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Nursing Associate Apprenticeship

Foundation Degree


Typical offer for 2022


UCAS code

Suitable for applications.

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Entry requirements

Applicants are interviewed jointly by the employer and University. The recruitment interviews are centred on values in accordance with The Code (NMC, 2018). The University welcomes applications from all potential apprentices and most important in the decision to offer a place is a candidate’s potential to benefit from their studies and succeed on the programme.

Applicants who are successful at interview and offered a job as apprentice Nursing Associate are invited to apply to the University for a place on the FdSc Nursing Associate programme.

The minimum entry requirements for the programme are as follows:

  • Maths GCSE (grade C or above) or equivalent certificated learning
  • English GCSE (grade C or above) or equivalent certificated learning
  • A level 3 qualification in Health and Social Care
  • A declaration of health and good character in line with the NMC’s health and character decision-making guidance, on entry and annually a declaration must be made
  • Currently working a minimum of 30 hours a week
  • Satisfactory occupational health assessment
  • Satisfactory criminal record checks

Additional entry requirements

All places are offered subject to satisfactory occupational health screening, a second reference and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

The occupational health screening

All places are offered subject to satisfactory occupational health screening. This will involve completing an on-line occupational health questionnaire and attendance if required at a medical appointment.

Occupational health screening and assessment will consider the students’ health and wellbeing and their fitness to study and practice. Progress on the course is dependent on your continued fitness.

This screening process complies with Public Health England requirements for protection of the public and students and staff working in health and social care.

All offers of places are made subject to satisfactory health clearance and an agreement to undergo appropriate blood tests and immunisations.

The University is obliged to make reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities to enable them to fulfil the required competencies of the programme. Candidates who are concerned about health issues are strongly advised to contact us prior to applying.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

All places are also offered subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (previously known as CRB check) disclosure. This is due to the fact that you may be required to work with children or vulnerable adults on your clinical placement, and will need to demonstrate that you can safely work with these groups upon NMC registration.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 in each sub test.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details. For further information on English Language requirements please see the dedicated international entry requirements page.

Learning and assessment

Throughout the foundation degree programme you will participate in a wide range of trainee centred learning activities in order to help you develop the knowledge, skills and values required for practice based around core subjects.

There is a structured approach to teaching which will start with key reading, and or a directed activity, followed by a keynote lecture. This is consolidated by more directed activities for example group work, clinical case studies, simulated practice, team based learning and elements of problem based learning, tutorials, debates and discussions. You will be expected to complete and give feedback upon directed activities, and undertake regular self-directed study. Your learning will be monitored by regular formative assessments; this provides timely feedback but does not contribute to the final module mark.

The programme is assessed both formatively and summatively in theory and practice. There is scope within some assessments to choose topic areas for study, and in some cases type of assessment. Assessments aim to determine achievement of the learning outcomes of each module. Methods used include essays, case studies, reports, workbooks, communications exercise, individual readiness assurance tests and team readiness assurance tests, written and clinical examinations and portfolios.

Practice experience is continuously assessed with a mid-placement formal formative assessment and a formal summative assessment. In addition you will complete a formative reflection on practice and feedback will be provided by your PAT. You are required to submit a self-assessment for all summatively assessed work. Service users/carers are involved in all aspects of assessment, including setting assessments, providing evaluation and feedback in practice and summatively assessing some presentations. Written assessments and reflections are submitted electronically using Pebblepad or Canvas according to module guidelines.

Theory assessments include a variety of methods with optionality being available in the topic areas studied and where possible method of assessment. Clear links between formative and summative work will be made evident to students to support learning from and for assessment. Methods of assessment have taken into consideration; outcomes and feedback (staff, clinicians and students) from current assessments, variety of assessment, clinical assessments to assess safe practice in a controlled and safe environment, resourcing and marking mechanisms.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.