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BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child)

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child)

Overview:

Would you like a dynamic and challenging career as a children’s nurse? Children and young people’s nurses deliver care which is child centred within a family context. Children’s nurses are able to understand the developmental needs of children from birth to transition into adult life and how this is affected by ill health.

This three-year child nursing degree combines theory and practice in an innovative way, to focus on the care of children across a wide range of healthcare settings. This course is part of the Nursing and Midwifery subject area which is ranked Top In Wales for course satisfaction and teaching – Guardian League Table 2021.

Your studies will be based in our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Centre. Role-play scenarios will prepare you for clinical practice and allow you to develop a wide range of practical skills. You’ll also undertake work placements in a wide variety of clinical settings at our partner health boards. Successful completion of this child nursing degree will allow you entry to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Register as a qualified children’s nurse and ready to embark on a rewarding career.

Currently, if you are a UK student, the fees for your nursing course will be paid by the Welsh Government. Follow Care Sciences on Twitter and and Instagram.

Typical A-Level Offer
BBB to exclude General Studies

Typical Welsh BACC Offer
Grade B and BB at A Level to exclude General Studies

Typical BTEC Offer
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Distinction Merit

Typical Access to HE Offer
Must complete 60 credits overall with at least 45 at level 3 and 15 at Level 2. Of the 45 credits at level 3, you will need a minimum of 24 Distinctions, 18 Merits and 3 passes.

Additional Requirements
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances.

Equivalent qualifications considered are Essential Skills Level Two in Communication and Application of Number, or Functional Skills Level Two in English and Mathematics. (Must have been achieved since 2016)

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Entry Requirements

Contextual offers

We may make you a lower offer based on a range of factors, including your background (where you live and the school or college that you attended for example), your experiences and individual circumstances (as a care leaver, for example). This is referred to as a contextual offer and we receive data from UCAS to support us in making these decisions. USW prides itself on its student experience and we support our students to achieve their goals and become a successful graduate. This approach helps us to support students who have the potential to succeed and who may have faced barriers that make it more difficult to access university. Here is a link to our Contextual Admissions Policy.

Other qualifications and experience

We can also consider combinations of qualifications and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable. We can sometimes consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or advanced entry to year two or three of a course where this is possible.

To find out which qualifications have tariff points, please refer to the UCAS tariff calculator.

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Additional requirements include:

All applicants are required to attend an interview. For further support on preparing for interview and what to expect at interview, please read our application advice.
One satisfactory reference from someone who is able to comment on your attitude and approach to learning in a professional or academic sense.
An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check on the Child & Adult Workforce and Child and Adult Barring Lists and subscription to the DBS Update Service.
A satisfactory medical will be required once an offer has been made. We will contact you closer to your start date with details of how to obtain these.

Application advice

We strongly advise applicants to take advantage of the advice available online, from demonstrating you have the relevant qualifications or experience, tips on writing your personal statement to advice on preparing for interview, we have a wealth of support and guidance available to applicants to ensure you are able to demonstrate that you have what it takes and make your application the best it can be. Please read: Application Advice

International enquiries

We are currently unable to accept applications from students who require a Student Route Visa due to the funded nature and health board placements as part of the course.

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

Year One: Child Nursing Degree

  • The Essentials of Nursing Practice
  • Assessing needs and creating therapeutic opportunities
  • Promoting Health & Wellbeing
  • Developing confidence in Practice: Practice 1

Year Two: Child Nursing Degree

  • Enhancing assessment & evidence-based interventions
  • Professional, Legal & Ethical Issues in Nursing
  • Informed decision making in the practice environment
  • Evidence-based practice: evaluating care within the context of practice

Year Three: Child Nursing Degree

  • Advancing knowledge, skills & therapeutic interventions
  • Leading and managing quality care across settings
  • The Nurse as an Educator
  • Becoming a proficient practitioner

Teaching

You’ll study with students from all fields and other professions, as well as having sessions specific to your field. There’s also the requirement to work with clients and patients from other fields, so you can care for patients with multiple and complex needs.

The nursing degree lasts a minimum of 42 weeks. Supervised practice placements are an integral part of the programme. There’s an equal split between theory and practice, which is integrated throughout all our nursing courses, Each academic year is split into four terms.

In term one, you will study in theory block in University followed by block in clinical practice. This pattern is repeated through the three-year programme. Please note that holidays are fixed for the duration of your nurse training.

Assessment

You will be assessed using various methods. Whilst on placement you will be assigned a practice assessor/supervisor who will assess your achievements of the Practice Learning Outcomes.

The theoretical component will involve written assignments, case studies, examinations, development of health promotion tools, computer-based medication dosage calculations and clinically based reflective assignments.

COURSE DETAILS

Accreditations
The University of South Wales is an NMC Approved Education Institution (AEI). Graduates from this child nursing degree can apply to join the NMC professional register and start to practise in the UK.

Placements
Supervised placements are an integral part of the child nursing programme. These are in our partner health boards, as well as in the community and independent sector.

You will be fully supported on clinical placements by a qualified nurse, who acts as a mentor throughout your placement. When you are working with your mentor in clinical practice, you have to work the shift patterns of the clinical area to which you are allocated.

There is also an opportunity to study and practice abroad in a number of countries during your second year. This will enable you to gain an understanding of different health care systems.

Facilities
Throughtout your child nurse training, you will learn in our impressive health facilities. Our Clinical Simulation Centre replicates clinical environments for education and training. These include two, four-bedded bays to simulate a hospital setting, dedicated paediatric and maternity facilities, including a special care baby unit, an intensive care environment and an emergency department with a fully equipped ambulance simulator. There is also a two bedroom flat to simulate providing healthcare in a home environment.

The Centre is used for healthcare education and nurse training, dealing with everything from essential clinical skills to complex, multidisciplinary clinical scenarios. You’ll use the same equipment you will find in healthcare settings, and work on patient simulators that mimic the body’s reactions to illness, care and treatment.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.

CAREERS

Graduates from our nursing degrees can apply to join the NMC professional register and start to practise in the UK. Employers are keen to recruit our nursing graduates because they know they are well-prepared, confident, competent and safe practitioners.

Depending on experience and training, graduates of the child nursing degree can reach the highest levels of the NHS. Once qualified, many nurses take extra courses to specialise. With this child nursing degree, you can also work abroad. Registered nurses from the UK are highly regarded throughout the world.

Fees

Full time

Complete your degree in the shortest possible time and study flexibly – when and where suits you!
 

£7,250

You’ll study 9 modules in total (approx. 37 hrs/week).

Part time option one

Study for a degree whilst fitting it around your work, care and other life commitments.
 

£4,250

You’ll study 6 modules per year (approx. 25 hrs/week).

Part time option two

Take time to study and spread the tuition fees over a longer period – at no extra cost.
 

£5,500

You’ll study 4–5 modules per year (approx. 19 hrs/week).

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