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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

    • Foundation for Field Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module begins the process of the development of skills required to become an 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 programme and beyond, in the world of work. In addition, this module will specifically introduce the principles of children’s nursing theory and practice.

    • Foundation for Nursing Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to equip you with the 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 introduces medicines management. It provides a foundation from which you can build and develop your nursing practice throughout the programme and into your professional career.

    • Foundation for Professional Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides a foundation from which you 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 programme and into your professional career.

    • Practice Learning 1 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is practice based and provides a variety of practice experiences in line with the NMC requirements for registration. You will build on the knowledge and skills developed in previous modules and will 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.

  • Year 2

    • Practice Learning 2 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides a range of practice learning opportunities across a variety of practice experiences in line with the NMC requirements for registration. You 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.

    • Caring for Acutely Ill Infant, Child Young Person and Their Family (30 credits) (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Caring for Infant, Child Young Person with Long-term Condition and Their Family (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Appraising and Using Evidence for Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      You will develop skills in research criticality and appraisal of evidence using a team based approach. You will look at evidential literature, evaluation of evidence, and the use of evidence to support problem solving and decision making.

  • Year 3

    • Consolidation of Knowledge and Skills in the Nursing of the Infant, Child and Young Person (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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. You 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.

    • Practice Learning 3 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides a range of practice learning opportunities across a variety of practice experiences in line with the NMC requirements for registration. You will consolidate the knowledge and skills developed to date and be supported in meeting the generic and specific field standards for competence to achieve the NMC criteria for registration. You will be assessed by a sign-off mentor during their period of continuous practice.

    • Preparation for Registration: ICYP Professional Nurse Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module consolidates the knowledge and skills required to become an 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 you for your role in contributing to the learning of others.

    • Nursing Practice Inquiry (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to synthesise learning from the students’ undergraduate programme providing an opportunity for students to study independently and investigate a nursing-related topic in depth.

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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