FdSc Nursing Associate
Please see below.
Course start date
How to apply
Apply direct to an employer offering opportunities on the programme. Visit our website for details of current vacancies.
Contact: Liz Clark, Director of CPD, School of Health and Community Studies
Tel: 0113 812 4435
*There may be flexibility over fees and start dates depending on the number of students from a single employer.
FdSc Nursing Associate Apprenticeship
What topics does the apprenticeship cover?
- Preparation for Nursing Associates Practice
- Developing Professional Awareness
- Applied Biological Sciences
- Nursing for Health
- Academic Learning for Nursing Practice
How does the degree apprenticeship work?
Apprentices are in full time employment whilst studying for the two year foundation degree, so they are able to very quickly utilise their newly acquired knowledge and skills within the
workplace for the benefit of patients and service users. The course includes a variety of practice experiences and assessments, combined with academic studies designed to complement and underpin the apprentices’ practical learning. This blended approach is designed to be adaptable and flexible with a combination of face to face university teaching and online learning. Practice support sessions encourage learners to reflect on the practice they have been engaged in and relate this to professional, legal and ethical frameworks and to identify supporting evidence.
We understand that apprentices will have individual talents and interests. We are very experienced in providing high levels of personalised student support and guidance that will address their individual learning needs and enable them to meet their full potential. All nursing degree apprentices will have an Academic Advisor who supports them throughout the course, providing an opportunity to discuss academic progress and assessment feedback throughout the course.
Where will study take place?
This can be negotiated with you but normally students will spend an average of 30 days a year at our City Campus. Students have full access to university facilities throughout their studies.
Who will apprentices be taught by?
Nursing associates are taught by experienced nurses with teaching and research expertise as well as experience in a wide range of clinical areas. The team works closely with local acute and community providers to ensure that the course remains relevant and contemporary. Our enthusiastic, friendly and approachable team are committed to providing students with a supportive learning environment.
Information for Employers
- Meet the unique needs of your organisation with degree apprentices learning while they work. This enables them to develop the knowledge and professional competencies required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council while mastering the specialist knowledge needed to deliver high quality care in your workplace.
- Develop your existing staff by allowing them to undertake a Degree Apprenticeship or enabling them to work with a Degree Apprentice in the workforce, through mentoring opportunities and more.
- Attract new talent to your organisation
- Improve staff retention by offering a clear and structured career progression to valued support staff
- Maximise use of the apprenticeship levy
Every apprenticeship must have an Apprenticeship Agreement. This is a contract of service between the apprentice and the employer, confirming the apprenticeship and the standard being undertaken. This will be supplemented by a ‘Statement of Commitment’ signed by the employer, University and apprentice, setting out the expectations, roles and responsibility of each party involved in the apprenticeship.
- Apprentices must be employed and paid at least a minimum wage appropriate to their age and job role.
- Employers will be responsible for the recruitment of degree apprentices. However, we can promote opportunities via our website.
- Employers pay degree apprentices at their normal rate whilst they are studying.
- Apprentices require a workplace mentor who will oversee their development and coordinate projects and learning with the university tutor.
Levy paying employers with an annual payroll exceeding £3 million per annum, make a payment of 0.5% of any staff costs above this threshold into an apprenticeship levy account. These monies are then available for the organisation to spend on accredited apprenticeship programmes.
Non levy-paying employers can draw down government co-investment to cover 90% of the total cost of training, you are only required to pay 10%.
For up to date information on the apprenticeship levy payments visit: gov.uk/guidance/pay-apprenticeship-levy