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Nursing apprenticeships

Build the dynamic healthcare team you need with our range of nursing apprenticeships. With two flexible options on offer, your new or existing employees can study while they work - and immediately put their learning into action.

Apprenticeships blend academic study with workplace learning in practice for a fully encompassing and flexible study experience, funded through the Apprenticeship Levy.

Why ARU?

  • We are the largest higher education provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England and we’ve been training nurses for more than 25 years.
  • We are proud to have been involved in the first national pilot for the NHS England Nursing Associate role in 2016, and were the first university in the East of England to offer nursing apprenticeships.
  • Our courses are developed in collaboration with a range of long-term partnerships crossing acute, primary care and community NHS trusts and a growing range of private and independent healthcare organisations including care homes and hospices.
  • We’re the Times Higher Education University of the Year 2023. We're proud to be recognised for the difference we make in our region; the impact of our world-leading research; our innovative education provision; and our commitment to health and wellbeing.

Explore options

There are two apprenticeships available, depending on your workforce plan:

Option 1

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Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship

(Level 5) – 23 months

Ideal for current Band 2/3 healthcare assistants/support workers needing to develop their nursing skills to meet a range of healthcare needs. A role in its own right, the Nursing Associate bridges the gap between healthcare assistants and registered nurses.

Explore Nursing Associate FdSc

Option 2

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Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship

(Part 2 only) – 24 months

Ideal for band 3/4s who have completed options 1 or 2, or any other level 5 qualification relevant to nursing, and are ready to advance to becoming a registered nurse in one of three specialist areas.

Explore Adult Nursing BSc (Hons) Explore Child Nursing BSc (Hons) Explore Mental Health Nursing BSc (Hons)
Dan, Lead Nurse at CUH


“Apprenticeships allow us to develop our own workforce, engage in their experience and employ and retain the best people around the country. 90% of our apprentices have stayed with us, which is a real testament to the training they receive from CUH and the learning they receive from ARU.”


Lead Nurse, CUH

Want to talk to someone?

If you’d like to discuss any aspect of nursing apprenticeships, then our designated team of experts would be delighted to hear from you.