100% of our Child Nursing graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduating Graduate Destination Survey 2016
Would you like a dynamic and challenging career as a children’s nurse? Children and young people’s nurses deliver care which is child centred within a family context. Children's nurses are able to understand the developmental needs of children from birth to transition into adult life and how this is affected by ill health.
This three-year child nursing degree combines theory and practice in an innovative way, to focus on the care of children across a wide range of healthcare settings.
Your studies will be based in our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Centre. Role-play scenarios will prepare you for clinical practice and allow you to develop a wide range of practical skills. You’ll also undertake work placements in a wide variety of clinical settings at our partner health boards. Successful completion of this child nursing degree will allow you entry to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Register as a qualified children’s nurse and ready to embark on a rewarding career.
You will study a mixture of Generic (Adult, Mental Health and Learning Disability) and Child modules over three years. The Child modules are only taught to Child Nursing students.
The child nursing degree lasts a minimum of 42 weeks. There’s an equal split between theory and practice, which is integrated throughout ournursing courses.
You’ll study with students from all fields and other professions, as well as having sessions specific to your field. There’s also the requirement to work with clients and patients from other fields, so you can care for patients with multiple and complex needs.
Each academic year is split into three terms. In term one you will study in a 10-week block in University (theory) followed by an eight-week block in clinical practice. In term two through to term eight you will study six weeks of theory in University followed by six-week block in clinical practice.
In term nine you will spend 12 weeks in clinical practice. You will have practice opportunities across a wide range of healthcare settings, developing key skills that will enhance your employability. Please note that holidays are fixed and non negotiable for the duration of your nurse training.
The University of South Wales is an NMC Approved Education Institution (AEI). Graduates from this child nursing degree can apply to join the NMC professional register and start to practise in the UK.
Supervised placements are an integral part of the child nursing programme. These are in our partner health boards, as well as in the community and independent sector.
You will be fully supported on clinical placements by a qualified nurse, who acts as a mentor throughout your placement. When you are working with your mentor in clinical practice, you have to work the shift patterns of the clinical area to which you are allocated.
There is also an opportunity to study and practice abroad in a number of countries during your second year. This will enable you to gain an understanding of different health care systems.
Throughtout your child nurse training, you will learn in our impressive health facilities. Our Clinical Simulation Centre replicates clinical environments for education and training. These include two, four-bedded bays to simulate a hospital setting, dedicated paediatric and maternity facilities, including a special care baby unit, an intensive care environment and an emergency department with a fully equipped ambulance simulator. There is also a two bedroom flat to simulate providing healthcare in a home environment.
The Centre is used for healthcare education and nurse training, dealing with everything from essential clinical skills to complex, multidisciplinary clinical scenarios. You’ll use the same equipment you will find in healthcare settings, and work on patient simulators that mimic the body’s reactions to illness, care and treatment.
Staff who teach on the child nursing degree come with a wide variety of clinical expertise in both hospital-based and community-based care, including acute medical paediatrics; acute surgical paediatrics; health visiting and neonatal care; community paediatric nursing; paediatric oncology nursing; school nursing; public health and general paediatrics.
Nursing and midwifery students enjoy exceptional student support at USW. Our open door policy ensures that there is always someone on hand to assist you when a problem arises and this is something our students really appreciate.
Entry criteria below detail typical offers. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.
Additional requirements include:
Two satisfactory references (one to be added to your UCAS application, and a second written reference to be printed out and brought to the interview).
A Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check (additional cost applies, no offences are considered spent) and a satisfactory medical will be required once an offer has been made. We will contact you closer to your start date with details of how to obtain these.
Applications taken for only one branch of Nursing.
Applicants are required to attend an interview. You will have to demonstrate awareness of the role of nurses and show your commitment to the degree. All interviews take place at our Glyntaff Campus.
Please read this information for nursing applicants for further guidance on how you can meet the entry criteria and advice on the application, interview and decison making process.
Unfortunately as this nursing course is funded by the NHS and students have to have placements in the local NHS Health Board we are unable to accept applications from overseas (Non EU) students.
BBB to exclude General Studies
Grade B and BB at A Level to exclude General Studies
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Distinction Merit
32 points to include 17 points at Higher Level to include Maths and English.
Science/Maths/Health Care/Nursing Diploma. Must complete 60 credits overall with at least 45 at level 3 and 15 at Level 2. Of the 45 credits at level 3, you will need a minimum of 24 Distinctions, 18 Merits and 3 passes.
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances.
Equivalent qualifications considered are Essential Skills Level Two in Communication and Application of Number, or Functional Skills Level Two in English and Maths. (Must be achieved within the last 3 years)
Full-time fees are per year. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
The places on this course are currently funded by the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme. To receive this funding, students will have to commit to working in Wales for two years after completing their nursing or midwifery degree. We recommend you read the bursary information on the NHS website and our own Nursing and Midwifery Fees and Funding FAQs before applying.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
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Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to pursue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Graduates from our nursing degrees can apply to join the NMC professional register and start to practise in the UK. Employers are keen to recruit our nursing graduates because they know they are well-prepared, confident, competent and safe practitioners.
Depending on experience and training, graduates of the child nursing degree can reach the highest levels of the NHS. Once qualified, many nurses take extra courses to specialise. With this child nursing degree, you can also work abroad. Registered nurses from the UK are highly regarded throughout the world.