Nursing Apprenticeships

Working in partnership with the University of Lincoln, we are currently offering three nursing apprenticeships 

  • Registered Nurse Degree Apprentice Nursing Apprenticeship Degree Pathway (focus mental health or learning disability) – (3 years)
  • Registered Nurse Degree Apprentice – (20 months (required Nursing associate qualification))
  • Nursing Associate Apprenticeship in Lincoln, Sleaford or Boston – (2 years)

Our Nursing Apprenticeships Degree offers professional routes into mental health or learning disability nursing through an apprenticeship route. This entails a with a mixture of on-the-job training and academiclearning in line with NMC standards 

You will earn, learn and have no university debt.

When can I apply?

RNDA (Mental Health)- Applications now open for course starting January 2024

RNDA (Learning Disability) - Applications now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied. We will be in touch.

What are the benefits?

LPFT has put into place a Nursing Apprenticeship Pathway working with this offers development opportunities to existing Healthcare Support Workers and also for external candidates interested in becoming a Registered Nurse.

It provides valuable experience whilst studying full time to achieve a degree, professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) and guaranteed employment as a Registered Nurse. 

It provides a balance of practical skills, high-level knowledge and experience to enable you to provide quality compassionate care to our patients.

You will work across the county on our inpatient wards and in the community – a really great balance of experience!

Nursing Associate Apprentice

This is run in association with the University of Lincoln and is a great way into nursing! Join us as a Nursing Associate Apprentice and complete a Nursing Associate Foundation Degree. The course is a full time role over a 2 year period and starts this September. 

As an Apprentice, you will be employed by LPFT's Adult Inpatient Services and have amazing placements across the Lincolnshire health and social care system.

The weekly course timetable includes 22.5hrs within your host area, 7.5hrs at university and 7.5hrs as protected learning time. For further information on the course please have a look at the University of Lincoln's website

You can apply or find out more info on NHS Jobs

Here's how an Apprenticeship at LPFT looks:

  • Permanent employment as a Nursing Apprentice
  • Access to the BSc Nursing degree programme via the apprenticeship route
  • University course fees paid by LPFT
  • Salary throughout the course
  • Paid leave for academic study and practice placement
  • Support throughout your employment and training
  • Access to LPFT’s staff benefits

If you decide to apply for this opportunity, and are successful at interview, you would join LPFT as a Nursing Apprentice working full-time in the HCSW role until the Nursing Apprenticeship starts in September.

Upon qualification you will be promoted to a Registered Nurse (Band 5)  post within LPFT upon gaining professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).

What qualifications do I need to be able to apply?

RNDA (Mental health) University of Lincoln 
GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 (C) (or above) or equivalent qualifications. These GCSE’s must be obtained prior to submitting an application;


  • GCE Advanced levels: Grade BBC or, 
  • International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall, or 
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit or 
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 level 3 credits with a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points.

RNDA - 20 Months

GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 (C) (or above) or equivalent qualifications. These GCSE’s must be obtained prior to submitting an application; GCSEs Grade A-C in Maths and English


EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 8


Registered Nursing Associate qualification - Accredited Prior Learning (APL) to be applied if evidence can be provided of 120 credit (Level 4) and 60 credits (Level 5), along with evidence of 1,150 practice hours.

Nursing Associate Apprenticeship

Maths and English at GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 (c) or above, or equivalent Functional Skills Level 2, experience of working within health and social care, demonstrate commitment to learning and education and above all, show compassion in everything you do.

If your qualifications are from outside the UK please provide a Naric comparability statement, to demonstrate the equivalent qualification. You must be available for the whole of the two year timetable and must only take holiday when the timetable allows.

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If you have any general queries or questions please get in touch. 

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