Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship

Applications for our Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship September 2020 intake are now open. To apply please request an Initial Needs Analysis form by emailing our admin team apprenticeships@plymouth.ac.uk. Please be aware that the request must be made by the employer and not the applicant. *Applications close on Friday the 26 June 2020.*

How to apply

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

September 2019

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

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: 800 – 1150 hours in a relevant clinical practice.

Evidence of learning within the last five years.

Three year degree apprenticeship

GCSE's: 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) including mathematics, English and Science at grade C/4 or above.

Functional skills Level 2 mathematics may be considered.

Plus one of the following Level 3 qualifications below: 

UCAS tariff: 104 - 120 UCAS points from a minimum of two A levels (excluding General Studies).

Access Course: Passed a named Access to Higher Education Diploma with at least 45 credits at Level 3, 33 at merit/distinction which must include 15 Level 3 credits in Science/Social Science/Psychology/Sociology. 

BTEC National Diploma

International Baccalaureate: 28 points overall to include a minimum of two higher level at 4 (preferably from Biology/Human Biology/Applied Science). If overseas and have not studied English within IB - Must have IELTS: 7.0 overall with 7.0 in all elements.

In addition to the above, evidence of academic study within the last five years is required.

You must pass disclosure and barring service and occupational health checks satisfactorily in order to be able to start this course. If English is not your first language and you do not have GCSE English grade C or above you will have to achieve an IELTS or equivalent qualification at the grades stated below. 

IELTS - Overall average score of at least 7.0, with a score of at least 7.0 in each element.

Evidence of learning within the last five years.

Meeting the academic minimum is the first stage of an application being considered. Applicants must also submit a strong personal statement in order to be considered further.

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 and which It aligns with Health Care Employers strategic objectives and goals around workforce planning.

Typically, the programme is offered over three years, however experienced health care practitioners with relevant experience and qualifications (800 – 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 with an overall grade of 60% or higher) can complete the programme within 18 months to two years.

This programme meets the standards set by the NMC, we are in the process of re-approval based on the 2019 NMC standards, as part of re-approval we are offering a full time and part time flexible programme.

Degree apprenticeships in practice

Your apprentice will have ongoing support of an academic tutor for the duration of the programme as well as receiving guidance and support from their mentors during clinical placement. 

Your organisation will be supported by a named nurse academic and our apprenticeship manager who is responsible for the contractual and tripartite arrangements with the employing organisation. 

They will be able to guide you through the contractual process and will arrange to meet with the apprentice and a representative from your organisation on a 12 weekly basis. As per NMC requirements the apprentice will be supernumerary for the duration of the programme and will be required to have clinical placements in a variety of settings.

Fees and funding

Funding models

There are two funding models:

  • fully funded
  • co-funded.

Levy paying employer

If the annual pay bill of your organisation exceeds £3 million you will pay for your apprenticeship training through your levy account and is fully funded by you as the employer. Once you have exceeded the spend on your Levy account you will then move to the co-funded model where you will pay 10% of the cost and the government will co-fund this by 90%.

Non levy paying employer

If you are a non-levy paying organisation the government will financial co-fund your apprenticeship training by contributing 90% of the costs and you will support this with the remaining 10%.

Additional financial incentives:

Employers with fewer than 50 employees will have 100% of the training and assessment costs covered when training a 16-18 year old (or 19-24 year old formerly in care or has Local Authority Education, Health and Care plan. The government will pay £1,000 to employers, and a further £1,000 to training providers if they train a 19-24 year old leaving care or who have a Local Authority Education, Health and Care plan. By studying a degree apprenticeship, students will obtain a full honours degree, at no cost to the individual. Fees are paid by the employer and supported by government funding (up to 90% of the cost).

Course fees

Total course cost £27,000 for three year route and £18,000 for shortened programme. Note: to be confirmed for 2019

Example of costs for funding model:

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 make contact with us.

Employer contribution £27,000, pending confirmation of 2019 fees.

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 90% of the costs and the employer will contribute 10%.

  • Government contribution £24,300.
  • Employer contribution £2,700.
  • Apprentice contribution £0.

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 

At the University of Plymouth we understand some of the challenges in developing and retaining highly skilled employees and we are excited to be offering the Registered Nurse (Adult Health, Child Health and Mental Health) Degree Apprenticeship pending NMC approval. 

This degree apprenticeship has been designed to offer a flexible degree level work based learning programme which meets the standards set by the NMC and which aligns Health Care Employers strategic objectives and goals around workforce planning. 

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 nursing degree apprenticeship provides the learner with the opportunity to remain in salaried employment whilst studying for a work integrated degree in adult nursing or mental health nursing registrable with the NMC leading to the title of Registered Nurse.

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 (2017). The September 2019 programme is pending approval of the NMC based on the new NM standards (2018). Following approval will be delivering this programme via full full time and part time route.

Registered Nurse apprentices remain supernumerary for the duration of the programme and are required to complete an End Point Assessment on completion of the programme. 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 – this route is suitable for healthcare practitioners new to healthcare. Alternatively, experienced healthcare practitioners (Assistant Practitioners/band four HCSW/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.