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Entry requirements for the TNA programme


To join the trainee nursing associate programme at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB), you will need the following.

  • GCSE grade C or 4, or above, in English Language and Mathematics
  • GCSE equivalents, e.g.:
    • Functional Skills level 2 in Mathematics and English Language, or
    • Key Skills level 2 Numeracy and Literacy
  • One or more of the following:
    • One A Level, grade D or above
    • Two AS Levels, 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
    • NVQ level 2 plus written paper (1,500-word essay)

Applicants will need to provide certificates as proof of qualifications. Results slips or emails will not be accepted.


A portfolio of evidence is required if no NVQ level 2 qualification has been achieved. A portfolio route has been devised for applicants already working in a health or social care setting who do not meet the formal entry requirements. To follow this route you still require GCSE Maths and English, or equivalents.

The portfolio should include:

  • two written testimonies, one of which must be from your employer, supporting your application 
  • one reflective written piece that draws on your current practice (1,500 words)

If you need to complete any parts of the portfolio, we will provide further information during the application process.

How to apply, register interest or find out more

If you're interested in becoming a trainee nursing associate, please email us, or leave a message on our voicemail service with your name and contact details.

Last reviewed: 03 March 2022