Nursing Associate (Level 5)



Training Provider

Edge Hill University


Nursing Associate



24 months
Most Suitable For
Healthcare Support Workers/Care 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 succesful completion, learners are able to register with the NMC.
Programme Cost

£15,000. For non-levy paying employers only 5% (£750) contribution required to be paid, or potential for full 100% levy transfer (£0).

Additional Funding
For Primary Care Employers:
• ARRS Funding: TNA is a role eligible for ARRS funding. Manager will need to contact their PCN to discuss options for applying for this funding (depending on the funding availability and how the candidate is employed etc). Advice and applications for this funding is via the PCN.
For all Employers:
• NHSE TNA Training Grant: For courses that start between 1st April 2024 to 31st March 2025, employers will receive up to £8,160 (£4,080 per year). More details will be provided at application. Employers will not need to pre-apply for this.

• NHSE TNA 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

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.
• The following are available for apprenticeships starting between 1 August 2023 – 31 July 2024 (full details and criteria are found within the ESFA Funding Rules):
  1. £1,000 if apprentice is aged 16 to 18 years old, OR aged 19 to 24 years old and has an education health and care (EHC) plan/been in the care of their local authority.
  2. Gov will fund 100% of the tuition fee if employer supports a young apprentice AND has fewer than 50 employees.
Start Date
Usually September and March
Teaching Delivery
Blended, with both face-to-face (Ormskirk campus) and online teaching and resources
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 75% of the learner’s normal working hours (if working 37.5 hours per week) must be dedicated to the apprenticeship. This is acheived by;
1) Programme Teaching; Teaching delivered as block week for the first week (induction week). Then Teaching days and self-directed study days are delivered during block ‘teaching weeks’. Each block lasts average 6 – 8 weeks, within this there are some face-to-face teaching days and time for independent study (such as assignment write up and research). These weeks mapped for teaching are fixed (example planners are available).
2) Independent study; such as assignment/project research and write up (as per above).
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. This will take place during some ‘practical weeks'(practical learning weeks are for both learning at place of work and external placements).
4) External placements; are required for this programme. Within the University timetable, practical learning in both the place of work and external settings are to take place during block ‘practical weeks’. Each block lasts on average 6 – 8 weeks. It is the employers responsibility to arrange placements, however Edge Hill and the Training Hub will support employers with making 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 37.5 hours or more per week for the duration of the apprenticeship (those working 30 hours or more will be considered on an individual basis)
• English and Maths at GCSE grade C/4/Functional Skills Level 2/Equivalent or above are required at application stage due to the nature and level of the programme. An initial diagnostic assessment will also be completed by the Training Provider at application stage. If the candidate does not have the required certifcates for either Maths and/or English, please contact the Training Hub Apprenticeship Team for options.
• Evidence of Level 3 study (or sufficient practical experience will be considered on an individual basis)
• Recent Enhanced DBS and OH clearances (University’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.
Information Last Updated

Programme Resources

Apprenticeship standard 

Course website

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