Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse Children's Nursing) BSc (Hons) – 2018 entry

Why choose this course

Surrey is one of the UK’s top universities for nursing, ranked 3rd in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2018 and in the top 10 of The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

Our Child Nursing programme combines theory and practice elements and is taught by inspiring and passionate staff.

What you will study

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.

Course facts

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

Professional recognition

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

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 initially employed by the NHS Trust in which 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

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).

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.


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 will be allocated to a specific locality in Surrey, West Sussex or North Hampshire (including Basingstoke and Winchester) where you will undertake your 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 may include medical and surgical environments, high dependency, older people’s services and community placements. There will also be opportunities to gain insights into other fields of nursing.

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.

Further information about localities and accommodation

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 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 within a locality may still be some distance from your address, and travelling to placements within a commutable range of the allocated locality will be required in order to meet the practice component of the nursing programme.

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

Student placement localities

The University of Surrey is very fortunate to have a broad range of excellent placements within Surrey, West Sussex and North Hampshire.

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 six 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.

Students from all six localities will have the additional opportunity to attend a placement at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London –  a world-renowned paediatric centre at the forefront of child healthcare.

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.

The locality consists primarily of:

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.

First Community Health

You can also gain experience in a range of community settings, working with all families, children and young people.

First Community Health and Care 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, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (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.

Discover more about First Community Health and Care.

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 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.

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.

Discover more about Virgin Care.

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 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.

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.

Discover more about Virgin Care.

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 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.

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

Discover more about Virgin Care.

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 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.

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 within a variety of settings including with children’s community nursing teams, health visitors and school nurses.

Discover more about the Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.

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 and/or student demand.


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.


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 Faculty of Health and Medical 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.

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.

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.

Policies and regulations

Please refer to our academic regulations and student policies and regulations. These may be amended from time to time.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH 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

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

What qualifications do you need?


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

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.

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.

Required subjects: N/A.

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

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 75%.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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 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 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.

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Admissions information

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