Foundation degrees 2024/25

Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship

Our Nursing Associate Apprenticeship is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to work as part of a team in a variety of health and social care settings

Degree apprenticeships give students the chance to gain industry skills in the workplace. Employers provide staff development, with course fees subsidised by government funding.

This higher apprenticeship enables nursing associates to study at the University of Greenwich, which has an excellent reputation for health and social care teaching. Modules follow the Health Education England Curriculum Framework for Nursing Associates and include practical elements to test students' learning.

Graduates are equipped to work in a wide range of settings, including acute care, and community and continuing services. This course delivers the Nursing associate (NMC 2018) Degree Apprenticeship Standard ST0827 and End Point Assessment Plan listed on the Institute for Apprenticeships website.

Applicants should agree in advance with their employer Education/Apprenticeship Lead which course they will be applying for.

Degree apprenticeship

Applications are made through the apprenticeships programme.

Duration

2 years full-time

Start month

September; January; April

Fees information

For fee information related to this course, please see fees section below.

What you should know about this course

  • Nursing and Midwifery at Greenwich is number one in London for satisfaction with teaching (Guardian League Tables 2022)
  • You will be able to earn while you learn
  • Our apprenticeship offers a balanced combination of practice -based and academic learning to enhance and consolidate your skills and knowledge
  • You will have access to our state-of the-art simulation facilities and our extensive network of health and social care partners across London and the south-east.

How apprenticeships work


Study for a degree and gain valuable experience without leaving your job or paying any fees.

What you will study

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Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

About the course team

When you join us, you will be taught and supported by an experienced team of lecturers and professionals who have a wealth of hands-on experience of delivering health and social care across all fields of nursing, midwifery and paramedicine.

Come and meet us

We are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.

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Got a question?

To find out more about our Open Days and Campus Tours or if you need any assistance, please email opendays@gre.ac.uk.

Entry requirements

From the start of your apprenticeship, you will need to be employed full-time (30 hours or more per week) in an appropriate healthcare setting where you can train as a Nursing Associate

If you are not already employed in a health or social care setting, you should contact NHS Trusts and other healthcare organisations in your area to check if they are recruiting nursing associate apprentices.

Applicants will need:

  • Mathematics and English GCSE grade A-C/9-4 or recognised equivalents
  • Transferable skills and readiness to study at the undergraduate level
  • Two years of employment in a relevant health or social care setting

*Please note: April intake is only for Registered Nurse degree with recognition of prior learning.

For enquiries please contact apprenticeships@greenwich.ac.uk

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

Available to overseas students?

No

Can I use Prior Learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

The following data is based on the compulsory modules for this programme.*

* Compiled from modules taught on 2023-2024 courses.

Teaching

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

Learning takes place through a combination of timetabled learning and independent study.

You can view more information about how each module is taught within our 'What you will study' section.

Seminars and workshops enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Timetabled learning may fall between 9am and 9pm depending on your courses and tutorials.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

Each module you study towards this degree is worth 15 or 30 credits. These represent around 150 or 300 study hours respectively. If you receive 100 contact hours for a 30-credit module, you should expect to commit 200 hours to independent study to complete it successfully.

Assessment

Students are assessed through a combination of assessment methods depending on the modules chosen.

You can view how each module is assessed within our 'What you will study' section.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assignments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

Information coming soon.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

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

Other costs

Information coming soon.

For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

Your course will involve training in clinical practice through a combination of short and longer placements in a range of health settings, nursing fields and across the lifespan to give you a broad experience and understanding of working as a Nursing Associate.

Some of these placements can be provided by your employer and you will also have access to our extensive network of partners for external placements where needed.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

This course will enable you to further your career with your employer, as a qualified Nursing Associate and, if you choose, to then go on to train as a Registered Nurse.

Our curriculum is approved by the Nursing & Midwifery Council and, on successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to register with the NMC as a Nursing Associate.

Do you provide employability services?

Information coming soon.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to enjoy and make the most of your time with us

Your will have an experienced Personal Tutor who will be your first point of contact through your studies, will help you feel that you belong and will guide and support you through your journey.

You will also be supported in your apprenticeship by Programme Leaders, individual Module Leaders and Academic Assessors at the University and by Practice Supervisors and Practice Assessors when in practice-based learning.

We provide high quality academic and pastoral support and mentoring for all our students and we are experienced in supporting students who are also in full-time employment

You can access study skills support through your Personal Tutor, our onsite librarians and our online Academic Skills Hub.

Accommodation information

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If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study part-time then you can apply directly via our online application form.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply via UCAS, directly via our online application form or via one of our in-country representatives. If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.