BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child)

Key information

Why choose this course?

  • 2nd in the East of England for Nursing (2023 Complete University Guide)
  • no. 8 in the UK for Children's Nursing (2023 Guardian League Table)
  • Gain hands on experience in our simulation hospital wards, and placements in varied settings

Children’s Nursing is a professional career caring for children and young people. You’ve probably arrived at this page because you have a passion for helping children and young people. We will ease you into the nursing world using our Children’s Nursing lab and our Simulation Centre.  This way you can safely practice your nursing skills before you go out into the real world. During the course you can choose to study one of a few specialist modules. Whether you wish to care for children and young people with acute medical conditions or supporting neonates and their families in hospital or the community, let us help you get there.

Right from the start, you’ll receive a blend of theory and practical experience. Half the course will be spent at the University. The other half of your time, you’ll gain real work skills in a variety of clinical settings. You’ll learn about ‘normal’ child development, and how to recognise when a child’s development is not normal. You’ll learn how to intervene and manage atypical development. You’ll promote a healthy lifestyle in children, young people and their families and provide real patient care in hospital and community placements.

What's the course about?

Your time at the University  

You'll spend 50% of your time here. You’ll attend lectures, building your knowledge on things like providing a holistic assessment care plan and considering a child’s or young person’s mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. You can then share your knowledge in smaller groups during the seminars and workshops. You will be asked to look at case studies, either individually or in a small group. Plus, you can put what you have learnt into practise by using your skills in our clinical simulation centres.  

Your time on a practice placement   

You’ll spend 50% of your time in a hospital or community setting. You could be working with NHS Trusts in Hertfordshire or in London. You'll partner with qualified, experienced nurses who will act as your supervisor.

Practice placements are organised primarily within neighbouring NHS Trusts in Hertfordshire and North London, but also in Bedfordshire and Essex 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. This may include caring for neonates through to adolescents: children and young people with learning disabilities or mental health problems and occasionally adults. 

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. 

A 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, e.g. closer to home or in specialised regional or national centre of excellence, your choice. 

 In your first year, we'll introduce you to the profession, giving you a solid foundation to build on. You'll look at how a child and young person grows and develops and the impact of illness. Remember you will be working with children, young people and their families. You will learn how to build trust and how to communicate with them.  

In your second year, you'll build on what you learnt in first year.  You'll explore an ill child’s journey from showing clinical signs through to diagnosis; you’ll look at ways of providing care and management until recovery or end of life care. You’ll also study one of the following modules:

  • Caring for Children and Young People with Cancer      
  • Caring for Children and Young People in ‘Out of Hospital' Settings
  • Caring for the Neonate and Family  
  • Supporting Healthcare Transitions for Children and Young People

In your third year, you’ll explore strategies to enhance service outcomes for children and young people. You’ll also be introduced to the work of leadership and management roles. You are now fully equipped to provide quality care to children and young people.

Your main campus is College Lane  

This is where the creative arts, science and health-related subjects are based. This means you’ll share the campus with future nurses, scientists, artists and more. You can use the common rooms to relax with friends, work out in the 24-hour gym or have a drink in our on-campus pub or cafes. We also have restaurants for you to eat in or grab something on the go. Our Learning Resources Centres are open 24/7, which means you can study whenever suits you best. Want to pop over to the other campus? You can take the free shuttle bus or walk there in just 15 minutes.   

What will I study?

Degree programmes are structured into levels, 4, 5 and 6.  These correspond to your first, second and third/final year of study.  Below you can see what modules you’ll be studying in each.

'A fantastic team of lecturers who use innovative methods to make their teaching current, engaging and inspirational. Further to this I cannot fault the pastoral support and care on offer when it is required.'

Stacey Malone

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child)

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Lobsong - Week at a glance

My week at a glance

My name is Lobsong Dolma. I am a student nurse. I have just completed my second year and will be starting my third year from this September. I have had both good and stressful times during my life at university.

In a week, I have four days of lecture and three days to rest and catch up with my assignments. Our lectures are mostly in the morning so after the lecture, I go to the library to find some reading resources and start planning for my assignments. Sometimes, I go for lunch with my friends and spend some time with them in Galleria (A shopping mall near the university). This helps me to give myself a break and socialise with my friends.

I prefer studying in the library as the library has a quiet zone in which I can study peacefully or do group studies in the non-quiet zone whenever I want. Our university also offers a lot of extracurricular activities. During the mid-week, I attend the half an hour meditation session or join the meet and greet session where I can meet other student nurses from various branches and share our experiences about placements and studies. Sometimes I book a tutorial session with my lecturer or the other tutors in the library who help with referencing and essays.

In my off day, I do my essay or look at the lesson slides and prepare for the next lecture. Then I cook or clean the house sometimes and visit my relatives. We also have a lot of events such as cheeky Wednesday's, karaoke nights or Summer Ball at College Lane.

When I am on placement, I have three or four 12-hour shifts in a week. We have no teaching during our placement time, so I spend some time revising and writing my essay. Most of the time, we don't have assignments during placement but in the second year, we had two assignments due during the 10-week placement. It was quite challenging but with good time management, I was able to get it done in time.

This is how I spend my week doing studies, attending lectures, catching up with my friends and attending events. Planning, good time management and support from my tutors have helped me to overcome the challenges and enhance my overall experience at university.

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Lobsong - Things you should know

Things you need to know before studying Nursing at Herts

My name is Lobsong Dolma and I am a children's student nurse. I am going to be doing my final year from this September. Looking back at the time, I was extremely nervous and scared when I was applying for the nursing course. I did not know much about this field and only had a little experience in health care. English is not my first language so I thought I would not be able to do well in my essays as well. However, I have now realized and learned from my experience that you only need to know three things before studying Nursing at the University of Hertfordshire.

1) It's going to be tough!

Therefore, they look for skills such as resilience, hardworking and determination. Being a nursing student does not only mean that you will be reading biology books all the time. You will also be doing a variety of placements. One placement, you could be working in an intensive surgical unit and the other, you could be visiting other people's homes as a student health visitor.

Not only this, but you will also have assignments and exams to finish along with lectures and practical sessions. Juggling placement, deadlines and family life altogether is not something everyone can do. Therefore, you must understand from now that hard work, resilience and determination is necessary to do well in this course.

2) There is support, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

You must have been terrified after reading the paragraph above. Calm down, it is not that bad when support is only a click away. The staff at the University of Hertfordshire are truly kind and compassionate. I have never been refused of help whenever I am faced with trouble. From essays to placements and financial hardship to emotional wellbeing, they have all the support you will ever need. For instance, you can go to the academic skills advice team if you are struggling with your essay or referencing. They even supply free sessions where you can go and learn new academic skills that will help you to improve your grades. Then there is wellbeing centre at college lane that will focus and help with many aspects of your personal life such as financial hardships, mental wellbeing and coping with life at university. For concerns about placements, you will have your designated placement link lecturers who will visit you when you are out in placement to ensure you are doing well.

3) Are you interested in caring for other people?

Caring for a patient in a hospital is different from providing care for a member of your family. You will be required to provide equal care to all patients from different ethnic backgrounds, beliefs, disabilities and age. One moment you could be singing lullabies to a seven-year-old while removing their cannula and the next moment you could be cleaning a necrotic wound of a 19-year-old. If you believe that you can provide compassionate care to a   patient regardless of their age, gender, ethnic background, belief and disabilities, then this could be the right profession for you!

Most importantly, one must know before joining the course that hard work is necessary to be able to do well in nursing.

Student Blogs

Lobsong - Why I chose Herts

Why I chose Herts

Hi, I am Lobsong. I joined the University of Hertfordshire in 2018 for a nursing course. When I was applying for universities through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service), I was quite confused when it came to choosing one out of five universities. I went to open events, watched YouTube blogs about many universities and read articles about them. After going for interviews, exams, and open events, I made up my mind to choose this university. There are many reasons why I chose Herts, but the three main reasons are:

1) Opportunities

I was glad to learn from day one that the University of Hertfordshire offers a wide range of opportunities for students. The university website supplies details about various scholarship schemes that are available to students from various courses.

It also offers many part-time job opportunities such as student ambassadors programme or working in the student union's shops. Furthermore, there are a lot of extracurricular activities such as sports session, doing art, mindfulness sessions, weekly walk with a group of people, movie nights and book reading sessions. Then there are social events such as cheeky Wednesdays and concerts held in our on-campus night club at Forum (College Lane) or in EleHouse.

2) Facilities

The university is equipped with many facilities that enhance the lives of students. For instance, we have university buses known as Uno bus running across the city. I live about 11 miles away from the university and it only takes me about 12 minutes to get there with Uno Bus. Without Uno, I would have to take two buses and a train which would take me at least an hour to get there. There is also shuttle bus service that is free for the students to travel from Park and Ride near College Lane to de Havilland.

In addition, there are two big libraries each including a quiet zone so that students can study according to their preferences. During the practical sessions, there are many types of equipment such as mannequins, hospital beds, a practical room that looks just like a hospital ward equipped with all the necessary resources that help us to understand and learn skills thoroughly.

3) The Environment

The surrounding of Herts impressed me when I first came to an open event with my friends. The university was filled with trees, gardens and beautiful flowers that blended well with various buildings that were spread across the university. There are also many shops and restaurants where you can socialize, study or just enjoy a warm cup of coffee during lesson breaks. If you get stressed, you can go for a walk and visit the little forest within the university compound. Many squirrels and beautiful birds will greet you there. If you are lucky enough, you will also meet a sweet cat waiting for a cuddle. Being away from the busy city reduces noise pollution, ensures peace and enables you to enjoy the splendid view of the countryside from your desk in the library.

In short, I love my life at the University of Hertfordshire, I am so glad I chose Herts!

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Alumni Stories

Ramatu Nguru

Meet Ramutu Nguru who has excelled as a Registered Nutritionist since graduating in 2016. She currently works as a School Food Nutritionist for Herts Catering Limited (HCL).

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Current job roleSchool Food Nutritionist
Year of graduation2016
Course of studyBSc (Hons) Nutrition
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Essential skills for the future

Ramatu graduated having studied Nutrition and has now entered her chosen career as a Registered Nutritionist (RNutr) with the Association for Nutrition (AfN). She currently works as a School Food Nutritionist for Herts Catering Limited (HCL). Her course enabled Ramatu to achieve her career aspirations, providing invaluable experience which included work shadowing, volunteering and practical work placement opportunities alongside various registered nutritionists and dieticians.

Ramatu says, 'Many employers advertise for nutritionists who are already registered with the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN). In order to register, you would need to be able to demonstrate that you meet the underpinning knowledge and professional skills required.' Studying a BSc (Hons) in Nutrition or related bioscience degree provides students with an abundance of practicable and transferable experience which will enable you to make crucial inroads into the profession.'

Experience is crucial

Experience is crucial and Ramatu attests that it is even more beneficial than good grades. She advises students to seek out as much opportunity as possible to gain professional experience and says, 'My priority is to continually develop professionally as a Registered Nutritionist as there is always room to improve my own practice and service delivery.' The University provides fantastic opportunities for students through work placements, study abroad schemes as well as the fantastic industry led practical elements embedded into the courses themselves.

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Alumni Stories

Khan Asghar Iqbal

Meet Khan Asghar Iqbal who is saving lives everyday as a Newly Qualified Paramedic (NQP). He is currently working for the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust.

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Current job roleNewly Qualified Paramedic
Year of graduation2018
Course of studyBSc (Hons) Paramedic Science

A unique degree and experience

Khan says his ambition to work in London and move out of his hometown in Cardiff was a key factor in choosing to study at the University of Hertfordshire. However, his course also provided a unique combination of theoretical and practical study which Khan says, 'prepared me to put my knowledge into practice while out on placement each term. The course also gave me a glimpse of future opportunities for paramedics such as teaching, management and advanced practice.'

The vocational nature of the degree enabled him to transition smoothly into his chosen career providing him with the essential professional skills and hands on experience he required to excel as a paramedic. He says, 'The course gives you the knowledge to make lifesaving decisions but also gives you more advanced knowledge regarding complicated conditions and the various medicines that come with each patient.'

Khan speaks fondly of his time at the University and says, 'I truly miss everyone I became friends with on my degree. Some of the nights out in the Forum were the best I've ever had and they will be everlasting memories, with friends both on and off of my course. I really came out of my shell and comfort zone and it has made me into the confident and outgoing person I am today.'

Get your dream job

Khan says that being a paramedic is the 'best job in the World' and, although he has just started his career, he hopes to go onto postgraduate study and experience new cultures by travelling.