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Apprentice Nurse

Join us at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust as one of the first Nurse Apprentices; train to become a Registered Nurse and gain a BSc Hons degree in Adult Nursing whilst you work.

The Nurse Apprenticeship is an exciting, new and innovative route to "learn while you earn" and combines four years of clinical employment, work based learning and academic learning.

Nurse Apprentice

You will be employed in an Apprentic Nurse role on a four year fixed term contract at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT).

Working as part of a clinial team at LTHT you will be provided with dedicated time to study for a degree in adult nursing at teh University of Leeds.

This role will allow you to develop your skills and knowledge to work in today's dynamic and changing healthcare environment. Whilst you will be allocated to one specific area, you will also experience working across a wide range of clinical placements across Leeds. This will allow you to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) practice learning requirements.

We have added some of the frequently asked questions below, but there is even more information in the advert on our vacancy page, please look for the post reference, 298-NUR-431.


As an employee of LTHT you will demonstrate our values of patient-centred, collaboraitve, fair, accountable and employed. There is more information on this website about our values and what we look for in candidates for our roles.

Once you have completed all the requirements for the registration as an Adult Nurse and successfully passed the Institute of Apprenticeships end point assessment you will be eligible to apply for a staff nurse band 5 role within LTHT.

For more information and to apply for the post please go to our vacancies page and look for the Nurse Apprentice post with the reference of 298-NUR-431.

For more information on the role, or entry requirements please contact Lyndsay Murden on 0113 2064528 during normal office hours (Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm) or email leedsth-tr.corporatenursingeducation@nhs.net.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the prerequisites - experience and qualifications necessary?

    It is usual that 3 A levels and 5 CGSE's (including English and Maths) or their equivalents are required. However, we can assess your existing qualifications, together with your experience and see if they meet the entry requirements.

    We also provide various access routes which may require you to undertake some prior academic work which you will be supported to undertake, or we may consider other relevant qualifications combined with prior health or social care experience. Candidates with relevant qualifications and clinical experience may be able to undertake a shortened course, by up to 50%, through recognition of prior learning.

    Prior to entry you will need to pass a maths test which will be undertaken at the university.

  • When does the first cohort start?

    The first cohort will start in June 2018 and we are looking at 3 cohorts at various times through the year

  • Can existing NHS staff join the programme?

    Yes, we will look to second people onto the programme. Although people may not stay in their current work area during the apprenticeship. This is to ensure people work in their new role.

    Any secondment will have to be agreed with the line manager following a discussion.

  • How long is the training and what is the qualification?

    The training will run over 4 years, based on full time working; leading to a BSc (Hons) degree in Adult Nursing (Level 6) and registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

    The education will be provided by the renowned Unversity of Leeds.

  • How does this differ from standard university nurse training?

    The training will use a work-based learning model where apprentices will be employed as band 3 Apprentice Nurse whilst also undertaking a degree.. You will be allocated to a ‘base-ward' area where you will be part of the clinical team and undertake the duties of a band 3 apprentice nurse. Attendance at University will be in block weeks.