Child Nursing Postgrad Diploma
This Postgraduate Diploma in Child Nursing prepares you for a fulfilling and rewarding career in caring for children and young people, and supporting families through their child's illness. It allows you to make a real difference to the lives of children, young people and their families.
Children's Nursing is a fulfilling and challenging profession, caring for children up to the age of 16. You need to be versatile and resilient as you will be caring for children who have acute or long-term health problems, mental ill health, special needs or who are terminally ill. It is essential that as a children's nurse you can empower children of all ages and provide support to families.
Who is the course for?
This postgraduate diploma in nursing is for students who are committed to children's nursing as a career. You will need:
- Excellent people skills
- Good communication skills
- Dedication and a commitment to the essence of care
- Confidence to work in a challenging and stressful environment
- To be able to work independently as well as part of a team
- To have an interest in research and evidence based practice related to children and young people.
Why study Child Nursing at City?
- Fast track into a career in children's nursing by completing the pre-registration qualification in two years and four months or less.
- Broaden your knowledge through a unique range of clinical placements including in one of UK's leading children's hospitals, and community health practice in culturally diverse East London.
- Learn via our flexible and innovative virtual learning environments and clinical skills platforms.
- Gain registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and entry to a respected profession.
- Gain with tuition fees paid by the NHS - bursaries are also available.
- Full-time EU: £Tuition fees are paid by the NHS.
Applications are welcomed from a wide range of disciplines with a first or second class honours degree, applicants must show an awareness of health or health-related care issues.
Applicants must demonstrate competency in spoken and written English and numeracy through GCSE Maths and English at A*-C.
We also take into account previous work experience.
You will be required to have occupational health and enhanced Criminal records checks. Academic and character references are also required. Successful completion of Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) is required.
For those students whose first language is not English, one of the following qualifications is also required:
IELTS: 7.0 overall; with at least 7.0 in the listening, reading, writing and speaking sections
TOEFL: 110 internet-based total
GCSE: English language grade C
City University London retains Highly Trusted Status from UKBA, enabling us to sponsor international students to study in the UK.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course at City, there are different rules for:
- Students on courses of more than 6 months
- Students on courses of less than 6 months
- Students on a pre-sessional English Language course
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- Start Date:
- September 2013
- Full-time: two year course or two years and up to 21 additional weeks depending upon previous clinical experience. You are required to apply for accreditation of prior learning (APL) to reduce the course length to a maximum of two years and 21 weeks and can apply for further accreditation (APL) to reduce the course to a minimum of 2 years. The course is a route through the standard three year BSc Nursing programme.
At City you have the opportunity to gain an exceptional range of experience. Placements include the newly refurbished Barts and The London Children's Hospital - which cares for over 40,000 children a year from London and across the UK and Europe - as well as community health practices in the uniquely diverse neighbourhoods of East London.
The degree is taught by expert staff who are leaders in the field of children's nursing and child health, and who have a passion for the practice, education and research needs of children and young people.
The School previously incorporated the St Bartholomew School of Nursing and Midwifery - this gives students a unique opportunity to benefit from over a 100 year teaching history.
In your first year your study of children's nursing will include clinical and communication skills and ethics. Throughout the course you will develop knowledge in the principles and application of biology, physiology and pathology. During the course you will also study modules directly related to the specialist area of nursing you have chosen. There is also shared learning between mental health, child and adult fields.
Teaching and Assessment
Teaching includes lecture sessions, workshops, small group activities and discussions and whole class discussion.
Assessments are varied to meet the practice and academic challenges of the Postgraduate Diploma. The practice element is assessed by the development of a portfolio of practice and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations. Modules are also assessed through essays or seminars.
- Full-time EU: £Tuition fees are paid by the NHS.
You will spend around 50% of your time on clinical placements. This takes place in settings such as acute care, nurseries, schools, special schools, patients' homes and in the community such as health centres and social care settings.
Most placements are within our 'community of practice', a partnership of healthcare providers within the North East London area. This gives you the opportunity to learn about the needs of patients requiring more routine care in foundation hospitals as well as those requiring specialist treatment at St Bartholomew's Hospital and The Royal London Hospital.
Successful graduates will be registered by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) which provides a professional qualification which is widely recognised.
The Postgraduate Diploma Child Nursing will accelerate your career progression and open up a variety of fascinating career opportunities.