Nursing Degree Apprenticeship

The BSc(Hons) Nursing Apprenticeship offers a new way to plan for your future workforce, and upskill your staff, by investing in their nurse education and retaining their talents inhouse.

What is the Nursing Degree Apprenticeship?

Drawing on UWE Bristol’s long-standing links with the NHS, and private and voluntary sector providers, this training route enables your employees to complete their professional nurse education, while continuing with you in their current role.

Over the course of four years, students will receive education validated against the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)’s (2018) standards, including theory and practice-based learning in their chosen field of nursing.

As they develop, and meet, the NMC skills and proficiencies to practise, you will hold onto their talents inhouse, with all their tuition fees being funded through the Apprenticeship Levy.

Who is this apprenticeship for?

Healthcare partners and providers can use this route to strengthen the skills of their workforce, by offering it to any employees wishing to progress into professional nursing, such as healthcare assistants, trainee nursing associates or assistant practitioners.

Learners looking to take the next step in their training can benefit from this employer-funded training option, to demonstrate a greater depth of knowledge and advanced skills, confidence and competence. By the end of the course, they will be equipped to meet the specific care needs of people in their chosen field, working with adults, children, or those with learning difficulties or mental health needs.

How will your business benefit?

It’s a flexible and practical way to invest in your employees’ professional development, as you address any potential skills gaps in your current teams, and they are supported to make an even greater contribution to your department.

With access to the latest practice-led education, apprentices will develop as competent, well-rounded practitioners, with strong professional values, a strong identity and a strong person-centred approach.

Your organisation will also have the full support of UWE Bristol’s experienced academic community, benefitting from our strong reputation and expertise in nursing, and our extensive links with healthcare trusts and providers.

Why UWE Bristol?

UWE Bristol has an excellent reputation for its nursing courses, and the calibre of its graduates.

This apprenticeship draws on our strengths in developing sustainable, employer-led nursing programmes, enriched by the latest in best practice and clinical understanding.

Making use of interactive learning methods, technology and innovative simulation facilities, we ensure apprentices achieve the fundamental skills for their chosen practice area, but are also able to problem solve, assess, coordinate, make informed complex decisions, and lead and transform care.

With a year-long placement in Years one and two, two placements in Years three and four, and off-the-job learning in different departments, apprentices spend about half the course applying their knowledge and building their professional skills in a range of settings. We have excellent links with local employers, and placements are normally split between NHS roles and positions in private or voluntary sector organisations.

Regular review meetings ensure apprentices stay on track academically and in practice, and develop as caring, competent and critically thinking nurses.

Course details

The Nursing Degree Apprenticeship programme is mapped to the proficiencies set out by the NMC (2018).

Indicative content

  • Preparation for professional practice
  • Physiology, pharmacology and public health
  • Complexities of health
  • Evidenced-based pharmacology
  • Assessment and clinical reasoning
  • Healthcare research methods
  • Leadership and supervision
  • Placement learning
  • Final project.

Apprentices take part in simulation activities, lectures, group work, and directed and self-directed learning.

This course has a strong practical focus, allowing learners to gain competence carrying out the hands-on tasks they’ll perform in their career. About half their time will be spent on placements.

They’ll have access to all the support and facilities they need, including our Skills Simulation Suite: an imitation ward where they’ll develop their clinical expertise in a safe, instructive environment.

Professional registration and accreditation

Students will graduate with a BSc(Hons) Nursing (Adult), BSc(Hons) Nursing (Children and Young People), BSc(Hons) Nursing (Learning Disabilities) or BSc(Hons) Nursing (Mental Health).

Once they have spent a further three months in practice, and successfully completed their end point assessment, they can register to practise as a professional nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Duration and delivery

This course is organised as a day or block-release programme.

Assessment takes the form of continuous clinical practice assessment, written assignments, case studies, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), project/portfolio work, timed examinations and presentations. In their final year, apprentices will complete a dissertation.

Typical entry requirements

Prospective students need to have GCSEs, or Level 2 functional skills, in Maths and English to be considered for the programme.

Contact the Degree Apprenticeship Team

To find out more about this apprenticeship, or the Levy and Degree Apprenticeships, please email our Degree Apprenticeships Team at or call us on +44 (0)117 328 4888.

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