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BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child)

Gain eligibility to register as a qualified children’s nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as you develop leadership skills and benefit from extensive practice opportunities in hospitals and community settings.

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      UCAS Code: B730
      Course Length: 3 Years Full-Time
      Start Dates: January 2022, September 2022, January 2023, September 2023, January 2024
      Subjects: Nursing
      Location: Edge Hill University
      Example Offers: BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)
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      Please note, this programme is closed to further applications for January 2022 entry. It remains open to applications for September 2022 entry.

      Nursing is one of the most rewarding careers to enter and on qualification registered nurses are employed in a variety of settings. Children’s nurses work with children who have a diverse range of health conditions, some of whom will be facing the most challenging life events. As a children’s nurse you will deliver care to children with acute and complex care needs, while also gaining a broader awareness of the needs of all client groups and meeting the challenges of a changing healthcare environment. With access to practice learning placements, this degree enables you to register as a qualified children’s nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), having developed the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to help plan, coordinate and deliver care in a safe, compassionate and effective way.

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      In Depth

      What will I study?

      This three-year degree, which offers an equal balance of theoretical and practice learning, is delivered within a supportive learning environment. You will have the opportunity to achieve nursing proficiencies, aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s standards of proficiency, which represent the skills, knowledge and attributes that children’s nurses must demonstrate.

      In Year 1 you will focus on professionalism, communication, personal resilience and emotional intelligence. Registered nurses must act professionally and use their knowledge and experience to make evidence-based decisions about care. They must also continually reflect on their practice and keep abreast of new and emerging developments. These factors have influenced the theoretical content of the programme. You will engage in simulated education that will prepare you for practice placements where you will be supported by practice supervisors and assessors.

      In Year 2 you will examine research methodologies and enhance your skills and understanding in evidence-based care. There will be a focus on core anatomy and physiology to enable you to undertake assessment of the physical and mental health of patients. As registered nurses play a key role in improving and maintaining the mental, physical and behavioural health and wellbeing of children, you will also study the principles of health promotion and protection. You will engage in further simulated education to prepare for practice placements.

      Year 3 consolidates learning that has taken place in previous years. There will be a focus on leadership and management, evaluating care and working in teams. You will also be introduced to the principles of organisational change and public policy and the development of political awareness. You will undertake practice placements where you will confirm your achievement of nursing proficiencies in preparation for professional registration.

      This programme adheres closely to the six core values of the NHS. These values, enshrined within the NHS Constitution, have been developed by patients, the public and staff to inspire passion in the NHS, guide it in the 21st century, and provide common ground for cooperation in achieving shared aspirations. Further information about the core values can be found at

      How will I study?

      Seminars, lectures, work-based learning, tutorials 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.

      You will spend 50% of your time in practice which will be undertaken in hospitals and community settings within the NHS, local authority, independent and voluntary organisations. Practice settings will be drawn from our network of more than 600 placement locations across Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire. You will be supported by a practice placement assessor and supervisor.

      Placements will include weekend, 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. There is also an opportunity to undertake a practice learning experience outside the region, within the United Kingdom or internationally.

      How will I be assessed?

      In each year, you will be assessed by a written assessment, oral assessment, a simulated practical assessment and an examination.

      While on practice placement, you will be supported in the development of the application of knowledge and skills, leading to the assessment of related proficiencies.

      Who will be teaching me?

      All lectures are delivered by professionals within the field of nursing as well as specialists in other areas.

      The programme team represent a range of qualified, research-active professionals with extensive experience of working within the health and/or social care sector.

      Most importantly, service users, carers and their families will be involved in facilitating your learning so that you gain an understanding of the impact care has on individual groups.

      A Great Study Environment

      A student nurse prepares to bath a baby.The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine is one of the leading providers of education and training for health and social care professionals in the North West of England.

      Offering some of the best facilities for health, social care and medicine students 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.

      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 ward simulations, operating theatres, an anatomy and ultrasound resource centre, a ‘Better at Home’ suite, clinical skills spaces and consultation rooms.

      You will benefit from industry standard equipment, as well as robot-style mannequins that can simulate symptoms, from pregnancy to a temperature, of real patients. This will enable you to undertake practical scenarios in realistic settings, providing ideal preparation for professional practice placements and future employment.


      Adopting a non-modular approach, the curriculum is aligned around three core progressive strands, each of which covers a distinctive year of study.

      Year 1: The Foundations of Nursing Practice (120 credits)

      The Foundations of Nursing Practice introduces a variety of concepts to empower you to develop the knowledge, skills and competencies required to deliver safe and effective care. You will study professional and personal concepts as you gain the foundations for the delivery of contemporary nursing practice across the lifespan and a variety of healthcare settings. You will benefit from a wide range of practice experiences as you discover the theory and application of biological, psychosocial and pharmacological factors, as well as integrated care delivery.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 25%, Practical(s): 25%.

      Year 2: Developing Proficiencies for Nursing (120 credits)

      Developing Proficiencies for Nursing equips you with the knowledge and skills to safely assess, plan, lead and evaluate patient care, including safe discharge, transition and end of life care. The aim is to promote working in partnership, with an emphasis on collaboration and interdisciplinary approaches, in an ever-changing health and social care environment. This year of study prepares you to undertake comprehensive assessments of physical, psychological, mental, social and emotional needs for people of all ages, across all care settings. You will also gain the skills and experience required to plan and deliver interventions that promote health and wellbeing, exploring the proactive role of the professional nurse in the provision of health promotion and prevention strategies.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 25%, Practical(s): 25%.

      Year 3: Preparing for the Role of the Registered Nurse (120 credits)

      Preparing for the Role of the Registered Nurse provides you with the opportunities to develop a critical appreciation of the role of the registered nurse. This will be achieved through a combination of independent and guided learning in which you will develop confidence in assessment, clinical decision making, and the application of a range of related theories to support care delivery. Successful completion of this year of study will enable you to have the confidence and ability to think critically and apply knowledge and skills in the provision of expert evidence-based direct nursing care.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 25%, Practical(s): 25%.


      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.


      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.

      Entry Criteria

      Entry Requirements

      Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required, plus GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

      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 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 104-112 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

      • A Level: BCC-BBC;
      • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
      • T Level: Overall grade of Merit;
      • 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 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 15 credits at Distinction and 30 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.

      For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit

      EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at

      Career Prospects

      What are my career prospects?

      On successful completion of the course, you will gain eligibility to register as a qualified children’s nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

      Children’s nurses work in partnership with families to care for all children and young people, whether well or sick, injured or disabled. They support children with acute illness, chronic ill health or long-term life-limiting conditions and are instrumental in maintaining the health of children and young people through health promotion. Offering comfort and reassurance to patients and their parents or carers in difficult or distressing circumstances, they provide care that is sensitive to the child’s physical, developmental and emotional needs, whether in hospitals, the community or the home.

      Following registration as a children’s nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, you can pursue a career in a variety of settings. These include specialist children’s hospitals, general hospitals and paediatric community services/teams.


      Tuition Fees

      If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic years 2021/22 or 2022/23, the tuition fee will be £9,250 a year (subject to final Government approval for 2022/23).

      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 undergraduate 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 students.

      For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining this programme, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters guide for your intended academic year of entry.

      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 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


      How to Apply

      Apply online through UCAS at

      Visit 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

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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

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      Course Changes

      Expand All This page 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.

      29th April 2020 - Change to Programme Structure

      The course will be non-modular in nature with effect from September 2020 entry.

      NUR1000 The Foundations of Nursing Practice (120 credits) replaces PUP1178 Foundation Sciences for Nursing (30 credits), PUP1179 Understanding Health and Social Care (30 credits), PUP1181 Introduction to Children\’s Nursing (20 credits), PUP1184 Skills for Nursing Practice (20 credits) and PUP1185 Nursing Practice 1 (20 credits) as core study in Year 1.

      NUR2000 Developing Proficiencies for Nursing (120 credits) replaces PUP2222 Applied Sciences for Health and Wellbeing 1 (30 credits), PUP2223 Research Methods in Health and Social Care (20 credits), PUP2225 Acute Health Care (Child) (30 credits), PUP2233 Skills for Nursing Practice 2 (20 credits) and PUP2234 Nursing Practice 2 (20 credits) as core study in Year 2.

      NUR3000 Preparing for the Role of the Registered Nurse (120 credits) replaces PUP3231 Applied Sciences for Health and Wellbeing 2 (20 credits), PUP3232 Preparing for the Professional Role (30 credits), PUP3234 Caring for the Child who has Complex/Critical/Life-Limiting Conditions (30 credits), PUP3267 Skills for Nursing Practice 3 (20 credits) and PUP3268 Nursing Practice 3 (20 credits) as core study in Year 3.

      29th April 2020 - Change to Entry Requirements

      The entry requirements have been updated to remove the preference for natural and applied science subjects. No specific subjects are required or preferred with effect from September 2020 entry.

      There is also no longer a requirement to provide evidence of study within the three years prior to application.

      28th April 2020 - Change of Programme Title

      The programme title has changed from BSc (Hons) Nursing (Children\’s) to BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child).

      Covid-19 - Nursing (Child) Essential Information

      Nursing (Child) Course Statement

      In line with Nursing and Midwifery Council 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.

      Teaching and Learning at Edge Hill University in 2020

      In this video Pro Vice-Chancellor, Lynda Brady, answers your questions and explains how teaching will work when you join us at Edge Hill University in September.

      Campus Facilities at Edge Hill University in 2020

      In this video Pro Vice-Chancellor, Lynda Brady, explains how we’re preparing the campus for your arrival in September and the facilities that will be available.

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