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ApprenticeshipRegistered Nurse Degree (NMC 2018) Apprenticeship

Course overview

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.

Hear from our students

Read about current student, Ellie Peplinski's experience on this apprenticeship.

Accredited by:

Nursing and Midwifery Council logo

Funded by:

Education and Skills Funding Agency logo

Any questions?

Contact the apprenticeships team


Contact UK admissions

Email: 023 8201 5066

For employers

Apprenticeships can add value at all levels of your business:

  • Upskill your staff with industry relevant qualifications.
  • Drive an increase in productivity.
  • Promote long-term loyalty and reduce staff turnover.
  • Reduce the cost of qualifications and training.
  • Develop staff with a minimum of interruption to day-to-day operations.
  • Offer genuine opportunities for personal development to both full-and part-time staff.
  • Scale your business with the help of an increasingly skilled workforce.

For apprentices

Here's what a higher or degree apprenticeship can offer you:

  • A combination of on-the-job and academic study which is relevant and applied.
  • A continued wage and contract of employment which includes all the same benefits as any employee.
  • A higher or degree qualification which is recognised, transferrable and the same level as if achieved through traditional study routes.
  • A debt free future with zero tuition fees. (Please note, as apprenticeships are funded by employers, apprentices are not eligible to apply for Student Loans Company loans)
  • An opportunity to develop new skills and progress within your industry.

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).


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.

Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces. Away from studying, why not try out the gyms, fitness studios and sports halls in our £28 million Sports Complex, or watch a blockbuster film at our student-run cinema with Dolby Atmos audio.

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    Meet the team

    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.

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