Deliver intensive care to premature babies, use your emotional intelligence to anticipate the needs of young service users in complex situations, and work alongside families to comprehend the impact of injury or illness on overall child development. Ranked 10th in the world and 3rd amongst UK universities for nursing (QS World Rankings by Subject 2017), our diverse approach to teaching will help you become a high-calibre healthcare professional within the child nursing field.
On this three year full time degree you will profit from 2300 hours in clinical practice, within hospital and community settings, working alongside a multi-disciplinary team, reinforcing our values-based curriculum. The combination of both will provide you with the mental acuity to tackle healthcare policy and become an advocate for young patients who may not be able to communicate their needs alone.
Upon finishing your degree you will be entitled to register in practice with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which is the body that regulates the UK profession.
On this BN degree in child nursing you will learn that children's bodies can behave very differently to those of adults. Symptoms in children can often be sudden and extreme. Plus, illness or injury in children can have long term consequences for their future development. In addition, children generally cannot express themselves as clearly as adults, so good communication skills are central to doing well on the course.
Throughout this child nursing degree you will benefit from top academics who will support you all the way. You'll also benefit from the latest in scientific knowledge, thanks to the cutting edge research that we conduct.
All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Visit our How to Apply page for information on the application process and further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details. Specific application deadlines are available on the UCAS website.
This BN Child Nursing degree gives you the optimum blend of 50 per cent academic study and 50 per cent practical experience, to ensure proper preparation and assessment in both areas.
You will learn a lot of your skills whilst on practice placements, which take place across a whole spectrum of healthcare settings; therefore helping you to become a true all-rounder in your profession.
“The course helps you develop not only your skills as a Nurse but your resilience and compassion for the practice. It’s hard to explain how much you learn and grow as a person, but it all stems from the experience you gain from practical placements.”
Calum Lyon - BN (Hons) Bachelor of Nursing (Child)
Applications should be submitted through UCAS. Once you have submitted your application, the Admissions Team will review it to check that you either already meet or are on target to meet our academic entry criteria for this course. If so, your application will be passed to the Programme Admissions Tutor who will review your personal statement and reference and assess these against fixed criteria.
What will the Admissions Tutors look for in my Personal Statement?
The Admissions Tutor looks for evidence that you offer a caring and compassionate approach; that your personal values and attitudes align with those of the NHS Constitution and the University; that you have realistic insight to the area you plan to study; and that you are committed to both study and practice parts of the course.
Why do you want to be a Child Nurse? - What is it about ‘your’ attitudes, values and character that makes this profession so appropriate for you?
What do you understand about the role? - To further strengthen your application, it is important that you demonstrate a clear insight into your chosen profession and scope of the role. This should hopefully be achieved by reflecting on relevant work experience, volunteering or shadowing you may have undertaken.
Discuss your relevant academic preparation - What have you particularly enjoyed during your studies and how do you feel this has prepared you for this course. Discuss any particularly relevant projects/work you may have undertaken.
Personal interests – sports / music / drama / ‘team’ / job / responsibilities / relaxing / etc. Identify transferable skills that will be useful in your chosen profession.
The Admissions Tutor will then decide whether to shortlist your application and invite you to attend a selection session or reject your application. You will normally be notified of this decision within 3 weeks of submitting your application, however at peak times this can be longer.
What happens if my application is shortlisted?
If the Admissions Tutor decides to invite you to a selection session you will receive an invitation via email. You will be offered a range of dates to choose from and further information on how to confirm your attendance. You will also receive a link to a website with important information informing you how to prepare and what to expect during your selection session.
Nursing Selection sessions normally last approximately 4 hours. During this time you will undertake a number of assessed activities:
Numeracy and written exercise – a total of 45 minutes available to answer 10 numeracy questions and one written question linked to NHS Core Values. The numeracy questions are similar to Level 2 Key Skills/Functional Skills questions. Example numeracy questions can be found in the "Useful Downloads" section, at the bottom of the Programme Overview page. To help you prepare for this we recommend you use the BBC Bitesize revision tools.
Group Discussion – small groups of around 6 applicants will have 20 minutes to discuss a particular topic linked to NHS Core Values. Two assessors will monitor this discussion and you will be assessed on your contribution and your interaction with other members of the group. It will be helpful to draw on your experience during this task and hopefully interesting to hear views and opinions from others with similar interests to you.
Reflection – short 1:1 discussion with Assessor which will allow you to reflect on the group discussion.
Situational Judgement – short activity exploring NHS Core Values only lasting around 3-4 minutes
For each activity you will be given a numerical score. All scores will be combined and used in conjunction with details from your application to determine whether to make you an offer or reject your application. You will normally be notified of this decision within 2 weeks of attending the selection session.
During the selection session you are likely to meet academic members of staff, current students, clinicians and service users. Their thoughts and observations support the evidence you have provided on the day but be assured that all final decisions are made by the admissions tutor, who will review your whole application to enable a final decision to be made.
As part of the selection session, you will also have the opportunity to pose yours questions to Admissions Tutors and current students in order to discover more about the course and studying at Southampton. We get a lot of information from you in this session so it’s important that you ask all your questions too.
Understanding your offer
If you receive an offer of a place to study on our course, this will be a “Conditional” offer. This means to secure your place on this course you need to meet certain conditions such as attaining certain academic grades/qualifications. Any conditions attached to your offer will be shown on UCAS Track.
All offers are also made on the condition that you pass an Occupational Health check and Disclosure and Barring Service (criminal record) check. Further information on these processes will be provided to you before you start the course.
You will only be able to enrol on the course when you have met all these conditions and your offer becomes “Unconditional”.
Typical course content
The modules are designed to cover the many subjects needed for nursing including health sciences, psychology, sociology, leadership, politics and the fiscal aspects of nursing.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the
programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage
of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide
Fees & funding
Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically
£9,250 per year.
Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most
part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.
Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your
Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or
your country of origin.
These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such
essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the
academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the
You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.).
Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
IT: Computers are provided on the campus but many student choose to use their own laptops/tablets to support their work.
A uniform for clinical practice will be supplied but you will need to buy suitable footwear.
Printing and copying
Some pages of the Assessment of Practice document will need to be printed/photocopied.
In the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/services/copying_for_students_and_visitors/faq.php#594
Accommodation: The NHS Bursary department state the following for students who commenced after 1st September 2012:
“If you have to live away from your normal term-time accommodation during a period of practice placement, you can claim for the cost of any temporary accommodation on or near your practice placement site if it not practical for you to travel there from your usual accommodation each day. However, if your temporary accommodation is your parental home, you will NOT be able to make a claim for your accommodation costs.”
Those that started before 1st September 2012 then the following rules applied:
“You can claim excess accommodation costs if you live away from your term-time address whilst on placement and are obliged to meet both the costs of your placement accommodation and of retaining your term-time accommodation. You will need to provide proof of these costs and the periods that they cover. You will be reimbursed for the total cost of your clinical placement address, up to a maximum of 110% of your term-time address cost. If you normally reside with your parents during term-time, the cost of your term time address is normally set at £20.00 per day (£30.00 per day for Universities in the London area) and payment will be made at this rate, if appropriate. If you move to the parental home for the purposes of attending your placement you will not be able to claim dual accommodation costs.”
Students are required to book and pay for their own accommodation then if they are in receipt of an NHS Bursary they claim the costs back through the NHS Bursary department. The Faculty currently pay for accommodation on the Isle of Wight with Spectrum Housing and a Room away from Home only however we are unsure how long this agreement will be place for and we understand that at some point in the future students will be required to pay the cost upfront themselves.
Travel costs: The NHS Bursary department state the following for students who commenced after 1st September 2012:
“Providing the student is in receipt of an NHS Bursary or the £1,000 non means tested grant students may claim the difference between the cost of daily travel from normal term-time accommodation to practice placement site and back. The cost of the daily return journey to placement must be more than the cost of their daily return journey to university.”
Those that started before 1st September 2012 then the following rules applied:
“The daily cost of travelling to and from placement MUST BE in excess of students normal daily travel costs between term time address and place of study. If their practice placement travel costs are greater than normal daily travel, student may claim the gross amount of the costs incurred.”
Again all travel is paid for upfront by the student then if eligible to claim they do so through the NHS Bursary department. Claims can be submitted on a regular basis such as weekly/fortnightly basis rather than waiting until the end of a practice placement but claims cannot be submitted in advance.
Immunisation/vaccination costs: Students will receive the immunisations which prepare them for practice, as recommended by Occupational Health. Students may opt to pay for others (e.g. meningitis).
Disclosure and Barring Certificates or Clearance: Students will be required to provide evidence of DBS clearance.
Translation documents: Students will be required to provide evidence of DBS clearance.
Students may opt to pay for parking whilst on campus, and there may be opportunity to buy parking space whilst on placement.
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated
with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also
ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and
Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.
Careers in Child Nursing
Modern nursing is a demanding vocation that could lead you into employment in a variety of settings in both hospitals and the wider community. As a graduate your degree qualification and practical experience will give you the ideal platform to develop your career in the direction that interests you most. Furthermore, as your knowledge and expertise increase you could move into a more senior position. For example, you could become a consultant nurse, leading a team and/or working in advanced clinical practice.
You could also opt to work in education, where you will train and inspire future generations of nurses. Fast track opportunities to enrol on doctoral programmes will exist if you prove to be a high-flying student. In addition, you may have the option to combine practice and research, or research and education. These are known in the profession as clinical academic careers.