Children's Nursing BSc (Hons)

Why choose this course?

This course will enable you to become a registered children's nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

You'll gain the skills and knowledge to provide best evidence-based care for a child or young person (from birth to young adulthood) in partnership with their family, in hospital and community settings.

You'll study modules relevant to all fields of nursing, as well as those that focus on children's nursing, you'll also learn about child development, the healthy child as well children and young people who are acutely ill, or require complex, high dependency or palliative care.

This course is taught in partnership with St George's, University of London, where you'll benefit from combined expertise, facilities and interprofessional learning. You'll have a wide range of placement opportunities at London's leading NHS hospitals and community placements including Great Ormond Street, St George's, St Helier, Royal Marsden, Chelsea and Westminster and Royal Brompton.

You'll be taught by a dynamic teaching team who are nationally and internationally recognised - they have contributed to key text books and achieved awards for their excellence in learning and teaching.

Throughout the course you will engage with service users, practising nurses and other healthcare professionals  in placements, classes and online learning.

Government Bursary

Nursing students on courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year which they will not need to pay back, subject to eligibility criteria.

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time B732 2020 (Clearing)
2021
Location Kingston Hill

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • We are No. 1 for Nursing and Midwifery in London (Guardian University League Tables 2020).
  • Our award-winning simulation suite offers a wide range of realistic environments to learn in. These include hospital wards and community settings, with child and familyrole-players.
  • 100 per cent of students from this course are in employment or further study six months after graduating (DHLE 2016/17).
  • This course received more than 94 per cent overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2018).

What you will study

Your studies will include core learning relevant to all fields of nursing, and modules specific to Children's Nursing.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 1 introduces the core sciences and contexts of nursing and healthcare. You'll develop your knowledge of child development, the healthy child and the assessment and care of children and their families.

Core modules

Introduction to Life Sciences NG4103

30 credits

This module is designed to help students develop their knowledge and understanding of human anatomy and physiology in relation to nursing, which is an essential element of nursing proficiency. Pathophysiology will be explored in relation to common conditions and students will also begin to develop their knowledge of pharmacological concepts in preparation for therapeutic interventions explored in year 2.
The main features of the module are to enable students to apply scientific principles to nursing care. It will also support students to identify and understand current nursing practices underpinned by scientific theory.

Introduction to Children's Nursing NC4104

30 credits

This module introduces students to childhood development and to the principles of contemporary children's nursing. Students' will gain knowledge of the application of child developmental theories related to physical, psychosocial and attachment development. Childhood policies will be applied to the healthy child and their families. The core principles of evidence based care of children and their families across care settings will provide a foundation for quality care. Students will also be introduced to The Code (NMC, 2018) to gain knowledge and understanding of its importance in guiding the children's nurse to deliver safe, effective and compassionate care, which is essential when caring for children and their families.

 

Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion NG4104

30 credits

This module is a core requirement for all students across all fields of the BSc Nursing programme. As an introductory module it will enable students to develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of public health and health promotion. Students will explore the global, social-political-economic and psycho-social forces on the population's health and well-being. In addition the student will explore the evolution of public health, the determinants of health and health inequalities.

Introduction to Professional Practice NP4100

30 credits

This module will prepare students for placements and their learning in practice and the assessment process during year one of the programme. It will introduce a range of nursing procedures to enable students to provide skilled, evidence based, person centred compassionate care to people at any stage of life who may have a range of physical, mental, cognitive or behavioural health conditions.

 

Year 2 examines person-centred care, nursing care for children and young people with acute illness, and explores local, national and global perspectives on contemporary issues. At the end of Year 2, you will have the opportunity to undertake a national or international placement.

Core modules

Therapeutic Interventions in Nursing: Bio-Psycho-Social Approaches NG5105

30 credits

This module explores a range of therapeutic approaches in nursing. The module examines evidence-based treatment methods, current practice and nursing interventions. Students will learn about pharmacology and bio-psycho-social and alternative treatments. Field specific seminars will enable further application of module content to the students' field

The focus of this module is to enable students to apply evidence-based principles to administering and applying therapeutic care and develop an understanding and awareness of safe and effective treatment approaches. Students will learn about partnership working with healthcare professionals, patients, service users and carers for administering treatment, as well as enabling students to identify contemporary nursing practices underpinned by therapeutic procedures.

Assessment and Care Process for Acutely Ill Children NC5107

30 credits

This module enables students to assess, plan, implement and evaluate quality nursing care for children and young people with acute illness. The nursing care will be holistic in nature therefore covering physical aspects and addressing psychological, social and cultural needs of the child and family. Students will explore how care can be delivered in partnership with families and the interdisciplinary team. The care discussed will be based on best evidence and tailored to the individualised needs of the child and family.

 

Community and Public Health Nursing for Children NC5108

30 credits

This module explores local, national and global perspectives on contemporary and future public health issues related to caring for children and young people in community and other health, social care and education settings. Students develop their knowledge, skills and attitudes required to promote health and prevent ill health for children and young people in partnership with families and wider socio-political networks.

 

Developing Professional Practice NP5100

30 credits

This module will further develop the skills taught and practised in the introduction to professional practice in year one. Students will be able to assess, plan and rationalise the nursing care they provide for people in health and social care and community settings. The emphasis will be on holistic person-centred care covering physical, psychological, social and cultural care. It will look at evidence based person centred care being delivered inter- and intra-disciplinary.

You will be prepared for the transition to professional practice and employability. You will develop skills in management, leadership, team working and teaching and supporting learners. You will learn how to critically appraise evidence to support future practice and explore complexities of nursing and service provision across health and social care organisations.

 

Year 3 looks at caring for children and young people who require complex, high dependency, critical and palliative care. You will prepare for the transition from student to qualified children's nurse.

Core modules

Safe and Effective Quality Care in Children's Nursing NC6110

30 credits

This module will provide the student with the theoretical knowledge and skills required for their future role as a qualified children's nurse when contributing to risk monitoring, quality care provision and optimised service improvements. The student will learn to manage and prioritise clinical actions, participate in clinical audit activities for quality and service improvements and learn to avoid compromising quality care using evidence-based knowledge and experience from practice. Regulations essential for maintaining safety at work and in different care environments will be covered. Students will learn about collaborative multi professional working, whilst collectively developing effective improvement strategies. Some sessions will be shared across fields as they are core for all fields.

Co-ordinating the Care of Children with Complex and Palliative Care Needs NC6111

30 credits

This module will provide the student with the underpinning knowledge and skills required for their future leadership role in coordinating and managing the complex and palliative care needs of children in partnership with the family across a range of organisations and settings. Students will consider, where appropriate, the wishes of the child/families, their culture and the services available within the political landscape. The student will build on their knowledge of partnership and collaborative working and examine the cultural, political, psychosocial and technological influences on nursing care, resource management and finances.

Leadership in Children's Nursing NC6112

30 credits

Navigating the transition from student to a professional practitioner who is skilled at leading teams is critically important to the delivery of safe, effective and high quality health care. This module is designed to prepare the student for professional nursing practice by expanding their knowledge and skills to enable them to be an accountable and compassionate leader within the health and social care system. It focuses on leadership, team working, and performance management and enables the children's nurse to reflect on their transition to registered practice and build the evidence base for a career development portfolio. Some sessions will be shared across fields as they are core for all fields.

Advancing Professional Practice NP6100

30 credits

This module advances the skills taught and practiced in years one and two in order to prepare students for their transition to registered nurse. The module focuses on the assessment and management of patients with complex health care needs, working in partnership with other health care professionals. Students will integrate their clinical and communication skills with evidence based knowledge to become clinically proficient and confident nurses. It is a generic module where all fields of nursing learn with and from each other.

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. These are modules that will be delivered in 2019. Our 2020 curriculum is currently being revised in line with the new NMC standards.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

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Entry requirements

If you would like to join us through Clearing 2020, please call our Clearing hotline on 0800 0483 334 (or +44 020 8328 1149 if you are calling from outside the UK) and speak to our friendly and knowledgeable hotliners who will be able to provide information on available courses and will guide you through your options.

Please note the entry requirements listed below are for 2021 entry only.

Typical offer 2020

The typical requirement for entry for this course is 112 UCAS points, Health and Science subjects preferred:

  • A Levels BBC (General Studies not accepted)
  • BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit
  • Access to HE course to value of 112 UCAS points normally achieved with 21 Distinctions and 18 Merits

Entry requirements 2021

UCAS tariff points: 112

GCSE at grade 4 or above (or grade C or above for GCSEs taken before 2017) in English Language and Mathematics (Science also preferred) or equivalent qualification, e.g. Functional/Key skills Level 2 in numeracy and literacy; Level 2 Applied Science.

GCSE Science grade 4 or above (formerly A*-C) is not required from Access students undertaking a science or health-based access course.

Enhanced DBS check and Occupational Health Clearance. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview.

Additional requirements

  • Wherever possible candidates are encouraged to gain practical work experience in a care setting prior to undertaking the programme.
  • All suitable applicants are required to attend an interview and selection day. This includes multiple mini interviews (MMIs), which are a series of short value-based questions, tasks or scenarios. Each MMI station assesses some of the NHS key values and attributes required for the course and the nursing profession. During the day, you will also have an informal assessment of your current digital literacy skills, which provides us with a baseline to develop your digital skills during the course.
  • Admission is subject to occupational health screening and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check including checks against the Adult and Child Workforce Barring lists if you are offered and accept a place on the course.

Alternative routes

We welcome a wide range of qualifications and qualification combinations to the value of 112 UCAS points. We assess each application individually, taking in to account any experience and skills you may have in your chosen field.  Typical other routes include:

  • Foundation degree in related programmes 60%
  • International Baccalaureate 26 points
  • FETAC Level 5 Merit in all modules

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will be considered e.g. applicants with a relevant Foundation Degree (e.g. Nursing Associate, Healthcare Practice). A maximum of 50% of the programme can be RPL'd (more than 50% can be RPL'd if an applicant is currently registered with the NMC as a registered nurse).

International

We welcome applications from International Applicants. Non-native speakers who do not have the equivalent of GCSE English at grade 4 (formerly grade C) (e.g. Functional Skills Level 2 Literacy) require an IELTS score of 7.0 overall with 6.5 in writing and 7.0 in all other elements.

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Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods include lectures, clinical skills sessions, seminars, tutorials, workshops, guided study, field trips and independent project work. Kingston University has well-equipped simulation suites where you can use clinical equipment and practise on mannequins and teaching models. In addition, simulated events related to children's nursing use experienced role-players, including children who work with lecturers and teachers. Our academic staff and simulation and skills team have won both national and university awards for their innovative simulations.

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Academic support

Our academic support team here at Kingston University provides help in a range of areas.

Dedicated personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of academic staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at Kingston and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University.

Your workload

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 1
  • Placement learning: 374 hours
  • Scheduled teaching: 166 hours
  • Guided independent study: 734 hours
Year 2
  • Placement learning: 612 hours
  • Scheduled teaching: 156 hours
  • Guided independent study: 744 hours
Year 3
  • Placement learning: 855 hours
  • Scheduled teaching: 158 hours
  • Guided independent study: 742 hours

 

  • Year 1 - 42% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity (including placement learning)
  • Year 2 - 50% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity (including placement learning)
  • Year 3 - 58% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity (including placement learning)
  • Contact hours may vary depending on your modules.

How you will be assessed

Assessment methods include academic skills assessed by; essays, exams, posters and reports and clinical skills assessed in our simulation suites and by practice supervisors or assessors in practice placements.

The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows, though depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose:

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 1
  • Coursework: 50%
  • Exam: 25%
  • Practical exam: 25%
Year 2
  • Coursework: 50%
  • Exam: 25%
  • Practical exam: 25%
Year 3
  • Coursework: 75%
  • Exam: 0%
  • Practical exam: 25%

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days. 

Your timetable

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9am and 6pm.  For undergraduate students Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected. 

Who teaches this course?

Our academic team of highly skilled nurses, lecturers and researchers are known for innovation in teaching and learning. Our state-of-the-art, award winning simulation suites provide you with unrivalled opportunities to develop your skills in caring for patients, service users and children through highly realistic simulations and role play.

Course fees and funding

2021/22 fees for this course

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK students) £9,250*
International £15,450

* For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

2020/21 fees for this course

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK and EU students) £9,250*
International £15,000

* For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home/EU tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

Funding

Government Student Grant

Nursing students on pre-registration courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year which they will not need to pay back, subject to eligibility criteria. For more information please visit Health Careers and The Funding Clinic

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees.

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials, security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Text books

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to, or be required to, buy your own copy of key textbooks.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residence. Free WiFi is available on each of the campuses.

Printing

In the majority of cases coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Travel

Travel costs are not included so you will need to budget how you will travel to university, and to placements. You may be able to claim reimbursement of some of your expenses for travel to practice placements each day for costs incurred over and above your usual daily travel costs to attend university. Visit here for more details.

Note for EU students: UK withdrawal from the European Union

The Government has recently announced that new students from the European Union and Swiss Nationals starting their course after August 2021 will no longer be eligible for a student loan in England for Undergraduate or Postgraduate studies for 2021/22 academic year. This decision only applies to new EU students starting in 2021/22. If you are an existing/continuing EU student, you will continue to be funded until you graduate or withdraw from your course.

Need to know more?

Our fees and funding section provides information and advice on money matters.

Facilities

You will be taught by the Simulated Learning and Clinical Skills team, clinical skills fundamental to deliver high quality care to patients in all fields of nursing within clinical, community and practice health settings.

You will take part in award winning innovative simulations with role players and full body manikins that provide unprecedented opportunities to acquire, develop and maintain the knowledge, skills, values and behaviors needed for safe and effective patient care.

Facilities

Links with the health sector

Our partners

We have 26 practice partners from the NHS, independent and private sector encompassing acute and community practice, including:

  • Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust
  • Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
  • Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
  • St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust
  • Your Healthcare
  • Shooting Star Chase
  • The Royal Brompton Hospital
  • Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • The Children's Trust
  • St Peters Hospital (Chertsey)
  • Frimley Park NHS Foundation Trust
  • West Middlesex University Hospital
  • University College London Hospital
  • Kings College NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Greenwich and Lewisham NHS Trust
  • Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Extra practice learning opportunities

Students have opportunities to undertake a national or international elective at the end of year two. Countries visited by students include:

  • India
  • Bulgaria
  • Tanzania
  • United Arab Emirates
  • New Zealand 

Partnerships

  • Association for Chief Children's Nurses
  • Together for Short Lives
  • Royal College of Nursing Forum

After you graduate

Type of jobs

  • Staff nurse (Paediatrics)
  • Staff nurse (Paediatric intensive care)
  • School nurse
  • Health visitor staff nurse
  • A&E nurse (Paediatrics)
  • Neonatal nurse

Types of organisations

  • Croydon University Hospital
  • Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals
  • Guy's & St Thomas's NHS Foundation Trust
  • Kingston Hospital
  • St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Bupa Cromwell Hospital
  • St Peters Hospital (Chertsey)
  • Frimley Park NHS Foundation Trust
  • West Middlesex University Hospital
  • University College London Hospital
  • Greenwich and Lewisham NHS Trust
  • Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Accreditation

This degree confers both an academic award and a professional qualification in nursing. On completion of the programme, students are recommended to the Nursing and Midwifery Council for professional registration.  

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