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Higher Level Apprenticeship Nursing Associate

Become a highly trained, vital part of the wider nursing team. This programme is currently subject to validation and NMC approval.

Earn as you learn as an Apprentice Nursing Associate (ANA).

Normally a minimum of three A levels

BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma

Pass an Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at merit

Maths & English (or equivalent) grade 4/C

Equivalent qualifications may be considered, including workplace delivered NVQs

We are looking for applicants who are passionate about health care professions and providing person centred care. The University will make reasonable adjustments where possible and appropriate for any candidate who has a disability recognised under the Equality Act, 2010 but we ask that you contact the University in advance to enable us to make adjustments.

Duration 2 years full time, up to 4 years part time

Course Summary

Nursing associates work with healthcare support workers and registered nurses to provide care and treatment in a wide range of health and care settings. This two-year foundation degree is a flexible, practice-based course, which will enable you to provide high quality, person-centred care across the lifespan.

Nursing associates work with healthcare support workers and registered nurses to provide care and treatment in a wide range of health and care settings. This two-year foundation degree is a flexible, practice-based course, which will enable you to provide high quality, person-centred care across the lifespan.

This two-year foundation degree is delivered within a supportive learning environment. It offers perspectives on health, ill health, health promotion and protection, life sciences and nursing practice in a range of settings. It comprises approximately 50% theory and 50% practice, across the required 2300 programme hours. The Nursing Associate programme is a flexible, authentic practice learning course aimed to develop competent, confident and compassionate Nursing Associates, providing high quality, safe and responsive person-centred care across the lifespan in diverse care setting. 

Why this course at Marjon

Real world experiences

High quality evidence based teaching, with a person centred ethos

Both theory and practical environments

Strong industrial contacts with NHS and non NHS healthcare settings

Gain essential placement experience across the life course across the four fields of nursing

With multiple clinical backgrounds and longevity of experience working within diverse settings, the Marjon programme team will bring real world experiences to students

Modules for this course

Please note: This course is subject to validation which means that it is either a new course or that the content is currently being updated. You can apply for this course now while some of the details of the course are being finalised by the University. Please contact the course leader if you would like further information.

Perfect if you're curious about

Wanting to work with people of all ages and in a variety of settings in health and social care

Supporting the nursing leadership in the delivery of high-quality patient-centred care

Demonstrating personal growth through affordable career progression by developing new knowledge and embracing wider career opportunities

How to deliver and manage planned care

The disease process and the human life span

Drugs and pharmacology for medicine management

What might you become?

On successful completion, graduates are eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nursing Associate.

How you’ll be taught and assessed?

How will you be taught?

This programme includes campus-based classes, on the job training, portfolio building and self-directed study. Apprentices will also need to work flexibly in order to keep up with requirements for independent study and research. Students will be taught for 15 hours per week, 1 day per week on campus in lectures, seminars and clinical skills workshops and simulations, and 1 day through guided virtual activity. Students will spend the remaining 22 hours/3 days in clinical practice.

How will you be assessed?

Assessment in both theory and practice is continuous, and is assessed against Nursing and Midwifery Council competencies, where students are required to demonstrate evidence of their achievement.
Assessment is designed to provide students with opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge, essential skills and professional values, attitudes and behaviours across both the academic and practice-learning context, to demonstrate safe and effective practice.
Assessment is planned across the programme, with a specific emphasis on learning and assessment in authentic practice learning environments, enabling nursing associate students to develop the skills needed for future employment as a Nursing Associate and the academic skills of higher education

Course leader

Claire is our Healthcare Education Strategic Advisor, responsible for working closely with the NHS and other health partners to develop our health programmes.

Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £15,000

This fee covers your tuition and access to course specific eqpt and facilities as well associated services including the library, study skills training, IT support, student support and wellbeing services and membership of the Student Union. You may be eligible to access a range of student funding options. For larger employers, apprenticeship levy funding can fully meet the costs of training, assessment and certification. Employers themselves pay the apprentice's wages. For smaller employers, funding may be available to support fees, please check with us for further details. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check (Annual Update Service or dated within 6 months of the start of the course)

Additional costs:

Evidence that an occupational health declaration has been completed prior to starting the programme Evidence of all required vaccinations being up-to-date
Membership of a Union (Optional but advised)
NMC registration on completion of the programme.
There may be some discretionary trips and other activities to support your studies

Frequently asked questions

Q1   Can I specialise in a specific area as a Nursing Associate?

Although the Registered Nursing Associate is highly skilled, their skills are generic in order to support the wider nursing family.

Q2   Do I have to attend other placements away from my employer?

Yes. You will need to ensure that you attend placement across all four fields of nursing, ensuring you can demonstrate experience across the life span. The programme team can support with arranging the various placements where required. 

Q3   My employer is keen to support me through this route, but they've never had an apprentice before, is this still possible?

Absolutely. Your employer needs to make contact with the programme team who can support them fully with this process.

Q4   Can I apply for student finance or a maintenance loan?

nfortunately, apprentices are not eligible for student loans. Your employer and the government will meet the tuition fees of your apprenticeship. As an employee, you will be paid a salary by your employer. This means you can graduate debt-free.You will also not be eligible for student discounts, but you can get an NUS Apprentice Extra card.

Q5   Do Nursing Associates administer medication?

As part of their training Nursing Associates will be educated to understand medicine management and, within the confines of local employer policies, administer prescribed medicines safely and appropriately. It is essential that Nursing Associates are trained to be competent in the relevant components of this area so that they can make a full contribution to the provision of effective care to the public and patients in primary, acute, secondary, community and social care settings.

Q6   Do I apply through UCAS?

No, apprentices apply through their employer, you should contact your employers apprentice or programme lead to discuss your application.

More information

Whilst the Nursing Associate is a new and varied role within the nursing team, it also provides a platform from which to develop further. Students may wish to train in a specialist field of nursing, for example, commencing their studies in Year 2 of a typical three-year degree, to become a qualified nurse. Alternatively, they could progress onto a non-professional BSc (Hons) award.  

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