Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Complete your learning and enhance your skills for a rewarding career in mental health nursing with our Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship. Study for an honour's degree in mental health nursing while you work, with no tuition fees.
If you’ve successfully completed a foundation degree in nursing or a related subject and you are working in a mental healthcare setting, complete your learning to empower and support patients in their journey to recovery. Become a Registered Mental Health Nurse with our Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship.
Our course aims to help you become a confident, compassionate Mental Health nurse with the knowledge and skills you need to deliver high-quality, person-centred nursing care.
Mental health nursing is a challenging but rewarding field. As a qualified nurse you’ll identify people’s needs before planning and providing care. You’ll work with your clients, encouraging them to believe that recovery from mental health problems is possible. We are dedicated to the continual improvement of every aspect of healthcare and delivering the values set out in the NHS Constitution.
You'll also develop valuable skills such as critical thinking, digital literacy, problem solving, leadership, and self-directed learning. You'll hone your ability to appraise and apply research findings in practice, to support the delivery of safe and evidence-based care that is underpinned by contemporary health and social care policies, guidelines and legislation (international, national and local).
We’re proud to have been shortlisted for Nurse Education Provider of the Year in both 2019 and 2020.
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, or in external placements to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements.
The off-the-job learning for our Registered Nurse Degree 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 integrated into the on-programme assessments. Therefore, on successful completion of your degree, you will also complete the apprenticeship and be ready to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
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.
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.
This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council which demonstrates that the skills, knowledge and attributes you’ll develop are aligned to the NMC professional standards. This means that on successful completion of the apprenticeship you’ll be able to register as Registered Mental Health Nurse.
"The apprenticeship has been very rewarding, especially meeting mental health professionals in my field and learning valuable skills from them."
Registered Nurse Degree Apprentice
"I chose the apprenticeship because I was able to continue working and did not lose any financial benefits. I was able to study at any pace in harmony with my life as a family man."
Registered Nurse Degree Apprentice
All our nursing courses are required to be approved by the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC); you’ll be eligible to apply for registration with them when you graduate.
We work with employers to make sure you gain the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through your placements.
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
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.
** You will be expected to demonstrate evidence of currency of knowledge and development if your foundation degree was completed more than three years previously.
All successful applicants must pass an interview where you will be expected to demonstrate appropriate values for health care and insight into your chosen field of nursing.
All applicants will be required to complete an APCL / APEL portfolio to ensure mapping to the degree top-up to professional requirements and ARU’s modules. If you are not transferring directly from a Foundation Degree with ARU, you may also be required to complete a Safe Medicate exam.
If you are intending to top-up your Higher Apprenticeship qualification, you will not be eligible to start the Degree Apprenticeship course unless the ESFA has received confirmation that you have successfully completed your End Point Assessment for the preceding apprenticeship.
You must supply these before you can be registered on the course:
Due to national restrictions all universities in England, including ARU, are only able to provide face to face teaching on campus for a limited number of courses. Visit our restrictions page for details.
In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic the majority of our apprenticeship courses are being delivered online only using our established online learning systems. The provision offered is subject to change due to the possibility of further Government restrictions, however the University remains committed to delivering teaching and ensuring a COVID-19 secure environment for those that are on campus.
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.
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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