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Registered Nurse BSc (Hons) Nursing Practice (Degree Apprenticeship) - Level 6

Kickstart your career

Gain your Registered Nurse qualification and entry to the Nursing and Midwifery Council professional register.

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Study at one of our Centre for Healthcare Excellence campuses

World class facilities

Develop your knowledge and skills using our state-of-the-art simulation facilities throughout your studies.

Stoke-on-Trent campus, Centre of Excellence Shrewsbury, Centre for Health Innovation Stafford
Typical duration: 36 months (EPA is fully integrated)
Start date(s):

September (alternative dates for shortened courses – please contact Course Lead)

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The purpose of this apprenticeship is to both prepare you for entry to the professional Nursing Register and to award you an academic qualification commensurate with your learning outcomes.

Your chosen course meets the statutory requirements for nurse education (NMC 2018) and comprises both field-specific (where you have sessions with students studying the same field of nursing as you) and shared modules (where you have sessions with students studying other fields of nursing). Successful completion of your apprenticeship allows you to apply for professional registration with the NMC as a Registered Nurse (Adult), Registered Nurse (Mental Health), or Registered Nurse (Children), according to your course.

Our aim is to provide a high-quality degree apprenticeship that will enable you as a graduate, to be successful throughout a challenging and rewarding career. Nursing is a career that requires life-long learning in a dynamic health care system and your course will provide the academic and practice-based foundation for both nursing care and further development. This curriculum fosters a learning environment that prepares caring and compassionate nurses committed to both professional and personal values, and responsibility.

Who is it for?

This apprenticeship is aimed at those who are employed in a healthcare setting and wish to train to become a Registered Nurse.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc Nursing (Adult, Mental Health or Children field) Registered Nurse (Adult, Mental Health or Children) – opportunity to enter the Nursing and Midwifery Council professional register.

Course content



Level 4 Modules:

  • Professional, Legal, and Ethical Considerations
  • Mental Health and Physical Health through the lifespan
  • Adult Nursing in Practice 1,2 and 3 OR Mental Health Nursing in Practice 1,2 and 3 Or Children and Young Peoples Nursing in Practice 1,2 and 3.
  • Adult Nursing Care, Mental Health Nursing Care, Children, and Young Peoples Nursing Care

Level 5 Modules:

  • Altered Mental Health and Physical Health through the lifespan
  • Adult Nursing in Practice 4,5 and 6 OR Mental Health Nursing in Practice 4,5 and 6 OR Children and Young Peoples Nursing in Practice 4,5 and 6.
  • Human Factors. Risk, Decision Making and uncertainty
  • Physical Assessment and Preparation for Prescribing

Level 6 Modules:

  • Peer Learning and Teaching in Nursing Practice
  • Adult Nursing in Practice 7,8 and 9 OR Mental Health Nursing in Practice 7,8 and 9 OR Children and Young Peoples Nursing in Practice 7,8 and 9
  • The Evidence Base for Practice

Entry requirements

You will be recruited to the apprentice role by an organisation that will employ you for the duration of your apprenticeship. Due to the professional nature of the course, the Nursing and Midwifery Council requests assurance that the entry criteria to the course assess applicants’ ability to complete the programme. Therefore, an essential part of the selection process will be to ensure that you meet the entry requirements agreed for this professional course which are typically:

  • 112 UCAS tariff points, plus 5 GCSEs at grades a – c, to include mathematics and English (Functional Skills Level 2 for maths and English are accepted as an alternative)
  • Evidence of recent study


  • Access Diploma – 60 credits of which 45 must be at level 3

Please note - we are keen to recognise the value of the value of experience working within healthcare settings, therefore if you do not meet the above requirements but are interested in the course, please discuss with your employer the possibility of support with an application. You can also contact the course lead directly to discuss further. All applicants must have a level 2 maths and English (or equivalent) at the point of application. 

The selection process will also include Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checking and screening by Occupational Health, which will be the responsibility of the current employer.

For details of UCAS tariff points please see the current online prospects at:

Relevant professional experience will also be considered as part of the application process via an Initial Needs Assessment. Certificated prior learning or experiential learning may be incorporated into your course, but this must be mapped to relevant course outcomes.

All applicants will have an Initial Needs Assessment carried out prior to commencement of the course and guidance on recognition of your prior learning will be provided at this point. Further information on our Recognition of Prior Learning policy can be found at


For levy-paying organisations the cost is paid from their digital account at a rate of £27,000. For non-levy paying organisations the cost is £1,350

Delivery and assessment


Teaching and learning are divided between university and work-based learning. Apprentices will have 2 university study days allocated per week. At university, learning is structured so that each module studied builds on the previous module. Therefore, knowledge and understanding of the concepts underpinning nursing practice develops, apprentices will be exposed to more challenging and complex learning. Course content is delivered using a combination of taught sessions and a skills-based approach. Clinical scenarios provide the trigger for learning based on cases the apprentices are likely to encounter in work-based learning environments. The benefit of this approach is that learning will be in the context of clinical practice, developing key learning skills (such as searching for evidence, critical appraisal, problem-solving) which are essential to professional practice; apprentices will work both independently and as part of team which will enhance communication skills. Inter-professional learning will facilitate learning with and from other professional groups.

Clinical skills are developed and practiced in our university-based skills and simulation environments. Key skills such as infection prevention, clinical assessment and medicines management are practiced in a controlled environment before putting these skills into practice during work-based placements. Work-based learning forms approximately 50% of the course, where development is supported by a team of registered professionals who will assess clinical competence at key stages in the course.


A variety of assessment methods are used throughout the course:

  • Assignments/Reflection: these are usually in essay format of varying length. Assignments must be presented in an appropriate scholarly format which develops academic writing skills.
  • Seminar/Presentation: the research, planning and presentation of findings to a small audience.
  • Examinations: either multiple-choice or oral (viva voce) examinations.
  • Drug Calculations: accurate calculation of drug dosages and preparation of medications will be assessed via the on-line package Safe Medicate. A drug calculations assessment is undertaken in each of the three years where the expectation is that 100% is achieved in year three.
  • Work-based Assessment demonstrates fitness to practice as an Registered Nurse as a requirement for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The apprentice is assessed against profession-specific competences by a team of practice-based registered professionals in a range of clinical settings.
  • As part of the apprenticeship and once you have completed your academic qualification, you will undertake an end point assessment (EPA). This will include 2 professional discussions with an external assessor and must be completed within 3months of completing your academic studies.


Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties. You will also have full access to our support services such as Student Guidance.


Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

  • Employer must not ask the apprentice to contribute financially to the direct cost of learning
  • Ensure apprentice spends at least 50% of their time in off-the-job training (to meet NMC requirements)
  • Enter into a contract with Staffordshire University
  • Participate in reviews with the Apprentice and university, providing evidence and feedback on progress at work and success in meeting apprenticeship milestones
  • Provide a safe, healthy and supportive environment, which meets the needs of the apprentice
  • Provide apprentices with a contract of employment for the duration of the apprenticeship on the first day of their apprenticeship and be paid at least a wage consistent with the law for both the time they are in work and in off-the-job learning
  • Provide the apprentice with paid time to attend off-the-job training, including additional support for English and Maths, or support accessed for learning difficulties and/or disabilities
  • Recognise that the apprentice must complete the apprenticeship within their working hours
  • Support the apprentice to gain new skills


After successful completion of the apprenticeship you can enter the professional register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Your qualification will allow you to work as a Registered Nurse in your chosen field, in a variety of healthcare settings.

To join a higher degree apprenticeship programme, enquire with us today.