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

Northumbria University Newcastle

Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship | Nursing Science/ Registered Nurse (Child) BSc (Hons)

Our Registered Nurse (Child) 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 (Child) 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.

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 children's 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*).*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.

Career Prospects

During the apprenticeship, apprentices will develop comprehensive nursing abilities to assess, plan, implement and evaluate individualised holistic, evidence-based nursing care. The learning journey will be underpinned by developing skills and understanding the importance of evidence-based practice to enable apprentices to understand the application of research to practice.

This programme will equip apprentices to be curious, creative and collaborative in care. It will allow them compassion to thrive within an evidence-based approach and it will enable them to make a genuine impact on the health and wellbeing of babies, children, young people and their families.

Course Details

Throughout the programme, apprentices will experience a range of creative and challenging learning opportunities in different environments. This enables apprentices to grow, personally and professionally, within safe and supportive spaces.

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
  • Psychosocial approaches for children and young people
  • Leadership, quality and teamwork
  • Leading and improving safety and care quality
  • Advancing nursing skills


You may be required to purchase a fob watch and suitable footwear for use in placement if you do not already have these, which will cost approximately £80. You may also need to pay for your own travel costs, which may be approximately £800 per year depending on your placement location. You may be eligible to claim reimbursement of travel costs from the NHS Business Authority. Up to date information relating to this can be found at: If using a car to attend placement, you may also need to pay parking charges of approximately £200 per year. On completion of the programme you will be eligible to register with the Nursing Midwifery Council and the cost is approximately £120.

Year 1

Practice Module 2: Developing Shared Decision Making (40 Credits)
Nursing Skills 4: Enhancing Clinical Skills for Complex Care (20 Credits)
Perspectives of Complex Care in Children and Young People's Nursing (20 Credits)

Year 2

Practice Module (3) Leadership, Quality and Team Work (40 Credits)
Nursing Skills 5: Leading and Improving Safety and Care Quality (20 Credits)
Nursing Skills 6: Advancing Nursing Skills (20 Credits)
Theory 5:Transition to Accountable Practitioner in Children and Young People's Nursing (40 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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