Nursing Degree Apprenticeship

This degree apprenticeships has being designed for healthcare professionals such as healthcare assistants, trainee nursing associates or assistant practitioners wishing to progress into professional nursing.


Drawing on UWE Bristol’s long-standing links with the NHS, and private and voluntary sector providers, this training route enables you to complete your professional nurse education, while continuing in your current role.

Learners looking to take the next step in their training can benefit from this employer-funded training option, to demonstrate a greater depth of knowledge and advanced skills, confidence and competence. By the end of the course, you will be equipped to meet the specific care needs of people, working with adults, children, or those with learning difficulties or mental health needs.

Over the course of four years, students will receive education validated against the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)’s (2018) standards, including theory and practice-based learning in their chosen field of nursing.

Course details

The Nursing Degree Apprenticeship programme is mapped to the proficiencies set out by the NMC (2018).

This course is organised as a day or block-release programme.

Assessment takes the form of continuous clinical practice assessment, written assignments, case studies, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), project/portfolio work, timed examinations and presentations. In your final year, you will complete a dissertation.

Indicative content:

  • Preparation for professional practice.
  • Physiology, pharmacology and public health.
  • Complexities of health.
  • Evidenced-based pharmacology.
  • Assessment and clinical reasoning.
  • Healthcare research methods.
  • Leadership and supervision.
  • Placement learning.
  • Final project.

You’ll take part in simulation activities, lectures, group work, and directed and self-directed learning.

This course has a strong practical focus, allowing you to gain competence carrying out the hands-on tasks you’ll perform in your career. About half their time will be spent on placements.

You’ll have access to all the support and facilities you need, including our Skills Simulation Suite: an imitation ward where you’ll develop your clinical expertise in a safe, instructive environment.


You will graduate with one of the following:

BSc(Hons) Nursing (Adult)
BSc(Hons) Nursing (Children and Young People)
BSc(Hons) Nursing (Learning Disabilities), or
BSc(Hons) Nursing (Mental Health)

On successful completion of the programme, you will be able to register to practise as a professional nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Entry requirements

Prospective students require a minimum of level 2 functional skills in Maths and English, and a level 3 qualification. For further advice on entry requirements to the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship please email our Degree Apprenticeships Team at

How to apply

Prospective students may only apply for a degree apprenticeship through their employer. If you are interested in any of our degree apprenticeship programmes, speak to your employer in the first instance.

There is funding available to sponsor employees’ professional development on degree apprenticeships. We will work with your employer directly to manage your application.

Benefits for businesses

The BSc(Hons) Nursing Apprenticeship offers a new way to plan for your future workforce, and up skill your staff, by investing in their nurse education and retaining their talents in house.

As they develop, and meet, the NMC skills and proficiencies to practise, you will hold onto their expertise, with all their tuition fees being funded through the Apprenticeship Levy.

It’s a flexible and practical way to invest in your employees’ professional development, as you address any potential skills gaps in your current teams, and they are supported to make an even greater contribution to your department.

With access to the latest practice-led education, apprentices will develop as competent, well-rounded practitioners, with strong professional values, a strong identity and a strong person-centred approach.

Your organisation will also have the full support of UWE Bristol’s experienced academic community, benefitting from our strong reputation and expertise in nursing, and our extensive links with healthcare trusts and providers.

Why UWE Bristol?

UWE Bristol has an excellent reputation for its nursing courses, and the calibre of its graduates.

This apprenticeship draws on our strengths in developing sustainable, employer-led nursing programmes, enriched by the latest in best practice and clinical understanding.

Making use of interactive learning methods, technology and innovative simulation facilities, we ensure apprentices achieve the fundamental skills for their chosen practice area, but are also able to problem solve, assess, coordinate, make informed complex decisions, and lead and transform care.

With a year-long placement in years one and two, two placements in Years three and four, and off-the-job learning in different departments, apprentices spend about half the course applying their knowledge and building their professional skills in a range of settings. We have excellent links with local employers, and placements are normally split between NHS roles and positions in private or voluntary sector organisations.

Regular review meetings ensure apprentices stay on track academically and in practice, and develop as caring, competent and critically thinking nurses.

Contact the Degree Apprenticeship Team

To find out more about this apprenticeship, or the Levy and Degree Apprenticeships, please email our Degree Apprenticeships Team at or call us on +44 (0)117 328 4888.