BSc single honours Nursing: Child Nursing 2017/18

Year of entry

We are no longer accepting applications for September 2017 entry. Applications for September 2018 entry are now open - apply now.

The role of the children’s nurse is to provide holistic care of the child which encourages family involvement to ensure all needs are met appropriately.

The Child Nursing course equips you with skills and knowledge to apply for entry to the profession as a Registered Children’s Nurse and it offers a good foundation to allow the newly qualified Children’s Nurse to pursue a career in a variety of settings in hospitals or the community. The course offers the opportunity to learn about and care for children and young people with short term illness and injury as well as those with more complex and long-term needs.

The placement experiences that you will have will reflect the changing nature of health care for children and will allow you to access a variety of health care settings that children can have contact with

Student experience is central to our team’s philosophy of course delivery and we will support you on your journey to registration and help prepare you for a life-long learning career.

This course is designed to enable you to apply for registration as a Children’s Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council on successful completion of the course.

94% of Child Nursing graduates were in employment or further study six months after completing their studies.

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2014/15

To ensure our students experience the most current and relevant health and social care education, we are excited to be offering a newly designed programme of interprofessional education from September 2017, designed to reflect the rapidly evolving dimensions of the health and social care sector and the needs of the individual.

The interprofessional education design is based on years of experience that we have in teaching collaborative learning.

Within the new design our aim is to give students the opportunity to embrace and capture their interprofessional placement experiences and use of interprofessional interactions through simulation activities, such as role play, use of discussion boards and online simulated activities. These, and other activities, will support their learning and teaching, and their assessment.

Our Health and Social Care courses are subject to the approval of a relevant statutory regulatory body. This allows students to apply for registration upon successful completion of the course.

The course will equip you with knowledge and skills required to become a Registered Children’s Nurse. You will learn how to care for infants, children, young people and their families in a holistic manner.

The pathophysiology and nursing care of short and long term illness and injury, as well as more complex issues, will be introduced allowing you to build knowledge, year on year.

Consideration will also be given to promoting the health of children and young people, and understanding of current issues within children’s nursing will also be explored.

Professional and personal development will be a theme throughout the course, allowing you to improve skills of leadership and to support you with finding your first job as a children’s nurse.

Work experience

Clinical placements are an integral part of the course.

Experience in practice constitutes 50% of the programme and links with the taught elements. Placements take place in a variety of settings both in hospital and the community. Students are usually allocated to a children's ward which is their base ward for the whole of the programme. During their placements, students are provided with a named supervisor(s) who supports them during their practice placements. Initially, students observe qualified practitioners and gradually begin to participate in care delivery as their knowledge and skills increase.

The expectation is that students normally work the same shifts as their supervisors, which will involve working in the evening, some weekends and nights. Since placements are widespread throughout Kent, travelling is inevitable and unavoidable.

The assessment strategy of the programme is designed to test whether the student has attained the academic level required for the award of BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child), and the knowledge and clinical expertise necessary for eligibility for entry on to the NMC Register (Registered Nurse (Child)). Candidates are therefore required to pass both their theoretical assignments and their assessments in practice placements in order to complete the IPL Child Nursing programme.

“Staff in uni have been of great support and I am sad to be leaving. The course was very informative and the combination of placements and uni was helpful and enjoyable. I feel I have a good understanding of different areas of nursing. I have felt supported throughout.”

3rd year student Child Nursing programme

We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.

Year 1

Child Nursing Practice 1

Practice-based module

Group Clinical Supervision 1

The aim of this module is to facilitate groups to have reflective and reflexive conversations that enable you to link your practice experiences to theory and contemporary evidence based practice.

Introduction to Children’s Nursing

You will be introduced to the professional values underpinning nursing practice, focussing on contemporary children’s nursing practice.

Contextualising Children’s and Young People’s Nursing

Core concepts of children and young people’s nursing will be introduced building on theoretical knowledge of human physiology and nursing practice across the hospital and community setting.

Introduction to Health Promotion and Public Health in Children’s and Young People’s Nursing

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the principles of public health and the practice of health promotion whilst working in a variety of settings with children, young people and families.

Year 2

Child Nursing Practice 2

Practice-based module

Group Clinical Supervision 2

Continued opportunity for groups to have reflective and reflexive conversations that enable you to link your practice experiences to theory and contemporary evidence based practice.

Care of the Child/Young Person whose Health is Compromised – part 1

You will be enabled to meet the individual and diverse needs of children, young people and families who have complex lifelong conditions

Care of the Child/Young Person whose Health is Compromised – part 2

Consideration of how to meet the individual and diverse needs of children, young people and families who have life threatening or life limiting illness and will require specialist care and symptom management.

Acute Children’s Nursing

This module will enable you to apply knowledge of biological and social sciences to assess, plan, implement and evaluate individualised care of the infant/child/young person who is experiencing deviations to healthy wellbeing.

Year 3

Child Nursing Practice 3

Practice-based module

Group Clinical Supervision 3

Continued opportunity for groups to have reflective and reflexive conversations that enable you to link your practice experiences to theory and contemporary evidence based practice.

Preparation for Registered Practice

Enabling you to lead and manage evidence based, high quality care interprofessionally within children’s nursing and to prepare you for the transition to becoming a registered children’s nurse

Technology Dependent and Critical Care across the age span in Children’s Nursing

You will develop knowledge and understanding of the needs of the neonate, infant, child or young person requiring higher levels of care secondary to critical illness or who are dependent on technology to sustain health.

Nursing Dissertation

An independent study.

The course offers a good foundation to enter a career in children’s nursing in a variety of settings. Our students find jobs locally and nationally, either in children’s hospitals or on children’s ward or neonatal units.

Some students go on to further studies to train as specialist public health nurses, such as health visitors and school nurses. Students can also go on to roles involving research.


The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

From 1 August 2017, new students in England on nursing, midwifery and most allied health professional (AHP) pre-registration courses will have access to the standard student support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs, rather than getting an NHS grant. Visit our page on Health Education Funding in 2017/18 or find out more at

Full-time  £9,250*  TBC
Part-time  N/A  N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

*Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2017/18 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,165 in Year 0.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

You will be entitled to claim travel and accommodation expenses incurred over and above daily travel costs to university. The costs must be related to essential practice placements.

CCCU Advantage

Our aim is to ensure that there are no hidden initial costs when commencing your Health and Wellbeing course. Any additional costs to pre-registration health and social care students should be kept to a minimum, therefore, we will be providing all our students commencing courses affected by the NHS bursary changes from September 2017 with extra funding support as part of your course fees.

The CCCU Advantage Package includes:

  • Uniforms
  • Disclosure & Barring Service check
  • Occupational Health costs, including immunisation

Visit The Funding Clinic for further information on the Government funding changes.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Composition of the course

Learning takes place in the University and in clinical practice and is divided between the two, with around half of the course spent learning theory that is related to practice and half of the course spent in clinical practice learning how theory can be applied to practice. You will spend a pre-set and structured amount of time in university and placement. You will not be able to take holidays outside of the designated holiday period.

100% of our most recent Child Nursing students were in jobs or further study 6 months after finishing their course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education, 2015/16

In placement you will be expected to work full-time and follow the shift pattern of your mentor, so this will include weekends, evenings, nights, bank holidays, long days, early starts and late finishes.

As a full-time course, you are expected to participate in extra sessions, particularly for library and study support workshops, tutorials with tutors and to engage with self-directed study during the time you are not in lectures.

Whilst in practice placements you will be supported, guided and inspired by practice mentors who have a range of experiences and skills to nurture your learning.

Academic input

Within University you will be taught by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers from a variety of backgrounds in children’s nursing who demonstrate a passion to ensure that children, young people and families receive ‘best care’.

The vast majority of the academic teaching team are experienced practitioners registered with the relevant professional and/or statutory regulatory body. They are responsible for facilitating the development of your knowledge and skills in relation to the professional aspects of the course.

Surprising terms

Each year you must pass all elements of assessment in university and practice in order to progress to the next level.

During placement you will be required to attend at shift times, as appropriate, as is often the case once in employment. This ensures that you experience the full range of activity in your individual placement. Shift work could include weekends, bank holidays and night duty, as well as early or late shift patterns across the day.

Students in placement must conform to NHS rules of appearance and conduct as set out by the placement provider/organisation. In addition to this students will be expected to uphold the professional standards of the Code (NMC 2015 at all times.

Owing to the varied nature of placements, there will be a need for you to travel to and from placements within Kent and/or Medway and, in some cases, outside of the county.

Assessment typically consists of exams, presentations, coursework, written assignments and assessment in practice.

GCSE English Language and Mathematics, at grade C or above, or equivalent.

When we select applicants for interview we take a number of factors into account and one of the main ones is that you are able to demonstrate a commitment to and understanding of nursing.

You should set aside time to complete the application form as the decision as to whether you are called for interview is based on the form. The personal statement is very important and you must say why you want to become a nurse and demonstrate your commitment to and understanding of the profession.

You need to include full details of any relevant care work carried out, such as the nature of the work you have completed and the interaction you have undertaken with the patients. Also describe any observational shadowing work you have done with reference to the qualified nurses who are employed at the home or hospital. Relevant experience can also be obtained through volunteer placements, such as those offered by Volunteering Matters. Visit for information.

Applicants for Child Nursing need to show evidence of working with children and some insight into the role of the children’s nurse.

We take into account what your referee says about you, and it is important that you give us the names and addresses of relevant referees in a professional setting, for example you should not use friends or relatives. We also look at your academic background.

Interview process: Student recruitment is undertaken by means of a Values Based Recruitment approach which is aligned with the values and behaviours expected by the NHS Constitution. Applicants offered an interview will have an introductory talk, will undertake a 30 minute literacy test and a 30 minute numeracy test. Candidates will also have an interview with a Service User, which is scored, and finally an individual interview. There are a set of criteria by which all applicants are judged, in general we are looking for applicants who can:

  • Demonstrate values commensurate with the profession
  • Communicate clearly in spoken and written standard English
  • Convey enthusiasm about their chosen profession and react appropriately to the group discussion
  • Explain why they want to become a nurse and be able to explain and give evidence that they understand the role of the nurse
  • Show that they have an appropriate educational background

Find out more about the interview process and take a look at a test paper

Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview, and are subject to a satisfactory reference, health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

This Child Nursing course is subject to a conjoint approval between the University and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Upon approval, it is further subject to monitoring processes by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

To be eligible to apply for registration with the relevant statutory regulatory body you must demonstrate good health and good character throughout your studies and on completion. Applications for professional registration will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and Occupational Health clearance.

On completion of the course and in preparation for registration, the Programme Director must be satisfied that you meet the relevant statutory regulatory body fitness to practise criteria. You will be required to sign an annual declaration of ongoing fitness to practise at regular intervals during the course. The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing has a Fitness to Practise policy and procedures which may be instigated should you demonstrate behaviour or conduct that falls short of that expected by the University and/or statutory regulatory body. For more details, visit

Nurses are regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and nursing students are expected to comply with ‘The Code’ - a regulatory guide which relates to professional standards. A copy of this is available at

The Simulation Suite offers the opportunity for you to practice clinical skills in a safe environment. The suite reflects a clinical area and experienced, supporting staff will be able to facilitate the learning experience.

Simulation can take place within the suite as part of a lecture and you are also encouraged to access the area at agreed times with staff to enhance own learning. Simulation models are used to allow you to participate in ‘real time’ learning so that you can reflect on and share experiences with other students.

Fact file

UCAS code

  • B730

Institutional code

  • C10


  • 3 years full-time


  • September 2017 (Canterbury and Medway)

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics, at grade C or above, or equivalent.

    A typical offer would be BBC at A2 Level, or equivalent

    More entry requirement details.



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