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Course summary

Children's nurses care for children from birth to adulthood and support their families to care for them. Children’s Nurses bring a detailed understanding of children and young people’s health and wellbeing, clinical and technical skills and skilled communication to enable families to feel safe In their care. If you are a compassionate individual with a drive to support and care, a career in children’s nursing could be for you. On our BSc (Hons) Children’s Nursing degree you'll learn the skills you need to be able to join a dedicated team committed to delivering exceptional child and family-centred care, whilst being a pillar of support. Upon completion of the degree, you’ll be eligible to register as a Children’s Nurse with the Nursing & Midwifery Council. Becoming a children’s nurse is an extremely rewarding yet challenging career. You’ll have experiences from neonatal units to general children’s wards, children’s own homes to paediatric intensive care and everything in between, giving you a rounded view of children and young people’s healthcare and learn the theory and evidence that informs that care. As a qualified children’s nurse you’ll have the opportunity to grow and take on a range of roles, providing plenty opportunities for career advancement. To support your studies, the UK Government are continuing to provide adult nursing students with a payment of at least £5,000 a year which will not need to be paid back. Search NHS Learning Support Fund to find out more and for the eligibility criteria. Buckinghamshire New University has a strong reputation for delivering high-quality, innovative and contemporary nurse education. Our children nursing degree programme integrates academic study alongside practice-based learning. It is underpinned by a strong collaboration between the University, service users (experts by experience) and our NHS practice partners, helping you to gain the knowledge and skills you need for your future career in children’s nursing. Led by a dedicated teaching team of professional nurses and educators, you’ll have access to their wealth of clinical expertise and research activity in child health care. This will allow you to benefit from their experiences, insights and perspectives to enhance your learning. You'll learn how to perform a range of nursing skills with proficiency, predicated on contemporary knowledge and the understanding of best practice. You’ll also understand how to practice in a non- judgemental and anti-discriminatory way, prioritising the needs of children, young people and their families, respecting their choices and individual wishes and promoting health. During your time on the BSc Children’s Nursing degree, you’ll have the opportunity to go on placement in a range of our linked trusts and hospitals. Here you’ll build up your confidence, put your learnt skills to practice and get a taster in what a day in the life of a nurse is really like. We have impressive facilities with state-of-the-art equipment. You’ll get to recreate real scenarios so when you’re out on placement you’ll be confident in your nursing skills. Whilst children’s nursing is a rewarding career, we also understand studying children’s nursing at university can be challenging at times. Throughout your time on the course you’ll gain direct support both in the classroom and on placement, as we provide a link-lecturer for every placement to support students in practice. On campus you can find further support in the form of our Student Wellbeing Centre and our Student Learning Achievement Centre. Here we will be able to help you with a range of areas such as academic writing and building your CV.


Year one Core Modules Introduction to Professional Practice Fundamental Skills for Nursing Essential Anatomy and Physiology for Healthcare Pharmacology and Numeracy in Nursing Understanding Health, Illness, Disability and Diversity Across the Lifespan Becoming a Children's Nurse Beginning Practice Year two Core Modules Approaches to Research Methods, Appraisal and Application in Nursing The Professional Context of Nursing Understanding Health Conditions in Children's Nursing Assessing Needs and Planning Care in Children's Nursing Developing Competence in Children's Nursing Progressing in Practice Optional Modules Choose from one of the following: Socio-cultural Aspects of Health Sexual Health Infant Feeding Practice Elective Placement Year three Core Modules Leading and Managing Care Medicines Management Coordinating Complex Care in Children's Nursing Advancing Nursing Practice Preparing for Registration in Children's Nursing Attaining Competence in Practice

Assessment method

We include assessments which reflect real life nursing practices and, across the three years, you will be assessed through a number of means, such as: reflective assignments presentations exams academic poster development assignments literature review oral 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

Application codes

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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.

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Children's Nursing at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS