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Children’s Nursing & Social Work MNSW (Hons)

UCAS code: BL73

Care for children and young people through challenging times. Gain eligibility to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a qualified children’s nurse and apply for registration with Social Work England as a qualified social worker.


Course length: 4 years full-time
Start dates: September 2024
September 2025
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: ABB (A Level) or DDM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): NursingSocial Work
Faculty: Health, Social Care and Medicine
Department: Nursing and Midwifery
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Want to help children as they face illness, fight disease and recover from injury? Interested in protecting them from harm by supporting their social care needs, too? If you answered yes to these questions, our children’s nursing and social work degree is for you.

This integrated Masters is delivered alongside our partners in the Cheshire & Merseyside Social Work Teaching Partnership and leads to eligibility for two professional awards. Together, we’ll prepare you for a career as a children’s nurse and social work practitioner in a range of health and social care settings.

Finding your place in multidisciplinary teams and developing the right skills will be key. But to help you provide the most effective care we’ll also encourage you to explore the perspectives of service users, their families, and carers.

We’ll look at case studies showing the complexities of children’s and young people’s health and social care needs. By the time you graduate, you’ll be familiar with ethical dilemmas and other challenges you may face.

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Course features

  • Professional accreditation

  • Professional practice placements

Jackson Owen MNSW Children's Nursing and Social Work student

Providing care to children is a uniquely rewarding experience, and requires a special approach. I've learnt the importance of effective communication and empathy. Being able to listen attentively and communicate in a way they understand is crucial.

Jackson Owen

MNSW Children's Nursing and Social Work

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What you'll study

Everything you learn on this programme is underpinned by the national requirements for both nursing and social work education. You’ll start by looking at nursing and social work as distinct professions, then explore the life sciences which shape both disciplines. Our priority is to provide you with the relevant knowledge and practical skills you’ll need in your first nursing placement.

Compulsory modules:

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Contemporary Nursing
Contemporary Social Work
Foundation Science, Theory and Method in Nursing and Social Work
Foundations for Integrated Practice

Year 2 of Children’s Nursing & Social Work MNSW (Hons) is about relating your knowledge to current practice with adults, as well as children, young people and their families, across a diverse range of contexts and settings. You’ll grow in confidence with hands-on experience in nursing and social work. In the lecture theatre, we’ll discuss law and policy, and consider their implications for both professions.

Compulsory modules:

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Adults Within an Integrated Health and Social Care Context
Children, Young People and Their Families Within an Integrated Health and Social Care Context
Developing Capability for Integrated Practice
Law and Policy in Nursing and Social Work

To prepare you to support those in your care, you’ll look at the complex health and social care needs of children. You’ll take time to understand the evidence behind these challenges at a local, national and international level. We’ll encourage you to share your experiences with fellow students across the four fields of nursing. As well as further nursing placements, with an option to go overseas, you’ll explore research methods in health and social care.

Compulsory modules:

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Aspects of International Health and Social Care
Enhancing Confidence and Capability for Integrated Practice
Research Methods in Health and Social Care
Working with Complexity in Health and Social Care

In your final year, your focus will be an extended integrated nursing and social work practice placement. This will help you understand research development and gain leadership skills while consolidating your learning.

Compulsory modules:

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Achieving Competence and Proficiency for Professional Registration
Leadership in Integrated Health and Social Care
MNSW Dissertation

How you'll study

Seminars, lectures, work-based learning, tutorials, simulated practice and technology enhanced learning will be used to deliver this programme. While the majority of classes will take place at Edge Hill University, some modules may involve studying at sites other than Ormskirk in which case you will be responsible for travel and parking costs.

Time in nursing and social work practice will be undertaken in a variety of health and social care settings within the NHS, independent and voluntary organisations. Practice learning environments range throughout the North West and neighbouring geographical areas. This is an extensive area which we would encourage you to become familiar with, as your practice experiences may be allocated from across the whole geographical area, but predominantly within the Cheshire and Merseyside region. Practice placements hours will include weekends, early morning, evening and night work to ensure access to a full range of practice experiences across 24 hour care. You will be responsible for travel and parking costs while on placement.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

The programme incorporates a range of assessment opportunities. These include essays, presentations, text analysis, group work, portfolios, simulated practice, carers’ assessments, video/audio diaries, role plays and exams. Practice learning is also assessed by appropriately qualified nursing practice assessors and social work practice educators.

Who will be teaching you

The programme is delivered by research-active professionals within the fields of nursing and social work who have expert knowledge of a wide range of service settings.

A dedicated service user and carer group collaborates with the programme team to develop, strengthen and advance the quality of the learning experience.

Contributors to the programme include people who have direct experience of services, specialist practitioners, senior managers and policy makers.

Social work education at Edge Hill University is provided in collaboration with the Cheshire and Merseyside Social Work Teaching Partnership. The teaching partnership comprises of four universities, eight local authorities, two community NHS trusts and one voluntary sector organisation, drawn from the partnership’s geographical footprint across Greater Merseyside, Cheshire West and Chester, and West Lancashire.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 128 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required. You will also need GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

Eligible candidates must provide evidence of study within the three years prior to application. An interview forms part of the selection process.

If you accept an offer from Edge Hill you will need to satisfy the requirements of the Nursing & Midwifery Council and Social Work England in respect of physical and mental fitness and will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level ABB.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM).
T Level Overall grade of Distinction.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.


EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, are eligible to apply for this course.

Please note this course is not available to other international students. Please see our A-Z of courses for alternative options.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine offers outstanding facilities for the education and training of health and social care professionals.

The contemporary teaching and learning resources include leading edge clinical skills facilities, an 860-seat lecture theatre, and a variety of teaching rooms and social learning spaces.

Where you'll study

Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre

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Learning resources

The Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre offers a variety of simulated environments from home, through primary and emergency care, to secondary care and beyond. The flexible and adaptable facilities include a ward environment, operating theatre, an anatomy and ultrasound resource centre, a ‘Better at Home’ suite, clinical skills area and consultation rooms.

You will benefit from access to a wide variety of healthcare equipment, as well as a range of full-body patient simulators that can breathe, talk, have pulses and can simulate a wide range of symptoms and clinical conditions. This will enable you to undertake practical scenarios in realistic settings, providing ideal preparation for professional practice placements and future employment.


Tuition fees

UK Full-Time


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EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Students on this course may be entitled to the NHS Learner Support Fund if eligible. Visit the NHS Business Services Authority website for further information.

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional maintenance loan funding to help with living costs. Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students, together with details of how to apply for potential funding.

Your future career

By the end of our Children’s Nursing & Social Work MNSW course, you’ll have a Masters level academic qualification and two professional awards, giving you the edge when applying for roles.

Children with complex and long-term conditions increasingly require treatment underpinned by a greater understanding from a more integrated health and social care perspective. This programme prepares you to undertake professional roles which fulfil that need.

At Edge Hill we continue to work with prospective employers to identify future areas of employment for practitioners with dual nursing and social work registration.


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