Nursing Studies Child Nursing

BSc single honours Nursing Studies: Child Nursing 2016/17

The University offers a three year full-time programme for those wishing to become children’s nurses. This is through the Child Nursing Pathway of the Interprofessional Learning Programme. The pathway prepares students for the award of BSc (Hons) Child Nursing and for eligibility for entry on to the NMC register as a Registered Nurse (Child).

The aim of the Child Nursing Pathway is to produce children’s nurses as graduates, who are able to deliver high quality contemporary healthcare which meets the needs of children, young people and their families. This care may be delivered in hospital, in the child’s home or in the wider community such as schools and clinics, in collaboration with other health and social care professionals.

The Child Nursing Pathway in the Interprofessional Learning Programme is 156 weeks in length. There is an annual intake each September at the Canterbury Campus, and each April at the Medway Campus.

The programme is underpinned by a collaborative framework and in each year, students undertake a module with students from other pathways studying within the programme, which enhances their professional development.

In Year 1, Child Nursing students undertake 4 modules which enable them to develop generic and specialist nursing knowledge which underpins practice in acute and community settings.

In Year 2, Child Nursing students undertake 4 modules which enable them to develop knowledge and skills to care for children and young people within a range of settings in the acute and community sectors.

Year 3 provides additional opportunities for the development of child nursing skills within neonatal and high dependency care, and caring for the child with life limiting/threatening disorders. These are challenging areas in which to work and enable students to develop the skills necessary to support children, young people and families at times of stress/distress. Year 3 also offers the student the opportunity to develop effective management skills and to prepare for the transition to Registered Nurse.

Experience in practice constitutes 50% of the programme and links with the taught modules. Placements take place in a variety of settings both in hospital and the community. Students are 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 support 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) in Child Nursing, 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.

Successful completion of the programme allows students to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and practise as a qualified nurse. Nursing provides many career opportunities both in the UK and overseas. Once qualified, there are many opportunities for further professional development and specialisation.

Year 1 modules consist of:

  • Professional Practice 1
  • Collaborative Practice 1
  • Principles of Nursing Practice
  • Promoting Health Through Interpersonal Relationships
  • Fundamental Concepts of Anatomy and Physiology for Children’s Nursing
  • Foundation Clinical Skills for Children’s Nursing.

Year 2 modules consist of:

  • Professional Practice 2
  • Collaborative Practice 2
  • Influences on the Health and Development of Young Children
  • The Nursing of Children and Young People within Health and Social Care 1
  • The Nursing Care of Children and Young People within Health and Social Care 2
  • Influences on the Health of Young People and their Transition to Adulthood.

Year 3 modules consist of:

  • Professional Practice 3
  • Collaborative Practice 3
  • Palliative Care within Children’s Nursing
  • Critical Care within Children’s Services
  • Leadership and Management within Children’s Services
  • Professional and Self Development.


2015/16 and 2016/17

All places on this course for entry in academic years 2015/16 and 2016/17 are NHS bursary funded for Home and EU students only.

There are no tuition fees payable and you may be eligible for a maintenance bursary:


We recognise that in the Government’s Spending Review, on 25 November 2015, changes are going to be made to the funding for nursing, midwifery and allied health professions pre-registration education for the academic year 2017/18.

Full details are to be confirmed by the Government and we will update our web pages as information becomes available.

The current information detailed in the Government’s Department of Health NHS Bursary Reform Paper issued on 9th December states that:

  • From 1st August 2017 new nursing, midwifery and allied health students will no longer receive NHS bursaries. Instead, they will have access to the same student loans system as other students.
  • Under the loans system, students on nursing, midwifery and allied health courses will receive around a 25% increase in the financial support available to them for living costs. The precise change for individuals will be dependent on their circumstances – for example, where they study, the length of the course, income and residency.
  • The Department of Health intends that students studying nursing, midwifery and the allied health subjects as a second degree will also be able to get student loans.
  • Repayment terms are expected to be the same as for students on the standard loans system. Graduates become eligible to pay back their loans in the April after they graduate, and then they will have to pay back only 9% of their earnings over £21,000 per year. For example a graduate on a salary of £21,700 per year would pay £5.25 per month. If income drops below £21,000 for any reason, for example part-time working or a career break, repayments stop. Any outstanding balance on student loans is written off by the government 30 years after the graduate becomes eligible for repayment (in the April after graduation).

The Council of Deans of Health has also issued some background information for students. View the website for further details.

The Government has not announced any changes to funding for students applying to study in academic years 2015/16 and 2016/17.

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 on courses are expected to meet. 

  • Students on this programme may incur travel and accommodation costs whilst on placement. These costs can be reclaimed by students from the NHSBSA.
  • Students on this programme will also be required to wear uniform in practice whilst on placement. The cost of the uniform is funded by the NHS.  

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University. 

Whilst in University, a variety of teaching methods are used throughout a student’s programme. These range from taught sessions to independent, self- directed learning using PowerPoint presentations; group discussions; debates, seminar groups; clinical/nursing skills practice; student/peer presentations and technology enhanced learning (TEL). In each of their clinical placements, students learn by observation, under supervision and through practice. They are allocated an experienced registered children’s nurse/ specialist nurse. This nurse will be their “mentor” whose role is to work with them and guide their learning and development in their clinical practice. Their “mentor” will have undertaken a course, validated by the NMC, to prepare them for their role as a mentor.

Students are assessed throughout their three-year programme in both theory and practice. 

They need to pass both the theory and the clinical practice for every module in order to pass through each progression point.

The theory is assessed in a variety of ways. These include written essays, presentations, examinations and the development of an online portfolio. Clinical practice is assessed by students’ mentors throughout each placement and by the end of each year they need to have passed each of the skills that are itemised in a document they are given called the Ongoing Achievement Record (OAR).

Throughout their three years, feedback on their clinical skills is also taken from the people they are caring for and their families when appropriate.

Recruitment for this course considers not only the values of the specific profession you are wishing to join, but also the values of the wider NHS. You can expect to be shortlisted and interviewed based upon these values as well as course/profession specific requirements. More information on values can be found here.

Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview. 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 children's nursing.

You should set aside time to complete the application form (further information can be found here) 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 have some experience of working with children. Where possible, this needs to be in a health care or similar environment and full details of this should be in your personal statement. You need to be able to say how through this experience what insight you have gained into the role of the children's nurse and working with children and their families. Relevant experience can also be obtained through volunteer placements, such as those offered by Volunteering Matters. Visit for information.

We take into account what your referees say about you, and it is important that you give us the names and addresses of relevant referees, for example you should not use friends or relatives. We also look at your academic background and we take into account any criminal convictions or police cautions that you might have.

If the screening of your UCAS form is successful then you will be invited to a selection day. They are held in February and March.  The day consists of introductory talks, literacy and numeracy tests, a short time with a child service user and a formal interview. The interview panel usually consists of a Child Nursing lecturer and a practising nurse. The interview panel has a set of criteria by which all applicants are judged. In general they are looking for applicants who can:

  • Communicate clearly in spoken and written standard English
  • Convey enthusiasm about their chosen profession
  • Articulate why they want to become a Children’s Nurse and be able to give evidence that they understand the role of the Children’s Nurse
  • Show that they have an appropriate educational background

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).

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UCAS code

  • B730


  • 3 years full-time

Entry requirements

  • A typical offer would be BBC at A2 Level, or equivalent
    5 GCSEs including English Language and Mathematics, at grade C or above, or equivalent.
    More entry requirement details.



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Last edited: 16/05/2016 14:21:00