Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship Programme

Key information

Award BSc (Hons) Nursing (All four fields available; adult, mental health, child and learning disability)
Accreditation Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Duration Typically 4 years 

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Why choose University of Cumbria

Areas of study

About nursing apprenticeships

The Nursing Higher Level Apprenticeship is ideal for Healthcare Assistants, Clinical Support Workers and other NHS support workers who want to become a registered nurse. All four fields of nursing are available; adult, child, mental health and learning disability.

Our primary goal is to see students become excellent registered nurses, who have a sound and current knowledge of issues and conditions affecting patients across a wide range of practice settings.

We support students closely throughout the apprenticeship meaning that on completion of the programme students step into a role as a registered nurse and can confidently make a difference to other people's lives when it matters.

We can also offer a shorted ‘top-up’ course for qualified Nursing Associates and Assistant Practitioners (dependent on qualification and experience). All four fields of nursing are available.


Part one

Part two

Part three


Modules undertaken and length of programme will depend on prior learning and supernumerary time available in practice

Required Employment Status

The minimum duration periods for an apprenticeship set in each Apprenticeship Standard is based on an apprentice working a minimum of 37.5 hours per week, this includes one day a week in University.

Employers Responsibilities

The employer must provide access to a Registered Nurse as a Practice Assessor. The employer must also meet the apprenticeship standards requirements which include regular (minimum three times a year) reviews of learner progress. If the employer is new to delivering the course, the employer may need to be validated and approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council as suitable to be one of our Practice Learning Partners.


Apprentices can undertake some placements with their employing organisation. However, to ensure apprentices develop skills and experience they may have to undertake placements in variety of settings utilising a hub and spoke model.

Further information

How to apply

To apply for the apprenticeship, the employer and the individual must submit a joint application form. Please contact us at for the application form and further guidance.

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Entry requirements

Programme entry criteria

96-120 UCAS tariff points - To include GCSE in English Language and Maths at grade C or above. Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English and Adult Numeracy and Literacy are also accepted. Equivalent qualifications other than those listed above may be accepted on a case-by-case assessment, including academic qualifications and skills obtained outside academic study such as work experience. We have a points range so we can take into account all of the information provided in the application form and adjust the offer from the evidence provided.

Fitness to Practice and Health Requirements - Following successful application and interview individuals will require DBS and occupational health medical clearance; including evidence of certain immunisations.

Funding criteria

Government funding rules require that an apprentice must have the right to live and work in the UK, must be in employment, paid at least the legal minimum wage and have a written and signed agreement for the apprenticeship with their employer. The minimum duration periods for an apprenticeship set in each Apprenticeship Standard, is based on an apprentice working a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Funding for the apprenticeship is provided through the Employment and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and is paid in the following way:

  • Levy paying employers with sufficient funds in their digital account – 100% funding
  • Non Levy payers – 95% ESFA funding, 5% Employer co-funding. 

Where will the training be delivered?

The work-based competencies will be met in the workplace / clinical practice settings. The taught sessions can be delivered from our campuses in Lancaster, Barrow and Carlisle (subject to cohort size); however, at the University of Cumbria we utilise a blended approach to teaching and learning using a range of technologies and delivery methods.

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If you have any questions about our apprenticeship programme, please get in touch.





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