BN (Hons) Children's Nursing
Year of entry
3 YRS (FT)
St Asaph, Wrexham
split 50/50 between clinical practice and theory
Subject area rated 1st
for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2024)*
A full NHS bursary, including tuition fees and a non-repayable bursary for living costs, is available for this programme
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Why choose? this course?
Children's nursing is an active and purpose-driven profession with countless rewards. A children's nurse keeps children, young individuals, and their families at the core of their actions, demonstrating care and compassion that makes a meaningful impact every day, regardless of its scale.
- Have a personal tutor who will support and guide you in your personal and professional development.
- Study a degree developed to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2018) Future Nurse standards.
- Have opportunities for interprofessional learning enable collaborative working with a range of different health care professionals.
- Be instructed by dedicated and knowledgeable staff who will mentor and guide you in the provision of healthcare for children and their families.
- Split your studies 50/50 between clinical practice and theory.
- Undertake practice placements in a wide range of clinical areas across Wales, including hospitals, special care baby units, hospices, school nurses, health visitors, mental health services, and community children's nursing teams.
- Experience a range of learning opportunities and gain valuable clinical experience under the guidance of experienced practice staff. Placement support is by practice supervisors and assessors along with an academic assessor and practice education facilitators.
- Have access to cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art facilities to create immersive learning experiences.
- Study family-centred and child-centred care throughout the course. Child field-specific learning from the beginning allows you to learn about the care needs of children, young people and their families, along with shared learning between child, adult and mental health fields of nursing on common themes relevant for all.
- Study a varied degree, from looking after newborns at birth to caring for adolescents as they prepare for adulthood.
- Acquire experience and hone the skills required to support children and their families during times of transformation, adversity, and stress.
- *Study a course that is in a subject area rated 1st in the UK for student satisfaction in the Nursing subject league tables, Complete University Guide 2024.
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Key course features
- Child field specific learning from the beginning.
- 50% of the course is spent in clinical practice in a variety of clinical placements in hospital and community settings.
- Evidence based, person-centred care philosophy.
- Participation in interprofessional learning.
- Develops independence in learning with a strong commitment to personal and professional development of students.
- This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
- Placements across the three years will take place in Wales within the Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board for commissioned (funded places). The placements will be based in a wide variety of settings.
What you will study
Your theory sessions will be delivered using a variety of learning and teaching methods utilising a blended approach, considering Wrexham University Active Learning Framework, including lectures, problem-based learning, asynchronous discussions, seminars and skills acquisition sessions.
Access to virtual learning environments such as Moodle and Safemedicate - a learning package to assist in the development of numeracy skills and medicines management, are integral features of your learning. The programme builds in terms of academic level and professional responsibility as it progresses throughout the three years enabling you to become more self-directed in your learning with an emphasis towards the end of your programme on leadership and development as a registered nurse.
YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4)
In year one you will focus on the fundamental care skills required to practice as a caring, kind, compassionate professional who values and respects the individual needs of the patient, family and carers.
- Fundamentals of Practice (40 credits)
- Managing Vulnerability in Society (40 credits)
- Foundations of Health and Wellbeing (40 credits)
YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5)
In year two you will focus on law and ethics, care of the acute and chronically ill child, research and child-centred care.
- Developing the evidence-based practitioner (40 credits)
- Meeting the needs of children and families in acute and chronic illness (40 credits)
- Promoting Healthy Behaviours (40 credits)
YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6)
In year three you will focus on managing change, empowering children and family/carers, applied bioscience for complex care and personal and professional development to prepare you for becoming a registered nurse.
- Innovations in Practice (40 credits)
- Holistic Co-ordination of Complex Children’s Nursing Care (40 credits)
- Leading & Managing Nursing Care (40 credits)
The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.
Entry requirements & applying
Nursing values are integral to our recruitment process. This is reflected in our interview criteria and will need to be reflected in your application to the programme.
Typical UCAS Offer: 80-112 points
You must have at least five GCSE’s at grade C/4 or above including English/ Welsh, Maths (or equivalent) and evidence of IT skills.
Alternatively, you must have one of the following:
NVQ 3 (with evidence of English, Maths and ICT as above)
Completion of either the ‘Access to Health’ or ‘Access to Nursing’ (from an accepted Further Education College approved by either Agored Cymru or OCN North West England (QAA approved) achieved at the following level: 80-112 UCAS tariff points.
- In –person interviews are conducted to assess your suitability for children's nursing. This process serves as an opportunity to introduce you to Wrexham University and allows you to meet your lecturers, practice staff, and fellow students.
- Interviews are carried out with academic staff, service users and/or staff from NHS/placement providers.
- Experience of working in a health or social care setting is valuable.
- DBS is required if successful at the interview.
- Occupational health screening is required if successful at the interview.
- Any offer of a place will be subject to obtaining academic qualifications
- Conditional offers can be made for those currently studying and awaiting academic results.
- An IELTS examination will be requested if deemed necessary, with an overall score of 7 being required for entry onto the programme in line with university and professional body requirements.
- The field of children's nursing is a highly sought-after area of study in nursing. Consequently, we recommend submitting your applications as early as possible.
The Application process:
Application is Via UCAS
To apply for the September intake for BN Hons Children’s Nursing please use UCAS code CN22
When applying, you will also need to select a campus. Please select campus code W for Wrexham or campus code A for St Asaph.
Selection will include shortlisting of application for interview. The nursing admissions team will screen each online UCAS application submitted for a level of digital literacy. One way of achieving this is that if you are shortlisted we will invite you to an interview and you will be required to respond to the email invitation – this will assist us in measuring your digital literacy level.
Attending an interview does not guarantee a place on the BN (Hons) Children’s Nursing programme so we recommend preparing beforehand to give you the best chance of success.
Preparation: Please read the NMC Code before attending your interview.
A literacy task will be conducted online prior to the interview. The literacy task is a written activity focussing on the professional values of the nursing profession. You will then be interviewed face to face on an individual basis via Zoom where you will be required to answer some short questions to ascertain your knowledge and experience about a career in nursing. The interview team will comprise university academic staff and either a Health Board/placement provider staff member or service user.
Please ensure you are familiar with the Teams software prior to your interview.
This course is not currently available to those requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK
Teaching & Assessment
You need to achieve a minimum of 2300 hours theoretical and 2300 clinical practice to enable registration as a children’s nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
You will be assessed by a variety of methods including:
- Practice Assessment and clinical portfolio
- Written assignments
Teaching and learning
Wrexham University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.
We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our Student Support section has more information on the help available.
In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion team can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.
Our Careers and Employability Service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills, and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice, and guidance you need.
A children's nurse prioritises the best interests of the child, acting as their advocate, listening to their needs, and safeguarding their health. They collaborate with other healthcare professionals and can work in diverse settings, including world-famous children's hospitals, general hospitals, independent sector settings, and community or home-based care. With this qualification, you can shape the future of children's nursing and pursue a career in various settings.
Successful completion of this degree programme will qualify you for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Children’s Nurse, allowing you to work in diverse healthcare settings, both in the UK and internationally.
Fees & funding
This is a Welsh Government Bursary-commissioned programme.
A full NHS bursary, including tuition fees and a non-repayable bursary for living costs, is available for this programme providing you agree to work in Wales for two years after registration (subject to change).
You can see the full programme specification here.
If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our Accommodation to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.
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