Student nurse on a mock hospital ward

Routes to nursing via apprenticeships


If you’ve decided to train as a nurse or an assistant nurse practitioner, apprenticeships offer a new, flexible ‘learn as you earn’ way to fulfill your career aspirations. Study with Anglia Ruskin, one of the Nursing Times' top ten UK universities for nursing.

Apprenticeships blend part-time academic study with workplace learning and practice. They're funded jointly by the Government and your employer.

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

Our experience and focus on providing combined learning support between your academic tutors, mentors and coaches, and your employer, are central to your apprenticeship enjoyment and success.

Academic staff 'are committed to providing students with well-developed and supported learning experiences'
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
2016-17 monitoring review
Developing my skills and learning further with the apprenticeship has made me love my job even more. The support from Anglia Ruskin team has been great; nothing has been too much for them.
Rosie McAvoy
FdSc Assistant Practitioner

Apprenticeships blend part-time academic study with workplace learning and practice. They're funded jointly by the Government and your employer.

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

Our experience and focus on providing combined learning support between your academic tutors, mentors and coaches, and your employer, are central to your apprenticeship enjoyment and success.

Explore your options

There are three options available to suit your current level of experience, qualifications and career aspirations.

Routes to Nursing Careers via Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

Stage One: Route 1 - Assistant Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship

This route is ideal for healthcare assistants and support workers who are new to higher education, or for those who would like to become more useful to their nursing team.

On successful completion of the course and the End Point Assessment, you can opt to top-up to a full Bachelor’s degree by joining the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship Top-Up (see Stage Two, below).

Stage One: Route 2 - Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship

The Nursing Associate is a new MNC-registrable role in the nursing workforce, supporting registered nurses in primary, secondary, community and social care. Nursing associates help to plan, coordinate and deliver care across a range of areas, 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, you can opt to top-up to a full Bachelor’s degree by joining the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship Top-Up (see Stage Two, below).

Find out from nursing associates what this diverse role is like by watching the Nursing and Midwifery Council's video

Stage Two - Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship Top-Up

If you have successfully completed a Level 5 qualification in nursing (or a related subject), you can apply to top-up to a Level 6 qualification and join the Degree Apprenticeship with up to 180 credits of Accredited Prior Learning (APL).

On successful completion of the course and the Endpoint Assessment, you will be able to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council for your specialist area of practice.

Download our degree apprenticeship leaflet

Download the course overview