- Study Mode: Full time
- Location: Uxbridge / Aylesbury
- Duration: Three Years
- Start Date: September 2021 and February 2022
If you are an empathetic, kind and caring person, who wants a rewarding career, then children’s nursing could be for you.
Nursing children can take you from the intensive care of a new-born baby with breathing problems, to looking after a six foot tall adolescent whose leg has been broken. It will cover a range of settings from the hospital to the child's own home. Start your career today and be the one to give compassionate patient care, and guide them through their most vulnerable moments.
I benefitted because nearly all our lecturers were nurses. I thought it would only be a few, but it was great having nearly all of our lectures being delivered by nurses who had been there and done it. It was a great help and support throughout my degree.Joe Rouse
We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.
For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.
Why study this subject?
Caring for the most important person in someone's life, their child, is a big responsibility, yet it is a very fulfilling job. Children and young people need nurses who understand their particular needs and can work in partnership with them and their families.
Opportunities for children's nurses are continually expanding. You may be working in a busy hospital ward or department, as a nurse specialist running your own clinic, or in one of the expanding community areas such as a large health centre. What makes children nursing such a challenge is the sheer diversity of situations you will have to respond to, no two days are ever the same.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
We've been running nursing programmes for many years and have a high rate of employability. 98% of our students are in employment or in further study six months after graduating (HESA 2020). Many of our students are employed by the Trust that they worked with during their time at the University.
You will benefit from an excellent standard of teaching provided by staff from the University and practice, in partnership with our NHS Trust partners. As well as this you will be taught by lecturers who have a wide expertise in the field. Our lecturers also maintain close links with practice, ensuring that the programme is up-to-date with modern practice.
We have simulation facilities to enable you to practise your skills in a realistic and safe environment. We offer continuous support throughout the programme, both in the University and in practice.
You will receive personal tutoring and benefit from a high level of research within the teaching team. You will also benefit from our annual one day inter-professional conference, focused on safeguarding.
As well as this you will have the opportunity to put your learnt skills into practice through a range of clinical placements. We're renowned for the support we offer you while you are on placement. Members of the teaching staff are assigned to each clinical area and will visit you regularly whilst you are out in practice.
What facilities can I use?
Simulation is an important aspect of our nursing and healthcare programmes. Students regularly spend time in these areas, to practice technical skills and use the newest technologies, in a safe and supportive environment. We use simulation manikins programmed to act like humans, and ‘moulage’ – the process of applying mock, often gorily realistic injuries for training purposes. We also engage service users in role-play sessions. This allows us to provide realistic scenarios where students can gain experience, exposure and feedback to boost their confidence before going out on placement.
Both our Uxbridge and Aylesbury campuses offer these facilities to students.
What will I study?
We believe in giving you the best chance for employment when you graduate. Our nursing programme is no different. During your time on the programme, you will be working alongside experienced health care professionals and we will help you become a caring, confident and practice-ready children's nurse.
Nursing involves more than practice. You will understand the theory and facts behind diagnosis that can help you to make crucial decisions when looking after a patient. You will be able to lead changes in practice, improving the quality of delivery of care.
How will I be taught and assessed?
We offer a variety of clinical experiences in a range of settings. The main NHS Trusts we are currently working with include:
- Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
- Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
- Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
- West Midlands NHS Trusts
- Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
We also work with Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and community services.
Clinical experience opportunities may include:
- Accident and emergency
- Community nursing - with health visitors and paediatric nursing teams
- General paediatric wards
- Learning disability units
- Neonatal intensive care
- Operating theatres
- Outpatient departments
- Private healthcare placement experiences
- An elective placement of your choice in your third year.
The children's nursing team represents all clinical specialities within community and hospital services. We make sure that you'll have the knowledge and the confidence to work as a nurse before sending you out into clinical practice.
Our team of experienced and dedicated lecturers have a collective wealth of knowledge from working in a number of areas, including:
- Children's accident and emergency (including resuscitation and trauma)
- Community nursing
- General paediatrics
- Learning disabilities
- Neonatal and paediatric intensive care
- Operating theatres
- Paediatric oncology
- School nursing.
Our enthusiastic and dedicated nursing team have a passion for what they do and will support you throughout the programme.
Once you graduate, you'll be able to register as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and you will be able to practice in the UK.
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 112 - 136
A typical offer will also include an Access to Nursing qualification with a minimum of 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction, 12 at Merit, and 3 at Pass; A-levels at grade B, B and C, or above; BTEC Extended Diploma with Distinction, Merit, Merit or FETAC 5 Distinctions in health care-related subjects. In addition, you will require five GCSEs including Maths, English and Science at Grade C/4 or above (or equivalent).
You may find it easier if you have prior knowledge of health, so we prefer if you have relevant A Levels - such as Biology, Health and Social Care, Chemistry, Psychology, Physics, Physical Education, and Sociology. However, it is not essential.
All applicants should be able to demonstrate evidence of academic study within the last five years.
Health Care Experience is an advantage and applications from mature students are also welcome.
If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are: An IELTS score of 7.0 overall with at least 7.0 in Writing, 7.0 in reading, 7.0 in Listening and 7.0 in Speaking. For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Foundations of nursing and evidence based healthcare
Health and Social Care in a Contemporary World
The Fundamentals of Child Nursing Practice
Year 2 Modules
Approaches to Research; methods, appraisal and application
Public Health in Action
Developing Child Nursing Practice
Year 3 Modules
Innovations in Evidence-based Nursing
Leading and Co-ordinating Care
Leading Complex Care in Child Nursing Practice
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£9,250 per year
International, Academic Year 2021-2022
£13,750 per year
What are my career prospects?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
As you'll graduate as a registered nurse, you'll be able to find work in the UK or explore opportunities of working abroad in the future.
Nursing itself is a broad area and you'll have the chance to go into many careers, such as:
- Accident and emergency
- Community settings, for example school nurse or health visitor
- General paediatrics
- General practice surgeries
- Intensive care
- Outpatient day surgeries
- Private healthcare providers
- Researcher - promoting advances in health care and health promotion practice.
BNU provided careers support as well as open days for nurses to meet various trusts and engage in professional discussion. Throughout the nursing degree we were expected to complete 2300 hours of clinical practice within NHS trusts. While completing clinical practice I found that I very much enjoyed working in A&E and luckily enough they were looking for newly-qualified staff. I was encouraged and supported by lecturers to apply for these roles and how to prepare for nursing interviews.Michelle Ginnane
- Associate Professor – Education: Quality Assurance and Enhancement