Student nurse on a mock hospital ward

Routes to nursing via apprenticeships


If you’ve decided to train as an Assistant Practitioner, Nursing Associate or a Registered Nurse, 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

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).

For more details visit

Adult Nursing Degree Apprenticeship BSc (Hons)

Child Nursing Degree Apprenticeship BSc (Hons)

Mental Health Nursing Degree Apprenticeship BSc (Hons)