Nursing Associate Apprenticeship

What is a Nursing Associate?

The nursing associate is a new role in England that bridges the gap between health and care assistants and registered nurses.

Nursing associates support registered nurses and their wider teams in providing care to people of all ages and in a variety of settings across health and social care.

This apprenticeship combines both employment and part-time study to support you to progress to achieving Registered Nursing Associate status.

You'll have the opportunity to work across all nursing fields as part of a multidisciplinary team in a variety of settings, developing your knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver safe, kind and compassionate care for our patients.

As a Nursing Associate Apprentice you will receive:

  •  An annual salary so you can ‘earn as you learn'

  • University fees to the value of £15,000 paid for by your employing organisation

  • Paid travel to university from your employing organisation while you attend your study

  • A permanent job and support to achieve your Registered Nursing Associate qualification

  • Support while you study both from your place of work and our excellent Practice Education Facilitators

  • Promotion to a Nursing Associate (Band 4 or equivalent) position following registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC)

  • A range of employee and student benefits and access to all elements of university life

The steps you will take

Step one
You will join an employer within the Herts & West Essex Integrated Care System
Step two

Your employer will support you to gain the National Care Certificate and complete initial training in your first three months of employment.

You will need your English and Maths grade 4, if this is not possible at the point of interest help to gain your functional skills in English and maths can be given.

Step three
You will begin part-time study with University of Hertfordshire and other universities may be used for courses in the future, where you will undertake a Nursing Associate Degree Apprenticeship for 24 months. You will attend University one day per week during term time, and have three six-week placements during the academic year.
Step four
You will complete the apprenticeship end point assessment to register as a Nursing Associate with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) you will be able to apply for the FdSc level 5 foundation degree.
Step 5
Preceptorship for a minimum of 6 months. Remain as a Nursing Associate or progress by completing an 18 month apprenticeship BSc programme to be Registered Nurse

How to apply?

The University of Hertfordshire pre-study course will help you find out more about the role of a Nursing Associate and decide if it is for you. Register by clicking here.

To apply for the nursing associate apprenticeship with one of our health or social care organisations you will need to be employed in a role such as a healthcare support worker or care assistant so that you can gain crucial experience in a health or social care setting. Even though we are not currently taking new expressions of interest for the nursing associate apprenticeship you can still apply for a job as a health care support worker or similar which will get you started on your journey to becoming a nursing associate. See which roles are available and find out how to apply here. You may also want to look for voluntary opportunities to help you gain a greater understanding of health and social care and support your future applications.

Higher Education

University of Hertfordshire offer the Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship course for more information and to apply click here


Nursing-Associate resource pack v2022

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Information for employers

Click here for the guide information about how to train and deploy nursing associates, what funding is available, and the opportunities and benefits the nursing associate role presents to employers in the NHS.

Further information

If you would like to have an informal conversation about the role or express an interest in applying please email

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Our Organisations

There are a wide range of different organisations that we represent across Hertfordshire and West Essex.