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Nursing Associate Apprenticeship

Nursing Associate Apprenticeship

DegreeNursing Associate Foundation Degree (FdSc)
Duration24 months + 6 months EPA
Entry point(s)Spring/Autumn
CampusUxbridge (Majority), Aylesbury and High Wycombe


The Nursing Associate programme is suitable for the development of existing healthcare support workers, who have demonstrated the capabilities and commitment to develop towards a nursing role. As the apprentices study flexibly alongside work, they will put their newly acquired knowledge and skills into practice immediately, and become a key part of the multi-disciplinary workforce that is needed to respond to the future healthcare needs of the public and patients.

The Nursing Associate Apprenticeship is a two-year programme which aims to provide experience in alternative settings to gain wider practice experience through facilitated work-based learning and assessment. Successful apprentices will gain a Level 5 Nursing Associate foundation degree (FdSc) from Buckinghamshire New University.

This course is based at our Uxbridge Campus in West London. A central part of the Nursing Associate Apprenticeship involves making use of our state-of-the-art simulation suites – where your apprentices can practise and hone their skills in realistic clinical environments.


Programme aims

  • Produce a registered Nursing Associate who meets the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards for pre-registration Nursing Associate programmes (NMC, 2018) and the Standards of proficiency for nursing associates (NMC, 2018).
  • Produce a registered Nursing Associate who can provide care for people who may have mental, physical, cognitive and behavioural care needs, across the lifespan and in a range of settings where their needs must be supported and managed.
  • Produce a registered Nursing Associate who consistently adheres to the precepts of The Code (NMC, 2018).

Why choose BNU?

At Buckinghamshire New University, we are dedicated to equipping our graduates with the skills employers demand. We will work with you using our practice-based learning expertise to support your training needs.

Higher and degree apprenticeships are a partnership between industry and higher education institutions set up to help meet the needs of employers. They also provide a flexible way for employees to take advantage of the life-changing opportunities that higher education can offer them.

At BNU, we change lives through employment-focused teaching which enables our students to achieve their ambitions. As a small and personal university, we offer an agile approach to all apprenticeship training needs. You would also gain access to all our support services including Student Hub, Multi Faith Chaplaincy, Disability and Inclusion, Counselling, Library and Alumni Benefits. Our Apprenticeship Hub at BNU strives to deliver a supportive environment for the employer and the apprentice. Tripartite reviews are conduced quarterly to aid apprentice through their apprenticeship journey successfully.

Four student nurses in uniform stood around a simulation hospital bed with a child laying down on it

Programme details

The programme matches the University’s philosophy and strategy including outward facing, externality and industrial involvement thus providing students with the necessary qualifications to underpin their knowledge and progress in their chosen careers.

Degree apprenticeships combine study and work-based learning to enable apprentices to gain a full degree. They have been co-designed by employers thus ensuring that apprentices are equipped with the skills employers need and look for in their employees.

An apprentice is a paid employee and does not pay any training costs or student fees.


Programme delivery

Buckinghamshire New University’s blended learning model is designed to be flexible around the needs of apprentices and work load. This includes online, face-to-face and self directed learning which learners have fed back providers greatest flexibility around work, caregiving and other life commitments. This also helps reduce the impact of carbon created through commuting.

Nursing Associates are delivered face to face seminars at BNU’s Uxbridge campus once per week.


Entry requirements

Apprenticeship Eligibility

To be eligible for an apprenticeship, the apprentice must satisfy the following requirements and ESFA funding rules:

  • An apprentice can be a new or existing member of staff and must not already hold a degree in that area or be receiving funding for other training.
  • The employer must employ the apprentice in a genuine role with a genuine salary.
  • The apprentice must have the right to live and work in the UK.
  • BNU will check to make sure you're eligible before you start your degree apprenticeship, and may ask for proof of your right to work in the UK.
  • An apprentice must be employed in a full time job (minimum of 30 hours per week) or have a signed contract to start a full time job role, which is relevant to the apprenticeship.
  • The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) will not fund apprentices who are repeating the same qualification.
  • An apprentice can be a citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) or have the right to abode in the UK and have been resident in the EEA for at least the previous three years on the first day of your apprenticeship.
  • An apprentice can be a non-EEA citizen with permission from the UK government to live in the UK, (not for educational purposes) and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least the previous three years before the start of learning.


Programme Entry Requirements

To be eligible for the Nursing Associate Apprenticeship apprentices must meet the following requirements:

  • Government approved Level 2 Maths and English Qualification (e.g. GCSE or Functional Skills).
  • Candidates without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment.
  • All candidates must be employed in a role related to the subject matter of the Degree Apprenticeship and be sponsored by their employer
  • Applications can only be made through the sponsoring employer. The University will consider all such applications and will have the final decision whether to accept the candidate for entry to the programme


How to apply

Register your interest

  1. Contact BNU’s Apprenticeship via email: apprenticeships@bnu.ac.uk or call: 01296 744202
  2. Interested employers will be invited to an information session lead by a representative of BNU’s Apprenticeship Hub and the programme lead. Once completed the Apprenticeship Hub will provide a capture form to begin your application process.


Application Process

  1. Email your nominated Apprenticeship team representative with a document detailing names and contact details of your selected candidates.
  2. Candidates will be sent a link to an online application which takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.
  3. Candidates will be required to upload supporting documents such as prior certification (including Level 2 English and maths) and evidence of Right to Work in the United Kingdom.
  4. After submitting the application, the Admissions team will complete all necessary eligibility checks.
  5. Successful candidates will be invited to an interview with a member of the academic team and will be asked to fill in an Individual Needs Assessment (INA) document identifying their existing experiences, skills and knowledge which will be discussed in the interview.



In many instances apprenticeships are fully funded through the government’s Apprenticeship Levy Fund and for those ineligible up to 95% is funded through the government’s Co-Investment Fund.

Nursing Associate Apprenticeship: £15,000

  • The apprenticeship levy will be paid by employers in any sector with a pay bill of more than £3 million per year. Those employers will be able to use their apprenticeship levy funds to fund this programme.
  • Non-levy paying employers will receive up to 95% funding towards the costs of this apprenticeship through the government’s Co-Investment Fund.
  • For more information on funding and the Apprenticeship Levy visit our Apprenticeship Funding page in the find out more section below.

An apprentice can be a new or existing member of staff and must not already hold a degree in that area or be receiving funding for other training.

The employer must employ the apprentice in a genuine role with a genuine salary.

The apprentice must have the right to live and work in the UK.