Trainee Nursing Associate Apprenticeship (NURU152)

Leading to the Award of: Foundation Degree

Programme Duration: 2 Years Full Time

This foundation degree programme aims to produce nursing associates who are able to practice safely and effectively within their parameters of practice, demonstrating appropriate values and behaviours in a wide range of health and care settings.


At the end of their course they will be regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).  This includes adhering to the Code, completing revalidation and being subject to fitness to practise processes.
Nursing and Midwifery Council - Nursing Associates

Programme Information

  • It is an Apprenticeship Foundation Degree course (Level 4 study first year and Level 5 study second year).
  • It is a generic course - not field specific, but will cover all four fields (Adult, Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Child).
  • The course is split 80% practice (work based learning) 20% alternative learning (University study days, alternative placements).
  • This accounts for 675 hours of learning over the two years which is 90 days per year of alternative learning. This is an NMC requirement.
  • The two years are divided into 4 units.
  • The TNA is employed 37.5 hrs per week.

How is this going to be achieved?

Trainee nursing associates must experience placements in each of the three health and care settings: hospital, at home and close to home settings. Their primary placement, where they are employed, will be based in one of these training contexts but they must have experience of at least one other placement in each of the other two. This is in order to ensure that the trainee nursing associate experiences as wide a range of learning opportunities and contexts as necessary to fully deliver the required learning outcomes.

The learning environment in all placements should provide and facilitate learning activities designed to achieve the stated learning outcomes. This will support trainees in the construction of their own learning through those activities.

The average trainee nursing associate will successfully achieve the described outcomes on the basis of appropriate assessment tasks and criteria to be covered later in this document. Successful completion of the programme will be based on achievement of all learning outcomes.

A blended learning approach, designed to encourage trainee nursing associates to behave in ways most likely to achieve the necessary outcomes, is used with teaching, learning and assessment activities aligned to the learning outcomes.

Offering a creative and flexible approach to learning, recognising and promoting activities that support the overall aims of the programme in developing a compassionate, competent and confident nursing associate and a motivated, autonomous, life-long learner, is to be encouraged.

The programme also acknowledges and respects the clinical skills already developed in their previous role. However, these skills now have to be undertaken with an ability to apply the knowledge acquired in learning activities.

Programme Team

Programme Leader Joint Programme Leader
Programme Support
Sally Snowden
0114 222 2086
sally.snowden@sheffield.ac.uk
Lynne Firth
0114 222 2049
lynne.firth@sheffield.ac.uk
Deborah Reid
0114 222 2037
snm-admin@sheffield.ac.uk

University Teachers

Name Telephone Email Address
Claire Bewsher 0114 222 2098 c.bewsher@sheffield.ac.uk
Kevin Bonardt 0114 222 2628 k.j.bonardt@sheffield.ac.uk
Claire Knight 0114 222 2627 claire.knight@sheffield.ac.uk

Clinical Educators

Name Telephone Email Address
Aasia Rajpoot 0114 222 2629 a.rajpoot@sheffield.ac.uk
Joanne Sessions 0114 222 2629 j.l.sessions@sheffield.ac.uk

Out of Hours Emergency Contact Details

Security Control Room - 0114 222 4085