The programme is designed around a spiral curriculum which establishes and reinforces the core knowledge, skills and values required for nursing practice, allowing apprentices to recognise the context of their knowledge in the wider organisation of health and social care services.
Apprentices will also attend a range of placements in community and hospital settings as well as three weeks per year of the course in on-the-job training when they will return to their workplace.
In the first year the curriculum is based on the development of self; this expands to the development of self within relationships with service users in the second year; and in the third year apprentices explore the development of self and leadership within multi-professional teams and organisations.
With support from the employer, apprentices are required to spend a minimum of 20% of paid working hours on studies and be able to evidence this (off-the-job learning). This is a statutory requirement for apprenticeships and the funding is conditional on this being met. Off-the-job learning includes activities which have not previously been a part of the role and furthers apprentice development into new areas.
- Be in full-time employment with a Nursing and Midwifery Council approved employer.
- Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) applicants will be considered on an individual basis in line with the University of Brighton RPL policy and have the opportunity to apply for up to 50% of the course credits through RPL.
- 112 UCAS tariff points (equivalent to A-level BBC including a science or social science subject)
- Access to Higher Education Diploma - 60 credits overall in a Nursing or Social Care with at least 45 credits at level 3 with 30 credits at distinction (must include level 2 numeracy and literacy)
- BTEC DMM in a health or science subject
- All candidates must have maths and English Language Grade 4 or equivalent (Function Skills Maths and English level 2)
- Applicants who have completed the Skills for Health Bridging Programme will be considered
Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements:
- Completion of 10 years general education
- Criminal record check
- Occupational health assessment
Teaching and assessment
The programme learning and teaching strategy is designed to facilitate independent learning and make use of apprentices existing study skills, prior knowledge and experiences.
Learning is enhanced by expert knowledge shared by a wide range of practice colleagues and service users. Interprofessional education is supported through collaborative working with students and apprentices on other health and social care courses, meaning apprentices will further benefit from peer learning.
Over the three year period apprentices will learn through:
- practical assignments
- e-learning portal.
Assessments on the programme have been designed to be clinically relevant and reflect nursing practice such as assessment of care needs, care planning, health promotion, physical assessment skills and reflection.
Apprentices will benefit from dedicated study and assessment weeks to avoid completion of assessment tasks during placements and are provided with a choice of assessment tasks in each year to support inclusive learning practices. Tasks may include:
- care plans
- case studies
- online tests
- picture essays
- seen examinations
- business or research proposals.
Apprentices on all programmes will need to complete an End Point Assessment (EPA) to meet the apprenticeship standard alongside university assessments.
Employer and apprentice commitments
In order to deliver the programme, the employer undertakes to:
- conduct a workplace induction and set out a contract of employment
- provide an appropriately qualified workplace mentor to support the apprentice
- attend apprentice's progress review (twice a year)
- ensure that an Occupational Health Screening and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check has been undertaken by the employer
- release apprentice for scheduled off-the-job learning
- have an Apprenticeship Agreement in place from the start of the programme.
Throughout the programme, apprentices will:
- attend the workplace for the agreed pattern as set out in the employment contract
- record all training sessions and off-the-job learning
- attend scheduled university learning sessions and complete all assessments as required by the university and End Point Assessment Organisation
- behave in a safe and responsible manner at the workplace and university
- engage with regular progress reviews
- complete, throughout the apprenticeship, a professional development portfolio.
Fees and funding information for apprentices
As an apprentice the cost of your learning programme is covered by your employer through their Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) account.
Higher and degree level apprentices are not eligible for any element of student finance. This is because they receive a salary instead of the student loan package. However, if you are experiencing any financial difficulties, please contact the Student Advice Service on 01273 642 888.
Apprentices studying at Higher and degree level may be able to access funding in relation to additional support but this is available through the university and not Disabled Students Allowance. Apprentices may also be able to apply for Access to Work funding for work-based equipment and software. Please contact the Disability and Dyslexia team on 01273 643 799.
Living costs and benefits
Higher and degree level apprentices must fulfil the standard eligibility criteria in order to apply for means tested benefits such as Universal Credit, Child Tax Credit and Housing Benefit. If you have any questions about entitlement to benefits, please contact the Student Advice Service on 01273 643888.
Higher and degree level apprentices who are undertaking a full-time mode of study can be treated as being exempt from paying Council Tax. Although some programmes require study on a day-release arrangement, this can still be classed as full-time study. You will need to obtain a letter from the Student Information Desk at any campus and send this to your Council Tax department when you enrol on the programme.
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