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Nursing (Child Health) BSc (subject to NMC approval)

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Start date


Placement available

Mode of study

3 years full-time



Entry requirements

TBC (A-level)



2020/21 changes

Click here to read about the changes we are making to our education delivery from September 2020, in response to COVID-19 restrictions.

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How are the specific health needs of a child different to an adult? How can a child’s symptoms be understood through their behaviour and reactions? How can the whole family be supported through times of great change and stress? These are the questions you’ll be finding the answers to as a children’s nurse. Nursing infants, children and young people is challenging and rewarding. If you’re compassionate, sensitive and have quick, sound judgement then you’ll thrive in a career where you can truly make a difference to children’s lives.

Nursing is the largest healthcare profession in the country. As a qualified nurse you’ll be entering a highly respected profession with excellent employment prospects.

At Brunel, you’ll learn through an equal balance of theory and practice, gaining your professional experience in a variety of healthcare settings where you’ll work closely with other healthcare professionals, service users and their families.

On this programme, you’ll learn clinical and communication skills focused on paediatric nursing. Your placement opportunities will develop these skills and your understanding of caring in hospital and community settings. Brunel is a renowned research-intensive university with an established and excellent reputation in health sciences, so you’ll be learning from the best in the field. You’ll graduate ready to start shaping the future of children’s nursing.

Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

As a nursing student, you'll receive at least £5,000 a year which you don't need to pay back. See the UK government website for more information.

NHS values
Patients, public and staff have helped develop this expression of values that inspire passion in the NHS and that should underpin everything it does. Individual organisations will develop and build upon these values, tailoring them to their local needs. The NHS values provide common ground for co-operation to achieve shared aspirations, at all levels of the NHS.

This programme will commence in September 2021, subject to approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. For more information, please click the 'Enquire now' button. We will then keep you up to date and let you know when you can apply. The programme will be open to Home and eligible EU applicants only for 2021 entry.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

Through a blended learning approach, your programme combines face-to-face learning with online learning. The programme integrates theory with practice and half of your time will be spent on practice placements within a range of healthcare settings. Periods of campus-based learning will prepare you for practice placements.

All modules are compulsory and cover the broad spectrum of children’s nursing.

This course can be studied 3 years full-time, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

The programme specification is in the process of being updated and may not be an accurate reflection of the programme.

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Careers and your future

Employment opportunities for children’s nurses are limitless, whether within the clinical environment, research, management or education fields. Nursing children involves caring for children from the age of 0 to 18. You may choose to work generically or to identify a specialist area. Children’s nurses work in a variety of settings that include general and specialist children’s wards, neonatal and children’s intensive care units, community children’s nursing teams and Accident and Emergency Departments. After graduating, there’ll be opportunities for you to further develop evidence-based practice within the clinical environment and by continuing your studies on a range of post-registration programmes.

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Entry requirements


This programme will be open to Home and eligible EU applicants only for 2021 entry.

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Fees and funding

2021/22 entry


Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of undergraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

You’ll be taught by highly qualified and research-engaged nurse academics who will ensure that everything you learn is up-to-date and relevant to the NHS care setting. You’ll benefit from an innovative teaching approach that incorporates digital technology, team-based learning, face-to-face teaching and online learning. Your seminars will often include polling tool apps, so you’ll enhance your learning by taking part in quizzes and competitions in a fun, interactive way.

Simulation is used to teach concepts relating to the care of patients. You’ll practice your nursing skills through the mock-up of real-world nursing scenarios through simulation learning and working on manikins, so you’ll be confident and skilled when you go on your practice placements.

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Assessment and feedback

Throughout your course you’ll receive feedback in the form of professional conversations arising from simulated practice, written feedback and automated immediate feedback (instant feedback given through digital technology). This will be timed in order to guide you through your studies and help you with your ongoing development. Assessments will include written assignments, examinations, OSCE’s (objective structured clinical examinations which assess your clinical competency and confidence) and presentations. You’ll receive assessments to resemble nursing activities in professional practice as well as testing graduate and transferable skills.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.