Work-based undergraduate (20 months)
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.
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.
Academic staff 'are committed to providing students with well-developed and supported learning experiences'
You can choose to specialise in adult, child or mental health nursing – all richly rewarding fields of work. But 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 of two years, 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.
One of the top 10 UK universities for nursing
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.
In addition to assessments for each module, all students undertake an endpoint assessment to complete this course.
The endpoint assessment takes place during the final three months of the course and includes the following components:
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 through the process.
This assesses the following knowledge components of the apprenticeship standard:
You must be able to:
You'll complete a journal in the three months leading up to the endpoint assessment. It's a chance to reflect on the development of the following components from the apprenticeship standard:
Your reflective journal must also include evidence of the values and behaviours being applied in the context of case management and supervision and teaching.
The final interview takes the form of a professional discussion, to let you further showcase your knowledge, skills and behaviours.
The assessor will select the areas they wish to explore with you after viewing your responses to the multiple choice and short answer test, your reflective journal and the outcome of the observation of practice.
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 experience of healthcare will be considered on an individual basis for accreditation of prior learning (APL)/prior experiential learning (APEL).
** Applicants currently working towards a Level 2 qualification in either English or Maths must have gained the qualification prior to the start of the course. If you are unlikely to have evidence of either qualification before the start of the course, you should delay your application until you have these.
Please note: you will need to have the National Care Certificate (Health) to undertake the End Point Assessment. If you do not hold this, you will be able to complete this during your Foundation Degree programme to enable you to take the EPA.
Only on provision of the evidence to demonstrate that you meet the requirements listed above will you be invited to attend an interview. This will also involve a 30-minute numeracy test (for which most questions will not allow a calculator) and a literacy test, where you will be asked to write a couple of paragraphs on a specific, relevant, topic to demonstrate your writing skills.
You will be required to provide one reference from someone who knows you in your current (preferable), or most recent, healthcare role to identify your attitude to study and learning.
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