Level 5

Accredited by University College Birmingham


Course Level

Level 5


2 years

School of Education, Health and Community

90% of apprentices will remain in employment after completing their apprenticeship

83% of apprentices say their apprenticeship has improved their career prospects

Are you interested in a nursing profession? If you are currently working in a relevant role and want to step up your skills, our Nursing Associate Apprenticeship will develop and expand your understanding of key concepts in nursing, opening up opportunities for you to progress to higher positions or further study in the fields of nursing, health and social care.

This higher apprenticeship emphasises the role nursing associates play in providing holistic treatment, enabling you to progress from the role of trainee nursing associate to become a highly capable and experienced professional, adept at supporting the delivery of safe, effective and responsive nursing care. As part of your apprenticeship, you will complete a Level 5 foundation degree and an end-point assessment, while your training will also ensure you meet the standards set out in the Care Certificate.

Taught by experts with support from our outstanding simulation facilities at University College Birmingham, you will not only develop key skills and values required in the nursing profession but also other key behaviours such as leadership and discretion. You will also take on placements in multiple settings in addition to applying your training to your workplace.

Why choose this apprenticeship?

  • BOOST YOUR SKILLS – Develop key personal and practical skills in observation, interpretation, information processing and presentation, as well as core nursing values and behaviours
  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Test your training in our state-of-the-art Health Hub and on placement in three settings: hospital, at home and close to home
  • INDUSTRY APPROVED – This apprenticeship will ensure you meet the 15 standards set in the Care Certificate, with required skills and knowledge set out in the Nursing Associate Curriculum (HEE 2017)

Our facilities

As part of your nursing apprenticeship, you will have access to University College Birmingham’s new Health Skills and Simulation Suite, providing a specialist learning environment which replicates real-life care settings to enhance your practical training.

Entry requirements

  • You must be working a minimum of 30 hours per week in an appropriate role, and have your employer’s agreement and support to undertake this apprenticeship.
  • GCSE/IGCSE English grades A*-C (9-4) or equivalent in English and maths (e.g. Functional Skills Level 2).
  • You must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (Enhanced DBS).
  • You will need to demonstrate an ability to study at Level 4 and 5.

If you have any queries, please contact Kathy Riley on 0121 604 1000 or email

Key information

Teaching and assessment

Online materials support one day per week of formal teaching at University College Birmingham. You will be assigned a practice supervisor/practice assessor in the workplace to support clinical assessment in practice and an academic assessor who will visit you in your workplace, and provide personalised feedback.

You will need to study outside of the timetabled hours. In some weeks, the amount of time you need for personal study will increase, especially when completing assessments.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.


Trainee nursing associates must experience placements in each of the following settings:

  • Hospital
  • At home
  • Close to home

The primary placement (employment) may be based in one setting, and you must have at least one training placement in each of the two other settings.

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