Nursing Degree Apprenticeship

A nursing student with a clinical skills tutor

This programme aims to produce nurses who have the knowledge, skills and behaviours to apply current research and policy to their practice and develop the leadership and problem solving skills to practice safely and effectively so they can  enter the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Professional Register as an adult nurse.

Leading to the award of BMedsci Nursing (Adult)

Programme duration: 3 years (37.5 hours a week supernumerary) 

Intakes a year: September

The end point assessment is integrated into the programme

End point assessment (Zero credit) This will be an integrated aspect of the programme

Key programme information

  • It is an Apprenticeship Degree course (Level 4 study part 1, Level 5 study part 2, Level 6 study part 3).
  • The end point assessment is integrated into the programme.
  • Leads to registration as an Adult Nurse, covering all fields of practice.
  • The nurse degree apprentice is usually employed 37.5 hours per week.
  • The course is split into study blocks, blocks of supernumerary practice and learning within study days.
  • Apprentices  study alongside direct entry students at University 
  • The nurse degree apprentice completes 2300 hours of theoretical learning and 2300 hours of supernumerary practice learning over the four -year programme.
  • Holidays are set throughout the programme.

How is this achieved?

The three year programme is divided into 3 parts and 2 units per part. The end point assessment is integrated throughout the programme:

Part 1

  • Unit 1- Foundation in Nursing/Health 1 
  • Unit 2- Foundation in Nursing/Health 2

Part 2

  • Unit 3- Patients with Acute and Short Term Needs
  • Unit 4- Patients with Long Term and Complex Needs

Part 3

  • Unit 5- Transitions to Practice; Developing Autonomy
  • Unit 6- Transitions to Practice: Managing and Organising Care

Nurse degree apprentices will undertake theoretical study blocks and have different supernumerary placements in each unit so they have a variety of experience which will enable them to meet the NMC requirements. Practice learning opportunities will facilitate the nurse apprentice to develop and meet the standards of proficiency for registered nurses to deliver safe and effective care to a diverse range of people across the four fields of nursing practice: adult, mental health, learning disabilities and children’s nursing. Placement experiences will be in hospitals , other health institutions and in the community.

A blended learning approach will provide the nurse degree apprentice with a variety of learning opportunities and resources which will facilitate their achievement of the NMC proficiencies, programme learning outcomes and be capable of demonstrating the professional behaviours of the NMC Code. Nurse degree apprentices are empowered and supported to become resilient, caring, reflective and life long learners who are capable of working in interprofessional and inter-agency teams. The programme acknowledges and respects the knowledge, skills and experience the nurse degree apprentice brings to the programme. The nurse degree apprentice will be supported, supervised and assessed by university and practice staff to develop their knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable them to meet the standard required of a registered nurse and degree level study. The nurse degree apprentice will be encouraged to critically reflect on their knowledge and skills throughout the programme.

The nurse degree apprentice will need to successfully achieve a range of assessment tasks and a practice assessment in each unit to successfully complete the learning outcomes of the programme.

End point assessment (Zero credit) This will be an integrated aspect of the programme.

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 to the course.

Entry requirements

  • Employment within a partnership organisation who will support apprenticeship
  • Certificate or certified statement of results of Maths GCSE grade C/4 or Maths Functional Skills Level 2 or any qualification that is listed on the ESFA approved equivalent qualifications list. 
  • Certificate or certified statement of results of English GCSE grade C/4 or English Functional Skills Level 2 or any qualification that is listed on the ESFA approved equivalent qualifications list.

Other requirements

  • Working in an adult field of practice.
  • At least two years of health or social care experience.
  • Demonstrates values in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Code of Professional Conduct (2018).
  • Interview
  • 1 reference required from a line manager.
  • DBS and Occupational Health Check required.
  • All students require a skills scan before starting the programme.
  • RPL available for up to 50% of the programme.

All applicants will be reviewed on an individual basis, this will include experienced Assistant Practitioners.

Interview/Assessment Centre

Recruitment, shortlisting and interviews will be organised by the employer in partnership with the Division of Nursing and Midwifery and service users.

Disclose and Barring Service (DBS)

You will be required to have a DBS enhanced (including children) within the last 3 years.

Digital Learning Technologies

Nurse degree apprentices are required to demonstrate the ability to use digital technology prior to commencing the programme, so you will be given a link once appointed to a free digital learning and testing site where you will complete the ‘basic computer skills’ package and submit the certificate as evidence as directed by your employer or on your first day of learning at the university. This link is free to use and allows learning and practice of digital skills prior to taking the test. The test can be taken several times.


This programme will lead to a Degree in Nursing (Adult) and  application to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is made to become a registered nurse.

Currently met by the Employer's Apprentice Levy.

Additional Costs

Travel to university and placement will not be met by the University. Please speak to your employer about expenses.

Employer organisations interested in the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship programme

If you are an employer and you are interested in joining the partnership groups or having a trainee nursing associate in your clinical area please contact Lynne Firth or Anna Christian who will provide you with more information.