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Course summary

If you are an empathetic, kind and caring person looking for a rewarding career, then children’s nursing could be for you. You’ll learn from our experienced lecturers and technicians using state-of-the-art simulation facilities, coupled with time out on clinical placement. This combined learning approach of theory and practice will prepare you to provide safe, compassionate care and become a confident nurse. Why study this subject? Children and young people need nurses who understand their particular needs and can work in partnership with them and their families. No two days within this job are the same – paediatric nursing can take you from the intensive care of a new-born baby with breathing problems, to looking after a six-foot tall adolescent whose leg has been broken. It can also cover a range of settings, from the hospital to the child's own home. To support your studies, the UK Government are continuing to provide children’s nursing students with a payment of at least £5,000 a year which will not need to be paid back through the NHS Learning Support Fund. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? We've been running nursing programmes for many years and students benefit from an excellent standard of teaching provided by staff from the University. Our lecturers maintain close links with practice, ensuring that the programme is always kept up to date. Alongside your studies, you will take part in a range of clinical placements with our NHS partner hospitals and homes. We work with a range of partners across the region and our students are highly respected whilst out in practice. The main NHS Trusts we are currently working with include: Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, West Midlands NHS Trusts. As a BNU student, you will automatically become a member of Bucks Students’ Union giving you access to a wide range of services that we offer for free as part of our exclusive Big Deal package – including joining the Nursing Society. We are the only university in the UK to offer our members free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities, allowing them to experience new things, socialise with broader groups of people and boost their employability. What facilities can I use? We utilise state-of-the-art simulation facilities for learning, development and practicing of skills – our purpose-built wards include real equipment, just like you’d find in hospital. Simulation is an important aspect of our nursing and healthcare programmes. You will regularly spend time in the simulation labs, taking part in realistic scenarios to practise a broad spectrum of technical skills in a safe and supportive environment. What will I study? During your time on the programme, you will understand the theory behind diagnosis that can help you to make crucial decisions when looking after a patient. You will be able to lead changes in practice, improving the quality of delivery of care. On placement, you’ll be able to put your theory into practice where you’ll be mentored in the art of patient care. Employability On successful completion of the programme, you will be eligible to register as a Registered Nurse with the NMC. With this qualification, you may find employment within the NHS or with private healthcare providers.


Year one Foundations of Nursing and Evidence-Based Healthcare Health and Social Care in a Contemporary World The Fundamentals of Child Nursing Practice Year two Approaches to Research: Methods, Appraisal and Application Public Health in Action Developing Child Nursing Practice Year Three Innovations in Evidence-Based Nursing Leading and Co-ordinating Care Leading Complex Care in Child Nursing Practice

Assessment method

Across the three years, you will be assessed through a number of means: Year 1: Reflective assignment, presentation and exams. Year 2: Academic poster presentation, assignment and exams. Year 3: Literature review/work-based learning project, reflective assignment, OSCE and exams. You are also required to complete the knowledge skills and behaviours included in the Practice Assessment Document in each year of practice.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

You may find it easier if you have prior knowledge of health, so we prefer if you have relevant A Levels - such as Biology, Health and Social Care, Chemistry, Psychology, Physics, Physical Education, and Sociology. However, it is not essential.

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Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)



Admission tests

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £16750* Year 1
International £16750* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Sponsorship information

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Nursing (Children's) with NMC Registration at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS