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Nursing Associate Apprenticeship FdSc

University of Gloucestershire

What is Nursing Associate Apprenticeship FdSc?

​Developed in partnership with NHS trusts and other health and care partners, this higher apprenticeship is a landmark innovation for the nursing and care professions. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Bringing together learners from a range of healthcare backgrounds, Trainee Nursing Associates work together to develop the skills and professional competence required to support the delivery of high quality care.

Throughout this two year apprenticeship, Trainee Nursing Associates are required to apply their learning in their workplace, meaning they have an immediate impact on the delivery of care for patients and service users.

Study style

Delivered over two years, this apprenticeship is delivered through a blended approach, consisting of learning in both academic and practice settings. Theoretical content is taught at the university over 45 study days each year. The first year begins with a two-week introductory block.

For three days per week, trainee nursing associates are based within their own workplace but they also spend an additional day per week on placement with a host organisation. This gives learners the opportunity to the test their new skills and knowledge in a variety of settings, as well as their own workplace.

As no two learners are the same, assessment is through a range of methods including essays, projects, presentations, portfolios and exams, as well as through the demonstration of clinical competence.

The compulsory end point assessment consists of two elements – an observation of practice and a professional discussion. The 60-minute observation of practice (which must take place prior to the professional discussion) is undertaken by an independent assessor in the learner’s workplace. The professional discussion assesses the Trainee Nursing Associate’s skills, knowledge and behaviours by considering two scenarios which they must be able to relate to their practice. The end point assessment takes place after completion of years 1 and 2.

Support for apprentices and employers

Learners have a Personal Tutor who will remain a source of advice and guidance throughout their apprenticeship. They’re also be supported by module tutors and our Helpzone staff, who are contactable by telephone, in person and online.

Employers are able to access our dedicated apprenticeship support team, who are here to ensure that businesses get the best from both the learner and the programme.

*This course is ‘subject to validation’ which means it is going through the final stages of approval. Courses do normally get approved, but if for any reason this course does not then you would be informed by the university and we would help you find a suitable alternative.

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Entry requirements

    • Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprenticeships. Most candidates will have A levels (or equivalent) or existing relevant Level 3 qualifications, as well as English, Maths and ICT at Level 2. Other relevant or prior experience may also be considered as an alternative.

      Apprentices should be in fulltime employment (at least 30 hours per week) throughout the duration of their apprenticeship, and 6 hours of their contracted working week must be spent doing ‘off-the-job’ training.

      Employers may wish to set additional entry requirements to suit their organisational needs.

Course modules


Fees and costs

Please contact the business team by email at to discuss fees for this course.

Graduate with a foundation degree

Upon completion, learners achieve a foundation degree from the University of Gloucestershire.

Progress to further study

Learners have the option to progress on to further study, including the Nursing Degree Apprenticeship.

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“I’ve come with quite a lot of experience regarding mental health"

“I’ve gained a lot of other new skills from my general nursing (placement), which I can take back to my mental health nursing.”

Ed Ford, Trainee Nursing Associate

“I have learned how to care better for the patients"

“I’ve learned how to have a better communication with them and be more compassionate with them.”​

Cidalia Pereira Goncalves, Trainee Nursing Associate

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