Foundation prospectus

Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship

Through this higher apprenticeship, nursing associates gain the skills to work in a variety of health and social care settings.

Why study this at Greenwich?

  • You will study at a university with an excellent and highly respected reputation for delivering healthcare and social education
  • You will have access to our extensive network of NHS partners to equip you with a wide-ranging experience during your practice placements.
  • The university provides high quality academic and pastoral support and mentoring for all students and is experienced in supporting students who are also in full-time employment

Degree apprenticeship

Applications are made through the apprenticeships programme.


Adult Nursing & Paramedic Science



  • 2 years full-time

Professional recognition

Health Education England Nursing & Midwifery Council

Do you want to earn while you study? Do you want a career that changes lives? Our Nursing Associate Apprenticeship could be for you!

Our Nursing Associate Apprenticeship is a 2-year foundation degree which will result in successful apprentices achieving an FdSc qualification. By the end of the course, apprentice Nursing Associates will be equipped with the knowledge, understanding, skills and behaviours that will make them fit to practice in a wide range of settings, including acute, community and continuing services, and will be eligible to register with the NMC as nursing associates.

The curriculum covers the Health Education England Curriculum Framework for Nursing Associates and offers a practice-led and competency-based format in which the work based learning will facilitate and enhance a student's education, complementing and consolidating the theoretical elements of the course. 

This work-based learning approach provides the Nursing Associate identity throughout the course and offers apprentices the opportunity to achieve and demonstrate their skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary in the work place.

As a test-site for the national Nursing Associate pilot programme since April 2017, we complement our student's university experience with specialised simulation facilities at the Avery Hill campus. We also offer apprentices the very best hands-on workplace experiences and take pride in our partnerships with NHS trusts across South East London and Kent.

What you will study


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact for more information.

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Entry requirements

Trainees should normally hold 3 GCSEs at grade C or above (9-4) including English language/literature and mathematics or a science subject; or Key Skills Level 2 in mathematics and English and at least one of the following:

  • One A-level
  • BTEC National Diploma (pass) or Certificate (merit)
  • Advanced or higher apprenticeship in health and social care
  • Subject-related NVQ level 3 (with key skills in mathematics and English).

Candidates without a GCSE Grade C in English or mathematics will be expected to achieve Level 2 English and/or mathematics/GCSEs or equivalent by the end of the course.

Candidates will normally be aged over 21, have relevant prior work experience, and be employed on a full-time basis (at least 30 hours per week).

All candidates will be individually interviewed and will be required to undertake literacy and numeracy assessments to demonstrate their ability at the appropriate level.

Fees and finance

The programme fees are shared between government and employers. Visit our degree apprenticeships pages to find out how the cost of your programme is met.

Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Additional information


On-programme assessments include:

  • Coursework
  • Essays
  • Examinations
  • Practice Assessment Document.

Apprentices will also undertake an independently-assessed End-Point Assessment on completion of the Foundation Degree which includes:

  • An observation in the workplace
  • A professional discussion.


Apprentices completing the programme will be qualified to practice as a Nursing Associate

Specialised equipment

The University of Greenwich is equipped with state-of-the art simulation facilities.

Apprentices will study at university one day a week over two terms per year for each of the two years. Your remaining time will be based in your usual workplace, in work-based learning or on practice placement. 

You will undertake a minimum of two 3-week block placements in an alternative healthcare setting than the one you are employed in to ensure you get a broad experience in a range of health and social care settings.

The programme will allow you to achieve the 3,000 programme hours across the 2 years as required by the Health Education England Curriculum Framework including your days at the University and on practice placements away from your usual place of employment.

Not quite what you were looking for?

We've got plenty of other courses for you to choose from. Browse our foundation prospectus or check our related courses below.

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Visit our nursing subject page.

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