Course details


3 years

Lecture/workshop days - dates/times

22.5 hours per week out of employer on average

Course description

For your first step into a rewarding career in nursing, look no further than a Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship at the University of Derby; which has a strong track record in providing high quality, innovative nursing education. Through an apprenticeship, employers can grow their own professional staff and help committed staff to develop in their chosen career. 

Studying for a Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship at the University of Derby provides access to Gold-rated teaching and the excellent clinical skills facilities at Derby and Chesterfield campuses. This practical course, designed to promote capability and competence within the field, includes substantial time spent in placements experiencing other healthcare settings. Please note that placement hours could change. 

The Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship leads to Registration as an Adult or Mental Health Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), with course fees 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.

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Who is this course for?

For apprentices

For organisations

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Structure, certificates and assessment

Please note these modules are undergoing review and are subject to change


20 credits Foundations for Nursing

20 credits Evidence Based Practice

20 credits Applied Health Sciences 1

60 credits Integrated Adult Nursing Practice 1 or Integrated Mental Health Nursing Practice 1



20 credits Public Health

20 credits Research Methods for Practice

20 credits Applied Health Sciences 2

60 credits Integrated Adult Nursing Practice 2 or Integrated Mental Health Nursing Practice 2


20 credits Interprofessional Learning Quality Improvement

20 credits Applied Health Sciences 3 - Adult Nursing or Psychosocial Interventions to Meet Complex Mental Health Needs

20 credits Teamworking, Leadership & Management

60 credits Integrated Adult Nursing Practice 3 or Integrated Mental Health Nursing Practice 3



Entry requirements

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all ages as long as they can be considered adequately prepared to succeed on the programme. If apprentices have few or no formal qualifications, they may be able to gain entry to the programme if they have the required communication and learning skills as well as the knowledge, experience and motivation to succeed. All apprentices will be asked to provide evidence of academic potential and commitment to confirm their ability to undertake the programme.

Individual employers will also set their own selection criteria and typical entry requirements and we will work with them concerning entry.

To apply for this apprenticeship you must currently be in paid employment of at least 30 hours per week. Your employer must cover the costs of the apprenticeship.

Fees and funding


Cost of the apprenticeship will normally be in line with the funding band £27,000, but individual agreements will be considered depending on student numbers and involvement of employers.


Fees will be paid by your employer with government funded support or through the apprenticeship levy.

How to apply

For more information call +44 (0)800 001 5500 or email

Applications to this apprenticeship will need to be made through the employer. If you are an individual who is not yet employed within this sector, you may find the following links useful:

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