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Apprenticeships in Nursing   

In Cambridgeshire & Peterborough we offer different types of Nursing Apprenticeships, these are:   

  1. Nursing Apprenticeship Degree Pathway. Duration: Usually 4 years   
  2. Nursing Associate Apprenticeship. Duration with Registered Nurse degree top-up. Duration:  Usually 4 years
  3. Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeship with Registered Nurse degree top-up. Duration: usually 4 years

Nursing Associate 

The Nursing Associate is a profession role that is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Apprentices may choose to complete the Nursing Associate Apprenticeship and remain as a Nursing Associate, or go on to study the Registered Nurse degree ‘top-up’ Apprenticeship which would lead to becoming a Registered Nurse.  

 Nursing Apprenticeships 

In Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, the majority of Nursing Apprenticeships are in association with Anglia Ruskin University.  Apprenticeships are open to existing Health Care Support Workers (HCSW) to develop and also for external applicants interested in becoming a Registered Nurse or Nursing Associate 

Apprenticeships are a mix of practical experience as a Health Care Support Worker or Trainee Nursing Associate (different role to Health Care Support Worker) whilst studying in higher education to achieve a degree or foundation degree, and professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery council. They provide a balance of practical skills, knowledge and experience to enable the apprentices to provide quality compassionate care to patients. 

Benefits of choosing this pathway through one of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Organisations are:  

Permanent employment as a Healthcare Support Worker (HCSW), Nursing Apprentice or Trainee Nursing Associate  

  • Access to the BSc Nursing degree programme or Level 5 TNA 
  • University course fees are paid 
  • Paid leave for academic study and practice placement 
  • Support throughout your employment and training 

Undertaking an apprenticeship allows you to have no university debt and be paid a salary whilst you start your journey in becoming a nurse  


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