Nursing (Child) BSc(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Specialise in child nursing on this 3-year degree, learning from experts, practicing skills in our simulated ward and undertaking placements in a range of settings.

It’s not too late to apply for September 2018. Find out more

Start date

24 September 2018

Duration

3 years full-time

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB

BTEC - DDM

See full entry requirements

UCAS Code

B7H0

Places available (subject to change)

26

About the course

Could you provide committed, compassionate and professional care for children and young people and their families when they need it most? Are you looking to learn in an innovative environment supported by experienced mentors and tutors? Our Nursing (Child) BSc(Hons) degree regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) could be just the course to help you pursue your career.

From the very start of this course, you’ll get the chance to develop the vital skills you need to care for children, young people and their families whatever their circumstances, including those with acute illness, long-term conditions or those who need help to maintain their health.

You’ll learn and develop both practical and theoretical skills in order to achieve your full potential as a child nurse and meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council standards.You’ll get the chance to develop your practical skills in a safe environment in our fully-equipped simulated children’s ward using our patient simulators. What’s more, you’ll have the chance to put what you have learnt into practice through placements in a variety of acute settings including general paediatric/children's wards, accident and emergency departments, intensive care and neonatal intensive care. You may also have the opportunity to work with specialist nurses in a range of community settings including GP surgeries, health centres, children's hospices, and mainstream and specialist schools.

The course is designed to help you gain the skills, values and confidence to allow you to achieve your full potential. After successfully completing the course you’ll be able to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and work as a Registered Nurse for Children. The course also covers how to respond to the needs of patients and service users from all fields of nursing including adult and mental health.

“Nursing (Child) BSc(Hons) has been designed and validated in conjunction with  academics, local employers and service users. As well providing successful graduates with a BSc(Hons) qualification, it  also provides the opportunity for them to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and work as a registered nurse for Children.  

“The course combination of 50% theory and 50% practice, prepares students well for this challenging role within healthcare. It provides the opportunity for students to apply and refine the skills and knowledge they have learnt in the classroom, to real world situations whilst undertaking placement experiences in a variety of different areas. The course team also work closely with mentors in practice to ensure that excellent teaching and learning environments are provided for our students.”

Karen Currell, Senior Lecturer

Karen Currell, Senior Lecturer

Placements


Nothing can really replicate working in the real-world, which is why practice placements are essential and a compulsory part of the course. The Nursing and Midwifery Council require you to complete the minimum of 2300 hours over the three years in order to obtain registration. Each year you'll complete two blocks of placement.

You'll have the opportunity to complete your practice learning experiences in a range of healthcare environments including NHS Trusts, charities, hospices, schools and community settings. You'll be mentored throughout your practical experiences by a qualified professional who will provide you with any required help and advice. In order to provide you with the broadest professional experience possible, practice experiences are generally offered across West Yorkshire and occasionally beyond, covering 24 hour care including evening, weekend and nights.

Please note that you may be required to travel for/during your placements.

"I experienced placements in a variety of areas, from school nursing, community settings to neonates and paediatric A&E. These experiences helped me to decide where I would like to work, as well as gain knowledge and skills from a wider service area.”

Alison Beardsley, graduated in Nursing (Child) BSc(Hons)

Alison Beardsley, Graduated Nursing (Child) BSc(Hons) in 2016

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level including a biological science, Psychology, Maths or Health and Social Care, General Studies is excluded. The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A-level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course.

120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including Grade B at A Level in a biological science, Psychology, Maths or Distinction in BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Health and Social Care.

DDM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care. BTEC Applied Science is accepted only if you have studied specific units, please contact the admissions assistant for further details.

  • NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care at Grade B.
  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits, 15 at Distinction, 30 at Merit and including 15 credit modules in biological science or Psychology.

In addition, at the time of application, you must have GCSE English Language or English Literature and Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme.

You must demonstrate that you have a broad understanding of child nursing, as well as relevant work experience (employment or voluntary) highlighting your transferable skills.

  • Offers will be subject to an interview and references. Please note all the information provided in support of your application may be checked and must be verifiable as a true record.
  • Candidates for whom English is not the first language are required to have International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a score of 7.0 overall and no less than 7.0 in any component (academic or general test). This is a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requirement.
  • You also need satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and occupational health clearances prior to registration on the course. We arrange these as part of the application process. You will be required to sign a self-declaration at the start of each year and at the end of the course. All police contact during the course must be reported to the course leader as a matter of urgency and may lead to suspension or termination.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Please note places are limited and attainment of the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an interview or offer. You must include details of any previous study.

Katrina's story


Watch Katrina's film to hear why she chose to study at Huddersfield and is passionate about child nursing. Katrina also talks about how the course involves regular clinical sessions and a wide range of placements.

Course Detail

Core modules:

Foundations of Nursing 1

This module will provide the opportunity for you to gain foundation knowledge in relation to policy, professional values and communication, as well as the theory and practical skills required for professional behaviour as a student nurse, connected to safety, safeguarding and protection of people of all ages. This will be demonstrated through coursework, where you will reflect on the communication skills you used in your practice learning experience, policy and professional practice.

Foundations of Nursing 2

You’ll have the opportunity to develop the knowledge and understanding required to care for patients/service users focusing on physical and mental health needs. You’ll explore normal anatomy and physiology and be introduced to some pathophysiology. This will be assessed through an online multiple choice exam. You’ll also study how to deliver person centred care safely with compassion whilst surveying health and promoting health and wellbeing. You’ll examine applied sciences such as sociology and psychology and how these support nursing practice. This will be assessed through submission of a field specific case study. You’ll also be introduced to some fundamental nursing skills including hand washing, nutrition, basic life support and administration of medication, which you’ll practice in the simulation labs.

Fundamentals of Nursing Practice

This module will provide you with the opportunity to gain fundamental skills of nursing practice including personal hygiene, infection control, undertaking observations and basic life support. You will complete a practice learning experience, normally in two blocks equivalent to 20 weeks, where you will put the theory learnt into practice. You will be assessed through coursework including the Practice Assessment Document (PAD), where you will record the practical outcomes you have achieved and the Ongoing Achievement Record and Skills Log, where you and your mentor will document your progress and skills gained.

Professional Development and Research 1

This module involves a multidisciplinary team based learning approach, working with Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Operating Department Practice, Physiotherapy and Podiatry students. The professional development element of the module will encourage you to explore issues of lifelong learning and continuing professional development that underpin the essential skills needed in order to understand registration requirements for your field specific professional/statutory bodies. You will be assessed by four pieces of coursework.

Teaching and assessment

You'll be taught by a team who really understand what it is like to be a child nurse and are able to demonstrate the latest techniques and procedures whilst supporting you as you put these skills and qualities into practice.

A range of teaching and learning strategies are used to suit different learning styles. Teaching is delivered through seminars, group work, practical experience, simulation, role play, and lectures. Our virtual learning environment and state of the art simulation equipment provides the opportunity to put the skills and theory you've learnt into practice.

You'll be assessed through a combination of coursework, practice/competency based learning, and practical exams. This includes essays, reports, case studies, OSCE’s, simulated exams, in-class tests as well as conference, group and poster presentations.

11% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Further information

Once you’ve submitted your application form to UCAS you may be invited to attend an interview. We’ve put together some information for you about what to expect at an interview, but don’t worry, when you're invited you'll be given full details of what will happen.

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas, Easter and Summer, finishing with a main examination/assessment period in September. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. This is a full-time course, you may have to attend every day of the week.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Child nursing sessions

These images showcase some of the facilities which are used by our child nursing students in their clinical skills sessions.

Your career


We know you’re coming to university to undertake your course, meet new people and broaden your horizons. However, we also help you to focus on life after you have graduated to ensure that your hard work pays off and you achieve your ambition.

So while you’re here (and even after you graduate) the Careers and Employability Service offer professional help, support and guidance, including industry-supported workshops, careers fairs and one-to-one guidance sessions. Find out more about the Service.


*Percentage of graduates from this course who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2015/16)

95%Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which provides you with support in a variety of areas. These include:

Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances and extension requests, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks, welfare support, as well as binding, loan of MP3 recorders and print credit.

Academic Skills Development Team: provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.

Student Support Officer: provides confidential and impartial advice on welfare and course related issues.

Royal Literary Fund Fellow: a professional writer who helps students improve their essay writing. They provide assistance with structuring essays, developing an argument and improving the style and use of language.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Unilearn System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing modules.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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