BSc (Hons) Nursing (Children) [Bolton NHS Foundation Trust]

As a children’s nurse, you can make a huge difference to the health and wellbeing of children and young people. Offered in partnership with the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, the University of Bolton’s Nursing (Children) degree aims to give you the experience and skills to join this demanding yet rewarding career.

Nursing (Children) [Bolton NHS Foundation Trust]

Key information

Award:

BSc (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

3 years

Location:

University of Bolton

UCAS points:

112

UCAS code:

B730

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

The University of Bolton’s Nursing (Children) degree, offered in partnership with Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, is designed to prepare you for a successful career caring for people under 18. Also known as a paediatric nurse, a children’s nurse is a key member of a multidisciplinary team of professional and medical staff that includes doctors, health visitors, healthcare assistants, hospital play staff, social workers and psychologists. There is a shortage of qualified nurses in the UK, so career opportunities are excellent.

You’ll spend 50% of your time in practice learning experience at our partner trust and study at the university will complement and enhance your learning in the workplace. We’ll support you as you learn to care for children with acute and long-term illnesses, in hospital and at home, and gain expertise in health promotion and disease prevention.

Together with our partner trust, we’ll work to prepare you to become a confident, professional nurse, able to deliver and lead the care of children within the ever-changing health and social care environment. On successful completion of the nursing qualification, you’ll possess the knowledge and skills you need to perform as an independent, highly competent, compassionate nurse who can be trusted to maintain professional standards and assure the protection of the public.

If you’re an ambitious nursing associate or assistant practitioner you may be able to join this course at Level 2 (HE5) and top-up your existing foundation degree to achieve the BSc (Hons) Nursing (Children) in two years or less. This is a popular route for healthcare practitioners that recognises and values prior learning and experience. The top-up option is a well-recognised pathway to career advancement.

Highlights
  • The course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and on successful completion you’ll be eligible to register as a qualified nurse.
  • After successful completion and gaining the nursing qualification you’ll be given the opportunity to apply for a Band 5 Nursing post with Bolton NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Your practice learning experience may be in a range of clinical environments within Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, and local organisations in the private, voluntary and independent sector.
  • You’ll have access to facilities in the flagship £31 million Bolton One building, including our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Suite where you’ll be able to practice skills and develop knowledge using clinical equipment and simulators.
  • Our Nursing courses have been placed in the top ten in the UK and first in the North West of England for student satisfaction for the third year running by the Complete University Guide 2021.
Key Features
  • We’ll work to enable you to learn an extensive range of nursing skills and techniques so that you can care effectively for children in a variety of healthcare environments. Our ambition is for you to become a nurse leader in the future.
  • You’ll gain first-hand work experience and have the opportunity to develop an invaluable network of professional contacts during your extensive time (50%) gaining practice learning experience at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust.
  • The theory elements of the course are delivered by professional expert academic tutors who come from a wide range of clinical and academic backgrounds. Teaching sessions take place at both the University of Bolton and Bolton NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Qualified healthcare practitioners contribute towards each of the modules, and are invited as guest speakers so that you have the opportunity to learn from their first-hand examples of current practice.
  • We also work to help you appreciate the views of health and social care service users and carers by involving them throughout the course.
Professional recognition

The course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

On successful completion of the degree, you’ll be eligible to apply for professional registration with the NMC.

As this programme is approved by a professional body, it will be subject to change as the professional body reviews and updates the standards.


  • 112 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Please note that this course is only available to Home students.
  • Your Level 3 subjects must include a health and social care related subject; for instance, A-level Biology or BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care. Science, Psychology and other related subjects may be acceptable – please contact us for details. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not acceptable.
  • You must also have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English Language, Mathematics and, preferably, Science. Please contact us for a list of acceptable GCSE equivalents.
  • Qualifications gained outside England and Wales will be assessed on an individual basis according to guidance by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
  • If you have successfully completed an FdSc Nursing Associate programme approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council or FdA Health and Social Care (Assistant Practitioner) qualification, you may be eligible to apply for exemptions towards the BSc (Hons) Nursing (Children). If you apply to join the degree at Level 2 (HE5), you may make a claim for recognition of prior learning (RPL) up to a maximum of 50% of the programme. Please note that you’ll be required to produce a portfolio of evidence towards this RPL claim.
  • If your application is successfully short-listed, then you’ll be asked to attend an interview. The interview process will involve face-to-face interviews with academic staff, practice staff and service users. You’ll also be assessed on your values, behaviours, communication and problem solving skills, and undertake a numeracy and literacy assessment. We’re seeking students who can demonstrate commitment to a nursing career, who have excellent communication skills and who are caring, compassionate and courageous.
  • If you’re successful at the interview stage, you’ll be asked to undergo occupational health screening and a DBS check.
  • You'll be required to satisfactorily pass occupational health screening.
  • You’ll need to demonstrate that you are of good health and good character prior to enrolment and on an on-going basis throughout your studies and career.
  • This course involves working unsupervised with children and/or vulnerable young people and adults and you must gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting your studies. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 7.0 with normally no less than 6.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • The University of Bolton recognises prior learning, whether gained through academic credit and qualifications or through your professional and employment experience. Previous learning may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for this programme or for exemption from part of this programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning, and each claim will be considered in accordance with the University’s policy and regulations for the recognition of prior learning.
  • Please note that it's not possible to join this course at Level 3 (HE6). Applications to join the course at Level 2 (HE5) will be considered.
  • You'll need to ascertain if you're eligible for a student loan via Student Finance England or will need to be able to self-fund.
  • Please note that this course is subject to the University of Bolton's Fitness to Practise procedure.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


On successful completion of the nursing degree, you’ll possess the knowledge and skills you need to perform as an independent, highly competent, compassionate nurse and work within the field of children’s nursing. As a graduate, one of the key abilities you’ll possess is knowing how to communicate sensitively with children and their parents or carers. When you’re working with young children, you’ll need to use your particularly acute powers of observation and empathy to understand how to interpret their behaviour and reactions to assess them fully, as they're unable to explain how they're feeling.

Throughout the course, you’ll gain key transferable skills including the ability to work independently, adapt to changing circumstances, work in teams and groups, and listen and respond to customers and their needs. You’ll become adept at forward planning and time management, rational decision making, critical thinking, physical assessment, and gain excellent communication skills during your time in both university and practice settings.

Our BSc (Hons) Nursing (Children) programme also offers a well-recognised pathway of career advancement for qualified nursing associates and assistant practitioners. If you already hold an appropriate foundation degree, you may be able to top-up your qualification and become a children’s nurse in two years or less (the maximum possible exemption is 50% of the programme). This popular option recognises your prior learning and experience and allows you to take on full nursing responsibilities more quickly. It also opens the door to postgraduate study and provides a route for you to achieve your career ambitions.

What can I do with this qualification?

Nursing is the largest healthcare profession in the country and offers excellent career opportunities and progression. The children's nursing degree prepares you for a wide range of rewarding opportunities in hospitals, the community, patients' homes, and independent organisations. There are opportunities to specialise in areas such as neonatal intensive care, paediatric oncology, asthma, diabetes, burns and plastics, child protection, and continuing care for children with special needs.

As you gain experience, you could work towards becoming a matron or nurse consultant. Alternatively, you may wish to move into community children's nursing, or undertake further study towards a career in health visiting, teaching or research. A range of postgraduate opportunities may be of interest to you, including the University of Bolton’s MSc Physician Associate Studies and MSc Clinical Practice.

Alternative career options

Graduates can use this qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. For some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. They include:

  • Public health and health promotion
  • Management
  • Schools
  • FE and HE teaching
  • Clinical research
  • Occupational health
  • Overseas aid and development
  • Universities
  • Holiday companies
  • Voluntary organisations

Course fees
Home Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/232023/242024/25
2021£9,250£9,250£9,250-£27,750
Useful information

The government has announced it will be providing additional funding support to healthcare students starting their course from September 2020. Students on eligible courses starting their second or third year will also be able to apply for the additional funding. Please visit NHS Learning Support Fund web page for details.

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on www.gov.uk for information.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

For 2021-2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021-2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Bursaries

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For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

September start

Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211
Web: www.ucas.com

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Admissions
University of Bolton
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Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk


Modern healthcare professionals require a range of skills and values and our practice partners and tutors will help you to gain experience of a range of clinical scenarios designed to develop your skills in a safe and supportive environment.

Your studies will be split with 50% dedicated to theory and 50% committed to practice learning experience at our partner Bolton NHS Foundation Trust (at the Royal Bolton Hospital and health centres and clinics in the trust’s catchment area and local organisations in the private, voluntary and independent sector – please note, considerable travelling may be required). As you progress through the course, we’ll guide and encourage you to draw on your practice learning experience while studying theory, and apply the theory you’ve learned to your practice, so that you can understand how the two complement each other.

The course explores the concepts of health and ill-health in childhood, and the key sciences in nursing, including the biosciences, psychology, and sociology. Topics such as assessment, care planning, law, ethics and the importance of communication with service users and healthcare colleagues are covered. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the importance of research and how its application in healthcare can transform the lives of patients and their carers, along with how to access and assess the latest research, and how to incorporate your findings into care plans and intervention strategies.

We’ll work to help you gain key transferable skills including the ability to work independently, adapt to changing circumstances, work in teams and groups, and listen and respond to customers and their needs. You’ll also be encouraged to develop planning and time management, rational decision making, critical thinking, physical assessment and communication skills during your studies. We aim for you to develop into a practitioner who is compassionate, kind and empathetic, who respects and supports the patient’s privacy, dignity and individuality, and who makes safe and effective clinical decisions.

The theory-based modules will be taught using a blended approach that includes lectures, presentations, simulations delivered by tutors, seminar discussions, small group workshops, small group and one-to-one tutorials, and using virtual learning environments (VLE) and e-learning packages. You’ll also need to undertake a significant amount of personal study, including general background reading, preparing for seminar activities, working on assignments and revising for examinations.

To help support your learning, the university also offers additional study skills sessions, such as essay writing, library skills and electronic searching, and numeracy.

A range of assessment methods will be used, including essays, reports, presentations, portfolios, set exercises via multiple-choice questions, objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE), traditional examinations, and assessment of practice within the practice setting. The assessment of practice and theory are equally weighted in their contribution to the degree award as a whole.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Principles of Nursing Practice
  • Managing Health Through All Stages of Life
  • Accountability and Professionalism
  • Wider Approaches to Global Health
  • Enhancing Clinical Skills: Assessing Planning and Providing Evidenced Based Care and Procedures and Interventions
  • Medicines Management
  • Coordinating Integrated Healthcare
  • Embedding Person Centred Care/Evidence Based Approaches
  • Advanced Clinical Skills and Procedures
  • Leadership, Management and Quality in Healthcare
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 56%, Practical exams 23%, Written exams 22%
Level twoCoursework 56%, Practical exams 33%, Written exams 11%
Level threeCoursework 50%, Practical exams 25%, Written exams 25%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 20%, Placement/study abroad 50%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 30%
Level twoGuided independent study 20%, Placement/study abroad 50%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 30%
Level threeGuided independent study 20%, Placement/study abroad 50%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 30%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Meet the team

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Nursing and Midwifery Team
Email Enquiries

nursing@bolton.ac.uk

Katie Bannister
Programme Leader

K.Bannister@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903865

Trish Houghton
Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery

T.A.Houghton@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903756

Martin Samangaya
Senior Lecturer

M.Samangaya@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903894

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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