BSc (Hons) Nursing (Children’s)

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: September 2020, January 2021, September 2021, January 2022
    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 September 2020 entry but remains open to applications for January 2021 entry.

    The Nursing and Midwifery Council published new standards for nursing education in May 2018. As a result of this, we will be introducing a new nursing curriculum from September 2020.

    If you are joining this programme in September 2020, you will study the new curriculum from the start of your course. Details of the new curriculum are currently being finalised and will be published soon.

    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 assess, plan and develop individual packages of care designed to provide the appropriate levels of physical, emotional and psychological care to meet the needs of children, young people and their families, while also gaining a broader awareness of the needs of all client groups and meeting the challenges of a changing healthcare environment. With extensive practical healthcare opportunities, 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 is delivered within a supportive learning environment. It offers a variety of perspectives on health, ill health, health promotion, life sciences and nursing practice in a range of settings and comprises approximately 50% theory and 50% practice. It provides the opportunity to achieve national generic and child field-specific competency outcomes related to professional values, communication and interpersonal skills, nursing practice, decision-making, leadership, management and team working.

    In Year 1, as well as being introduced to your field of nursing, you will develop a wider knowledge of health and social care practice and the underpinning life sciences.

    During Year 2 you will continue to develop your field-specific competencies alongside developing an understanding of the importance of research, life sciences and their application to nursing practice.

    Year 3 will see you preparing to be an autonomous practitioner ready to deal with the competencies of current health and social care with a distinct identity as a children’s nurse.

    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. The theory part of the programme is delivered during the normal working week (Monday to Friday). 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. You will be supported by a practice placement mentor/supervisor and a practice education facilitator.

    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?

    Assessment in both theory and practice is continuous, assessed against national outcomes and generic and field competencies, with students required to demonstrate evidence of their achievement. A range of assessment of theory procedures is in place including assignments, seminar presentations, advanced notice examinations, online learning activities, case studies and portfolio work.

    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 leading edge clinical skills facilities include ward simulations and operating theatres with industry standard equipment, as well as robot-style mannequins that can simulate a wide range of symptoms, from pregnancy to a temperature, to ensure your learning experience is as realistic as possible.

    Edge Hill University has excellent relationships with NHS hospital and community trusts, enabling us to offer practice-based learning opportunities across a variety of care contexts, with placements at more than 600 locations in Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire.

    The faculty is home to a thriving research culture which includes a series of staff and student conference programmes, guest lectures and seminars, as well as active research groups.


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    Year 1

    PUP1178Foundation Sciences for Nursing (30 credits)

    Foundation Sciences for Nursing provides an introduction to the life sciences that underpin nursing. The focus will be on the theory and application of biological, psychological and social sciences, together with the pharmacological contexts that underpin contemporary nursing care. You will also develop a wide range of clinical assessment skills, e.g. temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure monitoring, and urinalysis.

    Assessment: Written Exam(s): 100%.

    PUP1179Understanding Health and Social Care (30 credits)

    Understanding Health and Social Care provides an introduction to the fundamentals of health and social care and explores the values and behaviours that underpin professional practice. The module is designed to help you to understand the principles of safe practice and introduce you to the many factors that influence the health and social wellbeing of all patients/clients across the fields of nursing. You will be immersed in the skills, knowledge and values essential for the development of patient/person-centred care. There will be an emphasis on the importance of service user experience and the need for effective partnership working.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    PUP1181Introduction to Children's Nursing (20 credits)

    Introduction to Children’s Nursing familiarises you with the specific professional values and role of the children’s nurse. The module also examines the legal and ethical framework underpinning children’s nursing and considers the importance of family-centred care. You will develop key skills in the assessment of children and young people’s health and gain knowledge of physiological norms and learn how to identify causes for concern. One of the key aims of the module is to encourage working collaboratively with children, young people, their families and other professionals across a variety of settings in order to meet their needs.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    PUP1184Skills for Nursing Practice 1 (20 credits)

    Skills for Nursing Practice 1 provides a safe and realistic environment for students to develop and practice their skills and knowledge prior to engaging in practice learning. The module will develop your ability to contribute to the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of person-centred care, demonstrate safe and effective communication skills, and begin to use evidence to support practice.

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

    PUP1185Nursing Practice 1 (20 credits)

    Nursing Practice 1 recognises that the journey to professional nurse registration requires the acquisition of underpinning theoretical knowledge and skills and their practical application within the context of an inter-professional practice environment. You will learn across a range of practice experiences and be learning and practicing evidence-based skills alongside a range of health and social care professionals.

    Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

    Year 2

    PUP2222Applied Sciences for Health and Wellbeing 1 (30 credits)

    Applied Sciences for Health and Wellbeing 1 focuses on the disease process, its pathophysiology, homeostatic effects and the psychosocial factors involved. The pharmacological contexts will provide you with a clear understanding of the medicines management which underpins nursing care delivery. The continued development of key skills will enable you to undertake physical, clinical assessments of individuals/clients. This is essential for safe and effective care.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    PUP2223Research Methods in Health and Social Care (20 credits)

    Research Methods in Health and Social Care is designed to facilitate understanding of the core elements that underpin the research process and the application of research evidence to practice. The module will develop your skills in relation to an appreciation of the need for good quality research within health and social care, along with the ability to appraise the quality of published research within your specific field of practice.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    PUP2225Acute Health Care (Child) (30 credits)

    Acute Health Care (Child) will prepare you to care for children and young people who have acute health needs, either with a previous plan of care or as an emergency, in a variety of acute care situations in primary and/or secondary care. This could include caring for a child/young person with psychological, physical, mental, social and/or emotional needs. The module will also prepare you to collaborate with other professionals to meet the acute health care needs of children in order to increase wellbeing, enhance wellness and enable effective transition or discharge to their home environment.

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

    PUP2233Skills for Nursing Practice 2 (20 credits)

    Skills for Nursing Practice 2 is designed to enhance generic and field specific skills for nursing. This will enable you to demonstrate an understanding of the required levels of competence and to recognise and respond to the more complex needs relevant to your field of practice. The module also provides opportunities for the enhancement of field specific practice skills and facilitates the consistent application of safe, compassionate, person-centred and evidenced-based care.

    Assessment: Written Exam(s): 100%.

    PUP2234Nursing Practice 2 (20 credits)

    Nursing Practice 2 provides the platform for you to extend your professional knowledge, culminating in a skill set that will demonstrate your increasing ability to practice autonomously. Practice learning opportunities across a range of settings and client groups enable you to continue to accumulate experience that enhances your developing confidence. A blend of both generic and field specific practice opportunities will ensure that you experience the challenges encountered within different health care service delivery models.

    Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

    Year 3

    PUP3231Applied Sciences for Health and Wellbeing 2 (20 credits)

    Applied Sciences for Health and Wellbeing 2 further develops the themes of pathophysiology and the psychosocial perspectives and interventions available within the health and social care context. Disease processes will be studied in relation to body systems, the aging process and death and dying. Appropriate clinical skills/assessment methods and techniques will continue to be taught and practiced in the skills laboratories

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    PUP3232Preparing for the Professional Role (30 credits)

    Preparing for the Professional Role develops effective leadership skills to enable you to work effectively with others, make improvements to services and contribute to care that is safe. This involves an understanding of professional accountability and the use of clinical governance processes to work effectively across professional boundaries. The module will enable you to become increasingly autonomous, work within complex teams and support the ongoing development of yourself and others.

    Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

    PUP3234Caring for the Child who has Complex/Critical/Life Limiting Conditions (30 credits)

    Caring for the Child who has Complex/Critical/Life Limiting Conditions prepares you to care for children within a critical care setting, either as an emergency or as part of a long-term life limiting condition, in a variety of care situations in primary, secondary and/or tertiary care. Utilising an enquiry-based approach to support the delivery of key theories and practical skills, which are research and evidence based, you will be enabled to care for the child/young person with regards to their psychological, physical, mental, social and emotional needs.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    PUP3267Skills for Nursing Practice 3 (20 credits)

    Skills for Nursing Practice 3 facilitates the development of more complex generic and field specific skills as well as skills required for clinical leadership, in order to prepare you for professional registration and employment. This will enable you to develop your confidence and competence in clinical decision-making and to act as a positive role model for others. Teaching and learning approaches include a variety of practice simulation activities, providing you with an opportunity to enhance your knowledge, skills and understanding relevant to your field.

    Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

    PUP3268Nursing Practice 3 (20 credits)

    Nursing Practice 3 provides further exposure to practice learning to enable you to develop the confidence to practice and demonstrate competence within your chosen field. You will be encouraged to reflect on prior practice learning experiences, recognise current skill sets and identify areas for development, in order that you are fully prepared for a professional career. There will also be an opportunity to gain experience of international health care provision. Additionally, the modules requires the demonstration of your leadership, management, supervisory and team working skills within the context of a rapidly changing and challenging environment where health care delivery models are evolving.

    Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.


    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.

    Entry Criteria

    Entry Requirements

    Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points, plus GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

    Relevant natural and applied science subjects are preferred but not essential. 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 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);
    • 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.

    As long as 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 the Welsh Baccalaureate and 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

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

    Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

    If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

    Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’). This may include credit or learning undertaken at another university.

    Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s academic regulations (sections C7 and F3.1) or contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

    Career Prospects

    What are my career prospects?

    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.

    The course will also prove useful in the areas of leadership, management and consultancy, as well as education and research. There are significant opportunities for further professional development and specialism.


    Tuition Fees

    If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2020/21, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum.

    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 and EU students joining this undergraduate degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs. This includes a grant of at least £5,000 per annum for Nursing students.

    For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2020/21, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2020/21 guide at


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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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    If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at

    Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours, at

    Request a Prospectus

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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.

    22nd January 2019 - Change to Entry Requirements

    104-112 UCAS Tariff points are required to join this programme with effect from January 2020 entry.

    18th January 2019 - Change to Entry Requirements

    The previous requirement for at least five GCSEs at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent) has been revised to GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent) only.