Bucks one of first to launch Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship


Date: 15th Dec 2017

Bucks New University is set to be one of the first to deliver Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeships - based on its existing award-winning pre-registration nursing programme.

The Degree Apprenticeship, which is due to welcome its first cohort in March 2018, will support employers to develop their nursing or healthcare staff towards registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council - as either adult, child or mental health nurses.Nursing students on the simulation ward

Karen Buckwell-Nutt, Head of School of Pre-Qualifying Nursing and Vocational Healthcare, said: “It’s exciting that we are now in a position, after a lot of hard work, to provide more people with higher education through an ‘earn as you learn’ alternative to our traditional degree programme.

“This option will offer a clear and structured career progression not only to those who already work within healthcare, whether that be the NHS, care homes or the community, but for those wishing to start their career.”

The three-and-a-half year apprenticeship programme can also be used to support recruitment of new apprentices to healthcare organisations - which could help address the shortfall in NHS nurses.

Bucks New University is talking to several NHS Trusts and private healthcare providers - such as nursing homes, rehabilitation centres, private hospitals and hospices - about delivering their apprenticeships.

Karen added: “Nursing apprenticeships mean organisations can take advantage of the levy, develop staff, as well as using it as a recruitment tool. All this will not only benefit the organisation but also improve the experience of patients and service users.”

Entry requirements will remain the same as the traditional degree but, as part of widening participation, the University will consider individuals’ profiles.

This Level 6 apprenticeship is also an ideal progression route for Assistant Practitioners and other staff who have undertaken the relevant foundation degrees as they might be able to carry forward credits in order to gain a BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult, Child or Mental Health).

The apprenticeship route also includes the ALERT programme (Acute Life-Threatening Events Recognition and Treatment) in all fields like the University’s traditional nursing degrees. Bucks was the first university in England to provide this programme as part of its degrees and it is designed to enable healthcare practitioners with a structured system to assess, recognise, manage and escalate the care of a deteriorating patient early in order to prevent further clinical deterioration.

Apprentices will benefit from Bucks’ award-winning simulations teaching, including the use of moulage, and the institution’s proven track record of nursing/healthcare training since the early 90s.

Bucks' nursing degrees have been recognised as ‘Education Provider of the Year 2015 (post registration)' and ‘Partnership of the Year 2016’ at the Student Nursing Times Awards, as well as winning the Guardian University Teaching Excellence Award 2016.

The Registered Nurse apprenticeship is just one in a programme of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships which Bucks New University is set to deliver.

If you are an employer who would like to know more about how you can take advantage of your apprenticeship levy please visit bucks.ac.uk/business/apprenticeships/employers.

To find out about apprenticeship vacancies visit Find an apprenticeship, the national website that advertises all apprenticeship vacancies at all levels. Also keep an eye on bucks.ac.uk for apprenticeships being delivered at Bucks in partnership with local employers.


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