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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.

Nurse Degree Apprentices can access the programme from a range of health care settings. Under the supervision of mentors, 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 homesand 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 ensuring that on completion of their BSc (Hons) Nursing Apprenticeship


It 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 4 months of the programme taking an ‘End Point Assessment’ with an external organisation. Together these will demonstrate that they have met all 4 domains within the Degree Apprenticeship Registered Nurse standard, all NMC Standards and attained a degree level of study.

A typical suite of modules could include:

Certificate stage (Level 4)

  • Study Skills in Health and Social Care 
  • Medicines Management
  • Life & Social Sciences 
  • Key Skills for Practice
  • Effective Communication 
  • Evidencing Personal and Professional Development
  • Practice Modules x 3 

Diploma Stage (level 5)

  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Individual Approaches to Health & Wellbeing
  • Ensuring Quality in Healthcare 
  • Mentoring, Teaching and Assessing in Practice
  • Evidencing Values Based Care and Conduct 
  • Team Leading in Practice
  • Practice Modules x 3 

Degree stage (level 6)

  • Managing Complexity in Nursing Practice
  • Work-Based Learning
  • Nursing People with Deteriorating Health
  • Caring for People with Long Term Health Conditions
  • Clinical Leadership



Entry requirements

112 Tariff Points from three A Levels (or appropriate Level 3 qualificationse.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, Maths and a Science subject (Grade C or above) or level 2 Literacy and Numeracy
  • 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 will be funded via the employing organisation.

The Government has pledged to create three million apprenticeships by 2020 with a special focus on higher and degree level apprenticeships offering education right up to Masters degree level.

From April 2017, large employers will pay a levy of 0.5% of their payroll bill to create a £3 billion funding to pay for these apprenticeships.

They will then be able to draw down the value of their contribution - plus a 10% top-up donation from the Government - in vouchers which can be used to pay for apprenticeships.

Vouchers can be spent on training, assessment and certification. Employers themselves pay the apprentice's wages.

Small employers will not be able to access levy funds initially. Up until April 2017 for an Apprenticeship Standard they will pay a third of the cost of apprenticeships with the other two-thirds (up to £18,000 per trainee) paid by the Government.

For Apprenticeship Frameworks, the government will fully fund 16-18 year old starting an apprenticeship and pay 50% for over 19's. Funding rates have not yet been set beyond April 2017.

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


3 years and 4 months

This takes the form of one day a week in University, and  the rest of the week spent on their HUB placement (place of employment) and SPOKE placement (planned experiences to ensure full range of nursing skills are developed).