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BSc (Hons) Children’s & Young People’s Nursing

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Accredited by the Nursing & Midwifery Council and boasting high student satisfaction rates (100%), our BSc (Hons) in Children’s & Young People’s Nursing will teach you the theory, plus all the analytical, diagnostic and practical skills needed to become a registered nurse for this particular demographic.

On this course you’ll be taught by highly qualified and industry-experienced lecturers, practitioners, and a diverse range of guest speakers, in our clinical and community suites, where you’ll become well-versed in the science and art of nursing.

To ensure you graduate as a confident and competent healthcare professional, fully prepared for practice, there is a strong emphasis on practical learning where you’ll complete the 2,300 hours of placements required for this course.  

95% of final year students said they are overall satisfied with the quality of this course, join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an open day. Or why not watch a webinar presentation about this course. 

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus


3 years including mandatory full-time placements or 3.5 years including mandatory part-time placements


Nursing & Midwifery Council

Entry requirements:

For 2018 entry: 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma of DMM. For more information check out our 2018 entry requirements page

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements page

Course details

The course is designed to help you meet the nursing needs of children, young people and their families, delivering health and care of the highest quality based on best evidence, in a safe and appropriate environment. You can view information on our facilities and take a 360 tour of our simulation suites here.

You have the option to undertake your placements part-time and complete the course over 3.5 years, this is a great choice if you have other commitments outside your course. Your taught study time will be delivered full-time and your placements will be undertaken on a part-time basis. Your university study time will involve 37.5 hours a week consisting of both taught and self-learning, where as your placements will be up to 28 hours per week and will include meeting the Nursing and Midwifery Council requirement to take part in the full cycle of care which includes shift working, weekends and night duty. If you'd like to choose this part-time placement option please apply for the 3 year course and we'll discuss this with you during the application process. 

The BSc (Hons) Children's and Young People's Nursing course is part of the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences Nursing Framework which offers BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing and BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing courses. Within the first year some units are common to all courses in the Nursing Framework with shared lectures. Our approach to interprofessional education means that throughout the course you'll take part in shared workshops, lectures and learning events with other students on health related courses.

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Year 1

  • Identifying Knowledge for Practice: This unit will provide you with essential practice experiences to develop competence to the requirements of the NMC.
  • Theoretical Principles of Children's & Young People's Nursing: This unit explores the nursing principles of nursing infants, children, young people and their families.
  • Anatomy & Physiology During the Lifespan: In this unit you'll gain knowledge and understanding of the essential principles of anatomy and physiology including the basic chemistry of life, cellular biology, and the major body systems as applied to infants, children’s and young people’s development.
  • Fundamental Communication Skills: The aim of this unit is to develop your communication skills and explore group process in both professional and partnership settings.
  • Underpinning Children's & Young People's Nursing through Social Sciences: In this unit you will acquire an understanding of social sciences applied to health care and there relevance to children’s and young people’s nursing.
  • Personal & Professional Development: This unit is designed for students of all nursing courses, at the outset of your academic and professional career. It focuses on the development of transferable academic and graduate skills enabling you to achieve your full learning potential across a range of academic units and professional experiences throughout your graduate studies.

Year 2

  • Developing Knowledge for Practice: This practice unit aims to provide you with a range of practical experiences that will enable you to meet these competences.
  • Application of Communication Skills in Children's & Young People's Nursing: This unit will develop your theoretical and practical understanding of communication in the healthcare context; with a key emphasis on therapeutic relationships and antioppressive practice.
  • Acute Illness in Childhood & Adolescence: This unit applies anatomical, physiological, sociological and psychological theory to the care of infants, children and young people with an acute illness. The nurse’s role in assessment, planning, interventions and evaluation of holistic nursing in the care of infants, children and young people is also explored.
  • Living with Long-term Conditions of Childhood: This unit applies knowledge and understanding of anatomical, physiological, social and psychological theory to the care of infants, children and young people living with a longterm condition and their families.Multidisciplinary working and legal and ethical principles of caring for children and young people are also considered.
  • Promoting Children's & Young People's Health in the Community: This unit explores the services and care provided in the community for children, young people, and their families. The role of the nurse in community health services is examined with particular emphasis on promoting the health of infants, children and young people and safeguarding and promoting their welfare.
  • Exploring Evidence to Guide Professional Practice: This unit aims to raise your awareness of a range of evidence, and you’ll be able to demonstrate an understanding of how different forms of evidence can guide practice.

Year 3

  • Evaluating Knowledge for Practice: This professional practice unit provides a range of practice experiences and opportunities which you require to demonstrate your competence to achieve the identified NMC (2010) skills, knowledge, attitudes, values and technical abilities for entry to the NMC register.
  • Service Improvement Project: The purpose of this unit is to enable you to develop skills of working in small teams to enhance the experiences of people who use health and social care services.
  • Managing Emergency Care in Children's & Young People's Nursing: This unit concerns the critical assessment and management required for the emergency care of an infant, child or young person. Legal, ethical and professional dimensions of care and how maturity influences infants, children and young people’s responses to and understanding of illness and injury are explored.
  • Reviewing the Literature to Inform Practice: This unit builds on your understanding of research appraisal, to develop your critical appraisal, literature reviewing and academic writing skills in an area of particular interest within your selected field of practice.
  • Research for Evidence-based Practice: This unit develops your abilities to apply research-based evidence to your practice, through building on the topic selected within the Special Interest Study unit to develop a research proposal related to your selected field of practice.
  • Transition from Student to Registered Nurse (child): This unit prepares for your transition from student to Registered Nurse (Child). The experiences of becoming a registered nurse are examined through your own personal experiences with the emphasis on the ‘real world’ context of working with infants, children, young people, their parents/career in multidisciplinary teams and evolving health care systems.

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

Contact hours

You will undertake scheduled learning and teaching, as well as placements to gain the practical skills necessary to work as a nurse. Your study time at BU will be split between scheduled learning and teaching activities and guided independent learning, such as preparing for and writing up coursework assignments. In addition to the learning and teaching, independent learning and non-assessed learning and teaching hours shown below you will complete a total of 2,300 hours of theory over your three years of study. 

Year 1 – 21% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 195 hours
  • Independent learning: 405 hours
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 81 hours
  • Placement hours: 637.5

You will have 17 weeks of placements in Year 1, with an average of 37.5 hours per week.  

Year 2 – 20% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 201 hours
  • Independent learning: 399 hours
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 46 hours
  • Placement hours: 825

You will have 22 weeks of placements in Year 2, with an average of 37.5 hours per week.  

Year 3 - 10% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 168 hours
  • Independent learning: 540 hours
  • Placement hours: 862.5

You will have 23 weeks of placements in Year 3, with an average of 37.5 hours per week.  

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found on the programme profile in the programme specification for your course. As an indication, 79% of the most popular units on this course in 2016/17 were assessed by coursework.

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for BSc (Hons) Children and Young People's Nursing.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Placement opportunities

You will spend 50% of your time on this course on placements, allowing you to experience a variety of hospital and community environments. This will give you a good overview of the roles you can apply for once you finish your course and prepare you for a range of careers.

You have the option to undertake your placements part-time and complete the course over 3.5 years, this is a great choice if you have other commitments outside your course. Your taught study time will be delivered full-time and your placements will be undertaken on a part-time basis. Your university study time will involve 37.5 hours a week consisting of both taught and self-learning, where as your placements will be up to 28 hours per week and will include meeting the Nursing and Midwifery Council requirement to take part in the full cycle of care which includes shift working, weekends and night duty. If you'd like to choose this part-time placement option please apply for the 3 year course and we'll discuss this with you during the application process. 

In your first year, you will primarily be working in areas such as special schools, nurseries and children’s hospital wards, to give you a rounded experience of nursing and to fulfil the registration requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the professional body for Nurses and Midwives.

In the second and third years your placements will become more specialised. In your second year you will spend time in hospital in-patient, ambulatory and community settings. There is also provision for an international placement to enable you to experience child health care in a differing culture. Your final-year placements will be based in specialist areas such as acute and critical care environments.

What hours do you work? 

When on placement you are required to work 150 hours every four weeks and experience the full 24 hour shift pattern to include 12-13 hour shifts, weekends and night shifts. You will follow the shift pattern of your allocated placement mentor, which means you cannot chose which days you work. You'll be expected to spend a minimum of 40% of your time on placement with your mentor, as required by the NMC.

Although your term time address and method of transport are taken into consideration when allocating your placements there is an expectation that all students will have to travel across large areas including some of a more rural nature to reach their placements. Once you have been allocated your locality this will remain for the remainder of your time on the course. Placements are organised by locality – Poole/Bournemouth, Salisbury, West Dorset and Yeovil. It is advised that you arrange your term time accommodation close to your placement locality rather than your taught site.

Placements and travel costs

You're learning will predominantly be based at our Lansdowne Campus (though Talbot campus is also utilised), while clinical placements will be in a variety of places within Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire in order to provide the necessary breadth of experience. This will involve some travel, and may require you to find short-term accommodation in order to participate in placements.

Your placement travel expenses will be reimbursed from the Department of Health and Student Finance England.

Placement Localities

Each of our NHS-funded training courses contains a significant amount of placement experience, with this often being undertaken in outlying areas rather than solely in towns/cities. You need to consider this when making your application and be clear about what you will be undertaking. You will need to consider the realities of training within that geographical area and be specific about which would be suitable for you – whilst being flexible may in some circumstances increase your chances of success, being unrealistic will lead to problems. Don't forget to ensure that you take note of the locality you have been assigned when you receive your offer letter and arrange your accommodation accordingly. You can find out more about our placement locations here.

Your application

Background and Experience

We want dynamic, passionate and enthusiastic students who are going to make a real difference to the course they are studying. Our students learn from each other, as well as their academic staff, so it is really important to us that you can show us how much you care about the course you are interested in. Your UCAS personal statement is a great place to do this. Tell us about your personal achievements or any relevant work experience you have done, and show us how they make you the ideal candidate for a place on the course.

For Child Health Nursing, we are looking for applicants who:

  • Have an interest in Children's and Young People's Nursing as well as the motivation and commitment to undertake the course
  • Have undertaken relevant work experience
  • Have a clear understanding of the profession
  • Can demonstrate personal skills and qualities relevant to the course.

It's recommended that you have some care experience, preferably related to the field of nursing practice that you are interested in. You should be able to demonstrate in your personal statement that you have a clear insight into the nature of the profession that you will be training to enter.

Our courses are built around the NHS constitution values, and when assessing your application we will take these values into consideration:

  • Working together for patients
  • Respect and dignity
  • Commitment to quality of care
  • Compassion
  • Improving lives
  • Everyone counts.

Find out more about the NHS Constitution principles.

IT skills

In the healthcare sector IT is now a vital tool for accessing and maintaining patient records, accessing literature to client care and conducting clinically-related research. As a student you will receive an introduction to IT near the beginning of your course and you will be provided with computer access and your own email address. During the course you will be expected to use your developing IT skills to produce assignments, to conduct literature searches, and to use client-related record systems in the clinical setting. Following instruction some of your study will be undertaken through web-based learning tools, for example by participating in online discussions.

Selection Methods

We’ll use the UCAS applications to create a shortlist of candidates that we would like to find out more about. You can find some handy hints about filling in your UCAS form on our how to apply webpages.

Please note that as part of our selection process you may be invited to interview, and must be able to demonstrate that you show the necessary insight into nursing, as well as the motivation and commitment to become a nurse.

Our offer making process

Our offer making will typically be based on your main graded qualifications, including any required subjects. Additional study may be valuable for breadth of study, and we will look at a range of qualifications and subjects, including the Extended Project Qualification and General Studies, although these may not be part of our offer.

If you do not meet the criteria of your original offer, we may still offer you a place. We will review your whole application and consider all academic qualifications (including those not in the offer) and the rest of the application to see if you have the academic potential to succeed on the course. If we feel the answer is yes, we will still confirm your place.

How we'll assess your application

We look at individual applications and make a tailored offer based on your potential to succeed on the course considering a range of factors, including your academic achievements, work and other experience, predicted grades, reference and personal statement, and in some cases, your performance at an interview/selection test. If you meet one or more of our contextual data indicators for educational disadvantage (such as being in care, living in a low participation neighbourhood or in an area with less advantaged socio-economic characteristics), your offer could be between 6-20 points below the published tariff.

What to expect at interview

Firstly, you will be met by a member of the Admissions Team who will ask you for your passport-sized photo. We will then allocate a time for your individual interview. Unfortunately we are not able to provide you with this in advance. You will then be shown a short DVD, which will form part of your individual interview. Your interview will last approximately 15 minutes and you should expect to be here for approximately four hours. You may wish to bring some reading material to keep you occupied whilst waiting for your individual interview. Please arrive in good time; if you are late we reserve the right to refuse entry to the session.

You can find further information about interviews with the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences here.

During the day, you will also have the chance to go on a self-directed tour of the Lansdowne Campus, don’t forget to call into askBU at Royal London House for information on accommodation and finance. If you are offered a place on the course, there will be an opportunity to attend an ‘invite only’ open afternoon in April. You will be able to look around the facilities, find out why BU is a great place to study, meet current students, have a campus tour and meet the academics.

Additional reference

In addition to the reference on your UCAS form, once we’ve received your application we will contact you to ask for a second reference; this can be a different teacher/lecturer, employer or person who knows you in a professional capacity.

Unconditional offer scheme

Applicants who are predicted to achieve strong academic results will be eligible for BU’s Unconditional Offer Scheme in recognition of their academic performance and potential to succeed at university. If you are selected for the scheme and commit to us as your firm choice of university, then we will match this commitment by making your offer unconditional, which will guarantee your place at BU.

You will receive a standard conditional offer based on the entry requirements for your course via UCAS Track and your offer letter – it will advise that you are eligible for the unconditional offer scheme. We will then update your offer to unconditional should you choose BU as your firm choice on UCAS Track. We believe that unconditional offers reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible, and we will reward you with an Academic Excellence scholarship of £1,000 in your first year if you achieve AAA or above at A-level or equivalent.

2018 entry requirements

We use the UCAS Tariff to show our entry requirements and will accept a combination of grades from your qualifications. You can use the UCAS calculator to see how your qualifications equate to tariff points.

The entry requirements for this course are 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent.

Excluded subjects: This course does not accept General Studies A or AS-level but Critical Thinking is accepted.

GCSEs: This course requires a minimum of GCSEs English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the newly reformed GCSE grading)  or equivalent qualifications.

Numeracy and literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes GCSEs, iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills Level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application – please contact the Future Students Enquiry Team to find out more.

If English is not your first language: you will need IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with minimum 7.0 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading or equivalent. This is a Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) requirement.

Other qualifications: We have outlined below other qualifications that we consider for this course. If you are studying a qualification that is not listed, please contact the Future Students Enquiry Team – it may be that we can still consider it.

Access courses: 102 - 118 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades

BTEC qualifications:

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 tariff points)
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff
  • BTEC National Foundation Diploma/ 90-credit Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent
  • BTEC National Extended Certificate/ Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent
  • NCFE CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care:This qualification can be considered if it meets the entry requirement of 104- 120 tariff points

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 Prinicpal Subjects.

Cambridge Technical qualifications:

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 tariff points) 
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff
  • Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent
  • Introductory Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent

International Baccalaureate (Diploma): 28 - 31 points overall including grade H5 from 2 Higher Level subjects.

Scottish Advanced Higher: 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent.

Open University: If you currently have some academic qualifications but don’t meet our entry requirements or don’t have a Biology/Human Biology qualification (if it’s a requirement of your course) you could consider studying the Open University SK299 course which equates to 30 UCAS tariff points.

Extended Project Qualification: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by 2 A-levels or equivalent qualifications.

Other Health Care Level 3 Qualifications and Bridging Programmes: We are aware that there are a wide range of health care qualifications which people undertake in their workplace. Find out more about Bridging Programmes and some frequently asked questions about them here. If you would like to know if the qualifications you have or are working towards meet our entry criteria; please ring the Future Students Enquiry Team on 01202 961916 or email us for further information and advice.

Deferred entry: We are happy to consider applicants for deferred entry.

Non-academic requirements

Occupational Health (OH) Checks

Nursing is physically and mentally demanding and you will  need to be mentally and physically able to undertake your chosen course. Places are offered subject to passing an OH check, and this will be carried out at the University Hospital Southampton. Health conditions  need to be dealt with on an individual basis e.g. deafness, blindness, eczema (or other dermatological allergic reactions) on exposed areas, epilepsy,  back problems, or mental health conditions, eating disorders and other disabilities. These do not automatically exclude you but please ensure that you fully disclose your condition  to OH. The University can then consider the recommendations made by OH and whether reasonable adjustments can be made to support you on your chosen course. If you require more guidance please contact us for more information.

You will be required to provide a record of your immunity status or be vaccinated or have the required blood tests. Please see this table for the required immunisations. You may need to ask your GP or current OH department or find your childhood vaccination record  for details of your past immunisation records. You should be aware that there may be charges made (for which you will be liable) relating to your gaining the appropriate immunity required prior to starting your training programme.

Refusing Immunisations

The University has an expectation that all students will comply with the vaccination programme.  This ensures that you will be able to undertake the wide range of training placements that your course  will require. Occasionally some vaccinations  are contraindicated in certain medical conditions. OH will advise the University in these cases.The University will consider students on an individual basis. Refusal to have immunisations will result in the student not being allowed to attend practice placement and being withdrawn from the course. There is no opportunity to appeal against the requirements of the immunisation policy.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (previously known as CRB)

All successful applicants will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barred List check; this will be a condition of offer and will need to be completed prior to commencing the course. Please see the Government website for the most up to date information.

International entry requirements

From September 2018 we will be welcoming international students to this course.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

  • IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading.

View further information about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course. Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement, without the need to re-take IELTS.

Language testing applicants from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and the USA

All overseas applicants are required to meet the NMC standard for English language regardless of where they come from. This makes sure that all applicants meet the same standard in a system that is equitable, fair and non-discriminatory. There are no current plans by the NMC to waive the IELTS requirements for these countries”.

Academic entry requirements 

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students’ page.

We offer a number of preparatory programmes through the Bournemouth University International College. These courses offer you progression from High School in your home country to a Bachelor’s degree at BU.

View further information about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course. Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement, without the need to re-take IELTS.


If shortlisted for interview you will be notified of the interview arrangements once your application has been processed. 


  • Students in working/studying six months after graduation: 97%*

There is a lot of scope to develop an exciting and varied career with this degree, with 97% of our graduates in work or further study within six months of graduation, and of those in work 98% hold professional or managerial positions.

Although the NHS is the most obvious employer, there are many of other options within the private sector, as well as working in roles that focus on community nursing services for children and young people. Many of the jobs you can apply for after university also have excellent career progression.

Among the roles you can work towards are:

  • Lecturer practitioner
  • Specialist practitioner
  • Advanced nurse practitioner
  • Manager
  • Consultant Nurse.

On graduating successfully from this course, you can apply for registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).

Industries worked in

  • NHS (hospital and community)
  • Private and independent healthcare sector (nursing homes and private hospitals)
  • Education
  • Academic research.

Further study

Once you have completed an undergraduate Honours degree, you can further develop your education by studying for a postgraduate degree. Please visit our Postgraduate section for further details about our range of Master's degrees.

*All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Your lecturers

Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the nutrition sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Find out more about some of the staff and their research activities who will be teaching on this course below. 

Dr Ann Bevan

Dr Ann Bevan is a senior lecturer and Programme Lead for the CYP nursing programme. She is a registered adult and children’s nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and graduated with a PhD in 2008. She has been teaching since 1999. Clinical nursing experience has been gained in PICU, NICU, community and health promotion, and emergency units. She has practiced as a midwife and worked in many areas around the UK, Hong Kong and Canada.  Ann is an action researcher and areas of specialist interest include all aspects of children’s health, childhood overweight/obesity and infant and childhood nutrition.

Dr Helen Farasat

Helen’s a Registered Nurse (Child, Adult and SCPHN (HV)) and has also practised as a Midwife. As a Senior Academic in children’s and young people’s nursing she’s passionate about developing the next generation of children’s nurses. Helen’s nursing experience spans paediatric cardiology, accident and emergency care, midwifery, neonatal nursing, diagnostic radiology and public health nursing in the UK. She has also practised as a Nurse-Midwife and Nurse Tutor in the Middle East.

Helen’s educational practice has covered all aspects of nursing and child health; with specific interest in community healthcare, child protection/safeguarding, health promotion, communication skills, professional development, research skills and the transition from student to professional practice.

Dr Jane Hunt

Jane’s current research interests concern children's palliative care. A particular focus concerns influences and impact of differing models of service and children's hospice development on service delivery.

Vivien Maiden

Vivien is a Registered Nurse (Child, Adult) who has worked with children in hospitals and in the community for over 30 years. Vivien is a Lecturer Practitioner so works 3 days a week in practice and 2 days a week at the University running Units.  Vivien’s areas of special interest are in the acutely ill child and emergency care situations involving children.

Katie Ryan 

Katie joined the Children and Young People's nursing team in September 2016 as a Lecturer, having graduated from Bournemouth University herself, in 2003.

Over a period of almost 13 years at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Katie has worked in clinical roles, general staff development and Practice Education , she has worked with many student nurses and newly registered nurses as a Clinical Educator. During this time completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and registered as a Practice Teacher with the NMC and with a thirst to learn more continued until she had completed a Masters in Practice Education.

Katie’s Practice Education role involved providing a pathway of education and development for newly registered nurses with the aim to encourage confidence and competence to guarantee an outcome of high quality compassionate patient care. This was done by providing a robust 18 month rotation programme Trust-wide.

Katie joined the GOSH international education programme to support the care and management of children with cancer and haematological disorders. This involved two visits to Kuwait to teach in NBK hospital. Both of these experiences provided great insight to appreciating the healthcare system and nursing education we have in this country. 

No hidden extras

Course specific material(s) included in your tuition fee:

  • Professional body accreditation of the course
  • Disclosure and Barring Service Check
  • Occupational Health Check
  • Uniforms

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

  • All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services, many of these are included on the Next Steps insert enclosed with your offer letter.
  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/ DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork, and non-financial support whilst on placement
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide and Health & Social Science accommodation pages
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsided travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • sportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU pages
  • Optional fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • Professional Body membership/registration post qualification
  • Internet access at discretion of your accommodation provider
  • Travel to placement is your responsibility; you may be able to reclaim costs from NHS Student Bursaries at
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the Students section of the website

Repeat units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies (with or without attendance) you will be required to pay an additional fee of £1,500 per 20 credit unit. 

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.  

Course changes

The table below indicates the latest changes to this course.

Date Changes to this course Where the change was made Previous text


2018 entry requirements have changed to 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent.

Key Facts and 2018 Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for this course are 120-128 tariff points from 3 A-levels. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM.


2018 GCSE entry requirements have changed, this course requires GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications.

2018 entry requirements

This course requires a minimum of 4 GCSEs grades A* - C (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) including Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.


Only IELTS qualifications will be accepted for English language tests, we cannot accept equivalent qualifications. 

International entry requirements

IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with minimum 7.0 in each component, or equivalent


Grade specifications removed from the entry requirements for the BTEC Diploma, statement changed to:

The BTEC Diploma will be accepted as part of your overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent qualifications. Offers will be subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects.

2017 entry requirements

BTEC Diploma: This course requires a Distinction, Merit from the Diploma in addition to an A-Level Grade B in a relevant subject to achieve the overall tariff. Offers will be subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects.


International Baccalaureate (Diploma) entry requirements changed to:

28-31 points overall including 5 points from each of the Higher Level subjects

2017 entry requirements

The IB Diploma is welcomed as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB). This course requires 31 points including 5 points from each of the 3 Higher Level subjects.


European Baccalaureate entry requirements changed to:

Applicants are required to achieve a minimum score of 70% overall.

2017 entry requirements

This course requires a minimum score of 75% overall.


Tariff point range introduced of 104 - 120 tariff points, previously entry requirements were 120 tariff points

Key Facts and 2017 entry requirements

120 tariff points

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