Nursing - Child BSc (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years)

Cambridge, Chelmsford

January 2019, September

Please note: this course is open to UK and EU applicants only, as the availability of work placements in the UK health service is limited.
January start only available in Chelmsford.

code: B730

Apply via UCAS


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.

Full description


Our course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). When you graduate, you'll be able to apply to register with the NMC.

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.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Fundamentals Knowledge and Skills for Nursing
    This first theory / practice module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to deliver fundamental and safe care. You will reflect on patient safety, the NMC Code (2015) and NHS Constitution values. An introduction to human anatomy and physiology and to the prevention of ill-health and promotion of healthy behaviours will prepare you to recognise the nurse’s role in public health. Mental illness and recovery and common mental health problems and diagnoses will be studied and conditions such as dementia will be explored. You will also be introduced to leadership skills, study skills, communication and interpersonal skills. Finally, fundamental skills of hygiene, infection control, nutrition, fluid management and medicines management awareness will be provided in skills based sessions.
  • Professional Knowledge and Values for Nursing Practice
    Professional and NHS Constitution values will be explored from a range of perspectives. Person-centred care will be addressed through the exploration of patient autonomy and patients’ rights. The concepts of advocacy, raising concerns and candour will provide you with an understanding of the legal and ethical parameters that support the delivery of safe care. The module builds on knowledge of bioscience and clinical skills to further enhance delivery of safe fundamental care. Communication skills are also considered across a range of service user groups including those with sensory impairment, learning difficulties and dementia. Key themes include professional values, multi-cultural needs, recognising and raising concerns as well as safety in drug administration.
  • Medicines Calculations for Safe Practice 1
    A professional requirement of the course is that you become proficient in medicine calculations. Each year, you will undertake an online medicine calculations module which offers the opportunity for unlimited practice related to a variety of medicine calculations. When you take your exam in your first year, you will be required to get a pass rate of 80%.

Year two, core modules

  • Exploring Contemporary Issues in Children and Young People's Nursing
    You will explore contemporary issues in child nursing in both practice and the classroom. It will enable you to develop an understanding of the assessment needs of children and young people and it will help you plan and deliver care in a variety of different practice areas. You will explore the developmental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual needs of children and young people and the importance of the explicit knowledge required to deliver holistic family centred care. The children's nurse's role in health promotion and the local, national and international policy which influence strategies and initiatives will be considered.
  • Holistic Care for the Acutely Ill Child and Young Person
    This theory and practice module will enable you to challenge your existing knowledge and skills of nursing assessment and will prepare you to care for acutely ill children, young people and their families. The module content is centred on an ABCDE approach. Alongside theory input you will participate in clinical scenarios around the deteriorating infant, child & young person (e.g. acute respiratory failure, hypovolemic shock and sepsis). You will experience computer-controlled simulation skills to develop competencies in recognising and responding to patient deterioration.
  • Medicines Calculations for Safe Practice 2
    A professional requirement of the course is that you become proficient in medicine calculations. Each year, you will undertake an online medicine calculations module which offers the opportunity for unlimited practice related to a variety of medicine calculations. When you take your exam in your second year, you will be required to get a pass rate of 90%.

Year three, core modules

  • Leadership and Decision Making in Nursing
    This module will enable you to enhance your leadership, peer coaching and decision making skills. You will develop a varied and flexible repertoire of skills to be able to work effectively within multi-disciplinary teams, in the often challenging environments encountered in modern clinical practice. Development of key management skills of assertiveness, delegation and coaching will be provided as well as tools for resilience to withstand the stresses and pressures of practice. You will be equipped to make a successful transition to registered nurse and to generate positive change in delivering high quality patient care.
  • Promoting Quality in Health Care
    Understanding and applying concepts of quality assurance, clinical governance, standard setting and the role of audit in maintaining standards will be key drivers in this module. Risk assessment and management are equally as important in supporting patient safety and you will have the opportunity to consider how patient safety may be enhanced through an exploration of human factors and system design. All practice will take place in Adult Nursing settings to ensure that you develop and apply these skills to you own field of nursing. During the final practice placement, you will be expected to negotiate an area for service improvement to enhance the patient experience.
  • Medicines Calculations for Safe Practice 3
    A professional requirement of the course is that you become proficient in medicine calculations. Each year, you will undertake an online medicine calculations module which offers the opportunity for unlimited practice related to a variety of medicine calculations. When you take your exam in your final year, you will be required to get a pass rate of 100%.

Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change.


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.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.

We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.

We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support or students through their learning.

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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We, our NHS Trusts and partner institutions value culture and diversity and this is reflected on our child nursing course. We also support your spiritual needs and would encourage you to follow the practices of your personal faith, including prayer and dress and spiritual symbols.

In order to protect patients, a uniform which adheres to all NHS Trust uniform policy in relation to infection control, health and safety and the NMC code will be provided. If you have concerns that these requirements may impact upon your personal spiritual beliefs then please speak to your admission tutor, who will advise you accordingly.

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students starting 2018/19 or 2019/20 (per year)


Fee information

For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages

Entry requirements

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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.

International applicants

Due to restrictions in the availability of placements in the NHS (UK National Health Service) we are unable to consider applications from international students unless you have, and can produce evidence of, 'Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK' (or equivalent) and have lived in the UK for three years or more for reasons other than education prior to the course. EEA nationals are welcome to apply.


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 and for three mini multiple interviews (MMI). 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 the interview day.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

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 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.

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