Nursing Associate (Level 5)




Nursing Associate

Training Provider

The Open University



24 months
Most Suitable For
Healthcare Support Workers/Care Support Worker. Other roles and experience will be considered on an individual basis.
Level 5 Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship award and Foundation Degree in Nursing Associate. On successful completion, learners are able to register with the NMC.
Programme Cost


Apprenticeships are paid using employer levy. Levy Paying Employers and Non-Levy Paying Employers, please read our Tuition and Apprenticeship Service Account Guide for more information and instructions.

Additional Funding
For Primary Care Employers:
  • ARRS Funding: The Nursing Associate role is eligible for ARRS funding. Employer will need to contact their PCN to discuss options and in order to apply for this funding via the PCN (depending on funding availability and how the candidate is employed etc).
For Primary Care and Social Care Employers:
  • NHSE Student Nursing Associate Training Grant: For courses that start between 1st April 2024 to 31st March 2025, employers will receive up to £8,323.20 (£4,161.60 per year). More details will be provided at application. Employers will not need to pre-apply for this.
  • NHSE Student Nursing Associate LD FOCUS TRAINING GRANT: There is an enhanced Learning Disability offer which DOES require employers to apply for. Please find out more about the LD focus funding and application instructions here: Nursing Funding offers 2024-25 updated
For all Employers:
  • If apprentice is under the age of 25, Employer may not have to pay Class 1 Employer National Insurance. Full details and criteria are found here. 
  • For apprenticeships starting between 1 August 2024 - 31 July 2025, employer may be eligible for £1,000 if apprentice is aged 16 - 18 years old, OR aged 19 - 24 years old and has either an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan provided by their local authority and / or has been in the care of their local authority. Full details and criteria are found within the ESFA Funding Rules.
Start Date
Usually October and February
Teaching Delivery
Online teaching and resources. Teaching sessions usually take place in the evening and weekends.
Key Learning Requirements
Learning must cover pre-conception to death, across all four nursing fields (Adult, Child, MH and LD) and home, close to home and hospital settings.  NMC requires minimum 1,150 hours of Theory and 1,150 hours of Practical learning (of which minimum 460 hours must be in external settings) over the duration of the course.
Apprenticeships require learners to achieve specific new knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs). For this programme, in order to acheive the NMC requirements and KSBs, a minimum of 80% of the learner’s normal working hours (if working 30 hours per week) must be dedicated to the apprenticeship. This is achieved by;
1) Programme Teaching; Online teaching and resources, may include 1 evening teaching session a week plus self learning resources. Learners need to have a high degree of self-motivation for online learning (resources are available to help prepare learners ). Example planners are available.
2) Independent study; such as assignment/project research and write up.
3) Learning in the workplace; shadowing colleagues, completing programme assigned work based projects, day-to-day development within your current role duties/work activities, reflections with assessor, relevant training sessions.
4) External Placements; are required for this programme. The main external placements are usually arranged in block weeks each averaging between 1 – 4 weeks in duration. External placements are to be facilitated by the employer, the training hub will help with the main arrangements.
This programme has fixed module delivery (you are unable to choose the modules studied). A list of modules is available on the course webpage or course materials.
Placements are required.
Apprentices will be assessed throughout the programme by assignments, observations/evaluations and End Point Assessment.
Key Candidate Entry Requirements
• Employed 30 hours or more per week for the duration of the apprenticeship (2 year route).
• Preferably, evidence of English and Maths at GCSE C/4 or above /Functional Skills Level 2 / Equivalent. (If the candidate does not have evidence of Maths and English at the relevant level, there are two options; 1. via HEE funded online revision and exams. Contact Training Hub Apprenticeship Team for more details.
2. Or, Training Provider will support the learner through the relevant learning and exams, alongside their apprenticeship. An initial diagnostic assessment will be completed by the Training Provider at application stage to determine suitability for this option)
• Recent Enhanced DBS and OH clearances (Employer’s responsibility)
Full requirements and details are found on the university course webpage.
Key Employer Entry Requirements
• Ensure Learner has the support and opportunities to achieve the requirements of the apprenticeship.
• The Practice will need 2 Practice Assessors (must be Registered Nurses or Registered Nursing Associates), an educational audit for Nursing students and a partnership agreement with the HEI/NMC (Practices will be supported through these if not already in place).
Full requirements and details are found on the university course webpage.
Listed as an Approved Provider on HEE and NHS Procurement
Higher Procurement - North West Nursing Associate
Application Timescale
It takes on average 4 – 5 months to complete all application stages for this programme.
If recruiting to this position, additional time will be required for recruitment and advertising stages.
Additional Training Hub Support
Primary Care Employees:
• Have access to all resources provided by the L&SCPC Training Hub such as Digital training, Health and Wellbeing support and events.
• Clinical CPD opportunties: via Locality Training Hub.
• TNA/NA Support: Once on programme, the Training Hub TNA PEF will provide learners with more details and support options, such as links to the TNA forum.
• Placement Support: Once on programme, the Placement manager will provide more details and is able to assist with queries.
• Audit and Assessor Support: Local GPEFs
• TNA PEF available for employers to discuss the role of TNAs and NAs in more detail.
Social Care Employees:
Have access to all resources provided by the L&SCSC Training Hub such as training, Health and Wellbeing support and events.
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How to Apply

If you would like to discuss or apply for an apprenticeship either for yourself, a member of staff or a vacancy for a new recruit, please complete the appropriate Training Hub Expression of Interest Form from the following options. This allows the apprenticeship team to complete basic pre-checks and to ensure the advice and guidance provided to you is tailored to your service. When relevant, application instructions (including tuition fee and funding instructions) will be sent.

Primary Care Online Expression of Interest Form. If you would like to discuss anything first, please email [email protected] or call Olivia on 07735161775

Social Care Online Expression of Interest Form. If you would like to discuss anything first, please email [email protected] or call Dawn on 07796 060023

If you are interested in applying for the next intake (February 2025) for either Nursing or Nursing Associate Apprenticeships via OU, please complete this dedicated Primary Care and Social Care expression of interest form ASAP but before 6th September 2024.