Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse Children's Nursing) BSc (Hons) – 2019 entry

Why choose this course

Surrey is one of the UK’s top universities for nursing, ranked 4th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2019 and in the top 10 of The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

Our child nursing course combines theory and practice, and is taught by a dedicated team of inspiring and passionate staff, all committed to taking the profession forward through research and innovation.

You will be challenged and supported throughout the course to become a highly competent children’s nurse. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to apply for professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

What you will study

This course is firmly based on the philosophy of individualised care that meets the needs of the child or young person. You'll learn how to support and educate families to enable them to be involved in their child's care.

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

An important aspect of the course will be the opportunity for you to take part in simulated practice learning. As well as developing a range of clinical nursing skills, you will take part in simulations 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.

Registered practitioners: If you are a registered practitioner looking for an undergraduate programme to further your learning, please visit our continuing professional development page.

Course facts

Qualification Course length Professional Training UCAS KIS code
BSc (Hons) 36 months B745 View KIS data set

Professional recognition

BSc (Hons) - Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified nurse (child).

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

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.

Our nursing graduates have excellent employment prospects. Many of our graduates are first employed by the NHS Trust where they had 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.

Study and work abroad

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.

Student life

Are you curious about life as a nursing student? Read our ‘Week in the life’ feature to discover what a typical week looks like for a first-year nursing student.


All nursing programmes consist of 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practice time. The practice component is gained within clinical placement areas.

You’ll gain the majority of your practice experience within a specific locality in Surrey, Sussex, North Hampshire or East Berkshire. You’ll 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’ll 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.

Further information about localities and accommodation

We’ll provide you with further information about localities and accommodation opportunities within each of the localities at the start of the course and during your local induction to the practice environments.

University accommodation is usually available for the first year of your programme.

Clinical-practice placements commence in your first year, so you may need to travel to practice placements some distance away from Guildford while still living in University accommodation.

From the start of the second year, you’ll need to find your own accommodation. Lots of our students find that it is advantageous at this point to move to their allocated locality. This lets you travel to and from placements easily at low cost, and makes it easier 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 night duty (which is a requirement of the programme).

The accommodation provision varies between the localities. Students who don’t live locally often organise privately-rented flat-sharing or house-sharing if they want 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 regardless of the locality they are assigned to for the duration of the three-year programme.

Process for allocating students to localities

You’ll be emailed a locality-allocation form around six weeks before you start the course. Once you have completed and returned the locality-allocation form, we’ll consider your allocation to a locality.

It’s important you return the form by the deadline on the form. There are limited placements within each locality, so we distribute students across the localities to make sure everyone gets a high-quality practice experience.

We prioritise students when allocating localities, and consider the following:

  • Sponsored students are placed within the locality where the sponsoring Trust has placements.
  • Students with dependants 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 are allocated to the nearest possible locality to their address, dependant on capacity and availability.

Placements may still be some distance from your home, and you will need be expected to travel to placements within a commutable distance of the allocated locality in order to meet the practice component of the nursing course.

There are limited opportunities to change your allocated locality, but this depends upon capacity at the preferred locality.

Student placement localities

We have a broad range of excellent placements across Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and East Berkshire.

You’ll be allocated to a distinct area within this large region and become a member of a community of healthcare practitioners. We refer to these distinct areas as ‘localities’.

There are eight localities serving children’s nursing courses at the University of Surrey. Each includes acute hospital placements, community-based placements and independent-sector placements. These placements are what give our students practical experience.

Each locality has 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. You’ll soon become familiar with the areas of your placements, and you’ll be well supported by mentors in your practice.

Many of our students choose to find their first post within their locality after registration.

Although the majority of placements take place within the assigned locality region, on occasion, students may be allocated a placement further afield. The School of Health Sciences is committed to continually growing its placement network to provide the very best experience for students. An indicative list of our main student placement providers can be found below:

This locality covers the northern part of West Sussex and eastern and central areas of Surrey, and serves Crawley, Horsham and the surrounding towns and villages.

The key acute trust in this placement locality is:

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH)

East Surrey Hospital, which is around 45km 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.

Discover more about Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

This locality covers 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 key acute trust in this placement locality is:

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Ashford Hospital is located near Heathrow Airport and St Peter’s Hospital is in Chertsey, around 19km from Guildford.

Children, young people and their families are cared for within the Trust in a variety of settings including the paediatric accident and emergency department, paediatric day ward, a level three 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.

Discover more about Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

This locality covers 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 key acute trust in this placement locality is:

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

This Trust incorporates a Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit with fully integrated military medics contributing to patient services.

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 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.

Discover more about Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.

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

The key acute trust in this placement locality is:

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 variety of areas including paediatric accident and emergency, the 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.

Discover more about the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

This locality covers 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 56km 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, outpatients’ clinics covering a range of specialities, day surgery, a paediatric ward and a special-care baby unit.

Discover more about Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

This locality covers the northern area of Hampshire, serving Basingstoke, Winchester and Andover and the surrounding villages.

The key acute trust in this placement locality is:

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

North Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust comprises Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital (in Basingstoke), the Royal Hampshire County Hospital (in Winchester) and Andover War Memorial Hospital.

Child Health Services are based at Basingstoke and North Hospital and delivered across acute and community setting, under one management structure.

The team, who work in partnership with Hampshire Children’s Services, encompasses medical, nursing and administrative staff. This includes community children’s nurses and school nurses, therapy staff (physiotherapy, occupational therapy and play specialists), health visitor liaison and the team for safeguarding children.  We also provide nursing support and health initiatives within main stream and special schools, portage, nurseries and children’s centres and to special schools in Alton, Basingstoke and Bordon.

The team provides continuity of care for the children (from 0 – 18 years (in full time education) and their families, avoiding fragmentation and duplication of services.

This locality covers the southern area of East Sussex, including Brighton and Hove, Haywards Heath and surrounding areas.

The key acute trust in this placement locality is:

Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

The trust is one of the largest teaching trusts in the country, providing general and specialist services for more than a million people. Services are located at the Princess Royal Hospital (Haywards Heath) and the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital/Royal Sussex County Hospital (Brighton). Most Child Nursing students will be placed at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital/Royal Sussex County Hospital. 

The trust also work in partnership with other local community services and aim to provide patients with quality care with a focus on fast, accessible and safe treatment.

This locality covers Berkshire East and the surrounding areas of South Buckinghamshire and North Surrey.

The key acute placement provider in this locality is:

Wexham Park Hospital

Wexham Park Hospital provides services to a large and diverse population of more than 465,000 and The hospital is managed by Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, one of the top performing NHS trusts in the United Kingdom. The hospital offers a full range of paediatric or children's services in dedicated child and family friendly environments.

A state-of-the-art emergency assessment unit (EAC) is due to open on site in 2019. The four-storey building will bring the hospital’s emergency department, ambulatory care and assessment units together under one roof, creating one of the finest facilities of its kind in the NHS.

In addition to the acute/hospital placements students will be given the opportunity to be placed at a variety of primary care/community placement sites. These placements include community hospitals, safeguarding and school nursing teams, minor-injuries units and working alongside practice nurses at local GP surgeries. This is not an exhaustive list and the School continues to work alongside NHS community trusts and private/independent health care providers to grow the opportunities available to students.

These placements will usually be within commutable range of the main acute trust site in your allocated locality.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.


This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Academic year structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

Programme dates and holidays

The programmes run over 43 weeks each year, with nine weeks’ holiday over the winter, spring and summer vacations. The length of the programme year and the holiday entitlement are requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as the professional regulator for nurse education.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.

Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course, you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification


Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).


There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.


This course is taught by academic staff from the School of Health Sciences.

Programme leader

DOPSON AJ Mrs (Health Sci.)

Personal tutor

All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:

  • Academic progress
  • Pastoral/welfare issues
  • Personal/professional development and employability.


Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Academic Skills and Development and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Academic Skills and Development

Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

Additional Learning Support (ALS) is the University of Surrey’s disability and neurodiversity service. The ALS team supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.

We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

English language support

Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.

What qualifications do you need?


Overall: BBB. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: N/A.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language, Mathematics and Science at Grade C(4) (equivalents may be considered).

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDM.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: N/A.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language, Mathematics and Science at Grade C(4) (equivalents may be considered).

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 32 overall including 5,5,5 at Higher Level.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: N/A.

GCSE or equivalent: English, Maths and Science at HL4/SL4 (including MYP).

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 75%.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: N/A.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language (1/2), 6, or (3),7; Maths, 6; Science, 6.

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: 45 Level 3 credits overall including 27 at Distinction and 18 at Merit.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: Must include 15 Level 3 credits in Science.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language, Mathematics and Science at Grade C(4) (equivalents may be considered).

Scottish Highers

Overall: ABBBB.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: N/A.

GCSE or equivalent: Scottish National 5 English Language, Maths and Science, C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with BBB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: N/A.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language, Mathematics and Science at Grade C(4) (equivalents may be considered).

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

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, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Select your country

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 7.0 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

Selection process

Please note that deferred entry is not usually permitted.


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.

All offers will be made subject to a health screening and DBS checks. Occupational health services are provided by The Robens Centre on behalf of the University of Surrey.


Read our guide to references to support your health sciences application.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.


Qualification Course length Professional Training UK/EU fees Overseas fees Professional Training fees
BSc (Hons) 36 months £9,250 To be confirmed Not applicable

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this course:

  • 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.
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
    The University will meet the cost of one DBS check, completed at the start of each new student’s programme or earlier where applicants indicate they have a conviction in their application. The DBS check is a programme requirement: it is mandatory that the DBS process in completed and the student is approved to attend before they can start placement. Applicants offered a place on the programme will be contacted to complete the online process by the deadline specified. The process is not completed until all original documentation has been approved by an appointed DBS approver. This can be completed in advance of Applicants starting their programme using main branches of the Post Office, where there will be a £6 administration fee.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

How to apply

Learn how to apply for an undergraduate course, see details about the UCAS application process and determine the steps you need to take if you receive an offer to study.

Admissions information

Our undergraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students.

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Course location and contact details

Campus location

Surrey Research Park

In Spring/Summer 2019 the School of Health Sciences will be moving to 30 Priestley Road on the Surrey Research Park, home to the School of Health Sciences where our nursing, midwifery, paramedic science and operating department practice courses are taught.

Placement location

As part of this course you will be expected to attend placements off campus, please see the placement section for more details.

Additional information

Some modules on this course will be taught on Stag Hill campus.
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