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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.

Key Information

Start date

September 2016


Full-time: 3 years



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


UCAS code


Who is it for?

The BSc Child Nursing degree is designed for students who are looking for a rewarding and lifelong career within the child nursing profession. Throughout the course students will develop their skills and interests in both general medicine and specialist areas and will learn through a range of methods including academic study,  simulated learning and clinical placements.


Children's nurses need to be versatile and resilient as they care for neonates and babies, children with acute or long-term health problems, children with mental health issues or special needs and children with life-limiting illnesses. Children’s nursing is a fulfilling and challenging profession where you will, care for children up to the age of 16 alongside their families and carers. 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) Children’s 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 24-28 month fast-track Postgraduate Diploma in Child Nursing.


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On successful graduation you will gain registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which provides an internationally recognised professional qualification enabling you to practice in the UK and overseas.

Additional registration within countries maybe required if you choose to work overseas.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Due to the high demand for places on NHS funded courses, as well as meeting the stated academic entry requirements, applicants will be required to attend a selection day held at City University London. You will be asked to complete numeracy and literacy tests as well as the NHS Constitution Assessment, which is used to demonstrate that your values match those of the NHS Constitution. For further information and example tests, please visit our Selection Day page.

The conditions of the offer will be made via UCAS. The following are examples of typical offers that are made:

  • '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 - Pass in a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma in a Nursing, Midwifery, Health or Social Care subject  NOT Nutrition or Paramedic Studies. Full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at Level 3 including 24 credits at Distinction; 15 credits at Level 2.
  • 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.

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.

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; 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 any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

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.

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
Rosehill, New Barn Lane,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 3LZ

UCAS Customer Service Unit telephone numbers:

  • For callers in the UK: 0871 468 0 468
  • For callers outside the UK: +44 (0)871 468 0 468
  • For callers with hearing difficulties
  • From the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0 468
  • From outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0 468.

You can apply for up to five universities on the form. Please take care to enter the correct course code, particularly for subjects with a foundation year or with BSc and BEng options. UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can only see their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City University London is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities. You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £21 application fee. If you want to apply to City only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £11. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2016 should arrive at UCAS between 1 September 2014 and 15 January 2016. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2016 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.


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

T: +44 (0)20 7040 5000

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Jasdeep Tutt - BSc (Hons) Child Nursing

Jasdeep talks about her experiences as a child nursing student at City University London.


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, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, East London NHS Foundation Trust and North Middlesex University.

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.

Academic facilities

Simulated practice will enable you to practise your skills in a safe environment in preparation in transferring these skills to a 'real life' setting.

The Clinical Skills Centre at the University offers excellent facilities so you can rehearse practical caring skills prior to your practice placement. You will have access to a simulated 6-bedded high dependency unit (HDU) with realistic equipment including piped oxygen, call bells, medicines and emergency equipment. In addition, medium fidelity simulators and laboratories, including a biology laboratory, allow students to rehearse skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements, including clinics and people's homes.

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Teaching and learning

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.

Assessment weightings by year

  • Year 1: 10%
  • Year 2: 30%
  • Year 3: 60%


The course combines theoretical study with clinical experience in a range of community settings and leading hospitals, alongside our state-of-the-art facilities.

Year 1

The first year focuses on relationship-centred care and considers the psychological, social and biological factors influencing health. You will be required to undertake a practice placement.

Year 2

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 3

In the third year, the emphasis is on leading and managing in professional practice. You will undertake a 6,000 word Literature Review/Dissertation. As part of the clinical placement experience, you will undertake a designated 12 week placement which will help provide the foundations for your  transition from student to Registered Nurse with a placement base and opportunities to identify practice experiences with your mentor.

Career prospects

Successful 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.

85% of graduates are in full time employment / further study

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