BSc Nursing Apprenticeship

Introduction to the Apprenticeship

Nurses perform a vital role in 21st Century healthcare, in both primary and secondary care settings, restoring and promoting health, supporting patients and their families, and profiling healthcare needs of communities.

The University of Lincoln recognises the challenges facing current and future healthcare and nursing practice, offering three distinct nursing programmes specialising in adult, child, and mental health.

Our professionally-accredited programmes enable students to become registered nurses with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The programmes aim to prepare students to become fit for practice in accordance with the NMC’s Standards for Pre-registration Nursing Education and to be eligible to register as a qualified nurse. Students are encouraged to become confident, critically analytical advocates of excellence in nursing practice within their respective specialisms.

The School of Health and Social Care works with employers to provide employees with the opportunity to study for an undergraduate BSc (Hons) Nursing degree through an apprenticeship route, funded by the Government and your employer.

Benefits to Employers

The programme is suitable for new and existing healthcare staff who are responsible for delivering care and who have the potential to take on greater challenges and responsibility as a Registered Nurse.

 The programme aims to enable employers to:

  • Select, train and develop their workforce according to an employer-defined standard
  • Work in partnership with an educational provider with extensive experience in working with employers to deliver a flexible, practice-based qualifying social work degree
  • Increase staff retention by offering career progression
  • Maximise the apprenticeship levy and embed apprenticeships in workforce planning and service transformation.

How You Study

3 year programme (Full time)

Our nursing courses are offered over three academic years, consisting of 45 weeks of study per year. They utilise a range of teaching and learning styles. Students spend half of their time studying at the University and the other half gaining practical experience in nursing.

The theoretical and clinical elements of the course are centred on the NHS values of working together for patients; respect and dignity; commitment to quality care; compassion; improving lives; and everyone counts.

As a full time nursing apprenticeship student you will remain 100% supernumerary during both the theoretical and practical parts of the programme. You will remain employed by your organisation for the period of the programme and spend around 25% of the programme working within your organisation on clinical placement as a Nursing Apprenticeship Student. The remaining time will be spent in completing theory at University or gaining exposure to the four fields of nursing on clinical placement within our placements allocation in and around Lincolnshire.

First-year modules aim to provide the core foundation skills for adult, child, or mental health nursing, with a focus on the acquisition of knowledge and understanding of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and social sciences. This is built upon in the second year, where students can develop professional skills and apply ethical principles to rational decision-making.

During the final year of the degree, students are able to explore the theory behind leading and managing complex nursing care, and consider the theory and practice of innovative and transformational change in preparation for their final project.

18 month pathway (Full time)

The University also offers an 18 month pathway onto the BSc Nursing (Registered Nurse - Adult/Child/Mental Health) programmes which enables Accredited Prior Learning (APL) to be applied if evidence can be provided of 120 credit (Level 4) and 60 credits (Level 5), along with evidence of 1,150 practice hours.

 

3 Year Programme

Year One:

Fundamental nursing care (Core)

Nursing and the interprofessional team (Core)

Person-centred, holistic adult nursing care (Core)

Personal Development and Resilience (Core)

 

Year Two:

Assessing needs, planning and coordinating care (Core)

Healthcare Sciences (Core)

Promoting health and preventing ill health (Core)

Providing and evaluating care (Core)

 

Year Three:

Being an accountable professional (nursing L6) (Core)

Innovation to transformation in nursing practice (Core)

Leadership and practice education (nursing) (Core)

Leading and managing complex adult care (Core)

 

18 Month Pathway

Year One:

Person-centred, holistic adult nursing care (Core)

Assessing needs, planning and coordinating care (Core)

 

Year Two:

Being an accountable professional (nursing L6) (Core)

Innovation to transformation in nursing practice (Core)

Leadership and practice education (nursing) (Core)

Leading and managing complex adult care (Core)

 

3 Year Programme

Year One:

Fundamental nursing care (Core)

Holistic person-centred children’s nursing care (Core)

Nursing and the interprofessional team (Core)

Personal Development and Resilience (Core)

 

Year Two:

Assessing needs, planning and coordinating care (Core)

Healthcare Sciences (Core)

Promoting health and preventing ill health (Core)

Providing and evaluating care (Core)

 

Year Three:

Being an accountable professional (nursing L6) (Core)

Innovation to transformation in nursing practice (Core)

Leadership and practice education (nursing) (Core)

Leading and managing complex children’s care (Core)

 

18 Month Pathway

Year One:

Holistic person-centred children’s nursing care (Core)

Assessing needs, planning and coordinating care (Core)

 

Year Two:

Being an accountable professional (nursing L6) (Core)

Innovation to transformation in nursing practice (Core)

Leadership and practice education (nursing) (Core)

Leading and managing complex children’s care (Core)

 

3 Year Programme

Year One:

Fundamental nursing care (Core)

Holistic person-centred mental health nursing care (Core)

Nursing and the interprofessional team (Core)

Personal Development and Resilience (Core)

 

Year Two:

Assessing needs, planning and coordinating care (Core)

Healthcare Sciences (Core)

Promoting health and preventing ill health (Core)

Providing and evaluating care (Core)

 

Year Three:

Being an accountable professional (nursing L6) (Core)

Innovation to Transformation in Nursing Practice (Core)

Leadership and practice education (nursing) (Core)

Leading and managing complex mental health care (Core)

 

 

18 Month Pathway

Year One:

Holistic person-centred mental health nursing care (Core)

Assessing needs, planning and coordinating care (Core)

 

Year Two:

Being an accountable professional (nursing L6) (Core)

Innovation to Transformation in Nursing Practice (Core)

Leadership and practice education (nursing) (Core)

Leading and managing complex mental health care (Core)

 

 

Placements

Work placements are designed to prepare students to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing clinical environment, whether this be a hospital, GP surgery or community healthcare setting.

The programme operates a home/away model. You will complete two placement blocks per year. One placement per year will be with your employer and the second will be allocated by the University to gain the four fields exposure as per NMC requirements.

Support

Students are supported in their learning and development by a range of people with expertise in healthcare, including a teaching team who have extensive experience as academics and as healthcare clinicians. A range of other support includes a dedicated placement team, to support placements; service users, carers and other professionals to share their experiences and expertise; a dedicated Subject Librarian; Student Support and Wellbeing Service, for access to services and information. In addition, students are supported by: 

  • a University tutor who will act as your personal tutor ensuring consistency in academic and practice learning support throughout the programme
  • A workplace supervisor/Practice Assessor (based in the Apprentice’s host organisation), who works in conjunction with your university tutor to make decisions on practice assessment through regular tripartite meeting. They also provide learning and teaching in the workplace to support students and share information, leading to the completion of the NMC standards and IFATE standards.

Fees and Funding

Employees:

If you wish to undertake this degree you will need an employer who can support your application as the course can be funded through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy.

Employers:

LevelDurationProgrammeBand Maximum /Charge
6 3 years BSc (Hons) Nursing (Registered Nurse - Adult/Mental Health/Child) £27,000
6 18 months BSc (Hons) Nursing (Registered Nurse - Adult/Mental Health/Child) £13,500


Entry Requirements

Tariff 96 points

GCE Advanced Level CCC

International Baccalaureate: 27 points overall.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit.

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points.

Accreditations and Memberships

This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), enabling students to register as a qualified nurse upon graduation. Students are required to complete competencies for nursing in practice as part of the NMC Future Nursing: Standards framework for Nursing and Midwifery (2018).

 

Further Enquiries 

If you would like to know more please contact your employer or the Programme Leader, Caroline Dobson at: cdobson@lincoln.ac.uk