- Two-year (2300 hours) professional programme with attendance at University one day a week.
- Designed for employees working a minimum of 30 hours per week, apprentices remain part of the workforce and continue to contribute to patient / client care whilst working towards their FdSc and professional qualification.
- Apprentices maintain a Practice Assessment Document (PAD) and work in clinical practice under Direct / Indirect Supervision of qualified RN / NA Practice Supervisors in accordance with the NMC (2018) Standards for student supervision and assessment.
- Apprentices gain experience in a variety of placements, including Hospital; Community; At Home and others.
- Apprentices must also gain some experience across the four branches of nursing including Child Health; Mental Health; Learning Disability and Adult Nursing.
- All placements are organised and managed by the employer.
- Apprentices are continually assessed in clinical practice by qualified RN / NA Practice Supervisors.
- Apprentices are formally assessed twice each academic year by qualified RN / NA Practice Assessors, and an Ongoing Achievement Record (OAR) is maintained to monitor progression.
- Assessments include Episodes of Care and Medicines Management.
- The programme is delivered on our Plymouth Campus; our Knowledge Spa Campus in Truro and at our School of Nursing in Exeter.
- Once qualified, Nursing Associates may work across a wide range of healthcare settings and clinical areas, including acute or community hospitals; community nursing teams and GP practices.
Apprentices do not pay any course fees – costs are covered by the government and/or employer.
Funding models for employers
We can support employers in accessing funding via the apprenticeship levy or provide alternative funding options to minimise or eradicate any up-front cost to the organisation.
There are currently two funding models:
- Fully-funded: Levy paying organisations
- Co-funded: Non-levy organisations and levy who have exceeded their levy contribution.
If the annual pay bill of your organisation exceeds £3 million you will pay for your apprenticeship training through your levy account. If you have exceeded your levy contribution you will fund apprenticeship training through the co-funded model – to better understand how this will work please contact us.
Employer contribution: Employee salary only
Apprentices contribution: £0
If you are a non-levy paying organisation (the annual pay bill of your organisation is less than £3 million) or you are a levy organisation who has exceeded their pot, the government will financially co-support your apprenticeship training – they will contribute 95 per cent of the costs and the employer will contribute 5 per cent.
Government contribution £14,250
Employer contribution £750
Apprentice contribution £0
- Must be employed for 30 hours or more in a health care setting.
- Satisfactory Enhanced DBS Check.
- Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths, or GCSE grade C or above.
- Ability to work at academic Level 5.
“These new ways of entering nursing offer some really exciting opportunities for people wanting to have a rewarding career but who can’t afford to study for a degree in the traditional way. The University of Plymouth is building on its established close relationships with NHS and private healthcare partners to create a ‘win-win’ for all – offering employment support, work-based learning, and the ability to gain a nursing registration in two years for healthcare employees who show talent and want to develop their nursing career.”
Degree Apprenticeship: BSc (Hons) Nursing
On successful completion of the Nursing Associate Foundation Degree, employees may be interested in becoming a registered nurse. The Nursing Degree Apprenticeship is a flexible, work-based route for both new and existing healthcare practitioners.