Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship DipHE

Work-based undergraduate (24 months)

Peterborough (Guild House)

January 2019, September 2018


Train as a nursing associate - a new role in the nursing workforce supporting registered nurses in primary, secondary, community and social care. You'll help to plan, coordinate and deliver care, and work to a nationally-recognised Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) code of conduct.

Full description


Our Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship offers an additional route to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), through a top-up Degree Apprenticeship in adult, child or mental health nursing with Anglia Ruskin University, with Accredited Prior Learning.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Fundamentals of Care for the Nursing Associate
    This first module aims to prepare Nursing Associate students for the knowledge and skills required to deliver fundamental, safe care. Understanding the importance of patient safety is a key strand, and students are introduced to their responsibilities in maintaining patient safety, safeguarding vulnerable people, and the underpinning key drivers and professional values. A range of practical, communication, team working, and leadership skills are explored, along with the development of knowledge in relation to human anatomy and physiology.
  • Supporting Person-Centred Health (Physical and Mental) and Wellbeing
    Building on knowledge of bioscience and clinical skills to further enhance delivery of safe and fundamental care, this module supports Nursing Associates in developing an understanding of the professional values and attributes expected in the delivery of person-centred care, as well as communication skills. Students explore health inequalities, health inequities, and health behaviours to gain an insight into the challenges faced by individuals in managing their health, and an understanding of the importance of patient involvement in health promotion.You will also explore the concept of empowerment, the factors influencing a person’s health choices and readiness for change, and the role of the Nursing Associate in supporting this.
  • Medicines Calculaton for Safe Practice 1
    In this module students will develop their competence in basic medicines calculations relating to tablets and capsules, liquid medicines, and injections.

Year two, core modules

  • Delivery of Safe and Effective Person-Centred Care
    This module provides the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiology, legal and ethical issues, and challenges faced by those affected by common physical and mental health conditions. The importance of assessment, communication and partnership within a multidisciplinary framework of care will be emphasised as the basis for developing the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to meet the needs of service users and their families. Students will also gain the knowledge and understanding required to ensure safe administration of medicines, including pharmacokinetics, dynamics, and therapeutics, and legal and ethical issues.
  • Leadership and Supporing Learning for the Nursing Associate
    This module will enable students to make the transition to qualified Nursing Associate. This involves adjusting to a new and challenging role, accepting additional and different responsibilities, being aware of issues of accountability, and further developing the skills required of a Nursing Associate. This module consolidates the knowledge, skills and attitudes already gained in order to demonstrate competence in holistic, person-centred care within the parameters of practice, and support the registered nursing workforce. As they progress through the module, students will act as a coach and supporter for junior colleagues through promoting shared and peer learning, so they begin to acquire leadership skills while simultaneously engaging in a culture focused on learning, support and transparency.
  • Medicines Calculation for Safe Practice 3
    In this module students will develop their competence in basic medicines calculations relating to tablets and capsules, liquid medicines, and injections.


Module assessment
Each module has a theoretical and a practice-based assessment to meet the HEE Nursing Associate Curriculum Framework programme outcomes.

We'll assess you in a number of ways, including QMP multi-choice testing, written assignments, presentations, and an e-portfolio. Medicines calculations are also tested via electronic examination.

You'll also be assessed in practice during each module. A formative assessment at the mid-point of the placement provides feedback to you on your progress, and hel;ps to inform an action plan for continued learning. This is completed using an e-practice assessment document which you can access off- or online, with support from University staff if you need it.

Endpoint assessment
The endpoint assessment to complete this Higher Apprenticeship has two elements.

1. A 60-minute observation including question and answer session as necessary. You'll be observed in the workplace and demonstrate skills, knowledge and behaviours in the following HEE Curriculum Framework areas:

  • person-centred approaches to care
  • delivering nursing care
  • communication and interpersonal skills
  • duty of care, candour, equality and diversity
  • teamworking and leadership.

2. A 90-minute professional discussion. We'll use scenarios to assess your skills, knowledge and behaviours in regard to the following HEE Curriculum Framework areas:

  • professional values and parameters of practice
  • person-centred approaches to care
  • delivering nursing care
  • communication and interpersonal skills
  • teamwork and leadership
  • supporting learning and assessment in practice
  • research, development and innovation.

You will be working towards these competencies throughout the course, and time is built in to prepare you for the endpoint assessment.

Where you'll study

Where can I study?

Peterborough (Guild House)
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Fees & funding

Course fees

Degree apprenticeships are funded by your employer and the Government


Entry requirements

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  • FE Level 3 (A Level or equivalent) 80 UCAS points.
  • Level 2 Maths and English.
  • Care certificate.


  • Demonstrate a good command of written and spoken English.
  • Applicants from outside the European Economic Area must provide evidence of achievement of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test: at least 6.0 in the listening and reading sections, at least 6.0 in the writing and speaking sections and at least an overall score of 6.0 (for individuals wishing to progress to the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeships IELTS test scores of 7.0 are required across all sections).
  • Employment in a healthcare environment and employer support to undertake this course or
  • Employed as a higher apprentice in a nursing support role.
  • Demonstrate evidence of good health and character through an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check and occupational health clearance.
  • Provide two references – employment and personal.
  • Successful demonstration at interview of appropriate values for health care and ability to study.
  • Demonstrate insight into the Nursing Associate role.


  • Applicants with experience of health care will be considered on an individual basis for Accreditation of Prior Learning.
  • Students without the above qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and will be asked to demonstrate numeracy and literacy through undertaking a numeracy test and writing an essay.

Applications will be via a joint process with Anglia Ruskin University and the employer. All shortlisted applicants will be interviewed.