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BSc (Hons)
Nursing (Children's)

This courses aims to produce competent and dynamic adult, children's or mental health nurses who are capable of undertaking nursing practice in a variety of clinical settings.

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?

The BSc (Hons) Nursing course aims to produce competent and dynamic graduate nurses who are capable of undertaking nursing practice in a variety of clinical settings. You will be able to design strategies for the collection and analysis of scholarly material relating to nursing care, as well as be able to identify nursing issues from a wide perspective. You will be able to identify and lead changes in practice, improving the quality of delivery of care.

This programme has been accredited by the RCN Centre for Professional Accreditation until 31 October 2018

View our Becoming a Nurse brochure.

What will this course cover?

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. The reason you are there as a child nurse is because children are not just mini adults, their bodies (and minds) work in different ways. You will need to develop a good level of knowledge in child development and communication skills. Children and young people need nurses who understand their particular needs and can work in partnership with them and their families.

Upon successful completion of the course, you are awarded the degree - BSc (Hons) - and are eligible to register as a children's nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). 


50 per cent of the course is spent at the University and 50 per cent of the course is spent on practice placement at one of our local NHS Trusts or independent care partners. During clinical experience you will undertake 37.5 hours per week in practice.

When you go out onto your practice placement, a clinical staff member will provide mentorship, supervise your experience and assess that you are meeting the requirements of the course.


Download the Programme Specification.

Year One

  • Foundation Skills for Children's Nursing
  • Foundations of Children's Nursing Practice
  • Health and Illness across the Lifespan
  • Independent Learning for Nursing
  • Mandatory Sessions - Level 4
  • Portfolio - Level 4

Year Two

  • Intermediate Skills for Children's Nursing
  • Intermediate Children's Nursing Practice
  • Evidence-based Practice and the Community
  • Broadening Perspectives on Practice
  • Portfolio - Level 5
  • Mandatory Sessions - Level 5

Year Three

  • 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
  • Portfolio - Level 6
  • Mandatory Sessions - Level 6

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).

Although not a requirement, preferred A-level subjects are: Biology, Health and Social Care, Chemistry, Psychology, Physics, Physical Education, and Sociology.

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

Irish entry requirements are a FETAC Level 5 award (minimum of five distinctions in health related subjects).

If English is not your first language, and overall IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent is normally required. 

All applicants should be able to demonstrate evidence of study within the last five years.

Mature students without the necessary formal qualifications but with relevant experience are welcome to apply.

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 must satisfy three requirements relating to residence and immigration status on the first day of the first academic year of your course. On that day you must:

  • have been resident in the UK, the Channel Islands or the sle of Man throughout the three years preceding that date (living here mainly to receive full-time education, when you would normally live elsewhere, does not satisfy the residency status)
  • have settled status in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971
  • be ordinarily resident in any UK country (in England for medical and dental students).

You can check your eligibility using the online calculator at:

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?

Applications for full-time undergraduate courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Information on making an application through UCAS is available on our Applicants' pages.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

Our goal as an institution is to develop students who are enterprising, employable, and who can lead. To enable that, we will support you to achieve your potential, build your independence as a learner, your discipline expertise, your professionalism, your awareness of yourself and others, your confidence and efficacy. Find out more about the support available from our Careers and Employability team.