Conversion Route: L5 Assistant Practitioner to Nursing Associate Registrant
Through Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) for Year 1 of our Pre-registration Nursing Associate FdSc programme, qualified Assistant Practitioners can apply to join our current March 2023 cohort for Year 2 ONLY which starts on Tuesday 7 March 2023. 
Students will also be required to attend 3 online study days in preparation for the start of the course:
  • 14 February 2023
  • 21 February 2023
  • 28 February 2023
Students will need to be supported by their employer and will attend University 1-day per week (Tuesday Study Day) for one academic year (February 2023 - March 2024). This opportunity will be available on our Plymouth and Exeter Campus.
Clinical practice hours: In addition to attending Study Days and to meet all Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requirements for registration, applicants will need to evidence achievement of the following Year 2 clinical practice hours:
  • 575 hours in total including
  • 230 hours in External Placements
  • 345 hours'Protected Learning Time'
This will include: 
  • Acute Hospital
  • Community Nursing
  • Child Health
  • Mental Health
  • Learning Disability 
  • 'Other' e.g. GP Practice

Further information

Closing date for applications: 15 December 2022
Interviews to take place online early January 2023. 

Entry requirements

  • Must have evidence of achieving L5 FdSc Assistant Practitioner qualification for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for Year 1 of the Pre-registration Nursing Associate FdSc programme
  • Must have evidence of achieving GCSE Grade C / 4 or above or L2 English.
  • Must have evidence of achieving GCSE Grade C / 4 or above or L2 Maths.
  • Successful joint interview with employer and University of Plymouth.
  • Funding approval from HEE
  • Must meet all UoP Compliance requirements:
- DBS Enhanced Disclosure
- Overseas Check
- Occupational Health Screening
- Completion of a self-disclosure document
For enquiries, please contact the Programme Lead for Pre-registration Nursing Associate FdSc Programme:
Prospective employer / employee enquiries:
Current student enquiries:
Via the Professional Development Unit (details below)
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You can contact the Professional Development Unit with any queries

Prospective student enquiries:
Current student enquiries:
Professional Development Unit, Level 4 Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, United Kingdom.
Monday – Thursday 8:30–17:00 and Friday 8:30–16:30.