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Nursing: Child Nursing (3 Years) [BNurs]

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UCAS course code
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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 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 Language 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

You will study the theoretical basis of nursing practice plus behavioural, social and biological sciences applied to health. 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. You 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.

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

50% of the course is undertaken in clinical practice and you will be required to follow shift patterns in clinical placement areas where you 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 your placement to work a normal shift pattern. We advise that you set up childcare arrangements close to your home to enable flexibility of travel to different clinical placements.

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 will prepare you 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.

To try to minimise the amount of travelling to practice placements you will be allocated a placement zone. View our map to see some of our main zones and locations for practice placements.

Open days

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


Fees for entry in 2016 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, travel and childcare/carer costs, UK students starting on NHS funded programmes after 1 September 2012 can apply annually for an NHS Student Bursary .

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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Contact details

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