The degree nurse apprenticeship programme has been designed as a flexible and alternative entry route into nursing leading to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and includes an end point assessment (EPA) as required by the Institute of Apprenticeships.
This four-year course will provide the apprentice with a BSc (Hons) in a distinct field of nursing - Adult or Child or Mental Health, leading to Registration on Part 1 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Register.
Throughout the four year programme, apprentices will spend a minimum of 2,300 hours of their time undertaking the theoretical elements of the programme and a minimum of 2,300 hours of their time undertaking supernumerary practice hours, to achieve the required NMC standards and competencies. The remainder of their time will be spent as an employee within a levy paying NHS Trust.
There are three key progression points, - end of stage 1, - end of stage 2 , - end of stage three (point of registration meeting the NMC Standards for pre-registration Nursing Education (2010). To progress from one stage to the next the apprentices must complete 120 credits at the preceding stage. In exceptional circumstances, apprentices can proceed with 80 credits but must have successfully completed all practice elements at the preceding stage. They must make good any deficit in time to comply with the NMC 12 week rule. Failure to achieve this will mean the apprentice having to step off the programme and will be required to discuss their situation with their employer, where reasonable adjustments, dependent upon individual circumstances may be agreed.
There are three exits routes one with registration and two without registration. The BSc (Hons) in Nursing (Adult) (Child) or (Mental Health) will have the following credit rating:
Stage 1: 120 credits at level 1
Stage 2: 120 credits at level 2
Stage 3: 120 Credits at level 3 including Registration with the NMC.
Additionally, to meet the apprenticeship regulations the apprentice must complete the End Point Assessment. For candidates unable to complete, fail practice aspects of the programme or opt out of the programme completely, there will be two exit awards which are not linked to NMC registration:- A Certificate of Higher Education in Health Studies. For students who achieve 120 level 1 credits - A Diploma of Higher Education in Health Studies who achieve a 120 level 2 credits (240 credits in total).
New challenges in health and social care demand a highly knowledgeable and skilled nursing workforce capable of leadership, critical thinking, multi-professional working, teamwork and reflection. A commitment to life-long learning is also imperative if care practices are to remain responsive to the complex and changing needs of service users and carers.
Pre-registration nurse education has the responsibility to ensure that qualifying nurses are 'fit for practice', 'fit for purpose' and 'fit for award' by providing the opportunities for both traditional and non-traditional learners to learn and develop such skills. This demands a progressive, stimulating and responsive curriculum that is flexible at the point of delivery; a curriculum that continually engages the learner promotes independent and critical thinking, whilst instilling the value of life-long learning through self-directed learning methodologies and an emphasis on professional and personal development. Critical curriculum theory that views the learner as an active participant in the learning process underpins the delivery of the programme.
A departure from the predominance of didactic teaching methods ensures greater adherence to blended learning which promotes deep rather than surface level thinking and understanding. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will be used to support the delivery of the programme with a range of blended and E-learning strategies being facilitated through and E-learning strategies being facilitated through the use of the interactive virtual learning environment.
Throughout the programme, apprentices will be actively supported to make use of resources which pull on research and evidence-based practice. Assessment strategies such as poster and oral presentations, portfolio composition and reflexive written work will similarly reflect a move towards greater active apprentice participation in the learning process and assist in the pursuit of a critical knowledge base. Modules such as health prevention and promotion, long term conditions, care of the acutely ill, mental health across the life-span, dementia, pain and pharmacology clearly address national issues in patient care and nursing knowledge. Along with the incorporation of modular work and simulated practices which focus on inter-professional learning and working, the theory-practice modules will all enable the apprentice nurse to develop the knowledge and skills to lead, coordinate and prioritise care and face the changing demands of contemporary nursing practice.
Please note that the above curriculum may be subject to change.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Nursing (Adult) (Apprenticeship Route) BSc in the course catalogue