Nursing Studies Child Nursing

BSc single honours Nursing Studies: Child Nursing

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. Students across all pathways additionally study a module each year which supports and enhances their professional development.

In Year 1, child nurses 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 nurses 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.

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. 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 a WIKI (online). 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 Assessment of Practice Tool (APT). 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 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 include full details regarding 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 what 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 CSV (Community Service Volunteers). 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 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 blocks twice a year and the day consists of introductory talks, literacy and numeracy tests, a group discussion and an interview. The interview panel usually consists of an Adult 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 and react appropriately to the group discussion
  • Explain why they want to become a nurse and be able to give evidence that they understand the role of the 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).

Fact file

UCAS code

  • B730


  • 3 years full-time

Entry requirements

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



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