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. It will cover a range of settings 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 and Midwifery Council (NMC) and you will be able to practice in the UK.
Opportunities for children's nurses are continually expanding. 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 than practice. You will understand the theory and facts behind diagnosis that can help you to make crucial decisions when looking after a patient. You will be able to lead changes in practice, improving the quality of delivery of care.
You can choose to study in September or February.
UCAS CODE: B731
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 will 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.
You will be taught by lecturers who have a wide expertise in the field. Our lecturers also 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. We 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. You will also benefit from our annual one day inter-professional conference, focused on safeguarding.
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.
The main NHS Trusts we are currently working with include:
- Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
- Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
- Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
- West Midlands NHS Trusts
We also work with Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and community services.
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
- an elective placement of your choice in your third year
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.
The children's nursing team represents all clinical specialities within community and hospital services.
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:
- children's accident and emergency (including resuscitation and trauma)
- community nursing
- general paediatrics
- learning disabilities
- neonatal and paediatric intensive care
- operating theatres
- paediatric oncology
- school nursing.
Our enthusiastic and dedicated nursing team have a passion for what they do and will support you throughout the programme.
Teaching and Learning
Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning.
Structured learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials and other time-tabled sessions. The amount of time set aside for each activity (‘contact hours’) is set out in individual module descriptors and so will vary depending on the modules you take. When you are not attending structured learning and teaching activities you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, using the library, preparing for seminars, and completing coursework assignments.
The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.
Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.
Year 1: 23 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||290 hours|
|Independent learning:||310 hours|
Year 2: 19 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||323 hours|
|Independent learning:||617 hours|
Year 3: 20 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||362 hours|
|Independent learning:||538 hours|
You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.
Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.
Balance of assessment
The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose.
|25 percent coursework||25 percent written exams||50 percent practical|
|45 percent coursework||25 percent written exams||30 percent practical|
|50 percent coursework||25 percent written exams||25 percent practical|
You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.
Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.
What are the course entry requirements?
Entry requirements for September 2017
A typical offer will require a UCAS Tariff score between 112-128 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).
If your application is successful, we'll invite you to a nursing selection day.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
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
- Foundation Skills for Children's Nursing
- Foundation of Children's Nursing Practice
- Health Wellbeing and Disability: Implications for Children's Nursing
- Professional and Academic Skills for Nursing
Year 2 Modules
- Broadening Perspectives on Practice
- Children's Community Nursing: Public Health in Action
- Intermediate Children's Nursing Practice
- Intermediate Skills for Children's Nursing
- Research Methods for Nursing
Year 3 Modules
- Children's Nursing Skills Underpinning Complex Care
- Leadership and Collaborative Interprofessional Practice
- Research in Nursing
- Towards Autonomy in Children's Nursing Practice
How much does it cost
Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry
Full Time Home and EU: £9250 per year
Full Time International: £10500 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.
For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow