Registered nursing degree apprenticeships

BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing and BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

Our registered nursing degree apprenticeships (RNDA) in Adult Nursing and Mental Health Nursing allows you to be employed and receiving a full wage while studying. The apprenticeships are recognised by the new Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses (May 2018). These standards set out the knowledge and skills that you, as the next generation of nurses will learn, to enable you to deliver world class nursing care across a variety of health settings. On successful completion of this course you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) degree qualification and be able to apply for professional registration with the NMC.

Applications must be made via an employer – therefore prospective apprentices should either be employed in a healthcare role and have the support of their employer, or have made an application to a healthcare provider’s apprenticeship vacancy. For those who are not eligible for nursing through the degree apprenticeships route, please take a look at our BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing and BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing courses as an alternative.

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Key information

Next start date:

September 2023, September 2024


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus


3.5 years full time, including time split over attendance at University, protected learning time on placement, time working as an employee, and the End Point Assessment (EPA) in the final three months.


Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC)

Entry requirements:

For September 2023 entry: 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2023 entry: If English is not your first language you will need IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 7.0 in all other components. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

These registered nursing degree apprenticeship (RNDA) courses are designed to help you meet the nursing needs of patients, delivering health and care of the highest quality based on best evidence, in a safe and appropriate environment. 

Located within the Department of Nursing Science, the apprenticeship courses are part of the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences Nursing Framework, which also offers BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing and BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing courses. We have developed these RNDAs as part of a co-ordinated suite of nursing courses to enhance student learning and prepare you for practice. Our approach to interprofessional education means that throughout the course students will take part in shared workshops, lectures and learning events with other students on health related courses.

You will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the units. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators and technicians. You will also benefit from regular guest lecturer from local healthcare services and workshops run by service users (patients and carers) who are part of the teaching team.

Contact hours and assessment

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specifications.

You will complete the listed units for each learning level detailed in this section, but they will be extended across 4 years.

Download the BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing (Apprenticeship) Programme Specification Download the BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing (Apprenticeship) Programme Specification


You will work in a range of placements which ensure you have a rounded experience of the patient journey and the different care settings in order to meet NMC requirements. This means all students will experience placements in the community, in care homes, in GP practices, in the Private sector as well as within NHS hospitals wards and departments.

Normally, during the first half of the course you will continue to work in your employed area with a balance of protected learning time as well as usual employed work. Through the course you will be provided with additional placements in areas which are required by the NMC standards. These include; for adult nursing: Community, Medicine, Surgery, Elderly care and learning experiences in Paediatrics, Maternity Care and Mental Health and Psychiatry, and for Mental Health Nursing: student have placements caring for individuals with mental health problems in community and hospital settings, in order to develop the full range of skills required to enter mental health nursing.

Find out more about health and social care placements

Your application

Applications to the registered nursing degree apprenticeships must be made via an employer and no applications can be made via UCAS. You must have employment with the sponsoring organisation.

Entry requirements


On successful completion of the course you will be able to register with the NMC as a registered nurse practitioner.

Costs and fees

Tuition fees are paid by your employer through the apprenticeship levy.

Please note, apprentices are not eligible for the Student Finance England tuition fee loan and maintenance loans. 

Information for employers

If you are interested in offering this apprenticeship, either by hiring a new apprentice or training a current employee, please contact: 

Employer apprenticeship information

Our staff

Course changes

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