Registered Nurse Apprenticeship

The Registered Nurse Apprenticeship at Keele University is designed to support participants to develop the necessary skills to undertake a BSc Pre-Registration Nursing qualification, in Mental Health or Adult Nursing.

Duration: 3 years.

Qualification: BSc (Hons) Nursing Mental Health or BSc (Hons) Nursing Adult.

Application: We typically require applications 6 weeks before programme starts.

The apprenticeship is for participants working in health organisations or other care settings, to meet the requirements of the (NMC) Nursing and Midwifery Council future Nurse Standards. Applicants who have completed the FdSc Nursing Associate programme, can study this apprenticeship through a shortened route of 18 months with a Spring start, utilising the Recognition of Prior Learning process.

  • The programme consists of blocks of theory and practice, with a variety of assessments.


The programme modules are typically twelve weeks in length.

Examples of indicative modules include.

  • Person centred care.
  • Clinical nursing practice.
  • Fundamentals of nursing practice.
  • The role of promoting health and wellness.
  • Evidenced-based practice in nursing.
  • Pharmacology and safety in nursing.
  • Nursing dissertation.
  • Leading, managing and shaping future care.
  • Clinical judgement and decision-making in nursing.

To complete an apprenticeship, you must be employed in an organisation with your employer's support. We typically require apprentice applications 6 weeks before programme starts and by undertaking an apprenticeship, you commit to completing the End Point Assessment (EPA).

The Registered Nurse Apprenticeship typically requires.

  • Applicants must have degree level study at BBC or equivalent.
  • GCSE Maths and English at Grade C (4) or equivalent such as Functional Skills.
  • Satisfy enhanced DBS and Occupational Health checks.

We will work in partnership with you to ensure you are supported throughout the apprenticeship process.

  • Our Business Engagement Manager will provide tailored support and offer guidance on applying for an apprenticeship at Keele University, direction on eligibility and contracting, or any other questions you may have.
  • This relationship does not stop once you start an apprenticeship at Keele University. We also have dedicated Work-Based Learning Officers to guide you through the apprenticeship when you are studying on one of our programmes.
  • We offer a personalised approach to apprentices, ensuring you have the assistance you need from Keele University as your Training Provider, every step of the way.

Why Keele University?

Keele University is proud to offer a variety of apprenticeships across different sectors and specialisms.
Our apprenticeship approach has been praised by Ofsted (Monitoring Visit, June 2021) and we have a growing portfolio of apprenticeship programmes, based on employer needs through consultation.