Nursing Associate

Level 5

Nursing Associates work closely with registered nurses to deliver high quality evidence-based healthcare. It is a nursing role that cares for patients/service users across the lifespan and in a range of settings. Its aim is to bridge the gap between health and care assistants and registered nurses. Nursing Associates are members of the nursing team and are accountable for their own practice. Nursing Associates provide care for people of all ages, backgrounds, cultures and beliefs. They provide care for people who have mental, physical, cognitive and behavioural care needs.


  • Graduate Skills
  • Foundations of Practice for Nursing Associates
  • Inter-Professional Working in Health and Social Care
  • Life Span Development
  • Rights and Inclusion
  • Clinical and therapeutic skills for Assistants and Associates
  • Understanding and Managing Long Term Conditions
  • Enhancing Health and Well Being
  • Research in Health and Social Care
  • Mental Health and Learning Disability Awareness
  • Advanced Work Based Learning for Nursing Associates
  • End Point Assessment (EPA)


24 months with End Point Assessment (EPA) afterwards.

Assessment strategy

Assessments will focus on the apprentice’s ability to produce work in an appropriate style and format and to deliver information to a range of different audiences. Case study analysis, scenario based exercises, assessment in clinical practice and other relevant group and individual activities take place across the modules. These will assess the apprentice’s critical thinking, analytical problem solving abilities in a health context and clinical practice. The professional competence of the apprentice will be assessed as per the guidelines that have been set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Successful completion of this apprenticeship will result in the individual being able to register with the NMC as a Registered Nursing Associate.

Delivery model

As an apprenticeship, the programme is a mixture of taught academic time, placement time and working within the place of employment learning from work. This is organised as one-week of study per calendar month (i.e. 24 weeks over the programme). Apprentices also need to complete practice experience of adults and paediatrics and patients/service users with mental health conditions and learning disabilities.

Entry requirements

  • Sponsored by an employer
  • Maths and English at Level 2

And any one of the following:

  • A Levels DEE
  • NVQ Level 3

Or equivalent


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