Nurse talking to young boy


Nursing (Children's)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Nursing and Midwifery
Glenside Campus
Three years
Study abroad:
Programme leader:
Martin Lewis
Lucy Edwards
Key fact:
Our employer links, practical focus and the clinical experience offered means that 95% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.

Page last updated 12 April 2019


Why study children's nursing?

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. As a specialist nurse, you can help make a difference to the health and welfare of children, by delivering safe, effective and compassionate care.

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons) Nursing (Children's) is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which means you can register as a children's nurse with them when you graduate.

With work-based training built in, and outstanding onsite facilities, you'll learn the theory of child nursing practice, and study the subjects that underpin it.

Taught by a close-knit, supportive team, with a depth of clinical and research experience, you'll develop strong inter-professional and interpersonal skills, and learn how to make a positive impact on the health and care needs of children.

The course has a strong practical focus, incorporating case-based learning with extensive use of our purpose-built children's nursing simulation suite.

Engage with service users, practising nurses and other healthcare professionals on placements, in class and online learning.

You'll spend about half your time on placements in NHS hospitals, and with specialist independent and voluntary sector employers, in a mix of urban, suburban and rural environments.

There's also the chance to develop and apply your skills working abroad.

Where can it take me?

Children's nurses are in demand across the UK in a wide range of specialties, so many career paths will be open to you.

You could work in a hospital or in areas such as school nursing, health visiting and children's community nursing for the NHS, or for private or voluntary sector employers.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

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

Year two

You will study:

  • Service Improvement - a Collaborative Approach
  • Evidence-Based Practice for Nursing and Midwifery
  • Decision making and Assessment skills for Children's Nursing
  • Implementing Children's Nursing Practice
  • Working with Children, Young People and Families in the community.

Final Year

You will study:

  • Child Nursing Dissertation
  • Leadership in Children's Nursing
  • Managing Children's Nursing Practice
  • Teaching and Learning in Children's Nursing Practice.

Plus, one optional module from:

  • Supporting patients with Atopic Disease
  • Worldwide Nursing
  • Evidencing Work based learning
  • Independent study
  • Mental Health and Well-being of Children and Young People
  • Palliative Care for Children, Young People and their families
  • Promoting children and Young people's health in the community.

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

We use a mix of theory and practice-based opportunities, child and family-centred case studies, and simulation exercises to develop your skills and get you ready for practice.

Through lectures, seminars, student-led presentations and placements, you'll develop the professional values, behaviours and interpersonal skills you need.

Learn how to work with other professionals in health, social care and education.

Develop your expertise in children and young people's health and welfare, including biological, sociological and psychological sciences, policy, research, law and ethics.

Build your nursing management and leadership skills, and learn about developing your professional practice.

You'll need to take responsibility for your own learning, and use distance learning and self-directed materials in some modules.

With a strong focus on building your study, research and professional skills, the course provides an excellent preparation for future professional development.

You'll be supported by our academic staff and during your placements by qualified nursing staff.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Study time

You'll study full time between 9:00 and 18:00, Monday to Friday, except bank holidays.

While you're on placement, you'll work 37.5 hours a week and do shift work, including nights and weekends.


We'll assess you using a mixture of essays, case studies, project/portfolio work, timed, known topic examinations, and continuous assessment of your clinical practice. At the end of Final year, you'll receive a grade for your clinical practice, which will contribute to your overall degree classification.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year


Professional accreditation

This coursel is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). You can register as a children's nurse with them when you graduate.


With two work placements a year, you'll spend half of the course applying your knowledge and building your professional skills in the workplace.

We have excellent links with employers throughout the South West and placements are normally split between NHS roles and positions in private or voluntary sector organisations. You'll get a broad range of practice experiences and be in a strong position for future employment.

Your personal mentor will advise, counsel and give you feedback on your progress during your placement.

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:

  • November - December (7 weeks excluding 2 weeks annual leave)
  • March - April (7 weeks)
  • June - July (7 weeks)

February cohort: Year two - 21 weeks placement:

  • March - April (7 weeks excluding 2 weeks annual leave)
  • June - August (7 weeks)
  • July - August (7 weeks)

September cohort: Year three - 23 weeks placement:

  • September - November (10 weeks)
  • April - July (13 weeks)

February cohort: - Year three - 23 weeks placement:

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

International opportunities

Our links with healthcare professionals in Croatia mean you can go a two-week placement there, to experience children's nursing outside the UK. We also offer 12-week placements in Finland and Norway through the Erasmus scheme and a four-week international placement option. 

Study facilities

Benefit from outstanding facilities on our Glenside campus.

Glenside has one of the best healthcare libraries in the country, with a huge selection of books, journals, audio-visual materials and specialist healthcare software, to support your studies.

Demonstrate and practise your professional skills in our inter-professional Skills Simulation Suite, with dedicated children's nursing facilities including cots and manikins.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

Children's nurses are in demand across the UK and graduates enter careers in a variety of roles for the NHS, and private and voluntary sector employers. 95% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduating.

Many of our graduates are now looking after children's health and welfare needs in hospitals or on paediatric intensive care units. Others work in the community in school nursing, health visiting and children's community nursing, care for children and young people after open-heart surgery, or work in the homes of those with diabetes or cancer.

You can also combine clinical work with study on a post-qualifying course. By specialising further in a specific area, you can progress to more senior positions such as consultant nurse, nurse specialist, researcher, or local or regional children's services manager.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Take a tour of the Princess Campbell Children's Nursing Simulation Suite.

Read about Jane's experience of studying Children's Nursing.

See also:

Nursing and Midwifery Council

About the NHS Constitution


Full Time Course

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

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year473
OH/Medical assessment - ONLY charged for missed appointments.30

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, 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 five subjects at Grade C/4 or above 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

  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: To include six 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.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application. 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 academic level 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.

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.

Read more about entry requirements.

Offer Types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from us will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that we will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies here, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

Additional selection criteria

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

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.

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 an individual assessment, group activity and individual interview. On successful completion of all of these criteria, you will be offered a place.

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 or regulatory bodies and cannot be compromised. In considering Reasonable Adjustments, these will be taken into account when agreeing what adjustments are possible.

How to apply

Watch our video for top tips on writing a healthcare personal statement and download our health and social care personal statement guide.

UCAS Application Deadline: The initial deadline for UCAS applications is 15th January each year. It is likely we will still consider applications submitted after this date but it may not always be possible for our most selective courses.

UCAS Extra: We welcome applications through UCAS Extra for this course between 25 February and 4 July 2019. We aim to give you a response to your application within 21 days.

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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