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MNSW (Hons) Children’s Nursing & Social Work

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.

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      UCAS Code: BL73
      Course Length: 4 Years Full-Time
      Start Dates: September 2022, September 2023
      Subjects: Nursing
      Social Work
      Location: Edge Hill University
      Example Offers: ABB (A Level) or DDM (BTEC)
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      This innovative and intensive integrated Masters degree will provide you with the skills, knowledge and practical experience required for a career as an integrated children’s nursing and social work practitioner in a range of health and social care settings. Delivered alongside our partners in the Cheshire & Merseyside Social Work Teaching Partnership and conferring eligibility for two professional awards, the course combines perspectives from health, social care, education and related disciplines to ensure you graduate able to work highly effectively in a multi-disciplinary environment. If you can demonstrate a clear commitment to becoming an integrated nursing and social work practitioner, while also having the ability to recognise the perspectives of service users, their families and carers, then this is the programme for you.

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      In Depth

      What will I study?

      The programme is underpinned by the national requirements for both nursing and social work education.

      Year 1 introduces contemporary nursing and social work as distinct professions. You will also receive a grounding in the life sciences which underpin both disciplines and be equipped with the relevant knowledge, practical skills and behaviours in preparation for your first placement experience in nursing.

      Year 2 equips you with detailed knowledge in relation to current practice with adults, as well as children, young people and their families, across a diverse range of contexts and settings. Practice learning experiences cover both nursing and social work. You will also explore relevant issues in law and policy and consider their implications for nursing and social work professionals.

      The focus in Year 3 is on working with complexity in health and social care, preparing you to address the care and support requirements of children with complex health and social care needs. The aim is to bring together students, who are seeking registration in discrete fields, to share knowledge and experiences. There is also a global strand to the modules which enables you to enhance your understanding and evidence base of increasingly complex health and social care at a local, national and international level. In addition to further nursing placement experiences, as well as an exploration of research methods in health and social care, you may also have the option of completing a further placement overseas (subject to availability).

      Year 4 enables you to engage in research development, gain leadership skills and consolidate your learning in an extended integrated nursing and social work practice placement.

      How will I 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 settings will be drawn from our network of more than 600 placement locations across Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire. 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.

      How will I 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 me?

      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.


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

      The outstanding 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.

      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.


      Timetables are normally available one month prior to enrolment. 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.


      Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

      Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.


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      Year 1

      Compulsory modules:

      PUP1201Contemporary Nursing (30 credits)

      Contemporary Nursing introduces contemporary nursing practice and explores the values and behaviours that underpin professional nursing practice across all fields. The module will familiarise you with the many factors that influence the health and social wellbeing of all individuals across the lifespan. You will explore the fundamental principles of health and wellbeing and gain an understanding of the skills, knowledge and values essential for the development of person and family-centred care. You will also gain key skills in the holistic assessment of individuals across the lifespan and all fields of nursing.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      PUP1200Contemporary Social Work (30 credits)

      Contemporary Social Work introduces you to social work as a concept and an activity and locates it within both historical and contemporary frameworks. Core concepts underpinning the practice of social work are introduced as a means of providing you with both theoretical and conceptual frameworks within which to locate your practice. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the settings and contexts within which practice takes place and explore issues regarding inter-agency and inter-professional collaboration. The module introduces you to issues relating to social justice, structural inequality, anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice. The importance of values and ethics, the nature of society and the range of practices undertaken by social workers and other professionals in identifying and responding to social need will also be considered.

      Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

      PUP1203Foundation Science, Theory and Method in Nursing and Social Work (30 credits)

      Foundation Science, Theory and Method in Nursing and Social Work provides an introduction to the life sciences that underpin nursing and social work. The focus of the module will be on the theory of biological, psychological, social sciences and the pharmacological contexts of contemporary practice. Developing your understanding of anatomy and physiology, as well as knowledge of the key psychosocial concepts that affect individuals, families, groups and communities, is essential in order to underpin the principles of safe and effective practice. A recognition of diversity and the need for anti-discriminatory practice will also be emphasised.

      Assessment: Written Exam(s): 100%.

      PUP1202Foundations for Integrated Practice (30 credits)

      Foundations for Integrated Practice prepares you to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to meet the needs and expectations of people across a range of health and social care settings. The module develops a variety of practice skills in preparation for your first placement experience. On every placement, you will be encouraged to seek feedback from service users and their carers in order to inform and enhance your practice and to gain an understanding of the health and care experience from the service user’s perspective. In preparation for registration with the professional bodies, personal development planning and portfolio development will be a key component of this module.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%, Practical(s): Pass/Fail Element.

      Year 2

      Compulsory modules:

      PUP2240Adults Within an Integrated Health and Social Care Context (30 credits)

      Adults Within an Integrated Health and Social Care Context provides you with the knowledge relating to current practice with adults within and across a diverse range of contexts and settings. It is a primary focus of government policy and professional practice to promote and support the wellbeing of adults, many of whom are vulnerable, and to ensure that their needs are addressed and that they are protected from harm. Practitioners need to understand the range of theories, legislation, policies and other structures that both frame and guide practice and must be able to transfer knowledge and skills across a range of contexts involving adults within different settings across the health and social work landscape. Inherent within this module is the need for you to engage critically with issues appertaining to agency and capacity, to consider the importance of critical awareness, working with uncertainty and in ethically challenging situations, and to gain effective and robust assessment skills.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      PUP2241Children, Young People and Their Families Within an Integrated Health and Social Care Context (30 credits)

      Children, Young People and Their Families Within an Integrated Health and Social Care Context provides you with the opportunity to develop your subject specific knowledge and a range of critical abilities to be able to deal confidently and competently with the complexities of children, young people’s health and social care needs. In doing so, you will consider the range of ethical and other dilemmas faced by practitioners operating within the arena of integrated health and social work provision. A case study approach will be used throughout the module as a means of providing you with the opportunity to work with real life scenarios facilitating effective linkage between theory and real world practice.

      Assessment: Coursework: 75%, Practical(s): 25%.

      PUP2243Developing Capability for Integrated Practice (30 credits)

      Developing Capability for Integrated Practice enhances your knowledge, skills and behaviours in preparation for professional practice. Practice experiences, which include a 70 day social work placement, enable you to explore the challenges of working as part of a team with the opportunity to apply your learning to practice in nursing and social work environments. In accordance with the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, you will develop an understanding of the needs of pregnant and postnatal women and build a range of skills that will support your developing competence and confidence in practice. Personal development planning is an additional, key component of this module.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%, Practical(s): Pass/Fail Element.

      PUP2242Law and Policy in Nursing and Social Work (30 credits)

      Law and Policy in Nursing and Social Work builds upon knowledge of the legal and social policy frameworks within which social work and nursing practice is located. The module will enable you to examine some of the tensions and contradictions in the relationship between professional practice, the law and social policy. You will consider the relationship between legal rules, organisational context and professional practice, in addition to the professional duties and responsibilities of legal systems and their application to various practice settings. Exploring the relationship between law and professional practice, you will also examine the ethical and moral dimensions of applying the law in specific areas. The module will also enable you to build up your portfolio of relevant skills and provide a safe learning environment in which to rehearse these.

      Assessment: Written Exam(s): 100%.

      Year 3

      Compulsory modules:

      PUP3262Aspects of International Health and Social Care (30 credits)

      Aspects of International Health and Social Care encourages you to examine your own notions of ethnicity, race and culture and develop knowledge of diverse cultural groups and culturally sensitive health and social care. You will examine the impact of political, societal and geographical influences on the health and social care provision to groups of people and will explore health and social care systems from an international perspective.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      PUP3260Enhancing Confidence and Capability for Integrated Practice (30 credits)

      Enhancing Confidence and Capability for Integrated Practice provides an opportunity to evaluate the current challenges that inter-professional teams are facing, thereby also developing confidence in your own approach to integrated practice. The aim is for you to demonstrate the ability to work more independently, with less supervision, and the potential to work autonomously. In addition to nursing and social work placement experiences, there may be an opportunity for you to choose a national or international placement experience.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      PUP3261Research Methods in Health and Social Care (30 credits)

      Research Methods in Health and Social Care equips you with an understanding of the core philosophies, paradigms, methods and procedures that underpin quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods research design and practice. In addition, the module emphasises the importance of the applied nature of research and other forms of enquiry.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      PUP3270Working with Complexity in Health and Social Care (30 credits)

      Working with Complexity in Health and Social Care addresses the management and support of individuals with acute and complex care needs. The term ‘complex needs’ encapsulates a variety of conditions including congenital disorders, chronic health conditions, psycho-social issues, communication difficulties, behavioural challenges, as well as palliative and end-of-life care. The module will enhance your knowledge and understanding in terms of early recognition of the deteriorating person and managing the holistic care of individuals with complex care needs. The aim is for you to reflect on the core values, skills and knowledge frameworks required to work as an integrated practitioner in responding to complex situations. The module will also focus on the legal and ethical issues that underpin complex care and develop your ability to critically analyse potential dilemmas. The importance of providing quality, person-centred care and packages of support will be focused upon, along with the need for effective communication with individuals, their carers, families and members of the multi-disciplinary team.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      Year 4

      Compulsory modules:

      PUP4112Achieving Competence and Proficiency for Professional Registration (40 credits)

      Achieving Competence and Proficiency for Professional Registration is a module that is predominantly facilitated in practice. It enables you to consolidate and apply your acquired integrated knowledge skills and values, with a focus upon leadership and decision-making. Integrated practice experiences in this module, which include 100 days in social work practice, will enhance your confidence to meet the more complex and co-existing needs of people within nursing and social work practice. You will undertake work of increasing complexity in order to achieve the professional competence required of a newly qualified social worker and registered nurse. The expectation will be for you to consistently demonstrate and promote evidence-based care with compassion, confidence, competence and appropriate attitudes as you take increasing responsibility for care delivery.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%, Practical(s): Pass/Fail Element.

      PUP4111Leadership in Integrated Health and Social Care (40 credits)

      Leadership in Integrated Health and Social Care prepares you to understand and inhabit the leadership role required of qualified professionals in contemporary health and social care. The module equips you with a critical understanding of professional, service and organisational leadership and the essential contribution of the professional in the process of managing change. Consequently, the module examines core theory and the research of leadership, organisations and change within a context of the evolving role and value base of the integrated practitioner in health and social care. You will develop the skills that produce and promote safe, responsive and efficient services for people in need of health and social care support and foster the commitment to professional accountability, practice research and continuing development that underpin effective practice.

      Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

      PUP4110MNSW Dissertation (40 credits)

      MNSW Dissertation enables you to develop and demonstrate research mindedness and evidence-based knowledge relevant to current nursing and social work practice and the wider practice context. You will be expected to focus on a specialist area of integrated nursing and social work theory and practice and work independently to develop advanced understanding of the role of research and of your particular area of enquiry. The module will enhance your comprehensive understanding of research methods and their application in order to advance scholarship in your discipline. Working autonomously in planning, implementing and producing an extensive piece of research that demonstrates self-direction and originality, you will carefully consider the dissemination and implementation of your research project.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      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

      Some examples of how you can achieve 128 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

      • 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.

      For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

      EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

      Career Prospects

      What are my career prospects?

      Career prospects are excellent because the programme offers you the opportunity to achieve a Masters level academic qualification and two professional awards.

      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.

      The University continues to work with prospective employers to identify future areas of employment for practitioners with dual nursing and social work registration.


      Tuition Fees

      If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this integrated Masters degree in academic year 2022/23, the tuition fee will be £9,250 a year.

      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.

      The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

      Financial Support

      Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this integrated Masters degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs. This includes a training grant of at least £5,000 a year for Nursing and Social Work students.

      For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining this programme in academic year 2022/23, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2022/23 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2022.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see www.edgehill.ac.uk/eufinance for further details.


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      These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

      To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.


      How to Apply

      Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com.

      Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

      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 www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

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      Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about our full range of events for prospective students, including campus tours and virtual activities, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.

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      Course Changes

      Expand All This tab outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years. Future material changes will be added here as amends are made to course information.

      23rd September 2020 - Change to Entry Requirements

      GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or equivalent, remain part of the entry criteria but Edge Hill equivalency tests can now be sat by those prospective students who do not have GCSEs (or nationally recognised equivalents) in either or both of these subjects at the required grades.

      Covid-19 - Children’s Nursing & Social Work Essential Information

      Children’s Nursing & Social Work Course Statement

      In line with Nursing and Midwifery Council and Social Work England requirements, delivery will consist of face-to-face delivery by lecturers. This will be a mix of live interactive teaching in an online environment and attendance on campus. Attendance in clinical practice is also an essential part of the programme. For the theory component of the programme, there will be campus attendance and online learning comprising of synchronous (seminar, tutorial) and asynchronous (lecture, discussion board) learning activities and academic support. For practice learning, you will attend clinical practice where student safety has been assured. This will include learning using simulation, which will be either on campus or via virtual learning environments. Attendance on campus will be compliant with current Public Health England guidelines. If government advice allows, there will a minimum of six hours on-campus attendance on one day per week. This may include theoretical learning, pastoral/academic support and/or independent learning activities.

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