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
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.
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.
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.