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Faculty of Health Sciences

Nursing (Child)

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: B730

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Skills for Practice (Practice 1)

    This module provides you with the opportunity to link theoretical knowledge and current evidence with fundamental nursing skills in a safe clinical simulation environment giving you a firm grounding in preparation for clinical practice.

  • Essence of Professional Practice

    This module helps you become academically and emotionally prepared to embark upon your journey to registered nurse status. You’ll explore the importance of effective communication, including practical, professional, ethical and legal responsibilities of nursing by utilising emerging problem-solving skills.

  • Life and Social Sciences

  • Children's Nursing Practice 2

    This module provides you with a range of learning opportunities to experience in the practice environment. Under direct supervision, you will be able to observe and participate in aspects of children's nursing.

  • Foundations in Children's Nursing

    This module introduces you to knowledge and skills that underpin Children's nursing. It explores the differences between children and adults, and applies this to the delivery of nursing care to ensure it is child centered and focused - so promoting the child’s physical, psychological, and social growth, development and health.

  • Children's Nursing Practice 3

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Individual Approaches to Health and Wellbeing

    This module considers the health behaviours of individuals, individualised approaches to health and wellbeing and obstacles to achieving health and wellbeing. You will consider primary, secondary and tertiary interventions in relation to a selection of health concerns taking a biopsychosocial approach.

  • Children's Nursing Practice 4

    This practice based module provides you with the opportunity to develop your clinical skills and knowledge in caring for children and their families in a wide variety of differing settings.

  • Meeting the Acute Health Care Needs of Children

    This module focuses on the acute health care needs of children. You will explore the treatment and management of common acute illnesses, injuries and diseases.

  • Children's Nursing Practice 5

    This practice based module provides you with the opportunity to develop your clinical skills and knowledge in caring for children and their families in a wide variety of differing settings.

  • Meeting the Longer Term Health Care Needs of Children

    Explore the impact of long term health conditions on children, young people and their families. You'll develop your understanding of their needs and how you can help to meet those needs. A number of clinical practitioners are involved in delivering sessions to help you understand and evaluate current service provision.

  • Children's Nursing Practice 6

    This practice based module provides you with the opportunity to develop your clinical skills and knowledge in caring for children and their families in a wide variety of differing settings.

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Safe and Competent Children's Nursing

    You will identify and appraise research publications on a topic of your choosing and consider how management, leadership and change management theory, as well as your own communication skills when teaching, guiding and supporting others, contribute to the delivery of safe and effective care.

  • Managing Complexity in Clinical Practice (Child)

    Continuing to build on the knowledge developed in the programme to date, you'll explore and critique the range of complex children’s care needs, allowing consolidation of knowledge and thereby facilitating care for children and their families within both the community and acute arenas.

  • Children's Nursing Practice 7

    To build a solid foundation on the associated theory, clinical placements provide practical experience in all areas of children’s care, allowing development of the skills required to care for children and their families within both the community and acute arenas.

  • Children's Nursing Practice 8

    Continuing to build knowledge and skills, clinical placements provide practical experience in the range of children’s care arenas, allowing consolidation of skills to care for children and their families within both the community and acute arenas.

  • Children's Nursing Practice 9

    Building on the solid foundation of the programme to date, the final clinical placement provides practical experience in children’s care. The focus is on the management skills required to support children, families and the multi professional team within both the community and acute arenas.

"The knowledge and skills I have learnt here at the University are invaluable to me and have prepared me for my time on practice placements".

Sharon Land

More about this course

Few career paths can be as challenging or rewarding as nursing. Half study, half mentored clinical placement, our degree offers you a unique, professional insight into the diverse care needs of both healthy and sick children and their families. On this course, you will learn to work and communicate with children and their families – often in difficult, demanding situations. You are encouraged to identify and practice the most effective methods of nursing a sick child, while looking at ways that caring for children could be improved.

This three-year programme will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver high-quality, evidence-based health care. Through the academic dimension of the course, you will gain key, valuable theoretical skills which you will apply in a working environment. The placements you undertake on this course will teach you clinical practice skills which are supported by timetabled activities in a simulated environment. Upon graduation, you will be awarded an academic and professional award enabling you to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a qualified registered nurse.


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Our teaching staff

Benefit from the amazing facilities of our new £28-million Health Campus with its mock operating theatre, hospital ward and intensive care unit.

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Developed with our NHS partners, our programmes are constantly updated to reflect the very latest in health care thinking.

Clinical placements give our students the skills, experience and support to become confident and compassionate health practitioners.

Expert staff work with NHS clinicians to deliver programmes from 'bite-size' taster sessions to PhDs in some of the UK’s finest facilities.

Entry requirements

  • 120 Tariff Points from three A Levels (or appropriate Level 3 qualifications e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma)

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

  • GCSE: English, Maths, and Science at Grade 4 or C or above

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 30 points.
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma: DDM in relevant subject(s).
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 30 of the 45 Level 3 graded credits at distinction
  • Alternative maths – Functional Skills L2 Maths
  • Alternative science – BTEC First Diploma – Pass
  • University of Hull Certificate in Practice Skills for Health and Social Care (60 credits at Level 4 in appropriate subjects)

You must clearly provide evidence in your personal statement of relevant childcare experience undertaken either through paid or voluntary experience or as part of a course and consider how this will be helpful in preparing you for a career in children’s nursing. This experience must not include any involvement with family or friends. Evidence relating to such experience will need to be supported by one of your references.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview. An annual Good Health and Good Character declaration must be completed and a Disclosure and Barring Service check is also required.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 7.0 overall with 7.0 in each skill (EU nationals 6.0 overall with 6.0 in each skill). For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £16,600 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.


Future Prospects

Children’s nurses leave the Faculty and go on to the wide range of career opportunities available for them. 100% of full-time students on this programme find employment or progress to further study within six months of finishing their course (Higher Education Statistics Agency 2017).

Some choose to specialise into areas such as paediatric intensive care and many go into community posts such as school nursing and health visiting. Management and leadership are career options as are opportunities for practice, education and research. Children’s nurses graduating from the University of Hull have good opportunities for finding employment either locally or further afield.

After qualification as a children’s nurse, there are opportunities for continuing professional development in a wide range of areas, from mentorship training to master and doctoral degrees.