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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This programme is part of the largest range of healthcare study options in the South West.

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.

  • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

    • 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
      • 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).

      • 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.

    • 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.

      Core modules
      • CHN303 Critical Care of Children and Young People

        This module will develop the knowledge and skills of students in the care of critically ill infants, children and young people and their families. Students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in a range of settings.

      • CHN301 Contemporary Public Health for the Child and Family

        This module aims to develop the participant's knowledge and appreciation of child public health in relation to contemporary health and social policy and the political context. Students will explore public health issues in the context of local, national and global perspectives. This module will develop strategic and population based skills.

      • NRS301 Management, Leadership and Transition to Professional Practice

        This module critically explores the concepts of leadership, management and professional practice and how these influence the health and social care arena.

      • CHN302 Competence in Skills and Clinical Decision Making

        This module will further develop the student's competence in a range of clinical, professional and transferable skills considered essential for safe practice and ensure that the NMC competencies are achieved.

      • NRS302 Knowledge and Skills for Evidence-Informed Decision Making (2)

        This level 6 module focuses on (i) Extending knowledge of use of secondary research-based evidence in the form of systematic reviews and clinical guidelines; (ii) developing skills in critically appraising a body of evidence and constructing a literature review; (iii) identifying and developing practice-focused research questions.

    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 GCSE’s grade C or above to include mathematics, English and science. Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application.


    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). Will need GCSE English and maths at grade C if not already held.

    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 7.0 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

    Please note: We do not accept applications for deferred entry for this course.

    Fees, costs and funding


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    £9,250 £12,250
    Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

    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


    Fifty per cent of your time will be spent learning on placements

    You will gain a great range of experience by going on placements throughout the South West.

    Find out more about placements

    Recruitment days

    The nursing recruitment day is a compulsory part of the admissions process for child health nursing.

    This guide will explain everything you need to know.

    Find out more about our recruitment days

    Study sessions for students by students: Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PALS)

    To complement your formal learning we offer regular sessions that provide the opportunity for you to learn with and from your peers. Share knowledge, discuss ideas, and ask questions in a relaxed and friendly environment

    If you are a first or second year take the opportunity to study in a relaxed environment, along with other students on the same programme.

    Find out more about how PALS can benefit your studies