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Course Duration: 3 years full time (37.5 hours per week)

Intakes: September for Adult and Mental Health and also September for Children’s and Learning Disability. End of January 2022 for apprentice students who have 18 months Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

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*.

We consider APL that include fast track routes into nursing:

  • Assistant Practitioner - if you have this qualification your course duration will be 2 years
  • Nursing Associate - if you have this qualification your course duration will be 18 months

When submitting your application, you will need to provide the following documents to meet the apprenticeship funding eligibility requirements:

  • ID/Residency evidence
  • Change of name evidence & Birth Certificate
  • Level 2 Maths Certificate (GCSE A*-C or 9-4, equivalent or higher)
  • Level 2 English Certificate (GCSE A*-C or 9-4, equivalent or higher)
  • Level 3 certificates
  • Degree and Post-grad certificates
  • Job Description
  • Workplace mentor

Applicants not from the UK may still be eligible to apply. For further information please contact

Teaching and Assessment

You are assessed in the same way as standard entry learners on 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.

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.

Information for Apprentices

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

  • This course requires you to study full time in theory and practice completing 37.5 hours a week. The academic year is 45 weeks long.
  • As an apprentice you will need to be employed for at least 30 hours per week to be considered full time and be paid at least the minimum wage. However, as stated above the course requires you to work 37.5 hours a week.

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

Information for Employers

Below are the benefits of an apprenticeship -

  • 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.


The maximum funding cap for this Standard is £26,000.

For levy Payers (employers with over £3m payroll).

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

For 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.

Contact Information

For enquiries about course content:

Dr Victoria Ridgway

Director of Pre-Registration Nursing

For admissions enquiries:

Health and Social Care Admissions

T: 01244 511000