Our child nursing course is the first step towards a rewarding career, which could take you anywhere in the world and see you working with newborns, children and teenagers. With an equal balance of theory and practice, you will graduate as a critical thinker with hands-on experience.
On our Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) approved course, you will learn how to care for young people from birth up to the age of 18. As a children’s nurse, you’ll need to have a natural rapport with young people so that you can minimise the impact of illness or hospital stays. But of course, you will also work closely with parents, carers and relatives – so we will focus on communicating effectively and sympathetically with families.
We are committed to the principles and values of the NHS Constitution (DH, 2013) which include respect and dignity, commitment to quality of care, compassion, improving lives, working together for patients and the understanding that everyone counts. We will explore the impact of environmental, social, cultural and developmental factors on children's health, while considering how parental practices and children individual needs vary.
You’ll learn to co-ordinate and deliver evidence-based care, working alongside other health or social care teams, such as voluntary agencies, community groups and statutory bodies. We run a variety of healthcare programmes so there will also be opportunities to share your knowledge with students from other courses and discuss how your chosen professions interact. During your training, you will benefit from our facilities which reflect UK hospital wards and include a specialist child nursing room.
Our degree course is 50% theory and 50% practice placements. We work in partnership with local NHS trusts and other healthcare organisations, and you will be linked to one of our NHS trust partners for your placements. If you study in Cambridge, your placements will be around Cambridgeshire or West Essex. If you study in Chelmsford, your placements will be around Essex or North East London. If you have a preferred location for your placements, we’ll try to take this into account but cannot guarantee that you will be allocated there. While on placements, you will work shifts and will need to arrange your own transport. Consult our placement maps to find out more.
Teaching on campus takes place between 9am and 7pm, Monday to Friday. Placements will include early, late and night shifts, as well as weekends and bank holidays. You will have seven weeks’ annual holiday at set times (which may not coincide with school holidays).
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Our course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). When you graduate, you will be able to apply to register with the NMC and you will have a varied range of roles to choose from.
Specialist children's nurses can build careers in a number of fields. You might choose to become a specialist nurse practitioner, a consultant nurse or a modern matron. Or, you could choose to work in nurse education, research, or community healthcare management. Read our employability case studies to find out what our graduates do when they complete their course.
Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of rigorous and consistent assessment methods to help you and your tutors measure your progress. These will include exams, essays, presentations, care studies and practice assessment.
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.
Bursary still available for students starting in March 2017. For more information on changes to NHS funding in September 2016 and support available, please see our NHS students funding page.
The NHS finance package is made up of three parts, non-means tested grant, means-tested bursary and maintenance loan but there is some additional funding you might be eligible for:
From the above information we will calculate requirements for Scottish/Irish Highers, International, European and Welsh Baccalaureate equivalents so that they are all equitable. We will also accept tariff points from other qualifications on the UCAS tariff such as the Cambridge Pre-U (subject requirements will be assumed to be the same as for A Level).
All applications must go via UCAS. We only accept applications between September and 15 January for the following intake year. Late applications will only be considered if places are available.
Due to restrictions in the availability of placements in the NHS (UK National Health Service) we can't accept nursing applications from international students unless you have, and can produce evidence of, 'Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK' and have lived in the UK for three years or more for reasons other than education prior to the course. Residents of the EEA (other than UK) may not have to pay course fees but will not usually be eligible for a bursary.
If your application is shortlisted you'll be invited to attend an interview at our University. This will comprise of a talk about the course, numeracy test, literacy test, a group interview and an individual interview. You'll also be expected to send scanned copies of your original educational certificates and ID documentation prior to interview and bring the originals to a pre-course day prior to starting the course.
An enhanced level Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure is a check with police forces and local authorities in the UK to ascertain whether or not you are suitable to work with certain groups of vulnerable people. These checks are required to be carried out on all prospective students to ensure the safety of our client group.
Further information on DBS disclosure will be sent at a later date if you are successful and firmly accept your place at Anglia Ruskin University.
DBS re-checks: As a nursing student on the BSc Honours degree you will be required to undergo DBS screening each year.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
Add all your qualifications to the tariff calculator and check your total score against the entry requirements for your chosen intake, which can be found above
Full-time undergraduate (3 years)
March 2017, September 2017
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