Applying to deliver a nursing degree apprenticeship programme

Our legislation defines our role in the education and training of nurses and midwives. It allows us to establish standards of education and training which include the ‘outcomes to be achieved by that education and training’. It also allows us to take appropriate steps to satisfy ourselves that those standards are met, which includes approving education and training programmes for nurses and midwives before and after they register with us.

Application process flowchartQuality assurance (QA) is our process for making sure that all approved education institutions (AEIs) continue to meet our requirements and that their approved education programmes comply with our standards.

The programme approval flow chart shows the different steps in the process.

If you are a higher education institution seeking to deliver a nursing degree apprenticeship

You will first need to apply to be an AEI. A programme cannot run until our approval process has confirmed that the AEI standards have been met.

Find out more about what we expect of educational institutions.

If you are an AEI but are not currently approved to deliver a pre registration nursing programme

You will need to contact us before submitting a proposal.

Find out more about what we expect of educational institutions.

If you are an AEI and are currently approved to deliver a pre registration nursing programme

You will need to submit a modification request through to Mott MacDonald and tell us that you intend to run a nursing degree apprenticeship. In your notification it would be helpful if you could provide the following information:

• current nursing routes in approval (for example work-based, part time)
• placement partners (if different to existing placements)
• student numbers and cohorts
• fields of practice
• timeline.

Once we have conducted an internal risk-based assessment and preliminary QA checks we will confirm with Mott MacDonald that they can proceed with the modification request. They will then guide you through the next stages. The nature of the modification will be subject to the risk assessment that will consider:

• First pre-registration nursing programme in approval /first cohort not yet completed
• current nursing routes in approval (for example work-based, part time)
• annual self-assessment reports
• external system regulator reports
• any open action plans as a result of monitoring activity.

For more information, please refer to the Mott MacDonald website where you can find the Quality assurance handbook.