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 hold these qualifications, you will be expected to undergo 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 achieve a level 2 literacy and numeracy qualification before you start the programme. 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). The following government link will provide you with further information https://www.gov.uk/improve-english-maths-it-skills You will be required to demonstrate the core values and behaviours of the NHS Constitution.

How to apply

Currently, most nursing associate training programmes are being delivered through the apprenticeship route. As well as externally, trainees can be recruited from existing staff, such as Healthcare Support Workers or if you are interested in starting a new career in healthcare as a Trainee Nursing Associate, vacancies are advertised via Trac and NHS Jobs  

Please note that vacancies 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.

Routes into the Role

Trainee Nurse Apprenticeships can be obtained through an employer, such as a hospital, GP practice, Primary care Networks and in social care settings, current vacancies: Trac and NHS Jobs  

Apply direct to university: https://digital.ucas.com/coursedisplay/results/providers?searchTerm=nursing%20associate&distanceFromPostcode=&studyYear=2022&sort=MostRelevant

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