Northumbria University Newcastle - Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship - Nursing Science/ Registered Nurse (Adult) BSc (Hons)

Northumbria University Newcastle

Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship - Nursing Science/ Registered Nurse (Adult) BSc (Hons)

Our Registered Nurse (Adult) Degree Apprenticeship is designed for those wishing to enhance their prospects through a work-based learning programme.This 18-month full-time route sees apprentices join our Nursing Science (Adult) BSc programme partway through year two to complete the remaining year two and three modules.

Through a concept-based curriculum where learning will reflect real-life experiences, apprentices will be introduced to the key concepts of nursing, which are supported by the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) ‘Future Nurse’ standards. The programme will prepare apprentices to become a Registered Nurse who is capable to prioritise people, practice effectively and promote professionalism.Studying within the requirements of the new NMC standards means that apprentices will have the ability to demonstrate critical thinking skills in relation to complex healthcare issues and the health and wellbeing of adult patients.

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry

For applications to the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship (RNDA) route please apply direct to the placement provider and a joint process between the university and the placement provider will be used to shortlist the candidates to be interviewed.

Applicants should use the personal statement/supporting information on their application to illustrate their abilities, aptitudes, skills, qualifications and experiences, which might be taken into account as well as or instead of any of the formal qualifications listed below. 

Entry Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected, including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C, or University recognised equivalent. 

If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

  • Foundation Degree in a health-related subject (Assistant Practitioners preferred), and
  • Evidence of 500 hours of practice experience of healthcare work relevant to adult nursing, along with a successful RPL application for 120 credits (level 4) and 60 credits (level 5)

Additional Requirements:

A suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and a satisfactory health check are required. You must meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council's suitability for registration requirements.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page

English Language Requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 7.0 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

The programme will run for 18 months and delivery will include a minimum of 20% time away from the workplace developing theory to relate to practice. Apprentices will be allocated blocks of placements, which will include allocated study time, either experiencing face-to-face teaching or undertaking self-directed study working on online learning materials.

In the workplace, apprentices will be supported by a mentor and colleagues. Both apprentice and their line manager will be supported by Northumbria University throughout the programme, including access to online support materials for line managers. Apprentices will also meet with their manager/mentor and individual professional development coach in the workplace at least four times each year.

During the programme, many assessments are work-based and aligned to the context and activity of the organisation, leading to increased organisational understanding and performance by the apprentice whilst ensuring they develop new skills and enhance productivity and performance. To complete the programme, the apprentice will have to demonstrate that they have obtained the relevant skills, knowledge and behaviour required during their workplace training.

Course Details

Our concept-based approach allows apprentices to build the complexity of their understanding gradually throughout their studies. Apprentices will be introduced to the key concepts of nursing, which have been structured around the seven platforms of the NMC (2018) standards. It will encourage questions and critical thinking, establishing a healthy learning habit that will last throughout their career. Topics covered over the 18 months programme will include:

  • Clinical skills for complex care
  • Developing shared decision making in Adult Nursing
  • Leadership, quality and teamwork
  • Leading and improving safety and care quality
  • Advancing nursing skills

Year 1

Practice Module 2: Developing Shared Decision Making (40 Credits)
Perspectives of Complex Care in Adult Nursing (20 Credits)
Nursing Skills 4: Enhancing Clinical Skills for Complex Care (20 Credits)

Year 2

Practice Module (3) Leadership, Quality and Team Work (40 Credits)
Transition to an Accountable Practitioner in Adult Nursing (40 Credits)
Nursing Skills 5: Leading and Improving Safety and Care Quality (20 Credits)
Nursing Skills 6: Advancing Nursing Skills (20 Credits)

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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