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Routes to nursing


Attract new staff or develop existing employees with our nursing degree apprenticeships. With three flexible study options on offer, apprentices can study while they work - and immediately put their learning into action. It's an ideal way to develop the dynamic healthcare workforce you need.

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You can now engage and employ both new and existing staff as apprentices on one of three Standards: Assistant Practitioner (Nursing), Nursing Associate, or Registered Nurse.

In response to the increasing and changing healthcare needs of the UK population, and the specific needs of our healthcare partners, Anglia Ruskin University was the first UK higher education institute to offer flexible routes to attract and develop new nursing staff, using the new Apprenticeship Levy.

We're the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England. So you’ll be in safe hands.

We are excited about the opportunities that the Apprenticeship Levy brings for staff progression and development, to meet the ever-growing demands for the services we offer
Deborah Brown
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
The university has well established and effective working relationships with HEEoE, partner NHS trusts and placement providers at both a strategic and an operational level
Nursing and Midwifery Council
2016-17 Monitoring Review

Explore your options

There are three options available:

Stage One: Route 1 - Assistant Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship

This route is ideal for providing current Band 2/3 healthcare assistants the opportunity to develop their careers, especially if they are new to higher education or would like to make a fuller contribution to the nursing team.

This course is currently under review and all course details are subject to approval.

Stage One: Route 2 - Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship

The Nursing Associate is a new NMC-registrable role in the nursing workforce, supporting registered nurses in all Nursing fields within primary, secondary, community and social care. Nursing associates help to plan, coordinate and deliver care, and work to a nationally-recognised Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) code of conduct.

On successful completion of the course and the End Point assessment, and a bridging module to equip them with the required specialist knowledge to prepare for a career as an Adult, Child or Mental Health Nurse, apprentices can opt to top-up to a full Bachelor’s degree by joining the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship (see Stage Two, below). 

Stage Two: Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship

Staff who have successfully completed a Level 5 qualification in nursing (or a related subject) can apply to join the Degree Apprenticeship with up to 180 credits of Accredited Prior Learning (APL).

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Adult Nursing Degree Apprenticeship BSc (Hons)

Child Nursing Degree Apprenticeship BSc (Hons)

Mental Health Nursing Degree Apprenticeship BSc (Hons)

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