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About the course

The Registered Nurse (degree) apprenticeship offers the latest technologies and education to enable you to develop your clinical, assessment and decision-making skills. If you have the qualities and philosophy required to become a caring, effective, professional and safe practitioner, this course gives you the opportunity to fully explore what it means to be a Registered Nurse and to further develop the other qualities essential to this role.

We currently offer the Registered Nurse (Adult) pathway aligned to the Institute for Apprenticeships standard. The standard covers four core domains:

  • Professional values
  • Leadership management and team-working
  • Nursing practice and decision-making
  • Communication and interpersonal skills

As a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)-approved programme, we encompass the four themes of their professional code into everything we deliver:

  • Prioritising people
  • Practice effectively
  • Preserve safety
  • Promote professionalism and trust

This apprenticeship is underpinned by our BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Practice. On successful completion of the programme you’ll be eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as an Adult Nurse.

Find out more about apprenticeships at Solent

This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree.
Professional memberships
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
You can apply direct to Solent University for this course.
Apply direct
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
This course is an apprenticeship, which is a course that is a blend of study and work. All apprentices must be in employment.

Apprentices leave the programme with a more complete understanding of their responsibilities and the impact that effective care can have on patients.

What does this course lead to?

Qualified nurses can undertake nursing roles in primary or secondary care, both in the UK and overseas. Graduates could also pursue a career in charity or aid work, or within the armed forces or prison service. With further experience, future careers can include advanced practice nursing, nurse education and mentoring, and healthcare management, such as ward sister or lead nurse.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for anyone who wishes to pursue a career in adult nursing within the NHS, private or community healthcare services. Prospective apprentices should currently be employed in a healthcare role. For more information about the professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses, midwives and nursing associates, please refer to the Code of Professional Standards (Nursing and Midwifery Council 2018).

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

Businesses with an annual payroll above £3million will be classed as a levy paying employer and will be able to use funds accrued in their digital apprenticeship service (DAS) account for payment of the training. Please contact us for guidance on fees if you are a non-levy employer which will cover at least 95% of the costs.

The programme cost for 2021/22 is £27,000.

You can find out more about funding an apprenticeship and the apprenticeship levy in our guide for employers.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

    Entry to this apprenticeship is only available with the support of an employer. Those who are interested in taking this course should speak to a line manager or staff development representative.

    Applicants will need to provide evidence of their ability to study at FHEQ Level 4. GCSEs at grades C or above in English and Maths (or their equivalents) are essential. Applicants must also have a level 3 qualification or equivalent healthcare experience which can be shown via a mature entry portfolio. Candidates should expect to undergo a values based admissions selection process including an interview and assessment.

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

How to apply

If you are an employer or a potential apprentice and would like to have an in-depth conversation with us about potential opportunities, please send a message to or call 023 8201 5066.

If you would like more general information about apprenticeships, please see our  apprenticeship homepage.

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Introduction to Communications and Person Centred Practice
  • Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion
  • Introduction to Assessing Needs and Planning Care in Nursing
  • Long Term Conditions
  • Foundations of Nursing Practice

Year two

Core modules
  • Evidence and Person Centred Decision Making
  • Public Health and Health Promotion
  • Recognition and Escalation of Deteriorating Physical and Mental Health
  • Assessing Needs and Planning Care Across Nursing Settings
  • Developing Adult Nursing Practice

Year three

Core modules
  • Coaching, Assessment and Management in Care Settings
  • Research Project
  • Assessing Needs and Planning Complex Care in Adult Nursing

Year four

Core modules
  • Transition to Registered Adult Nursing Practice
  • Professional Adult Nursing Practice

Meet the course team

Pauline Morgan academic profile Pauline Morgan Course Leader View profile
Tom Simons academic profile Tom Simons Lecturer View profile
Matsikachando Moyo academic profile Matsikachando Moyo Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Nurse apprentices will have access to the same facilities offered to students on the BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Practice degree, as well as other full-time students. This includes access to all specialist labs and equipment relevant to your course of study, including our new nursing simulation suite, as well as general facilities like our learning resource centres, student support services and 24-hour library.

The course combines three strands of learning: applied theory, nursing simulation and action learning, and nursing practice

Industry links

The course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). It is also underpinned by our BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Practice, which was developed in partnership with partner NHS Trusts and other health and social care providers.

Get ready to find your place

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