Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship

What is a Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship?

The Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship (RNDA) is a 4 year course where you will be employed by a host organisation and study towards BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult, Child or Mental Health) and achieving the status of registered nurse.

Through the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship you will become capable and competent in meeting the key care needs of all patient groups. You will appreciate each field of nursing practice and develop exceptional skills so you can meet the co-existing nursing and healthcare needs of service users. As you will learn whilst gaining hands-on experience you will be able to put your studies into practice immediately. You will see how your skills translate into the workplace, benefitting the service users, their families and your colleagues

You'll have the opportunity to work as part of a multidisciplinary team in a variety of settings, developing your knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver safe, kind and compassionate care for our patients.

'The nursing apprenticeship with BPP has been enlightening.

Training to be a nurse, whilst working on the front line and earning a salary is something student nurses could only dream of.

This pathway has opened many doors for my nursing career and is a route I would encourage anyone to take'

Ellen Eyers

Nursing Degree Apprentice

October 18 Cohort

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As a Registered Nurse Degree Apprentice you will receive:

  • ·An annual salary so you can ‘earn as you learn'

  • University fees paid for by your employing organisation

  • Paid travel to university from your employing organisation while you attend your study

  • A permanent job and support to achieve your Registered Nursing Associate qualification

  • Support while you study from the University, your place of work and our excellent Practice Education Facilitators

  • Opportunities for career progression to Band 6, 7 and above once qualified

  • A range of employee and student benefits and access to all elements of University

The steps you will take

Step One
You will submit an expression of interest to your current line manager. Applications with be shortlisted and matched with a local NHS organisation.
Step Two
You will be invited to a joint interview with the Trust and University as part of the selection process
Step Three
You will begin full time employment with a Trust and part-time study with BPP School of Nursing where you will undertake a Registered Nurse Degree apprenticeship for 48 months. You will spend 3 days per week learning theory or practical skills, the remaining 2 days per week will be spent in your host Trust
Step Four
You will then complete the Apprenticeship End Point Assessment to register as a Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

How to Apply?

Internal applications

You will need to express your interest to your current line manager who will be able to put you forward for the next cohort.

External applications

The Apprenticeship runs twice each year (August and February) and when open for expressions of interest you will find the form on this webpage. if we do not have any current vacancies we will hold your details until the next intake. You can also follow us on social media to hear our latest news.

To apply for the current Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship with one of our health or social care organisations you will need to be employed in a role such as a healthcare support worker or care assistant so that you can gain crucial experience in a health or social care setting. If you are currently not employed in one of the above organisations you can still apply for a job as a health care support worker or similar which will get you started on your journey to becoming a Registered Nurse. See which roles are available and find out how to apply here. You may also want to look for voluntary opportunities to help you gain a greater understanding of health and social care and support your future applications.

Further information

On completion, you will become a professionally flexible, responsible, self aware nursing graduate with care and compassion complemented by the ability to think quickly and critically.

There will also be opportunities for you to take a lead in healthcare developments through your commitment and outstanding communication skills. Typical job roles for individuals studying this programme include Staff Nurse, Sister/Charge Nurse and Clinical Educator.

What will you learn?

• How to work in a range of care settings

• Working effectively within a multidisciplinary team

• Complex care needs

• Assessment, planning, implementation and evaluating care

• Medicines management

• Effective communication in a range of situations

 We understand that before making the decision to apply it is important to do your homework – to get a ‘feel’ for the job, the organisation you’re thinking of joining and to decide “is this really for me?”. You can research this role in more detail here.

Desired skills


  • Able to demonstrate care and compassion

  • Able to follow written instructions

  • Able to follow verbal instructions

  • Demonstrates an understands his/her own role in delivering care to meet patient needs

  • Good basic IT skill

  • Flexibility

  • Motivation to learn in varying situations

  • Willingness to develop personal skills to enhance the role

  • Committed to achieve the apprenticeship pathway to Registration


  • Experience of working in a health and care setting

  • Understands the importance of confidentiality and demonstrates a knowledge of how it can be maintained

  • Understanding of current health and care topical issues

Personal qualities

  • Demonstrates behaviours which are friendly, caring and compassionate

  • Understands the importance of commitment, values and behaviours

Desired qualifications

To begin your training as a Student Nurse, you’ll need GCSEs grade 9 to 4 (A to C) or equivalent in Maths and English, or Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English. You will also need to demonstrate your ability to study to level 5 foundation degree level. As part of your application we like to see if you have already completed a care certificate or have any other relevant care experience in the paid or voluntary sector.

If you do not have the right qualifications, you will be asked to sit a numeracy and literacy assessment as part of the recruitment process. We recommend that you prepare for this assessment and, if you are employed, ask your employer to support you with this. Most education providers will request that you then achieve a level 2 literacy and numeracy qualification before you start the programme.

If you need to undertake a course to help you meet the Maths and English standards, your employing organisation should either ask your employer for help with finding a course or contact your local further education college

PROGRESSION2 or HAFLS, both offer courses where applicants don’t have the desired maths and English at level 2. Functional Skills training and examination is free to any learner who does not hold maths and/or English GCSE at C or above (or equivalent).

This is not a 9 to 5 job. You will work across various care settings who can provide a 24/7 service. Staff works to meet the needs of our patients, so are expected to work a variety of shift patterns including days, nights, weekends and public/bank holidays. You may be expected to work long days, short days or a combination of the two.

It is important that you understand you may be required to work on a rota, doing shifts that may include days, nights and weekends.  This ensures you learn how to provide care as our patients’ needs change across a normal day.

  •  programme of 48 months duration

  • working as a Student Nurse for 12.5 hours per week and as a university student for 25 hours per week

  • expectation of additional study in your own time

Student Nurses work in a wide variety of different settings, providing care for Adults or Children with physical, mental, cognitive and behavioural care needs, those living with dementia, Learning Disabilities, the elderly and for people at the end of their life. They care for people in their own home, in the community or hospital or in any health care setting.

 If you’re on an apprenticeship, you’ll be employed in a health or social care setting such as a Acute or mental health hospital, GP practice, care home, hospice or community-based service. You’ll also gain experience in other health and care settings and situations by travelling to different placements and working a mix of shifts.

What are my future prospects when I become a Registered Nurse after I finish my training?

On completion of your apprenticeship pathway you will be able to:

·         Register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Nurse

·         Retain a permanent Band 5 or equivalent position at your employing organisation

You will be required to complete a Nurse Preceptorship programme to consolidate your skills, knowledge and behaviours before accessing future developmental opportunities. 

You will will gain a Bachelor of Science (BSc) nursing degree at the end of your training.

You will spend 3 day per week in academic learning in the classroom (1 day at university or local clinical laboratory, 2 days Virtual Learning) and the rest of the time learning in practice at your host Trust.

You can find out more by visiting BPP's (our education provider) website here.

The presentation and fact sheet below give additional information about the registered nurse degree apprenticeship.

Registered nurse degree apprenticeship presentation

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