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BSc (Hons) Children’s & Young People’s Nursing

Accredited by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC), this course will prepare you to become a caring and compassionate professional who delivers quality care for children and young people.

  • UCAS Code:
    B702
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

Why study BSc (Hons) Children's & Young People's Nursing at BU?

  • Caring for children and young people is a challenging but rewarding career. You’ll work closely with children, young people - from newborns to adolescents - and their families   
  • Focused on the healthcare needs of children and young people, this course will teach you the theory, diagnostic and practical skills needed to care for children and young people 
  • 50% of the course is spent in practice placements to gain nursing experience in diverse locations including schools, children’s hospital wards and community settings like children’s hospices
  • Become immersed in the science and art of child-centred nursing in our newly built skills facilities including simulated hospital wards and community home settings 
  • Learn from experienced and knowledgeable registered nurses and other healthcare practitioners
  • Our annual Careers Fair has numerous healthcare exhibitors in attendance, helping you to gain employment as a registered nurse on completion of the course. 

Find out more about the content of this course.

Not sure which nursing course is for you? Read our guide to nursing courses at BU. 

Funding support: Nursing students may be eligible for a non-repayable government training grant of at least £5,000 a year. Find out more information about the funding. 

Accreditation

Accredited by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC), this course will prepare you to be eligible to register and practice as a registered (children's and young people's) nurse and to graduate with a BSc (Hons) Children's & Young People's Nursing award. 

Key information

Next start date:

September 2022, September 2023

Location:

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus

Duration:

3 years including mandatory full-time placements

Accreditations:

Nursing & Midwifery Council

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2022 entry: 112 - 128 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma of DMM. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2022 entry: If English is not your first language you will need 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 7.0 in all other components. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

The course is designed to help you meet the nursing needs of children, young people and their families, delivering health and care of the highest quality based on best evidence, in a safe and appropriate environment. 

Located within the Department of Nursing Science, the BSc (Hons) Children’s & Young People’s Nursing course is part of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences' Nursing Framework, which also offers BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing and BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing courses, all with advanced standing options. 

We have developed this course as part of a co-ordinated suite of nursing courses to enhance student learning and prepare you for practice. Our approach to interprofessional education means that throughout the course students will take part in shared workshops, lectures and learning events with other students on health related courses.

However as a children and young person’s nursing student, there will be aspects of the course where you will be taught by staff who have specific nursing experience in this area and you will be taught in groups with other children and young people nursing students, so that your learning is tailored and specific to your chosen field of expertise. Your placements and assessments will also be field specific and you will use field specific case scenarios to apply learning to children and young people’s nursing practice.

You will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the units. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators and technicians. You will also benefit from regular guest lecturer from local healthcare services and workshops run by service users (patients and carers) who are part of the teaching team.

Contact hours and assessment

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification.

Download the programme specification (pdf 1mb)

Placements

As a Children & Young Person's Nursing student, you will spend 50% of your time on this course on placements, allowing you to experience a variety of hospital and community environments. This percentage of placement is a UK statutory requirement for this course. This will give you a good overview of the roles you can apply for once you finish your course and prepare you for a range of careers.

In your first year, you will primarily be working in areas such as special schools, nurseries and children’s hospital wards, to give you a rounded experience of nursing and to fulfil the registration requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). 

In the second and third years, your placements will become more specialised. In your second year you will spend time in hospital in-patient, ambulatory and community settings. There is also provision for an international placement to enable you to experience child health care in a differing culture. Your final-year placements will be based in specialist areas such as acute and critical care environments.

Find out more about placements

Entry requirements

Our main entry requirements for the degree are outlined below. If you do not meet these you may want to consider our foundation year, a one-year course that will prepare you for degree-level study.

This course requires 112–128 UCAS tariff points, including a minimum of two A-levels or equivalent. We are happy to consider a combination of qualifications and grades to meet the overall tariff, for example A-levels DBB or CBA, BTECs DMM or DDM. You can use the UCAS calculator to see how your qualifications equate to UCAS tariff points.

Calculate your UCAS tariff points

2022 entry

Numeracy and literacy requirements GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics grade 4 (or grade C in the old grading system). We also accept iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills and other qualifications at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework. See all of the equivalencies.
A-level and AS levels 112–128 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two A-levels
Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate – Skills Challenge Certificate We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Access to HE Diploma 112–128 UCAS tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades.
BTEC National
  • Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 UCAS tariff points)
  • Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction (104 UCAS tariff points)
  • Foundation Diploma/ 90-credit Diploma: We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff
  • Extended Certificate/ Subsidiary Diploma: We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Cambridge International Pre-U Diploma 112–128 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two principal subjects.
Cambridge Technical
  • Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 UCAS tariff points)
  • Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction (112UCAS tariff points)
  • Subsidiary Diploma: We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff
  • Introductory Diploma: We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Extended Project Qualification We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by two A-level sized qualifications to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
International Baccalaureate Certificates 112-128 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two Higher Level certificates.
International Baccalaureate (Diploma) An overall score of 30–32 points.
Scottish Highers 112-128 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of four Scottish Highers.
Scottish Advanced Highers 112-128 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two Scottish Advanced Highers.
T Levels We will recognise T Level qualifications at a suitable level (and in a suitable subject, if applicable).

International entry requirements

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students' page.

Please see below some examples of the qualifications for entry onto Year 1 for September 2022 entry:

  • Chinese Senior High School Graduation Certificate (Huikao) average 80%, or Gaokao 66-76%. Grade depends on the course
  • Hong Kong HKDSE Diploma (4,4,3 to 4,4,4 from three subjects). Grade depends on the course
  • All India Senior School Certificate Examination (Standard XII) 65-75%
  • Italian Esame di Stato with 65-75%. Grade depends on the course
  • Titulo de Bachillerato with 6.5 or 7.5. Grade depends on course

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

For September 2022 entry: IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 7.0 in all other components. The NMC also accept the Occupational English Test (OET). 

View further information about our English language requirements.

Language testing applicants from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and the USA

All overseas applicants are required to meet the NMC standard for English language regardless of where they come from. This makes sure that all applicants meet the same standard in a system that is equitable, fair and non-discriminatory. There are no current plans by the NMC to waive the IELTS requirements for these countries”.

Interview

If shortlisted for interview you will be notified of the interview arrangements once your application has been processed.

 

Your application

We want dynamic, passionate and enthusiastic students who are going to make a real difference to the course they are studying. Our students learn from each other, as well as their academic staff, so it is really important to us that you can show us how much you care about the course you are interested in.

Your UCAS personal statement is a great place to do this. Tell us about your personal achievements or any relevant work experience you have done, and show us how they make you the ideal candidate for a place on the course.

How to apply

Careers

There is a lot of scope to develop an exciting and varied career with this degree. 

Although the NHS is the most obvious employer, there are many of other options within the private sector, as well as working in roles that focus on community nursing services for children and young people. Many of the jobs you can apply for after university also have excellent career progression.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. 

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

On this course, you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

Course changes

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