How to apply
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.
- Qualification at Level 3 or above
- Two-year (2,300 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.
“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.