Nursing with Registered Nurse: Child BSc (Hons)

About the course

Child nursing could range from nursing a sick newborn to dealing with accident-related injuries – caring not only for the child, but also their family, in hospital or community settings.

Learn about development and care of healthy children/young people, gaining specialist knowledge and skills needed to nurse those in need of acute or long-term care.

Successful completion of this course leads to the award of both an Honours degree and registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a registered nurse, allowing you to practise as a child nurse and in accordance with the NHS Constitution.

NHS Constitution

The NHS constitution brings together details of what staff, patients and the public can expect from the National Health Service. It sets out the principles and values that guide how the NHS should act and make decisions. The NHS Constitution states that the NHS "aspires to the highest standards of excellence and professionalism. "

Applicants are expected to demonstrate their understanding and application of these values throughout the selection process. View the Constitution here


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Nursing with Registered Nurse: Child - BSc (Hons) - University Square Campus, Luton

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - B730
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full time
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Why choose this course?

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  • Study areas including: supporting parenting; nursing children and young people who are ill or disabled; professional practice; legislation and ethics; health research and evidence-based care; and leadership and management
  • Develop the practical skills, knowledge, attitudes, skills and behaviours which will prepare you for the challenges and rewards of child nursing
  • Gain leadership and teamwork skills along with specialist nursing skills to enhance your employability – 99% of students are in a professional/managerial job six months after finishing (Unistats)
  • Explore your potential for further study to gain specialist, masters or doctoral qualification
  • Benefit from a course that will lead you to a challenging and rewarding career as a registered child nurse in hospital wards (general or children’s hospital), intensive care units, neonatal units and specialist acute services or as a children’s community, hospice or school nurse

The children’s nursing course will prepare for the multi-faceted role required by children and families now and in the future. Classroom, group and self-directed learning will provide the fundamental knowledge and understanding required to care for children and young people of all ages. Through both classroom debate and simulation, you will be prepared for the role of advocate by understanding and applying the strategies by which the voices of children and families are heard and acted on.

You will learn and develop safe and effective nursing care that meets the holistic needs of children and families, both through simulation and in a variety of practice settings. You will be able to adapt learned skills to the individual situation, keeping the child and family at the centre of your nursing practice.

Looking to the future, the graduate children’s nurse will recognise the value of inter-professional working, using skills of leadership and teamwork alongside excellent nursing principles to influence contemporary and future practice.

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Year 1
  • Essential Nursing Skills and Practice – Shared
  • Health and Well-Being – Shared
  • Academic Study Skills for Nursing – Shared
  • Introduction to Professional Practice – Shared
  • The Scope of Children and Young People’s Nursing – Field Specific
Year 2
  • Recognition and Management of the Acutely Ill Child – Child Specific
  • Understanding the child and family – Child Specific
  • Health for communities and people across the lifespan – Shared
  • Leadership, Management and Team Working for professional practice – Shared
Year 3
  • Problem solving and decision making in children’s and young people’s nursing – Child Specific
  • Integrated Nursing Care within Child and Family Services – Child Specific
  • Contemporary children’s and young people’s nursing for registered practice – Child Specific
  • Quality and safety in health care practice – Shared

Discover the School of Healthcare Practice

The School of Healthcare Practice provides contemporary education and training for students wishing to qualify as adult, mental health or children's nurses, midwives, paramedics or operating department practitioners.

It also supports the education and training of Healthcare Assistant Practitioners wishing to gain a foundation degree.

All students studying within the school spend at least 50% of their time in practice settings working with a practice mentor. All academic staff  are link lecturers to practice partners, supporting students in the practice areas.

Discover the facilities, see examples of students’ work, read about graduate successes, browse courses, view staff profiles and much more.

How will I be assessed?

A wide range of assessment methods is used to ensure that the breadth of knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes are assessed appropriately. This ensures that the students who may be more or less skilled at a particular type of assessment are given a variety of opportunities to demonstrate their abilities.

The assessment process includes appropriate and constructive feedback on all coursework performance.

The assessments aims to:

  • Encourage deep learning
  • Assess the learning outcomes identified in the units
  • Assess and encourage the development of employability skills
  • Differentiate between the requirements of levels 4, 5 and 6
  • Use appropriately reliable and valid methods

Entry requirements

  • UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. The grades you can achieve in your level 3 qualifications will not change – only the tariff point attached to that particular grade will change.

    Five GCSEs at grade 4 (or grade C if taken before 2016) including English language or English literature and mathematics (or equivalent), plus one of the following:

  • 112 points with at least 96 points from 3 A levels or BTEC level 3 QCF qualifications and other qualifications in the UCAS tariff. AS levels and General Studies A level do not count towards this score.
  • Access to HE Diploma - a QAA recognised Access to HE course in health studies, health science, nursing or another science-based course: 15 credits at Level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 12 credits should be graded at distinction level and at least 12 credits at merit.
  • Diploma in Higher Education or BSc degree
  • IELTS Grade 7.0 overall and 7.0 in each area where English is a second language.
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Advanced Highers or International Baccalaureate
  • NVQ Level 3 is not accepted for any of our professional healthcare courses.

    For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff view the UCAS tariff calculator

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

On completion of this course you are likely to progress into the following areas of practice:

  • Acute care
  • Community
  • Specialist areas of practice (e.g. neonatal, paediatric intensive care, rehabilitation, medical and surgical specialities)
  • Residential care settings
  • Respite and palliative care
  • This course will be the first step in a process of lifelong learning and professional development.

Once qualified, practitioners will be able to access a wide range of health and social care courses leading to specialist, master’s degree or doctoral degree qualifications.

As a Children’s Nurse with over 30 years’ experience I can honestly say that I have never regretted my career choice. To be involved in the education and preparation of Children’s nurses of the future is both a joy and a privilege. Throughout the course you will be supported by a team of experienced and dedicated nurse academics who will support you with your learning.
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Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more

Fees and Funding

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. 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.


    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.


    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.


    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.


    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time tuition fee is £11,500 per year A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.


    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Extra costs for this course

For this course you need to have appropriate clothing and equipment.

  • Appropriate shoes for clinical placement (£20-£60)
  • Fob watch (£5-£20)
  • Smart clothes for community placement (£50-£100)

DBS - 2017 entry: You will need to make a £13 contribution annually towards a Disclosure and Barring Service check update.

DBS - 2018 entry: You will need to pay £44 for the initial Disclosure and Barring Service check plus an annual update charge of £13.

Occupational Health Clearance: You may need to pay for some additional services and vaccinations if not available through your GP.

Study materials

  • Stationery (printer ink, paper, pens, USB sticks, files etc (£30-£50)
  • Books (£50-£200)

Travel costs

You need to ensure that you budget for travelling from your home to the University; between academic sites and to and from placements.

The base for your studies may be in Aylesbury, Luton or Bedford depending on the offer you receive from the University.You are required to attend a range of placements in hospitals or community settings. You will be working across a range of shift patterns covering the full 24 hour period.

If you drive, you need to pay for parking, in public car parks and NHS site car parks.

*The information above is for guidance only. Exact costs may vary.


Bedfordshire is a small county with lots to offer.

However you enjoy spending your free time, you won’t have to look far in Bedfordshire to find somewhere to relax, socialise or explore the great outdoors. 

We are also conveniently located around 30 minutes by train from London, offering you the city experience with a homely feel.

Bedfordshire offers:

  • A range of pubs, clubs and restaurants
  • High street and independent shopping
  • Museums, galleries and theatres - and our own University Theatre
  • Entertainment centres
  • Stunning countryside
  • Professional sport and world-class facilities
  • Headquarters of a number of notable UK and international companies
  • Luton International Carnival and Bedford River Festival

Campuses in Buckinghamshire

We also have campuses in Aylesbury and Milton Keynes

How to Apply

  • Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

  • EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

  • International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

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