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Nursing is a highly skilled, rewarding and caring profession where you can make a real difference to people’s lives. As with adult nursing, you’ll promote health and provide whole-person care in hospitals and the community. However, this pre-registration course will give you the specialist skills needed to help children and young people, as well as educate and support their families. Half the course will be spent at the University, where you’ll learn the theoretical foundations of nursing. The other half will be spent in a variety of clinical settings, developing your hands-on skills. The integration of theory and practice will ensure you become a skilled, competent, compassionate and committed children’s nurse.

Why choose this course?

  • On this programme you will develop a sound knowledge of Children's Nursing. You will learn about 'normal' childhood development and behaviours and in time become competent in recognising and managing the deviations from this norm.
  • The programme lays the foundation for your continuing personal and professional development throughout your career as a Children's Nurse.
  • Throughout the programme your theoretical studies will be supported by clinical experiences in a range of child settings to include acute children's services and a variety of community environments.
  • 100% of our Child Nursing graduates went on to employment or further study within 6 months according to the latest national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

What job can I get?

This course entitles you to apply for registration as a children’s nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. It opens up a wide range of career options, typically within hospitals or community-based services which can take you in many different directions. For example, you may choose to work in a specialist area such as a neonatal unit or children’s accident and emergency department, or you may prefer to consider community-based settings such as hospice care or community children’s nursing.

100% of our Child Nursing graduates went on to employment or further study within 6 months according to the latest national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

Professional Accreditations

Entitlement to apply to enter the professional register of the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse (Child).

Periodic review

This course is due to be renewed at a Periodic Review event which will be held in December 2018.

We anticipate that there will be further enhancements made to the course as a result of the Review.

Our website and printed literature will be updated following completion of the Periodic Review in order to provide applicants with further confirmed details on the following:

  • module titles
  • whether the modules are core or optional
  • the expected contact hours
  • how the course will be assessed
  • staff teaching on the course

Course details

Careers

Following successful completion of the programme you will be entitled to apply for registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the Branch of Nursing in which you have specialised. You can now take advantage of the varied opportunities available to you, to put into practice all you have learned and make a positive contribution to the lives of children, young people and their families. Areas in which you could work include acute services within the NHS; a range of community settings including general or specialised community nursing and schools or Hospice Care; the range is wide and varied.

You will meet many interesting people and each day will be different. You will always be learning, developing new and innovative skills through experience and education that will enable you to diversify or specialise in a particular area of Children's Nursing, giving opportunity for promotion and job satisfaction.

100% of our Child Nursing graduates went on to employment or further study within 6 months according to the latest national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

Teaching methods

Your time will be split equally (50/50) between classroom based learning and practical placements. You will have the opportunity to link practical experience to theoretical learning and vice versa.

During your placements you will undertake:

  • Supervised practice - working with qualified nurses to develop clinical skills
  • Training and education activities within the placement setting
  • Skills development activities to ensure patients' needs are met

Your time at the University will be spent in:

  • standard lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • laboratories
  • case studies
  • individual and group projects

In your final year you will normally have the opportunity to hone your independent study and interpersonal skills by undertaking a major project or dissertation.

Work Placement

Practice placements are organised within neighbouring NHS Trusts in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and North London and in other settings including the private and voluntary sectors. There is the opportunity to learn with and from people in the community and in hospitals where nursing is experienced. The placement experiences are wide and varied, emphasising the chosen field of practice - Children's Nursing. During the first year experiences may also include caring for adults, service users with learning disabilities or those with mental health problems.

A number of NHS Trusts support student nurses in their practice by providing placements in local health service trusts, social services, local educational institutions, private health care facilities, and the voluntary sector. North London, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire provide this support in a varying capacity dependent on the programme undertaken and the chosen Branch of Nursing.

An elective/alternative placement is offered at the end of the second year which gives you the opportunity to gain clinical experience elsewhere in the UK, abroad, or in specialised regional and national centres of excellence.

This course is due to be renewed at a Periodic Review event which will be held on December 2018.

We anticipate that there will be further enhancements made to the course as a result of the Review.

Our website and printed literature will be updated following completion of the Periodic Review in order to provide applicants with further confirmed details on the following:

  • module titles
  • whether the modules are core or optional
  • the expected contact hours
  • how the course will be assessed
  • staff teaching on the course

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • An Introduction to Interprofessional Education - 15 Credits
  • Learning for Professional Development I - 15 Credits
  • Professional Practice for Children's Nursing 1: Introducing the Context - 30 Credits
  • Biological Basis for Health and Wellbeing - 30 Credits
  • Professional Aspects of Care - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Children's Nursing - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Learning for Professional Development II - 15 Credits
  • Professional Practice in Children's Nursing 2: Facilitating Family Centred Care - 30 Credits
  • The Developing Child Through the Age Continuum - 30 Credits
  • Professional Essence of Children's Nursing Practice - 15 Credits
  • Caring for the Sick Child (1) - 30 Credits

Optional

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education - 15 Credits
  • Learning for Professional Development III - 15 Credits
  • Professional Practice in Children's Nursing 3: Management and Leadership - 30 Credits
  • Caring for the Sick Child 2 - 30 Credits
  • Imagination & Innovation in Evidence-based Nursing Care - 30 Credits

Optional

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11950 for the 2018/2019 academic year

Our international fees include the cost of practice placements, occupational health, Disclosure and Baring Service(DBS) check, and uniform.

NHS Funding for UK/EU Students

Students studying on nursing, midwifery or allied health professional courses funded by Health Education England, who start from September 2017 will have access to the same student loans support package and support for living costs as other students. The new arrangements also apply to students planning to take these courses as a second qualification.

The NHS will no longer grant bursaries. There will be, however, additional funding by the NHS Business Services Authority for some nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students because of the compulsory clinical placement required by these courses. This funding will cover students with child dependants and severe hardship. It will also cover travel and accommodation expenses incurred over and above the daily travel costs to university and for those who need dual accommodation.

For more information about the changes visit the gov.uk website and the Funding Clinic.

Accommodation

Due to the nature of your programme, your studies are likely to continue over the summer period, requiring an extended period of accommodation on campus. There are 2 accommodation options available to you:

  • Option 1 - 42 week accommodation: if you opt for this accommodation contract but need to stay on campus for up to 50 weeks, this will mean that you will have to move accommodation and we cannot guarantee that this will be at the same cost, and may be higher.
  • Option 2 - 50 week accommodation: if you opt for this accommodation contract, which is recommended, this will allow you to complete your studies over the summer period without having to move accommodation.  If you choose this option you cannot change to a 42 week contract at a later stage.

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships for UK/EU and international students

Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

View detailed information about our accommodation

Entry requirements...

2019 entry

104-168 UCAS Points

A - Levels 

Minimum 104 UCAS points from at least 2 A levels. Additionally, candidates may use points from up to 1 AS level (not in the same subject as A2 levels).  

BTEC

BTEC Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care or Science related subject – pass with DMM or BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care or Science related subject – D*D*

Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Health and Social care or science related subject pass with DMM or Cambridge Technical Diploma in Health and Social care or science related subject pass with D*D*

Access

Access to Nursing or Health – 60 credits of which 45 credits must be at level 3.  Of the 45 credits at level 3, the combination of pass/merit/distinctions must equate to 104 UCAS points.  Candidates without GCSE maths and English at grade C or above must complete equivalents contained within the Access course (normally 6 level 2 credits in numeracy and 6 in literacy) 

International Baccalaureate 

104 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at grade 4 or above (the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core). 

Find out more information here

GCSE

5 GCSE's at grade 4 (C) or above to include English language and mathematics preferably at grade 5 (B) or above.

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are considered without the GCSEs requirements
  • International qualifications are considered on an individual basis for equivalency using the United Kingdom’s National Recognition Information Centre (UK NARIC)
  • Where International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is offered as evidence of literacy, the programme will apply the NMC requirements for overseas applicants to the register i.e. where the scores are at least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and at least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections and where the overall average score is 7.0.
  • If you have qualifications that are not listed above, please contact us to find out if you meet our entrance requirements.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

Please note that the following qualifications are not acceptable to the University:
Level 2 adult numeracy and level 2 adult literacy qualifications are not considered equivalent to GCSE maths and English grade C by this University.  
NVQ level 2 and 3 qualifications will not be accepted as equivalent to the entry criteria.    

All offers will be subject to the applicants demonstration of the NHS constitution’s “Values and Behaviours”, satisfactory interviews, numeracy and literacy test, occupational health screening and the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) checks. You can view the full NHS Constitution for England on the Government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england

Subject to interview and DBS check

  • Other qualifications listed in the UCAS tariff will be considered.
  • Other equivalent qualifications, for example,
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are considered without the GCSEs requirements

If you have qualifications that are not listed above, please contact us to find out if you meet our entrance requirements (and the following):

  • Satisfactory interview
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course Occupational Health Screening 
  • Satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and clearance.
  • Two satisfactory references

How to apply

2018

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