Child Nursing BSc course highlights
- Study in our Medical School, within one of the UK's largest major hospitals
- Be free to join in with wider university life in your first year
- Develop key leadership skills and join a community of award-winning student nurses
- Be taught by experienced tutors, in a school with almost 30 years' experience training nurses and an excellent reputation for teaching and research
- Have the opportunity to study abroad, choose optional modules and study extra qualifications (ie the Dementia Certificate) for a more personal experience
Once you have successfully completed the course you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a qualified nurse.
Alongside the main University support services, supervision on placements is resilience-based and our course will support you to become a confident and independent nurse - with creativity, critical judgement and the ability to lead.
Our teaching is rated 'Gold' and we rank 8th in the UK for research power*. Our students are outstanding, regularly winning local and national awards such as the Student Nursing Times Awards ‘Student Nurse of the Year’.
The majority of study takes place at the Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, where we have a clinical skills centre and drop-in facilities where students can practice in a simulated environment.
You will learn with manikins to begin with, so you can gain confidence before working with real patients. Simulations also allow you to experience scenarios which you may not encounter frequently in practice; for example cardiac arrests or critical illness.
When you're on placement or away from the campus, you can access a huge range of resources through our free online library database.
* Teaching Exercise Framework, 2017; Research Exercise Framework, 2014
Standard entry requirements
BBB at A level, including one from biology, chemistry, physics, physical education, psychology or sociology. GCSE English (language or literature) and maths at grade 4 (C) or above also required.
Please note we do not accept general studies at A level or functional English or Mathematics GCSEs.
Alternative entry requirements
A level alternatives - in addition to GCSE English (language or literature) and maths at grade 4 (C) or above:
- BTEC: The Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health Studies) or Health Science should be passed with a minimum of Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM) as the final award to include a minimum of 60 academic science credits.
Other relevant Extended Diplomas may be considered if they include 60 credits from: Development Through the Life Stages; Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care; Sociological Perspectives for Health and Social Care; Physiological Disorders; Health Psychology; Nutrition for Health and Social Care; Complementary Therapies for Health and Social Care; Human Inheritance for Health and Social Care; Infection Prevention and Control; Physiology of Fluid Balance; Psychological Perspectives for Health and Social Care; Biochemistry for Health; Science for Health
- 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.
- Distance learning Access to HE courses will be considered
- CACHE Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care: overall grade B. All science modules at B or higher
- Level 3 Extended Diploma Sport & Exercise Science: grade DDM
- Scottish Advanced Highers: BB, to include a science, plus BBBBB at Highers
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Six higher level subjects in a single sitting. Three subjects at H2, plus three subjects at H3: to include English language, mathematics and biology
- International Baccalaureate: Diploma with an overall score of 30 points (three subjects at higher level including a 5 in a science subject), plus English and maths at standard level
- European Baccalaureate: Diploma with an overall score of 75%. All candidates must hold science credits of A level equivalence.
English language requirements
If your first language is not English we require, you are required to sit an IELTs test before you apply.
We require an IELTS score of 7.0 (with 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking; and 6.5 in writing). GCSE English language at grade 5 or above may alos be accepted.
Notes for applicants
All offers are subject to being successful at the selection day, satisfactory health screening, and disclosure and barring service (DBS) clearance.
You can find out more information on our Advice for Nursing Applicants webpage.
Flexible admissions policy
In recognition of our applicants' varied experience and educational pathways, the University of Nottingham employs a 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.
Teaching methods and assessment
Assessment methods vary from module to module, but may include:
- case studies
- clinical exams (OSCEs)
- final extended literature review
- written exams
You can arrange to spend the elective placement in year two anywhere in the world (provided the country is deemed safe to travel to and you can self-fund the trip). This is an exciting opportunity to gain an international understanding of healthcare overseas.
Previous students have undertaken placements all around the world. Destinations include other European countries, South East Asia, Africa and South Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, Barbados, Cape Verde, Hong Kong, Nepal, Seychelles and the USA.
The course includes eight placements over three years, each lasting from 4-10 weeks. This includes a management placement and an elective placement.
You will experience a range of settings including medical, surgical, Emergency Department, Paediatric Intensive Care, neonatal wards, special school, school nursing service, health visiting, children’s community nursing team and children’s hospice.
Placements are located within NHS trusts and private or independent healthcare providers within Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
During placements, you will be supported by experienced clinical mentors and participate in student forums.
There is an 'elective placement' in the second year which you will arrange yourself. This is an opportunity to get a deeper understanding of another field of nursing, or to experience an area that you're interested in personally.
You might choose to experience working in:
- another country
- children's emergency department
- Neonatal units
- the Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
- the Department of Health and Social Care
Please note, the elective placement is self-funded.
The modules on this course will help you develop a broad understanding of nursing theory, while giving you the skills and knowledge you need for registration.
You will apply this learning to caring for people of all ages, but with a focus on its specific application to working with children and their families.
Typical modules include:
These modules are at the heart of developing your knowledge, skills and resilience in practice. Their aim is to develop your clinical skills so that you are competent in practice, but also integrate your learning within the other modules to enable holistic care. There will be an emphasis on small group working with experts from experience and experts from practice. Several clinical assessments will take place in this module, from the relatively simple (i.e. hand washing) to complex assessment skills.
Introduction to Professional Nursing
This module will consider what it means to be a professional nurse within current health practice, critically evaluating the role and purpose of modern nursing. The values and behaviours discussed in this module will be integrated and developed within clinical learning.
These modules will specifically explore how biological sciences can be applied to health and therefore will have a major clinical focus. You will develop understanding of the workings of the human body, common pathologies, genetics and the role of microbes in health and disease. Elements of the biological science teaching will be tailored to your field of nursing to enhance your learning.
Psychosocial Influences on Health
What influences health? This module will critically review the psychology and social influences on health. The learning within this module will be integrated into clinical learning to promote holistic health assessment.
In line with the new Nursing Standards this module will explore the pharmacological concepts and concepts of non-medical prescribing. On graduation, students will be what’s termed ‘prescribing ready’.
Leadership and Innovation
This module will focus on developing your leadership skills within practice and working as a team. It will also consider how innovation and change improve practice.
Evidence Applied to Nursing Practice
The module considers:
- the nature of knowledge and types of evidence and the wider context of evidence based practice
- introduction to the main principles of evidence based practice
- the research process covering the fundamentals of differing paradigms and methodologies to include quality improvement
- the nature of informal and formal evidence and its interpretation
- critical thinking and the decision making process. How arguments are constructed
- nursing theories and how these can assist in the decision making process. Including the central concepts of person/family/client centred care
- examine the nature of evidence and research and its application in terms of dignity, privacy, sleep, safety and comfort, nutrition, hydration, and elimination
- introduction into how evidence can influence practice, patient safety and the issues of its application
- global research and UK application
Year Three Optional Modules (Child)
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health
- Mental Health, Sport and Exercise
- Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Acute Care Management
- Transcultural Nursing
- High Dependency Care (Child)
- Neonatal Nursing
- End of Life Care
- Developing Skills in Cancer Care
- Insight into Community and Primary Care
Extended Literature Review
The extended literature review provides opportunity to produce an individual and substantial piece of work, related to an area of interest within students' nursing field of practice. By its nature, it requires students to undertake independent work, which encourages individuality of thought and initiative.
The optional 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. The above list is a sample of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.
The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer at the date of publication but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. This prospectus may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.
You will only have one placement in first year, lasting four-six weeks, and you will also have Wednesday afternoons free.
Clinical skill development is an essential part of any nursing course. This will occur both in teaching and practice. In the first year, you will study in a clinical learning environment, including a simulated ward setting, with experts through experience, expert nurses and university lecturers to develop communication and extended nursing skills to prepare you for nursing practice.
Your learning will encompass a range of different subjects, including:
- biological sciences
- professional nursing
- clinical learning
- evidence for nursing practice
This will enable you to meet children and young people’s mental, physical, cognitive and behavioural needs.
Years two and three
In years two and three you will continue to develop your nursing knowledge and skills in biological sciences, sociology, psychology and pharmacology to enable you to apply these when assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care. You will also develop critical thinking so you can apply the practical nursing skills you’ve learnt to make decisions about the child and family you are caring for.
You will experience a variety of placement opportunities in some of the Midlands’ leading healthcare trusts, receiving resilience based clinical supervision to prepare you for registered nursing practice.
Some of the clinical skills you will learn are:
- How to assess mental health and wellbeing status in children and young people
- Monitoring and documenting clinical observations and assessing and prioritising care accordingly
- Working with families to promote health
In year three you can select optional modules. These can help guide your career or to expand your knowledge and skills. You also have a degree of choice for your final management placement.
All our BSc and graduate entry nursing courses are recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). After successfully completing any of these courses, you will be eligible to register with the NMC as a registered nurse.
Nursing graduates enjoy careers in a range of settings, including both the NHS and the private, voluntary and independent sector, either locally or further afield. You may choose to pursue a career in clinical care, teaching and research, or management.
You can also continue studying with the University of Nottingham whilst in employment with our postgraduate and doctoral studies.
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 £22,128 up to £28,746. With career progression and development, there is the prospect of applying for senior clinical posts such as Band 6 Ward Manager/Band 6 District Nurse (salary range £26,565-£35,577) and Band 7 Specialist Nurse (salary range £31,696-£41,787).*
98.6% of undergraduates from the School of Health Sciences secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £22,000.**
* Correct as of 1 April 2017.
** Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
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.
The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2019, High Fliers Research).
Fees and funding
As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses. You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies.
If you undertake an elective placement, this is self-funded and costs will vary depending on location. You will need to pay £40 for an enhanced DBS check, and may wish to subscribe to the DBS update service for £13 per year.
Please note that these figures are approximate and subject to change.
Scholarships and bursaries
Nursing students from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5000 to support them in their studies. For further information, read the government news story.
The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.
Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.
* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.
Our International Baccalaureate Diploma Excellence Scholarship is available for select students paying overseas fees who achieve 38 points or above in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. We also offer a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected countries, schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees. Find out more about scholarships, fees and finance for international students.
This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.