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Why choose the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Education

98% of our Nursing graduates are in graduate-level employment (Guardian, 2024)

100% of Health graduates went into highly skilled employment or further education (HESA, 2023)

£5,000 a year available with the NHS bursary.

About the course

Gain hands-on skills and experience on a course where 50 per cent of your learning is practice based and course completion leads to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a children's nurse.

A nurse needs to be able to assess care needs then plan implement and evaluate care for children and young people with a range of illnesses and conditions. This calls for excellent communication skills and compassion as well as specialist knowledge and nursing skills all of which you acquire from this degree.

Areas of study include health and primary care in the community; assessment and interventions; complex care; public health; multi-professional care for mental-health problems; and advocacy empowerment and protection.

Why choose this course?

  • Develop the knowledge skills attitudes and behaviours required of a children’s nurse who can meet the demands of the role with confidence
  • Work in close partnership with a multi-professional team to deliver holistic care to children young people and their families in a variety of healthcare settings
  • Study with a team of lecturers who are also experienced registered nurses. In practice settings you are supervised by practitioners trained to support your learning
  • Learn how to prioritise the wellbeing and safety of children and young people as well as their families carers and educators through critical self-reflection and safe practice in accordance with The Code (NMC 2018)
  • On completion of the course you will have met the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Future nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses (2018) and can apply for registration as a children’s nurse

with Professional Practice Year

This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

*Only available to UK/EU students.

with Foundation Year

A Degree with a Foundation Year gives you guaranteed entry to an Undergraduate course.

Whether you’re returning to learning and require additional help and support to up-skill, or if you didn’t quite meet the grades to pursue an Undergraduate course, our Degrees with Foundation Year provide a fantastic entry route for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

With our guidance and support you’ll get up to speed within one year, and will be ready to seamlessly progress on to undergraduate study at Bedfordshire.

The Foundation Year provides an opportunity to build up your academic writing skills and numeracy, and will also cover a range of subject specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will need to successfully complete the Foundation Year to progress on to the first year of your bachelor’s degree.

Why study a degree with a Foundation Year?

  • Broad-based yet enough depth to give you credible vocational skills
  • Coverage of a variety of areas typically delivered by an expert in this area
  • Gain an understanding of a subject before choosing which route you wish to specialise in
  • Great introduction to further study, and guaranteed progression on to one of our Undergraduate degrees

The degrees offering a Foundation Year provide excellent preparation for your future studies.

During your Foundation Year you will get the opportunity to talk to tutors about your degree study and future career aspirations, and receive guidance on the most appropriate Undergraduate course to help you achieve this; providing you meet the entry requirements and pass the Foundation Year.


Course Leader - Melanie Webb

I am a Paediatric Advanced Nurse Practitioner with experience in caring for children with a wide variety of conditions.

I have worked in general paediatric care since I qualified in 1995 – I have worked at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Northampton General and Bedford Hospital.

What will you study?

Growth, Development And Rights Based Practice In Children And Young People's Nursing

In this unit you will gain an understanding of the children’s nurse in caring for children and young people of all ages and their families. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of child growth and development from conception to adulthood together with an appreciation of children and young people’s rights. You will also have the opportunity to engage in children and young people’s nursing across a range of services.

Exploring Health And Primary Care Services In The Community

This unit aims to develop your understanding of health service provision in your locality and how this is shaped by policy and the health needs of the local population. It will enable you to pursue your own topic of interest relevant to your field of practice and will support you to develop the skills to plan, carry out and report your own project.

Introduction To Nursing Interventions

This explores the knowledge underpinning clinical skills in nursing. It provides you with the opportunity to develop your confidence in performing a range of basic nursing skills and interventions relevant to nursing care. This unit links theory to practice by considering physical health and psychological wellbeing to enable you to learn and use evidence-based, best practice approaches when undertaking nursing procedures.

Understanding Health

The concept of health underpins nursing and supports your developing understanding of people as individuals and groups from a range of perspectives. You will engage with life sciences, psychology and sociology in this unit to develop your understanding of the structure and function of the healthy body and mind. How these theories shape our understanding of health and influence the determinants of health in contemporary society will form the focus of this unit.

Academic Skills Development For Nursing

This unit will support your transition into Higher Education study and support your academic development as a student nurse. You engage with study skills, time management and planning skills and strategies that will enable you to become an independent learner and develop the academic skills to support your progress through the course. The nature of knowledge alongside an introduction to research and its place in developing and enhancing nursing knowledge and practice will prepare you for the development of research skills in subsequent years.

During the unit you will develop your numeracy, literacy and digital literacy skills. You will have an introduction to your chosen area of nursing practice through practice visits, in order to initiate your reflective skills. Underpinning these visits is an introduction to reflection and reflective writing.

Assessment And Interventions In Children And Young People's Nursing

Assessing needs and planning care is an essential component underpinning the work of the nurse in everyday practice. This unit aims to develop further your nursing skills by equipping you with the knowledge and skills to assess children and young people and develop person centred plans for nursing interventions and support for their families. A range of nursing interventions will be explored in order for you to equip you with the ability to intervene appropriately and work collaboratively.

Partnership Working In Children And Young People's Nursing

Partnership working with children, young people and their families and across services is central to children and young people’s nursing.

This unit will support you to develop your nursing skills to care for ill children and young people and further your knowledge of children and young people’s nursing across a range of hospital, community and voluntary health care provision.

Introduction To Public Health

This unit exists as a general introduction to public health. Fundamental to public health is the understanding of the various concepts of health that exist, together with the models and approaches and principles of public health/health promotion. In this unit you explore how health is viewed, what concepts this is based upon and what philosophies are supported. You are encouraged to view this from your own perspective and from published evidence and literature. You will also start to explore the role of ethics and ethical practice in public health.

Exploring Evidence

Developing an understanding of the relationship between research, practice and policy underpins the development of nursing knowledge and underpins evidence-based practice. Judicial use of evidence underpins and informs all aspects of nursing practice and this unit explores the three main research paradigms, the construction of research design and the research process that forms the foundation of evidence.

This unit will support you in developing your ability to do this through equipping you with the knowledge and skills to appraise the evidence base underpinning nursing practice so that you can continue to provide contemporary nursing practice by drawing your own conclusions from healthcare research and thus informing the evidence-based care that you provide.

Leading And Managing Complex Care In Children And Young People's Nursing

This unit will equip you with the knowledge and skills to make informed judgements in complex clinical situations, together with the leadership skills required to manage complex care for children and young people’s nursing.

This unit will also prepare you for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a children’s nurse and to practise with confidence according to the NMC The Code (2018).

Supporting Learning

Registered nurses support people to be active participants in their own care by supporting them to learn skills to self- manage their condition. Nurses also support the learning of students from their own and other disciplines and that of support workers.

The aim of this unit is to enable you to develop teaching skills and the skills to supervise and support learning in clinical environments for patients, service users, their carers, students and other learners and begin to prepare you for your role as practice supervisor.  

Advocacy, Empowerment And Protection

Safeguarding is the concern and responsibility of all healthcare staff and is underpinned by the findings from a significant number of historical failures in care. The aim of this unit is to enhance your awareness of the role of the nurse in safeguarding people through advocacy, empowerment and care.

Students from across each field of nursing practice will work in collaboration on aspects of the unit and have specific content to prepare them for their professional responsibilities as registrants within their chosen area of practice.

Law And Decision Making In Medicines Management

This unit aims to develop your knowledge and skills to be able to safely administer medicines in accordance with professional standards and legislation, make appropriate decisions in relation to medicines and educate others about the pharmacological aspects of care.

The unit addresses what you must know and do to fulfil the professional standards in relation to the law, safeguarding, consent, pharmacology and medicines administration and optimisation. This is in line with the NMC in Future nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses (NMC, 2018). The content is designed to meet the needs of nurses in all fields of nursing practice. Therefore, some sessions are for all students and some will be delivered in field specific groups as identified in the syllabus.

Transforming Care

This unit will support you to develop the skills to think critically about service delivery and to develop and propose ideas for change.

How will you be assessed?

The assessment strategy for this course is closely aligned to the teaching and learning strategy which is designed to have: immediate professional relevance to ensure safe and effective practice; foster active learning be leaner-centred in approach and draw on expertise-by-experience. The choice of assessments is determined by their fitness for purpose i.e. to evidence achievement of unit learning outcomes at undergraduate level (Level 6).

You will be assessed across a range of practice settings and learning environments throughout the course. To enhance your understanding and experiences of assessment practices you will encounter a wide range of formative and summative assessment methods including those that enable you to undertake practice-focussed tasks that have the potential to influence care delivery.

Many of the assessment tasks are designed so that you can tailor them to your professional interests experience and development needs. They are also designed so that you can rehearse ways of thinking and acting that are professionally relevant. Examples include: written assignments ranging from reflective pieces to case studies and academic essays as well as assessed practice within your placements.

Assessments are also designed to support you integrating learning in theory and practice and in demonstrating that integration. You will be assessed in practice through the use of a Practice Assessment Document which outlines the skills and competencies required as a registered nurse. These assessments are recorded and confirmed by a Practice Assessor alongside your own self-reflections on your progress. Service users and carers also contribute to your assessments.

During each of your placement allocations you will have a nominated Practice Assessor in accordance with the NMC Part 2: Standards for student supervision and assessment (NMC 2018). They conduct assessment to confirm that you have achieved the NMC proficiencies and course outcomes for practice learning. You will also have a nominated Academic Assessor who is responsible for confirming your achievement of the NMC proficiencies and course outcomes in the academic environment for each part of the course.

Together the Practice Assessor and Academic Assessor evaluate and recommend a student for progression for each part (year) of the course in line with course standards and local and national policies.


The course is vocational leading directly to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council under the new Standards which will allow you to start and quickly progress in your nursing career across a range of healthcare environments where children and young people require health care. It can also provide a route into specialised clinical practice management or education.

Entry Requirements

112 UCAS tariff points including 96 from at least 3 A-levels or equivalentGCSE grade 4/Functional Skills Level 2 MathsGCSE grade 4/Functional Skills Level 2 EnglishSafeguarding checks, including an Enhanced DBS, and Occupational Health check are required

Fees for this course

UK 2024/25

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs. See

Merit Scholarship

We offer a Merit Scholarship to UK students, worth £2,400* over three academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 120 UCAS tariff points or more.

Bedfordshire Bursary

If you aren’t eligible for the Merit Scholarship, this Bursary is there to help UK students with aspects of student living such as course costs. The Bursary will give you £1,000* over three academic years, or £1,300* if you are taking your course over four academic years (including those with a Foundation Year).

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding please email


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2024/25 is £15,500 per year.

There are range of Scholarships available to help support you through your studies with us.

A full list of scholarships can be found here.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email

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