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Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship

Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship

DegreeBSc Nursing (Adult, Child, or Mental Health)
Duration36 months + 6 months EPA
Entry point(s)Spring/Autumn
CampusUxbridge (Majority), Aylesbury and High Wycombe


Buckinghamshire New University’s Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship is based on our successful pre-registration nursing programme and supports employers to develop their healthcare staff towards registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, as either adult, child or mental health nurses.  The three pathways have commonality of course modules but content is tailored to either adult, child or mental health nursing.

This apprenticeship is an ideal progression route for Assistant Practitioners and other staff who have completed a relevant foundation degree; some credits may be eligible to carry forward towards a BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult, Child or Mental Health). The 36-month apprenticeship programme is also suitable to develop existing Healthcare Workers who are keen to enrich their careers and achieve Registered Nurse status.  The Apprenticeship programme can also be used to support the recruitment and retention of new staff to your organisation.

Our Uxbridge Campus in West London is where most of our nursing and advanced health science courses take place. A central part of the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship involves making use of our state-of-the-art simulation suites – where your apprentices can practise and hone their skills in realistic clinical environments.


Programme aims

1. Produce registered nurses who meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards for the pre-registration nursing education (NMC 2018) and the Standards of proficiency for registered nurses (NMC; 2018), including the European requirements, as set out in Annex 1 Nursing Procedures.

2. Produce registered nurses who can work autonomously taking responsibility and accountability for their own actions whilst playing a vital role in providing, leading and coordinating compassionate and evidence based person-centred care

3. Produce registered nurses who consistently adhere to the precepts of the Code (NMC 2018)

Why choose BNU?

At Buckinghamshire New University, we are dedicated to equipping our graduates with the skills employers demand. We will work with you using our practice-based learning expertise to support your training needs.

Higher and degree apprenticeships are a partnership between industry and higher education institutions set up to help meet the needs of employers. They also provide a flexible way for employees to take advantage of the life-changing opportunities that higher education can offer them.

At BNU, we change lives through employment-focused teaching which enables our students to achieve their ambitions. As a small and personal university, we offer an agile approach to all apprenticeship training needs. You would also gain access to all our support services including Student Hub, Multi Faith Chaplaincy, Disability and Inclusion, Counselling, Library and Alumni Benefits. Our Apprenticeship Hub at BNU strives to deliver a supportive environment for the employer and the apprentice. Tripartite reviews are conduced quarterly to aid apprentice through their apprenticeship journey successfully.

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Programme details

The programme matches the University’s philosophy and strategy including outward facing, externality and industrial involvement thus providing students with the necessary qualifications to underpin their knowledge and progress in their chosen careers.

Degree apprenticeships combine study and work-based learning to enable apprentices to gain a full degree. They have been co-designed by employers thus ensuring that apprentices are equipped with the skills employers need and look for in their employees.

An apprentice is a paid employee and does not pay any training costs or student fees.


Programme delivery

Buckinghamshire New University’s blended learning model is designed to be flexible around the needs of apprentices and work load. This includes online, face-to-face and self directed learning which learners have fed back providers greatest flexibility around work, caregiving and other life commitments. This also helps reduce the impact of carbon created through commuting.

Registered Nurses are delivered face to face seminars at BNU’s Uxbridge campus once per week.


Entry requirements

Apprenticeship Eligibility

To be eligible for an apprenticeship, the apprentice must satisfy the following requirements and ESFA funding rules:

  • An apprentice can be a new or existing member of staff and must not already hold a degree in that area or be receiving funding for other training.
  • The employer must employ the apprentice in a genuine role with a genuine salary.
  • The apprentice must have the right to live and work in the UK.
  • BNU will check to make sure you're eligible before you start your degree apprenticeship, and may ask for proof of your right to work in the UK.
  • An apprentice must be employed in a full time job (minimum of 30 hours per week) or have a signed contract to start a full time job role, which is relevant to the apprenticeship.
  • The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) will not fund apprentices who are repeating the same qualification.
  • An apprentice can be a citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) or have the right to abode in the UK and have been resident in the EEA for at least the previous three years on the first day of your apprenticeship.
  • An apprentice can be a non-EEA citizen with permission from the UK government to live in the UK, (not for educational purposes) and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least the previous three years before the start of learning.


Programme Entry Requirements

To be eligible for the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship apprentices must meet the following requirements:

  • Government approved Level 2 Maths and English Qualification (e.g. GCSE or Functional Skills).
  • Candidates without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. .
  • Evidence of study within the previous five years.
  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check from employer
  • A minimum of 112-128 UCAS points.
  • A minimum of two full GCE A levels is required. Applicants may use GCE AS awards when these have been studied alongside two other full GCE A levels.
  • Tariff points will be taken from GCE AS awards when studied in a different subject to GCE A levels.
  • Further qualifications include BTEC Health and Social care Level 3 or Access to Nursing with 30 level 3 credits at distinction, 12 at merit and 3 at pass. Applications are reviewed on an individual basis. Applicants who do not fulfil the entry criteria may discuss their profile with the admissions team


How to apply

Register your interest

  1. Contact BNU’s Apprenticeship via email: or call: 01296 744202
  2. Interested employers will be invited to an information session lead by a representative of BNU’s Apprenticeship Hub and the programme lead. Once completed the Apprenticeship Hub will provide a capture form to begin your application process.


Application Process

  1. Email your nominated Apprenticeship team representative with a document detailing names and contact details of your selected candidates.
  2. Candidates will be sent a link to an online application which takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.
  3. Candidates will be required to upload supporting documents such as prior certification (including Level 2 English and maths) and evidence of Right to Work in the United Kingdom.
  4. After submitting the application, the Admissions team will complete all necessary eligibility checks.
  5. Successful candidates will be invited to an interview with a member of the academic team and will be asked to fill in an Individual Needs Assessment (INA) document identifying their existing experiences, skills and knowledge which will be discussed in the interview.



In many instances apprenticeships are fully funded through the government’s Apprenticeship Levy Fund and for those ineligible up to 95% is funded through the government’s Co-Investment Fund.

Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship: £26,000

  • The apprenticeship levy will be paid by employers in any sector with a pay bill of more than £3 million per year. Those employers will be able to use their apprenticeship levy funds to fund this programme.
  • Non-levy paying employers will receive up to 95% funding towards the costs of this apprenticeship through the government’s Co-Investment Fund.
  • For more information on funding and the Apprenticeship Levy visit our Apprenticeship Funding page in the find out more section below.

An apprentice can be a new or existing member of staff and must not already hold a degree in that area or be receiving funding for other training.

The employer must employ the apprentice in a genuine role with a genuine salary.

The apprentice must have the right to live and work in the UK.