Routes into NA

To become a Nursing Associate, you’ll need to do a two year apprenticeship. Here you’ll discover exactly what that involves.

During your two year apprenticeship you’ll do one day each week at university. You’ll also do the equivalent of one day each week on placement, across all fields. This adds up to 675 hours on placement over two years.

Educated to Level 5, Foundation degree

New direct entry routes with some university (See UCAS site)

The NA training is being delivered as a two year apprenticeship provided through universities. For us this is Birmingham City University (BCU). 

The apprenticeship programme delivers the standards of proficiency attached. This apprenticeship is available to employees of the organisations that require a NA. The trainees are released to attend their academic and placement days.

The total time for the course equates to 3000 hours learning and practice hours which includes an academic day once a week (7.5hrs) and 675 external placement hours (this is within a different clinical setting to that they are employed e.g. secondary care, community care) , which equates to another day a week (7.5hrs). 

What are the entry requirements for the course?

During your course, you’ll be required to work at least 30 hours each week.

You’ll also need :

  • written agreement from your employer, stating they will release you for two days per week for two years
  • a mentor in your practice to sign off some of the competencies

You’ll also need GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics or GCSE equivalents by the course start date. Key skills level 2, adult numeracy and literacy level 2 are currently accepted.

If you need support with this, please let us know ASAP.

Along with the above qualifications, you must have one of the following by the course start date:

  • One A level grade D or above
  • Two AS level grade D or above
  • BTEC National Award grade M
  • BTEC National Certificate grade PP
  • BTEC National Diploma grade PPP
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • NVQ level 3 full diploma

Please note: you must produce certificates as proof of any qualifications. The University will not accept results slips or anything else other than certificates. For more details, please see the flyers attached