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Nursing/Registered Nurse (Child) 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.

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • 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

Science for Nursing

30 credits

This module focuses on developing your knowledge of anatomy and physiology with its application to nursing, including basic pathophysiology. It will also encourage you to build on and develop your entry-level numeracy skills. You will also begin to develop your knowledge of pharmacological concepts.

Nursing in Context

30 credits

This module presents the core topics which underpin nursing as a person- and family-centred profession including: history, policy, values, evidence-based practice, caring, compassion, communication and relationships. It also focuses on the individual within society from a psychosocial, economic and political health perspective. The module will introduce the concept of how professionals from all fields of nursing can contribute through partnership, to meeting the needs of identified individuals, groups and communities.

Foundations of Children's Nursing

30 credits

This module introduces you to the concepts of childhood and children's nursing. It will contribute to your knowledge and understanding of safe, effective and compassionate care and will contribute to your understanding of the child's world and wellbeing. It will also enable your understanding of different age groups and introduce you to the health and social care settings where care is delivered. The module will support you to develop the acquisition of professionalism and growing personal development.

Nursing Practice Part 1

30 credits

This module prepares you for your practice learning opportunities in part one of the programme. The module focuses on the development of professional values and the delivery of safe, holistic compassionate care. It is a generic module where all fields of nursing are engaged with core essential skills as identified by the NMC Standards for Pre-Registration Nursing Education (NMC, 2010). The module is a bridge between theory and practice.

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

Person-centred Care

30 credits

This module further develops your understanding of the application of person-centred care, assessment, clinical reasoning and decision making, within the framework of the '6Cs' and evidence-based practice. This module explores the actions a nurse takes to ensure that each person receives appropriate person-centred care, treatment and support. This module examines both acute care and long-term conditions across the life span and related to all nursing fields. It introduces you to the concept of clinical judgement in relation to the individual, family or community responses to actual or potential health needs / life processes and care delivery as an expression of person-centred nursing practice.

Care of the Acutely Ill Child

30 credits

This module builds on previous child-specific modules. The module will enable you to assess, plan, implement and evaluate the nursing care for children and young people with acute illness. The nursing care will be holistic in nature therefore covering not only physical aspects but also psychological, social and cultural. It will look at how care can be delivered in partnership with families and the multi-disciplinary team. The care discussed will be evidence-based and individualised for the child and family.

Contemporary Issues in Children's Nursing

30 credits

This module builds on previous child-specific modules and will explore local, national and global perspectives on contemporary issues caring for children and young people. Within the module you will be facilitated to develop your knowledge, skills and attitudes pertinent to the enduring health care needs of children and young people in partnership with families across care settings.

Nursing Practice Part 2

30 credits

This module will be delivered in part two of the programme. The module prepares you for your Practice Learning Opportunity (PLO). It focuses on professional values, the delivery of safe compassionate care in partnership with the client. It is a generic module where all fields of nursing are engaged with essential skills as identified by the Standards for Pre-Registration Nursing Education (NMC, 2010). The module is a bridge between theory and practice.

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

Transition to Professional Practice in Children's Nursing

30 credits

This capstone module will enable you to reflect upon your personal and professional growth. It will draw on evidence of learning and development compiled throughout the programme. It will foster the development and application of leadership, management and team working concepts required for clinical practice. This module will enable you to reflect on the skills necessary to facilitate the transition to a registered children's nurse.

Developing Evidence-based Practice

30 credits

This module is designed to enable you to further develop and consolidate your skills and knowledge regarding searching for, appraising, evaluating and applying evidence-based practice to ensure a life-long focus on best care at all times for your particular patient/client group. The module will also enable you to systematically organise and make analytical and objective judgements on the reviewed evidence in their field-specific areas of practice.

Complexities of Children's Nursing

30 credits

This module builds on previous child-specific modules by examining the needs of children and young people with complex health care issues/problems. Within the module you will be enabled to develop your knowledge, skills and attitudes as you move towards caring for children and young people requiring complex, high dependency, critical and palliative care in partnership with families across care settings.

Nursing Practice Part 3

30 credits

This module prepares you for your practice learning opportunities (PLO) and final sign-off placement. The module focuses on professional values, the delivery of safe compassionate care and the assessment and management of patients with complex health care needs. The module aims to develop your clinical competence and confidence prior to registration. It is a generic module where all fields of nursing are engaged with essential skills as identified by the Standards for Pre-Registration Nursing Education (NMC, 2010). The module is a bridge between theory and practice.

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

Typical offer

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

Additional requirements

  • 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.
  • Wherever possible candidates are encouraged to gain practical work experience in a care setting prior to undertaking the programme.
  • Our selection process includes an interview. 
  • Admission is subject to Occupational Health screening and an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check 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

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.

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

Type of teaching and learning Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity: 56% 58% 62%
Scheduled teaching and learning: 920 hours 1048 hours 1193 hours
Guided independent study: 734 hours 744 hours 742 hours

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:

Type of assessment Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Coursework 50% 50% 75%
Practical exam 25% 25% 25%
Written exam 25% 25% 0%

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

2019/20 fees for this course

 Fee category  Amount
Home (UK and EU students) £9,250*
International £14,600
Islands (Channel Islands and Isle of Man) To be confirmed by the Island Authorities

* These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the results of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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 residences. 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

EU students starting a programme in the 2019/20 academic year will be charged the same fees as those who began in 2018/19 (subject to any annual increase in accordance with the applicable terms and conditions and the Kingston University fees schedule).

They will also be able to access the same financial support for the duration of their course as students who began in 2018/19, even if their degree concludes after the UK's exit from the EU.

No assurances have yet been made regarding 2020/21 and beyond. Updates will be published here as soon as they become available.

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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