Higher Apprenticeship Undergraduate: FdSc Assistant Practitioner (Nursing) Assistant Practitioner (Nursing)


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.

Course highlights

  • Choose to specialise in adult, child or mental health nursing
  • Successful completion opens the door to further study to ultimately become a registered nurse
  • Work-based approach allows you to deliver impact in the workplace as you learn

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.

Key facts

Nurse Education Provider of the Year

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.


Nursing skills labs

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.


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.

Entry requirements

In addition to the person specifications that have been set out by your employer, these are the entry requirements for the course.

  • Employment in a suitable role on a permanent contract, ideally exceeding 30 hours per week
  • Employer support to undertake this course
  • Confirmed eligibility to be funded as an apprentice as set out within the ESFA’s Funding Rules
  • A completed Initial Needs Assessment Form
  • Evidence of Level 2 qualifications in Maths and English e.g. GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above, Functional Skills, or ESFA-approved equivalents*
  • Evidence of Level 3 study in a related subject e.g. A Levels, BTEC in Health and Social Care**

Current vacancies

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For employers

If you have any questions or would like to discuss any aspect of degree apprenticeships, then our dedicated Degrees at Work team are here to help. Get in touch today on the details above.

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