Children and Young People (Top-Up) BSc (Hons)

Part-time undergraduate (Up to 3 years)

Cambridge, Chelmsford, Peterborough (Guild House)

January 2018, September 2017

Teaching times: your timetable will be personalised according to your choice of modules.


Already a qualified nurse or midwife? Join our degree course in Year 3 to develop your understanding of child health, and how you can deliver high standards of care to infants, children, young people and their families.

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Full description


Completing this course will give you the chance to progress further in your career, or to pursue postgraduate study such as our MSc Children and Young People.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Research Methodology
    You will learn to be analytical and insightful regarding research reports. You will gain an invaluable skill for anyone who wishes to provide effective and appropriate care in their individual sphere of practice. In addition, today's practitioner is required to work in a multi professional, multi-agency world which requires skills and insight into the efficacy of research. This module will revisit existing knowledge of the research process and assist you in further developing skills of critical analysis and ethical appraisal of published work.
  • Undergraduate Major Project
    The undergraduate major project enables you to raise and address significant questions relating to your chosen topic/issue. You'll be supported by a tutor with similar interests and research profile. This module requires autonomous study and it is your chance to demonstrate that you have met our University’s expectations and are ready to graduate.

Optional modules

  • Antenatal and Newborn Screening
    This module will enhance your decision-making about screening and deepen your understanding of the conditions you are looking for. You’ll cover the complex screening issues faced during pregnancy and the neonatal period, the screening tests, and conditions to look for. You’ll look at the principles and drivers which influence screening and its provision, and parents' perspective on screening. You’ll explore related ethical and professional issues, as well as communication and information-giving. You’ll also find out about the National Screening Committee.
  • Examination of the Newborn
    Our module will focus on the specialist knowledge and the clinical skills that are required to enable you to competently undertake a thorough Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) in clinical practice. You will use the in-depth knowledge and understanding that you have gained to enable you to recognise the deviations from the normal to initiate appropriate care and referral. Critical reflection and completion of the practice documents will allow you to further identify your learning needs and develop your scope of professional practice.
  • High Dependency and Intensive Care of the Newborn
    You’ll learn to respond to the holistic needs of infants and their families, and to think critically about the provision of high dependency and intensive neonatal care. You’ll examine contemporary evidence, analyse nursing and medical interventions in high dependency and intensive care settings, and ascertain appropriateness, effectiveness and best practice in given situations. You’ll also develop your ability to reflect on your own practice in the light of supporting evidence and national health policy directives.
  • High Dependency Care of the Acutely Ill Child
    This module will teach you to care for infants, children and young people with high-dependency needs, and who require Level 1 care. You’ll also learn to stabilise patients who need respiratory support or Level 2 care prior to transfer. You will learn to recognise when an infant, child or young person is acutely ill or potentially seriously unwell. You will also understand and explain the physiology and pathophysiology behind acute paediatric illness.
  • Intensive Care Nursing of the Critically Ill Child
    Our module offers the theoretical and practical skills you need to safely and independently manage the care of any critically ill child or young person aged under 18. You’ll learn to provide Level 2 care both within the paediatric intensive-care environment and outside of it (such as during transfer), as well as Level 3 care within the paediatric intensive-care environment (with support from others in the multidisciplinary team). As part of the course, you’ll experience periods of time in neonatal intensive care and in another paediatric intensive care setting with a different tertiary specialty from your normal place of work.
  • Mentorship Preparation
    This module develops the skills you need to support and assess learners in practice. If you're a registered healthcare professional, it will help you to meet your professional body's requirements for mentorship/practice educator, and to enter the local register of mentors. Our mentorship preparation modules have been designed to develop future mentors who will be able to offer skilled, compassionate and effective support for learners in the workplace, underpinned by the value base of their profession and those enshrined in the NHS Constitution (Department of Health, 2013).
  • Mentorship, Work-Based Learning and Assessment in Health and Social Care
    This work-based module is aimed at practitioners who have a comparable mentorship qualification and a requirement to demonstrate the application of this to current professional body mentorship standards. It’s designed to encourage you to review your existing knowledge and skills and to consider the current context of practice learning, by supporting and assessing a learner in practice. It gives you the opportunity to meet professional body standards, and then to take on the role of mentor yourself.
  • Special and Transitional Care of the Newborn
    The module is divided into theoretical and practical elements. This lets you take a holistic approach to exploring the concept of special and transitional care, and the needs of the newborn infant and their family. You’ll look at the provision of special and transitional care in the light of supporting evidence, and reflect critically on your own practice. You’ll also consider nursing and medical interventions which can be used in this setting, deepening your understanding of their appropriateness and effectiveness and of best practice.


We'll assess your progress in a number of ways, including case studies, portfolios, case presentations, and the development of individual learning plans (with support from your mentor).

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.

With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.

At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly, supportive and experienced staff. With over 150 research students across our three doctoral programmes (PhD; DProf and EdD), we provide the multi-disciplinary perspective and potential for academic debate that reflects our position as a leader in practitioner-focused and practice-led research studies.

Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.

You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, social services, local and regional authorities, schools and academic institutions.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Peterborough (Guild House)
Guild House

Guild House is our dedicated healthcare campus in the historic city of Peterborough.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year, part time)


Important fee notes

The course fee assumes that you’re studying at half the rate of a full time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees in the following ways.

Tuition fee loan

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

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If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

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Funding for UK & EU students

We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

Grants and scholarships are available for:

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

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