Take your career in community children’s nursing forward on this specially-developed specialist practitioner course.
Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), it covers all the areas you need to qualify in to become a sought-after specialist in this dynamic field of nursing.
The advanced grounding you need
Community children’s nursing is a rewarding and rapidly-evolving area that requires a unique set of skills and knowledge. By studying at SPQ level, you’ll gain up-to-date skills and knowledge, and become highly skilled at caring for children in their own homes, and leading large teams of nurses to do so.
Take a bigger picture view
This specialist course takes you through key aspects of current community children’s nursing practice, from mental health across the lifespan and safeguarding to effective caseload management.
Developing strong leadership skills, you will also learn to take a more strategic view of the way children’s healthcare is delivered in the community, drawing on the latest research, ideas and policy.
One of the few places to study this
Highly regarded by students and practice partners for our teaching in this area, we are one of just a handful of universities in the country offering this type of specialist children’s nursing qualification. You will work with highly skilled academics, who have worked in community practice – and spend 50% of your time in practice yourself, consolidating and deepening your understanding and skills.
Who is it for?
This course is for qualified nurses with a diploma. You will be sponsored by a health organisation or trust and achieve a degree, while gaining advanced skills and knowledge in an area of community nursing you want to specialise in.
You can choose to study this course either full-time or part-time.
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
This course covers all the areas needed to meet the NMC professional requirements for community children’s nurses.
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
- Understand the complexities of working in a community setting
- Better appreciate strategic influences on policy
- Take a critical approach to nursing care in the community, with a strong emphasis on providing holistic, evidence-based care to children in their homes
- Analyse how decisions about care are made, drawing on relevant research
- Work at the forefront of caring for children with a range of healthcare needs.
Flexible, practice-based learning
The course makes use of a range of flexible learning and assessment approaches, to ensure you learn in the way that suits you best. We will be looking, in particular, at how well you apply the theory to your own nursing and leadership practice.
You will benefit from strong support throughout, with personal and link tutors at the university, and a practice teacher supporting you to learn in your trust.
As well as spending half your time in practice, case study-type simulations will allow you to explore the kind of issues you will face as a community children’s nurse. You will also work closely with students from other community nursing courses at Bucks, building your experience of working in a multi-professional way.
By the end of the course, you will have developed the higher level of skills and knowledge you need to become a leader in this specialist field of nursing. Your e-portfolio will provide evidence of this, to validate your learning with the NMC.
Study this course full time for a year. You will spend two days a week at university and two days a week in practice.
What are the course entry requirements?
You need to be registered as a level 1 nurse on the appropriate part of the NMC register.
You also need to be working in UK clinical practice, so this course is just available to UK students.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.
Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Year 1 Modules
- Developing Specialist Community Practice (CCN)
- Approaches to Research in Practice
- Innovation and Leaderships in Community Nursing (optional)
- Managing Complex Health Needs in the Community Setting (optional)
- Contemporary Issues in Child and Adolescent Development (optional)
- Mental Health Across the Lifespan (optional)
- Community Palliative Care (optional)
- Nurse Prescribing or Graduate Non-Medical Prescribing (optional)
- Clinical Decision Making for Non-Medical Prescribing Nurses/Midwives and Allied Health Professionals
- Applied Pharmacology for Non-Medical Prescribing
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £9,250
Full Time International, Academic Year 2020-2021: £12,500
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks