Nursing apprenticeships

Build the dynamic healthcare team you need with our range of nursing apprenticeships. With three 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.
"The Nursing Apprenticeship is a brilliant initiative that we are proud to support. Not only does it provide 'earn as you learn’ development opportunities, it enables individuals to work alongside our dedicated CUH team to deliver outstanding care."
Lorraine Szeremeta
Chief Nurse, CUH
"It’s a brilliant way to start a rewarding nursing career and has given me opportunities that I would never have thought were possible."
Violeta Bourne
Nursing Associate, Octagon Medical Centre

Explore options

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

Option 1

Assistant Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship

(Level 5) – 19 months

Ideal for current Band 2/3 healthcare assistants/support workers looking to develop their careers in Adult, Child or Mental Health Nursing.

Successful completion will provide access to the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship.

Explore Assistant Practitioner (Nursing) FdSc

Option 2

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.

Successful completion will provide access to the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship.

Explore Nursing Associate FdSc

Option 3

Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship

(Part 2 only) – 19 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)

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.