BSc single honours Nursing: Child Nursing 2019/20

Year of entry

Applications to this course for September 2019 entry are closed. You can now apply for September 2020 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. 

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 reduce 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 employment or further study 6 months after finishing their course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education, 2016/17

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 including 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 and mental health and wellbeing, 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 who either come into the university as part of the teaching, or you will meet during your practice placements. Real life scenarios will be used within some sessions so you can discuss and share thoughts and learning within a safe and confidential environment. All of the lecturers who facilitate your learning are Children’s Nurses from a variety of different specialty backgrounds within Children’s nursing.

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 and 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 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.    

Throughout your placement experiences you will be supervised directly or indirectly by a Practice Supervisor 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 own 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 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.

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 Learning 1

Practice-based module

Group Clinical Supervision and Professional Development 1

The aim of this module is to facilitate student groups to have reflective and reflexive conversations that enable them to link their practice experiences to theory and contemporary evidence based practice. A second aim is to develop the student’s personal and professional skills.

Principles of Children’s Nursing

You will be introduced to the professional values underpinning nursing practice, focussing on contemporary children’s nursing practice.

Fundamentals of 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.

Foundations of Public Health and Health Promotion 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 Learning 2

Practice-based module

Group Clinical Supervision and Professional Development 2

The aim of this module is to facilitate student groups to have reflective and reflexive conversations that enable them to link their practice experiences to theory and contemporary evidence based practice. A second aim is to develop the student’s personal and professional skills.

Care of the Child/Young Person with Lifelong Healthcare Needs

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 with Life Limiting/Life Threatening Conditions

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.

Nursing the Acutely Unwell Infant/Child/Young Person

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 Learning 3

Practice-based module

Child Clinical Supervision and Professional Development 3

The aim of this module is to facilitate student groups to have reflective and reflexive conversations that enable them to link their practice experiences to theory and contemporary evidence based practice. A second aim is to develop the student’s personal and professional skills.

Leadership, Management and Progression

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

Care of the critically ill and/or the technology dependent neonate/child/young person

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.

Crtical Review of Practice

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.


The 2019/20 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £11,900

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

Please read the 2019/20 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2019/20 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Overseas students, please note that there is an additional fee of £1,450 per year of study for placement costs. You will also be required to fund your own travel and accommodation costs.

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

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

Fob watch (compulsory) All students much purchase a fob watch at a cost ranging from £1-£45 as wrist watches must not be worn in practice settings.

For 2019/20 students eligible for and in receipt of tuition fee and maintenance support from the Student Loans Company are currently 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. Further information and guidelines can be obtained from the NHS Business Authority.

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.

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, the students are supported by experienced Children’s nurses who have had additional training in mentoring and assessing students in practice areas.  Outside speakers are also used within the delivery of the programme to bring a depth of information to the students from a personal and specialist perspective. 

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

National Student Survey, 2018

There are 50 hours of academic direction per module, though students are expected to complete guided study and preparatory work before and after seminars and lectures. 

Each student is allocated a personal academic tutor who is there to support the student over the 3 years of the course, and ensure that the student is supported to reach their maximum potential during their time as a student nurse.  There are also other support services within the university that students can access to help them develop their academic and critical thinking skills.

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 Document. This is a document used by the other South East England universities. This is the record of competency achievement in clinical practice areas 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.

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 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.

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. One of the main factors is that you are able to demonstrate a commitment to and an understanding of child 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 information contained within the form. 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.

Applicants for Child Nursing need to show evidence of working with children and some insight into the role of the children’s nurse. We appreciate that clinical observational placements might be difficult to obtain in child nursing settings but you need to include full details of any relevant work you have carried out, such as the nature of the work you have completed and the interaction you have undertaken with the children.  Include as well, interactions that you might also have had with their families/carers.  If you can gain experience with children of different ages, that will be advantageous.

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 from a professional setting. You should not use friends or relatives. We also look at your academic background and you will not be invited for interview if you do not have, or are not studying for qualifications which will give you the necessary academic qualifications.

Interview process: 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. The interview process takes a complete day and there are a number of different elements within it. Applicants who are offered an interview will have an introductory talk, which outlines the course and there is usually a student there too who is willing to talk to you about the course and being a student at the university. Candidates will also have an interview with a young person who is a regular service user and finally an individual interview. This is normally with one of the Child Nursing lecturers and a practitioner from one of the placement areas. Each candidate is assessed against the same criteria for all the assessment processes. 

In summary, we are looking for applicants who can:

  • Demonstrate values commensurate with the profession
  • Communicate clearly in spoken and 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

Find out more about the interview process

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

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

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.


Full-time study

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Tel:+44 (0)1227 928000

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UCAS course code

  • B730

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 3 years full-time


  • September 2019 (Canterbury and Medway)

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.

    More entry requirement details.



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