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Course summary

Please note that advanced entry is not available on any of our Pre-Registration Nursing Programmes at this time. Be a part of our supportive, specialist child nursing community in Cambridge or Chelmsford. Our purpose-built child nursing labs simulate many aspects of a working hospital ward. You’ll use sophisticated healthcare equipment in small group sessions, led by highly experienced and dedicated staff. And, of course, you’ll spend lots of time out on placement. You’ll gain the clinical knowledge, skills, confidence and accreditation you need to succeed as a registered children’s nurse. Student nurses can take advantage of nursing training grants worth at least £5,000 per year. Here at ARU, we’re dedicated to the continual improvement of healthcare and stand by the values of the NHS Constitution. We think it’s important to reflect on what makes a great nurse. As a paediatric nurse, you'll have a natural rapport with young people and work closely with parents, carers and relatives. A compassionate child nurse understands that patient wellbeing must be placed at the centre of the care they deliver. A courageous nurse uses good communication to advocate for what’s right for patients and their families and commits to act as a role model. We’ll help you grow into a competent nurse and concentrate on developing your leadership skills. We’re proud to have been shortlisted for Nurse Education Provider of the Year in 2019 and 2020 by the Student Nursing Times. It speaks volumes about the quality of our teaching. You’ll soon discover that ARU is a stimulating place to study Child Nursing, with dedicated child nursing facilities and registered, practising tutors who’ll make sure you’re being taught the latest techniques and give you the support you need to succeed. We make use of technology to support your learning too, with virtual reality scenarios and real time assessment. Our Nursing and Midwifery Council Child Nursing degree places equal value on clinical practice and theory. It’ll take you from university lectures to a variety of placements. You may well find yourself at a GP surgery, attending health visits, on a general children's ward or in paediatric A&E. Hospital placements last around seven to 12 weeks and include both acute and community settings. There’s also the option of a self-funded overseas placement at the end of Year 2. You’ll be linked to one of our NHS healthcare trust partners for your placements in hospitals or community settings. If you study in Cambridge, your placements will be around Cambridgeshire or West Essex. If you study in Chelmsford, your placements will be around Essex or North East London. We want to make sure you experience a variety of placements and that you graduate as an effective practitioner. Our placement maps will help you plan your travel before you start on the course. Teaching on campus usually takes place between 9am–5pm, Monday–Friday. On placement, you’ll be working shifts. This can mean early, late and night shifts, as well as working weekends and bank holidays. You’ll be supported by practice supervisors and assessors as well as staff from ARU. Each year, you’ll get allocated annual leave at set points to support you in balancing your course and relaxation time. Throughout your time studying Child Nursing at ARU, you’ll have the chance to share experiences with students from other health care courses, and to see how the professions work together to provide effective and seamless care.


Year one • Essential Knowledge and Skills for Person-centred Care • Essential Nursing Skills and Practice 1 • Medicines Calculations for Safe Practice 1 • Essential Nursing Skills and Practice 2Fundamentals Knowledge and Skills for Nursing Year two • Holistic Care for the Developing Child and Young Person with Health Care Needs • Developing Children's Nursing Practice 1 • Medicines Calculations for Safe Practice 2 • Recognising and Responding to the Deterioration of Children and Young People • Developing Children's Nursing Practice 2 Year three • Nurses as Future Leaders • Leading and Co-ordinating Care with Confidence • Undergraduate Major Project: Becoming an Independent Practitioner • Medicines Calculations for Safe Practice 3

Assessment method

Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of rigorous and consistent assessment methods to help you and your tutors measure your progress. These will include exams, essays, presentations, care studies and practice assessment.

Professional bodies

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

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 ( Academic level with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University. Please note we also accept the English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT). 2020 Entry requirements are under review for the next cycle and have been published using the current cycle information. Please check back when apply opens for the exact requirements.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks


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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

Additional fee information
Nursing (Child) at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS