Registered Nurse (Level 6)



Nurses in general practice undertake a wide range of roles and are involved in almost every aspect of a patient’s care, assessing, screening and treating people of all ages. In addition to providing traditional aspects of nursing care such as wound care, immunisations and administration of medicines, general practice nurses run health checks and clinics for those with long term conditions including asthma, heart disease and diabetes.
No two days are the same when you’re a nurse. As your career progresses, you could specialise in areas, or you could undertake further postgraduate studies to become a more senior nurse, such as an advanced clinical practitioner. You could also move into management, clinical research or teaching. Whatever you choose, you’re guaranteed to make a real difference to people’s lives, every single day.
Registered nurses are a statutorily regulated profession and the standards for proficiency are set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and successful completion of this apprenticeship will meet the education requirements to see registration with the NMC.



Registered Nurse

Training Provider

University of Central Lancashire



48 months (or 24 month top-up*)
Most Suitable For
Healthcare Support Workers/Care Workers. Other roles/experiences will be considered on an individual basis. *Nursing Associates and Assistant Practitioners may be able to join later in the programme dependent on prior learning and experience (reducing the duration to 24 months).
Level 6 Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship Award and a BSc Hons Nursing degree (in your field of study; Adult, C&YP, MH or LD). On successful completion, learners are able to register with the NMC.
Programme Cost

£26,000. For non-levy paying employers only 5% contribution required to be paid (£1,300) or potential for 100% levy transfer (£0). This will be pro-rata for those candidates who are able to join later in the programme.

Additional Funding
For Primary Care Employers:
• ARRS Funding: this now includes reimbursing training time for Nursing Associates to become Registered Nurses (via a ‘top-up’ Nursing apprenticeship). For more information see here. Advice and applications for this funding is via the PCN.
For all Employers:
• Nursing Top-Up, Nursing Associate LD focus, and Nursing LD Pathway Funding for 2024-25 apprenticeship intakes: Please see Nursing Funding offers 2024-25 updated for full details on each of these offers. This relates to September 2024 intakes, requests for March 2025 intakes will also be considered. This funding is not guaranteed, employers must complete the NHSE funding EOI form no later than midday on Friday 31st May 2024. Employers will ALSO need to apply for the apprenticeship itself via the training hub. 
• If apprentice is under the age of 25, Employer may not have to pay Class 1 Employer National Insurance. Full details and criteria are found here.
• The following are available for apprenticeships starting between 1 August 2023 – 31 July 2024 (full details and criteria are found within the ESFA Funding Rules):
  1. £1,000 if apprentice is aged 16 to 18 years’ old, OR aged 19 to 24 years’ old and has an education health and care (EHC) plan/been in the care of their local authority.
  2. Gov will fund 100% of the tuition fee if employer supports a young apprentice AND has fewer than 50 employees.
Start Date
September and March
Teaching Delivery
Mainly face-to-face, with some online teaching and resources. Preston is the main campus. Depending on application numbers, cohorts at Burnley and Westlakes may also become options.
Key Learning Requirements
Learning must cover pre-conception to death, across all four nursing fields (Adult, Child, MH and LD) and home, close to home and hospital settings.  For UCLan their NMC validation requirements are minimum 2,300 hours of Theory and 2,300 hours of Practical learning over the duration of the course. This will be pro-rata for those candidates able to join later in the programme.
Apprenticeships require learners to achieve specific new knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs). For this programme, in order to achieve the NMC requirements and KSBs, a minimum of 80% of the learner’s normal working hours (if working 37.5 hours per week) must be dedicated to the apprenticeship. This is achieved by;
1) Programme Teaching; Teaching delivered as block week for the first week (induction week), then usually 1 day a week. The days mapped for teaching are fixed (example planners are available).
2) Independent study; such as assignment/project research and write up.
3) Learning in the workplace; shadowing colleagues, completing programme assigned work based projects, day-to-day development within your current role duties/work activities, reflections with assessor, relevant training sessions.
4) External Placements; are required for this programme. The main External placements are usually arranged in block weeks averaging between 2 – 4 weeks in duration. External placements are to be facilitated by the employer, the training hub will help with the main arrangements.
The programme is tailored to your chosen field of nursing; Adult, MH, C&YP or LD. Please note intake options are dependent on demand. Please visit the course webpage/materials for modules per nursing route.
Placements are required.
Assessed throughout the programme by assignments, observations, evaluations and End Point Assessment.
Key Candidate Entry Requirements
• Employed 37.5 hours or more per week for the duration of the apprenticeship (if employed less than 37.5 hours but no lower than 30 hours, you are still able to apply, however as this will reduce the remaining working hours for undertaking working duties a meeting will be arranged to discuss suitability with Course Lead).
• Certificate/s to evidence both Maths and English at either GCSE C/4 or higher, Functional Skills Level 2 from an Ofqual approved examining organisation, or acceptable alternative (List of acceptable options here)
• Evidence of UCAS points; typically 104 for Adult, Mental Health and Learning Disability pathways and for Children and Young People’s 112 UCAS points. For NA/AP Top-Up applications; Nursing Associate/Assistant Practitioner Certificate and Transcript are required. NA/AP applications will complete a Record of Prior Learning (RPEL) process to determine map their prior learning to the suitable joining point/starting part in the programme.
• Recent Enhanced DBS and OH clearances (Employer’s responsibility).
Full requirements and details are found on the university course webpage.
Key Employer Entry Requirements
• Ensure Learner has the support and opportunities to achieve the requirements of the apprenticeship.
• The Practice will need 2 Practice Assessors (must be Registered Nurses within the relevant nursing field), an educational audit/ULE and a partnership agreement with the HEI/NMC (Practices will be supported through these if not already in place).
Full requirements and details are found on the university course webpage.
Listed as an Approved Provider on HEE and NHS Procurement
Higher Procurement - North West Nursing
Application Timescale
It takes on average 4 – 5 months to complete all application stages for this programme.
If recruiting to this position, additional time will be required for recruitment and advertising stages.
Training provider deadlines include:
  • For all intakes: new employers (those who have not had an apprentice on this programme with this training provider before) are to submit NMC paperwork to university (including ULE and evidencing assessors and supervisors) ASAP but before 4 months prior to course start date (early May for Sep intakes / early November for March intakes). University will provide the paperwork and instructions.
  • For September 2024 intake:
    • enquiries and arrangements for interviews by the 30th April 2024.
    • Interviews completed by 30th of June 2024
    • All recruitment must be completed by 1st of August and ideally final UCLan application form stage completed no later than 1 month prior to intake.
Additional Training Hub Support
Primary Care Employees:
• Have access to all resources provided by the L&SCPC Training Hub such as Digital training, Health and Wellbeing support and events.
• Training and Resources; Visit our GPN webpage for more information on Nursing in Primary Care; plus training, support and resources for qualified professionals (some training is available for trainees)
• Clinical CPD opportunities will also be available via Locality Training Hub.
• Audit and Assessor Support: Local GPEFs
• Placement Support: Once on programme, the Placement manager will provide more details and is able to assist with queries.
Social Care Employees:
• Have access to all resources provided by the L&SCSC Training Hub such as training, Health and Wellbeing support and events.
On successful completion of this apprenticeship, examples of further apprenticeship options include; Enhanced Clinical Practitioner, Community Specialist Practitioner, Advanced Clinical Practitioner, Coaching Professional, Chartered Manager, Senior Leader.
HASO Apprenticeship pathway tool is available here
Career progression does not have to be linear. Entry criteria may differ per provider and varied routes may be available depending on the individuals prior learning and experience.
Information Last Updated

Programme Resources

If you would like to know anything further about the programme itself, please contact: Kim Slater, UCLan Nursing Admission Tutor and Deputy Course Lead, [email protected]

How to Apply

If you would like to discuss or apply for an apprenticeship either for yourself, a member of staff or a vacancy for a new recruit, please complete the appropriate Training Hub Expression of Interest Form from the following options. This allows the apprenticeship team to complete basic pre-checks and to ensure the advice and guidance provided to you is tailored to your service. When relevant, application instructions (including tuition fee and funding instructions) will be sent.

Primary Care Online Expression of Interest Form. If you would like to discuss anything first, please email [email protected] or call Olivia on 07735161775

Social Care Online Expression of Interest Form. If you would like to discuss anything first, please email [email protected] or call Dawn on 07796 060023