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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 14790 per year

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About Child Nursing at City, University of London

The BSc (Hons) Child Nursing prepares you for a gratifying career at the forefront of modern healthcare and leads to eligibility to apply for professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Who is it for?

Our Child Nursing degree is designed for students who are looking for a rewarding and lifelong career. You will develop your skills and interests in both general medicine and specialist areas to be a confident and compassionate child nurse. Teaching is through a range of methods including academic study, simulated learning and clinical placements.


Children's nurses need to be versatile and resilient as they care for neonates and babies, children with acute or long-term health problems, children with mental health issues or special needs and children with life-limiting illnesses. Children's nursing is a fulfilling and challenging profession where you will care for children up to the age of 16 (or in some circumstances, even up to 19*) alongside their families and carers. It is essential that as a Children's nurse you can empower children of all ages and also provide support to their families.

Teaching is a combination of classroom theory, simulated practice and practice placements. Simulated practice takes place within the specialist Clinical Skills Centre at our Northampton Square campus, a facility designed especially for you to practice your skills in a safe environment. Through simulated practice you will not only learn the necessary practical skills to enable you to go into your placements with confidence, but develop your communication and interpersonal skills, an essential part of a child nurses role.

As a City student you will benefit from clinical placements at London's leading hospitals and trusts. Your placements will be in a range of settings, allowing you to experience the many different environments and specialisms' children's nurses' work in. Specialist placements include the internationally recognised acute children's emergency department service at the Royal London and specialist Paediatric gastroenterology unit, the only unit of its kind in the UK.

If you have already graduated with a primary degree, City also offers a two year fast-track Postgraduate Diploma in Child Nursing.

* CQC, 2014


On successful graduation you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which provides an internationally recognised professional qualification enabling you to practice in the UK and overseas.

Additional qualifications may be required in some countries.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • 'A' Level - Typically BBC or a combination of 'A' levels and other relevant qualifications.
  • UCAS tariff - 112 points. For more information on the new UCAS tariff system, please visit the UCAS website.
  • IB - 32 points.
  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ): We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an 'A' Level offer reduced by one grade.
  • BTEC - DDM (Health and Social Care or Science-related subject only).

In addition, the following is required:

  • GCSE: A minimum of five passes at grade 4 (C) at GCSE, including English Language and Mathematics. We also accept Functional Skills English and Maths at Level 2, other equivalent GCSE qualifications are considered on an individual basis.

Access to HE Diploma

Pass in a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma in a Nursing, Midwifery, Health, Science, or Social Care subject NOT Nutrition or Paramedic Studies with full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at Level 3 including 24 credits at Distinction. Applicants must also hold either GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C (4) or above, or Functional Skills English and Maths at Level 2. Other equivalent English Language and Mathematics qualifications will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Special requirements: Students are required to have occupational health and enhanced DBS (disclosure and barring service) clearance. Academic and character references are also required.

Shortlisted prospective applicants will be required to attend a selection process held at City, University of London where they will be required to demonstrate their numerical and literacy skills in addition to values that match those of the NHS Constitution. For further information and example tests, please visit our Selection Day page.

English requirements

Applicants educated outside of an English speaking country, without GCSEs are required to hold IELTS at:

IELTS: 7.0 overall band score; with at least 7.0 in the listening, reading, writing and speaking sections.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2018 should arrive at UCAS between September 2017 and 15th January 2018. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2018 will be considered only at City's discretion.

When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.


For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

Teaching and learning

The Children's Nursing degree is taught by academics who are leaders in their field of practice and education. Many are also active researchers and clinicians as well as teaching staff, with their work directly influencing today's practice; this means that you will study the most up-to-date curriculum and practices, directly from those informing the nursing profession.

The course is delivered through facilitated group work and enquiry-based learning opportunities with access to online course materials, resources, interactive activities and assessment and communication tools. An online clinical skills resource provides step-by-step video demonstrations of clinical skills.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, depending on module choices:

  • Practice Assessment Document (PAD): used to demonstrate achievement of practice competencies and also to record the number of hours of practice experience
  • Written assignments, including essays: these may take the form of care studies in which you will be expected to relate your essay to a particular service user or as support another assessment such as a poster presentation
  • Written examinations: including short answer questions, multiple choice questions, calculations, scenario based
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCEs): practical skills assessments which enable you to demonstrate particular clinical, communication or teaching skills
  • Dissertation: this final project will enable you to choose a relevant topic of interest to you and demonstrate an in depth knowledge of this.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2016/17 entry is as follows:

Year 1

25% written, 63% practical,12% coursework

Year 2

13% written, 50% practical, 37% coursework

Year 3

0% written, 50% practical, 50% coursework.


The course combines theoretical study with clinical experience in a range of community settings and leading hospitals, alongside our state-of-the-art facilities.

Year 1

The first year focuses on relationship-centred care and considers the psychological, social and biological factors influencing health. Students are required to undertake a practice placement.

  • Foundations of Relationship Centred Practice, HS1011 30 credits
  • Relating Social Sciences to Healthy Communities, HS1012 15 credits
  • Developing Relationship Centred Care in Professional Practice, HS1021 15 credits
  • Valuing health and Social Care Across the Lifecourse, HS1022 15 credits
  • Understanding Concepts of Biology for Health, HS1023 15 credits
  • Introducing Clinical Practice HS1002 15 credits
  • Engaging in Practice 1 HS1001 15 credits

Year 2

In the second year, you will continue to explore these themes in the context of acute and long-term care. You can also pursue specific clinical interests on a two week elective practice placement in addition to course clinical placements.

Core modules

  • Core Biological Principles Relating to Pathophysiology and Therapeutics in Children's Nursing, HS2231 15 credits
  • Experiencing Acute Care, Diagnosis and Treatment: Children's Nursing, HS2232 15 credits
  • Experiencing Long Term Care, Rehabilitation and Recovery, HS2043 15 credits
  • Developing Clinical Practice, HS2002 15 credits
  • Engaging in Practice 2, HS2001 45 credits

Elective modules

You will choose one of the below

  • Family Centred Practice: Challenging perspectives of risk and resilience, HS2441 15 credits
  • Work based /work focused project, HS2442 15 credits
  • Infection Prevention and Control, HS2444 15 credits
  • Communities and Health, HS2446 15 credits
  • The Care of Children and Adults with Long Term Conditions, HS2447 15 credits
  • Introduction to Critical Care Nursing (Children's Nursing), HS2449 15 credits
  • Engaging Technology in health and social care, HS2003 15 credits
  • Working Collaboratively with People with Mental Health Issues, HS2004 15 credits

Year 3

In the third year, the emphasis is on leading and managing in professional practice. You will undertake a 6,000 word Literature Review/Dissertation. As part of the clinical placement experience, you will undertake a designated 12 week placement which will help provide the foundations for your transition from student to Registered Nurse with a placement base and opportunities to identify practice experiences with your mentor.

  • Leading and Managing in Health Care Practice, HS3051 15 credits
  • Dissertation, HS3061 45 credits
  • Managing Complex Care, HS3002 15 credits
  • Preparing for Registration, HS3003 (attendance only)
  • Engaging in practice 3, HS3001 45 credits

Download the relevant programme specification

Overall workload

  • Overall the programme hours are 2475 theory and 2512.5 practice experience
  • When in practice you will work the equivalent of 37.5 hours per week
  • Theoretical hours will consist of approximately 22 direct contact hours per 150 total hours allocated for each 15 credit module
  • In the remaining theoretical hours you will be expected to pursue guided independent study and self-directed study, some of which may be online
  • Time is also allocated within the programme for you to complete your assessments.

Year 1

17% scheduled learning, 64% independent learning, 19% placement

Year 2

14% scheduled learning, 42% independent learning, 44% placement

Year 3

9% scheduled learning, 29% independent learning, 62% placement.

Career prospects

On successful graduation you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which provides an internationally recognised professional qualification enabling you to practice in the UK and overseas*.

Career prospects are excellent, with graduates securing employment within local London trusts and throughout the UK. Nursing is a lifelong career where you can develop your skills and interests in a range of specialisms and achieve promotion throughout your career. Many of our graduates also go into teaching and research posts, with some returning to City to teach the next generation of children's nurses. Graduates can also go on to further study at Masters level including City's advance practice programmes.

*Additional registration may be required in some countries.

100% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course Type%In employment100Work and study0Further study0Unemployed0

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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBSc (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course feesGBP 14790 per year

Notes about fees for this course

More about fees

*The tuition fee for UK and EU students is determined by the UK Government and was £9,250 for the first year of study at City in 2017/18. The tuition fee for students commencing their studies in 2018/19 has not yet been confirmed: we will update these pages as soon as we receive confirmation. Fees in each subsequent year of study may be subject to an annual increase limited to the Student Fees Inflation Index as determined by the UK Government's Office for Budget Responsibility. However, this is subject to confirmation. The index is derived from the All Items Retail Prices Index. If fees do increase in each subsequent year of study, we will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study. Fees in each subsequent year of study will be subject to an annual increase limited by the All Items Retail Prices Index.

** The tuition fee for Non-UK/non-EU students was £14,790 for the first year of study in 2018/19. Each subsequent year of study may be subject to annual increase, as detailed above for UK and EU students, but this is also subject to confirmation.


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Find out more funding information for studying nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions in England from the official Council of Deans of Health website.

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Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

Student views

Child Nursing student Alexandra shares her experience of studying at City and her advice for future students.


Practice experience is a vital part of the BSc Child Nursing degree and enables you to put theory into practice and use your skills in a variety of real life situations. You will spend approximately half of your degree course on placement, in settings including acute care, community children's nursing teams, health centres, nurseries, special schools, private healthcare institutions and in patients' homes.

Whilst on placement you will be fully supported by City and will receive regular visits from your link lecturer (approximately once every two weeks). In the workplace you will also have a dedicated clinical practice facilitator who will support your development whilst on placement. Many of our graduates work within the hospitals and trusts we partner with and are always happy to help a fellow City student.

Find further information about our placement partners and trusts under our School of Health Sciences section.

Academic facilities

Our Clinical Skills Centre offers excellent facilities for you to rehearse practical caring skills prior to your practice placement. You will have access to a simulated 6-bedded high dependency unit (HDU) with realistic equipment including medium and high fidelity patient simulator manikins, piped oxygen piped oxygen, call bells, medicines and emergency equipment. In addition, medium fidelity simulators and laboratories, including a biology laboratory, allow you to rehearse skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements, including clinics and people's homes.

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