Become a nursing associate

Entry requirements

To begin your training as a nursing associate, you’ll need GCSEs grade 9 to 4 (A to C) in maths and English, or Functional Skills Level 2 in maths and English. You will also need to demonstrate your ability to study to level 5 foundation degree level and commit to completing the Nursing Associate Apprenticeship programme.

If you do not have these qualifications, then you will be asked to sit a numeracy and literacy assessment as part of the recruitment process. We recommend that you prepare for this assessment and, if you are employed, ask your employer to support you with this. Most education providers will request that you then achieve a level 2 literacy and numeracy qualification before you start the programme.

If you need to find a course to help you meet the maths and English standards, you should either ask your employer for help or contact your local further education college

Functional Skills training and examination is free to any learner who does not hold Maths and/or English GCSE at C or above (or equivalent).

You need to be able to demonstrate the values and behaviours of the NHS Constitution.

How to apply

Currently, most nursing associate training programmes are being delivered through the apprenticeship route. Trainees are sometimes recruited from existing staff, such as healthcare assistants, but many jobs are advertised on the NHS Jobs website

Note that jobs are also available in primary care and social care. Please check with local employers, such as local authorities, or search on the Department of Work and Pensions’ ‘find a job’ website and other job boards.

However, you can also apply directly to universities and fund the course yourself. You can find a list of all approved programmes on the NMC website or visit UCAS to search for self-funded courses open to application.

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