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About the course

The nursing associate apprenticeship has been developed to create a new role in health and social care. These highly trained individuals will deliver effective, safe and responsive nursing care in and across a wide range of health and social care settings.

The nursing associate apprenticeship is an opportunity for current health and social care staff to develop their skills and knowledge and further their responsibilities within a healthcare environment. The apprentice will develop a wide range of clinical skills, including health promotion and preventing ill health, monitoring care, teamwork, improving safety and quality of care and contributing to integrated care to become an accountable practitioner in your own right working alongside registered nurses and other healthcare professionals.

We currently offer the Nursing Associate pathway aligned to the Institute for Apprenticeships standard

The apprenticeship has been developed alongside our partner NHS Trusts and local care providers. The course draws on considerable expertise to deliver a sector-specific curriculum including pathways into various areas of nursing.

Your work-based training will be supplemented by external placement experiences, such as caring for people in their homes, community settings and acute hospital environments.

Upon successful completion, apprentices will achieve a foundation degree in health and social care practice and be a qualified nursing associate.

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You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree.
Professional memberships
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
You can apply direct to Solent University for this course.
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After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
This course is an apprenticeship, which is a course that is a blend of study and work. All apprentices must be in employment.

Solent University is a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) approved higher education institution

What does this course lead to?

This is a new and exciting role to support the nursing family, with future opportunities to progress to become a Registered Nurse for those who have the aspiration and ability to do so. Once qualified, nursing associates will be able to work in a range of settings within the healthcare environment.

Who is this course for?

This apprenticeship is suitable for those already working in a healthcare setting who feel they have the qualities and philosophy required to become a caring, effective, professional and safe practitioner. Nursing associate apprentices should demonstrate the following values:

  • Caring personality
  • Compassionate towards patients and families
  • Competent and safe in practice
  • Effective communication
  • Courageous
  • Committed to the highest standards of professionalism and nursing care.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

Businesses with an annual payroll above £3million will be classed as a levy paying employer and will be able to use funds accrued in their digital apprenticeship service (DAS) account for payment of the training.  Please contact us for guidance on fees if you are a non-levy employer which will cover at least 95% of the costs. The programme cost is £15,000.

You can find out more about funding an apprenticeship and the apprenticeship levy in our guide for employers.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

Essential costs

  • Two uniforms will be provided by Solent University (unless you employer wishes to provide their own) but if you need more, you will be responsible for the cost of any additional uniforms (estimated £30 each)
  • You will need to be up to date with all expected occupational immunisations and, if this cost is not covered by your employer or GP, you will be responsible for this.
  • You will need to be able to travel to university and your placements - travel costs will be associated with this and you will be responsible for these.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

    Entry to this apprenticeship is only available with the support of an employer. Those who are interested in taking this course should speak to their line manager or learning and development representative.

    Applicants will need to provide evidence of their ability to study at foundation degree level. GCSEs at grades C or above in English and Maths (or their equivalents) are essential. Applicants must also have a level 3 qualification or equivalent healthcare experience which can be shown via a mature entry portfolio. 

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

How to apply

If you are an employer or a potential apprentice and would like to have an in-depth conversation with us about potential opportunities, please send a message to or call 023 8201 5066.

If you would like more general information about apprenticeships, please see our  apprenticeship homepage.

What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Communication Skills in Practice
  • Developing Work-based Practice in Health and Social Care (Competency Portfolio and Professional Development)
  • Social and Psychological Impacts on Health and Social Care
  • Introduction to Healthcare Science

Specialist optional units

  • Long-term Conditions
  • Recognising the Deteriorating Patient
  • Introduction to Maternity Care

Year two

Core units
  • Extending Work-based Practice in Health and Social Care (Competency Portfolio and Professional Development Units)
  • Supervision and Mentoring in Practice
  • Advanced Healthcare Science
  • Medicines Management
  • Service Improvement Project

Meet the course team

Neil Glasspool academic profile Neil Glasspool Senior Lecturer View profile
Claire Higginson academic profile Claire Higginson Lecturer View profile
Mandy Lyons academic profile Mandy Lyons Lecturer View profile
Sam Evans academic profile Sam Evans Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


You'll have access to our specialist facilities, including our new nursing simulation suite, nutrition labs and biomedical science labs. You'll also be able to use Solent's general facilities like our learning resource centres, student support services and 24-hour library.

Apprentices leave the programme with a more complete understanding of their responsibilities and the impact that effective care can have on patients.

Industry links

This apprenticeship has been developed alongside our partner NHS Trusts and local care providers.


A range of placement opportunities are included in your course timetable to further your learning and experience.

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