Develop your skills to play a fuller role in your nursing team with our Assistant Practitioner (Nursing) Higher Apprenticeship. Study for an assistant practitioner (nursing) foundation degree while you work, with no tuition fees.
Please note that the Assistant Practitioner (Nursing) curriculum is currently under review and subject to change.
Ideal if you’re a current Band 2/3 healthcare assistant/support worker looking to develop your career in Adult, Child or Mental Health Nursing. On successful completion of the course, you can opt to join the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship and study for a full honours degree to ultimately become a registered nurse.
Prepare yourself to be a responsive, innovative health care practitioner, who's able to deliver safe, effective and person-centred nursing care in partnership with service users, their families, carers and other professionals and organisations.
You can choose to specialise in adult, child or mental health nursing – preparing you to continue to the degree apprenticeship if you wish and your employer agrees to support you. You'll start by exploring the fundamentals of health care; developing skills in inter-professional team working; and taking a collaborative approach to your work – recognising patients as partners in their care.
You'll also develop valuable skills such as critical thinking, digital literacy and problem solving. Over the course you'll study modules that develop your understanding of the field of nursing; and how you can apply reflective practice and evidence-based practice in your everyday work.
Together, we'll explore how you can act with integrity, adhere to NHS and professional values; and practise competently - applying research findings in practice, and taking account of contemporary health and social care policies, guidelines and legislation (international, national and local).
Throughout the course, we'll encourage you to take control of your own learning – developing your knowledge base and presentation skills in a variety of ways, including portfolios, e-learning, online materials and student-led seminars.
We’re proud to have been shortlisted for the Nurse Education Provider of the Year award in 2023.
An apprenticeship is a job with training, combining practical experience with academic learning.
At least 20% of your contracted working hours will be classed as 'off-the-job'. This time will be dedicated to developing the knowledge and skills needed to meet the requirements of the apprenticeship, and therefore are not part of your usual work duties.
The off-the-job learning will be set out in a block plan that details when you will attend full days of university teaching, the dates you will be assessed or need to submit an assignment, and the weeks you will be putting your new learning into practice in your usual work setting.
The off-the-job learning for our Assistant Practitioner (Nursing) Higher Apprenticeship is delivered from our Cambridge or Chelmsford campuses.
You will be assessed at the end of each module you undertake (on-programme assessments) which will contribute towards the final award of your qualification.
You will also undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA) to complete your apprenticeship.
The EPA for this apprenticeship is independently assessed and takes place when all on-programme assessments have been successfully passed. You must pass the EPA before you can commence another apprenticeship.
Our Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough campuses all offer purpose-built nursing skills labs. The labs simulate many aspects of a working hospital ward and allow you to use sophisticated healthcare equipment.
Our partnership with the College of West Anglia also offers The School of Nursing Studies (SoNS) - a brand new, state-of-the-art facility in Kings Lynn.
You'll benefit from working in small groups to practise skills such as bed making, hand-washing, bandaging, communicating with patients, and applying and interpreting basic monitoring.
“The nursing apprenticeship is all packaged perfectly, with support salary and a foundation to making all your career dreams come true.”Lauren
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“The nursing apprenticeship has given me the flexibility and confidence to work towards my nursing goals.”Sophie
Registered Nurse Degree Apprentice
On successful completion of this course and the endpoint assessment, you'll be ready to work as an assistant practitioner to a nursing team. You can also opt to join our Nursing degree apprenticeship, and train to become a registered nurse specialising in either Adult Nursing, Child Nursing or Mental Health Nursing.
In addition to the person specifications that have been set out by your employer, these are the entry requirements for the course.
*If you do not have the appropriate Level 2 Maths and English, you must ensure you complete these prior to the start of the course. For further details about which qualifications meet Level 2 requirements check the gov.uk website.
**We will also consider applicants with non-standard qualifications provided you have a significant amount of relevant experience, are well-supported by your employer, and demonstrate the ability to manage university-level study. This is with the exception of ESFA approved Level 2 Maths and English qualifications which are mandatory.
You must supply these before you can be registered on the course:
Please note:You are required to evidence the Care Certificate to undertake the End Point Assessment (EPA)- completion of the course will enable you to meet this requirement.
Degree apprenticeships are delivered via a blend of online learning and teaching, campus teaching and work-based learning, the mix of which varies between apprenticeships. Please get in touch for further details. In the event that there are restrictions put into place due to the pandemic by the Government, we will endeavour to retain face-to-face teaching as much as possible but will respond accordingly to the restrictions placed on the University.
To be eligible to apply for one of our apprenticeships, you’ll first need to be in a full-time position with one of our partner employers. Here you can find out about current vacancies.Browse current vacancies
To apply for an apprenticeship, you need to have the support of your employer. If you already have the support of your employer or have any questions before talking to them, please do not hesitate to contact one of our apprenticeship experts who will be happy to help.