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Nursing (Child) BSc Honours

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Code
B730
Start
September 2019
Duration
Usually 3 years full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Caroline Carter

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.

Why study BSc Nursing (Child) at Middlesex University?

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 paediatric 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.

Course highlights

  • 100% of our graduates are now employed in graduate roles or in further study. The profession offers excellent career progression (DLHE survey, 2017).
  • We have excellent relationships with NHS trusts across London, offering an extensive range of clinical placement opportunities as part of your course
  • Your studies are supported by state-of-the-art facilities including nursing skills labs, professional training equipment and a building set up to deliver high-fidelity simulations in areas such as resuscitation and dealing with the seriously ill
  • Our tutors are nursing sector professionals and bring the latest developments in nursing practice to their teaching
  • Our course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and provides the highest standard of education
  • Upon successful graduation you will receive professional status as a Registered Children's Nurse
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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What will you study on the BSc Nursing (Child)?

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.

What will you gain?

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.

Modules

  • Year 1

    • Foundations of Expansive Learning (15 Credits)- Compulsory
      • To equip students to develop their self-awareness through critically reflective activities.
      • To offer students the opportunity to develop a range of applied skills through active enquiry, synthesis and reflection on their personal and professional identities
      • To encourage a broad understanding of the context and complexity of the health and social care issues that students may encounter in their learning journeys and professional careers.
    • Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice (15 Credits)- Compulsory

      This module aims to provide the student with a foundation to enable the development of appropriate professional attitudes, values, knowledge, skills and conduct to be a graduate nurse.

    • Foundations of Scientific Principles for Child and Young Person Nursing (30 Credits)- Compulsory

      This module will introduce and expand on the scientific principles underpinning child nursing practice. This module is comprehensive and introduces principles which draw on scientific areas of biopsychosocial and behavioural sciences as related to all areas of child nursing.

    • Foundations of Child and Young Person Nursing Knowledge (30 Credits)- Compulsory

      This module aims to start developing the role and function of the graduate children and young people’s (CYP) nurse in health and illness. It will provide the fundamental nursing knowledge required to undertake basic nursing assessment, support and enable people across different life spans in managing and improving physical and mental health, as well as preventing ill health. Theories, evidence and models to support the art and science of nursing will be introduced to develop knowledge and understanding about the nature of nursing, the person, health, society and the environment.

    • Practice Learning 1 Child and Young Person (30 Credits)- Compulsory

      Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills in meeting the fundamental care needs of people across their lifespan, with a range of physical, mental, cognitive and behavioural health challenges. The students demonstrate high standards of professional conduct in line with the NMC code in all aspects of their practice and be able to carry out a range of procedures, under supervision, that are expected of them at this level, in a variety of health and social care settings.

  • Year 2

    • Developing Expansive Learning (15 Credits)- Compulsory
      • To support students to develop their self-awareness through critically reflective activities, gain competence in evaluating their own learning needs and plan to address them.
      • To scaffold student learners with tools to develop their professional presentation and expand their interpersonal and communication skills with increased independence.
      • To provide students with an opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge of a subject of their choice and to encourage a broader understanding of the context and complexity of current health and social care.
    • Developing Professional Nursing Practice in Child and Young Person Nursing (15 Credits)- Compulsory

      The module aims to enable students to develop their professional knowledge in Children and Young People’s (CYP) nursing practice. They will be facilitated to build on theoretical knowledge to enhance clinical and professional judgements with awareness/sensitivity applicable to the wider perspective of health and social care economies.

    • Developing Scientific Principles for Child and Young Person Nursing (30 Credits)- Compulsory

      This module will build upon the scientific module of year 1 to further develop principles and deepen the knowledge and application to all fields of child nursing.

    • Developing Nursing Knowledge in Child and Young Person Nursing (30 Credits)- Compulsory

      This module aims to develop the knowledge and skills required of the graduate children and young people’s (CYP) nurse to assess, plan and evaluate care across the lifespan during illness that is person centred and evidence-based. It will focus on interventions to address physical, cognitive, mental, spiritual, behavioural and social health needs during illness.

    • Practice Learning 2 Child and Young Person (30 Credits)- Compulsory

      Students will demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills to meet more complex care needs of people across the lifespan with a range of physical, mental, cognitive and behavioural health challenges, across a range health and social care settings in line with the new standards of proficiency. The students will be expected to demonstrate increasing independence in their own field of child health practice whilst maintaining high standards of professional conduct in line with the NMC Code, showing awareness of the implications of The Code for self and others

  • Year 3

    • Consolidating Expansive Learning (15 Credits)- Compulsory
      • To support students to develop their skills in understanding their own learning needs and responding professionally to those of others
      • To support student learners to creatively evaluate, investigate and respond to complex problems
      • To provide students with in-depth knowledge of a subject of their choice and to encourage critical questioning and socially engaged nursing practice
    • Consolidating Professional Nursing Practice in Child and Young Person Nursing (15 Credits)- Compulsory

      The module aims to build upon and consolidate knowledge and skills to manage and lead as an accountable, responsible, emotionally intelligent registered Children’s Nurse within health and social care environments. The module will facilitate critical examination of key concepts and theories of effective leadership and management.

    • Consolidating Scientific Principles for Child and Young Person Nursing (30 Credits)- Compulsory

      This module will build upon the scientific module of year 2 to consolidate scientific principles and deepen the knowledge and application.  It also aims to extend knowledge and application of pharmacological principles especially as to underpin nursing care within child field of practice and future potential prescribing practice.

    • Consolidating Nursing Knowledge in Child and Young Person Nursing (30 Credits)- Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to enable the student to critically engage with the coordination and management of care delivery for those individuals who are severely ill with life-threatening or limiting illness, or have complex physical/mental health needs requiring long-term care in a range of healthcare settings, working in partnership with the individual, their families where relevant and the multi-disciplinary team to evaluate whether the care is effective and meets desired outcomes. It will focus on encouraging the student to build on prior learning in relation to critically applying nursing knowledge, evidence/research and the nursing process in the planning and co-ordination of care for the individual with complex needs.

    • Practice Learning 3 Child and Young Person Nursing (30 Credits)- Compulsory

      Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to work autonomously in the child health field of practice caring for all people across the lifespan with a range of physical, mental, cognitive and behavioural challenges. The student will display advanced clinical skills and have the ability to integrate leadership in all aspects of care management. Students will utilise a critical and reflective approach in delivering high standards of professional conduct in line with the NMC Code as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
  4. Placements
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply

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.


  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. Additional costs

How can the BSc Nursing (Child) support your career?

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.

Professional accreditation

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.

Caroline Carter
Course Leader

Caroline is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for the BSc Nursing, Child programme. Her nursing background is in acute paediatrics, high dependency and neonatal nursing. She has been in nurse education for over 25 years. She completed her MA in Higher and Professional Education at UCL Institute of Education and has special interest in the role of the Link Lecturer, learning in practice and in developing peer assisted learning.

  • Keri Page

    Nursing (Child) BSc graduate

    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 Khan

    Rupia Kahn

    Nursing (Child) BSc graduate

    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.

  • Lia Grafanakis

    Nursing (Child) BSc student

    As a part of my learning experience at Middlesex I was required to complete a 2 week placement with a charity/organisation of my choice and I decided to volunteer for the Rainbow Trust.

    Volunteering with Rainbow Trust has been great. I’ve learnt about the different types of conditions that babies and children have. It has also strengthened my confidence in myself, interacting with these children and their families and I feel like I have really grown in confidence. Some children I have come across on my ward placements have similar conditions to those I saw during my voluntary placement. Volunteering definitely helped me understand and cope with these situations. It helped me get a grasp of how the family are feeling as you see them in their homes.

    I think having a voluntary placement is extremely important as it allows students to choose something new and something they are interested in.

    Volunteering was an absolutely amazing feeling. I never expected to be back at the hospital I was born at and being able to help people in similar situations to how I was when I was younger really made me feel happy.

    I can’t say I’ve had one best moment as I’ve had many. However, being appreciated and seeing the difference you make to people’s lives is such a wonderful feeling. It motivates me and makes me feel very lucky to be caring for people during difficult moments of their lives.

    When I graduate I hope to go back to university to complete a health visiting course and become a health visitor.

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