Nursing (Child) BSc


Fact file - 2017 entry

UCAS code:B730
Qualification:BSc Hons
Type and duration:3 year UG
Qualification name:Nursing (Children)
UCAS code
UCAS code
Nursing (Children) | BSc Hons
3 years full-time
A level offer
Required subjects
Plus five GCSEs at grade C or above to include English, maths and a science subject (including a pass in practical science assessments) 
IB score
32 (with three subjects at Higher Level, including a science subject, plus English and maths at Standard Level) 
Course location
Medical School, Nottingham 
Course places
386 across Adult, Child and Mental Health Nursing


Study child nursing in a school that is embedded in a real hospital environment. Our supportive lecturers provide you with all the skills and knowledge needed for a modern nursing career.
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As a leader in nursing education we have developed a new degree course that commenced in September 2012.

This course has been specially developed to give you the wide-ranging, high-level skills you need; not just in terms of the physical work you will do, but also by sharpening your creativity, critical judgement and ability to lead. Nursing is, and always will be, about caring for people.

Our course will inspire a modern generation of graduate nurses. It provides a qualification of the highest quality with a sharp focus on practical nursing skills at its core; supported, of course, by rigorous theory and cutting-edge research, and based in a clinical hospital setting. It has innovative features which aim to help you to become a confident graduate nurse.

Once you have successfully completed the course you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) degree and will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a nurse in your field of practice.  

On completion of this  three-year full-time programme, you will have gained  knowledge of caring for  children  in a wide variety of settings – wherever people need nurses there is the potential for you to gain valuable practice experience. 


We also believe that it is important for you to gain experience not only in the local area, but also further afield and you will have the opportunity to study nursing overseas or in alternative UK settings.

During the second year of your course you undertake a four week elective placement. Students arrange their own elective placement and have the potential to go anywhere in the world, provided the country is deemed safe. As an alternative to the four week elective placement students are also given the opportunity to apply for a 12 week Erasmus placement in Europe with one of our partner institutions.


Entry requirements

One of the following:

A Levels – at grades ABB with at least one being biology, chemistry, physics, physical education, psychology or sociology. Applicants are also required to pass the practical element of assessment in science subjects. General studies will not be accepted.

CACHE Diploma – overall grade A

Scottish Advanced Highers – ABB

Irish Leaving Certificate – AABBB

International Baccalaureate – Diploma with an overall score of 32 points

European Baccalaureate – Diploma with an overall score of 75%

All candidates must hold science credits of A level equivalence


GCSE – 5 at grade C or above, including English, maths and a science* (BTEC science components will also be accepted). Key skills will not be accepted.

*anatomy and physiology, human biology, biology, chemistry, physics or double award. 


BTEC – The Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health Studies) or Health Science should be passed with a minimum of DDM as the final award to include a minimum of 60 academic science credits, plus GCSE English and maths (grade C or above). Other relevant Extended Diplomas may be considered if they include 60 credits out of the possible 120 below:

  • Development through the Life Stages (10 credits)
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care (10 credits)
  • Sociological Perspectives for Health and Social Care (10 credits)
  • Physiological Disorders (10 credits)
  • Health Psychology (10 credits)
  • Nutrition for Health and Social Care (10 credits)
  • Complementary Therapies for Health and Social Care (10 credits)
  • Human Inheritance for Health and Social Care (10 credits)
  • Infection Prevention and Control (10 credits)
  • Physiology of fluid balance (10 credits)
  • Psychological perspectives for Health and Social Care (10 credits)
  • Biochemistry for Health (10 credits)
  • Science for Health (10 credits)


Access to HE Diploma – 45 credits at level three (to include a minimum 30 credits at merit or above with at least 15 of these at distinction), with a minimum of 15 credits from science units at merit or above plus, GCSE English and maths (grade C or above).

We no longer accept Functional Skills qualifications in maths and English in lieu of GSCEs.

English language requirements 

If your first language is not English, and you have not attained GCSE English (grade C or above), then you must pass an approved test before you apply.

For nursing the test currently recognised is the IELTS with the following scores:

  • At least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections
  • At least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections
  • An overall score of 7 (out of a possible 9)

Students who require extra support to meet the English language requirements for their academic course can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) to prepare for their future studies. Students who pass at the required level can progress directly to their academic programme without needing to retake IELTS. Please visit the CELE webpages for more information.

Flexible admissions policy

We consider applicants' circumstances and broader achievements as part of the assessment process, but do not vary the offer from the grades advertised as a result of these.

Notes for applicants 

For all courses, selection is made on the basis of meeting entry requirements, academic potential and evidence of commitment to nursing. All offers are subject to being successful at the selection day, satisfactory health screening, and disclosure and barring service (DBS) clearance. 

International students

We are currently not accepting international students. 



The modules we offer are inspired by research for this curriculum development and supported by our highly qualified, enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff.

Typical Year One Modules

Personal and Professional Effectiveness for Nursing Practice (Level 1)
This module gives you the opportunity to explore nursing in a professional context whilst also developing your understanding of different theories. You will be given insights into ethical practices and safeguarding in care delivery which will further enhance your confidence in real situations. The aim of this module is to ultimately teach you the roles and responsibilities of becoming a nurse.
Communication, Innovation and Leadership (Level 1)
This module introduces principles of communication for nursing practice with links into innovation and leadership. You will be given innovative solutions to care delivery, leadership skills in healthcare and the chance to apply communication models effectively into practice. In addition you will gain an overall understanding of the relationship between nurses and the public which will prepare you for the future. 
Person Centred Nursing Practice: Foundations (Level 1)
This module teaches you the skills needed for nursing assessment, decision making, care delivery and management. You will be given an introduction into human physiology, genetics and development, clinical skills for nursing practice and an introduction to pharmacology for medicines administration. By the end of the module you will be able to confidently describe the nurse’s role within the healthcare system.

Typical Year Two Modules

Personal and Professional Effectiveness for Nursing Practice (Level 2)
In this module you will cover the professional, legal and ethical issues you might encounter in nursing. Concepts of accountability and decision making will be analysed as you access complex care placements. You will consider health choices in relation to contemporary law to a chieve a solid understanding of current nursing practices.
Innovation, Communication and Leadership (Level 2)
Building on the communication skills developed in Communication, Innovation, Leadership (Year One), you will continue to explore a variety of communicative approaches, including facing challenging behaviour, framing problems effectively, and applying models of communication appropriate to the client group. You will develop an awareness of your own limitations, and those of others, and consider strategies of action. Once more, there is an emphasis on shared reflection to your practice. 
Person Centred Nursing Care: Delivery and Decision Making (Level 2)
This module enhances the skills and knowledge required for nursing assessment, decision making, care delivery and management. It integrates the theoretical knowledge and understanding required into the professional body requirements for nursing care delivery. The aim is to enhance student skills and knowledge for the delivery of safe, effective and high quality person centred nursing care as you experience more complex health and social care practice scenarios. Integration to professional body requirements will be central to this module.

Typical Year Three Modules

Personal and Professional Effectiveness for Nursing Practice (Level 3)
In this module you will be given the opportunity to evaluate your skills through research practice and application of evidence to your nursing practice which will help you on your leadership role placements. In addition a key part of this module will be dissertation preparation through tutorial support. You will be building upon your knowledge from previous years in ethical, professional and legal concerns.
Leadership, Innovation and Communication (Level 3)
This module introduces the principles of communication for nurses, with links to innovation and leadership. You will learn and apply models of communication, develop your leadership skills, and be encouraged to find innovative solutions in your delivery of care. You will understand the importance of confidentiality, show an awareness of potential language barriers, and consider policy/ best practice in relation to breaking bad news. The module is delivered through a mixture of practical sessions supplemented by E-learning resources, and a student forum where you will be invited to reflect on your practice.
Person Centred Nursing Care: Leadership and Management (Level 3)
This module consolidates the skills and knowledge required for assessment, decision making, care delivery and care management. It integrates the critical theoretical knowledge and understanding required into the professional body requirements for nursing care delivery at the point of registration. The aim is to provide students with an opportunity to consolidate their skills and develop critical knowledge to facilitate the leadership and management of high quality person centred nursing care in preparation for their role as a Registered Nurse.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



Graduates enjoy careers in a range of diverse settings. Nurses are the largest group of staff in the NHS and a UK Registered Nurse qualification is widely recognised for employment in international nursing posts. Our graduates benefit from both an academic qualification and a professional qualification that serves to enhance their employment opportunities. Find out more about the range of nursing careers.

Professional recognition 

This course is recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Average starting salary and career progression

A newly qualified nurse working in the NHS can expect to be employed at Band 5 with a salary ranging from £21,388 up to £27,901 with progression. With career progression and development there is the prospect of applying for senior clinical posts, for example, Band 6 Ward Manager/Band 6 District Nurse (salary range £25,783-£34,530) and Band 7 Specialist Nurse (salary range £30,764-£40,558).

In 2014, 100% of postgraduates in the Division of Nursing who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £24,070 with the highest being £45,000.* 

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.

Careers support and advice

Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take. Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.  


Fees and funding

Changes to the funding and financial support of students beginning nursing, midwifery or physiotherapy courses were announced in the government Spending Review in November 2015. From 2017/18, new students will no longer receive NHS bursaries and will need to take out maintenance and tuition loans like other students. For current details please visit the government's website

For information about fees and finance visit our Student Fees and Finance website.


Key Information Sets (KIS)

Key Information Sets (KIS)

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There is assessment associated with this programme that is not attached to a specific module. As well as passing all modules on the programme, midwifery students must meet accrediting body requirements showing they have attended mandatory sessions, met practice outcomes and completed necessary practice hours.

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