BSc Children's Nursing


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Train to excel in an important and highly valued area of nursing. As a children’s nurse you could have an incredibly positive impact on the health and wellbeing of young people, from newborns to 19-year-olds.

On this course you’ll discover the health and wellbeing needs of children and young people, and learn how to give growing minds and bodies the care and support they need. You’ll explore developmental anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, and discover the emotional and social development needs of children and young people too. You’ll learn how care for the unwell, as well as how to promote healthy development and prevent physical and mental ill health.

We are ranked 5th in the UK for nursing (Complete University Guide 2019) and the course is fully approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.


Your Children’s Nursing degree will prepare you for essential nursing practice, as well as specialist areas such as long-term conditions and complex and disabling healthcare issues. This includes conditions and challenges that are specific to young people. It also includes mental health care, as younger people living with long-term conditions are far more vulnerable to developing emotional disorders.

Alongside this you’ll learn to work in close partnership with the families and carers of children in your care.

As well as learning how to look after children who are unwell, you’ll also learn how to help foster healthy lifestyles in patients’ early years and adolescence, contributing to their health and wellbeing well into adulthood.

Your course will feature a 50/50 balance between theory and practice. Throughout the course you’ll learn through first-hand practical experience. You’ll also work in collaboration with other healthcare students. This hands-on and collaborative approach is key to helping you achieve the best physical, emotional health and wellbeing outcomes.

You will graduate able to meet the physical, emotional and social development needs of children and young people, with a variety of clinical conditions and complex health challenges, in a wide range of healthcare settings.

Highlights of Children's Nursing at UEA:

  • Wide range of placements including community, hospitals and specialist care units
  • Service-user contact from the very outset
  • Regular group work with other nursing, health and medical students
  • Personal mentor to guide you throughout
  • Emphasis on enquiry-based learning to helps you link theory to practice
  • Excellent facilities, including simulation skills laboratories
  • Chance to experience healthcare in another country with an elective placement
  • Highly supportive culture
  • Highly motivated students

Course Structure

On your Children’s Nursing degree you’ll complete two academic modules and clinical placements in each of your three years.

In academic modules you’ll learn through small group teaching, lectures and self-directed study, scheduled between 9am and 7pm. In your clinical practice placements you’ll learn through hands on experience. These are designed to reflect the typical working patterns of a qualified nurse, and will include a minimum of 75 hours on night duty.

You’ll have access to placements in a wide variety of settings. In each of these you’ll use and develop your skills and knowledge under professional supervision in a clinical environment. You’ll work closely with children, young people and their families and carers, gaining the confidence you need to begin your career as children’s nurse after graduation.

Teaching and Learning

Our degree programme employs a range of learning methods, designed to link nursing theory and nursing practice. Throughout your course you’ll cultivate your ability to learn autonomously and in partnership with others, including wider healthcare teams.

Your teaching will include large group lectures and smaller group-based activities, such as seminars, tutorials and workshops, to encourage peer-to-peer learning. You’ll have access to educational resources including presentations, workbooks and posters, as well as digital platforms such as our virtual classrooms and online learning resources. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn directly from people who have experienced healthcare services.

Independent study

We’ll encourage you to read, and engage with, a wide range of sources to aid your learning. You’ll have access to resources to support your learning and helping you develop an effective approach to self-directed study.


You’ll be assessed using a range of methods, which have been carefully chosen to reflect your ability to apply the relevant theory to practice.

You’ll be assessed through written assignments, unseen examinations, case studies, practical examinations and group presentations, plus a literature review, which should illustrate your deeper understanding of the relationship between the theory and practice of nursing.

We’ll support you as you build a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your progression and reflect both your theoretical and clinical skills. You’ll also maintain a Skills Development Profile throughout your course, demonstrating your learning and competency in clinical skills.

During your clinical placement, you’ll complete a nursing attributes assessment and write up your reflections of the placement experience.

Optional Study abroad or Placement Year

Towards the end of your second year you’ll have the chance to complete up to a three-week elective placement of your choosing, either in the UK or overseas. Elective placements are fully self-funded, but we can put you in touch with organisations that will help you plan elective experiences. 

After the course

As a UEA Children’s Nursing graduate, you’ll be a highly sought-after healthcare professional. Your placements will mean that you will have accrued enough experience or ‘time in practice’ to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). So you’ll graduate ready to start your career in any number of demanding yet rewarding environments, such as:

  • Children’s wards and adolescent units
  • Outpatients clinics
  • Specialist nursing roles
  • Emergency care
  • Theatres and recovery
  • High dependency and intensive care units
  • Community nursing teams
  • Children’s hospices
  • Schools

Career destinations

Course related costs

You can find information regarding additional costs associated here

Course Modules 2019/0

Students must study the following modules for credits:

Name Code Credits


Interprofessional collaboration and working is proven to improve outcomes in health and social care. In this module you'll meet and work with others from across healthcare programmes at UEA in a 2 hour learning event. You will explore how teams can work in different scenarios where the focus is on cognitive impairment and communication difficulties across the lifespan. You'll begin to reflect on your personal and professional development, and begin to explore how you will collaborate and work with other professions to provide integrated person-centred care. In the 2 hour session you will also have the opportunity to become a Dementia Friend. You'll also have the option to complete a Reflective Workbook to guide your foundational learning on Dementia Awareness and Learning Disability Awareness. You will be assessed on this through a set of multiple choice questions.



Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


The aim of this module is to explore and apply the concept of empowerment and health promotion in nursing practice. There will be exploration of the impact of illness and disability on people's lives across the life span. The assessment of nursing needs and planning of interventions continues to be a key theme. The skills and knowledge related to identifying changes in health status, health crises and coping strategies form a key part of learning. An emphasis on therapeutic relationships continues in the context of empowering relationships. As student nurses you will learn the principles of maintaining and promoting health and well-being across all ages. The context of health and well-being will be grounded in public health principles looking at the relationship between lifestyle and health, detecting and responding to health changes and exploring the nature of health screening. The exploration of the impact of illness and disability will follow patient pathways as they move between primary and secondary care. There will be an emphasis on the ability to safely apply a range of diagnostic skills and the appropriate technology to assess the needs of the individual. The complexities of forming therapeutic relationships within a range of service delivery settings will be explored. The normal physiological and psychological processes of pregnancy will be focused upon with you gaining experience in pre and postnatal care over the course of this and the following module. In a similar way you will learn about the normal physical, emotional and psychological development of children and young people gaining experience in practice over the course of the year.




This module explores the unique needs across the lifespan of individuals living with a long-term condition. Using a strengths based approach you will explore the adjustment needs of people, including families and carers, living with long term conditions to enable them to function to their full potential. Key concepts and content will include communication, social inclusion, reasonable adjustments, legislation, capacity, pharmacology, reflexivity, health and social policy, and end of life care. The learning objectives of this module are to: #Explore the holistic needs and expectations of individuals living with a long term condition; #Promote critical thinking and problem solving, utilising a systematic approach; #Investigate and critique the contemporary evidence base that underpins nursing practice; #Present and critically discuss evidence that is applied to/ in practice, in both the class and practice environments.



Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


The aim of this module is to facilitate your increasing autonomy with regards to theory and practice learning whilst supporting your transition to degree level studies. Theory and practice experiences will focus on developing your ability to prioritise the requirements of people with complex needs. Building on previous skills a second focus will be on effective communication in diverse and challenging situations. Themes will include influencing others, managerial strategies and the effectiveness of the inter-professional team with the option to attend Inter-professional Learning (IPL) 3 and 4 conferences. You will continue to learn in both multi-field and field specific study groups. The learning objectives of this module are to increase your autonomy with regard to theory and practice learning whilst supporting your transition to degree level studies. You will learn primarily in field specific groups and your placements will all be field specific. The theory and practice experiences will focus on developing your ability to prioritize and manage the requirements of people with complex needs. Building on previous knowledge and skills, this semester will have a strong field-specific focus and the learning issues will be increasingly challenging. During this final year of the programme, you will also be expected to be an increasingly independent learner and use self-directed study time to enhance your learning in relation to the module outcomes. Your preparation for writing your literature review will be supported by taking part in seminars and a reading week. A group director will be allocated to provide academic support. Students in the children's nursing field will acquire and be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills related to working effectively with children and young people who have complex acute health needs. This module will focus on the acutely ill child (including the effects of respiratory distress and trauma on children, young people and their families), on care of the premature baby, on having to give bad news and the knowledge and skills required when coping with emergency situations arising within the context of children's nursing.




This module is about students exploring their role in relation to the enhancement of nursing practice and service delivery. The emphasis will be on the knowledge and skills of a resilient nurse. Key themes will include change management, service improvement, conflict management and decision making in complex situations. Students will #consolidate and review the knowledge and skills gained throughout the programme in relation to their field of practice #be expected to contribute to the management of practice learning environment #use the knowledge gained throughout the programme to act as a resource regarding best practice to members of the wider interprofessional team. The learning objectives of this module are to consolidate and review the knowledge and skills they have gained throughout the programme in relation to their field of practice. Contemporary legislation and policy is considered in the light of their existing knowledge and experience, with an emphasis on future autonomous practice. Self-management in complex and challenging situations is a key theme. They are expected to contribute to the management of their practice learning environment and use the knowledge they have gained throughout the programme to act as a resource regarding best practice for all members of the interprofessional team. During this final module of the programme, the students are expected to be an independent learner, using self-directed study time to enhance their learning in relation to the module outcomes. Their preparation for future practice will be further supported by participation in EBL and devising a Service Improvement Project.




Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Further Reading

Entry Requirements

  • A Level BBB or ABC or BBC with an A in the Extended Project
  • International Baccalaureate 31 points
  • Scottish Highers AABBB
  • Scottish Advanced Highers CCC
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 2 subjects at H2, 4 subjects at H3
  • BTEC DDM in a Health, Care or Science subject
  • European Baccalaureate 70%

Entry Requirement

Along with one of the qualifications above, you’ll need to hold GCSEs at grade 4 or grade C in English Language and Mathematics. A GCSE in a science subject at grade 4 or C will also strengthen your application. Please note that we are unable to accept Adult Numeracy or Literacy, Key Skills, City & Guilds, Functional Skills, BTEC Level 2 or Access to HE credits in lieu of GCSEs. If you hold alternative qualifications and would like to know if we’ll consider these in place of GCSEs, please contact the Admissions Service to enquire further (

Although not a requirement, a science subject at A level will strengthen your application (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Human Biology, PE or Mathematics). Please note that we don’t consider Psychology to be a science for this purpose.

A levels in General Studies, Critical Thinking and Public Services are not considered. AS levels are not considered.

Other Qualifications

We’d encourage an application if you hold or are working towards one of the following qualifications:

Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Health, Care or Science subject

Pass with Merit in 45 credits at Level 3

Bachelor Degree (hons)

2.1, or 2.2 with BBB at A level

CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education (Early Years Educator)


CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Development, or Children and Young People's Workforce, or Health and Social Care (including Technical Level)


Certificate of Higher Education

60% with BBB at A level

City & Guilds Advanced Extended Diploma in Health and Care (Health or Care pathway)


Diploma of Higher Education

60% with BBB at A level

Foundation Degree in a Health, Care or Science subject


Foundation Year in a Health, Care or Science subject



Along with one of these qualifications, you’ll need to hold GCSEs at grade 4 or grade C in English Language and Mathematics. A GCSE in a science subject at grade 4 or C will also strengthen your application. Please note that we are unable to accept Adult Numeracy or Literacy, Key Skills, City & Guilds, Functional Skills, BTEC Level 2 or Access to HE credits in lieu of GCSEs. If you hold alternative qualifications and would like to know if we’ll consider these in place of GCSEs, please contact the Admissions Service to enquire further (

We do not consider Apprenticeships, NVQs (any level) or Work-based Level 3 Diplomas (previously NVQs) to meet the minimum academic entry requirements, although these can be used as evidence of recent study. Please note that we’ll be unable to consider you for this course if you’ve obtained an academic fail from a previous health based degree programme, including where an exit award has been achieved.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of English language proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening at the following level:

IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in each component)

We will accept a number of English language qualifications to meet this requirement. Review our English Language Equivalences here.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

Pre-sessional English at INTO UEA

English for University Study at INTO UEA


The strongest applicants will be invited to interview. Due to the competition for places on this course, please note that meeting (or being predicted to meet) the minimum academic entry requirements will not guarantee that you will be selected for interview.

We interview using a ‘multiple mini interview’ format. You will spend approximately 7 minutes at each of four different ‘interview stations’ as part of this process. The interviews will explore a range of issues, including your suitability for the profession and the NHS values (as reflected in the NHS constitution). The process might include an interview with local school children.

Please note that we do not disclose interview questions. You can find further information about the interview day on our HSC Interview Days page.

Gap Year

We’ll welcome an application from you if you’ve already taken or intend to take a gap year. We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. If you’re intending to apply with deferred entry, you are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to do this when you apply. Please contact the Admissions Service ( if you would like to discuss this further.

Special Entry Requirements

We’d prefer you to be able to demonstrate evidence of recent formal academic study within 5 years of the start of the course. This is to ensure that you’re equipped to succeed on this academically rigorous programme. If you have not studied for an academic qualification within the last 5 years please contact our Admissions Service ( to enquire further.

We’ll look to consider your motivation to study this course, as well as whether you have a clear understanding of the profession (ideally with relevant voluntary or paid work in health care), and an interest in people.

Offers to successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory occupational health check, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring check (formerly CRB) and two satisfactory references.

We want you to succeed, and we’ll only consider making you an offer if we believe that you’ll have the potential to complete the course with a good final degree classification.

The Admissions Service will be happy to provide you with advice on further study, if required, that can help you make a future application to the course. Please contact us ( with any questions or if you need any further information.



Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students

Overseas Students

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

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