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What makes Children's Nursing at Worcester special?

Our Children’s Nurses place the needs of the child or young person and their family at the forefront of everything they do. In partnership with our practice colleagues, we enable our Nurses to become independent, knowledgeable, and skilled individuals who use evidence to underpin their practice so that they can provide exceptional child and family centred care.

As a Children’s Nursing student, you will be given opportunities to implement and practice learning within a variety of specialist areas. These placements will offer the chance to engage in experiences that enhance and develop your knowledge and skills to be able to care for children, young people, and their families from a multitude of backgrounds and complexities. You will learn from both university and practice staff who have experience and expertise for caring for children across age ranges and within a variety of Acute, Community and Primary Health placements.

Our students recognise the privilege that it is to be a Children’s Nurse and work collaboratively to empower each child and their family to receive individualised care.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • On successful completion of the Children's Nursing BSc (Hons) programme, you will become a skilled practitioner in providing the highest standards of kind, caring, compassionate and safe clinical care for children, young people and their families.
  • You will learn to engage with evidence-based practice to think critically and apply this within a variety of Acute, Community and Primary health placements, which comprises 50% of the course.
  • Our Skills and Simulation Centre provides outstanding facilities to safely practice nursing interventions in a supportive environment, allowing the development of enhanced technical skills that utilise a variety of resources and reflect the age and developmental ranges students will encounter in real life.
  • Enhanced practice learning days, rooted in clinical practice, provide opportunities to consolidate practice learning.
  • Visiting lecturers, including experienced and senior Clinical Nurses and patients and their families and carers, provide a unique insight into their experiences of healthcare.
  • Opportunities to complete either a UK or international elective placement, for example, in Finland, Denmark, Ireland and Tanzania.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

112
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

Either:

  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from 3 A Levels (for example, BBC at A Level)
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DMM or above
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma - with 45 credits at level 3 (with at least 30 credits at Merit or Distinction)

Plus:

  • GCSE C/4 or above in English (English Literature or English Language accepted) and Mathematics. Please see the section below for acceptable alternative Maths and English Language qualifications

Students are required to demonstrate health and character sufficient to ensure safe and effective practice. This includes a satisfactory Enhanced DBS and occupational health assessment.

T Levels may be used to meet the entry tariff requirements for this course. Find out more about T levels as UCAS tariff points here.

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice.

Don't quite meet the entry requirements? Consider our Nursing Associate FdSc or Health and Social Care FdSc.

Other information

Applications

The University will consider each application on its individual merits and will recognise a range of qualifications not currently included in the Tariff. If you do not meet the minimum entry requirements outlined above, please contact the Admissions Office for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from www.ucas.com.

Selection Event

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a selection event, and will be expected to demonstrate that they have an understanding of the requirements of nursing. Information about this day will be sent to all invited applicants.

Useful resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare an application to the Nursing programme.

Examples include the UCAS Guides, as well as the Health Education England Nursing careers and Nursing and Midwifery Council websites.

Disability Information

If you are worried that your disability or physical/mental health problem will affect your nursing application, please refer to our disability concerns document for more information.

Acceptable alternative Maths and English Language qualifications

Acceptable alternative Mathematics qualifications:

  • Functional Skills Level 2 Mathematics
  • Essential Skills Level 2 (Wales) Maths
  • NARIC approved GCSE C/4 or above equivalent International qualification
  • University of Worcester GCSE Equivalency Exam in Mathematics

Acceptable alternative English Language qualifications:

  • Functional Skills Level 2 English
  • Academic IELTS of 6.0 with a score of at least 5.5 in each component.
  • NARIC approved GCSE C/4 or above equivalent International qualification
  • University of Worcester GCSE Equivalency Exam in English
  • Essential Skills (Wales) Level 2 English
Course content

Course content

What will you study and when?

You will study a combination of core, field of practice and practice learning modules. The exact modules you will study will depend upon your chosen field of practice.

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and by feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course.

Children's Nursing Year 1

  • Communication and professional values for health and well-being across the lifespan (30 credits)*
  • Human anatomy and physiology for person-centred care (15 credits)*
  • Principles of children’s nursing (15 credits)
  • Essential skills for practice learning in nursing 1 (30 credits)
  • Practice learning in nursing 1 (30 credits)

* Shared modules with the FdSc Nursing Associate course.

Module in Focus:

Principles of Children’s Nursing

This module is delivered in semester 2 of year 1 - it builds on knowledge and understanding gained in modules shared with other fields of practice, helps you to add to that knowledge, and apply it to infants, children and young people. The module's focus is on the healthy child/young person and the factors that impact their growth and development. We explore what children and young people need to thrive and what values, attitudes, knowledge, and skills, Children’s Nurses need in order to help children and young people meet their full potential.

Children's Nursing Year 2

  • Evidence-based practice in health and care (15 credits)*
  • Child and family assessment in children’s nursing (15 credits)
  • Safe and effective care planning in children’s nursing (15 credits)
  • Fundamentals of medicines management and therapeutics (15 credits)
  • Essential skills for practice learning in nursing 2 (30 credits)
  • Practice learning in nursing 2 (30 credits)

* Shared modules with the FdSc Nursing Associate course.

Modules in Focus:

Child and Family Assessment in children’s nursing (Semester 1)

This 2nd-year Children’s Nursing module is delivered in semester 1 - it builds on the knowledge, skills and professional values you have developed in year 1 of the course. The module aims to integrate an understanding of common health conditions and their impact upon the child, young person and their family, in order to select appropriate evidence-based assessment strategies.

Within this module, you will develop knowledge of holistic assessment recognising the physical, social, and psychological needs of the child, young person and their families. You will explore assessment strategies in relation to the child, young person and their family's presentation, to ensure a holistic approach. You will apply the skills, knowledge and professional values required to assess patients. This will be enhanced by exploring evidence in contemporary, professional literature to demonstrate critical decision-making.

 

Safe and effective Care Planning in Children's Nursing (Semester 2)

This second-year Children’s Nursing module is delivered in semester 2 and focuses on the planning and evaluation of care of the child and family with health and care needs.

The module works closely with the year 2 semester 1 module “Child and Family Assessment in Children’s Nursing”, building on the knowledge and skills that were introduced there. It integrates an understanding of common physical, mental, behavioural, and cognitive conditions in order to develop safe, effective child and family-centred care planning strategies.

In this module students will critically consider the development and the evaluation of holistic care planning that is consistent with evidence-based Nursing.

Children's Nursing Year 3

  • Dissertation: Critical engagement with practice (30 credits)
  • Challenges and complexity in children’s nursing (15 credits)
  • Leading and managing nursing care (15 credits)
  • Essential skills for practice learning in nursing 3 (30 credits)
  • Practice learning in nursing 3 (30 credits)

 

Module in Focus:

Challenges and Complexity in Children’s Nursing 

This final Children’s Nursing module is delivered in semester 1 and builds on the content of years 1 and 2.

The module seeks to further student’s knowledge and skills pertinent to caring for children and their families in diverse health and care settings, focusing on challenges and complexity in Children’s Nursing.

The module will explore co-morbidities and the challenges facing children with complex physical, mental, cognitive and behavioural needs within the context of the family. It will focus on the challenges facing Children’s Nurses as members of the inter-professional team to co-ordinate and meet care needs across integrated services when complex challenges exist. Students will be encouraged to analyse and debate collaborative clinical decision-making, with a focus on providing a rationale for judgments and decisions in complex and challenging situations, ensuring safe, high quality, evidence-based child and family focused care.

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Teaching Staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on our nursing degree.

The team is made up primarily of Registered Nurses from different backgrounds, with expertise in their chosen field of practice/area of expertise.

Teaching is also supported by the inter-disciplinary and multi-agency team, when specialist knowledge is required. Contributions by service users, carers and their families, provides opportunity for them to share their lived experiences, with service users as appropriate having a role in the assessment process.

Gilda Davis

Gilda Davis

Gilda has worked in a variety of clinical settings, specialising in children’s palliative care for many years, before returning to higher education.

Qualifications

  • Enrolled Nurse (General), Royal Gwent School of Nursing, 1988
  • Registered Sick Children’s Nurse, Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormand Street, 1993
  • MSc Children’s Services, University of Wales (Cardiff), 2000
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of Wales (Bangor), 2001
  • Non-Medical Prescriber, Birmingham City University, 2016
  • Post Graduate Diploma Advancing Practice (Advanced Clinical Practice), University of Worcester, 2019
Susan Poultney

Susan Poultney

Sue has worked with children and families in diverse clinical settings. She specialises in complex care and loves to bring her teaching to life with this clinical experience.

Sue's teaching interests include Complex and Challenging Care of Children and Families, Neuro-diversity and Sensorily Safe Environments, Clinical Skills and Simulation. She mainly teaches across year three of the child field Pre-registration nursing programme.

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Heath Barclay

Masters in Advanced Social and Health Care Studies (University of Worcester)

PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Health and Social Care (University of Worcester)

Diploma in Professional Studies Nursing - Child (University of Manchester)

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Dr Jackie Bentley

Registered General Nurse

Registered Sick Childrens Nurse

BSc (Hons) Nursing

PhD

Children's Nursing at Worcester

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Ricky Baker - International Elective in India and student in Child Nursing

My International Elective to India allowed me to compare the cultural differences in healthcare in India, compared to that of the UK. For example, it is estimated that 241 million children in India are at risk of parasitic intestinal worms. Therefore, whilst visiting a rural village school, I facilitated a de-worming clinic, giving each child a de-worming tablet along with a teddy. After the clinic was over, I visited the children in the classroom and saw many looks of confusion on their faces. I sat down in the middle of the room and proceeded to show them how to use their teddy as a comforter. Therefore, I not only provided healthcare to children who otherwise couldn't afford it, I also provided them with happiness and joy, even with a language barrier present. 

I will take away with me that although there are many barriers to healthcare, kindness and compassion are antidotes that can be given free of charge. 

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£5,000 support for Children's Nursing students

The Government announced that, from September 2020, eligible students on Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Paramedic Science courses will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year, which they will not need to pay back.

More details about the payment
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Children's Nursing BSc (Hons) Accreditation -

Children's Nursing BSc (Hons) is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

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Teaching and assessment

Teaching and assessment

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.  A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services, and also the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful. Study skills are embedded into the early stages of the course to help promote student achievement and confidence with learning and assessment.

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures and seminars. Case studies (developed in partnership with service users) support a scenario-based approach to learning which facilitates small group activities and discussions, leading to shared and individual problem-solving and decision-making. A campus-based approach, complemented by appropriate use of both synchronous and asynchronous online learning including virtual learning environment collaborate, flipped classroom and e-learning packages, which promote personalised engagement with learning.

You will meet with your personal academic tutor 4 times in year one and 3 times in year 2 and 3.

At the core of the nursing programme is learning in a diverse range of clinical placements, learning in the real world which facilitates work-readiness, personal and professional development. Mandatory practice learning equates to 50% of the programme credit for each year. Your practice learning is mapped across the programme, gradually increasing as you gain in confidence, by year 3 you will complete over 55% of the programme in practice learning environments, supporting your transition from student to Registered Nurse. Your placements run in blocks across the year, with experiences normally in a minimum of 2 practice placements each year, in a setting appropriate to your chosen field of practice. The use of ‘spokes’ (visits to alternative placement settings) to maximise learning opportunities offered by diverse and non-traditional settings, offer exposure to opportunities to care for people from across the life-span, with mental and physical health needs and learning disabilities. Enhanced practice learning days, rooted in clinical practice, provide opportunities to consolidate learning, provide opportunity for reflection and inter-professional learning, including added value learning experiences and seeking additional support as necessary to promote inclusive learning in the practice setting.

While on placement you are supernumerary and are supported by a practice supervisor and assessed by a practice assessor, both having undergone appropriate preparation for their roles. Further support is provided by the inter-professional team, a nominated person (usually a member of the practice education team) and an academic assessor allocated for each part of the programme. You will have access to the internet and library resources whilst on placement.

You will be provided with opportunity to complete skills and simulated learning activities. All skills and simulation activities involve a range of people including students, peers, service users/carers, practitioners, technicians, academics and includes role play, ‘hands on’ practical skills sessions using a range of simulation manikins, video recording and playback. Formative feedback on performance is provided to facilitate safe and effective support for essential skills development, in state of the art simulation suites, replicating hospital and community practice learning environments. This learning is particularly important in year one, with 20 days allocated to prepare you for your practice learning experiences. This is reduced in year 2 and 3 to 10 days per year.

You will have opportunity to complete a UK or international elective placement, during Year 3, semester one. This can be either a 4-week or a 12-week experience, helping with the globalization of the programme and employability.

Download the course handbook

Contact time

In a typical week, a student will have around 15-18 contact hours of teaching during theory weeks. The precise contact hours will depend on the year of study as there is normally slightly less contact time in the final year in order to do more independent study. This allows for the completion of an independent studies project or dissertation, a sustained piece of individual work, which critically and ethically engages with professional practice, relevant to the students’ chosen field of practice.

Typically, class contact time per day will be structured around:

  • 2 hours lead lecture
  • 4 hours of seminar, workshop or tutorials

Nursing is campus-based, with approximately 85% of theory delivered on campus. Human anatomy and physiology for person-centred care, a year one, 15 credit module is delivered entirely online, supported by an e-learning package.

Whilst in placement, you will be expected to attend placement for 37.5 hours per week, experiencing the full range of hours expected of Registered Nurses. All practice learning hours, including skills and simulated learning must be formally recorded and signed for.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 19.5-22.5 hours of personal self-study per week during theory weeks. Typically, this will involve locating and reading resources, including preparing for assessments.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including The Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources. 

Duration

3 years full-time.

45-week timetabled year (50% theory and 50% practice learning), plus 7 weeks pre-planned holiday each year

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade, all summative assessments must achieve a pass grade. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and a final year independent studies project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to your chosen field of practice, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1

  • Scenario-based essay
  • Poster or leaflet with supporting paper
  • Group presentation
  • Unseen exam
  • Reflective assignment (visual or written)
  • Assessment of practice learning using the e-Practice Assessment Document, with evidence of medicines calculation test at 80%

Year 2

  • Report
  • Care plan plus supporting paper or individual presentation
  • Unseen, scenario-based exam
  • Essay
  • Critically reflective assignment (visual or written)
  • Assessment of practice learning using the e-Practice Assessment Document, with evidence of medicines calculation test at 90%

Year 3

  • Essay
  • Individual presentation
  • Dissertation
  • Critically reflective assignment (visual or written)
  • Assessment of practice learning using the e-Practice Assessment Document, with evidence of medicines calculation test at 100%
  • Professional discussion

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.  

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Nursing facilities

Facilities

Our Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre is designed to develop your skills in a safe and supportive environment. The Centre includes clinical, therapy and home environments, the latest equipment, recording facilities and high-specification manikins.

Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, and Paramedicine students study alongside one another in the Centre, giving a multidisciplinary experience that prepares you for today's modern workforce.

Find out more about clinical laboratories and equipment, please view our health facilities page or download our Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre booklet.

Clinical placements

Practice learning experiences in a range of hospital and community settings include flexible placements using a 'hub and spoke' design to maximise the learning opportunities offered by diverse and non-traditional settings. Students will complete 6 placements across the 3 years of the programme, which occur in blocks each semester, ranging from 8-12 weeks long, when students will work a 37.5 hour week. You will complete 2300 hours of clinical experience across the programme, using a combination of simulated learning and practice based learning.

You have an opportunity to complete a 12-week international elective placement during the first semester of year 3. Placement opportunities exist in Denmark, Norway and Ireland. Alternatively, you have the opportunity to complete a 4-week elective placement during the first semester of year 3, this can be based either in the UK (outside of Herefordshire and Worcestershire) or internationally.

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Careers

Careers

The programme is professionally accredited by the NMC and achievement of our nursing degree normally indicates your Fitness to Practice and eligibility to apply to enter the NMC professional register, permitting use of the title Registered Nurse. Almost all graduates go straight into nursing employment, locally, nationally and in some instances internationally in a wide range of healthcare settings.

Students acknowledge that the programme improves their career prospects and future career aspiration. In 2019, 99% of leavers were in employment or further study, with 100% of the leavers in employment working in nursing roles. University of Worcester nursing graduates have made a significant contribution to the local NHS workforce during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Many nurses are employed locally, particularly with Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and Wye Valley NHS Trust. Other employment destinations include, Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health & Care Trust, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust and Dudley Hospitals. Local employing organisations are invited to meet with finalists and discuss career opportunities and further professional development.

A number of initiatives are embedded to promote employment, including mock interviews and support with CV writing during year 3. Personal Academic Tutors also offer support with career planning and writing personal statements. The nursing teaching team and the Careers and Employability Service ensure details of Trust recruitment events and individual jobs are publicised.

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Careers and Employability

Our Graduates pursue exciting and diverse careers in a wide variety of employment sectors.

Find out how we can support you to achieve your potential
Costs

Fees and funding

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £16,200 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Course-related costs included in the fees

We will provide initial uniforms (3 tunics, 2 trousers & epaulettes). We will also cover the costs of an Enhanced DBS check, an Occupational Health screening and vaccinations.

Funding for student nurses

The Government has announced that, from September 2020, students on Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Paramedic Science courses will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year, which they will not need to pay back. Find out more about this payment.

Nursing students can apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England.

If you already have a degree, and are planning to undertake a nursing as a second degree, you also have access to student loans.

For funding information specific to studying nursing visit The Funding Clinic.

Course-related costs not included in the fees

Day to day costs exist for printing, stationery and books 

As part of the course you will need to travel to the placement and will therefore need to pay any associated costs. You may be able to reclaim these travel expenses depending on your individual circumstances.

Cost of NMC Registration on completion of the BSc (Hons) Nursing Degree programme.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £131 per week to 'En-suite Premium' at £221 per week (2024/25 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

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