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BSc Nursing Top-Up Apprenticeship (Adult, Learning Disability and Mental Health)

About the course

These programmes are for Registered Nursing Associates who are employed in an appropriate health care setting and have the support of their employer to study for a degree in either Adult, Learning Disability or Mental Health Nursing and an apprenticeship award. Applicants who hold an Associate Practitioner qualification and have the support of their employer are also welcome to apply for this programme. These NMC-approved programmes are designed to enable students to meet the requirements to become an NMC Registered Nurse.

Applicants for the programme must submit an application for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Applicants who are who are Registered Nursing Associates and whose application for RPL is approved, will enter the programme of choice in trimester 2, year 2 of the 3 year and 3 months nurse degree apprentice programme. Applicants who are Associate Practitioners will enter the programme of choice at a point that is determined by their RPL application.

Applicants are welcome from a range of health and social care sectors including hospital, community, primary care, independent, private and voluntary health and social care organisations.

Whilst on the programme, nurse degree apprentices will combine full-time work with accompanying academic study and personal development planning. The University of Hull and Employer Partners provide pre-registration nursing programmes that prepare students for professional practice. Our graduates are skilled, compassionate, adaptable, and accountable practitioners that work in multi-disciplinary teams to improve and maintain the health and wellbeing of people, families and communities. 


The modules shown are for applicants who are Registered Nursing Associates. Applicants who are Associate Practitioners will undertake a programme of study that is based on their RPL application and so may feature additional modules of study.

The apprenticeship element of the programme involves maintaining a reflective journal and developing a portfolio of learning.

The modules shown are for applicants who are Registered Nursing Associates. Applicants who are Associate Practitioners will undertake a programme of study that is based on their RPL application and so may feature additional modules of study.


Level 5 modules (late January to September)

Developing Nursing Skills (adult, learning disability and mental health pathways)

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

Care and Management of the Acutely Ill Adult (adult nursing pathway)

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.

Maximising My Health (learning disability pathway)

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.

Critical Perspectives on Assessment and Formulation within Mental Health Nursing (mental health pathway)

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

Practice 4 (all pathways, field specific)

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

Level 6 modules (September – September)

Leading and Managing Care (adult, learning disability and mental health pathways)

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

Practice 5 (all pathways, field specific)

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

Preparing for Registration (adult pathway)

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

Living my Best Life (learning disability pathway)

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.

Underpinnings of Contemporary Mental Health (mental health pathway)

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.

Practice 6 (all pathways, field specific)

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

Entry requirements

This course is designed for Registered Nursing Associates and Associate Practitioners. The university recognises prior learning and enables applicants to join the existing BSc (Hons) Adult, Learning Disability or Mental Health Nursing degree.

Applicants must also:

  • Be employed in an appropriate healthcare setting and have the written support of their employer
  • Be prepared to work shifts during practice learning placements
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate values in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Code of Professional Conduct (NMC, 2018)
  • Be prepared to have a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check and Occupational Health Screening.

How to apply

To apply, to study one of the following courses: BSc Nursing (Adult) Apprenticeship, BSc Nursing (Learning Disability Nursing) Apprenticeship or the BSc Nursing (Mental Health) Apprenticeship, fill in the downloadable application form and the employer support form and return them to

For programme enquiries, please contact faculty admissions by emailing or calling 01482 463103.


By the end of your course, you’ll be ready to undertake the responsibilities of a Registered Nurse in your chosen field of practice.

Most of our graduates go on to work in the NHS but others find positions in the private, independent or voluntary health and social care organisations, the pharmaceutical industry, the armed forces, the prison service or overseas.


£18,500 for September intakes

£15,500 for January intakes

Fees may vary subject to assessment of the Recognition of Prior Learning Application (RPL).

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


The programme start date will determine programme duration. Typically, an applicant would complete the programme between a range of 20 – 24 months.

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