely that applicants will have undertaken an advanced apprenticeship in a healthcare occupation or have comparable experience and/or qualifications.

Apprentices should

  • Be currently employed in a health or social care setting and have the support of their employer
  • Be flexible as there may be a requirement to work shifts 
  • Possess GCSE English and Maths (Grade C or above) or Functional Skills level 2 Literacy and Numeracy. If you have any other English and maths qualifications please contact, 01482 466373 prior to applying. 
  • Be able to provide evidence of previous study
  • Have a named mentor for the duration of the programme
  • Have a written recommendation from their employer

Those interested in this course should pursue the matter with their employer and then apply by filling in the application form.

On receipt of the application form and employer's support form, applicants may be invited to an induction day which will take place during the selection period (dates to be advised). 

How to apply

To apply, please complete the downloadable application form and employer support form and email them to  

The deadline for applications to begin study in September 2024 is Friday 31 May 2024. However, we are happy to receive applications prior to this date and arrangements for interview will be made following this.

All successful applicants will be required to attend the University of Hull on the morning of Wednesday 26 June 2024 for an introduction to the programme. This is an opportunity to meet employers, teaching staff, the apprenticeship office, present students, service users and carers and gain some understanding of the expectations of the apprenticeship programme requirements prior to commencement. Further details will be given following interview.

All employers are welcome at this event.

For more information, please contact Dawn Firth, Programme Director for the Nursing Associate Apprenticeship, by emailing


On successful completion of the apprenticeship, students will be awarded a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care (Nursing Associate).

You will be able to work as a nursing associate in a range of healthcare settings and undertake the full range of duties appropriate to the job, confidently and competently to NHS standards.


The course fees for the programme are £15,000 which will be funded via the employing organisation.

For larger employers, apprenticeship levy funding can fully meet the costs of training, assessment and certification. Employers themselves pay the apprentice's wages.

For smaller employers, funding may be available to support fees, please check with us for further details.

For funding enquiries, please contact at or on (01482) 466373.


Typically 28 months One day a week at University, four days a week on placement