Work-based undergraduate (20 months)
September 2018, January 2019
Our higher apprenticeship is ideal if you're a healthcare assistant who wants to develop your skills and play a fuller role in your nursing team. On successful completion of the course, you can opt to study for a full honours degree - and ultimately, become a registered nurse.
Prepare yourself to be a responsive, innovative health care practitioner, who's able to deliver safe, effective and person-centred nursing care in partnership with service users, their families, carers and other professionals and organisations.
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You can choose to specialise in adult, child or mental health nursing – all richly rewarding fields of work. But you'll start by exploring the fundamentals of health care; developing skills in inter-professional team working; and taking a collaborative approach to your work – recognising patients as partners in their care. You'll also develop valuable skills such as critical thinking, digital literacy and problem solving.
Over the course of two years, you'll study modules that develop your understanding of the field of nursing; and how you can apply reflective practice and evidence-based practice in your everyday work. Together, we'll explore how you can act with integrity, adhere to NHS and professional values; and practise competently - applying research findings in practice, and taking account of contemporary health and social care policies, guidelines and legislation (international, national and local).
Throughout the course, we'll encourage you to take control of your own learning – developing your knowledge base and presentation skills in a variety of ways, including portfolios, e-learning, online materials and student-led seminars.
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On successful completion of this course and the endpoint assessment, you'll be ready to work as an assistant practitioner to a nursing team. You can also opt to join our Nursing degree apprenticeship, and train to become a registered nurse.
In addition to assessments for each module, all students undertake an endpoint assessment to complete this course.
The endpoint assessment takes place during the final three months of the course and includes the following components:
These elements are carried out by independent assessors who will be identified from the register of assessors (RoAAO). Time will be allocated to guide you through the process.
This assesses the following knowledge components of the apprenticeship standard:
You must be able to:
You'll complete a journal in the three months leading up to the endpoint assessment. It's a chance to reflect on the development of the following components from the apprenticeship standard:
Your reflective journal must also include evidence of the values and behaviours being applied in the context of case management and supervision and teaching.
The final interview takes the form of a professional discussion, to let you further showcase your knowledge, skills and behaviours.
The assessor will select the areas they wish to explore with you after viewing your responses to the multiple choice and short answer test, your reflective journal and the outcome of the observation of practice.
Applicants will be either experienced Health Care Assistants or similar who are substantively contracted to work for a minimum of 30 hours per week and are supported by their employer to undertake the course.
Applicants will need:
Students without the above qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and may be asked to demonstrate literacy by writing a short essay.
Applications will be via a joint process with ARU and the employer. All shortlisted applicants will be interviewed.
*Applicants with experience of health care will be considered on an individual basis for accreditation of prior learning (APL)/prior experiential learning (APEL).
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