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Degree Apprenticeship

Registered Nurse

Upon completion of this innovative apprenticeship programme, learners gain a BSc (Hons) degree from University of Gloucestershire and will be able to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse.

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About the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship

This degree apprenticeship is playing a key role in the development of the multi-disciplinary workforce that is needed to respond to future healthcare needs.

Throughout this programme, degree apprentices are required to apply their learning in the workplace, meaning they have an immediate impact on care for patients.

Delivered through a blended approach that consists of a 50 / 50 split between theory and practice, Level 4 begins with a six week introductory block where learners are based at university full-time. For the remainder of the course, blocks of teaching are interspersed with a mix of ‘home’ and ‘away’ placements – the former take place in the apprentice’s place of work, while the latter are with host organisations. This approach enables learners to gain experience in a variety of healthcare settings, including acute, primary, independent and private care.

Towards the end of Year 3, learners return to their place of work full-time for one year to put their studies into practice. They then return to university for a short period of further study and assessment in order to complete the taught programme.

As no two learners are the same, assessment is through a range of methods including essays, projects, presentations, portfolios and exams, as well as through the demonstration of clinical competence.

Note that we also offer this programme as a two-year top-up for learners who have completed the Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship.

As well as offering Adult Nursing, we offer pathways of for apprentices in Mental Health and Learning Disability roles.

What are Degree Apprenticeships?

Degree apprenticeships are a fantastic way to upskill employees and train new staff. They contribute to improved competitiveness and productivity, as well as increased staff retention.

Degree apprentices study for higher level qualifications alongside working. As such, they spend at least 6 working hours each week carrying out ‘off-the-job training’ where they study for their degree and gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours that are required to successfully complete the apprenticeship.

Large employers can use their apprenticeships levy to pay for apprenticeship training. Smaller firms can claim up to 95 per cent of these costs from the Government. This means apprenticeships are a cost-effective choice for both the employer and learner.

Helen Giles

Meet the lecturer

Helen Giles, Programme lead

Helen qualified as a registered nurse (Adult) in 1998, graduating from Middlesex University.

She started her career in surgical nursing at North Middlesex Hospital. She then moved to Gloucestershire Hospitals’ NHS Foundation Trust, specialising in diabetes care, an area she is passionate about. She spent 16 years working in this field and during this time her team won a national award for an insulin safety initiative. She also achieved a Master’s degree from Warwick University in Diabetes Care.

Helen’s other roles for Gloucestershire Hospitals’ NHS Foundation Trust include being part of the Safeguarding Adults team alongside being the Trust’s Non-medical Prescribing Lead. She was also a Matron within the medical division.

Helen sees teaching as being about sharing her knowledge and encouraging innovative thinking to support learners in becoming flexible and resilient practitioners. She enjoys working with students and always strives to ensure they have the best possible learning experience.


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Employer and learner support

Learners have a personal tutor throughout their apprenticeship, as well as a learner coach who conducts reviews and supports them towards successful completion. They are also supported by module tutors and our Helpzone staff, who are contactable by telephone, in person and online.

Employers are able to access our dedicated apprenticeship support team, who are here to ensure that businesses get the best from both the learner and the programme.

Learner benefits

All apprentices have access to:
· experienced professionals, who are experts in their field
· state-of-the-art facilities
· all university libraries and IT and facilities
· discounted travel with Stagecoach across the South West network
· an NUS card offering great discounts at restaurants and high street stores
· a vibrant social scene complete with bars, sports clubs, gyms and leisure facilities

View our apprenticeships FAQ guide and discover answers to the most commonly asked questions about higher and degree apprenticeships.

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