How to apply
- 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 or Level 2 functional skills in Mathematics and English will be considered as an alternative to GCSE Maths and English as specified by ESFA.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- fully funded: Levy paying organisations.
- co-funded: Non levy organisations and Levy who have exceeded their Levy contribution.
Employer contribution £26,000.
Government contribution £24,700
Information for employers
Degree apprenticeships in practice
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"I joined the University of Plymouth as a Registered Nurse Degree Apprentice in September 2020 after being part of the NHS since 2003. During my time with the NHS I worked my way up to a Band 4 Assistant Practitioner, but I still wanted to progress. Unfortunately, this was almost an impossibility due to lack of funds, however, the chance came for me when the opportunity to be an apprentice appeared. I have really enjoyed my learning experience – very different due to Covid restrictions, I am a whizz at zoom lectures – and feel so supported by the team surrounding me. I am now over half way through my second year as a student nurse, I have completed a placement with the community nursing team, which I loved, and I am looking forward to working on an acute ward at The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. My advice to anyone considering a degree apprenticeship would be go for it, take the opportunity and fly!"
Debbie, Registered Nurse Degree Apprentice (Adult Health) – RDE
"In 2018 I started my journey to become a nurse. I felt that I had gained experience working as a health care assistant and assistant practitioner and I wanted to progress further. I applied for the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship and secured a place. With support from the University of Plymouth and Torbay and South Devon Foundation Trust I was able to integrate my work alongside my studies and importantly continue to receive a salary. With careful planning I was able to achieve a healthy work-family balance which was important to support my own wellbeing. The apprenticeship has been challenging but without a doubt one of the most rewarding experience in my career. I have met lifelong friends and feel that my career opportunities and ongoing studies have greatly expanded. With hard work, determination, support and even in the midst of a global pandemic I am now a Registered Nurse."
Nina, Registered Nurse
Mr Francis Thompson
Associate Professor in Mental Health Nursing (Education)
Mrs Lisa Attrill
Lecturer in Adult Nursing (Education)
Miss Esme Elloway
Lecturer in Adult Nursing
Dr Matt Carey
Associate Professor in Child Health Nursing - Acute Care
Mrs Caroline Jamison
Associate Professor of Nursing (Education)