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Nursing Associate – Higher Apprenticeship (Standard)

Delivered by experienced Registered Nurses, and in collaboration with the University of Plymouth, this flexible, work-based programme will provide you with the clinical knowledge and skills to support the provision of safe, quality care across a range of healthcare settings.

This is a two-year professional programme with attendance at college for one day a week. It is designed for employees working a minimum of 30 hours per week; you will remain part of the workforce and continue to contribute to patient/client care whilst working towards your FdSc and professional qualification.

During the course you will:
– Gain experience in a variety of placements, including hospital, community, at home and other locations.
– Gain experience across the four branches of nursing including Child Health, Mental Health, Learning Disability and Adult Nursing.
– Maintain a Practice Assessment Document (PAD) and work in clinical practice under Direct/Indirect Supervision of qualified RN/NA Practice Supervisors in accordance with the NMC (2018) Standards for student supervision and assessment.

All placements will be organised and managed by your employer.

Once qualified as a Nursing Associate you may work across a wide range of healthcare settings, including acute or community hospitals, community nursing teams and/or GP practices.

There are two dates for entry onto this course: September and March.

For more information, please contact he@petroc.ac.uk in the first instance. To apply, please request a copy of the Initial Needs Analysis (INA) by emailing apprenticeships@plymouth.ac.uk

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Anytime from Sep 2021 : Tiverton : Full-time
Course Code : AT117
Level : Level 5
Duration : 2 Years
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Course details


You will be continually assessed in clinical practice by qualified RN/NA Practice Supervisors.

You will also be formally assessed twice each academic year by qualified RN/NA Practice Assessors, and an Ongoing Achievement Record (OAR) is maintained to monitor progression.

Assessments include Episodes of Care and Medicines Management.

Entry Requirements

To be accepted onto a Level 3 programme, you must hold at least four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including GCSE Maths and English language.

You must have Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths, or GCSE grade C or above, and have the ability to work at academic Level 5.

You must be employed for 30 hours or more in a health care setting and have a satisfactory Enhanced DBS Check.


Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship, you will be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and may work across a wide range of healthcare settings and clinical areas, including acute or community hospitals, community nursing teams and GP practices. You may wish to top up your qualification to become a Registered Nurse.

Facilities and resources

You will study with our passionate industry-experienced team at our Health Futures Hub which also boasts a brand-new Clinical Simulation Suite where you can practice skills and develop your knowledge.

As this course requires you to undertake work placements with children and/or vulnerable adults, a DBS check is required.

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Starting Date : 13/09/2021
Course Code : AT117 Tiverton campus Enquire

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Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community. 


Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments. 


We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.