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    1. 2021
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BSc (Hons) Children's Nursing

Entry Year:
This course prepares you for a gratifying career at the forefront of modern healthcare. City has been ranked 1st in London for student satisfaction in Nursing, for two consecutive years (Complete University Guide 2020 and 2021)

Key information

Start date

September 2021

Academic year dates


Full-time: three years


Full-time: £9,250 *


Full-time: £26,010 **


Full-time: £26,010 **

UCAS code



Northampton Square

Who is it for?

Our Children's Nursing degree is designed for students who are looking for a rewarding and lifelong career. You will develop your skills and interests in both general medicine and specialist areas to be a confident and compassionate child nurse. Teaching is 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. Child nursing is a fulfilling and challenging profession where you will care for children up to the age of 16 (or in some circumstances, even up to 19*) 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 their families.

Teaching is a combination of classroom theory, simulated practice and practice placements. Simulated practice takes place within the specialist Clinical Skills Centre at our Northampton Square campus, a facility designed especially for you to practice your skills in a safe environment. Through simulated practice you will not only learn the necessary practical skills to enable you to go into your placements with confidence, but develop your communication and interpersonal skills, an essential part of a child nurses role.

Child Nursing at City

As a City student you will benefit from clinical placements at London’s leading hospitals and trusts. Your placements will be in a range of settings, allowing you to experience the many different environments and specialisms’ children’s nurses’ work in. Specialist placements include the internationally recognised acute children’s emergency department service at the Royal London and specialist Paediatric gastroenterology unit, the only unit of its kind in the UK.

If you have already graduated with a primary degree, City also offers a two year fast-track MSc Children's Nursing (pre-registration).

* CQC, 2014

Funding update: Non-repayable grants of at least £5,000

From September 2020 eligible students studying undergraduate and postgraduate pre-registration nursing, midwifery and many allied health courses, including radiography and speech and language therapy, will receive a non-repayable and non-means tested (universal) grant of at least £5,000 a year.

Find out more below, under 'Funding'.


Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) logo

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.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • 'A' Level - Typically BBC or a combination of 'A' levels (we do not accept General Studies or Critical thinking).
  • Combined - A combination of A’levels and BTEC are welcome but will be reviewed on an individual basis.
  • UCAS tariff - 112 points. For more information on the new UCAS tariff system, please visit the UCAS website.
  • IB - 29 points.
  • BTEC: DMM (Health and Social Care, Children’s Care, Learning and Development, Sport and Exercise Sciences, or science related subjects only)

In addition, the following is required:

  • GCSE: Must have passes in English Language and Mathematics grade 4 (C) at GCSE.
  • Applicants would normally be required to have a further three passes at grade 4 (C) at GCSE in any subject, any applications that do not meet these requirements are welcome and will be reviewed on an individual basis.
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English will be considered.

*Subject to change.

Access to HE Diploma

Pass in a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma in a Nursing, Midwifery, Health, Science, or Social Care subject NOT Nutrition or Paramedic Studies with full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at Level 3 including 24 credits at Distinction. Applicants must also hold either GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C (4) or above, or Functional Skills English and Maths at Level 2. Other equivalent English Language and Mathematics qualifications will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend a Selection Day held at City, University of London before an offer can be made. At the Selection Day applicants are interviewed to assess their values match those of the NHS constitution, as well as having the opportunity to find out more about the course from our staff and students. For further information, please visit our Selection Day page.

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

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you may be interested in our Introduction to Health Sciences course. This is completed over one year and provides an introduction to clinical and professional healthcare, enabling you to progress on to this course on successful completion (subject to meeting progression criteria, please visit the Introduction to Health Sciences course page for more details).

English requirements

Applicants educated outside of an English speaking country, without GCSEs are required to hold:

IELTS (Academic): 7.0 overall with at least 7.0 in Writing, 7.0 in reading, 7.0 in Listening and 7.0 in Speaking.

TOEFL iBT: 94 overall with at least 27 in Writing, 24 in reading and Listening and 23 in Speaking sections.

For more information you can visit TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition

Visa requirements

International Students (EEA and Non EEA) coming to study in the UK, 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:

  • EEA nationals joining the programme in 2020 and EEA nationals joining from January 2021
  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (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.

You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. 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 £23 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 £12.

When to apply

Applications for entry in September 2021 should be made between 1st September 2020 and 29th January 2021, in accordance with UCAS guidelines. We welcome applications after 18th January 2021, but you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as places may be limited.

More information on late application deadlines, UCAS Extra and Clearing.

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.


The School of Health 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.

For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 5000.

Contacting UCAS

Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

in London for student satisfaction in Nursing, for two consecutive years (Complete University Guide 2020 and 2021)
in London for Nursing (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and 2020)
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More about fees

* The fee for this course will be £9,250 for each year of study for the duration of your studies.

** The institution reserves the right to increase your tuition fees annually to take account of the institution's increased costs of delivering educational services. The increase will normally be 2% but this is kept under review with reference to the RPI. If the institution intends to increase your tuition fees you will be advised of this alongside the published entry fee.


Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

Funding update: Non-repayable grants of at least £5,000

The Government has announced that from September 2020 students studying undergraduate and postgraduate pre-registration nursing, midwifery and many allied health courses, including radiography and speech and language therapy, will receive a non-repayable and non-means tested (universal) grant of £5,000 a year. This is in addition to existing mainstream student support accessed through the Student Loans Company.

The Government has also announced additional funding for specific courses or to help students with childcare costs. Please see the NHS finance & bursaries page for more information.

Applications for this new funding can be made from Wednesday 1st July 2020, please visit the NHS Learning Support Fund website for more information.  You can also read their FAQs for more information about the funding available, how to apply and eligibility.

Finance options

This infographic summarises the finance options available while studying and repaying a nursing degree. You can find out more about funding information for studying nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions in England from the official Council of Deans of Health website

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

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Student views

Child Nursing student Alexandra shares her experience of studying at City and her advice for future students.


Practice experience is a vital part of the BSc Children's Nursing degree and enables you to put theory into practice and use your skills in a variety of real life situations. You will spend approximately half of your degree course on placement, in settings including acute care, community children’s nursing teams, health centres, nurseries, special schools, private healthcare institutions and in patients’ homes.

Whilst on placement you will be fully supported by City and will receive regular visits from your link lecturer (approximately once every two weeks). In the workplace you will also have a dedicated clinical practice facilitator who will support your development whilst on placement. Many of our graduates work within the hospitals and trusts we partner with and are always happy to help a fellow City student.

Find further information about our placement partners and trusts under our School of Health Sciences section.

Academic facilities

Our Clinical Skills Centre offers excellent facilities for you to rehearse practical caring skills prior to your practice placement. You will have access to a simulated 6-bedded ward with realistic equipment including medium and high fidelity patient simulator manikins, 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, including clinics and people's homes.


We operate a Guarantee Scheme for first year undergraduates which means you will be offered place in one of City's affiliated Halls if you meet the Scheme's criteria.

Read more about our undergraduate halls.

Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.

Find out more about private accommodation.

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Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

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Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

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Course content and assessment

To make sure that you can begin or continue your studies with us during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reviewed and adapted our courses to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff. We have modified the way some of our courses are delivered, with many programmes being made available online.

Contact us to find out more about how our programmes will be delivered.

Teaching and learning

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.

Assessment methods

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:

Year 1

Written examination: 50% Practical: 13% Coursework: 37%

Year 2

Written examination: 25% Practical: 13% Coursework: 62%

Year 3

Practical: 6% Coursework: 94%


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 the foundations for nursing and considers the psychological, social and biological factors influencing health. Students are required to undertake practice placements.

  • HS 1921 – Foundations of evidence informed practice
  • HS 1922 – Foundations of biological sciences for nursing practice
  • HS 1924 – Mental health and wellbeing in integrated care
  • HS 1925 – Foundations for nursing care

Year 2

In the second year, students focus on person-centered care and explore this theme in the context of acute and long-term care. Students can also pursue specific clinical interests on a two-week elective practice placement in addition to course clinical placements.

Core Modules

  • HS 2005 – Promotion of wellbeing and prevention of ill-health
  • HS 2006 – Acute care management
  • HS 2017 - Working collaboratively with people with long term conditions
  • HS 2007 – Pathophysiology and therapeutics for nursing practice
  • HS 2008 – Critical use of evidence to inform decision making in practice
  • HS 2009 – Applying knowledge and skills for person-centered care for practice

Elective Modules

Students choose one of the below elective modules:

  • HS 2441 – Family centered practice: Challenging perspectives of risk and resilience
  • HS 2446 – Communities and health
  • HS 2449 – Introduction to critical nursing
  • HS 2004 – Working collaboratively with people with mental health issues
  • HS 2010 – Contemporary issues in sex and sexuality
  • HS 2012 – Contemporary issues within adolescent health
  • HS 2011 – Global health
  • HS 2014  - Understanding and caring for people who use substances
  • HS 2016 – Preparing for specialist practice in primary and community care

Year 3

In the final year, the emphasis is on leading and managing in professional practice and becoming a proficient practitioner. Students undertake a 6,000-word dissertation. As part of the clinical placement experience, students spend the final 12 weeks of the course in practice and have a placement base and opportunities to identify practice experiences with their practice supervisors and assessor.

  • HS 3014 – Leading and managing others
  • HS 3015 – Integrated approaches to complex care
  • HS 3016 – Principles of prescribing
  • HS 3018 – Dissertation
  • HS 3017 – Developing advanced knowledge and skills for professional practice
  • HS 3019 – Preparing to be a proficient practitioner

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

Overall workload

  • 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.

Year 1

Scheduled learning: 26% Independent learning: 51% Placement: 23%

Year 2

Scheduled learning: 23% Independent learning: 44% Placement: 33%

Year 3

Scheduled learning: 16% Independent learning: 46% Placement: 38%
After you graduate

Career prospects

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

By joining a nursing course at City, University of London you will become a CapitalNurse, a link with all nursing students across London; giving you support to develop your nursing career in the capital.

Through this relationship with CapitalNurse, our final year nursing students are currently offered a special streamlined employment scheme by all NHS Trusts in North Central London. This provides a supportive and straightforward way of moving into their first nursing roles after completing the degree. Find out more about this offer and the other work of CapitalNurse.

Career prospects are excellent, with graduates securing employment within local London trusts and throughout the UK. Nursing is a lifelong career where you can develop your skills and interests in a range of specialisms and achieve promotion throughout your career. Many of our graduates also go into teaching and research posts, with some returning to City to teach the next generation of children’s nurses. Graduates can also go on to further study at Masters level including City’s advance practice programmes.

*Additional registration may be required in some countries.

91.5% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

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