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Child Nursing  BSc (Hons)

The BSc (Hons) Child Nursing will prepare you for a fulfilling and rewarding career caring for children up to the age of 16 and supporting their families.

Overview

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Why study Child Nursing at City?

Children's nurses need to be versatile and resilient as they care for children with acute or long-term health problems, mental ill-health or special needs and terminal illness. Child nursing is a fulfilling and challenging profession, caring for children up to the age of 16. It is essential that as a children's nurse you can empower children of all ages and also provide support to families.

On the BSc (Hons) Child Nursing course you will combine theoretical study with clinical experience in a range of settings working with London's diverse populations in leading hospitals and community settings. Facilities at the School include a state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Centre, which includes a simulated ward where you can prepare for your practice experience.

If you have already graduated with a primary degree, City also offers a two year fast-track Postgraduate Diploma in Child Nursing.


  • 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).

 

Entry Requirements:

300 UCAS tariff points, with at least 200 gained at A2. Typically BBB at 'A2' Level. 'A' or 'AS' Levels in Biological Sciences, Social Sciences and Health and Social Care are preferred. More...

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £Tuition fees for home and EU students studying the BSc (Hons) in Child Nursing are paid by the NHS.
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Start Date:

September 2015

UCAS code:

B703

Entry Requirements

Typical offers require one of the following:

  • 'A' Level - 300 UCAS tariff points, with at least 200 gained at A2. Typically BBB at 'A2' Level. 'A' or 'AS' Levels in Biological Sciences, Social Sciences and Health and Social Care are preferred.
  • IB - 32 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma - Nursing, Midwifery, Health or Social Care subject.
  • BTEC - DDM (Health and Social Care or Science-related subject only).

Special requirements: Students are required to have occupational health and enhanced disclosure and barring service clearing. Academic and character references are also required.

Pre-requisites

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.

For 2015 entry, applicants studying towards an Access to HE Diploma must have either GCSE English Language or Mathematics at grade C or above at the point of application. From 2016 entry onwards, Access applicants must hold both GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above at the point of application.
 
Please note: we will not accept any equivalent qualification, only GCSEs.

English Requirements

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:

  • IELTS: 7 overall 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.

Visa Requirements

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 this part-time course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2015
Duration:
Full-time: 3 years

Course Content

Year one

The first year focuses on relationship-centred care and considers the psychological, social and biological factors influencing health. We require that you undertake a practice placement.

Year two

In the second year, you will continue to explore these themes in the context of acute and long-term care. You can also pursue specific clinical interests on a two week elective practice placement in addition to course clinical placements.

Year three

In the third year, the emphasis is on leading and managing in professional practice. You will undertake a 6,000 word dissertation. As part of the clinical placement experience, you will spend the final 12 weeks of the course in practice, have a placement base and opportunities to identify practice experiences with your mentor.

Course Structure

The first year focuses on relationship-centred care as well as considering the psychological, social and biological factors that influence health. You will undertake simulated practice as well as a practice placement.

In your second year you will continue to explore these themes in the context of acute and long term care. In Year three the emphasis is on leading and managing in professional practice. You will undertake a 6,000 word dissertation.

During the practice-based module you will spend the final 12 weeks of the course on a practice area of your choice, subject to availability.You will have a placement base and have some flexibility to identify practice experiences with your mentor.

Teaching and Assessment

The course is delivered 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.

Education is delivered through lectures, facilitated group work and enquiry-based learning opportunities with access to online course materials, resources, interactive activities and assessment and communication tools. The Clinical Skills Online (CSO) resource provides step-by-step video demonstrations on clinical skills.

Assessment includes multiple choice and short answer examinations, reflective essays, case study reports, laboratory reports, care studies, group presentations, drug calculation tests and a seen-scenario examination. Practice is assessed by your mentor and practice tutor and by an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) in a simulated environment.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £Tuition fees for home and EU students studying the BSc (Hons) in Child Nursing are paid by the NHS.

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Undergraduate Fees and Finance.

You may be entitled to a means-tested bursary from the NHS: please see www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students for more information.

Placements

Half of your time as a student will be spent gaining practice experience through clinical placements and simulated practice.This takes place in settings such as acute care, continuing care, GP surgeries, nursing homes, private hospitals, patients' homes and the community.

Placements take place within City's "community of practice", a partnership of healthcare providers in Central and North East London including Barts Health NHS Trust and The London Children's Hospital, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

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.

Career Prospects

nullSuccessful graduates are registered by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which provides an internationally recognised professional qualification.

City students are highly employable, with graduates starting on an annual average salary of £25,000 in roles such as intensive care nurse, paediatric nurse, mental health nurse and community staff nurse in the UK's leading hospitals and trusts. Nursing is a life-long career where you can develop your skills and interests in a range of specialisms including further advanced practice study at City.

This course will enable you to...

...move on to further study. City offers a range of Masters degree courses related to Child Nursing, including:

Child Nursing

UCAS code: B703


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When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2015 should arrive at UCAS between 1 September 2014 and 15 January 2015. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2015 will be considered only at the University's discretion. When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process, please contact the
School of Health Sciences Admissions Office.

T: +44 (0)20 7040 5000
E: health@city.ac.uk