Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship

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Level: Foundation degree apprenticeship (level 5)

Course duration: 27 months

Available start dates: September 2022

Mode of delivery: Classroom study (1 day per week)

 Announcement 2022 entry for all apprenticeship standards will go ahead unless government restrictions and social distancing requirements around Covid-19 make the delivery of the programme unfeasible. Detailed information on programme changes would be sent to pre-enrolled students and their employers prior to confirming their place on the apprenticeship.


The Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship programme broadens the routes into working in healthcare and helps both new and existing healthcare employees take the next step in their career by developing their skills, knowledge and experience.

The Nursing Associate standard is mapped against the Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards for Nursing Associates (2018), and results in successful apprentices achieving an FdSc qualification.

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Who is it for?

This apprenticeship is ideal for new and existing healthcare support workers (HCSWs) and healthcare employers interested in forming collaborative partnerships with ambition to be at the forefront of evidence-informed clinical practice.

Entry criteria and costs

  • The cost for the Apprenticeship for 2022 entry: £15,000 (drawn down from the monthly employer levy)
  • Apprentices should hold either a work-based level 3 qualification relevant to health and care such as an advanced apprenticeship, or a level 3 NVQ or other vocational/A-Level qualifications
  • English and Maths Level 2, equivalent to GCSE A*-C or 9-4 
  • Eligible to join an apprenticeship scheme.

English & Maths Level 2 are discretionary for entry if not already held; however, both must be completed by gateway of the End Point Assessment.

How to apply

We welcome employers and individuals to contact the Apprenticeships team by completing the expression of interest form below. Once submitted the Apprenticeships team will be in touch to outline your next steps and/or arrange a meeting with the faculty.

Learning outcomes

  • FdSc Nursing Associate
  • Professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Enhanced care delivery across health and care settings
  • Skills required for evidence-based practice
  • A problem-solving approach to clinical practice
  • Professionalism and accountability
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Teamwork and leadership

Modules and teaching overview

The course runs for 27 months. Apprentices attend the University for one day a week and combine classroom study with their job role. Apprentices also complete 480 hours of contrasting placements over the course of the apprenticeship. On completion of the foundation degree, apprentices are entered for the End Point Assessment.

Apprentices complete:

Year 1

  • Study skills for foundation degrees
  • Practice-Based Learning 1
  • Science for Health and Social Care
  • Specialist Care Skills Therapeutic Caring
  • Practice Based Learning 2
  • Applied Social Science for Health Care Professionals

Year 2

  • Social Policy and Welfare Systems
  • Specialist Care Skills Therapeutic Caring 2
  • Practice-Based Learning 3
  • Applied Evidence to Practice
  • Legal and Ethical Aspects of Care
  • Practice-Based Learning 4

End Point Assessment

On successful completion of the modules above and the required work-based practice in the apprentice's usual and a contrasting setting, the apprentice will be entered for the End Point Assessment. 

The Oxford Brookes experience

  • The Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery (OSN+M) is an exciting and innovative partnership which seeks to be at the forefront of research driven education, clinical practice and high-quality healthcare research.
  • In collaboration with other universities and healthcare providers, OSN+M enjoys an international reputation in healthcare research, with the majority of our research considered to be world-leading (Research Excellence Framework assessment 2014).
  • The programme team are all registered healthcare professionals who hold over 10 years' experience in their field.
  • The apprenticeship programme integrates the teaching, learning and support that the University offers alongside mentoring and training offered within your healthcare setting.

Employers we work with

Below are some of the employers we are pleased to work with to deliver our Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship. We also welcome the opportunity to work with new organisations who may be interested in partnering with Oxford Brookes.