Train as a nursing associate apprentice - a new Band 4 role in the nursing workforce supporting registered nurses in primary, secondary, community and social care that will lead to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). You'll help to plan, coordinate and deliver care, and work to a nationally-recognised NMC code of conduct.
Find out more about teaching options and studying during COVID-19 in the Entry requirements section, below.
The Nursing Associate is a new role launched in 2017 for England’s nursing workforce to support Registered Nurses in primary, secondary, community and social care. They work across a range of settings across all fields of Nursing to help to plan, coordinate and deliver care, working to the nationally- recognised Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) standards of proficiency, with their own professional register.
Our course follows both the NMC’s (2018) Proficiency Standards for Nursing Associates, and the Higher Apprenticeship Standard at Level 5. It supports the widening access to higher education for new and existing bands 1-4 health care workers, to enable the development of knowledge and skills, and careers, through flexible and practical work based learning. The design of our blended programme prepares Nursing Associates for clinical practice, whilst optimising practice placement experience.
We have designed our course to meet the six platforms and two skills annexes identified within the NMC Standards of proficiency for nursing associates:
The learning outcomes are aligned to the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours in the Apprenticeship Standard. The course will meet the NMC (2018) requirements of a minimum of 2300 hours of structured learning activities, equally divided between theory and practice learning.
It's a brilliant way to start a rewarding nursing career and has given me opportunities that I would never have thought were possible.
Completion of the L5 Nursing Associate course will now permit you to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) on a Band 4 salary with your employer. Find out more about how the NMC regulates Nursing Associates.
In addition, your employer may support you to join the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship (top-up) for adult nursing, child nursing, or mental health nursing. This allows you to apply up to 180 credits of Accredited Prior Learning (APL) from your Nursing Associate course, enabling you to study additional modules at Level 6 and specialise in adult, child or mental health nursing for a Band 5 role.
We use formative and summative assessment strategies in both theory and practice learning to provide you with opportunities to demonstrate your acquisition of practical skills and underpinning knowledge. Your development of a range of transferable skills critical to effective health care such as teamwork, communication (written and verbal), decision-making, leadership, facilitation and problem solving skills, are encouraged.
Assessments vary throughout the programme, and include QMP multi-choice testing, written assignments, presentations, and an e-portfolio. We also test medicine calculations online.
Assessment strategies, in accordance with the England Practice Assessment Document (PAD) for Nursing Associates, include:
This is completed using an e-practice assessment document (accessible off-line via the student tablet or on-line via a computer). There are dedicated staff within the University to support the use of this e-PAD, who would be happy to come into your practice area to help with this. This is one of the components that form the gateway to your Apprenticeship EPA.
End point assessment
The EPA for this Apprenticeship is a successful pass in two professional discussions.
Each will test your knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) against the specific domains taken from the NMC Platforms for registered nursing associates.
You will be working towards these competencies throughout the course, and time is built in to prepare you for the EPA.
The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.
We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.
We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.
* Applicants without a Level 3 qualification but healthcare experience will be considered on an individual basis for accreditation of prior learning (APL)/prior experiential learning (APEL).
** Applicants currently working towards a Level 2 qualification in either English or Maths must have gained the qualification prior to the start of the course. If you are unlikely to have evidence of either qualification before the start of the course, you should delay your application until you have these.
Applicants from outside the European Economic Area must provide evidence of achievement of the English Language Testing System (IELTS) test: at least 6.0 in the listening and reading sections, at least 6.0 in the writing and speaking sections, and at least an overall score of 6.0.
Only on provision of the evidence to demonstrate that you meet the requirements listed above will you be invited to attend an interview.
Studying during COVID-19
Due to national restrictions all universities in England, including ARU, are only able to provide face to face teaching on campus for a limited number of courses. Visit our restrictions page for details.
In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic the majority of our apprenticeship courses are being delivered online only using our established online learning systems. The provision offered is subject to change due to the possibility of further Government restrictions, however the University remains committed to delivering teaching and ensuring a COVID-19 secure environment for those that are on campus.
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