Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse Children's Nursing) BSc (Hons) – 2021 entry

Key information

Start date: October 2021

BSc (Hons) UCAS: B745

3 years

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BSc (Hons) UCAS: B746

4 years with foundation year

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Why choose this course

Surrey’s well-respected nursing courses are ranked top 5 in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2021 and 8th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.

Taught by inspiring, research-engaged staff, this course will support you to become a highly-competent children’s nurse.

You’ll learn through an equal balance of theory and practice, getting to work with experienced NHS staff in one of eight available placement localities. Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

You’ll also have access to our new multi-million pound facility, featuring the new state-of-the-art Surrey Clinical Simulation Centre.

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What you will study

This course is grounded in the philosophy of individualised care that meets the needs of each child or young person.

You’ll learn to care for infants, children and young people, from the neonate to the adolescent, in a variety of settings. You’ll also see how to support and educate families so they can be involved in their child’s care.

In addition to developing a range of clinical nursing skills, you’ll take part in simulations to explore and practise important principles within children’s nursing, including communication, child development, ethical care principles and children’s rights. All students will also have the opportunity to take at least one placement within the world-renowned Great Ormond Street Hospital.

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

Foundation year

The BSc Nursing with foundation has an additional year of study designed to support your transition on to latter years of the course. You will study full-time for one year at foundation level, and after successfully completing it you will be ready to move on to the next three years of the course.

Students will be required to undertake some local insight days as part of their foundation year programme. These local insight days will be arranged by the University. Students will be responsible for associated costs (i.e. travel).

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 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, schools, mental health agencies and hospices.

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 elsewhere.

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.

Nursing options for graduates

A two-year postgraduate diploma course may be possible for graduates of relevant disciplines (for example, biosciences or psychology) with relevant work experience.

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

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

Modules

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.

Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the 2020/21 academic year. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach. View detailed information on the changes

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

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.

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:

Optional modules for Foundation - FHEQ Level 3

For further information on FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6 please view the programme specification for the full-time BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse Children's Nursing)

This structure offers a sequential learning experience that enables students to build and develop knowledge, understanding and skills. Utilising learning and teaching strategies that encompass dynamic learning experiences and reflection.

The programme will consist 1 level 3 120 credit module with 4 summative assessments. This equates to 1200 hrs of study, pass mark for each summative point will be 50%. Students not achieving a passing mark at first attempt will be entitled to re-take the assessment once. In order to progress onto the 3 year Nursing studies programme the overall average mark for the whole year across the assessment points must be 50% or more. Students will be issued a transcript of their marks but the Foundation Year does not lead to an award.

Timetables

Course 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. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Teaching

Research students will sometimes help to deliver your modules. These students will be researching in a similar subject to the module, and will have undertaken training prior to being invited to teach. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.

Assessment

We assess modules individually and award credits 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.

Entry requirements

A-level

Overall: BBC. 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.

Foundation year: A-level CCD (or equivalent)

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

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DMM.

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: 31 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: 72%.

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: QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including 21 at Distinction and 24 at Merit.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

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

Scottish Highers

Overall: BBBBB.

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 BBC 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 and Mathematics ­– Numeracy as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. Please check the A-level drop down for the required GCSE levels.

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

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.

Selection process

Shortlisting

Admissions staff will review the information provided within your 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.

Your personal statement should be comprehensive, with correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. If you are shortlisted you 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.

If you are selected to attend one of our interview days you will be sent detailed guidance on these selection activities with your invitation.

All of our 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.

References

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

Declaration of criminal convictions

This is a regulated course that requires declaration of criminal convictions at the application stage, please visit our criminal convictions webpage for more information.

Foundation

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, you might still be able to apply for this course with a foundation year. A course with a foundation year includes an extra year of study to prepare you for a full degree course. Find out more about our degrees with foundation year.

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 contact Admissions on +44 (0)1483 682222 with any queries.

Fees

The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2021

BSc (Hons)

UK £9,250

BSc (Hons) (with foundation year)

UK £9,250

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

  • Fees for UK students: The University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. 
  • Fees for EU students: The UK is now no longer part of the EU, we are awaiting further instruction from the UK government and we will publish this as soon as it is provided. Find out more information about Studying in the UK and the Scholarships for EU students.
  • Fees for international students: Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 
  • Fees for international students with an integrated foundation year: The programme fee for Year 0 will match the lowest Year 1 overseas fee rate from across the substantive programmes for that year of entry. Students subsequently progressing into Year 1 will be liable for the same fee as overseas students joining at Year 1 for the same programme in that year. Annual fees after Year 1 will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 

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.

Payment schedule

  • Students in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan: will have their fees paid by the Student Loans Company in line with their schedule.
  • International students, or UK/EU students who have not taken out a Tuition Fee Loan: are required to pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
    • 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
    • 50% in January of the same academic year.

The exact date(s) will be detailed on invoices. Students on certain part-time programmes, where fees are paid on a modular or stage basis, are not eligible to pay their fees by instalment.

If you are sponsored: you will provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of your study.

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 2019/2020 will be able to apply for reimbursement of travel and dual accommodation expenses through the Learning Support Fund 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. You are also responsible for the costs associated with maintaining/washing your 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 should be completed in advance of applicants starting their programme using main branches of the Post Office, where there will be a £6 administration fee.

Clinical placements

You’ll spend half of your training in clinical placements, allowing you to develop your knowledge, skills and practice within healthcare settings, under the supervision of qualified practitioners. You’ll complete 37.5 placement hours a week, for approximately 16 weeks in your first year, 26 weeks in your second year and 25 weeks in your third year. 

Previous students have completed their placements in the NHS, with private healthcare organisations and with charities. These have been across several settings, including children’s units in hospitals and out in the wider community.  

Your placements may take place across Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex, and these are divided into localities. For the duration of your course, you’ll typically be allocated one placement locality. The localities for this course are:  

This locality covers east Berkshire and the surrounding areas of south Buckinghamshire and north Surrey. You’ll be placed with the Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust. 

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust 

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust provides services to approximately 900,000 people and is comprised of three hospitals, including Wexham Park Hospital. 

Wexham Park offers a full range of children's services in child and family-friendly environments, which include a children’s clinic, paediatric assessment unit and a community team. 

Specialist services are available for: 

  • BCG immunisation 
  • Cardiology  
  • Diabetes  
  • Epilepsy  
  • Gastroenterology  
  • Neurology  
  • Oncology  
  • Paediatric phlebotomy  
  • Prolonged jaundice  
  • Tuberculosis.

Primary and community care placements 

In addition to your acute hospital placement, you can also experience a variety of primary and community care settings, including Great Ormond Street Hospital. These include community hospitals, GP surgeries, minor injury units, people’s homes and schools. 

These placements are usually within commutable range of your main acute trust site.

This locality covers the southern area of East Sussex, including Haywards Heath and Brighton and Hove. You’ll be placed with the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. 

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust 

The Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS 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 in Haywards Heath and the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital next to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, where you’ll most likely be based. The Royal Alexandra is home to one of five standalone paediatric emergency departments in the UK and is part of the Paediatric Emergency Research in the United Kingdom and Ireland (PERUKI) group. 

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

Primary and community care placements 

In addition to your acute hospital placement, you can also experience a variety of primary and community care settings, including Great Ormond Street Hospital. These include community hospitals, GP surgeries, minor injury units, people’s homes and schools.

These placements are usually within commutable range of your main acute trust site.

This locality covers the northern area of Hampshire, serving Andover, Basingstoke, Winchester and surrounding villages. You’ll be placed with the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

The Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust serves around 570,000 people across Hampshire and parts of west Berkshire, and is comprised of three hospitals, including Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital.

Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital is the home of children’s services within the Trust, which are delivered across acute and community settings.

The Trust works in partnership with Hampshire Children’s Services, which include community children’s nurses, health visitor liaison, school nurses, therapy staff (physiotherapy, occupational therapy and play specialists) and safeguarding children.

They also provide nursing support and health initiatives within mainstream and additional need and disability schools, children’s centres, nurseries and home schooling.

The Trust also deliver continuity of care for the children, from birth to 18 years of age (in full-time education) and their families, avoiding fragmentation and duplication of services.

Primary and community care placements 

In addition to your acute hospital placement, you can also experience a variety of primary and community care settings, including Great Ormond Street Hospital. These include community hospitals, GP surgeries, minor injury units, people’s homes and schools.

These placements are usually within commutable range of your main acute trust site.

This locality covers the southern area of Hampshire, serving Gosport, Petersfield, Portsmouth and surrounding towns. You’ll be placed with the Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust.

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust

The Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust serves around 675,000 people across Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire, and is comprised of four hospitals, including the Queen Alexandra.

The Queen Alexandra Hospital is the home to a paediatric department that provides planned and emergency care to 100,000 children. Facilities include a children’s assessment unit, two inpatient wards, day surgery, outpatient clinic and a dedicated paediatric x-ray suite. The Hospital also has specialist children’s chronic disease groups, led by a team of clinical nurse professionals.

The Trust work in close partnership with the Ministry of Defence and have a dedicated hospital unit to treating current and former members of the armed forces and their families.

This locality covers Guildford and the towns and villages surrounding the University. You’ll be placed with the Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust.

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust provides the local population with both elective and emergency surgery, and services for those with urgent, acute and long-term medical conditions.

The Trust is home to a child development centre, paediatric accident and emergency department, specialist care baby unit and a teenage cancer unit. The Trust also has expertise in diabetes, epilepsy and paediatric mental health.

Primary and community care placements

In addition to your acute hospital placement, you can also experience a variety of primary and community care settings, including Great Ormond Street Hospital. These include community hospitals, GP surgeries, minor injury units, people’s homes and schools.

These placements are usually within commutable range of your main acute trust site.

This locality is based in the eastern areas of Surrey and north West Sussex, serving Crawley, Horsham and their surrounding towns and villages. You’ll be placed with the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

The East Surrey Hospital is based around 45km from Guildford and is at the heart of the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH). It operates a 24-hour emergency department, with specialist paediatric services.

The Hospital provides acute and complex care to children through its child assessment and neonatal intensive-care units. The Trust also has expertise in anaesthesia and oncology.

Primary and community care placements

In addition to your acute hospital placement, you can also experience a variety of primary and community care settings, including Great Ormond Street Hospital. These include community hospitals, GP surgeries, minor injury units, people’s homes and schools.

These placements are usually within commutable range of your main acute trust site.

This locality is based in the northern area of Surrey, serving Ashford, Chertsey and other towns and villages in the vicinity. You’ll be placed in the Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Ashford and St. Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust is home to Ashford Hospital (located near Heathrow Airport) and St. Peter’s Hospital (in Chertsey).

Children, young people and their families are cared for within the Trust in a variety of settings including a neonatal intensive care unit, paediatric accident and emergency department, paediatric day ward, young person’s unit and ward areas where paediatric surgery and medical care are provided.

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

Additional services include paediatric and young people’s diabetes, gastroenterology, haematology, neurodevelopmental, respiratory and oncology care.

Primary and community care placements

In addition to your acute hospital placement, you’ll can also experience a variety of primary and community care settings, including Great Ormond Street Hospital. These include community hospitals, GP surgeries, minor injury units, people’s homes and schools.

These placements are usually within commutable range of your main acute trust site.

This locality serves the Frimley area and parts of Hampshire. You’ll be placed with Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust. 

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust 

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust provides services to approximately 900,000 people and is comprised of three hospitals, including Frimley Park Hospital. 

Frimley Park has a dedicated teenage unit and children’s ward, which has separate areas designated for children with medical conditions, children having surgery and those suffering from infectious diseases. 

Specialist services are available for: 

  • BCG immunisation 
  • Cardiology  
  • Diabetes  
  • Epilepsy  
  • Gastroenterology  
  • Neurology  
  • Oncology  
  • Paediatric phlebotomy  
  • Prolonged jaundice  
  • Tuberculosis. 

Primary and community care placements 

In addition to your acute hospital placement, you can also experience a variety of primary and community care settings, including Great Ormond Street Hospital. These include community hospitals, GP surgeries, minor injury units, people’s homes and schools. 

These placements are usually within commutable range of your main acute trust site. 

This locality covers West Sussex, serving Chichester and adjacent towns and villages. You’ll be placed with the Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is home to three hospitals, including St Richard‘s in Chichester, where you’ll most likely be based.

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

Primary and community care placements

In addition to your acute hospital placement, you can also experience a variety of primary and community care settings, including Great Ormond Street Hospital. These include community hospitals, GP surgeries, minor injury units, people’s homes and schools.

These placements are usually within commutable range of your main acute trust site.

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 (PDF) 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.

Disclaimer

This online guide 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.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Kate Granger Building

Our health sciences, nursing and midwifery courses are taught at the Kate Granger Building (30 Priestley Road), on the Surrey Research Park.

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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