BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) Apprenticeship

About the course

This programme is for staff currently employed in an appropriate health care setting and those interested should pursue the matter of support with their employer.

We offer Adult, Learning Disability and Mental Health Nursing pathways and Nurse Degree Apprentices can access the programme from a range of health care settings. Under the supervision of the Practice supervisor and Practice assessor, they will assess, plan, implement and evaluate care required by patients. The programme is suitable for those who work at or above the level of healthcare support worker in any area of nursing including but not exclusive to, acute hospital nursing, community nursing, cancer/hospice care, GP practices, nursing care homes and private health care nursing.

They will contribute to the provision of the highest quality care required by a range of individuals in their care and develop the skills of providing evidence-based practice that ensures the health and welfare of their patients are always at the forefront of their practice. Nurse Degree Apprentices combine full-time work with accompanying skills development programmes, designed by educationalists and employers within the health care sector. They allow the apprentice to gain theoretical knowledge and real, practical experience required for their future career. 

The programme is designed to fit around work commitments and is delivered as a blend of campus-based classes, portfolio building, clinical placement learning and self-directed study. 

On completion of this programme, Nurse Degree Apprentices will have gained valuable experience within their chosen clinical area and within a wide range of additional practice settings.


This course has two elements of assessment: that for the degree award and that for the apprenticeship award. The degree programme is made up of theory and practice-based modules of study attended and assessed each trimester over a three-year period. The apprenticeship element involves maintaining a reflective journal, development of a portfolio of learning and within the final 3 months of the programme taking an ‘End Point Assessment’ with an external organisation. Together these two elements will demonstrate that the student has met all occupational duties within the Degree Apprenticeship Registered Nurse standard, all NMC platforms for standards of proficiency whilst attaining degree level of study.


Year 1

Fundamental Nursing Skills

Link theoretical knowledge with fundamental nursing skills in a safe clinical simulation environment giving you a firm grounding in preparation for clinical practice. 

Fundamentals of Professional Practice

Explore ethical, legal, and professional dimensions of nursing practice and use research skills as part of academic writing.

Practice 1

Get your first taste of working in a healthcare environment with the support of a practice supervisor and practice assessor.  Participate in people’s care with support and guidance from others. 

Promoting Health and Preventing Ill Health

Explore how the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age impact on their health and life experiences.

Practice 2

Build on Practice 1 to become more confident and competent in participation in care with guidance and support from others.

Year 2

Developing Nursing Skills

Consolidate your clinical skills in a clinical simulation environment and extend and apply your knowledge of life and social sciences to nursing practice.

Developing Professional Practice

Explore how nurses work within multidisciplinary teams, with patients and service users and their supporters to deliver safe, effective, meaningful care.

Practice 3

Be an active participant in care under the guidance and supervision of practice supervisors and assessors.

Field Specific Module
Adult pathway - Care and Management of the Acutely Ill Adult

Investigate the care and management of a variety of acutely ill patients in order to develop the skills and competence to assess, manage and care for acutely ill patients.

Mental Health pathway – Critical Perspectives on Assessment and Formulation within Mental Health Nursing

Question and explore your own and alternative perspectives on mental health and develop skills to promote meaningful individual recovery.

Learning Disability pathway – Maximising My Health

Explore the range of physical and mental health conditions which may impact on people with a learning disability across the spectrum of age, ability, and service provider.

Practice 4

Build on Practice 3 to become more confident and competent in participating in care with minimal guidance and supervision from others. 

Year 3

Leading and Managing Care

Explore the leadership role of the registered nurse as facilitator of change who drives forward the quality of care and mitigates risk.

Practice 5

Work towards practicing independently with minimal supervision as well as lead and coordinate care.

Field Specific Module
Adult pathway - Preparing for Registration

Critically evaluate research, policy and public health initiatives as part of an extended study focussing on supporting people to manage long term health conditions.

Mental Health pathway – Underpinnings of Contemporary Mental Health

Consolidate knowledge and skills from the programme in preparation for practice as an accountable practitioner who can think critically within the milieu of contemporary mental health care and service provision.

Learning Disability pathway – Living my Best Life

Prepare to work autonomously and as part of an extended team of professionals to support a range of people with learning disability and their families and carers who have complex needs.

Practice 6

Build on Practice 5 and continue to lead and co-ordinate care with increasing confidence and confidence whilst practicing independently with minimal supervision.

Entry requirements

112 Tariff Points from three A Levels (or appropriate Level 3 qualifications e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma)

Apprentices should

  • Be currently employed in an appropriate health care setting and have the written support of their employer
  • Be flexible as there may be a requirement to work shifts 
  • Possess GCSE English and Maths (Grade C or above) or Functional Skills level 2 Literacy and Numeracy. If you have any other English and maths qualifications please contact, 01482 466373 prior to applying.
  • Be able to provide evidence of study within the previous three years.
  • Have access to an approved mentor for the duration of the programme

 Those interested in this course should pursue the matter with their employer and then apply by filling in the Apprenticeship application form.

On receipt of the application form and employer's support form, applications will be shortlisted and successful candidates invited to attend a values based interview conducted by clinical and University staff.  


How to apply

To apply, fill in the downloadable application form and the employer support form and return them to  

For programme enquiries, please contact faculty admissions at

T: 01482 463103


On successful completion of the apprenticeship programme, apprentices will be awarded an Honours Degree in Nursing and an Apprenticeship award. Once registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) they will be able to practice as a registered nurse in their chosen field of practice.


The course fees for the programme are £26,000 which will be funded via the employing organisation.

For larger employers, apprenticeship levy funding can fully meet the costs of training, assessment and certification. Employers themselves pay the apprentice's wages.

For smaller employers, funding may be available to support fees, please check with us for further details.

For funding enquiries, please contact or (01482) 466373.


3 years 3 months. This takes the form of block placements and theory modules throughout the year but with each Wednesday spent in the HUB area (place of employment).