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This course is 'Subject to Approval' and has not yet completed the University’s approvals process. Whilst we are confident that the course will be approved, there is the possibility that the course may not run or may be subject to alterations. This course is due to be validated by November 2020 after which we will write to all applicants who have applied for the course to let them know the outcome and of any changes. In the event that a course is not approved the University will make reasonable efforts to offer an alternative course at the University.

BSc (Hons) Nursing- Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship (Mental Health)

Our BSc (Hons) Nursing - Registered Nurse Degre Apprenticeship (RNDA) (Mental Health) allows you to invest in your workforce by combining university education, work-based learning and ongoing professional development. While working as valuable team members, your apprentices can develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to give care, advice and support to people with mental health needs.

Nursing-  Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship (Mental Health)

Key information


BSc (Hons)

Mode of Study:



56 months


University of Bolton

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

Our BSc (Hons) Nursing - Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship (RNDA) (Mental Health) is designed to support the development of confident, professional nurses, able to deliver and lead mental health 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), and studying at the University 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 mental health needs 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 assure the protection of 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 (Mental Health) and complete the degree apprenticeship in three 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, your apprentices will be eligible to apply to register as qualified nurses.
  • When apprentices successfully complete the end point assessment for this course, they will receive a degree apprenticeship certificate from the relevant awarding body and be awarded an academic degree – the BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health) from the University of Bolton.
  • Face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support are offered by our professional expert academic tutors who come from a wide range of clinical and academic backgrounds.
  • Your apprentices will have access to facilities in the flagship £31 million Bolton One building, including our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Suites, where they will be able to practice skills and develop knowledge using clinical equipment and simulators.
  • We'll guide your apprentices as they gain key skills, values and behaviours, including professional curiosity, interpersonal and communication skills, initiative, leadership, research and critical reflection, partnership working, self-care and resilience, record keeping, and workload management.
Key Features
  • Course materials are available online, allowing your apprentices to prepare work in advance and make the most of the highly interactive in-class tuition.
  • Our approach to teaching and learning is student-centred, so we'll work with your apprentices individually, providing tailored help and support throughout their studies.
  • Qualified healthcare practitioners contribute to each of the modules. They are invited as guest speakers so that apprentices have the opportunity to learn from their first-hand examples of current practice.
  • We also work to help your apprentices appreciate the views of health and social care service users and carers by involving them throughout the course.
  • Quarterly and annual reviews, where each apprentice, their workplace mentor and a member of our team meet to assess your apprentice's progress, promote continuing conversation between your workplace and the University. This helps to ensure the success of your apprentices and maximise the value of their studies to your organisation.
Professional recognition

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 (Mental Health) from the University of Bolton and a degree apprenticeship certificate from the relevant awarding body.

  • 104 UCAS points.
  • Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3, but health and social care related subjects are preferred.
  • Applicants should also have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English Language, Mathematics and, preferably, a science subject. Please contact us for a list of acceptable GCSE equivalents.
  • Qualifications gained outside England and Wales will be assessed on an individual basis according to guidance by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
  • The Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) route may be used for entry. If your apprentice has already successfully completed an FdSc Nursing Associate programme approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council or an FdA Health and Social Care (Assistant Practitioner) qualification, then they may be eligible to apply for exemptions towards the BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health). If they apply to join the degree at Level 2 (HE5), they may make a claim for recognition of prior learning (RPL) up to a maximum of 50% of the programme. Please note that they will be required to produce a portfolio of evidence towards this RPL claim. Please contact us for further details.
  • Each candidate will be considered and selected on an individual basis by both the employer and academic staff.
  • After successful short-listing, applicants will be invited to take part in our values-based recruitment process. The interview process will involve face-to-face interviews with academic staff, practice staff and service users. Applicants will also assessed on their values, behaviours, communication and problem solving skills, and undertake a numeracy and literacy assessment. We’re seeking apprentices who can demonstrate commitment to a nursing career, who have excellent communication skills and who are caring, compassionate and courageous.
  • Applicants who are successful at the interview stage, will be asked to undergo occupational health screening and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check by their employing organisation.
  • Applicants must demonstrate that they are of good health and good character and satisfactorily pass occupational health screening.
  • Apprentices will need to demonstrate that they are of good health and good character prior to enrolment and on an on-going basis throughout their studies and career.
  • This course involves regulated activity so applicants must gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting their studies. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service.
  • Admission to this programme is only available to candidates who meet the following criteria. 1) They are employed in a role relevant to the apprenticeship. 2) They have the right to live and work in the UK. 3) Their employer is participating in the Degree Apprenticeship scheme. 4) Their employer is willing to sponsor them to attend the University (times and dates to be determined). Please note that an apprentice cannot be self-employed.
  • An applicant must have GCSEs in English and Mathematics at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9, or hold an equivalent such as Functional Skills Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy, and they will be asked to complete initial assessments for English and mathematics. The results of these assessments will determine whether they are accepted on to the apprenticeship with their current qualifications, or a recommendation of delayed entry is made so they can undertake studies enabling them to achieve the required level of English and mathematics prior to commencing the apprenticeship.
  • If English isn’t the applicant's first language, they will also need IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • To be eligible for tuition fee funding through the Apprenticeship Levy, candidates should not normally have already completed a qualification at the same level as the proposed apprenticeship, unless that qualification was gained in a completely unrelated discipline.
  • Please note that this course is subject to the University of Bolton's Fitness to Practise procedure.

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 BSc (Hons) Nursing - Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship (RNDA) (Mental Health) 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.

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 mental health nurses in three 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.

What can I do with this qualification?

Graduate apprentices from this programme should prove valuable to employers across the spectrum of healthcare environments. Within the mental health field, they will be ready to take on roles across a range of acute, community and specialist services.

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.

Course fees

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

Whether you’re an employer, employee or school leaver, please visit our Apprenticeship web page for support and advice regarding apprenticeships.

International applications are not possible for this course

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.

Useful information

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 Degree 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 2021-2022 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 eligibility 2021-2022 policy on 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.

Additional costs

There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme.

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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 mental health nurses 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 mental health within the 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, the University offers additional study skills sessions, such as essay writing, library skills and electronic searching, and numeracy. 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 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.

Meet the team

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Nursing and Midwifery Team
Email Enquiries

Zoe Hale
Interim Programme Leader

Martin Samangaya
Admissions Tutor

+44 (0)1204 903894

Apprenticeship Enquiries
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903


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