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Level 7 Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship MSc

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
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  • Start Date(s): January 2025
  • Duration: Two years
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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This course is for individuals with an undergraduate degree, are employed in a health or social care setting and wish to become a Registered Nurse. Our Level 7 Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship allows healthcare professionals with a level 6 qualification in any subject area can gain the qualifications needed to pursue a career in nursing.

Why do the apprenticeship?

Through our blended and block study learning approach, building up theoretical knowledge while putting it into practice – individuals will develop holistic, clinical and decision-making skills in line with the demands of modern nursing. Registered nurses are a statutorily regulated profession and successful completion of this apprenticeship will meet the education requirements to see registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

What are the benefits?

Employers will benefit from upskilling their current staff as registered nurses with a professional qualification and NMC status.

  • Our flexible curriculum and blended learning approach allows students to build theoretical knowledge and put it into practice on placements in healthcare settings.
  • Apprentices will study in our brand-new purpose-built Health and Allied Professions Centre on our Clifton Campus, featuring mock hospital wards, consultation and counselling rooms, creative teaching spaces, and specialist equipment.

Course accreditation

  • NMC Logo

What you’ll study

Our Level 7 Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship course gives students a robust knowledge of adult nursing practice, as well as the wider sector, both in and outside of the classroom. It is the perfect combination of theory and practice, allied to great facilities, modules built around the latest research and teachers who’ve worked for years in professional healthcare. Apprentices will develop your nursing knowledge based around:

  • A holistic view of patients’ physical and psychological needs enabling you to provide high quality, culturally competent patient centred care
  • Being innovative leaders in the field of healthcare challenging care practices and leading evidence-based decision making
  • Refining and applying clinical skills with the goal of developing clinical practice and becoming a role model
  • A high-quality practice-learning environment, with simulated exercises and activities
  • Placements in a variety of healthcare settings
  • Some fantastic opportunities for career development in practice, leadership, education and research both in the UK and internationally.

The five strands of nursing at NTU

Our course combines evidence-based healthcare knowledge with teaching that’s specific to the field of adult nursing. With this approach, we help students to develop a critical understanding of the sector, as well as the specialist skills needed as a registered adult nurse. Our course is built around five “strands”, namely:

  • Applied bio-, psycho- and social sciences
  • Clinical practice and nursing skills
  • Professional concept, philosophies and theories
  • Preparation for practice
  • Personal and professional development

Across these strands, apprentices will develop and critique the core knowledge, skills and attributes needed for a successful career in adult nursing – both in the UK and internationally.

Fundamentals in Nursing

The module introduces students to contemporary nursing values, philosophies and skills that underpin professional practice in nursing. The aim of this module is to support nurses to develop clinical and communication skills when providing care for people from diverse settings, as well as to promote self-awareness and development of professional identity.

Nursing Theory and Practice 1

The module aims to critically consider biological, social and psychological factors that impact on health. You’ll gain the skills and knowledge to assess and plan care with people from diverse backgrounds and focus on care activity in relation to health promotion.

Global Health

On this module, you’ll critically consider how global health is addressed through policy and practice development initiatives. You will be introduced to the field of global health through examining key determinants of health such as poverty, inequality, health systems, economic globalisation, conflict, migration, climate change and stigma.

Nursing Theory and Practice 2

This module aims to provide adult nursing students with the skills and knowledge to provide person-centered care to people with complex care needs. You will gain knowledge on the impact of living with co-morbidities and the impact on care delivery.

Leadership and Transition in Nursing

The aim of this module is to support students with their transition to becoming an innovative registered nurse. This module facilitates the development of effective clinical leadership through critical reflection, self-awareness and knowledge development which includes critical appraisal of leadership theory, policy and research. You’ll learn to critically consider the role of change management in ensuring safe and effective practice.

Research and Practice

This module will provide students with an opportunity to undertake an independent study on an area which is relevant to their nursing practice. The nature of independent study will be either an empirical or literature-based dissertation.

How you’re taught

The degree integrates academic and work-based learning through employment. You will be taught in three blocks per year, with five study days per week (three days at a time at university and two as guided study).

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Your time is split roughly in half between classroom-based learning and practice learning placements. You’ll have a minimum of 4,600 hours’ contact time throughout your course – how that’s divided up depends on the programme you’ve chosen, and the year of study. Whilst the hours are always subject to change, here’s some examples:

Hands-on nursing: your work experience opportunities

Placements are the foundation of our nursing courses, and a crucial part of your learning. No other experience gives you the applied, hands-on insights into modern nursing – from decision making to relationships. It’s on placement that you’ll apply the theoretical principles of holistic assessment, values-based practice, person centred care, and effective collaboration between service users, their families, and other providers. You’ll work across a variety of health and social care settings, in a wide range of public and private sector environments – all the time developing your understanding of the person’s journey and the services they access.

You’ll benefit from our reputation in the healthcare sector, and our fantastic professional links throughout nursing. The range and diversity of experiences on offer means you can properly explore the role – and in your second and third years, you’ll even get the chance to complete an practice learning placement in an alternative field. It’ll deepen your understanding of nursing and improve your job prospects even further.

In each year of the programme there will be 3 placements, in the first year, for example, you will have a placement that starts approximately 8 weeks after you start.  Each placement in the first year lasts for six weeks and in the second and third years the placement are no less than 7 weeks long.

Learn from the experts

As tomorrow’s professionals, you’ll be taught by today’s experts – people who’ve worked (and are still working) across the healthcare sector. Tutorials and personal contact time are an important part of our nursing courses, and we ensure you’re supported in both one-to-one and group-learning environments. You’ll have your own personal tutor, and a range of module leaders. As these are new courses, we’ve had the opportunity to build them from the ground up, ensuring they’re informed by the latest research and practice – and meaning that you’ll learn at the forefront of modern nursing.

Throughout the programme, we’ll give you all the support you need: from advice and feedback, to securing practice learning placements, to helping you deal with any unforeseen personal circumstances or difficulties.

Clinical and nursing skills

Your registration by the Nursing and Midwifery Council hinges on proving you’ve got the required nursing skills – the practical components of this course. You’ll develop these skills in our suites, through a range of simulated exercises that bridge the gap between the classroom and your practice placements. You’ll then keep a record of the skills you’ve acquired and contact hours you’ve completed in your ePortfolio.

How you’re assessed

The end-point assessment will take place after the two-year degree, although completion of the degree is dependent on completion of the end-point assessment.

Campus and facilities

The purpose-built Health & Allied Professions (HAP) Centre is home to our world-class teaching, practice, research and scholarship in the Institute of Health and Allied Professions (IHAP).

Entry requirements

  • An undergraduate degree at lower second-class honours or above plus
  • GCSEs – English, Maths and a Health or Science related subject grade C / 4 or Level 2 (or above).

We will consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details.

If you are working towards your GCSE English Literature or English Language, Maths and / or Health/Science subject or equivalent qualification, please ensure you mention this in your application.

For those in employment

For those already in employment, this apprenticeship provides access to development opportunities for applicants who may already have practical experience but wish to improve their theoretical understanding, want to develop their skills further, and obtain an academic qualification and professional recognition.

You'll need to be in current employment and have secured your employer's agreement to support you through the degree apprenticeship.

You will also need English and Maths qualifications:

  • GCSE Maths or international equivalent – minimum C / 4-5 or above; or
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths
  • GCSE English or international equivalent – minimum C / 4/5 or above; or
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English

Evidence will also be required of:

  • A full DBS check
  • Declaration of good health and good character
  • Attendance at an Occupational Health review

Personal statement

You will be expected to detail evidence of transferable skills that may include academic study, voluntary or work experience, and should detail this in your personal statement along with how this makes you a suitable candidate for nurse training.

You should also consider including the following information in your personal statement:

  • Evidence of professional knowledge, attitudes and behaviours
  • Evidence of communication and interpersonal skills
  • Evidence of transferable skills and practice
  • Understanding of the role of a nurse specific to the route that you are applying for i.e. Adult or Mental Health, and current nursing issues
  • Insight into the professional, regulatory and statutory aspects of nursing and current nurse training

Other requirements

You will also need to:

  • Undertake an interview with a lecturer, clinical practitioner and service user
  • Provide a satisfactory health declaration
  • Complete an enhanced-level Disclosure and Barring Service check
  • Undergo the MSc Nursing Recognition of Prior Learning process

There may also be other recommendations, such as a vaccination programme, before any placements can be undertaken.

Recognition of Prior Learning

For the MSc Nursing, 500 hours of theory and 500 hours of practice will be accredited using Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). This means that students will be required to attend for two years instead of the traditional three-year nursing course.

RPL will take the form of a reference, reflection on practice document, RPL interview and written assignment.. Prior to invitation to interview, you will be invited to complete and submit this document to the recruiting organisation.  The reference will confirm that 500 hours of work/voluntary experience where you will have used skills that are transferable to nursing*. This will need to be signed by your supervisor or line manager.

The reflection on practice document will identify twelve ‘indicators’ that are adapted from twelve Nursing and Midwifery Council proficiencies. You will need to identify eight ‘indicators’ (including a mandatory indicator on digital skills) that you believe will have been achieved through their work/voluntary experience together with details of the activities that you have engaged in to achieve them.  At interview, you will be invited to discuss and reflect on how your experience has enabled you to achieve a selection of these indicators.  This process will support RPL of achievement of the practice hours for a nursing programme.

Once you have passed your interview, you will be invited to submit a written assignment to the department.  You will select one from a choice of case studies and write a 3000 assignment in which you explore the physical, psychological and social factors that have the potential to impact on the health of the individual

Transferable skills

While we warmly welcome people who have worked in a health or social care setting, we do not restrict our definition of transferable skills to these settings.  It is likely that you will have used transferable skills if you have worked in any public facing sort of role.  You need to think about what skills you have used and how they are relevant to nursing.  You have to have used these skills in a paid or formal voluntary role, rather than with family and friends on an informal basis.

This course is not suitable for applicants who require sponsorship for a student visa.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Fees and funding

Your employer will be able to access government funding which will cover the costs of your course fees. Your employer will discuss with you regarding any extra charges such as accommodation and travel expenses prior to you signing up to the apprenticeship so that you are aware of any additional costs you may incur before you accept your apprenticeship.

For Apprenticeship fees, funding and guidance information, please see our Apprenticeships pages.

This course is not suitable for applicants who require sponsorship for a student visa.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

How to apply

For further information visit our apprenticeship pages or email us.

This course is not suitable for applicants who require sponsorship for a student visa.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.