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

Many nurses may wish to undertake training for a different part of the nursing register at some point in their career. This course provides a conversion opportunity for nurses to move from one part of the nursing register to children’s nursing.

  • UCAS Code:
    B730
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

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

  • Successful completion of this 2-year course will lead to a qualification in BSc (Hons) Children’s & Young People’s Nursing
  • Acceptance onto the course depends on factors such as the initial field of registration, holding a nursing degree qualification and the date of the applicant’s original registration
  • Caring for children and young people is a challenging but rewarding career. You’ll work closely with children, young people - from new-borns to adolescents - and their families
  • 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. 100% of graduates are either working or studying fifteen months after graduating 
  • Learn from experienced and knowledgeable registered nurses and other healthcare practitioners. 

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. 

Course accreditations

Accredited by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC), this course will prepare you to be eligible to register and practice as a registered (children 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 2023, September 2024

Location:

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus

Duration:

2 years including mandatory full-time placements

Accreditations:

Nursing & Midwifery Council

Entry requirements:

For September 2023 entry: 2:2 in a Nursing Degree. Applicants need to be a qualified nurse in the UK and have worked as a nurse for at least one year before the start of the course in their initial field of registration (e.g. Mental Health). For more information check out our full entry requirements. 

International entry requirements:

For September 2023 entry: If English is not your first language you will need IELTS (Academic) 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.

Placements

You will spend 50% of your time on this course on placements, allowing you to experience a variety of hospital and community environments. 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), the professional body for Nurses and Midwives.

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 Health & Social Care placements

Entry requirements

For September 2023 entry:

  • 2:2 in a Nursing degree
  • Students need to be qualified as a nurse in the UK and have worked as a nurse for at least a year before the start of the course in their initial field of registration (e.g. Mental Health)

Mature applicants:

We recognise that mature applicants may have a wealth of experience rather than formal qualifications, so we’ll consider your application on these merits if included in your application. You’ll need to apply to BU in the usual way through UCAS and you may be invited to an interview to discuss your suitability for the course based on the experience you tell us about in your application.

Deferred entry:

We are happy to consider eligible applicants for deferred entry. If you have already submitted your application, please submit your deferral request through our website.

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.

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 2023 entry: IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with minimum 7.0 in each component. 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.

Your application

We are looking for 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.

Careers

This programme is designed for practising nurses who want to move from one part of the nursing register to another and will provide you with excellent career progression opportunities.

100% of graduates are either working or studying fifteen months after graduating.

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, including NHS finance information. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

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.

Course changes

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