child-nursing-570

BSc single honours Nursing: Child Nursing 2018/19

Year of entry

Child nursing is a rewarding career where you can make a real difference to the care and wellbeing of children and their families.

You will develop the knowledge and skills required to become a children’s nurse. On completion, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

You will explore areas including:

  • health promotion
  • clinical skills
  • person-centred care
  • evidence-based practice
  • collaborative practice.

The Child Nursing course will enable you to become a confident, competent, compassionate and sustainable practitioner – one that is able to reflect on their actions, and those of others in order to improve or change practice to benefit the child and/or young person and their families.

This newly designed programme has been developed to meet the professional requirements to enable you to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and become a registered nurse within the child field. You will engage in a series of theoretical and practice modules throughout the programme and there is an equal split between classroom based learning and practice learning. You will have the opportunity to engage in group clinical supervision, with your peers, throughout the programme, which will help you reflect on your learning and develop into a competent and confident Children’s Nurse. 

Our programme was highly commended at Approval particularly for our integration of clinical supervision throughout the curriculum, our bold choice of learning and teaching strategies, the support we offer our students throughout the curriculum, and our close working relationships with services users, charitable organisations and our local service providers.

Throughout the course, you will gain skills to assess and care for children and young people who have a wide variety of healthcare needs and also learn about the importance of family-centred care. By the end of the course you will have learnt about a wide range of health issues that children and young people may face and how to deal with them effectively, to intervene quickly or early enough to decrease the chances of future health problems. You will also learn how to work with others to benefit the child/young person and their family.

This course will help you to develop the skills you need to become a leader in the child nursing profession and to be change agents in service improvement.

By the end of the course, and having successfully completed all requirements of the course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which is the professional statutory body for nursing and aims to safeguard the public by maintaining standards in practice and education. This will enable you to apply for a job as a children’s nurse in a variety of settings.

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

We are excited to be offering a newly designed Child Nursing programme from September 2017. This new programme has been developed with service providers and service users to deliver contemporary, evidence based nursing education to ensure that our graduates are fit for practice in evolving and dynamic health care services, whether that be in the public, charitable or private sector. Your programme will also furnish you with the skills that you need to become reflective, robust and resilient and will lay the foundations of lifelong learning.

As a Children’s nurse you will require a wide range of both theoretical and clinical knowledge to enable you to practice safely and effectively. In order to achieve this you will undertake five modules per year; a practice module, a clinical supervision module and three child nursing modules. The Child Nursing Programme will run over 3 years full-time and is divided equally between university based learning and practice learning. You will undertake 2300 hours of practice learning throughout the programme, alongside 2300 hours theoretical learning. Subject content will include anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, nursing interventions, cultural awareness, communication skills, interprofessional working, emotional health, policy, law and ethics, professional issues and public health. Within university you will learn alongside your colleagues in a mixture of small groups, lectures and by accessing resources on the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You will also have the opportunity to learn from children/young people and their families that come into the university to meet you. Real life scenarios will be used within some sessions so you can discuss and share thoughts and learning within a safe and confidential environment.

Work Experience

Throughout the three years of the programme, you will be allocated to a wide range of practice placements. You will have the opportunity to work within the hospital setting based in a children’s ward but will also have opportunity to work interprofessionally with departments that also care for children and families, such as Theatres, Out Patients, Special Care Baby Units. Each year you will also have community based placements where you will experience the wide range of services available to children and their families, such as services that go to children’s homes, School Nursing services, Health Visiting or short breaks. In your third year you will have an elective placement. This gives you the chance to arrange your own experience to enhance your practice learning. You may, for example, choose to go to a Children’s Hospital in London or elsewhere in the country, or a specialist service, such as Paramedics, You could also choose to arrange an overseas experience.    

Throughout your placement experiences you will be supervised directly or indirectly by a mentor who assess your competency to practice. The degree of supervision will depend upon your stage of learning and will allow you time to advance your skills at your pace, but while maintaining the safety of children and families.

To enhance your placement experience you will have full access to facilities including a fully equipped Simulation Suite and a modern library. You will also have a personal computing and email account, as well as full access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) containing a wide range of learning resources.

The programme is designed so that you will learn equally in university and within the practice setting – 50/50 split. Each year you will have a series of modules that you must complete and that will give you the skills and knowledge you need to progress.

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 on Children’s wards, Children’s Hospitals, Neonatal Intensive Care Units, Short Breaks and Hospice services, Community services and research. Further study could lead to opportunities in management and leadership roles.

Additionally, on successful completion of the course there are opportunities within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing to progress onto postgraduate study, such as Specialist Community and Public Health Nursing and also MSc or PhD studies.

Fees

Tuition Fees for 2018/19 have not yet been finalised - please read the 2018/19 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2018/19 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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

CategoryDescription
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) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
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 a variety of settings within the University and clinical practice areas. 50% of time is spent on theory related to practice and 50% of time is spent in practice relating relevant theory. You will spend blocks of time either in the clinical practice area or university. Holidays are set for the three years, so you know when you are able to take a break. Holidays cannot be taken outside of these set periods.

100% of Child Nursing students were satisfied with the quality of their course

National Student Survey, 2016

The programme uses an enquiry based learning approach so you could be working on case studies, alongside seminars, supervision, and on-line learning activities housed within the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You will receive feedback on your academic work throughout the programme and you will be supported in your learning by the module teaching teams as well as a Personal Academic Tutor (PAT). As a full-time student you are expected to participate in extra sessions, particularly for library and study support workshops, tutorials and to engage with self-directed study during the time you are not in lectures.

During placement you will attend the shift times of your mentor or allocated supervisor so that you can experience the wide range of activity in the practice area. Shift work could include evenings, weekends, bank holidays and night duty. 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

The academic teaching team comprises experienced registered nurses who also hold, or are working towards, an NMC registered teaching qualification, other health and social care practitioners registered with their relevant statutory regulatory body as well as qualified lecturers in higher education. Together we are responsible for facilitating the development of your knowledge and skills in relation to all aspects of the course.

The course is offered by the School of Nursing, which is committed to the delivery of evidence-based practice, and staff use their subject expertise in the content and delivery of learning and teaching. Members of the school are actively engaged in scholarship and knowledge exchange, through conference presentations, workshops, and publications, for example, which informs their teaching. Staff publications are available via Create - the University’s open access, repository.

The Children’s Nursing lecturing team comprises experienced nurses from Acute Children’s services, Neonatal Services, Intensive Care, Palliative care. Each lecturer has specialist knowledge in subjects and are passionate about sharing their knowledge and experiences whilst also learning new knowledge alongside you and studying for higher qualifications.

Surprising terms

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

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 https://www.nmc.org.uk/standards/code/) 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.

Throughout the programme you will be assessed in both theory and practice using a variety of assessment methods.

Each year you will be required to complete an assessment of practice using a document called the Pan London Assessment Tool. This is a document used by many universities that requires you to achieve the practice competencies identified by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. You will be assessed in practice by qualified nurses who are registered mentors and who have undergone specific preparation for this role.

Each theory module has its own assessment designed to test your understanding of the module content and achievement of the module learning outcomes. Different assessment strategies are used including, but not limited to, written pieces, essays, presentations and examinations.

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 factors is that you are able to demonstrate a commitment to and an 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. 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 volunteeringmatters.org.uk 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 www.canterbury.ac.uk/policies-procedures

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 www.nmc.org.uk

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.

UK/EU

Full-time study

Apply via UCAS

Need some help?

For advice on completing your application please contact the Admissions Enquiry Team:

Email: admissions@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel:+44 (0)1227 782900

Fact file

UCAS code

  • B730

Institutional code

  • C10

Length

  • 3 years full-time

Starts

  • September 2018 (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.

Location

School

More about

tef-logo210x50

Print or share this page

Connect with us

Last edited: 30/10/2017 08:47:00