Programme: BSc Nursing (Child)
UCAS Code: B730
Mode of Study & Duration: 3 Years Full Time
UCAS Institution Code: L23
Year of Entry: 2014/15
Programme Leader: Michelle Green
What is Child Nursing?
Children are unique beings who have distinct needs based on their maturity and stage of development. The challenge for children's nurses is to promote the health and wellbeing of children and their families, this may include working with the healthy child and family to maintain health, where a health issue is present, assisting them in their recovery, helping them adapt to long term conditions or supporting them through the process of dying.
Applicants must have:
5 GCSE’s at grade C or above including English Language and Maths, Science double award or 2 single science subjects at grade C or above.
3 A levels minimum grade BBB plus AS biology/human biology grade C or above (if not continued to A2)
QCF BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction/Distinction/Distinction in: Health and Social Care (Health Sciences); Health and Social Care (Health studies); Sport and Exercise Science
Access to Higher Education course in nursing pathway or health sciences with a minimum of 45 level 3 credits at distinction. If taking more than 45 level 3 credits all biology modules must be passed at distinction. Plus GCSE maths and English at grade C or above, preferably 5 GCSE’s at grade C or above.
International Baccalaureate - we require the awarding of the IB Diploma with a minimum of 30 points, this must include a minimum of 3 x grade 5 in the 3 HL (higher level) subjects which must include Biology at SL (standard level) or above.
This programme prepares you to meet the unique needs of the developing child. You will be taught to understand the needs of children across a range of ages from infancy to adolescence, to support children to maximise their physical and mental health and protect them from harm. Children’s nursing is child focused and family-centred, nurses working in partnership with children, parents and carers in decision making and provision of care. Children’s nurses must be able to work in a variety of healthcare environments and be able to provide support for families in meeting healthcare needs that may be acute or may persist throughout childhood and into adulthood and may be complex, life-limiting and/or life-threatening. The programme is 50% practice based and enables you to gain clinical experience in a wide range of hospital and community based environments (clinical placements are integrated throughout the 3-year course).
What you Study
Year 1 is the Trans-disciplinary first year where shared and inter-professional learning takes place with other nursing and healthcare students. You will explore the core issues required to become a healthcare professional, anatomy and physiology, as well as being introduced to specific aspects of children’s nursing.
Year 2 includes the study of the physiological and psychosocial development of the child and young person; management of long term conditions which may affect the child’s physical or mental health; you will explore health promotion and health education; develop understanding of issues related to safeguarding children; debate legal and ethical concepts related to nursing; develop the skills for evaluating the research evidence underpinning clinical practice.
Year 3 you will study care of the acutely ill child; examine critical thinking and decision making skills; leadership skills and will be supported in making the transition to the role of qualified nurse; a 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.
Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme, including:
- demonstrating the knowledge and application of standard concepts, information and techniques relevant to the discipline
- work that covers a restricted area of the discipline
- demonstrating emerging abilities, skills and competencies
- demonstrating the ability to apply a broad range of aspects of the discipline
- work that draws on a wide variety of material
- the ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion
- evidence of an ability to conduct independent, in depth enquiry within the discipline
- work that is typically both evaluative and creative.
Current Modules Taught: click here for the programme catalogue entry
On completion of this programme you will be able to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
What Facilities are available
The Kevin Kendrick clinical skills suite recreates a hospital ward, with beds, patient mannequin’s, ancillary equipment and washing area’s. Students have the opportunity to use these facilities to practice clinical procedures.
The School also has its own fully equipped IT suite for accessing the schools virtual learning environment.
Work Placement Opportunities
50% of the programme is undertaken in practice and students undertake a range of clinical placements working with children in both the hospital and in community
Study Abroad Opportunities
For some students able to meet specific criteria, there is the opportunity to study on a range of optional international modules in the third year of the programme
On completion of the programme our students have secured positions in Children’s hospitals and children’s wards in District General Hospitals all around the country as well as remaining here in Leeds. You may also look at NHS careers for advice on nursing career choice.
All tuition fees are paid by the NHS. All applicants must be eligible for NHS funding.
Scholarships & Bursaries
The University of Leeds has one of the most comprehensive financial support packages available. One in four students qualifies for a bursary and in addition we have a series of scholarships. For further information about scholarships available and other types of financial support click here. Applicants for the degree in nursing are eligible to apply for a NHS means tested bursary. They are not eligible to apply for the University Of Leeds Scholarship or bursary.
Information on NHS bursaries can be found here.
How to Apply
All full time undergraduate applications must be made through the online Universities and Colleges Admissions Service by the required 2014/15 deadline (for more information visit the UCAS website. The School of Healthcare does not normally participate in the UCAS Extra scheme for entry onto the BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child) programme. Direct applications are not accepted and applicants applying directly to the University will not normally be considered. As required by UCAS, applicants must complete the UCAS application form, providing a personal statement; a list of all qualifications undertaken and those pending; and an appropriate referee’s statement. In addition they must declare if they wish to defer entry and they must declare any prior criminal conviction.
Entry / Admissions Tests
In order to comply with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards of Education, applicants are required to pass a numeracy exam. This is without the use of a calculator and will cover addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, use of decimals, fractions and percentages. This exam is undertaken during the selection event
Successful applicants who have been shortlisted will normally be invited to a selection event at the School of Healthcare between December and March. This event is an opportunity for applicants to find out more about the BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child) programme, to meet academic and clinical staff and current students and to look at the facilities within the School of Healthcare and wider university campus.
Applicants will also take part in an organised group activity where they can demonstrate essential communication and teamwork skills and their knowledge and understanding of the role of the child nurse.
Applicants will receive a written invitation from the School to attend a selection event on a specific time and date. The School should be contacted this date is unsuitable and where possible an alternative date will be offered. Applicants who fail to attend one of the selection events without notifying us will be rejected.
Contact for Further Information
For further information please contact:
School of Healthcare,
University of Leeds,
Leeds LS2 9UT
Tel: 0113 343 1362
To View the programme catalogue for further information on these courses, see the Module Catalogue, search by school 'School of Healthcare' and enter the course subject in 'search by Keyword'