Course overview Children’s Nursing BSc (Hons)
This degree - the leading nursing programme in London for student satisfaction - equips you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to care for children in a variety of settings including the hospital and community.
- Prepare for a rewarding career in children’s nursing with this professional degree, recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council
- Spend half your time learning through theory and simulated practice, half on clinical placement
- Benefit from clinical placements at London’s leading hospitals, such as the internationally recognised children’s emergency department and specialist paediatric gastroenterology unit at the Royal London Hospital
- Enjoy outstanding support on placement, with weekly contact from your link lecturer and dedicated placement facilitators in the workplace
- Practise your skills in a simulated real-life environment in our well-equipped Clinical Skills Centre, featuring a six-bedded ward
- Learn from leading academics, active researchers and clinicians, to gain up-to-date insights about professional practice
- Develop communication and interpersonal skills that are essential to your work as a children’s nurse
- Focus on your specialist interests with your choice of elective module and the opportunity to undertake an elective placement.
This course has been approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). On successful graduation you will be eligible to apply for registration with the NMC, which provides an internationally recognised professional qualification enabling you to practice in the UK and overseas.
Additional qualifications may be required in some countries.
During the three years of your Children’s Nursing BSc, you will learn to develop the skills to care professionally and compassionately for children, young people and their families, through a combination of theoretical study and clinical experience.
Foundations of Evidence Informed Nursing Practice (30 credits)
This module is the foundation for developing your nursing practice and professional identity. The module will enable you to explore the fundamental principles of nursing and become a reflective and independent learner.
Foundations of Biological Sciences for Nursing Practice ( 30 Credits )
The aim of the module is to provide you with a variety of learning experiences in applied biological sciences theory. Undertaking this module will enable you to develop a knowledge and understanding of biological concepts that are key to understanding nursing care.
Biopsychosocial Development Across the Lifecourse ( 30 Credits )
This module aims to offer you an understanding of the biopsychosocial model across the life course so that you have an appreciation of how people develop and what influences this development.
Mental Health and Wellbeing in Integrated Care ( 15 Credits )
In this module you will learn the integration between the physical and psychological challenges that people may face. You will examine where these challenges may result in ill health and how healthcare staff can prevent or manage such effects.
Practice 1- Foundations for Nursing Care ( 15 Credits )
The module will consider a range of subject areas relevant to physical and mental healthcare across the lifespan that will contribute to your development as a registered nurse within your field of practice.
Promotion of Wellbeing and Prevention of Ill-Health Across Health and Social Care ( 15 credits )
This module will provide you with an overview of primary and secondary level initiatives to prevent disease and injury, as well as an understanding of theories, policies and practice relating to health promotion.
Acute Care Management (15 credits)
This module will assist you to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to recognise, manage and care for service users and carers that are experiencing an acute health event. This could affect their physical or mental health or a combination of both.
Working Collaboratively with People with Long Term Conditions (15 credits)
This module will enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and values to support people experiencing long term care and to understand how people live with, make sense of, and self-manage long term conditions.
Pathophysiology and Therapeutics for Nursing Practice (30 credits)
This module will build upon your biological sciences knowledge and will focus on pathophysiology and therapeutic interventions across a range of relevant disorders. This will develop your understanding of the essential biological principles necessary to provide safe, effective integrated nursing care.
Critical Use of Evidence to Inform Decision Making in Practice (15 credits)
This module will provide you with an introduction to the critical use of evidence to inform decisions you make in practice. You will have the opportunity to develop the skills required to support decision making when clinical questions arise in your own practice.
Practice 2- Applying Knowledge and Skills for Person-Centred Care for Practice (15 credits)
This module aims to integrate both the Simulated Practice and your placement learning experience. This will enable you to further develop and build upon your professional knowledge, skills, values and attitudes so you can effectively provide safe, person-centred care.
Family Centred Practice: Challenging Perspectives of Risk and Resilience (All fields) (15 credits)
This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the actual and potential role of the nurse in leading and implementing family centred health promotion and prevention.
Communities and Health (All fields) (15 credits)
This module aims to give you an understanding of how people within communities can improve their health and where solutions to health problems are not solely about the provision of traditional services in the community.
Introduction to Critical Care Nursing (Children’s Nursing) (15 credits)
This module aims to extend your knowledge and understanding of relevant disease processes and medical, surgical and nursing interventions so that you can extend your nursing practice in relation to the management of the child in Critical Care.
Working Collaboratively with People with Mental Health Issues (Adult and Children’s Nursing) (15 credits)
The purpose of this module is to further develop your knowledge and understanding of how to improve support and outcomes for people suffering from both physical and mental health challenges.
Contemporary Issues in Sex and Sexuality (All fields) (15 credits)
As it is essential that nurses have a baseline understanding of sexual health issues, this module will improve knowledge, develop skills, challenge understanding and enable you to share experiences with your cohort. Topics include gender identity, sexual disorders, and promoting sexual health.
Global Health (All fields) (15 credits)
This module will enable you to develop an understanding of the key challenges and concepts that influence global health. You will gain a perspective on health exploring current and emerging transnational issues related to population’s health and wellbeing.
Contemporary Issues within Adolescent Health (All fields) (15 credits)
This module will enable students across all nursing fields to explore the wider and local issues that impact on adolescent health. There is also the opportunity for an off-site trip to a specialist adolescent unit and meet staff working within this specialist area.
Understanding and Caring for People who Use Substances (Adult and Mental Health) (15 credits)
The aim of this module is to develop an in-depth understanding of the causes and consequences of substance use within a biopsychosocial context. You will develop this knowledge further in order that you can apply this knowledge when encountering people who use substances.
Preparing for Specialist Practice in Primary and Community Care (All) (15 credits)
The aim of this module is to enable you to develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of the specialist roles relevant to your field of practice in community and public health nursing.
Leading and Managing Others (15 credits)
The intention of this module is to support and guide you in the development of the skills and knowledge required to lead and manage others to deliver high quality health care for all service users, carers and families.
Integrated Approaches to Complex Care (15 credits)
The aim of this module is to prepare you to work in partnership with people with complex needs, their family and/or friends, and other professionals across health and social care, across varied health and care settings, and throughout the life course.
Principles of Prescribing (30 credits)
This module will equip you with the skills and knowledge to complete prescribing qualification once you have registered and have attained sufficient competency. This will involve using evidence-based interventions to maximise the therapeutic benefits and minimise adverse effects of medicines.
Developing Advanced Knowledge and Skills for Professional Practice (15 credits)
The purpose of this module is to expand your knowledge, skills and critical understanding of advance practice intervention to perform all required nursing procedures and effectively manage devices safely while meeting people’s needs with compassion, supported with evidence based, person-centred care.
Dissertation (30 credits)
This module will enable you to build on the research knowledge of adult nursing and apply critical appraisal skills through undertaking a review of the research literature on a policy or clinically relevant question in a systematic way, written up as a dissertation.
Practice 3- Preparing to be a Proficient Practitioner (15 credits)
This module will also focus on the importance of valuing your own personal development and will encourage you to critical reflective and evaluate your learning as you prepare to be a registered nurse.
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Teaching and assessment
The Children’s Nursing degree is taught by academics who are leaders in their field of practice and education. Many are also active researchers and clinicians as well as teaching staff, with their work directly influencing today’s practice; this means that you will study the most up-to-date curriculum and practices, directly from those informing the nursing profession.
The course is delivered through facilitated group work and enquiry-based learning opportunities with access to online course materials, resources, interactive activities and assessment and communication tools. An online clinical skills resource provides step-by-step video demonstrations of clinical skills.
You will be assessed using a variety of methods, depending on module choices:
- Practice Assessment Document (PAD): used to demonstrate achievement of practice competencies and also to record the number of hours of practice experience
- Written assignments, including essays: these may take the form of care studies in which you will be expected to relate your essay to a particular service user or as support another assessment such as a poster presentation
- Written examinations: including short answer questions, multiple choice questions, calculations, scenario based
- Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCEs): practical skills assessments which enable you to demonstrate particular clinical, communication or teaching skills
- Dissertation: this final project will enable you to choose a relevant topic of interest to you and demonstrate an in depth knowledge of this.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2018/19 entry is as follows:
Overall the programme hours are 2475 theory and 2512.5 practice experience. When in practice you will work the equivalent of 37.5 hours per week.
Theoretical hours will consist of approximately 22 direct contact hours per 150 total hours allocated for each 15 credit module.
In the remaining theoretical hours you will be expected to pursue guided independent study and self-directed study, some of which may be online.
Time is also allocated within the programme for you to complete your assessments.
The following proportions are indicative and based on the 2018/19 academic year.
Fees and funding
Fees for year 2023/24
The tuition fees indicated are for the 2023/24 academic year only. Fees for each subsequent year of study are subject to an annual increase to take account of City's increased costs of delivering educational services. This increase will be 5% for each subsequent year of study. You should expect your fee to increase by this amount and budget accordingly.
- There are no fee waivers available for this course
- Means tested support is available for 2023/24 entry.
NHS Learning Support Fund: Non-repayable grants of at least £5,000 a year for eligible healthcare students.
Some of our degrees may involve additional expenses which are not covered by your tuition fees. Find out more about additional expenses.
On successful graduation you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, enabling you to practice as a children's nurse in the UK and overseas (though additional registration maybe required in some countries).
City graduates secure employment as qualified nurses with top trusts, including:
- Barts Health NHS Trust
- Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust
- University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
As well as nursing, your degree prepares you for other career opportunities, including research and teaching posts, training nurses of the future.
How to apply
Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
Applications for this course are not yet open.
Once applications open you will be able to apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.
You can apply to up to five universities or institutions. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.
Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.
UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.
You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £26.50 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £22.
The School of Health & Psychological Sciences Admissions team have put together some handy tips and advice about the application process. You can also contact them to organise a drop-in session for additional advice and support.
When to apply
Your application for entry in September 2023 should arrive at UCAS between September 2022 and 25th January 2023. Applications that arrive after 25th January 2023 will be considered only at City's discretion.
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Where required, we provide students, staff and service users with PPE in order to ensure they can carry out their educational activities safely
Our Clinical Skills Centre designed to mirror 'real' health care environments with simulated 6-bedded ward to provide an adaptable, modern and appropriate space for both teaching and research.
Our Department of Nursing has access to simulators and realistic equipment including piped oxygen, call bells, medicines and emergency equipment.
In addition, medium-fidelity simulators and laboratories, including a biology laboratory, allow you to rehearse skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements.
City TECS is a learning hub, designed to simulate a home environment. Equipped with the latest telehealth, telecare, telemedicine, telerehabilitation, electronic health and wearable technologies.
Our three campus libraries consist of around 250,000 books with over 25,000 online journal titles and over 1600 study places available.
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