Make sure you check on the university, college or conservatoire website for any updates about course changes as a result of COVID-19.

Course summary

This course is designed to equip you with the hands-on clinical and care skills to become a caring practitioner well-prepared to meet the needs of children, young people and their families.

  • Fully accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) providing eligibility for registration as a nurse on successful completion of the course (additional costs may apply).
  • Ranked 2nd in the UK for Children's Nursing in the Guardian University Guide 2023.
  • All home students on this course can apply for a minimum payment from the Government of £5,000 per year, with additional payments for students incurring childcare costs*
  • Study in the state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building which features hospital wards, operating theatre, critical care settings, community housing and other real-life nursing environments relevant to practice*.
Key Course Benefits
  • This course has been designed to enable you to analyse the needs of, and develop and deliver effective care for, children from birth to young adulthood. You will consider their physiological needs, mental health and wellbeing in the provision of care and understand the importance of evidence informed practice, care and compassion.
  • The course focuses on integrated care for children and young people in a variety of settings. You will not only focus on acute/hospital settings, but also on community children’s nursing, supporting children with long-term chronic conditions, health visiting and child and adolescent mental health services.
  • You will be taught to value the needs of children and their families through their ongoing involvement in the curriculum. You will have the opportunity to develop skills in communication, health assessment, professional practice, evidence-based practice, knowledge of public health and policy, and legal and ethical issues.
  • Placing equal value on practice and theory, undertaking 800 hours of both per year, you will study a wide range of subjects, including anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, psychology, sociology and research methods. You’ll become immersed in learning about the needs of populations, individuals, related health and nursing services with an emphasis on using research to enhance and improve services.
  • From the outset, you’ll gain hands-on experience under supervision from qualified mentors, spending around 50% of your time on clinical practice placements* in a range of healthcare environments within the NHS in hospitals and community placements, at private hospitals and independent care providers.
  • The facilities* in the multi-million-pound Alison Gingell Building includes mock hospital wards, operating theatre, critical care settings, community housing and other real-life nursing environments relevant to practice. You will have the opportunity to make use of our extensive simulation facilities – from basic life support manikins to high tech simulation dummies, which emulate patient responses and test resuscitation skills. You will also use equipment found in the real world of practice.
  • While the course has a clear focus on nursing children and young people, a key benefit of our curriculum is the notion of collaboration across all areas of health and social care.
*For further information please check the course page on the Coventry University website.


Year One An introduction to the art and science of nursing in general but also containing the specifics of Children and Young People’s Nursing and family-centred care. The university will source two 10-week placements for you*. One will be within a paediatric acute care setting and another within the community. All students must be able to travel across Coventry and Warwickshire as this is our main placement area. Within year one placements students may also undertake virtual simulated practice. This involves group working within understanding local community issues and health service planning, online simulated patient scenarios for students to work through and undertake assessment within and paediatric focused clinical skills and scenarios. Service users are also involved, providing feedback upon case study presentations. Modules The Scientific Foundations of Nursing Practice -20 credits Fundamental Skills for Person- and Family-Centred Practice - 20 credits Study Skills for Evidence Based Practice - 10 credits The Foundations of Evidence-Informed Practice - 10 credits Health and Wellbeing in the Community - 20 credits Introduction to the Foundations of Nursing Practice (Practice 1) - 20 credits The Foundations of Nursing Practice (Practice 2) - 20 credits Year Two This is a step up from year one, developing further the knowledge base for Children and Young People’s Nursing as well as assessment and management skills. Modules Ethical and Legal Decision-making in the Context of Nursing - 20 credits Developing the Management of Care Across the Lifespan (Practice 3) - 20 credits Assessing needs and Planning care Across the Lifespan - 20 credits Advancing Therapeutic care Delivery within Children and Young People’s Nursing - 20 credits Managing Care Across the Lifespan (Practice 4) - 20 credits Developing Evidence Informed Decision making in Nursing - 10 credits Facilitation and Teaching of Learning in Practice - 10 credits Final Year Year three focuses on leadership and management, culminating in preparing you, by the end of the programme, to possess the skills to practice as an autonomous practitioner. Modules Integrated Care Provision for Children with Complex Needs - 20 credits Leadership and Management for Healthcare Professionals - 20 credits Evidence Based Project - 20 credits Contemporary Concepts: Children and Young People’s Nursing - 10 credits Co-ordinating Inter-professional Health and Social Care Practice (Practice 5) - 20 credits Transition to the Accountable Practitioner - 10 credits The Autonomous Practitioner (Practice 6) - 20 credits We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated. For details about individual modules please visit the course page on our website. *For further information please check the course page on the Coventry University website.

Assessment method

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include: Practice placement assessments Written coursework Vivas Formal examinations. The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.

Professional bodies

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

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council

How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
Institution code:
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

All applications are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and your motivation to study the course. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate / BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 National Diploma / BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry onto degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that total the equivalent of three A2 Levels. This may include subject specific requirements where necessary. If you are successful in receiving an offer, you will be invited to attend an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and studying at Coventry University.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks


Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
Student satisfaction
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.

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

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Children and Young People's Nursing at Coventry University - UCAS