How to apply

This programme is advertised locally in partnership organisations and application is via their recruitment processes. The University does not currently recruit directly for the course.


Candidates need to have completed the Nursing Associate Foundation degree and be registered as Nursing Associates. All applicants will be reviewed on an individual basis. This will include experienced Assistant Practitioners.

Interviews and assessment centres

Recruitment, shortlisting and interviews will be organised by the employing partnership with support from the University and service users.

Learn more about assessment centres

Entry requirements

  • Employment within a partner organisation that will support an apprenticeship.
  • Certified evidence of English Language GCSE grade C/4 or above or Functional Skills Level 2 or university-accepted equivalents.
  • Certified evidence of Maths GCSE grade C/4 or above or Functional Skills Level 2 or university-accepted equivalents.
  • Evidence from UK ENIC of equivalent English/Maths (A*-C) must be provided for international qualifications.
  • A foundation-level degree or equivalent that meets the RPL requirements for the programme

Other requirements

You must also

  • be working in an adult field of practice
  • have at least two years of health or social care experience
  • show a demonstration of values in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Code of Professional Conduct (2018)
  • have at least one reference from a line manager

Disclose and Barring Service (DBS)

You will be required to have a DBS enhanced (including children) within the last three years.

Digital learning technologies

Apprentices are required to demonstrate the ability to use digital technology prior to commencing the RNDA programme. Once you are appointed you will be given a link to a free digital learning and testing site where you will complete the "basic computer skills" package and submit the certificate as evidence.