This course will cover not only the science of nursing (the theory) but also to the art (practice and caring) of nursing. 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.
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.
- 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.
The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during the firstyear of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.
- Learning and teaching: 195 hours
- Independent learning: 405 hours
- Placement: 637.5 hours
- Non-credit bearing learning and teaching: 81 hours
You will have 17 weeks of placements in Year 1, with an average of 37.5 hours per week.
- 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.
The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during the second year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.
- Learning and teaching: 201 hours
- Independent learning: 399 hours
- Placement: 825 hours
- Non-credit bearing learning and teaching: 46 hours
You will have 22 weeks of placements in Year 2, with an average of 37.5 hours per week.
- 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.
The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during the final year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.
- Learning and teaching: 168 hours (estimated)
- Independent learning: 540 hours (estimated)
- Placement: 862.5 hours
You will have 23 weeks of placements in Year 3, with an average of 37.5 hours per week.
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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.
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.
The NHS Student Bursaries will inform you of the travel expenses you may be able to claim when they assess your bursary; they will also advise on expenses you may claim for accommodation costs incurred as a result of block placements away from home.
If the placement locality you have been assigned is outside of the BH postcode area (e.g. Salisbury, Dorchester or Yeovil), you may be eligible for support for travelling to Bournemouth to study. Criteria and detailed information on the support available can be found here.
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.
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
- Improving lives
- Everyone counts.
Find out more about the NHS Constitution principles.
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.
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 three 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 20-60 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.
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 - 2016 entry
Our Unconditional Offer Scheme seeks to reward exceptional applicants who are predicted to achieve top academic results. The scheme is offered to applicants on all courses who are predicted AAA at A-level/DDD in BTEC Extended Diploma, or above, or equivalent, subject to any course selection measures and meeting other entry criteria (i.e. required qualifications).
We believe that unconditional offers will reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible. International qualifications are considered in the scheme; however applicants must satisfy the English language requirements.
2017 entry requirements
The new UCAS Tariff will be used for September 2017 entry. If you have applied in the 2016 UCAS admissions cycle, you will use the previous UCAS Tariff.
The entry requirements for this course are 120 tariff points from 3 A-Levelsor equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma of DDM. Offers will be subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects.
UCAS have created a helpful calculator so you can calculate points to use for courses starting from September 2017 onwards.
GCSEs: 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. Science subject is preferred.
Excluded subjects: This course does not accept General Studies A or AS-level but Critical Thinking is accepted.
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, but is not limited to, 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 askBU Enquiry Service to find out more.
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 askBU Enquiry Service – it may be that we can still consider it.
An Access Course is a qualification designed to provide a route into University if you do not have the traditional qualifications needed. They take one year to complete (full time) or alternatively part time over two years. There are also some distance learning options that we would be happy to consider providing that they are QAA accredited.
BU welcomes Access to HE Diploma applicants.This course requires applicants to Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 Credits, at least 45 at level 3 remainder at level 2 or equivalent. Offers will be subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects; any combination of grades to meet the overall tariff is acceptable.
- Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Distinction, Merit from the Extended Diploma. Offers will be grade subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects.
- 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.
- 90-credit Diploma: The 90-credit 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.
- Subsidiary Diploma: The Subsidiary 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.
A combination of BTEC qualifications to meet the overall course tariff is also acceptable.
Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: We welcome applicants studying the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma or a combination of Pre-U subjects and A-levels.
European Baccalaureate: This course requires a minimum score of 75% overall.
International Baccalaureate (Diploma): 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.
Scottish Qualifications: Scottish Advanced Highers, Scottish Highers and other Scottish qualifications are all welcomed providing that your results meet the overall course tariff and include relevant subjects as appropriate.
Welsh Baccalaureate: The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma is welcomed alongside A-Levels or equivalent, to meet the overall course tariff.
Open University: If you currently have some academic qualifications but do not have a Biology/Human Biology and this is a required subject for your course we recommend you consider studying the Open University course SK277.
OCR level 3 Cambridge Technical Qualification: The OCR Extended Diploma or a combination of one Diploma and one Introductory Diploma is acceptable for entry to this course.
Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Distinction, Merit. Offers will be grade subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects.
Other combinations of OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical qualifications to meet the overall course tariff may be acceptable.
Extended project qualification: The grade achieved for the Extended Project may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has marginally failed to meet the conditions of their offer.
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 information 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 01202 967307 or email us: for further information and advice.
Deferred Entry: We are happy to consider applicants for deferred entry.
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.
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 2017 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 or equivalent.
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.
- Students in professional/managerial job six months after graduation: 98%*
There is a lot of scope to develop an exciting and varied career with this degree, and 98% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduation, the majority in the healthcare sector.
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
- 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)
- Academic research.
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.
The National Student Survey
The below information all comes from the National Student Survey completed by some of the students who graduated from this course last year.
- Students agreed staff are good at explaining things - 89%
- Students agreed staff made the subject interesting - 83%
- Students were satisfied overall - 79%
- Students agreed they got sufficient advice and support - 80%
82% of the course is assessed by coursework
In addition to coursework assessments which allow you to combine your practice and theoretical learning you will experience assessed practical exams and there is also a small amount of written exam work to complete.
19% is scheduled learning and teaching activities
In addition to scheduled learning and teaching, 50% of your time will be spent on placement which means you’ll 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.
*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.