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Our BSc (Hons) Nursing - Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship (RNDA) (Adult) allows you to invest in your workforce by combining higher education, work-based learning and ongoing professional development. While working as a valuable member of your team, your apprentices can develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to promote health and wellbeing for people and communities and give care, advice and support to sick, injured or disabled people.
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The University of Bolton's BSc (Hons) Nursing - Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship (RNDA) (Adult) supports the development of confident, professional nurses, able to deliver and lead adult care within an ever-changing health and social care environment. You can offer structured on-the-job training and a nationally recognised qualification in nursing, helping you attract the best new talent and retain valued staff through career progression. Your apprentices will be able to put their new skills and understanding into practice immediately, benefitting your organisation and the communities you serve without delay.
This programme has been fully mapped to the Registered Nurse Degree (NMC 2018) Apprenticeship Standard (ST0781). Studying at the University or one of our learning partners, Bradford College in West Yorkshire or Petroc College in Northern Devon, will complement learning in your workplace. We'll work with you to devise individual learning agreements for each of your apprentices, ensuring they fulfil the apprenticeship criteria and develop additional skills and knowledge valuable for your organisation.
Our passionate and knowledgeable staff will support your apprentices as they learn to care for adults with acute and long-term illnesses in hospital and at home, and gain expertise in health promotion and disease prevention. Upon successfully completing this qualification, your apprentices will possess the knowledge and skills needed to perform as independent, highly competent, compassionate nurses who can be trusted to maintain professional standards and protect the public.
If your employee is a qualified nursing associate or assistant practitioner, then they may be able to join this course at Level 2 (HE5) and top-up their existing foundation degree to achieve the BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) and complete the degree apprenticeship in two years or less. This well-recognised route for healthcare practitioners recognises and values their prior learning and experience and allows them to take on full nursing responsibilities more quickly.
If you're looking for undergraduate-level training in this subject area but don't work for an employer that offers apprenticeships, please see our related courses section for details of study opportunities that don't require current employment.
The course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
On successful completion of the programme, graduate apprentices will be eligible to apply for professional registration with the NMC.
Successful apprentices will be awarded a BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) from the University of Bolton and a degree apprenticeship certificate from the relevant awarding body.
Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.
The University of Bolton's BSc (Hons) Nursing - Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship (RNDA) (Adult) is designed to meet the Degree Apprenticeship Standard for Registered Nurse (ST0781). Developed by employers, the standard underpins a highly relevant qualification and professional development pathway that educates apprentices to provide nursing care for people with complex and concurrent mental, physical, cognitive and behavioural care needs and people at the end of their lives.
Upon successfully completing the RNDA, graduates will possess the knowledge and skills needed to perform as independent, highly competent, compassionate nurses. Employers can expect them to have a wide range of transferable skills, such as the ability to work independently, adapt to changing circumstances, work in teams and groups, and listen and respond to customers and their needs. They will be adept at planning and time management, rational decision making, critical thinking, physical assessment, and possess excellent communication skills.
Our RNDA programme also offers a well-recognised career advancement pathway for qualified nursing associates and assistant practitioners. It may be possible for employees who already hold an appropriate foundation degree to top up their qualifications and become adult nurses in two years or less (the maximum possible exemption is 50% of the programme). This proven route recognises their prior learning and experience and allows them to take on full nursing responsibilities more quickly.
Graduate apprentices from this programme should prove valuable to employers across the spectrum of healthcare environments. In hospitals, they will be ready to take on roles in general medical and surgical wards and specialist departments such as intensive care, Accident and Emergency, and cancer units. In the wider community, they will be suitable for openings in general practice surgeries, nursing homes and hospices, outpatient day surgeries, community settings, home healthcare and mental health agencies.
Upon successful completion of the end point assessment after completing the course, apprentices will be well prepared for a career in nursing and to work their way up to positions of greater responsibility in the sector.
Apprentices will need to be employed by your organisation for a minimum of 30 hours per week. Your organisation will also need to commit to sponsoring apprentices to complete this qualification.
For further information on how your organisation can access funds to support apprentices, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether you’re an employer, employee or school leaver, please visit our Apprenticeship web page for support and advice regarding apprenticeships.
As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.
We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.
Apprentices will not be expected to pay tuition fees towards this programme. If your organisation has a wage bill of more than £3 million per annum, then it may be able to fund this apprenticeship through its Apprenticeship Levy contributions. If your organisation does not pay the levy, it may be eligible for government support to fund apprenticeships. This support, called co-investment, covers 95% of the apprenticeship's tuition fees, with your organisation funding the remaining 5% of the fees.
Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2022-2023 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on www.gov.uk for information.
The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.
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Modern healthcare professionals require a range of skills and values. Our tutors will work with your organisation to ensure your apprentices gain experience in various clinical scenarios designed to develop their skills in a safe and supportive environment. Learning focuses on your workplace environment and builds the transferable body of knowledge and skills required to achieve professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as an adult nurse and apply this expertise within your organisation. Your apprentices will be supernumerary throughout the programme to enable them to achieve the NMC requirements to enter the register and fulfil the required level of off-the-job training specified for apprenticeships by the Education and Skills Funding Agency.
The course explores the concepts of health and ill-health within the adult population and the key sciences in nursing, including the biosciences, psychology and sociology. Topics such as assessment, care planning, law, ethics and the importance of communication with service users and healthcare colleagues are covered. Apprentices will have the opportunity to learn about the importance of research and how its application in healthcare can transform the lives of patients and their carers, along with how to access and assess the latest research and incorporate their findings into care plans and intervention strategies.
We'll work to help your apprentices gain key transferable skills, including the ability to work independently, adapt to changing circumstances, work in teams and groups, and listen and respond to customers and their needs. We'll also encourage them to develop planning and time management, rational decision making, critical thinking, physical assessment and communication skills during their studies. We aim for your apprentices to grow into compassionate, kind and empathetic practitioners who respect and support patient privacy, dignity and individuality, and make safe and effective clinical decisions.
To complement lectures that introduce the course content, seminars and group-based activities allow apprentices to explore subjects in greater detail. Tutorials give them the opportunity to clarify their understanding of the topics we cover in lectures and seminars. We use case studies and practical scenarios to help apprentices apply their newly acquired academic knowledge to their nursing practice and gain valuable insights into contemporary healthcare. Apprentices will also be expected to undertake considerable guided independent study; for instance, library research and background reading, preparing for seminar and tutorial activities and working on assignments.
To help support your apprentices' learning, we'll offer additional study skills sessions covering areas such as essay writing, numeracy, library skills and electronic searching. Inter-professional health and social care practitioners will also contribute as guest speakers, offering your apprentices the chance to further develop their knowledge and understanding.
A range of assessment methods will be used, including essays, reports, presentations, portfolios, set exercises via multiple-choice questions, objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE), traditional examinations, and assessment of practice within the practice setting. Some assessments contribute to their final module marks, while others are designed to help them identify their strengths and weaknesses and where they need to seek extra support from course tutors.
The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.
|Level one||Coursework 56%, Practical exams 23%, Written exams 22%|
|Level two||Coursework 56%, Practical exams 33%, Written exams 11%|
|Level three||Coursework 56%, Practical exams 22%, Written exams 22%|
|Level one||Guided independent study 20%, Placement/study abroad 50%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 30%|
|Level two||Guided independent study 20%, Placement/study abroad 50%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 30%|
|Level three||Guided independent study 20%, Placement/study abroad 50%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 30%|
The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.
The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.
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