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The course is subject to approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Course Duration: 3 years full time (37.5 hours per week) or part time* (4 years 26 hours per week, *subject to a viable cohort of 15.)

Intakes: September and spring for Adult and Mental health, September for Children’s and Learning Disability

The nurse apprenticeship allows you to study for a BN degree in any field of nursing and you can register with the NMC as a nurse.

Apprenticeships are required by the NMC to complete 4600 hours: 2300 in theory and 2300 in practice.

  • The full time route requires you to study full time in theory and practice completing 37.5 hours a week. The academic year is 45 weeks long.
  • The part time route requires you to complete 26 hours a week in theory and practice and takes four years to complete.
  • You will need to be employed for at least 30 hours per week and be paid at least the minimum wage.


The programme follows the same route as those students undertaking the BN (Hons) Adult Nursing, BN (Hons) Children's Nursing, BN (Hons) Nursing - Mental Health or BN (Hons) Learning Disability Nursing.

Teaching and Assessment

You are assessed in the same way as the BN programme. Theory is assessed via essays, oral examinations and presentations, written examinations, skills assessments and projects. Practice is assessed in the clinical environment by experienced, qualified practitioners using a Practice Assessment Document and Skills Assessments.

In addition there is an end point assessment which must be completed at the end of the programme.

Methods of teaching and learning include lectures, seminars, tutorials, e-learning, practice-based workshops, practice in skills suites, practice simulation, practice placements, and self and guided study.

Support on the Programme

We have a dedicated programme leader for the apprenticeship route who will work with you and your employer. She works closely with the University apprenticeship office to ensure you get the most out of your programme.

Benefits for your employer

  • Access to Government funding
  • Development and retention of existing staff
  • Opportunity to develop your own talent to address your organisations specific workforce needed
  • Access for learners to all aspects of student support and student life within the University

Levy Payers (employers with over £3m payroll)

The total programme cost may be met directly through your levy contributions held in your digital account.

Non-levy Payers (employers with under £3m payroll)

Funding is available, please contact us for the very latest update, as Government funding can change at short notice.

Entry Requirements

For full entry requirements, please see our BN (Hons) Adult Nursing course page.

We ask for Maths and English GSCE at C/4 or above or the ESFA requires the apprentices to have achieved GCSE equivalent Level 2 Functional Skills.

We ask for 112 points from GCE A Levels or equivalent. Typical offer BBC-BCC or BTEC Extended Diploma - DMM; BTEC Diploma - D*D*. (Please see website for further details).

We consider APeL that include fast track routes into nursing:

  • Assistant Practitioner - 2 years
  • Nursing Associate - 18 months

Please ask for further information about this.


For enquiries about course content:

Dr Victoria Ridgway

Director of Pre-Registration Nursing


For admissions enquiries:

Health and Social Care Admissions

T: 01244 511000


Contact Information

Degree Apprenticeships Office