This BSc prepares you for a fulfilling and rewarding career in caring for children and young people as well as 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.
Child 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 also provide support to families.
The School of Health Sciences 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.
Why study Child Nursing at City?
- Broaden your knowledge through clinical placements which take place in London's leading hospitals and within community settings.
- Enhance your career prospects - City ranks high for graduate employability and has excellent opportunities for further general and specialist postgraduate study within nursing.
- Learn via our flexible and innovative virtual learning environments and clinical skills platforms - ensuring you are prepared for a hospital environment.
- 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.
- For student satisfaction, City is ranked second nationally for Nursing (National Student Survey, 2014).
Unless studying towards an Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject, all applicants must have 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English Language at A*-C.
Typical offers require one of the following:
- 'A' Level: 300 UCAS tariff points, with at least 200 gained at 'A' Level.
- IB: 32
- Access to HE Diploma: Pass in a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma in a Nursing, Midwifery, Health or Social Care subject. Nutrition or Paramedic Studies will not be considered - full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at Level 3 including 21 credits at distinction, 15 credits at Level 2. This must include Mathematics and English Language GCSE equivalent passed at first attempt, if not already achieved.
- BTEC: DDM (Health and Social Care or Science related subject only)
- Irish Leaving Certificate: 300 UCAS points with at least 200 gained at Higher. English Language and Mathematics from Ordinary Level grades A1-B3, unless part of Higher.
- FETAC (Irish pre-nursing): 5 modules at Distinction, to include either Anatomy or Physiology. English Language and Mathematics from Irish Leaving Certificate, unless part of FETAC award
- Scottish Highers: 300 UCAS points with at least 200 gained at Advanced Highers Grade A-C. English Language and Mathematics from Highers grades A-C, if not already part of Advanced Highers.
All shortlisted applicants are invited to attend a selection day. The selection day consists of numeracy, literacy and aptitude tests where applicants are expected to show an insight into the nursing profession.
Accreditation of Prior Learning process (APL)
The Accreditation of Prior Learning process (APL) allows students' previous relevant learning to be assessed and included within their degree. Applicants can apply for this before they start the course. At City you are able to APL up to one third of the course; please note this may not reduce the length of your study. All APL claims will be reviewed on an individual basis.
If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:
- IELTS: An overall band score of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component
Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.
If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.
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
Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake a part-time course.
For more information see our main Visa page.
The first year focuses on relationship centred care as well as considering the psychological, social and biological factors influencing health. There will be an opportunity for simulated practice as well as a practice placement.
In year 2 you will continue to explore these themes in the context of acute and long term care and in the final year the emphasis is on leading and managing in professional
practice. Honours degree students will undertake a 6,000 word dissertation.
During the practice-based module students spend the final 12 weeks of the course on a practice area of their choice, subject to availability. Students will have a placement base and have some flexibility to identify practice experiences with their mentor.
Read the full programme specification.
Teaching and Assessment
The degree is taught by expert staff who are leaders in the field of children's nursing and who have a passion for the practice, education and research needs of children and young people.
You will be taught through lectures, facilitated group work and enquiry-based learning.
Our Virtual Learning Environment allows flexible and innovative e-learning and e-communication opportunities. Students have access to online course materials, resources, interactive activities, assessment and communication tools within an online community. Our Clinical Skills Online (CSO) resource provides a step by step video demonstration on clinical skills.
The new Clinical Skills Centre at the University provides clinical skills teaching and learning in a simulated ward.
Assessment includes written reports, public health work, reflective essays, group presentations and multiple choice exams. Practice is assessed by the student's mentor and personal tutor and an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) in a simulated environment.
Read the full programme specification.
- Full-time EU: £Tuition fees are paid by the NHS for home and EU students
Your tuition fees will normally be paid for by the NHS, subject to you meeting the residency requirements.
For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Undergraduate Fees and Finance.
ScholarshipsNew for 2013 entrants: Up to £500 cash each year for at least three years for students on this course. Read more here to see if you might qualify.
BursariesYou may also be eligible to apply for a means-tested bursary. Please visit the NHS Bursaries page of our website, or the NHS Student Bursaries website for details.
You will spend around 50% of your time on clinical placements. This takes place in settings such as acute care, GP surgeries, nursing homes, private hospitals, patients' homes and in the community.
Most placements are within our 'community of practice', a partnership of healthcare providers in North East London. Placement blocks run from four to 12 weeks. They allow you to become familiar with the needs of the local community and its health care providers.
Clinical placements and Communities of Practice
Clinical placements are a vital factor in promoting understanding and development of professional skills. They help you become fit for practice, fit for purpose and fit for award by the time you complete your programme. Each placement provides you with educational opportunities to develop your professional skills.
Placements are undertaken within Communities of Practice. A Community of Practice is a group of healthcare practitioners, who share specific professional interests such as midwifery, mental health nursing, children's nursing, primary care and public health care or adult nursing.
Successful graduates will be registered by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) which provides a professional qualification which is widely recognised.
The BSc will accelerate your career progression and open up a variety of fascinating career opportunities, including the chance to study an MSc at City.
Find out more about City University London
UCAS code: B703
UCAS course code: B703
City University London institution code: C60
Applications for degree courses must be made through UCAS. You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.
Selection and interview day
All shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview and selection day. You must be able to demonstrate maturity and excellent interpersonal skills, have the ability to be empathetic and to work in different settings with people who have varying needs. Previous experience of working within a caring environment or situation may be advantageous.
Literacy and numeracy tests
You will also be required to undertake a literacy and numeracy test. In order to proceed forward to interview, you will be required to pass both of these assessments.
For enquiries about the admissions process, please contact our undergraduate admissions team:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 5000