Foundation degrees

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.

Degree apprenticeship

Applications are made through the apprenticeships programme.

Campus

Avery Hill

Duration

  • 2 years full-time

Start month

April

Home fees

Fees information

What you should know about this course

  • Nursing and Midwifery at Greenwich is number one in London for satisfaction with teaching (Guardian League Tables 2021).
  • 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

Given the current situation with Covid-19, we are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.

Next Open Days

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

You will need to hold a minimum of Level 2 mathematics and English qualifications on entry.
These can be GCSEs (or acceptable international equivalents) or Functional Skills
You will also need a Level 3 qualification
OR
Under some circumstances we will accept two years employment in a relevant health or social care setting
Examples of eligible Level 3 qualification include:

  • A-Level
  • BTEC National Diploma (pass) or Certificate (merit)
  • Advanced of higher apprenticeship in health and social care
  • NVQ (subject-related)

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

Covid safe teaching and learning

We are looking forward to welcoming students to our campuses for 2021/22 and we are committed to delivering as much of our teaching, learning and student activity as possible face-to-face and on campus for the 2021/22 academic year. Please note that UK Coronavirus policy continues to adapt to ongoing changes. Our plans may need to change and we may need to move activity online at short notice in response to any changes in Government guidance and Covid safety requirements.

Teaching

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

  • Timetabled learning
  • Independent study

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

Seminars 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.

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

Class sizes

Information coming soon.

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

On this course, on average*, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Students are assessed through a combination of course work, exams and practical assessment where relevant. You can view more information about how each module on this course 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.

* Calculated as an average of compulsory and optional modules (where applicable each year). You can find out more detail about how individual modules are taught within the 'What you will study' section.

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.

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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.

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

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.

Nursing at the University of Greenwich

Take your first step towards a fulfilling career with one of our pre-registration nursing degrees and benefit from excellent links with health service providers. Nursing students on courses from September 2020 may benefit from guaranteed, additional support of at least £5,000 a year, which they will not need to pay back.

Visit our nursing subject page.

Become a nurse


Joyce, our nursing student, shares her experience on the course.

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Apply now

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 apply to the university directly.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply through our website, one of our agents, or the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply through our website, one of our agents, or the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.