Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship (Adult, Child, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities) - BSc (Hons)
- Level: Apprenticeship
- Starting: September 2021
- Study mode: Full Time (4 years)
- Location: City South
Studying with us in 2021/22
It is possible that the 2021/22 academic year may be affected by the ongoing disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Any arrangements put in place by the University for the 2021/22 academic year will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.
Our BSc (Hons) Nursing Degree Apprenticeship is a work- integrated degree to enable you to train as an apprentice to become a graduate registered nurse.
The BSc (Hons) Nursing Degree Apprenticeship Course has been developed in collaboration with our local stakeholders and employers in the region and designed to comply with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC 2018) educational standards for nurses meaning that successful completion of this course makes you eligible to apply and be entered onto the NMC register in one of the four fields of nursing: Adult, Child, Learning Disabilities or Mental Health.
Who can access this course?
This course is suitable for healthcare support workers who are already employed or have been recruited as employees to access the BSc (Hons) Nursing Degree Apprenticeship and have been nominated to apply for study at BCU by the employing organisation.
The Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship is also suitable for experienced healthcare practitioners for example Nursing Associates, Assistant Practitioners or band 4 healthcare support workers who have relevant healthcare experience and qualifications who may be then be eligible to undertake a shortened degree apprenticeship on accreditation of prior learning.
As an apprentice on this course you will be released by your employer to study part-time at university and in a range of practice placement settings.
What's covered in the course?
Our aim is to develop you into a graduate nurse who is able to work flexibly across a range of settings in your field of practice and meet the health needs of the whole person throughout their lifespan. We will work with you on your development to help you become a skilled, knowledgeable, emotionally intelligent nurse, able to lead and co-ordinate compassionate, evidence-based, person- and family-centred care while working as an integral member of interdisciplinary teams.
The university-based elements of the first two years of your course are integrated, with all fields of nursing working together. In your final year, the theory you learn will be specific to your chosen field of nursing. You will study five modules each year. In year one, you will complete a year-long practice module which will prepare and support you to develop your confidence and competence in practice as you work towards independently leading and co-ordinating care.
Part 1 you will gain theoretical and practice knowledge to develop a range of key skills. This will include: exploring the evidence that underpins person- and family-centred care; professional values; self-leadership; and the role of the registered nurse.
Part 2 modules will further enhance your first-year learning and explore evidence-based complex care incorporating a wide range of research, skills, team leadership and principles of co-ordinating care.
Part 3 you will continue build on your previous learning and develop proficiency within your field of nursing. The modules you study will develop you as a leader who uses research-informed critical thinking to co-ordinate care, supervise other health professionals and gain confidence in the safe management of medication.
You will also have access to personal tuition throughout the course which will enrich your learning experiences and will enable to reflect meaningfully on your practice and the development of your individual field identity.
Your practice placements will be specific to your chosen field throughout the four years. However, to help you become a more rounded nurse, you will also have opportunities to learn across the four fields of nursing. Your placement learning experiences may be within community, hospital or home environment settings and at a location anywhere within the West Midlands and potentially into neighbouring counties. While on placement you will be supported, supervised and assessed by practice and academic staff to develop your knowledge and skills.
We are committed to providing excellent, innovative, learning, teaching and assessment experiences using a blended approach through lectures, seminars, skills simulation and virtual learning using on line and simulation technology to enhance your learning. Engaging with practice partners and service users is also integral to our approach.
Why study an apprenticeship?
- There are no costs to the degree as you are in salaried employment
- The emphasis is on Work based learning and the opportunity to build on existing knowledge and skills
- A range of relevant placement opportunities to broaden your understanding of healthcare provision across the lifespan
- Highly experienced tutors who are all professionally qualified to support you at university
- Work based clinical educators to support you in practice
- A wide range of support services available to you at university to support your learning journey.
- Registered Nurse apprentices remain supernumerary for the duration of the programme and are required to complete an End Point Assessment on completion of the programme
This course is not open to International students
If you have any queries about this course please contact the course leader, Helen Holder on:
How to apply
Your employer will advertise a Nursing Degree Apprenticeship (NDA) position and you need to apply and be successful at interview before you can apply for this course.
If you are successful in securing a NDA position your employer will contact our Course Leader and they will send an application link to you to enable you to apply for the course.
See the full entry requirements on the BSc (Hons) Nursing - Adult course
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.
We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.
These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses cutting-edge facilities.
In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.
Virtual Case Creator
For pre-registration nurses and midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.
Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.
The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.
Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.
Skills Practice and Care Enhancement facility
The SPACE (Skills Practice And Care Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.
It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.
We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.
We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct manikins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.
The SIM men and SIM baby manikins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.
Mary Seacole Library
The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.
The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:
- Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
- Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
- Microsoft Office software
- Research and statistical software
- Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home
Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.
The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.
Nurse degree apprenticeships and MSc Nursing project lead
Prior to moving into education, Jim worked as a mental health nurse in in-patient and community mental health settings, specialising in providing urgent and crisis care to working age adults.
As an academic, Jim has worked across undergraduate and postgraduate nurse education, focusing on teaching clinical nursing skills and principles of recovery, specialising on using recovery-oriented approaches for people who hear voices. Jim co-ordinates a module on our childhood, adolescence and young adulthood mental health pathway. He is currently the project lead for nursing degree apprenticeships.