Children are unique beings with distinct needs at different stages of their development. Children's nurses promote the health and wellbeing of children and their families. They work across the health-illness spectrum: helping maintain health, assisting in recovery or adapting to long-term conditions and in supporting children and families through the process of dying. Children's nursing is child focused and family centred, and nurses work in partnership with children, parents and carers in decision-making and care provision.
This course prepares you to meet the unique needs of the developing child. You'll be taught to understand children's needs, from infancy to adolescence, and to support them to maximise their physical and mental health and protect them from harm.
The programme is 50% practice based and enables you to gain clinical experience in a wide range of hospital and community environments, throughout the three years of the course.
The School of Healthcare welcomes International/Overseas students. For more information please refer to the School of Healthcare Admissions policy here
The Course Leader is Michelle Green.
Admissions Tutor is Kirsten Huby. She can answer specific queries about the course, though she is frequently teaching or supervising and may not be able to respond to you immediately.
For all course enquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance
The School of Healthcare is part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health. We aim to provide high quality education and research and to develop knowledge that both informs and improves practice.
The School has a dedicated clinical skills suite with hospital beds, Adult, Child and Midwifery suites and facilities for Mental Health nursing and Social Work teams
Students have access to all University of Leeds facilities - sports facilities, excellent libraries, including the Health Sciences Library, an award-winning students' union and support services and the attractions of the city of Leeds.
Eleanor a third year Child Nursing student talks about why she chose Leeds
Students who successfully complete this programme will be able to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
This programme meets the NMC (2010) guiding principles underpinning pre-registration education for nurses of 'fitness for purpose' and 'fitness for practice'. It consists of not less than 4,600 hours of study (2,300 hours in the practice setting and 2,300 hours theoretical study), which results in 360 credits across three levels:
Part 1: 120 credits at level 1 leading to progression point one of the programme
Part 2: 120 credits at level 2 leading to progression point two of the programme
Part 3: 120 credits at level 3 enabling registration with the NMC.
Year 1 is the trans-disciplinary first year where shared and inter-professional learning takes place with other nursing and healthcare students. You'll explore the core issues required to become a healthcare professional, anatomy and physiology, as well as being introduced to specific aspects of child nursing.
Year 2 Looks at the normal development of the child and young person and chronic conditions affecting these age groups. You'll explore health promotion and health education, develop understanding of issues related to safeguarding children, debate legal and ethical concepts related to nursing and develop the skills for evaluating the research evidence underpinning clinical practice.
Year 3 focuses on the acutely or critically ill child. You'll examine critical thinking, decision-making skills and leadership skills and will be supported in making the transition to the role of qualified nurse. A 10,000-word research dissertation develops your ability to use, summarise and communicate research evidence and apply it to your professional practice. There is also an optional module which offers the opportunity to undertake a clinical placement abroad.
Clinical placements are an integral part of your training. Read "Study abroad and work placements" tab.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: BBB including a science subject (biology, human biology, chemistry, physics or applied science)
Not general studies or critical thinking.
GCSE: 5 A*-C, including maths and English and 2 science subjects
Once qualified as a nurse, you could work in healthcare environments in the NHS or private sector, hospital or community settings.
Past graduates have secured positions in children's hospitals and children's wards in district general hospitals all around the country, as well as here in Leeds.
For advice on nursing as a career choice read NHS careers.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
For some students able to meet specific criteria, there is an opportunity to study on one of 3 optional international modules in the third year of the programme.
50% of the programme is undertaken in practice and students undertake a range of clinical placements working with children and young people, both in hospital and in the community. Your final practice placement will be a long placement (12 weeks minimum) to enable you to consolidate knowledge, clinical skills competence and prepare for transition to being a qualified practitioner.
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