Nursing (Adult) Degree Apprenticeship BSc (Hons)

The degree is accredited by University College Birmingham.

This degree is subject to validation and approval.

This course is for 2020 entry.

Overview (NV)

Nursing (Adult) Degree Apprenticeship BSc (Hons)

Course length
4 years


If you are working as a healthcare support worker, but want to become a registered nurse without having to leave your employer, this degree apprenticeship is perfect for you.

The flexible, work-based Adult Nursing Degree Apprenticeship supports employers to develop their healthcare support workers (HCSWs) and nursing associates (NAs) towards registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

You will train to become a registered nurse (adult) as an apprentice, being released by your employer to study part-time at UCB and undertake placements in a range of practice placement settings. Because an apprentice studies and gains new knowledge and skills alongside work, you will put these into practice immediately for the benefit of service users.

The course is designed to enable you to deliver and lead on safe, effective and compassionate care and support for adults with a range of acute and long-term conditions. It will also give you understanding of coordinating care for complex health needs, as well as in relation to public health, policies and legislation.

The excellent facilities you will use during the off-the-job part of your training include UCB’s purpose-built Health Hub, complete with simulation hospital ward, at the new Moss House building. 

Ultimately, this degree apprenticeship will ensure you are educated to today’s gold standard of nursing and are equipped with the right skills, knowledge and experience in line with ‘Future Nurse, Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses’ (NMC 2018). UCB is working towards accreditation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council so you will be able to apply for Registered Nurse Status on completion.

Course fees are supported by the employer and apprenticeship funding. Apprentices will be employed full-time for the duration of the programme, which cannot be studied without recognised employment as an apprentice.

UCB is working towards accreditation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council so you will be able to apply for Registered Nurse Status on completion.

Who is it suitable for?

If you are already working in health and social care as a healthcare support worker and want to register as a nurse, but don’t want to leave your employment, then the degree apprenticeship is perfect for you.

Why should I choose this course?

  • Excellent facilities – our purpose-built Health Hub at UCB’s new Moss House building, a specialist learning environment that closely replicates real-life primary and secondary care settings, ensuring nursing students receive essential skills training and experience before entering the workplace. The Health Hub includes: 
    • Six-bed hospital ward with simulation manikins, integrated filming and audio equipment for training and student assessment purposes
    • Community care environment
    • Clinical skills teaching room
    • Classrooms for up to 50 students each and 100-seat lecture theatre
    • Break-out spaces and semi-formal meeting areas where students and staff can discuss assignments and projects 
  • Clinical skills are taught by skills educators and clinical experts from practice.
  • Our Adult Nursing Degree Apprenticeship will prepare you to care for adults of all ages with acute or long-term illness as our work placements take place in a diverse range of healthcare environments.
  • University College Birmingham has a long established history of successfully delivering apprenticeships from L2-6 in health and social care.
  • You will be taught in small groups, with excellent support from lecturing staff, academic assessors and personal tutors throughout your degree apprenticeship..
  • This exciting degree apprenticeship is modern and innovative, and mapped to the Apprenticeship standard, which covers the new NMC Standards for Proficiency and Annexes A & B for registered nurses (May 2018).
  • Excellent career progression opportunities.

The degree apprenticeship aims to develop nurses who will:

  • Demonstrate Fitness for Practise and accountability, acting in a professional manner while adhering to NHS core values.
  • Become caring, compassionate and competent practitioners who have the knowledge, skills and behaviours to deliver high-quality person-centred care to service users and their families and carers across a range of health and social care settings.
  • Be able to practise, lead and manage as a registered nurse as part of a multidisciplinary team, using leadership skills for effective decision making and be responsive and adaptable in the ever changing health and social care working environment.

Course Content

The aim of the degree apprenticeship is not just to train individuals for effective and efficient performance, but to prepare them as professionals to undertake a variety of roles and contexts across health and social care.

Teaching and Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment 

Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers, including registered nurses with up-to-date clinical experience.

Students are supervised in placements by Practice Supervisors who will be registered health and social care professionals and assessed by Practice Assessors, who will be registered nurses.

A range of strategies will be used to facilitate learning for students including:

  • Practical skills sessions in the Health Hub
  • Placement learning opportunities
  • E-learning - Canvas is UCB’s e-learning platform providing 24-hour access to learning and support material
  • Small group teaching and  discussion groups
  • Seminars and lectures
  • Self-directed study
  • Action learning sets and peer mentoring schemes

There is a strong focus on the vocational nature of this course. Students are assessed 50% in practice and simulation (minimum of 2,300 hours) through the completion of a Practice Assessment Document and OSCEs (Observed Structured Clinical Examinations).  

The 50% theory (minimum of 2,300 hours) is assessed using a variety of modes of assessment, including written assignments, presentations, examinations, professional discussions and a portfolio of evidence.

The four-year degree apprenticeship programme consists of three parts and you will be expected to demonstrate achievement of set competencies and outcomes at the end of each part to enable progression to the next part or to complete the programme. 

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020

End-point assessment

There is a three-month period at the end of Part 3, when UCB and employing organisations work together to prepare the students for an end-point assessment with an independent end-point assessment organisation.

This assessment will consist of:

  • Demonstration of Practice
  • Open Book Examination 

Both components are graded at pass/merit/distinction.


You will be placed in several different learning environments within clinical and community settings during the 4-year programme, which will be mapped around your work and academic studies. Some placements will be 1 day per week over several weeks, others for a week or a longer block.

These will vary in length across the course, some being a week’s experience to a longer block placement of 8-10 weeks. 

Nurses don’t just work on hospital wards and each different place of work will have its own routine. You may work in a GP surgery or visit patients in their own homes or have a placement in a care home or hospice, but the principles of the care you offer and the attitude you show should be the same. 

An integral part of the course is to participate in care delivered over 24 hours and seven days per week. Therefore, you will be expected to adopt the various shift patterns governed by your placement area. Each shift as a student nurse is an opportunity to learn something new and grow and develop into your role. 

Some placements may be some distance from your home to enable you to experience the different health and social care settings available to show you the sheer breadth of opportunities available. Placement allocation will be discussed during your interview day. 

If you are looking for further work experience opportunities, our highly-experienced hired@UCB team has a diverse mix of advisors with experience in a wide variety of areas, including early years, education, learning disability, special education, child protection, community service development and management. 

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

A-level: Grade profile of BBC

BTEC: Grade profile of DMM, which can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications

Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points will be required

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 112 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction


  • GCSE/IGCSE English language and maths grades A*-C/9-4 or equivalent
  • GCSE/IGCSE biology or human biology grade A*-C/9-4 or equivalent*
    • *Pass in a biology-focused module (e.g. anatomy and physiology, human biology), as part of a relevant Level 3 qualification is regarded as an equivalent for entrance 

If your total predicted/achieved points do not meet those outlined above, you may wish to apply for our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) course and UCB may be able to assist you attain any entry criteria you don’t have.

Additional requirements for entry

You must be a minimum of 18-years-old and working for at least 30 hours per week in an appropriate role.

You must also complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. UCB will coordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.

Progression from other courses

  • Students who have achieved the Nursing Associate Foundation Degree (FdSc, 240 credits) will have the option of progressing onto year 3 of the degree apprenticeship
  • The Adult Nursing Degree Apprenticeship also provides a suitable progression route for those wishing to progress from assistant practitioner roles with a diploma qualification (120 credits) and enter into year 2 of the degree apprenticeship

EU/International students

Academic entry requirements: Please visit our Country Specific Information page.

English Requirements: Overall score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each component.

Modules (NV)


Part 1 (15 months)

Module 1 – Science for Nursing (30 credits) Module 2 – Nursing in Context (30 credits) Module 3 – Foundations of Adult Nursing (30 credits) Adult Nursing Practice Module – Part 1 (30 credits)

Part 2 (15 months)

Module 1 – Person-Centred Care (30 credits) Module 2 – Care of the Acutely Ill Adult (30 credits) Module 3 – Long- Term Conditions (30 credits) Adult Nursing Practice Module- Part 2 (30 credits)

Part 3 (15 months) leading to end-point assessment (EPA)

Module 1 – Evidence Based Practice (30 credits) Module 2 – Complex Care in Adult Nursing (30 credits) Module 3 – Transition to Professional Practice in Adult Nursing (30 credits) Adult Nursing Practice Module- Part 3 (30 credits)
  Please note
The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated, the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2020/21. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.


What's next? (NV)

What’s next?

If you want to become an apprentice and do not have a job, UCB will work with you to find a suitable paid placement. If you are in work and want to take an apprenticeship qualification, we can advise on what you need to do.

For more information, please contact the Apprenticeships team:

By telephone: 0121 232 4091 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)  

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