Why Herts?
  • The curriculum is built and delivered in collaboration with children, young people and their families
  • You will have the opportunity undertake clinical placements at national/international centres of excellence
  • You will learn from highly skilled and experience Children's Nursing academics
  • Over 95% of students said that they were satisfied with the teaching and learning opportunities on the course (NSS 2019)

About the course

Children's Nursing is a highly skilled, rewarding and caring profession where you can make a real difference to people’s lives. 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.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child)
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child)

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 children and young people's settings, including in and out of hospital 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.

Professional Accreditations

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

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.

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.

Teaching methods

Your time will be split equally (50/50) between practice placements and theory. 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 include blended learning, research-informed educational approaches via, for example:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Practical simulated teaching sessions


In the last year of your programme you will normally have the opportunity to refine your independent study and interpersonal skills by undertaking a final project.

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 placements 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 field of Nursing.

Student-led experience 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.

Structure

  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    An Introduction to Interprofessional Education 15 Credits Compulsory
    Learning for Professional Development I 15 Credits Compulsory
    Professional Practice for Children's Nursing 1: Introducing the Context 30 Credits Compulsory
    Biological Basis for Health and Wellbeing 30 Credits Compulsory
    Professional Aspects of Care 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Children's Nursing 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Developing Health and Wellbeing 30 Credits Compulsory
    Children and Young People's Health Promotion 15 Credits Compulsory
    Caring for Children and Young People with Cancer 15 Credits Compulsory
    Caring for Children and Young People in ‘Out of Hospital' Settings 15 Credits Compulsory
    Caring for the Neonate and Family 15 Credits Compulsory
    Supporting Healthcare Transitions for Children and Young People 15 Credits Compulsory
    Research for Children and Young People’s Nursing Practice 30 Credits Compulsory
    Children and Young People’s Nursing Practice 2 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education 15 Credits Compulsory
    Learning for Professional Development III 15 Credits Compulsory
    Professional Practice in Children's Nursing 3: Management and Leadership 30 Credits Compulsory
    Caring for the Sick Child 2 30 Credits Compulsory
    Imagination & Innovation in Evidence-based Nursing Care 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £13000 for the 2019/2020 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.

    View detailed information about tuition fees

    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    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

    UCASA LevelBTEC
    104BCCDMM - BTEC National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or similar area of study

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2019

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    We welcome applications from international and EU students