Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse - Children) BSc (Hons) – 2017 entry

Surrey has fulfilled exactly what I expected from the Child Nursing programme. It has been perfect, encompassing many of my interests into one career path.

What you'll study

Surrey is one of the UK’s top universities for nursing. Our nursing programmes include valuable placements within leading local NHS Trusts and independent organisations to help you develop the skills you need to transform your passion for nursing into a rewarding career.

Our Child Nursing programme combines theory and practice elements and is delivered in a supportive learning environment. It offers you the opportunity to gain professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, together with a BSc (Hons) degree.

Programme overview

The Child Nursing programme is firmly based on the philosophy of child and family-centred care, focusing on providing support and education to families to enable them to be as involved in their child’s care as they feel is appropriate.

You will be equipped to care for infants, children, young people and their families, from the neonate to the adolescent, in a variety of settings.

A key aspect of the programme will be the opportunity to participate in simulated practice learning.

As well as developing a range of clinical nursing skills, simulation is used to explore many of the key principles within children’s nursing, such as communication, child development, ethical care principles and children’s rights, and to develop decision-making skills.

The academic element of the course has both shared and field-specific aspects. Shared learning includes key concepts such as biosciences and caring sciences, as well as research modules which help you to develop the skill of critical analysis.

Field-specific learning covers a spectrum from the well and healthy child through to the care of an acutely ill child.

The programme will help you become an autonomous reflective practitioner who has empathic qualities and is committed to high-quality care. It will also develop your ability to act as an advocate for the care needs of infants, children and their families.

A student buddy scheme has been introduced to provide additional support.

Read about the experiences of Child Nursing students Annie WallaceStuart RenowdenCarolyn Le Cocq and Jessica Collins.

Funding changes for 2017 entry

Funding for health programmes is changing. Please visit The Funding Clinic website for more details.

Programme structure

Year 1

Core modules:

Year 2

Year 3

Core modules:

Nursing at Surrey

Our Nursing Studies programmes offer you the opportunity to gain professional registration in a field of nursing, together with a BSc (Hons) degree. Whether you choose to study Adult, Child or Mental Health Nursing, the programme combines theory and practice elements and is delivered in a supportive learning environment.

You will acquire the knowledge and skills to respond to the diverse needs of patients, families and carers within a variety of settings.

You will also develop and display the values required in modern healthcare and stated within the NHS Constitution, including compassion, kindness, empathy, advocacy, good communication and teamwork skills, and respect for patients’ privacy, dignity and individuality.

Our Nursing programmes are 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practice. You will be introduced to the key sciences in nursing (biosciences, sociology and psychology), as well as topics such as assessment, care planning, communication, law and ethics.

Throughout the programme, you will work alongside students from each of the three fields of nursing, together with midwives, paramedics and operating department practitioners.

This will enable you to learn about interprofessional teamwork, which is important in contemporary healthcare where collaborative practice and integrated care is vital in order to meet the complex needs of individuals and their families and carers.

All of our Nursing programmes offer opportunities for a period of elective practice, either in the UK or abroad. There may also be the chance to complete a two-month placement as part of the Erasmus exchange programme.

As a Nursing Studies student at Surrey, you will be a valued member of the School of Health Sciences. The School is home to innovative research and teaching, and inspiring, passionate staff. The School aims to nurture the UK’s most dynamic, effective and caring health professionals.

You will learn the most up-to-date and innovative practice from world-leading experts in the fields of eHealth and care ethics. You will also be prepared for a professional life within health services that deliver integrated care and put the patient at the heart of all health and care practice. 

Professional recognition

Successful completion of the programme will make you eligible to apply for professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this programme.

Commuting (local travel expenses): Students are required to pay upfront cost of travel and accommodation expenses incurred when on placements, these may vary depending on the location. Students starting their studies in 2017/18 will be able to apply for reimbursement of travel and dual accommodation expenses as a result of attending practice placements (this model may not apply for the duration of students studies).

Essential expenses incurred over and above a student’s normal daily travel costs to the University are covered. NHS bursary rules on expenses must be followed and the rates applicable are to be confirmed by the NHS Business Services Authority ( Students also have the option to undertake an additional elective placement, however, all costs for this must be met by the student.

Safety equipment and/or uniform: Although a uniform (tunics and trousers) is provided, you are required to supply your own suitable footwear and any additional uniform. Students are also responsible for the costs associated with maintaining/washing their uniform.

Professional Training and placements

You will be allocated to a specific locality in Surrey, West Sussex or North Hampshire where you will undertake your acute practice experience. You will spend time in the safe environment of our Simulation Suite before going on placement, and will only go out to nurse patients and clients when you have satisfactorily completed instruction in essential clinical skills.

Placement experiences may be within NHS, private or charity organisations, and will include children’s units within acute hospitals, as well as working with children and families within their own homes and care settings within the community.

As you progress through the programme and your skills and confidence develop, you will be encouraged to perform increasingly complex activities in practice, until you are considered by your mentors and teachers to be competent for registration at the end of your third year.


We use a variety of methods to assess you during the programme. As well as written work, there are student presentations, examinations and case study work. Within the practice learning environments, your knowledge, skills and professional behaviour will be assessed and graded by your mentors. 

Career opportunities

Nursing is the largest healthcare profession in the country and nurses play a role in the delivery of most healthcare services.

Although many qualified nurses work in hospitals, they can also work in general practice surgeries, community settings, home healthcare, outpatient day surgeries, nursing homes, schools, mental health agencies, hospices, the military and industry.

Many of our graduates are initially employed by the NHS Trust in which they undertook their practice experience, before going on to further studies and employment opportunities. Some nurses develop careers in education or research, promoting advances in many areas of healthcare and health promotion practice.

For more information about careers, visit the NHS careers website.

Programme dates and holidays

The programmes run over 43 weeks each year, with nine weeks’ holiday during Christmas, Easter and the summer. The length of the programme year and the holiday entitlement are requirements of the professional regulator for nurse education.

Graduate prospects

Our nursing graduates have excellent prospects of employment. Many of our graduates are initially employed by the NHS Trust in which they had their practice experience, before going on to further studies and employment elsewhere.

Nursing options for graduates

A two-year Postgraduate Diploma programme may be possible for graduates of relevant disciplines (for example, biosciences or psychology) with relevant work experience.

We offer two programmes: PGDip Nursing Studies (Adult Nursing) and PGDip Nursing Studies (Mental Health Nursing).

Student placement localities

All nursing programmes consist of 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practice time. The practice component is gained within clinical placement areas. The University of Surrey is very fortunate to have a broad range of excellent placements within Surrey and West Sussex

This large geographical area is divided up to enable students to be allocated to a distinct area, making you a member of that community of healthcare practitioners. These geographical divisions are referred to as localities.

There are five geographical localities serving children’s nursing programmes at the University of Surrey. Each comprises acute hospital placements, community-based placements and independent-sector placements.

It is these placements that enable students to undertake their practical experiences.

Each locality consists of a strong community of healthcare practitioners who work together to provide a high standard of care to children, young people and their families and carers. Students soon become familiar with the areas in which they undertake their placements and are well supported by mentors in practice.

Many students choose to find their first post within their locality upon registration.

Locality one: north Sussex and east/central Surrey

Locality one is located in in the northern part of West Sussex and eastern and central areas of Surrey, and serves Crawley, Horsham and the surrounding towns and villages.

Tle locality consists primarily of:

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH)

East Surrey Hospital, which is around 28 miles from Guildford and located near Redhill, is the major acute hospital for east Surrey and north-west Sussex.

A full range of paediatric services are provided at East Surrey Hospital in dedicated child and family-friendly environments. The hospital provides acute and complex care in areas such as the paediatric accident and emergency department, a neonatal intensive-care unit, ward areas where general surgery and medical care is undertaken. 

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First Community Health

Experience will also be gained in a range of community settings, working with all families, children and young people.

First Community Health offers advice and information to support the health, development and wellbeing of children and their families in a variety of settings.

The 0-19 children’s services consists of Health Visitors, School Nurses, CAMHS Community Nurses, Staff Nurses, and Community Nursery Nurses. We work with all families, children and young people offering advice and information to support the health, development and wellbeing of children and their families. 

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Locality two: north Surrey

Locality two is located in the northern area of Surrey and serves Ashford, Chertsey and other towns and villages around the area. It provides a warm welcome to its students and they soon become one of the community and feel well supported.

The locality consists primarily of:

Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Ashford Hospital located near Heathrow Airport and St. Peter’s Hospital is in Chertsey, around 12 miles from Guildford.

Children, young people and their families are cared for within the Trust in variety of settings including the Paediatric A&E department, Paediatric day ward, a Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a young person’s unit and ward areas where Paediatric Surgery and medical care is delivered.

A Rapid Access centre provides a rapid referral for children who have been seen by their GP and who require an urgent opinion from a paediatrician but not necessarily hospital admission.

Additional services include paediatric and young people’s diabetic, respiratory, oncology, rheumatology and haematology services and care 

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Virgin Care

Virgin Care provides many primary care services within the community throughout Surrey. Children and young people’s health and social care services are delivered across parts of Surrey.

Services include Health visiting, School nursing and services for children with complex mental, physical and sensory learning difficulties

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Locality three: north-west Surrey

Locality three is located in the north-western area of Surrey and serves the Frimley area, as well as surrounding towns and villages in North Hampshire and East Berkshire.

The locality consists primarily of:

Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

This Trust incorporates a Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit (with fully integrated military medics contributing to patient services) and is located 16 miles from Guildford.

Students will experience practice in a range of paediatric or children’s services in dedicated child and family friendly environments the children's unit offers a wide range of facilities to care for children of different age groups, including a dedicated teenage-unit adult and a range of specialist clinics.

Children are seen in separate emergency departments and outpatient department areas by medical and nursing staff specially trained in paediatrics. Separate areas on the ward are designated for children with medical conditions, children having surgery and those suffering from infectious diseases.

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Virgin Care

Virgin Care provides many primary care services within the community throughout Surrey. Children and young people’s health and social care services are delivered across parts of Surrey. Services include Health visiting, School nursing and services for children with complex mental, physical and sensory learning difficulties

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Locality four: central and south Surrey

This locality covers central and southern Surrey, serving Guildford and the towns and villages surrounding the University.

Locality four consists primarily of:

The Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

This Trust provides the local population with both elective and emergency surgery and includes services for those with urgent, acute and long-term medical conditions.

Students will gain experience in a verity of areas including paediatric A&E, Special Care Baby Unit, The Teenage Cancer Unit and Hascombe ward, where surgical and medical care is provided.  All areas deliver excellent care, for patients, whose ages range from 0 – 15 and their families 

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Virgin Care

Virgin Care provides many primary care services within the community throughout Surrey. Children and young people’s health and social care services are delivered across parts of Surrey. Services include Health visiting, School nursing and services for children with complex mental, physical and sensory learning difficulties

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Locality five: West Sussex

Locality five is in West Sussex and serves Chichester and the towns and villages of the West Sussex coast and the central areas of West Sussex.

This locality consists primarily of:

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Western Sussex Hospitals provide a wide variety of paediatric services and facilities dedicated to children that ensure they are treated in friendly, reassuring surroundings by health professionals who are specially trained in their care.

This Trust is based on three sites: Worthing Hospital and Southlands in Shoreham and St. Richard’s Hospital in Chichester. Chichester is the county town and is approximately 35 miles from Guildford.

Students from the University of Surrey are predominantly placed at St. Richard’s Hospital in Chichester for their acute hospital placements.

St Richard’s Hospital provides a full range of general acute hospital services for children, including an accident and emergency department, outpatient’s clinics covering a range of specialities, day surgery, a paediatric ward and a special-care baby unit.

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Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

Sussex Community NHS Trust provides placements in the western half of West Sussex, delivering care, advice and support to children, young people and their families and carers.

The community services focus upon a wide range of services including physical, mental and sensory learning difficulties, including epilepsy, cerebral palsy, neuromuscular and neurological conditions.

Students will gain experience with in a variety of settings including children’s community nursing teams, Health Visitors, School Nurses.

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Further information

Further information about localities and accommodation opportunities within each of the localities is provided to students at the start of the programme and during local induction to the practice environments.

University accommodation is usually available for the first year of the programme for applicants who select Surrey as their first choice.

Clinical-practice placements in the first year commence in April, so students may be required to travel to practice placements some distance away from Guildford while still living in University accommodation.

From the start of the second year, students will need to find their own accommodation. Many students find that it is advantageous at this point to move to their allocated locality.

This enables the student to travel to and from placements with ease and minimum cost, and better enables students to get to placements for the start times of shifts (which can be as early as 7am) and back home when they finish (which can be after 9pm), and attend for night duty which is a requirement of the programme.

The accommodation provision varies between the localities. Students who are not local residents often organise privately-rented flat-sharing or house-sharing if they wish to live within the locality in which their placement happens.

The theory component of the programme is taught on the University campus in Guildford for all students irrespective of locality, for the duration of the three-year programme.

Process for student allocation to locality

The locality-allocation form will be emailed to you by the Recruitment Team. You will receive this approximately six weeks before you start the course. Once you have completed and returned the locality-allocation form, your allocation to a locality will be considered.

Please note the deadline for return of this form. There are limited placements within each locality, therefore students must be distributed among localities to ensure a high-quality practice experience for all.

A priority system exists when allocating students to localities. The priority system identifies the following:

  • Sponsored students are placed within the locality where the sponsoring Trust has placements
  • Students with dependents are placed in the locality nearest to their home address, as far as capacity allows
  • Students living in their own homes (or the parental home) at the start of the programme are placed in a locality as near to their home address as possible, as far as capacity allows
  • Students who opt to live in University accommodation for the start of the programme are allocated according to home address to the nearest possible locality, as far as capacity allows

It must be noted that placements within the locality may still be some distance from the student’s home address, and travelling to placements within the full geographical area of the allocated locality will be required in order to meet the practice component of the nursing programme.

There are sometimes opportunities to change a student’s allocated locality, but this depends upon capacity at the preferred locality.

2017 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?



We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers.

It is desirable for those applicants taking part in the Science Practical Endorsement in either Physics, Biology or Chemistry to obtain a pass.

Access to HE Diploma

QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 27 Level 3 Credits at Distinction and 18 Level 3 Credits at Merit

This must include 15 credits in science.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma


European Baccalaureate

72 per cent

International Baccalaureate

32 points

Scottish Highers

Scottish Advanced Highers BBB/Scottish Highers ABBBB

Welsh Baccalaureate

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and A-level BB

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

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Required subjects

GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade C/4 or above (equivalents may be considered)

A relevant science A-level is desirable.

Selection process


Admissions staff will review the information provided within the personal statement and reference to assess applications for evidence of academic ability, insight and motivation.

Relevant experience in a care setting and/or evidence of other involvement in the community (for example, school, voluntary or charity responsibilities) is normally required.

Personal statements should be comprehensive, with correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview and selection day.

Interview and selection day

Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) will be conducted by University academics, assisted by staff from clinical practice areas. Numeracy and literacy exercises may also be included as part of the selection process.

Applicants selected to attend one of our interview days will be sent detailed guidance on these selection activities with their invitation.

Other entry requirements

Admission to this programme is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) Section 4 (2) (Exemptions) Order 1975 and DHSS Circular HC(88)9 guidelines regarding police checks and child protection.

Offers are conditional upon satisfactory health and fitness for practice screening, references and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance, or equivalent.

Candidates must also meet national requirements to work with vulnerable adults and children.

Admission is also subject to NHS eligibility for the programme. Further information on eligibility is available at Proof of eligibility is normally required prior to interview.

Candidates should have the ability to follow a shift pattern covering 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and be able to meet travel requirements.

Candidates are encouraged to gain practical work experience in a care setting prior to undertaking the programme. All programmes and places are subject to commissioned numbers.

All applicants should be able to demonstrate evidence of completed academic study within the last five years. Applicants will also demonstrate the values required for health professional practice and stated within the NHS Constitution, such as honesty, integrity and compassion.

English language requirements

7.0 IELTS minimum overall (or equivalent)

7.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill (or equivalent)

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BSc (Hons) 3 Years B745 View KIS data set

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