BNurs Children's Nursing

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

Degree awarded
Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) / Master of Nursing
Duration
3 years/4 years for MNurs
Typical A-level offer

BCC (including specific subjects).

Typical International Baccalaureate offer
We require 32 points overall including at least one science related subject (Biology, Chemistry or Psychology) and 3 subjects at higher level each with grade of 5.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

60 places

How to apply
Apply through UCAS .

Course overview

  • Study at a university ranked 3rd in the world and 2nd in the UK for nursing (QS World University Rankings 2019).
  • Become eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) while also receiving a degree at the end of three years of study.
  • Gain experience of different clinical areas through placements with trusts that offer specialist services, as well as having the opportunity to go on a placement in an alternative setting in the UK or abroad.
  • Take a course that has produced many of the country's leading nurse practitioners, researchers and policymakers.
  • Have the option to add a year on to your course to complete an integrated master's (MNurs).
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Children's Nursing at The University of Manchester

Open days

Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying nursing at Manchester is like. Find out about our upcoming open days .

Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2019 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £23,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

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Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 7603
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/study/nursing/
School/Faculty overview
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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Entry requirements

A-level

We require grades BCC, 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.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications. Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions, except for Mathematics programmes.

GCSE

GCSEs must include English and Maths at a minimum of Grade C (a Grade 4 in the newly reformed GCSEs in England) or above with the overall GCSE profile being at least 5 GCSEs Grade B (a Grade 6 in the newly reformed GCSEs in England) or above in different subjects. We no longer accept equivalents to GCSE for English and Maths.

International Baccalaureate

We require 32 points overall including at least one science related subject (Biology, Chemistry or Psychology) and 3 subjects at higher level each with grade of 5.

Scottish requirements

We require grades BBBBB in five suitable Scottish Higher level subjects (including at least one science or science related subject (e.g. Chemistry, Biology and Psychology) and one Advanced Higher at grade B. English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade B).

Welsh Baccalaureate

We require the Graded Advance Welsh Baccalaureate with the Advanced Skills Study Certificate ate Grade B, plus two A levels at grade BB including at least one science (eg Biology, Chemistry or Psychology). GCSE requirement must include English Language and Maths at a minimum of Grade C or 4 or above with the overall GCSE profile being at least 5 GCSEs Grade C or above in different subjects.

European Baccalaureate

This qualification is acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications. Applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all such applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Contact the University for further information.

Other international entry requirements

Please note that further information will be displayed here once confirmed.

Foundation year

The University recognises a number of foundation programmes as suitable for entry to this undergraduate programme:We accept Health related Foundation Degrees as an entry route to our nursing degree.

You must complete the foundation degree (Levels 4 and 5) with an overall distinction grade. You must also have GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or above and ideally a Science GCSE at grade C or above.

We do not accept equivalents to GCSE English or Maths. Other factors are also considered on an individual basis, such as other educational achievements, professional qualifications, life experience and relevant skills.

Applicants should contact the academic School to check if their qualification is recognised for entry to this programme and for specific entry requirements.

Pearson BTEC qualifications

Pearson BTEC National Extended Certificate

D in combination with two A levels at grades BB at least one science or science related subject (e.g. Chemistry, Biology and Psychology)

Pearson BTEC National Foundation Diploma

DD in combination with two A Levels at grades BB at least one science or science related subject (e.g. Chemistry, Biology and Psychology)

Pearson BTEC National Diploma

DD in combination with an A Level at grade B at least one science or science related subject (e.g. Chemistry, Biology and Psychology)

Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma

DDD in BTEC Health and Social Care or Applied Science - 1/3 of the units undertaken must be in a science or science related unit.

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Certificate (CTEC)

D in combination with two A levels at grades BB at least one science or science related subject (e.g. Chemistry, Biology and Psychology)

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Foundation Diploma (CTEC)

DD in combination with two A Levels at grades BB at least one science or science related subject (e.g. Chemistry, Biology and Psychology)

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Diploma (CTEC)

DD in combination with an A Level at grade B at least one science or science related subject (e.g. Chemistry, Biology and Psychology)

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma (CTEC)

DDD in Health and Social Care or Applied Science - 1/3 of the units undertaken must be in a science or science related unit.

Access to HE Diploma

We welcome applicants completing an Access to HE course in a health or science related subject. However, other factors including additional educational achievements, life experience and skills will also be assessed on an individual basis. QAA's normal requirements for diploma applicants are 60 credits with 45 at level 3 and the remainder at level 2.Applicants must also have GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or above. We no longer accept equivalents to GCSE for English and Maths.

Access to HE (graded from 2010)

Of the 45 credits at level 3, 30 must be at distinction grade and the remaining 15 credits at merit grade. Also, 30 of the 45 level 3 credits must be in science or health-science related subjects.

Applicants must also have GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above. We no longer accept equivalents to GCSE for English and Maths. We also consider other factors on an individual basis, such as additional educational achievements, life experience and work related skills.

Cambridge Pre-U

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken to include at least one science or science related subject (e.g. Chemistry, Biology and Psychology) Grades required will be M1 ¿ M2 and/or a grade B at A Level.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Home-schooled applicants

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines .

Non-standard educational routes

Health Related Foundation Degrees

We accept Health related Foundation Degrees as an entry route. You must have completed the foundation degree (Levels 4 and 5) with an overall distinction grade.

You must also have GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or above and ideally a Science GCSE at grade C or above. We do not accept equivalents to GCSE English or Maths. Other factors are also considered on an individual basis, such as other educational achievements, professional qualifications, life experience and relevant skills.

Graduates

We are able to consider applications from graduates on an individual basis. Applicants must have achieved a minimum of 2:2 in their previous degree. If your degree is not in a relevant subject, we recommend that you consider undertaking some additional study in a relevant subject area such as Biology, Chemistry, Psychology or Health and Social Care. You may also need to demonstrate recent study in a health related subject. If you have not previously studied human biology, we may recommend that you do so prior to commencing the course.

English language

We require GCSE English at grade C or above.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Relevant work experience

As nursing involves many skills, work experience from a range of areas is relevant - but not mandatory - for this course, including paid employment or voluntary work.

This may include direct experience in a healthcare setting and/or other settings that involve the use of communication skills.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Advice to applicants

Please refer to the  application process  page for further guidance on:

  • how to apply
  • how your application is considered
  • personal statement guidance
  • interview requirements.

The following links provide further information:

How your application is considered

Please refer to the application process page for specific information on how we consider applications.

Interview requirements

We shortlist applicants for interviews for this course. Please refer to the application process page for more information.

Returning to education

We welcome applications from candidates returning to education. If you are returning to education, you should have completed some assessed study at level 3 in the five years prior to the start of the course.

If you do not have recent study (in the last five years) but otherwise meet the academic entry requirements, we recommend you look into taking an Access to Higher Education course in a health or science related subject, or AS-/A-level or an Open University module (preferably in a relevant subject) in order to meet this requirement.

Fitness to practise / health requirements

All offers of a place are subject to satisfactory health screening and an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (completed prior to registration). The health screening comprises completion of a detailed health questionnaire by the applicant and their General Practitioner and also a medical appointment with the University's Occupational Health Department.

In order to be admitted and continue on the course, you must be deemed as medically fit for both practice and theory by the Occupational Health Department. If you have any concerns about a health condition/issue and its impact on your ability to undertake the course please contact the Occupational Health Department as early as possible in the application process.

Tel: +44(0)161 306 5806

Email:  millocchealth@manchester.ac.uk

Disclosure and Barring Service check

If your application is successful, we require you to comply with an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The health screening comprises completion of a detailed health questionnaire by the applicant and their General Practitioner and also a medical appointment with the University's Occupational Health Department. For further information, including the process used in the case of positive disclosures, see:  DBS checks  (PDF, 104 KB)

Deferrals

It is possible to defer your place in exceptional circumstances.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.  In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Course details

Course description

Our BNurs/MNurs Children's Nursing course will help you become a skilled and highly sought-after graduate nurse capable of meeting the physical and mental health needs of children and young people from birth right through adolescence and into young adulthood.

You will learn how to handle a complex role that involves supporting parents or carers, siblings and other family members in both hospital and community settings such as the home or school.

You will split your time equally between learning theory on campus and applying your knowledge to practice alongside other health professionals on your placements , which include those at specialist trusts and the opportunity to work in alternative settings in the UK and overseas.

You will receive support from both our staff and your fellow students throughout your time at Manchester, as well as from experienced mentors while on placement.

As a graduate, you'll have the choice of practicing as a children's nurse, going into a specialist or a leadership role, or undertaking further study, research opportunities or teaching.

The BNurs award is for the three-year undergraduate course. Depending on your performance in Years 1 and 2, you will have the opportunity to apply to extend your studies by a year to undertake an integrated master's in nursing. This will also involve an additional year of tuition fees.

By choosing to complete the integrated master's, you are preparing for career progression within nursing by developing your leadership and research skills. The integrated master's will deliver units at postgraduate level, developing your skills in critical engagement with issues at the forefront of your chosen field of nursing.

Special features

Superb reputation

Manchester has been ranked 3rd in the world and 2nd in the UK for nursing study in the 2019 QS World University Rankings.

Varied and high-quality placements

You will experience a range of practice placements in both community and hospital settings, with support from experienced mentors. Placements include those at trusts offering specialist services. You may also choose to gain experience elsewhere in the UK or even overseas.

Student-focused course

You will learn how to apply theory to practice through our course's 50:50 split of on-campus learning and practical experience, ensuring you receive the tutor support you need while also consolidating your knowledge of nursing theory.

Family-friendly learning

Addressing the philosophy of Athena SWAN, we look to minimise early starts and late finishes and ensure - where possible - that public holidays are included in your annual leave entitlement.

Additional course information

You will spend 50% of your learning time in a clinical placement learning 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 have excellent working relationships with local NHS Trusts in Greater Manchester and the north-west, and you will undertake a range of practice placements in both community and hospital settings.

See the nursing placements page for more information.

Teaching and learning

Our course is designed to include both theory and practice, linking the most current research-based knowledge with practice in a student-centred approach.

You will engage in problem-based learning, skills laboratories and computer-based learning, as well as the more traditional lecture and seminar-based formats. Lectures take place in a large group with small group teaching for seminars.

The practice element of our course is given equal status to the theoretical work and practical placements are undertaken in a range of placement settings in Greater Manchester and the wider north-west.

Find out more about nursing teaching and learning at Manchester .

Dedicated student support

We offer dedicated student support to all of our students, helping you to handle the demands of both academic work and placements.

See the student support page for more information.

Coursework and assessment

Learning is divided into a number of units in each year. The content and assessments for each unit are planned and delivered by a small team of lecturers with the relevant expertise related to those topic areas.

Unit assessments vary and include written and multiple-choice exams, essays, case studies, poster presentations, online work and a skills lab-based exam.

Most units of learning also include the assessment of relevant skills in practice, which are carried out by the nursing mentors during the clinical placements.

To complete the course, you are required to pass all theory and practice assessments.

Course content for year 1

The first year explores the core aspects of nursing knowledge through lectures, field-specific seminars, workshops, simulation, conferences and fieldwork. You will begin to develop a portfolio of learning and reflect on your knowledge, skills and practice experiences.

Practical skills will be developed through on-campus experiences and through two practice placements in Greater Manchester. Students in clinical practice also have the opportunity to undertake spoke placements. These are short and discrete opportunities for practical experience to aid learning about other fields of nursing practice.

Whilst on placement you will be supervised and assessed in accordance with the NMC (2018) standards framework for nursing and midwifery education.

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Public Health, Society and Nursing NURS10021 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing Practice NURS10030 20 Mandatory
Evidence Based Nursing Practice NURS10042 10 Mandatory
Collaborative Care Planning NURS10052 10 Mandatory
Essential Skills for Nursing Practice 1 NURS10061 20 Mandatory
Clinical Placement 2 (Year 1) NURS10072 20 Mandatory
Clinical Placement 3 (Year 1) NURS10082 20 Mandatory
Values Based Nursing NURS10091 10 Mandatory

Course content for year 2

The second year focuses on developing nursing knowledge and the continued application of biosciences to field-specific nursing practice.

You may also choose to personalise your learning by selecting two discovery units from a menu of choices (limits apply). Please see the list below for optional units.

You may also pick from the University College for Integrated Learning (limits apply).

You will continue developing your portfolio of learning this year, reflecting on how you can improve your skills.

There will be three practice placements in Year 2 which involve caring for individuals from your field of practice in a variety of settings.

You will also have the opportunity to state a preference for one placement type within the Greater Manchester practice circuit that is related to education, research, or leadership and management. Where possible, this placement type will be facilitated.

Alternatively, you can undertake a placement outside Greater Manchester, either in the UK or overseas.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Applied Biosciences for Nursing Practice (Bioscience 2) NURS23100 20 Mandatory
Developing Nursing Knowledge & Skills NURS23101 20 Mandatory
Year 2 Clinical Placement 2 NURS23132 20 Mandatory
Year 2 Clinical Placement 1 NURS23141 20 Mandatory
Year 2 Clinical Placement 3 NURS23142 20 Mandatory
Negotiated Study NURS23110 10 Optional
Principles of Adult Critical and Intensive Care Nursing NURS23111 10 Optional
Dementia: Empowering and Creative Practice NURS23112 10 Optional
Delivering Harm Free Care in Infection prevention & Tissue Viability NURS23121 10 Optional
Supportive and Palliative Care in a Multi-Professional Context NURS23122 10 Optional
Introduction to Neonatal Low Dependency Care NURS23131 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 11 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

Year 3 is about consolidating your knowledge and building confidence for practice. While studying on campus and undertaking three practice placements you will continue to reflect on your learning and practice through your portfolio.

In Year 3 all units are mandatory, with the exception of Advancing Care - The Social and Political Context of Health and Social Care. This unit is completed by students progressing to the MNurs in place of clinical placement 3.

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Nurse as a Leader, Manager and Coordinator of Care NURS31300 20 Mandatory
Nurse as an Inquirer of Clinical Evidence NURS31301 20 Mandatory
The Nurse as a Supervisor and Educator NURS31302 20 Mandatory
Year 3 Clinical Placement 1 NURS31311 20 Mandatory
Year 3 Clinical Placement 2 NURS31312 20 Mandatory
Year 3 Clinical Placement 3 NURS31322 20 Optional
Advancing Care - The Social and Political Context of Health and Social Care NURS31342 20 Optional

Course content for year 4

If you achieve grades equivalent to an Upper Second in your Year 1 and Year 2 assessments, you will be eligible to apply to undertake the integrated master's (Year 4) component of the course.

This is a 120-credit course that will involve studying a mixture of units at postgraduate level (following a bridging undergraduate theory unit in Year 3 that will prepare you for higher level study).

All units are mandatory for successful completion of the MNurs.

The taught components of the course allow you to develop your knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of nursing, clinical practice, education, and improve your leadership skills.

Course units for year 4

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Research in Professional Practice (Major Project) NURS41000 45 Optional
Leadership and Professional Practice NURS41001 15 Optional
Shaping Nurses Recognition and Response to Serious Illness NURS41002 15 Optional
Year 4 Clinical Practice and Portfolio NURS41010 30 Optional
Nurse Education in Practice NURS41012 15 Optional

What our students say

I enjoy placements, as learning in practice in combination with theory increases my knowledge of nursing. Learning here has been very beneficial as the course incorporates both social sciences and science in general. I'd recommend this course because the support is amazing. My aim for the future is to specialise in emergency care for children.

Saira Imtiaz

Find out more about what it's like to study at Manchester on the  Biology, Medicine and Health Student Blog .

Facilities

We have extensive facilities in place to support you throughout your studies, including skills laboratories and workshops, as well as online resources and the vast wealth of information in the University's library.

See more information about our nursing learning facilities , or find out more about the University's facilities for all undergraduates.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Students are encouraged to contact the disability support office either before accepting an offer from the University of Manchester or as soon as possible thereafter in order to avoid delays in getting help and assistance.

Careers

Career opportunities

We aim to enhance your employability throughout your time with us to make sure you are well prepared for the jobs market. 100% of our graduates go on to work or further study after completing the course.

Students completing our programme are highly valued by local employers. There are numerous employment opportunities available within NHS Trusts and other healthcare settings for newly-qualified staff.

A UK-registered nursing qualification is recognised in many countries around the world, and therefore provides potential opportunities for travel and work abroad. Find out more on the NHS Health Careers website .

Careers advice

During the course, you will have access to dedicated academic employability staff with extensive professional contacts who bring students and NHS employers together.

Employability events

You will be able to attend a variety of targeted careers events throughout the course.

Accrediting organisations

The course is approved by the  Nursing and Midwifery Council  (NMC), the UK regulator for nursing and midwifery professions. The primary purpose of the NMC is protection of the public. It does this through maintaining a register of all qualified nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses eligible to practise within the UK and by setting national standards for their education, training and conduct.