In August 2020, Health Education England (HEE) announced a new funding package worth up to £172 million for employers to support recruitment and training of Registered Nurse Degree Apprentices, as part of the Government manifesto commitment to increase the number of Registered Nurses. It is anticipated that the new funding package will increase the uptake of registered nurse degree apprentices by 2000 a year, with at least 1400 additional Nursing and Midwifery Council Registered Nurses by 2025.

The funding package is exclusively for the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship (RNDA) programme, which typically runs over 3-4 years, and now includes ‘top up degrees’ for Nursing Associates and Assistant Practitioners, which takes around 2-3 years.

What is a Registered Nurse?

Registered nurses play a vital role in providing, leading and coordinating care that is compassionate, evidence-based, and person-centred.

Registered nurses work in the NHS, the independent and voluntary sector in a variety of healthcare settings including a hospital, someone’s home, in the community, social care, public health and even in secure settings such as prisons. A registered nurse interacts with a variety of service users and with an extensive range of health and care professionals and other agencies. They work with, support and facilitate the learning of a range of individuals from other health and care professions. Nurses usually work various shift patterns which enable care to be provided up to 24 hours per day, seven days per week, 365 days of the year. Registered nurses are a key part of the multidisciplinary teams that meet the integrated health and care needs of patients and service users.

Why become a Registered Nurse?

A lot of what is currently portrayed in the media and on television paints nursing and the healthcare sector in a negative light, with a focus on how nurses and healthcare providers continuously struggle, or how patients are being let down by the system; however, there are even more positives to nursing and working within healthcare.
Nursing isn’t for everyone and not everyone can be a nurse, but if this career is calling you, here’s why you should be in the most trusted profession in the UK:

1. To help others
2. To be part of an honoured profession
3. To make a difference to someone’s life
4. To work with a range of people
5. To have more opportunities
6. To have a sense of purpose in life
7. To enhance your leadership and management skills
8. To have a diverse career
9. To enhance all your skills
10. Because right now we need over 40,000 nurses

Why do an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship allows you to undertake the necessary learning and education to obtain a qualification, whilst in paid employment. This apprenticeship is fully funded, meaning there are no costs to the apprentice. Here’s why an apprenticeship is the way to go:

   Earn while you learn and receive student discounts

   Receive recognised qualifications

   Develop your skills and progression opportunities

   Benefit from ongoing and personalised support

   Gain independence and respect

   Learn the skills your employer wants




About the Course

We work with the University of the West of England (UWE) to offer this apprenticeship opportunity to existing employees and to external candidates.


We offer apprentices full-time, paid employment (min. £19,500 per annum) for the duration of the apprenticeship and guaranteed employment upon successful completion of the course.

You will be employed as a Healthcare Assistant, initially, offering you the opportunity to develop your basic clinical skills and an understand of the workplace. This role will develop as you progress through the course, ensuring you are able to practice and develop the required skills to become a Registered Nurse.

You will be supported by our experienced team of healthcare professionals and through the allocation of a dedicated buddy.

Course Overview:

Over the course of four years, students will receive education validated against the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)’s (2018) standards, including theory and practice-based learning in their chosen field of nursing.

The course programme is mapped to the proficiencies set out by the NMC, and is organised as a day or block-release programme.


Assessment takes the form of continuous clinical practice assessment, written assignments, case studies, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), project/portfolio work, timed examinations and presentations. In your final year, you will complete a dissertation.

Indicative Content:

Preparation for professional practice
Physiology, pharmacology and public health
Complexities of health
Evidenced-based pharmacology
Assessment and clinical reasoning
Healthcare research methods
Leadership and supervision
Placement learning
Final project

You’ll take part in simulation activities, lectures, group work, and directed and self-directed learning.

This course has a strong practical focus, allowing you to gain competence carrying out the hands-on tasks you’ll perform in your career. About half their time will be spent on placements.

You’ll have access to all the support and facilities you need, including the UWE Skills Simulation Suite: an imitation ward where you’ll develop your clinical expertise in a safe, instructive environment


On successful completion of the programme, you will graduate with a BSc(Hons) Nursing (Adult), and you will be able to register to practice as a professional nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Entry requirements:

You will require a minimum of level 2 functional skills in Maths and English, and a level 3 qualification.
For further advice on entry requirements, please email the UWE Team at

How to apply:

You can find details of our current apprenticeship opportunities and how to apply for these on our Vacancies page.