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BSc (Hons)
Nursing (Children's)

If you’re looking to make a difference as a children’s nurse, we’ll help you fulfil your ambition. We are passionate about empowering and supporting you to achieve your full potential. We’ll equip you with the knowledge, attributes and skills to become a proficient, confident and compassionate children’s nurse.

Qualification: BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: B731

Study mode: Full-time

Location: Uxbridge Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: February & September

Is this course for me?

Caring for the most important person in someone’s life, their child, is a big responsibility, yet it is a very fulfilling job. Children and young people need nurses who understand their particular needs and can work in partnership with them and their families.

Nursing children can take you from the intensive care of a new-born baby with breathing problems, to looking after a six foot tall adolescent whose leg has been broken and will cover a range of areas from the hospital to the child's own home.

More than just a degree
Once you graduate, you’ll be able to register as a nurse with the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) and be able to practice in the UK.

Opportunities for children’s nurses are continually expanding both here in the UK and abroad. You may be working in a busy hospital ward or department, as a nurse specialist running your own clinic, or in one of the expanding community areas such as a large health centre. What makes children nursing such a challenge is the sheer diversity of situations you will have to respond to, no two days are ever the same.

Nursing involves more that practice. You’ll grasp the theory and facts behind diagnosis that can help you make crucial decisions when looking after a patient. You will be able to lead changes in practice, improving the quality of delivery of care.

We believe in giving you the best chance for employment when you graduate. Our nursing programme is no different. During your time on the programme, you’ll be working alongside experienced health care professionals and we will help you become a caring, confident and practice-ready children’s nurse.

You will benefit from an excellent standard of teaching provided by staff from the University and practice, in partnership with our NHS Trust partners. Our lecturers maintain close links with practice, ensuring that the programme is up-to-date with modern practice. We have simulation facilities to enable you to practise your skills in a realistic and safe environment and offer continuous support throughout the programme, both in the University and in practice. You will receive personal tutoring and benefit from a high level of research within the teaching team.

Gain experience with the NHS or private care trusts
Our nursing programmes are split 50/50, one half is spent at the University studying and the other half is spent on practice placement at one of our local NHS Trusts or independent care partners.

We offer a variety of clinical experiences in a range of settings.

Our partners include:

Clinical experience opportunities may include:

  • accident and emergency
  • community nursing – with health visitors and paediatric nursing teams
  • general paediatric wards
  • learning disability units
  • neonatal intensive care
  • operating theatres
  • outpatient departments
  • private healthcare placement experiences.

We’re renowned for the support we offer you while you are on placement. Members of the teaching staff from Bucks are assigned to each clinical area and will visit you whilst you are out in practice.

Learn from the professionals both lectures and the wards
We make sure that you’ll have the knowledge and the confidence to work as a nurse before sending you out into clinical practice.

Our team of experienced and dedicated lecturers have a collective wealth of knowledge from working in a number of areas, including:

  • cardio–respiratory nursing
  • children’s accident and emergency (including resuscitation and trauma)
  • children’s high dependency and intensive care
  • child obesity and weight management
  • community nursing
  • general paediatrics
  • neonatal intensive care
  • palliative care
  • paediatric nephrology
  • paediatric oncology
  • safeguarding
  • school nursing
  • transport of the critically ill child.

Our enthusiastic and dedicated nursing team have a passion for what they do and will support you throughout the programme.

Year One

  • Health, Wellbeing and Disability: Implications for Children's Nursing
  • Foundations of Children's Nursing Practice
  • Foundation Skills for Children's Nursing
  • Foundation Skills for Children's Nursing
  • Foundations of Children's Nursing Practice
  • Health and Illness across the Lifespan
  • Independent Learning for Nursing
  • Professional and Academic Skills for Nursing

Year Two

  • Children's Community Nursing: Public Health in Action
  • Intermediate Children's Nursing Practice
  • Intermediate Skills for Children's Nursing
  • Intermediate Skills for Children's Nursing
  • Intermediate Children's Nursing Practice
  • Evidence-based Practice and the Community
  • Broadening Perspectives on Practice
  • Research Methods for Nursing
  • Broadening Perspectives on Practice

Year Three

  • Towards Autonomy in Children's Nursing Practice
  • Children's Nursing Skills Underpinning Complex Care
  • Children's Nursing Skills Underpinning Complex Care
  • Towards Autonomy in Children's Nursing Practice
  • Nursing and Collaborative Working
  • Personal Development for Leadership and Management
  • Research For Nursing
  • Research in Nursing
  • Leadership and Collaborative Interprofessional Practice

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS Tariff score between 280-320 points; or an Access to Nursing qualification (minimum of 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction, 12 at Merit, and 3 at Pass).

You may find it easier if you have prior knowledge of health, so we prefer if you have relevant A Levels - such as Biology, Health and Social Care, Chemistry, Psychology, Physics, Physical Education, and Sociology. However, it is not essential.

In addition, you will require five GCSEs including Maths, English and Science at Grade C or above (or equivalent).

How much does it cost?

If you are a UK or EU citizen you will be entitled to have your tuition fees paid in full by the NHS.

All eligible new students will also receive a small non-means tested grant of £1,000. To be eligible for NHS bursary funding, you need to fit the requirements. You can check your eligibility using the online calculator.

For information on fees and finance, please view our fees and funding section.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

Visit our Why Bucks? section to discover what studying at Bucks could mean for you.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit

What are my career prospects?

We’ve been running nursing programmes for many years and have a high rate of employability. 98 per cent of our students are in employment or in further study six months after graduating*.  Many of our students are employed by the Trust that they worked with during their time at the University.

Nursing itself is a broad area and you’ll have the chance to go into many careers, such as:

  • accident and emergency
  • community settings, for example school nurse or health visitor
  • general paediatrics
  • general practice surgeries
  • intensive care
  • outpatient day surgeries
  • private health care providers
  • researcher – promoting advances in health care and health promotion practice.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders.

We work with our partners to provide placements for our students, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in practice. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

Once you have completed your programme, we will continue to support you on your career path, with our range of continued professional development programmes. In recognition of our commitment to developing healthcare professionals, we are pleased to have been awarded ‘Education Provider of the Year’ (post registration) at the Student Nursing Times Awards 2015.

We can also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

*HESA Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2015, based on 2014 graduates.

"I enjoy studying in England and have received great support from the University, both academically and personally. The University has a moulage expert who recreates realistic wounds, burns and scars on volunteers which brings the theory to life and helps me provide the best care to patients. The teaching has been fantastic and I'm looking forward to qualifying as a paediatric nurse."

Noelle McCarthy