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Nursing (Child) BSc Honours

Learn to care for children and young people in a variety of healthcare settings with a course that focuses on practical skills as much as theoretical ones.
Monday 13 September 2021
Usually 3 years full-time
£9,250 (UK) *
£14,000 (EU / INT) *
Course leader
Year 1 and 2: Jenny Phillips
Year 3: Carolyn Perriman

This course is no longer accepting applications for 2020 entry. The next entry is 2021.

Learn essential child nursing skills

Our course will help you shape a career path at the forefront of the nursing profession, helping children and their families. The course combines expert teaching, support, and placements at London’s premier hospitals to give you the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in this field.

As the course has been developed in partnership with NHS Trusts, you’ll spend 50% of your study time on placement in our prestigious partner hospitals, which we’ll help you secure. Our nursing course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, guaranteeing the highest standard of education.

Nursing can be a rewarding and flexible career you can shape according to your interests. Once you graduate and become a registered children’s nurse you can choose to specialise, pursuing paths like neonatal intensive care, oncology, and even opting to become a school nurse.

We have been nominated in five categories at the prestigious Student Nursing Times Awards 2019, in a record year for entries to the competition.

How you’ll learn to apply your nursing skills

Our high-tech facilities and simulation suites will help you apply all the theoretical knowledge gained in a practical setting. The suites come equipped with the latest simulators for practise of realistic emergency care situations. A number of life-like mannequins will be on hand alongside all the professional training equipment you’ll need.

Thanks to our excellent relationships with NHS trusts across London, we can help you secure a placement in several highly sought-after spots. These include Barts Health NHS Trust, Marie Curie Hospice, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, plus many more.

Get the support you need

We know sometimes you’ll need assistance and support when it comes to your studies. During your time with us you'll get assistance from a Personal Tutor. If you require a little extra help, we have Student Learning Assistants and Graduate Academic Assistants on hand to help.


Our degree is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

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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.


  • 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.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:

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 – changes for students in 2020
  3. Teaching and learning - typical structure
  4. Assessment and feedback


We maintain strong partnership relationships with NHS and independent health and social care organisations so that you’ll have access to excellent placement opportunities as a nursing or midwifery student. We have approximately 500 pre-registration students out on placement at any one time, with over 400 placements being utilised.

Main placement providers

Our main placement providers are:

In addition to a number of placements in both community and hospital environments in the NHS Trusts and independent sector that are highlighted above, we also have a range of placements in the following areas:

  • General Practice Nursing
  • Care Homes
  • Schools
  • Nurseries and Play Schemes
  • Learning disability homes
  • Specialist areas such as children’s hospice care, eating disorders, forensics
  • Volunteering opportunities with a range of voluntary/ charitable organisations across London

We also work with a number of other London NHS Trusts in supporting a range of pre-registration pathways. These include (but not limited to):

Erasmus / European Placements

In addition to students accessing a range of placements in the London region we have excellent partnerships with European Universities and you will be offered opportunities to undertake a period of exchange (depending on availability). These include placements in Finland, Malta, Denmark, Portugal, Spain and Belgium. To find out more, please view our study abroad pages.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply

New students in England studying pre-registration nursing and midwifery courses will have access to the NHS Learning Support Fund (LSF). This includes a £5000 bursary for all new students from September 2020 entry.

For more information on funding arrangements for studying nursing and midwifery pre-registration courses and what it means for you, visit The NHS Business Services Authority website or check out their FAQ.

  1. UK
  2. EU / 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 accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), making sure that the education and training on offer meets the required standards.

Our high-tech nursing and midwifery simulation suites will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed for your workplace. You’ll have access to excellent placement opportunities through our partner trusts. Watch our video our of the nursing facilities below.

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  • 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.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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