“I like a challenge. Nothing is simple with little people and I’ve found London’s cultural diversity very beneficial for my training.” Keri Page, Child Nursing
Nurses (child field) have a profound impact on the lives of children and their families. Our cutting-edge degree enables you to shape a career at the forefront of the nursing profession, mixing expert teaching and outstanding student support with placements at some of London's premier hospitals.
In the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS), 97% of students reported being satisfied with their course.
Our course is developed in partnership with NHS Trusts and 50% of study time is spent on placement in our partner hospitals, which include many of London's most prestigious pediatric units. Through learning essential nursing skills and techniques, supported by our state-of-the-art facilities, we prepare you for a hugely rewarding career, caring for young people from birth to 16 in a variety of healthcare settings. This extends beyond hospitals and into daycare centres, clinics and even children's homes.
This is a highly competitive degree and we are seeking students with the right acumen. You will need to demonstrate the ability to communicate sensitively with children; and show care, compassion, courage and commitment to a nursing career. By specialising in the child field you will make a vital difference to the lives of children, families and carers.
You will learn to assess, plan and implement child healthcare effectively. Through detailed modules you will develop a thorough knowledge of child development from infancy to adolescence. You will learn to recognise health risks associated with different ages and developmental stages, in order to provide the highest standard of care.
We ensure that you develop critical and analytical skills through exploring the philosophical basis of child nursing practice. You will also debate current nursing topics, while considering the future of the profession. Problem solving and making critical decisions will become second nature, and you will become confident in working within collaborative teams in order to deliver effective multi-agency working, which is central to the child nurse's role.
You will learn expert communications skills so you are able to engage, not only with young people, but also with families and carers so they can deliver follow-up care and medication at home.
You will become an independent, self-motivated practitioner, able to reflect on your practice and adopt a critical and analytical approach to the care of children and their families.
This module begins the process of the development of skills required to become a graduate, autonomous and lifelong learner. It provides a foundation from which the identified skills can be developed in relation to the field of nursing practice. These skills will be studied throughout the student s programme and beyond, in the world of work. In addition this module will specifically introduce the principles of children s nursing theory and practice.
This module aims to equip graduate learners with knowledge in essential biological concepts and evidence based nursing skills. Essential biological concepts included are human anatomy and physiology, microbiology / infection control, and pharmacology. Evidence based nursing skills encompass those shown in the syllabus, and introduce student nurses to medicines management. It provides a foundation from which the student nurse can build and develop their nursing practice throughout their programme and professional career.
This module begins the process of the developing the graduate learner as a professional nurse. It provides a foundation from which the student nurse can develop the appropriate knowledge, skills, attitudes and conduct necessary for working as a professional nurse. These skills and attributes will be studied and developed throughout the student s programme and in their professional career.
This module is practice based and provides the student with a variety of practice experiences in line with the NMC requirements for registration. Students will build on the knowledge and skills developed in their other modules and be supported in meeting the generic and specific field standards for competence and Essential Skills Clusters in order to achieve the NMC criteria for progression point 1.
To introduce students of health related subjects to the process of health care research. It is a professional requirement for those working in health related disciplines to underpin their knowledge with research and evidence-based practice. Professionals need to be able to access research findings, and through an understanding of the research process and methodology, be able to critique research and apply this knowledge to practice. The aim of this module is to develop the students awareness the research process and to equip them with the skills required to research in the subject area appropriate to their target award and to offer some preparation for their final year project/ dissertation.
This module continues the process of the development of knowledge and skills required to become a graduate, autonomous and lifelong learner. It provides opportunities to develop the identified skills needed to practice as an advanced beginner in providing care for the Infant, Child and Young Person ICYP and their families. These skills will be studied throughout the student s programme both in university and practice. In addition this module will specifically introduce the principles of nursing theory and practice in relation to the care and management of long term conditions in ICYP nursing.
This module continues the process of the development of knowledge and skills required to become a graduate, autonomous and lifelong learner. It provides opportunities to develop the identified skills needed to practice as an advanced beginner in providing nursing care for the Infant, Child and Young Person ICYP and their families. These skills will be studied throughout the student s programme both in university and practice. In addition this module will specifically introduce the principles of nursing theory and practice in relation to the care and management of acute conditions in ICYP nursing.
This module provides the student with a range of practice learning opportunities across a variety of practice experiences in line with the NMC requirements for registration. Students will build on the knowledge and skills developed in Year 1 and be supported in meeting the generic and specific field standards for competence in order to progress towards the achievement of the NMC criteria for progression point 2.
This module will consolidate the knowledge and skills required to become a graduate autonomous and lifelong learner. It provides opportunities to enhance knowledge and skills needed to practice as a competent practitioner in providing nursing care for the Infant, Child and Young Person ICYP and their families. The graduate student will demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to safely nurse and care for the ICYP and their families across a range of settings and with a variety of health needs.
This module aims to synthesise learning from the students undergraduate programme providing an opportunity for students to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity, an inquiry based approach, the employment and application of research skills thus facilitating the development of a higher level of theorising. Students will select a topic of personal interest they wish to study further and will manage their own learning during this module, with the support of an allocated supervisor for this period of independent study.
This module provides the student with a range of practice learning opportunities across a variety of practice experiences in line with the NMC requirements for registration. Students will consolidate the knowledge and skills developed to date and be supported in meeting the generic and specific field standards for competence in order to achieve the NMC criteria for registration. Students will be assessed by a sign-off mentor during their period of continuous practice.
This module consolidates the knowledge and skills required to e come a graduate autonomous and lifelong learner. It provides opportunities to develop the management and leadership skills needed to practice as a competent practitioner in providing nursing care for the Infant, Child and Young Person ICYP and their families. It explores the ethical and legal aspects of being a professional nurse and in particular, prepares the student for their role in contributing to the learning of others.
Emphasis is placed throughout the course on the development of practical skills, and the course is split equally between theory and practice. By the end of the course, you will have completed 2,300 hours of clinical training. You will attend lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions and tutorials, and will work on problem-solving exercises, case studies and written assignments. You will take part in seminar discussions and do some work in groups. You will supplement all this with online learning and your own independent study and reading.
Assessment is through exams (including vivas), practical assessments and coursework, including a dissertation, your portfolio, reports, care plans, drug calculations, individual and group presentations, online assessments and learning logbooks.
Before you apply, see if nursing is the right choice for you. We have listed some of the personal qualities we expect our nursing students to demonstrate both at interview and throughout the course.
Please note that we can only accept your application for consideration if you have already obtained your GCSE (or equivalent) Maths and English at the appropriate level prior to applying. We also accept functional skills or key skills and equivalency tests by Equivalency Testing, A Star Teachers or any other appropriately accredited provider.
Typical offers for this course:
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Overall pass: must include 45 credits at level 3, of which all 45 must be at Merit or higher
You are required to demonstrate that you have experience of working - this does not have to be in the field of health care.
You are also required to provide evidence of study within the last 5 years.
To begin the course you must also complete a satisfactory enhanced DBS check, Occupational Health Check, and provide suitable references.
We are unable to accept applications for deferred entry or defer existing offers for this programme to the next possible start date.
Our entry requirements are displayed as grades. Please use the UCAS calculator to find out the equivalent tariff points.
We are not able to consider applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study this course. Nationals from outside the EU who are resident in the UK are considered.
Entry onto this course requires an interview and skills tests.
Nursing is a flexible and varied career that you can shape to suit your ambitions. Once you finish the course and become a registered children's nurse, you can specialise in a particular area of paediatrics, such as neonatal intensive care or paediatric oncology. Or you could opt to become a school nurse, for example.
There are many well paid nursing roles within both the NHS and private sector. The skills you will formulate in your studies with us may support you to quickly progress up the nursing career ladder. The table below shows a selection of nursing jobs in the NHS and their associated salaries. If you work in the private sector, you may earn even more.
On successful completion of the programme, students are eligible to enter the professional register for nursing and you will receive career guidance from your Professional Development Tutor.
Nursing is a profession requiring shift work throughout the 24 hour period. Duty rotas will reflect this and will include early, late, night, weekend and Bank Holiday shift patterns.
We work in partnership with practice placement providers to ensure that the practice learning environment is conducive to meeting the individual learning needs of the student and a robust process of quality monitoring of the learning environment is in place.
Each practice area has an allocated link lecturer and practice placement information to further support clinical learning. Students are expected to work with their assigned mentor/assessor two to three times per week.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) works with partner organisations to set and maintain high standards of nursing and midwifery education across the UK. The NMC sets standards, guidance and requirements for nursing and midwifery programmes of education across the UK.
Our BSc Nursing (Child field) course has been approved and monitored by the NMC to make sure that the education and training on offer meets the required standards.
Before she graduated, Keri secured a job at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on the rotation programme for newly qualified nurses.
"I like a challenge. Nothing is simple with little people! London is a fantastic city to be a student. It has something for every budget and you can be anything you want and no one will bat an eyelid. And I've found London's cultural diversity very beneficial for my training."
Rupia now works as a Senior Care Support Worker in a children's care home.
"Middlesex is a very good university to study at and the atmosphere in general is brilliant. Of the different aspects of the course, I would say I enjoyed and benefited from the practical work experience and the friendly supportive lecturers. I learnt a lot while studying and this has helped me to work at the care home and build up to being in a senior care role. After university I found it easy to secure a job which I'm still doing. This has supported me financially and enabled me to settle down and have a family."
From September 2017, new students in England studying pre-registration nursing and midwifery courses will have access to the standard student support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs. This replaces the NHS bursaries and tuition funding by Health Education England.
For more information on funding arrangements for studying nursing and midwifery pre-registration courses and what it means for you, visit The Funding Clinic website.