School of Nursing and Midwifery

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child Health)

Caring for children and young people with a wide range of needs is a challenging and fulfilling career. From newborns to adolescents and beyond, you’ll gain experience of supporting children and their families during periods of great change and stress. Early placement opportunities across the South West will develop your clinical and communication skills and your understanding of caring in hospital and community settings. You will graduate ready to start shaping the future of nursing.

Once graduated you are eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a 'Registered Nurse – Child Health'. You’ll balance classroom learning with gaining experience in hospitals and communities, with equal weighting given to theory and practice. Your learning journey will take you through a variety of professional work with allied health professions and other fields of nursing.

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Key features

  • Meets the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards implemented in 2011. Once graduated you are eligible to apply for registration with the NMC as a 'Registered Nurse – Child Health'.
  • Balance classroom learning with gaining experience in hospitals and communities, with equal weighting given to theory and practice. Your learning journey will take you through a variety of professional work with allied health professions and other fields of nursing.
  • Take part in early clinical placements across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, designed to maximise your range of experiences and the clinical skills you acquire. You will spend fifty percent of the course duration in a variety of settings, within both hospitals and the community.
  • Be assessed by a range of innovative methods including essays, case work analysis, seminar presentation, practice portfolio and video role-play.
  • Benefit from teaching staff who actively research across all fields of nursing.
We’re very proud of our National Student Survey (NSS) 2018 return showing a 96% overall satisfaction, 100% of our students agreed that staff made the subject interesting and that 100% of our students agreed that staff were good at explaining things*.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In Year 1 you'll learn about the foundations of nursing theory and practice, and focus on the skills required for safe practice. You'll gain an understanding of the multi-professional team working approach within healthcare and undertake two practice placements, giving you experience in different healthcare environments.

    Core modules
    • CHN401 Foundations of Child Healthcare

      This module will provide an introduction to the changing context of health and social care. It will introduce the contemporary theories and principles underpinning the care of children and young people and their family.

    • CHN402 Foundations of Primary Child Health

      This module aims to develop the student's knowledge of primary and community aspects of child health. The health needs of children in the community encompass screening, prevention and health promotion.

    • CHN403 Foundations Skills and Clinical Decision Making

      This module introduces the student to healthcare practice and provides the opportunity to develop the core skills that are central to clinical practice in children's nursing.

    • CHN404 Communication and Psychosocial Issues in the Health Care of Children and Young People

      This module develops fundamental child and family-centred communication skills, and enable students to engage with individuals across the lifespan .The students will be introduced to a range of psychosocial issues in health care.

    • NRS403 Ways of Knowing

      To introduce and engage students with key teaching and learning strategies to enable identification and development of the skills necessary to become confident academic citizens as an integral part of the BSc Nursing programme.

    • NRS404 Professional Issues and Clinical Risk

      This module will introduce the concepts of professional nursing practice and clinical risk, enabling students to utilise legal and ethical principles to gain knowledge insight and application as part of their own professional responsibility and accountability.

  • Year 2
  • Year 2 will focus on developing your professional identity and experience. You'll broaden and deepen your nursing knowledge, enabling you to make a greater contribution to practice. Modules will develop your clinical practice in the holistic care of the child and family. You'll be able to appraise basic principles and theories to support arguments with evidence and reason, demonstrating an awareness of alternative contexts.

    Core modules
    • CHN201 Acute Care of Children and Young People

      This module enables the student to develop their knowledge and understanding of the holistic care of children, young people and their families in the acute hospital setting'.

    • CHN202 Developing Competence in Nursing Skills and Decision Making

      This module will build on current clinical, professional and transferable skills thus enabling students to enhance their care for children & young people requiring health care interventions, whilst working in multi-professional teams.

    • CHN203 Children and Young People with Complex Needs and Multi Professional Care

      This module will enable the student to provide safe holistic care to children with long term health needs and their families.

    • CHN204 Children and Young People with Mental Health Needs

      This module introduces the student to the holistic care of children with mental health needs and their family.

    • CHN205 Medicines for Children and Young People

      This module introduces the student to the principles of pharmacology and the safe administration of medicines to children in the acute hospital setting.

    • NRS204 Knowledge and Skills for Evidence-Informed Decision Making (1)

      The focus of the module is on developing students' knowledge and understanding of the application of research-based evidence to nursing practice. The module is based upon the premise that knowledge and understanding of key research designs is an essential pre-requisite of evidence-informed decision making (EIDM).

  • Final year
  • Your final year will focus on your professional ability and fitness for practice. Your knowledge and context will be more specialised, requiring higher level skills of synthesis, analysis and evaluation. You'll take more responsibility for your own learning as teaching and practice becomes more challenging, and explore management and leadership theories. You'll gain further practice experience in a variety of care settings, enabling you to effectively contribute to the delivery of care.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff


5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above to include Mathematics, English, and Science. Please note the institution will also accept Functional Skills Level 2 (Numeracy) as an equivalent qualification to the GCSE Mathematics qualification.

Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application. If you do not have this GCSE profile please contact the Admissions Team directly on +44 (0)1752 585858 or email and they will be happy to advise you further.


UCAS tariff
Including 64 from 2 A levels, excluding general studies.

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3, 33 at merit/distinction level which must include 15 level 3 credits in science/social science (psychology/sociology). If you need further advice on this criteria please contact

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma
DDM must be health/science related.

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

28 overall to include 5 at Higher Level preferably in biology/human biology/applied science. English accepted within - if Advanced Level = 4+ (A1) or 5 (A2/B) - if Standard Level = 5+ (A1) or 6 (A2/B) - if overseas and not studying English within IB – must have IELTS at 7.0 overall with a score of an least 7.0 in each element.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered, please contact 

Extended entry requirements

  • In addition to the above, evidence of academic study within the last five years is required.
  • Please note we do not accept Key Skills Level 2 in place of GCSE English or mathematics.
  • You must pass disclosure and barring service and occupational health checks satisfactorily in order to be able to start this course.
  • If English is not your first language and you do not have GCSE English grade C or above you will have to achieve an IELTS or equivalent qualification at the grades stated below.
  • IELTS - Overall average score of at least 7.0, with a score of at least 6.5 in each element.
  • Meeting the academic minimum is the first stage of an application being considered. Applicants must also submit a strong personal statement in order to be considered further.
  • English language requirements
  • For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Further information

Deferred entry

Unfortunately we cannot permit deferred entry. However, if you have a query please refer to an experienced admissions administrator who will be able to explain the UCAS application process in more detail

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2018 2019
Home/EU £9,250 £9,250
International £13,000 £13,400
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

Please be aware that there may be additional costs to undertaking your studies relating to printing of course materials, and requirement for an initial outlay for travel and accommodation in respect of practice placement. If you have any questions regarding these costs please contact

If you are studying on a programme where placements are integral to your study there are costs associated with travel and accommodation. Please speak with the programme admissions tutor to find out more.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Opportunities for postgraduate study in nursing

Be at the forefront of changes to the traditional ways of working and become a Clinical Practitioner (CP) with our MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Clinical Practitioner).

You’ll be equipped with the knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose, treat and manage patients who present with undifferentiated and undiagnosed conditions, across all sectors of healthcare.

Certain clinicians can also exit as a non-medical prescriber, i.e. nurses, pharmacists and optometrists can become independent and/or supplementary prescribers, whilst radiographers, physiotherapists and podiatrists can become supplementary prescribers.

Danielle Edge - BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child Health)

Danielle Edge graduated from BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child Health) in 2009 and, after catching the teaching bug, now works as a Lecturer in Children's Nursing at London Southbank University.

"Plymouth gave me the opportunities to build my confidence as a student children's nurse and then a registered nurse. The lecturers taught and supported us throughout our training to be critical thinkers. I think this allowed me to have the confidence to question and reflect on my practice as a qualified nurse."

Learn more about Danielle's story, including how studying at Plymouth enabled her to move into teaching

Elliott Tucker - BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child Health)

After graduating in 2011, Elliott Tucker has gained a wide range of experience in different roles, both in London and in the South West, leading to him finding his specialism in emergency care. Elliott is now working in a Band 7 role in the emergency department at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. 

"I believe the high quality of teaching from lectures and mentors in placements have made me the nurse I am today. If you want a quality course that can make you the best nurse you can be, then this is the one for you."

Discover more about Elliott's story, including the benefits of choosing Plymouth and the power of placements

Matthew Carey - BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child Health)

For me my education has never really reached a point of completion. Instead, it has opened doors to lifelong learning and, as a graduate, I find myself now en-route to PhD - something I never thought myself capable of undertaking.
Matthew has moved from clinical practice into the role of lecturer

Emily Wallis – BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child Health)

Since completing my degree at Plymouth University, I have been working as an Auxiliary Nurse in Exeter. Every shift is fun; there is always someone for whom I am caring that will put a smile on my face.
Emily Wallis tells us about her career path since graduation

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*These are the latest results from the National Student Survey. Please note that the data published on Unistats is updated annually in September.

The results of the National Student Survey (NSS) and the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE) are made available to prospective students and their advisors through the Unistats website.