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Nursing: Child Nursing (3 Years) [BNurs]

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Degree awarded
3 years
Number of places/applicants
Typical A-level offer

The School requires grades BBB, including at least one science (Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Health and Social Care, Applied Science).

GCSE requirement must include English, Science and Maths at a minimum of Grade C or above with the overall GCSE profile being at least 5 GCSEs Grade B or above. We no longer accept equivalents to GCSE for English and Maths.

Full entry requirements

Typical International Baccalaureate offer

We require 31 points overall including at least one science or science related subject (Biology, Chemistry or Psychology).

3 subjects at higher level each with the grade of 5. Plus GCSE requirement which must include English, Science and Maths at a minimum of Grade C or above with the overall GCSE profile being at least 5 GCSEs Grade B or above in different subjects.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Course description

Students study the theoretical basis of nursing practice and a range of theories of human functioning drawn from behavioural, social and biological sciences. Emphasis is placed on the importance of competence in clinical nursing practice combined with in-depth knowledge and evidence-based decision making skills.

Clinical practice placements

The development and assessment of nursing competencies in clinical practice is a key feature and requirement of the course. Students will learn what it is like to work within the modern NHS, developing clinical knowledge, skills and confidence as a key member of the professional healthcare team.

The School maintains excellent working relationships with local NHS Trusts in Greater Manchester and the wider North West, and students will undertake a range of practice placements in both community and hospital settings. Clinical staff based within practice placements and academic staff from the School are available to support students with their studies whilst on placement, and to assist and guide should any difficulties arise.

Fifty percent of the course is undertaken in clinical practice and students will be required to follow shift patterns in clinical placement areas where they are working. This will include early shifts starting from 7.00am and late shifts, sometimes finishing at 9.30pm. Clinical placements will usually be within the Greater Manchester regions but on occasion may be further afield. You will be expected to travel to their placement to work a normal shift pattern.

You will also be required to work some weekends and some night duty during the 3 years. Annual leave entitlement is set in advance by the University and is non-negotiable. However, it does include time off over Christmas, New Year and Easter.

During clinical placements, you will be supervised by qualified health professionals and are allocated a named mentor. Their role is to support you in practice-based learning and to assess your developing knowledge and skills against required competencies. In order to gain sufficient time in practice, the course is 39 weeks per year and extends beyond the normal university semesters.

The course prepares students to practise effectively in a variety of professional child nursing settings. This well-established course has a national and international reputation for excellence, and has produced many of the country's leading nurse practitioners, researchers, academics and policy makers.

 A map of some of our main locations for practice placements can be viewed at the link below:

In order to try and minimise the amount of travelling Nursing students need to undertake, from 2011, the BNurs has introduced a trial of placement zones:

Open days

The best way to get a feel for what it's like to study at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work is to come and visit us on one of the University of Manchester open days.


Fees for entry in 2015 will be paid in full by the NHS for home/EU students. The course is not open to international students. For general information please see the undergraduate fees pages.


As a contribution to living and travel costs, UK students starting on NHS funded programmes after 1 September 2012 can apply annually for an NHS bursary. For further details, see: NHS Student Bursaries . (NHS Business Services Authority website; The University of Manchester is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.)

UK students may also apply for a student loan. Loans are normally reduced for nursing students as they have had their fees paid by the NHS.

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Academic department
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
+44 (0)161 306 7603
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