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REF 2021 Our Research environment is rated 100% world leadingOur Registered Nurse (Child) Degree Apprenticeship is designed for those wishing to enhance their prospects through a work-based learning programme.

This 18-month full-time route sees apprentices join our Nursing Science (Child) BSc programme partway through year two to complete the remaining year two and three modules.

Through a concept-based curriculum where learning will reflect real-life experiences, apprentices will be introduced to the key concepts of nursing, which are supported by the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) ‘Future Nurse’ standards. The programme will prepare apprentices to become a Registered Nurse who is capable to prioritise people, practice effectively and promote professionalism.

Studying within the requirements of the new NMC standards means apprentices will have the ability to demonstrate critical thinking skills in relation to complex healthcare issues and the health and wellbeing of children, young people and their families.

During the apprenticeship, apprentices will develop comprehensive nursing abilities to assess, plan, implement and evaluate individualised holistic, evidence-based nursing care. The learning journey will be underpinned by developing skills and understanding the importance of evidence-based practice to enable apprentices to understand the application of research to practice.

This programme will equip apprentices to be curious, creative and collaborative in care. It will allow them compassion to thrive within an evidence-based approach and it will enable them to make a genuine impact on the health and wellbeing of babies, children, young people and their families.

Apprenticeship Standard

Apprenticeship programmes at Northumbria University are designed to support apprentices in acquiring the appropriate knowledge, skills and behaviour and retain the integrity of the apprenticeship standard as defined by IFATE. For further details please consult the IFATE Apprenticeship standards / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education webpage here.

Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified nurse (child). 

If your interested in our other courses make sure to take a look at our Child Nursing Science BSc (Hons)

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Level of Study

Mode of Study
18 months full-time

Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University


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Entry Requirements 2024/25

Standard Entry

For applications to the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship (RNDA) route please apply direct to the placement provider and a joint process between the university and the placement provider will be used to shortlist the candidates to be interviewed.

Applicants should use the personal statement/supporting information on their application to illustrate their abilities, aptitudes, skills, qualifications and experiences, which might be taken into account as well as or instead of any of the formal qualifications listed below. 

Entry Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected, including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C, or University recognised equivalent. 

If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

  • Foundation Degree in a health-related subject (Assistant Practitioners preferred), or
  • Evidence of 500 hours of practice experience of healthcare work relevant to adult nursing, along with a successful RPL application for 120 credits (level 4) and 60 credits (level 5)

Additional Requirements:

A suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and a satisfactory health check are required. You must meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council's suitability for registration requirements.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page

English Language Requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 7.0 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit


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Our Applicant Services team will be happy to help.  They can be contacted on 0191 406 0901 or by using our Contact Form.

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We are proud to work in partnership with AccessAble to provide Detailed Access Guides to our buildings and facilities across our City, Coach Lane and London Campuses. A Detailed Access Guide lets you know what access will be like when you visit somewhere. It looks at the route you will use getting in and what is available inside. All guides have Accessibility Symbols that give you a quick overview of what is available, and photographs to show you what to expect. The guides are produced by trained surveyors who visit our campuses annually to ensure you have trusted and accurate information.

You can use Northumbria’s AccessAble Guides anytime to check the accessibility of a building or facility and to plan your routes and journeys. Search by location, building or accessibility feature to find the information you need. 

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