Our higher apprenticeship is ideal if you're a healthcare assistant who wants to develop your skills and play a fuller role in your nursing team. On successful completion of the course, you can opt to study for a full honours degree - and ultimately, become a registered nurse.
Find out more about teaching options and studying during COVID-19 in the Entry requirements section, below.
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 on 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.
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.
Assessment will be through a range of strategies and will include essays, online presentations, multiple choice tests, case studies, portfolios and practice assessment.
Your practice assessment document (PAD) will be managed online through a tool called MyProgress; this will be introduced to you in advance of the first practice module: Essential nursing skills and practice 1.
Please note that deadlines for submission of assignments are strictly enforced at the University.
In addition to the on-programme assessments for each module, the End Point Assessment (EPA) completes the apprenticeship. This takes place during the final three months of the Foundation Degree and comprises the following components:
a) A multiple choice and short answer test
b) An observation of practice undertaken in your workplace
c) A reflective journal completed by the apprentice
This is completed in the three months leading up to your EPA. You will reflect on the development of the following components from the apprenticeship standard:
1. Case Management
2. Supervision and Teaching
d) An interview (professional discussion)
These elements are carried out by independent assessors who will be identified from the register of assessors (RoAAO). Time will be allocated to guide you in the process.
The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.
We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.
We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.
* Applicants without a Level 3 qualification but with at least six months relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis for accreditation of prior learning (APL)/prior experiential learning.
** Applicants currently working towards a Level 2 qualification in either English or Maths may apply on the basis that they have gained the qualification prior to the start of the course. Please add your exam dates to the application.
You must supply these before you can be registered on the course:
Please note: you will need to have the National Care Certificate (Health) to undertake the End Point Assessment. You will be able to complete this during your Foundation Degree programme to enable you to take the EPA.
Studying during COVID-19
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.
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