Nurse talking to young boy


Nursing (Children's)

We still have vacancies for February 2018 entry, applications can be submitted through UCAS.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Nursing and Midwifery
Glenside Campus
Three years; September and February intakes
Programme leader:
Martin Lewis
Key fact:
This course leads to registration as a children’s nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Our strong links with employers, practical focus and the range of clinical experience offered by our academic team mean that 95% of students are in work or further study six months after graduating.

Page last updated 5 October 2017


Why study BSc(Hons) Nursing (Children's)?

Working as part of an inter-professional team in hospitals, schools, family homes and across the community, children's nurses provide specialist healthcare and support for children, young people and their families. It's a challenging but highly rewarding career and the course will give you the knowledge, skills and abilities to help improve the health and welfare of children by delivering safe, effective and compassionate care.

Why study our course?

BSc(Hons) Nursing (Children's) is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and leads to registration as a children's nurse with the NMC. As well as learning the theory of child nursing practice and studying the subjects that underpin it, you will develop strong inter-professional and interpersonal skills, together with the ability to make a positive impact on the health and care needs of children. With fully integrated work-based training and outstanding onsite facilities, you will be taught by a close-knit, supportive team with a depth of clinical and research experience.

Real-world experience

The course has a strong practical focus, incorporating case-based learning with extensive use of our purpose-built children's nursing simulation suite. Half your time will be spent on placements in NHS hospitals and with specialist independent and voluntary sector employers in a mix of urban, suburban and rural environments. Throughout your course, you will engage with service users, practising nurses and other healthcare professionals - in placements, classes and online learning. There will also be options to develop and apply your skills working abroad.

Where it can take you

There are many exciting career opportunities in a wide variety of roles. You could work within hospitals or in areas such as school nursing, health visiting and children's community nursing - for the NHS, private or voluntary sector employers. Children's nurses are in demand across the UK and in a wide range of specialities.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



The course places a strong emphasis on the development of your professional values, behaviours and the interpersonal skills required to work effectively with other professionals in health, social care and education. Children's Nursing students need to develop knowledge and expertise across a range of topics relating to children and young people's health and welfare, including biological, sociological and psychological sciences, policy, research, law and ethics. These topics are fully integrated within the modules studied.

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Communication in a Diverse World
  • Appreciating Evidence for Practice
  • Physiology and Pharmacology for Nursing Practice
  • Understanding Children's Lives
  • Participation in the Practice of Children's Nursing

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Delivering Safe and Compassionate Care
  • Service Improvement - a Collaborative Approach
  • Evidence-Based Practice for Nursing and Midwifery
  • Implementing Children's Nursing Practice

Final Year

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Leadership in Children's Nursing    
  • Managing Children's Nursing Practice
  • Nursing and Midwifery Dissertation

Plus one of the following optional modules:

  • End of Life Care
  • Public Health and Health Promotion for Professional Practice
  • Nursing in a Diverse World
  • Evidencing in Work-Based Learning
  • Family and Carer Work for Serious Mental Illness
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Mental Health and Well-being of Children and Young People
  • Person-Centred Care with People with Dementia

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

The theoretical component of the course is run on a modular basis and delivered full-time between the hours of 09:00 and 18:00, Monday to Friday except bank holidays. The practical component of the course equates to 37.5 hours a week and is based on shift work, including nights and weekends from the outset. Term-times are longer than other UWE Bristol courses and you will undertake 40 weeks of study during each academic year.

The following key principles underpin the practice facing philosophy of the children's nursing programme.

  • Case and enquiry based learning.
  • Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL), simulation and clinical skills.
  • An integrated approach to theory and practice.

We will expect you to take a great deal of the responsibility for your own learning, and some of the modules may be partly taught using distance learning and self directed materials. You will acquire skills in self-directed and independent study, research and the key skills required for any workplace activity. The course will provide an excellent preparation for future professional development, enabling you to transfer skills across a range of professional entities.

Teaching and learning methods range from lectures, seminars and student-led presentations, to child and family-centred case studies. Support for studying will be provided by academic staff and during practice placements by qualified nursing staff.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study themes running through the course include:

  • Children's Nursing theory and practice.
  • Nursing management and leadership.
  • Interpersonal skills.
  • Development of professional practice.
  • Bio-psychosocial development of the individual across the lifespan.
  • Sociology of health, wellness and illness.
  • Health care systems.
  • Interprofessional working.

A number of these themes will be developed and taught alongside other health and social care student groups.

Study time

Computer skills are vital for your academic studies and future employment. At UWE Bristol, computing will be an integral part of your course. Many lecturers make lecture notes and materials available online and some modules will require you to use information technology (IT) to help you undertake and present your work. IT facilities will be available to you on all campuses. At the main Frenchay Campus, there is a 24 hour access to computing facilities, and the Department will offer help and support throughout your course.

Before starting the course you may find it helpful to familiarise yourself with some core IT skills:

  • Basic word processing.
  • Storing and retrieving files.
  • Communicating via email.
  • Searching the web for information, such as online shopping, booking a holiday and homework.

There is also a range of information and resources including interactive exercises to support study skills on the Department of Nursing and Midwifery website.


A variety of methods will be used to assess your academic learning throughout the course. These will include essays, case studies and project/portfolio work, as well as timed, known topic examinations and continuous assessment of clinical practice. At the end of year three, you will receive a grade for your clinical practice, which will contribute to your overall degree classification.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

BSc(Hons) Nursing (Children's) at UWE Bristol is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and leads to registration as a children's nurse with the NMC.


With two work placements each year, you will spend half the course applying your knowledge and building professional skills in the real-world. We have excellent links with leading employers throughout the South West and, over the duration of the course, placements are normally split between NHS roles and positions in private or voluntary sector organisations. This will give you a broad range of practice experiences and put you in a strong position for future employment. Your personal mentor will advise, counsel and feedback on progress during your placement work with patients and healthcare professionals.

Details of placements throughout the year:

September cohort: Year one - 20 weeks placement:

  • January - March (10 weeks)
  • Mid-April - mid-June (10 weeks)

February cohort: Year one - 20 weeks placement:

  • Mid-June - mid-August (10 weeks)
  • Late September - Late November(10 weeks)

September cohort: Year two - 21 weeks placement:

  • Mid-November - January (7 weeks excluding 2 weeks annual leave)
  • February - mid-March (7 weeks)
  • Mid-May - mid-July (7 weeks)

February cohort: Year two - 21 weeks placement:

  • April - Mid May (7 weeks excluding 2 weeks annual leave)
  • Late June - Early August (7 weeks)
  • Late October - Mid December (7 weeks)

September Cohort: Year three - 23 weeks placement:

  • September - November (10 weeks)
  • Mid-March - mid-June (13 weeks)

February Cohort: - Year three - 23 weeks placement:

  • Mid January - Late March (10 weeks)
  • Mid August - early November (13 weeks)

Study facilities

Teaching and learning facilities at UWE Bristol are outstanding. The Glenside campus library is acknowledged as one of the best healthcare libraries in the country, and will enable you to support your studies with a huge selection of books, journals, audio-visual materials and access to specialist health and social care software packages. The course has a practical focus and our inter-professional skills simulation suite includes dedicated children's nursing facilities with cots and manikins, providing excellent opportunities for the demonstration and practice of professional competencies.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

International opportunities

Our links with healthcare professionals in Croatia provide the opportunity for a two week placement to experience children's nursing outside the UK. We also offer 12 week placement options in Finland and Norway through the ERASMUS scheme and a four-week international placement option. 

Widening participation

We are committed to enabling and encouraging applications from the wider population.


Careers / Further study

Children's nurses are in demand across the UK and graduates enter careers in a variety of roles for the NHS, private and voluntary sector employers: 95% of our students are in employment or further study six months after graduating. Many of our past students are now looking after children's health and welfare needs in hospitals or on paediatric intensive care units. Many are working in the community in school nursing, health visiting and children's community nursing. Some are caring for children and young people following open-heart surgery, or caring in the homes of those with diabetes or cancer. You can also combine clinical work with study for a post-qualifying course, enabling you to become an expert in specific areas and progress to more senior positions such as consultant nurses, nurse specialists, researchers, or local and regional children's services managers.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Be inspired

Read about a day in the life of a Children's Nurse.

Want to learn more? Watch a video about the nursing profession.

Useful links

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Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
OH/Medical assessment - ONLY charged for missed appointments.200

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those you could reasonably expect to incur during your studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

If you are a UK student you may be entitled to living cost support.

For more details please see our guidance on NHS funding for UK students or our guidance on NHS funding for EU students.

We are unable to accept applications from international students (overseas fee status).


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, a minimum of 5 subjects at grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, to include English Language, Mathematics and Science, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If your first language is not English, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 or above with a minimum of 7.0 in all sections of the test. Full details of this language test can be obtained from the British Council. Please note the University's published list of alternative English Language qualifications does not apply to this course.

  • A-level subjects: Grade B or above in a Science or Social Science subject. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken on to full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Specific subjects: Subjects that meet the science/social science requirement for this course: Biology, Applied Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, PE, Physics, Psychology, Applied Science, Science (Biology route), Science (Chemistry route), Science (Physics route), Sports Science, Sociology.

    For further information and advice on acceptable science/social science subjects please email

  • Relevant subjects: Biology, Science, Social Science
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: To include 6 units in a Science or Social Science subject
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at distinction in a Science or Social Science subject and 15 level 3 credits at merit in another subject.
  • Baccalaureate IB: A minimum grade of 6 in a higher level science or social science subject

Entry requirements

We are unable to accept applications from international students (overseas fee status)

Please note we do not accept deferred entry applications for this course.

We require evidence of recent assessed academic study within the last three years.

If you do not meet the minimum academic entry requirements, but have significant life and/or work experience, you will be considered on an individual basis. However, you still need to meet the GCSE English, Maths and Science requirements and should have evidence of recent study in a science/health related subject area recognised as equivalent academically by the University.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for the Health Professions Foundation Year which can qualify you for the full degree.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

Recruitment for this course is informed by Health Education England's Values Based Recruitment Framework. The purpose of this framework is to ensure that we recruit students whose individual values and behaviours align with the values of the NHS Constitution.

Additional selection criteria

As well as meeting the academic entry requirements, you should meet the following selection criteria:

Health assessment/declaration/vaccinations. You must be in good health and be up-to-date with your routine immunisations e.g. tetanus, diphtheria, polio and MMR. If you are offered a place, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and must be prepared to undergo a medical examination. You will also be required to confirm your status in respect of a number of infectious diseases and immunisations (tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, varicella, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV antibodies) and be prepared to have all required vaccinations. If your vaccinations are not up-to-date this will affect your ability to continue on the course. If you have any concerns with regards to vaccinations please raise this at the point of application

Disclosure of criminal background. The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply and all convictions, including those which are spent, must be disclosed. This is in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. If you are offered a place, you must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and will be required to complete a Disclosure Application Form. All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

Selection Event. If shortlisted, you will be invited to a selection event where you will undertake a literacy and numeracy test, group activity and individual interview. On successful completion of all of these criteria, you will be offered a place.

Completing the application form. You should be committed to Children's Nursing. This must be clearly demonstrated in the 'personal statement' section of the application form, by saying why you want to study Children's Nursing and any relevant work experience that you have gained to date.

We encourage applications from all those interested in nursing or midwifery. Nursing and Midwifery are both physically and emotionally demanding professions and UWE Bristol positively implements the principles of the Equality Act 2010.

As a student on a nursing course, you will be expected to engage in the full range of clinical duties whilst on placement, which constitutes half of the course. You must be mindful of the requirement in the NMC code of Practice 2015, which states that registered nurses must maintain the level of health needed to carry out our professional role.

Offers of places are subject to occupational health clearance and you will be expected to disclose pre-existing and historical health conditions. If you are on a professional course, you should meet specific requirements related to the need to demonstrate certain knowledge, skills and competencies. These are required by professional, statutory orregulatory bodies and cannot be compromised. In considering Reasonable Adjustments, these will be taken into account when agreeing what adjustments are possible.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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