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Nursing is a rewarding career where you have a real chance to make a difference in people's lives. As part of your training, you can expect to learn new skills and procedures that help patients everywhere. There are many reasons why you should consider a career as a nurse. It offers you the chance to make a difference from day one, a high degree of flexibility and a career with excellent employment prospects.
Some people choose to take nursing degree apprenticeships as an alternative to traditional degree courses.
Nursing degree apprenticeships are, like all apprenticeships, employer-led. The employer releases the apprentice to study at an approved educational institution and in a range of practice settings so apprentices can get the full range of skills and knowledge required to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Apprentices will need to achieve the same high standards that the NMC expect from students who take the traditional degree course before they can join their register.
The Apprenticeship Programme has been developed to ensure that student nurses are prepared to successfully meet the standards of proficiency for registered nurses (NMC 2018) and the occupation standards for the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship (NMC 2018)(IATE, 2021) at the point of registration.
ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR LEARNING (APL)
Some students may have previous relevant learning, including formal certified learning such as an access course or another degree, or practice-based learning that was part of another course or gained through paid or voluntary work. Evidence of this learning may contribute to meeting some programme requirements, assessed through LSBU’s own APL process. Up to 50 percent of the programme can be accredited in this way.
Nursing Associates are encouraged to apply via APL. Those who have gained FdSc Nursing Associate at LSBU will be able to APL their qualification and start on year 3 of the programme, which means they could complete the RNDA in as little as 18 months.
Same qualifications from other universities will also be considered on an individual basis.
The full apprenticeship standard and assessment plan can be found on the Institute for Apprenticeships
This course is only available to study at our Southwark campus, right in the heart of London.
Via the apprenticeship route, there are two intakes per year, December and June. In the apprenticeship programme, the traditional semester approach is not applicable and one module is undertaken at a time. However, students will undertake semester’s assessments at set points during each year, in line with other university students. Some modules are generic and will be taught to all fields of nursing and some are field-specific which means the module will be tailored to either Adult, Children, Mental Health or Learning Disability Nursing:
On successful completion of the course, you'll gain your BSc (Hons) in your chosen field of Nursing, which means you can register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). You can then work as a registered nurse in medical and surgical wards or in specialist units such as Emergency Departments or Intensive Care. As your career progresses, you could become a district nurse, occupational health nurse, sexual health nurse or specialist nurse.
An adult nurse typically starts on a salary of £21,000, which can increase to £30,764-£98,453 in senior posts. (Take a look at our Prospects section for more detail).
As a graduate of this course, you can apply for further study at the postgraduate level. Browse our online CPPD prospectus to find out what courses are on offer to help with your professional development.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Students undertaking the apprentice route will follow NMC programme standards and additionally must be employed in either a health and/or care settings. The university will work with employers to ensure practice learning opportunities that allow students to develop and meet the Standards of proficiency for Register Nurses(NMC 2018).
Students will undertake practice learning in both home and external placement areas. These are defined as:
The Nursing and Midwifery Council regulates nurses and midwives in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Islands.
We have two adult nursing skills laboratories at our Southwark campus and three at our Havering campus. These labs are set up like nursing wards and are used by all student nurses and midwives throughout their courses. They learn manual handling and basic life support skills and skills that are specific to their field of nursing or midwifery.
The nursing wards have simulator mannequins: SimMan, SimBaby and SimMom. These life-size mannequins are computer controlled and can be programmed with various clinical conditions. These are operated by a computer in real-time and so respond to a student's actions. They also allow students to see the outcome of specific interventions in certain scenarios, which could make the patient better or deteriorate quite quickly.
The mannequins are used to teach students how to recognise clinical signs, and to also associate those clinical signs with the actions they are taking to care for the patient. SimMan can be male or female with fully accurate anatomy and can breathe, blink, sweat, speak and groan in pain as well as have a pulse. Read more about SimMan.
A variety of teaching and assessment methods are used to support individuals learning styles and build competence in various methods of assessment. Teaching includes lectures, seminars, skills-lab simulations, online learning, role-play, debates/discussion, as well as supervised learning within the clinical area. Assessment methods utilised include essays, group projects, written examinations, presentations, and OSCEs.
Apprentices must demonstrate competence in all skills, knowledge, and behaviours, as defined by the integrated Degree Apprenticeship Standard. In order to successfully complete the award, apprentices must also evidence a minimum of 20% of their time in ‘off-the-job training’ activities, this can be achieved in a variety of ways; attending lectures, seminars/workshops, tutorials, skills-lab sessions, e-learning, blended learning and self-managed learning.
End-point assessment (EPA)
The EPA assesses whether apprentices have also passed the apprenticeship, and is based on the same professional knowledge, skills and behaviours as the occupational standard as set by the NMC. Therefore this apprenticeship has a fully integrated EPA.
All applicants must hold:
112 UCAS tariff points
Additionally, students must:
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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An Apprenticeship Standard is comprised of a programme of study, an End Point Assessment and on-the-job learning. This means that in addition to meeting academic requirements, you’ll need to be employed in a role related to your apprenticeship. The process of applying depends on whether you have an employer to sponsor (and support) you.
If you are employed and your employer has confirmed they will support your apprenticeship:
You are welcome to submit an application via our application system. You’ll need to provide details of your employment/employer as part of the application. You’ll also need to ensure you and your employer meet the requirements – find out who can be an apprentice to see if you meet the entry requirements and employer commitments to find out more about your employer’s role.
If you are not employed:
If you’re a prospective apprentice, you can find out more about who can be an apprentice on our student pages.
Home/EU postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system.
Your application will be circulated to a number of potential supervisors who will look at your academic qualifications, experience and the research proposal to decide whether your research interest is something that could be supervised at LSBU.
There will also be an interview either by telephone or at the University. If you are successful you will be offered a place on a course and informed of the next enrolment date. The whole process normally takes between six to eight weeks, from receipt of your application to a decision being made about your application at the School.
There are steps the apprentices, the employer and the University need to complete before you start your course. Take a look at the steps to be completed in the Enrolment section. Employers may also like to look at our steps to offering an apprenticeship.
An exciting part of many of our Health and Social Care courses is the opportunity to learn off-campus and work with patients, clients and/or service users. Before you start, we need to make sure that you have the correct levels of immunisations.
Please be aware that from 1 April 2022, all NHS and Social Care personnel (including students) will be required to have evidence of double vaccination against Covid. This measure has been taken to protect the public, patients and staff.
If you are unable, or unwilling, to be vaccinated, we will not be able to provide you with the practice placements necessary to complete your health care degree. If this is the case, you may wish to look at an alternative career.
See the government's press release statement.
We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.
Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.
The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.
We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations; read notices of PhD studentships.
The cost of the apprenticeship is paid fully by the employer (sometimes part funded by the government) through apprenticeship levy. The apprenticeship levy is a pot of money some companies pay into, which all businesses have access to spend on the training costs of apprenticeships. Companies fall into two categories: levy-payers (who pay into the pot) and non-levy payers (who do not). You can find out more in our Levy and Funding section, specifically for employers
The apprentice does not contribute toward the cost of study.
Apprenticeship standards are all assigned a funding band by the Government – these funding bands are the maximum amount the Government will fund via the levy towards a given apprenticeship standard. There are currently 30 funding bands ranging from £1,000 to £27,000.
Employers with less than 50 staff sending an apprentice aged 16-18 will have 100% of the training costs paid by the government. All employers who employ an apprentice aged 16-18 on the first day of teaching will receive a £1,000 incentive from the government. You can find out more in our Levy and Funding section, specifically for employers.
Course Enquiries - UK
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Sophie Kemp studies BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing with the School of Health and Social Care at London South Bank University.
Our realistic wards and lifelike mannequins allow a safe environment to practice
For graduate Rob Waterson, seeing first-hand the impact that good nursing can have on patients and their families has inspired him to embark on a career doing just that.