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FdSc Nursing Associate

Course Specs:

Entry Requirements

Please see below.  


Fees for the course will be a maximum of £15,000 over two years.

Course duration

2 years

How to apply
Apply direct to an employer offering opportunities on the programme. Visit our website for details of current vacancies.
T: 0113 812 4500

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FdSc Nursing Associate is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Successful completion of the course provides eligibility to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a nursing associate.

FdSc Nursing Associate Apprenticeship

Developed in partnership with local health care providers, the FdSc Nursing Associate Apprenticeship has been designed to offer organisations a flexible pathway for apprentices to achieve the requirements for the generic Nursing Associate Practitioner. Nursing Associates work with healthcare support workers and registered nurses to deliver care for patients and the public. FdSc Nursing Associate is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, successful completion of the course provides eligibility to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a nursing associate.
What topics does the apprenticeship cover?
  • Becoming a nursing student
  • Fundamentals of Nursing, Science and Practice
  • Practice assessment 1
  • Exploring Health and Wellbeing
  • Developing Professional skills
  • Application of Nursing Science
  • Practice assessment 2
  • Providing quality integrated care
  • Transition to registered nursing associate
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?

The majority of teaching takes place from 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

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  • 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
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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.
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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 95% of the total cost of training, you are only required to pay 5%.

For up to date information on the apprenticeship levy payments visit:

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements are available in this document.
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