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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.

You can now engage and employ both new and existing staff as apprentices on one of two Standards: Assistant Nurse Practitioner 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 routes available:

Diagram displaying three routes into nursing - via FdSc Assistant Practitioner course, BSc (Hons) Nursing Top-Up or BSc (Hons) Nursing

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Route 1: Assistant Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship

This route is ideal for providing current Band2/3 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.

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Route 2: Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship

The Nursing Associate is a new role in the nursing workforce, supporting registered nurses in 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 endpoint assessment, apprentices can opt to top-up their studies and join the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship (see route 3, below).

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Route 3: Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship 

Ideal for those who are commencing their career in healthcare, and for you to ‘grow your own’.

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Staff who have successfully completed a Level 5 qualification in nursing (or a related subject) 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, apprentices will be able to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council for their specialist area of practice.

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