Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship

Applications for our Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship September 2020 intake are now closed. Details of our next intake will be listed here once confirmed.

How to apply

The University of Plymouth is one of the first institutions to offer the new Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for nursing education. Our full time BSc (Hons) Nursing programme was approved in 2019 and pending NMC approval we will be delivering a four-year part-time programme from September 2021.

The potential apprentice will be required to complete an Initial Needs Assessment (INA) with the support of their employer and the University to ensure the Apprenticeship programme is an appropriate solution to their skills development needs. On completion of the INA the University will assess the information provided and determine the next steps.

The employer must request the Initial Needs Assessment by emailing apprenticeships@plymouth.ac.uk.

Fees and funding

  • Apprentices do not pay any course fees.
  • By studying a degree apprenticeship, students will obtain a full honours degree registrable with the NMC and not incur any costs.
  • Fees are paid for by the employer.

Funding models

There are currently two funding models;
  • fully funded: Levy paying organisations
  • co–funded: Non levy organisations and Levy who have exceeded their Levy contribution.

Course cost


Estimated course cost £27,000 for three year route and £18,000 for shortened programme – final fees pending.Example of costs for funding model based on 2018 fees:

Fully funded

If the annual pay bill of your organisation exceeds £3 million you will pay for your apprenticeship training through your levy account. If you have exceeded your levy contribution you will fund apprenticeship training through the co-funded model – to better understand how this will work please contact us.

Employer contribution £27,000. 

Apprentices contribution £0.

Co-funded

If you are a non-levy paying organisation (the annual pay bill of your organisation is less than £3 million) or you are a Levy organisation who has exceeded their pot, the government will financially co-support your apprenticeship training – they will contribute 95% of the costs and the employer will contribute 5%. 

Government contribution £25,650

Employer contribution £1,350

Apprentice contribution £0

Applicants applying via the apprenticeship route must be employed and have full agreement from their employer.

Applicants are screened using a values based recruitment process that builds upon and enhances an already robust application and selection process. All applicants will undertake a face-to-face interview with members of the programme team and clinical partners. Service users are involved in setting interview questions for each field.

Apprentice selection is managed in collaboration with the Central Apprenticeship Hub

Apprentice selection includes:

  • Completion of INA including confirmation of employer agreement
  • A personal statement.
  • Confirmation of academic attainment.

 

Applicants for the apprenticeship route should demonstrate evidence of:

  • Values in accordance with The Code
  • Capability to learn behaviours in accordance with The Code
  • GCSE profile - grade C/4 or above including Maths and English
  • Level 2 functional skills in Mathematics and English will be considered as an alternative to GCSE Maths and English as specified by ESFA

The NMC accept an IELTS Academic examination certificate that confirms you achieved:

  • an overall score of at least 7, at least 6.5 in the writing, reading, listening and speaking sections.
  • 104-120 UCAS Tariff points – depending on field applied for, to include 64 UCAS Tariff points from 2 A Levels. General Studies is not accepted. Health or Science profile is preferred, but not essential.
  • Evidence of academic study within the last 5 years

Other qualifications will be considered including:

  • Extended BTEC in a science or health-related subject.  
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma with 33 Level 3 credits at Merit and/or Distinction including 15 level 3 credits in Science or Social sciences
  • Extended Science Foundation Degree
  • Other relevant non-traditional criteria are considered on an individual basis.

 

Experienced Health Care Professionals - shortened degree apprenticeship

GCSE's: GCSE grade C/4 (or equivalent) in mathematics and English.

Functional skills level 2 mathematics and English will be considered as an alternative.

Foundation degree: Completed a relevant FdSc programme leading to Assistant Practitioner/Nursing Associate status (or equivalent) with an overall grade of 60 per cent or higher.

Experience: 750 – 1150 hours in a relevant clinical practice.

Evidence of learning within the last five years.

Please note: Equivalent qualifications may be considered, please contact admissions@plymouth.ac.uk to enquire.

Information for employers

At the University of Plymouth we understand some of the challenges employers have in developing and retaining highly skilled employees and we are excited to be offering the Registered Nurse (Adult Health, Child health, Mental Health) Degree Apprenticeship, which has been designed to offer a flexible degree level work based learning programme which meets the standards set by the NMC, the Institute of Apprenticeships and which  aligns with Health Care Employers strategic objectives and goals around workforce planning.

Typically, the programme is offered over three years full time or four years part time (pending NMC approval for delivery in 2021), however experienced health care practitioners with relevant experience and qualifications (750 – 1150 hours clinical experience, mathematics and English minimal level 2 functional skills and relevant FdSc programme leading to Assistant Practitioner/Nursing Associate status or equivalent) can apply for recognition of prior learning for up to 50% of the programme.

Both the full time and part time degree comprises of three parts. Each part is delivered over approximately 12 months for the full-time programme and 16 months for the part time programme. Apprentices studying the full time programme are supernumerary for the duration of the programme engaging in academic learning (theory/supernumerary practice). Apprentices studying part time will engage in academic learning (theory/supernumerary practice) three days per week, with the remaining two days per week working as an employee in your substantive role.


Degree apprenticeships in practice

Your apprentice will have ongoing support of an academic assessor, practice assessor and practice supervisor. Additionally, as part of the apprenticeship requirements, the employer and apprentice will meet 12 weekly throughout the duration of the programme.

The Central Apprenticeship Hub will be able to guide you through the contractual process and act as a resource for the duration of the programme..

Find out more

For further information contact Enterprise Solutions at the University of Plymouth on enterprisesolutions@plymouth.ac.uk or +44 800 052 5600, to be put in touch with the relevant Degree Apprenticeship Account Manager.

Approval of this programme is pending release of the new Registered Nurse Degree Apprentices Standards and approval by the NMC.

Programme summary 

We understand some of the challenges in developing and retaining highly skilled employees and we are excited to be offering this work-based degree leading to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in three fields of Nursing:  Adult Health, Child Health and Mental Health.

The development and design of this degree was a collaborative partnership following national consultation and local consultation with our stakeholders and employers in the region. It aligns with Healthcare Employers strategic objectives and goals around workforce planning and with the Standards set by the NMC (2010) and Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (2018).

The BSc (Hons) Nursing in Child Health will be delivered at our Plymouth campus with the BSc (Hons) Nursing in Adult Health and Mental Health being offered at our Plymouth Campus, Truro Campus and Exeter campus. Additionally from September 2021 pending NMC  approval we will also be delivering the BSc (Hons) Nursing in Adult Health (full-time and part-time)  in collaboration with Petroc College at the Mid Devon Campus, Tiverton.

Key features

  • @ Earn while you learn. Apprentices are employed and receive a full wage while studying.
  • @ A balanced learning experience with a wide and innovative range of teaching and assessment methods both in academic study and in practice.
  • @ Support from qualified staff with an in-depth knowledge of your subject area.
  • @ Distinguish yourself with a degree from one of the first institutions to offer the new Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for nursing education.
  • @ No course fees – costs are paid for by the government and your employer.
  • @ The knowledge that your learning is always current and follows best practice, through the internationally renowned research that constantly feeds into our teaching.
  • @ On successful completion of this course you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
  • @ A part time/flexible route which can be completed within 4 - 6 years will be a available pending NMC approval

Programme overview

This contemporary flexible and accessible nursing degree apprenticeship provides the apprentice with the opportunity to remain in salaried employment whilst studying for a work integrated degree in adult health, child health or mental health nursing registrable with the NMC leading to the title of Registered Nurse. 

Apprentices on the three year full time route will remain supernumerary for the duration of the programme spending time in academic study or supernumerary practice. Apprentices on the part time route will spend 2 days per week in their substantive role within their organisation and three days a week engaging in academic study or supernumerary practice. On-going support via the University and the employing organisation is available whist studying at the University and whilst in placement. There are no costs to the apprentice, with study fees and salaries being paid by the employer.

Who is it for?

The Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship can be taken full time over three years  or part-time over four year, this route is suitable for healthcare practitioners new to healthcare.  Alternatively, experienced healthcare practitioners (Assistant Practitioners/Nursing Associates) with relevant healthcare experience and qualifications may be eligible to undertake a shortened degree apprenticeship (see entry requirements).

For those who are not eligible for nursing through the degree apprenticeships route, please take a look at our BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult Health), BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health) and BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child Health) courses as an alternative.


How will you be assessed?

On successful completion of this programme you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, therefore you must meet all the assessment requirements as set by the NMC and in addition will be required to complete an End point Assessment.

How will you be supported?

You will have ongoing support of an academic tutor for the duration of the programme as well as receiving the help and support from qualified staff and mentors with an in-depth knowledge of your subject area. 

Staff