Degree Apprenticeship Undergraduate: BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Introduction

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.

Course highlights

  • Follow your passion to become a registered nurse specialising in mental health
  • Work-based approach allows you to deliver impact in the workplace as you learn
  • Successful completion will open doors to work in a wide range of roles and settings

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.

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Key facts

Nurse Education Provider of the Year

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.


Assessment

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.

Facilities and accreditation

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.

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.

Approved by the NMC

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.

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Careers

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.

Apprenticeship vacancies

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.

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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 exceeding 30 hours per week. If your contract is less than 37.5 hours per week you will need to extend the length of your apprenticeship in order to meet the mandatory practice hours as required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • 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 a Level 5 qualification in a related subject e.g. Foundation degree in Nursing, Assistant Practitioner (Nursing) or Health and Social Care, from which up to 180 credits can be applied as Accredited Prior Learning (APL)**

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How to apply

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.

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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