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    As a children's nurse you'll care for children and their families, placing their wellbeing at the centre of everything you do. You'll learn how to care for infants, children, young people and their families in a holistic manner.

    Our Child Nursing course will develop your theoretical and practical knowledge and skills from day one, so that you have the experience and confidence to become a competent, compassionate and sustainable practitioner.

    You'll spend 50% of your time at university and 50% of your time in placements across a variety of settings, including hospitals, schools and in the community. You'll be able to develop your practical learning in the safe environment of our simulations suites, which include fully equipped wards with simulation models.

    On successful completion of all components, you'll be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

    Why Study Child Nursing?

    83% of our Child Nursing students were satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of teaching on their programme (NSS 2021)

    You'll be immersed in nursing practice right through the course and supported by academics and professionals with vast experience. From developing your practical skills in our simulation suites to working in real healthcare environments, you'll be exposed to many different situations and will care for children with varying needs.

    The experience you gain will help to ensure that you are fit for practice in evolving and dynamic health care services within the public, charitable or private sectors.

    We're passionate about contemporary, evidence-based nursing education and have developed this course with service providers and service users to ensure you gain the skills and knowledge relevant to contemporary nursing practice.

      All about the course

      Throughout the course, you'll gain skills to assess and care for children and young people who have a wide variety of healthcare needs and you'll learn about the importance of family centred care. You'll also develop the skills and knowledge you need to become a leader in the child nursing profession and to contribute to service improvement.

      You'll explore areas including:

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

      You'll have the opportunity to learn from children/young people and their families who either come into the University as part of the teaching, or who you'll meet during your practice placements.

      Real life scenarios will be used within some sessions so you can discuss and share your thoughts and learning within a safe and confidential environment.

      All the lecturers who facilitate your learning are children’s nurses from a variety of different specialist backgrounds within children’s nursing.

      You'll experience a wide range of practice placements and will work within a children’s ward, children’s assessment unit or children’s A&E department.

      You'll also have the opportunity to work interprofessionally with departments that also care for children and families, such as theatres, outpatients and special care baby units.

      During your community-based placements you'll experience the wide range of services available to children and their families.

      By the end of the course, you'll have developed a strong understanding of 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 reduce the chances of future health problems.

      Entry requirements

      GCSE English language and mathematics grades A-C / 4-9 or equivalent. Functional Skills Level 2 accepted.

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

      Overseas Students - all must attend for interview (no Skype). If English is not your first language you require IELTS overall score of 7, with scores of at least 7 in reading, listening and speaking, and at least 6.5 in writing.

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      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. Health clearance will include vaccinations for NHS placements, and evidence of vaccination status may be required by placement providers or the university.

      More information about entry requirements.

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      Module information

      Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. 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. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

      Core/optional modules

      How you’ll learn

      The academic element of the course is delivered by lecturers and senior lecturers who are all children’s nurses with a variety of different specialist backgrounds.

      In practice areas you'll be supported by experienced children’s nurses who have had additional training in supporting and assessing students in practice areas.

      We also invite outside speakers to share their experiences with you as they bring a depth of information from a personal and specialist perspective.

      The course is designed so that you are encouraged to integrate the learning in University with learning in the placement areas. The modules within each year are designed to maximise this process and ensure that by the end of each year, you are ready to move onto the next step in the journey towards qualification as a children’s nurse.

      There are 50 hours of academic direction per module and you are expected to complete guided study and preparatory work before and after seminars and lectures. You'll have full access to our virtual learning environment containing a wide range of learning resources.

      All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

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

      Placements are varied to ensure you achieve the Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements for registration. During placements you are required to work the shift patterns (weekends, bank holidays and night duty) of your practice area. This ensures that you experience the full range of activity in your individual placement. While on placement, you must conform to the rules of appearance and conduct as set out by your placement provider/organisation.

      In your third year, you'll have an elective placement giving you the opportunity 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.

      You'll be allocated a personal academic tutor who is there to support you over the three years of the course, and ensure that you have the opportunity to reach your full potential during your time as a student nurse. There are also other support services within the University that you can access to help you develop your academic and critical thinking skills.

      You'll be expected to undertake independent learning to support your academic modules and practice experience. This may be undertaken individually or within small groups, and will include problem solving activities.

      Academic staff will provide guidance for your independent learning through the virtual learning environment.

      We are committed to treating you as an individual, helping and supporting you to realise your dream of becoming a children’s nurse.

      Gayle Le MoineCourse director, Child Nursing

      How you’ll be assessed

      Throughout the course you'll be assessed in both theory and practice using a variety of assessment methods. You must pass all elements of assessment in university and practice to progress to the next level.

      Each year you'll be required to complete an assessment of practice using a document called the Pan London Assessment Document. This is a document used in several other universities and is the record of competency achievement in clinical practice areas identified by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. You'll be assessed in practice by qualified nurses who are practice assessors.

      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.

      Your future career

      The course meets the professional requirements to enable you to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and become a registered nurse within the field of child nursing.

      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 MSc or PhD studies.


      The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time £9,250 £14,500

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

      Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/international-student-fees-and-funding

      Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Bursaries

      To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education new cash bursary and scholarship opportunities are available for students starting a degree in September 2022. See full details.

      Further entry requirements

      When we select applicants for interview we take several factors into account. One of the main factors is that you can demonstrate a commitment to and an understanding of child nursing. The personal statement is extremely important and you must include reasons why you want to become a children's nurse and demonstrate your commitment to and understanding of the profession. You need to show evidence of working with children and some insight into the role of the children’s nurse.

      Student recruitment is undertaken by means of a Values Based Recruitment approach which is aligned with the values and behaviours outlined in the NHS Constitution.

      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
      • Explain why they want to become a children’s nurse
      • Be able to explain and give evidence that they understand the role of the children’s nurse
      • React appropriately to the young person, demonstrating an ability to communicate with them as an individual
      • Show that they have an appropriate educational background

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      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.

      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

      Professional accreditation

      This course is subject to a conjoint approval between the University and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. It is also subject to further 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 Course 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

      Health Foundation Year

      For candidates who have been successful at interview, but who are unable to subsequently meet the wider entry requirements, we may be able to offer you a four-year course which includes a foundation year.

      The Health Foundation Year will prepare you for future study and will be the first year of a four-year degree, and if successfully completed, you will be able to progress on to your chosen degree.

      Applications cannot be made directly to the Foundation Year and places are limited.

      Find out more about the Health Foundation Year

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      The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.

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