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
The modules have been thought-provoking and stimulating and make you reflect on work practice. It changes your everyday approach to work
Simon Themba
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Explore your options

There are three routes available.

Route 1: Assistant Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship

This route is ideal for healthcare assistants 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 endpoint assessment, you can opt to top-up to a bachelors degree by joining the second half of our Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship (see route 3, below).

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, you can opt to top-up your studies and join the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship (see route 3, below).
Download the course overview

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

Route 3: Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship 

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

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 the course overview

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, you will be able to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council for your specialist area of practice.

Download the course overview