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Nursing Associate Apprenticeship

Information on the FdSc Nursing Associate Level 5 at UEL

nursing in practice

About the course


The Nursing Associate is a highly trained support role to deliver effective, safe and responsive nursing care in and across a wide range of health and care settings. Nursing Associates work independently, and with others, under the leadership and direction of a Registered Nurse within defined parameters, to deliver care in line with an agreed plan. Nursing Associates will have a breadth of knowledge and a flexible, portable skill set to serve local health populations, in a range of settings covering pre-life to end of life. The Nursing Associate apprentice must meet the 15 standards as set out in the Care Certificate, prior to taking their End Point Assessment.

Responsibilities and duty of the role

Working within the sphere of nursing the Nursing Associate delivers high quality person-centered care across health and social care settings. The Nursing Associate works within all aspects of the nursing process, taking account of the perspectives and pathways of individuals, their families and/or carers providing holistic and person-centered care to individuals, supporting the registered nurse in the assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care.

End Point Assessment

On successfully completing the Foundation Degree and meeting the “gateway” requirements’ in agreement with your employer you will be put forward for the EPA. You will be required to undergo an observation with questioning and a Professional discussion. This is carried out independently of the university and employer by an independent body and is specific for this Apprenticeship standard.


This 2-year (inc. EPA) Apprenticeship is a mixed delivery model and involves working with key employers. UEL’s delivery site is based at our Stratford campus, and part of the scheme is to carry out practice rotations within key areas in the Nursing field to meet the Nursing Associate Standards as set out by Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Entry Requirements: Potential apprentices will need to be employed in the field of study (see occupational profile) and have or the ability to gain GCSE English and Mathematics at A-C grade or grade 4-9 or equivalent Functional Skills at Level 2.

Fees per Apprentice for whole duration (paid on a monthly basis and is an estimate):

Levy Employer: £15,000

Apprentice: £0

Non-levy employer: please email or call 020 8223 2337 for more information. The apprentice will not be required to pay any fees.

Progression: On completion, full-time employment and additional CPD as required.

Programme Content: Please see the Nursing Associate programme specification.

How to get involved

We aim to be flexible in our approach and discuss with each employer the delivery strategy that best meets their business requirements and those of their apprentices.

The Higher and Degree Apprenticeships programmes at UEL have been created with employers for employers. Contact us if:

  • you would like to become an employer partner of UEL and let us help you find the right apprentices for you;
  • you are interested in any of the apprenticeship degree programmes we are currently running or the new ones we are developing;
  • you would like to explore creating new apprenticeships and join a Trailblazer group with us.

Contact us 
020 8223 2337

University of East London 
Academic Partnerships Office
Docklands Campus, University Way
London E16 2RD

The information on this webpage reflects the course details as they are at the time of publication and is subject to change. The information is included as a guide to course content only.