Nursing (Child)

University of Leeds

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary

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Child nursing is caring for children and young people with a wide range of needs in a variety of healthcare settings. From newborns to adolescents, you’ll not only be supporting children but their families and carers during what can be an emotional and unpredictable time in their lives. We’re looking for people who are child-focused, want to keep children safe, make a difference and improve lives, who are caring, courageous and compassionate. We’ll help you develop the qualities that define a University of Leeds child nurse – a problem solver, decision maker, innovator and an advocate for your patients and their parents and carers. At the University of Leeds, we’re proud to offer outstanding teaching from some of the most inspirational lecturers in adult nursing, in fact, our teaching has been rated Gold by the Teaching Excellence Framework. This exciting three year honours course is designed to develop nurses with the skills and knowledge to work in the dynamic, changing health care environment to manage change and develop critical and analytical skills, as well as clinical skills to practice as a child nurse. We have stimulating placements in a variety of settings with two of the best teaching hospitals in Europe: St James Teaching Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary, with close links to Leeds Children’s hospital. We offer much more choice - and a range of specialist placements including neurology, paediatric A&E as well as children's medicine and surgery.

Course details


Year 1 is the trans-disciplinary first year where shared and inter-professional learning takes place with other nursing and healthcare students. You’ll explore the core issues required to become a healthcare professional, anatomy and physiology, as well as being introduced to specific aspects of child nursing. Year 2 Looks at the normal development of the child and young person and chronic conditions affecting these age groups. You’ll explore health promotion and health education, develop understanding of issues related to safeguarding children, debate legal and ethical concepts related to nursing and develop the skills for evaluating the research evidence underpinning clinical practice. Year 3 focuses on the acutely or critically ill child. You’ll examine critical thinking, decision-making skills and leadership skills and will be supported in making the transition to the role of qualified nurse. A 10,000-word research dissertation develops your ability to use, summarise and communicate research evidence and apply it to your professional practice. There is also an optional module which offers the opportunity to undertake a clinical placement abroad. Clinical placements are an integral part of your training.

Assessment method

Assessment We use a range of assessment methods, including essays, posters/ leaflets, practical skills examinations and multiple choice questions. You’ll need to demonstrate the knowledge and application of standard concepts, information and techniques, as well as your emerging abilities, skills and competencies. You’ll need to produce work that is typically both evaluative and creative and show you can conduct independent, in-depth enquiry within the discipline. You need to be able to draw on a wide variety of material and be able to evaluate and critique received opinion.

Professional bodies

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

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Successful completion of Year 1 of a relevant degree course

International applicants

International Admissions Process: All applicants for Nursing programmes must meet entry requirements, are required to be interviewed and undertake a short entry test. Interviews may be conducted via SKYPE and will be arranged with the applicant for a specific date and time. For nursing the test is a numeracy test. Tests for Nursing will be taken remotely, but under observation, immediately following the interview. Following applicant shortlisting by the School of Healthcare Admission Tutors, applicants will be invited to undertake an interview and entry test (subject to relevant entry criteria attainment as identified below): The numeracy test for Nursing and Midwifery is set around the European metric system of measurement and calculation.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level BBB A-level: BBB including a science subject (biology, human biology, chemistry, physics or applied science) Not general studies or critical thinking. GCSE: 5 A*-C, including maths and English and 2 science subjects
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF): Distinction/Distinction/Distinction in: Health and Social Care (Health Sciences); Health and Social Care (Health Studies) and must include 6 science focused modules, from: Unit 4 Development through the life stages Unit 5 Anatomy and Physiology for health and social care Unit 13 Physiology of Fluid Balance Unit 14 Physiological Disorders Unit 15 Biochemistry for Health Unit 16 Science for Health Unit 21 Nutrition for Health and Social Care Unit 31 Physiology of Co-ordination Unit 33 Physical Science for Health Unit 34 Human Inheritance for Health Social Care Unit 35 Introduction to Microbiology for Health Social Care We would not insist on this if you are also studying another science-focused course in addition to the Health and Social Care course. All BTEC modules must be listed on your UCAS form or else your application will be rejected. For 2018 onwards, candidates will need to have studied the Health Sciences or Health Studies programmes and have 6 science focused modules.
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits M: 15 credits 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at distinction and include 15 credits from science subjects + 5 GCSE’s A* to C grade in Maths, English, a Science plus two others. The remaining level 3 credits must be at merit level or above. For Access to Higher Education Diplomas completed before September 2014, applicants are required to have 45 credits at level 3 at distinction and include 12 credits from biology. We strongly advise you to contact the School to discuss the suitability of your chosen Access course. We consider Access Courses to be suitable for mature applicants (21 plus) who have been out of full-time education and have had no previous access to higher education.
Scottish Higher BBB BBB one of which must be a science (biology, chemistry, physics or applied science)
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 33 points 33 points overall, including 3 higher level subjects at minimum of grade 5
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) (Leaving Certificate): BBBBBB including B in English, maths and science (chemistry, biology, physics, applied science)

CACHE NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Health & Social Care NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Certificate in Health & Social Care NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care 6 science modules if undertaking Level 3 Extended Diploma (3 A-level equivalent). Applicants will be considered who take the Level 3 Award (1 A-level equivalent) or the Certificate (2 A-level certificate) but one of their other qualifications would need to be the equivalent of an A level in the Physical Sciences (Biology, chemistry or Physics). Students will need to have completed 2 mandatory modules and 3 from option group 1 and 1 from option group 2. Grade A (overall) is accepted. HSC CM6 Infection prevention and control in health and social care Mandatory HSC DM3.1 Anatomy and physiology for health and social care Mandatory HSC CM 02 Biochemistry for health Option Group 1 HSC CM 07 Genetics in health and social care Option Group 1 HSC CM 011 Microbiology for health Option Group 1 HSC CM 013 Physiology of coordination Option Group 1 HSC CM 015 Science of nutrition Option Group 1 HSC DM 09 Pharmacology Option Group 2 HSC DM 010 Physiology of ageing Option Group 2

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Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


When applying, you should provide an academic reference, which also includes a statement which attests to your character and good standing.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

Additional costs/fee information Additional Costs for Home/EU students (Mandatory) There is an additional one-off charge at the beginning of the 1st year to cover the following items: Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (current cost £49 - £54*) Contribution to occupational health clearance (current cost £90)** Additional costs for all students Students will need to purchase black shoes for placement. Students will be required to pay for printing of assessment work and photocopying of articles if needed Additional Costs for Home/EU students (Optional) Signing up to the DBS update service (currently £13 per year) Purchase of recommended text books and digital devices/laptops If a study abroad module is chosen, there will be additional costs for travel, visas and accommodation whilst abroad. [N.B. All costs are based on 2017 pricing and subject to change] * £54 if third party verification is required ** Missed occupational health appointments will be chargeable in addition to occupational health clearance International Fees and Additional Costs International Students Fees All applicants need to ensure cognisance of the financial implications before applying to the School of Healthcare and that there may be a requirement to provide a financial guarantee of funding for three years. The status of a student as being a home or overseas student is based upon residential status and not nationality. Where a prospective student is an overseas citizen living within the UK they should contact the Admissions Team at the School of Healthcare, [email protected] regardless of their residential status, to verify their fees status. Students will have to pay for Occupational Health clearance and immunisations (cost will vary dependent on individual needs of student and course requirements as well as any additional Occupational Health appointments and treatment needed during the programme. Other additional costs associated with the programme, which require consideration include visas and travel to and from placement. Applicants for all Undergraduate programmes at the School of Healthcare require a Criminal Record check, which will be undertaken as part of the visa application. Course fees are listed on our website
Nursing (Child) at University of Leeds - UCAS