BSc Children's Nursing


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(The Complete University Guide 2019)


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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 11th in the UK for nursing (Complete University Guide 2020) 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 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.

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 Regional Practice Document 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.

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 2020/1


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/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
  • Access Course Pass with Merit in 45 credits at Level 3, in a Health, Care or Science subject
  • BTEC DDM in Health, Care or Science
  • European Baccalaureate 70%

Entry Requirement

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

Bachelor Degree (hons)

2.1, or 2.2 with BBC at A level

Certificate of Higher Education

55% with BBC at A level

Diploma of Higher Education


Foundation Degree in a Health, Care or Science subject

55% with BBC at A level

Foundation Year of an undergraduate degree programme at a UK university, in a Health, Care or Science subject

60% with BBC at A level

Open University (60 credits) in a Health, Care or Science subject


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)


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



UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher level. Please email if you would like to check whether any particular combination of qualifications would be suitable for entry onto this degree programme.

Please note that we do not consider A levels in General Studies or Critical Thinking, 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.

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

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including reading, writing, speaking and listening):

IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in each component)

We will also accept a number of other 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 direct entry our partner, 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

Academic English at INTO UEA


The strongest applicants will be invited to interview. Please note that meeting (or being predicted to meet) the minimum academic entry requirements will not guarantee that you will be selected for interview.

The interviews will explore a range of issues, including your suitability for the profession and the NHS values (as reflected in the NHS constitution). 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.

Please note that we do not disclose interview questions. You can find further information about the interview process here:

School of Health Sciences - Interviews

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have 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 planning to apply with deferred entry, you are advised to indicate your reason for this on your UCAS application.

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 email to enquire further. 

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

If necessary, the Admissions Service will be happy to provide you with advice on further study that might help you to make a future application to the course. Please email with any questions or if you need any further information.


The annual intake is in September each year.

GCSE Offer

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 at GCSE.

We can also consider Functional Skills Level 2 Mathematics, Essential Skills Wales L2 Application of Number or Essential Skills Northern Ireland L2 Application of Number instead of GCSE Mathematics.

Course Open To

UK, EU and Overseas applicants.

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. 

You can find all of the Undergraduate Scholarships offered at UEA here, including information about 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 application 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 is sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14.


Please complete our Online Enquiry Form to request a prospectus and to be kept up to date with news and events at the University. 

    Next Steps

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