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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 Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh 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.
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The University of Bolton’s Nursing (Children) degree, offered in partnership Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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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 the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (for instance, The Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan, Wrightington Hospital, Leigh Infirmary or at outpatient’s services in the trust’s catchment area or other local organisations and community settings – 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 forward 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.
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.
|Level one||Coursework 56%, Practical exams 23%, Written exams 22%|
|Level two||Coursework 56%, Practical exams 33%, Written exams 11%|
|Level three||Coursework 50%, Practical exams 25%, Written exams 25%|
|Level one||Guided independent study 20%, Placement/study abroad 50%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 30%|
|Level two||Guided independent study 20%, Placement/study abroad 50%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 30%|
|Level three||Guided independent study 20%, Placement/study abroad 50%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 30%|
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.
The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.
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