BSc Child Nursing

Student studying child nursing will develop an understanding of the developmental, physical and social needs of children in hospital and at home.

Child nurses will work with other members of the multidisciplinary team during placement in hospital wards, community setting and in high dependency areas. They also work with the parents and other family member of the children in their care.

The role of the child nurse includes promoting health, minimising illness and protecting children who are vulnerable.

The undergraduate degree programme is three years long and modular in structure. Each year consists of 45 weeks, divided equally between University study and clinical practice.

About the child field

Child nursing is concerned with the needs of children from birth to adolescence and through health to ill-health. Pivotal to our philosophy is the notion of family centred care. We recognise our responsibility to work in equal partnership with parents and carers. Our programme also promotes the 'caring aspect' of children's nursing. We recognise that 'caring' has the capacity to improve the social, mental and physical well-being of children and their families.

The child nursing programme provides an educational experience that concentrates on developing the professional skills, knowledge and attitudes required by nurses to deliver a child and family-centred service tailored to the unique needs of each child. The programme promotes scholarship and reflective practice with students encouraged to develop responsibility for their student journey from novice to graduate nurse. A variety of learning, teaching and assessment methods are used to create developmental learning opportunities for all students. Simulated practice is an example of this and is incorporated into a number of modules.

The practice component provides the opportunity for mentored clinical practice in both primary and secondary care. These include children's wards, health visitor, school nurse, child development centres, accident and emergency, children's respite unit and high dependency unit. These practice learning environments are principally in NHS Tayside and NHS Fife with others in Forth Valley and Highland. As our placements are across NHS Fife and NHS Tayside, applicants need to be prepared to travel anywhere within these NHS areas - which extend from Montrose and Forfar in the north, to Crieff and Pitlochry in the west, and south to the Firth of Forth.

Programme of study

This programme of study qualifies for the award of BSc in Nursing and registration on the Nursing Part of Nursing and Midwifery Council Professional Register.

Year Modules Practice placement

Year 1

Nature of nursing 1
Physical health & wellbeing
Mental health & wellbeing
Skills & practice 1
Physical & psychological development of children
Acute paediatric ward
Primary care setting
Acute adult care

Year 2

Skills & practice 2
The nursing of children and young people within health care
Nature of nursing 2
Concepts, principles and practice of children's nursing
Structured assessment
Acute paediatric ward
Ambulatory care

Year 3

Evaluating evidence-based practice in complex and/or palliative care situations
Nature of nursing 3
Working across organisational boundaries to ensure best practice in a modern NHS
Skills & practice 3
Assessment unit
Acute child health setting

Entry requirements

Coming from School you will require a minimum of BCC at Higher. See the University admissions pages for full details.

Other qualifications as well as completion of an Access Programme are also suitable.

Acceptance onto the Programme will also depend on a personal statement, a reference, a successful interview, a criminal record check and a satisfactory health check.

How to apply

All applications must be made through UCAS - The deadline for consideration each year is the 15th of January.

Fees and funding

Applicants who meet the UK/EU residency and other criteria will have the full cost of their tuition fees covered. UK applicants will also be eligible to receive a bursary.

Further information

For more information about nursing read our information for prospective students

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