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BSc (Hons) Child Health Nursing

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University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront
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Three years full-time.

Typical Offer: 

120 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBB (A-Level), DDM (BTEC).

Please see Entry Requirements below.

This programme is taught in Ipswich with hospital placements available at one of the following sites: Ipswich Hospital (R) and West Suffolk Hospital (W).


The BSc (Hons) Child Health Nursing course enables students to gain an Honours degree and a professional qualification recordable with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The course is underpinned by the requirements of the NMC (2010) Standards for Pre-Registration Nursing Education. It is accredited by the NMC.

The course is concerned with supporting the development of the knowledge and skills required to respond to health care needs of children and young people and their family/carer(s) in a variety of settings. Contemporary nursing practice is based upon sound theoretical foundations based in the life sciences, knowledge of interpersonal working, problem solving and ethical reasoning.

All the members of the Child Health Nursing Team are registered with the NMC as Children's Nurses and Adult Nurses and they all hold recorded teaching qualifications. The programme team, in partnership with colleagues from practice and service users, have been involved in the design of the course which will enable the student to become an informed, innovative, motivated, confident and above all competent Child Health Nurse.

The course is divided equally between theory, based at the Waterfront Building in Ipswich, and clinical practice placements.

All students are expected to comply with both the regulations that form University policy and the NMC (2011) Guidance on professional conduct for nursing and midwifery students.

The Department of Nursing Studies is committed to embedding the NHS Constitution Values into everything we do; they define the behaviours and expectations of all our staff and students underpinning the work we do in the university and in the practice setting. You can view the full NHS England Constitution and Values on the Gov.UK website:

This course offers students the opportunity to focus on the specific health needs of children, young people and their family/carer(s). The programme is equally concerned with promoting evidence-based practice and safeguarding the health of children and young people and caring for them when they become unwell. The nature of child health nursing means that students will be involved in working with the variety of children and young people who access the services provided by the health care system. This will range in both the age of the patient (from birth to 18 years) and for a variety of reasons, either short-term or long-term i.e. with physical, emotional, or mental health care needs. All of the children and young people that Child Health Nurses work with will have individual and diverse needs and some may have a long term condition with complex needs. Therefore, the philosophy underpinning the course and the skills students develop are centred on working in partnership with children, young people and their family/carer(s).

Base sites are used for clinical practice placements. The available sites are:

  • East Suffolk - Ipswich
  • West Suffolk - Bury St Edmunds

Student testimonials

The following feedback was received from a graduating student, talking about the aspects of the course they found beneficial:

"Brilliant support and guidance from Child Branch lecturers, excellent and wide range of placement areas; interesting modules that are relevant to child health nursing; interesting lectures; the range of resources available; good computing facilities; helpful support from library staff."

Nazia (Mili) studies on the BSc (Hons) Child Health Nursing programme:

"Having been on the course for over a year now, I can honestly say I have enjoyed all aspects of it. From learning about different aspects of care in theory to having placement on a children's ward, and even practising hospital bed making skills! I entered the course straight from sixth form and am very glad that I have found the right course and university for me."

Further details

Please contact the University of Suffolk Admissions team 


Sarah Todd, Course Leader and Admissions Tutor for Pre-Registration Child Health Nursing: 

Course modules

There are two 22 week semesters in every year of the programme. Each semester consists of 50% practice and 50% theory. Each year of the course has a title and follows a specific focus which is directly related to the kinds of skills and activities that the student will be expected to be learning during that year of the course. Every module on the course is mapped against the NMC Standards of Competency; QAA Benchmarks Healthcare Professions; the QAA Benchmarks for Nursing and the Graduate Headstart Employability Skills. This mapping indicates the transferable skills that students can achieve at each stage of the course.

Year 1: Contributing to Care (Level 4) The focus is to develop core skills and knowledge on meeting the needs of patients and their family/carer(s) as well as promoting health and wellbeing. Core themes include nursing issues; professional, legal and ethical issues; communication; life sciences and service provision.

Year 2: Assess, Plan, Implement and Evaluate (Level 5)   Building on the core knowledge and skills gained in year 1, the second year of the course focuses on the student s ability to develop skills and knowledge that enable the process of effective care delivery to meet specific health needs.  Content will support the student to focus on field specific knowledge and skills with a view to developing a critical approach to the evaluation of research evidence and practice. Emphasis will be placed on keeping the patient at the centre of care delivery by supporting them to make informed choices and promoting individual recovery and wellbeing. A range of interventions and approaches, that address a wide range of short, long and end-of-life health conditions and that are used by both nurses and other members of the wider health professional team, will be considered.

Year 3: Leading and Managing Care (Level 6)   The role of the registered nurse demands the development of leadership and management skills to help support and ensure safe and effective care delivery, within a variety of clinical settings and in conjunction with others. This includes developing skills and knowledge to promote a positive patient and carer experience through supporting changes in service delivery and developing the skill of critical enquiry. Consideration of research evidence and service improvement strategies contribute to the themes included in this year of study. Emphasis is placed upon the on-going need to maintain a contemporary knowledge and skills base through continued professional development, seeking supervision and peer review where necessary and contributing to the continuing development of the nursing profession.

The course delivers a blended approach to teaching and learning, including lectures; clinical skills teaching; use of a virtual learning environment; large group teaching; small group teaching and private study. Technology features in this course and students are expected to engage with this including online discussion and online assessments. Students will be supported in developing the relevant skills required. Students are well supported on this course. A personal tutor is allocated to work with students throughout the course. In clinical practice students are supervised by a mentor. At the end of each semester/year students will be subject to summative assessment in theory and/or practice. The criteria that are applied are defined by the outcomes of the module and/or the practice expectations these include, and are plotted against, the requirements and expectations of the NMC (2010) Standards for Pre-Registration Nursing Education for each point of the programme. Assessments in theory include; project work, presentation, examination (written and practical), practice portfolios and essays.  Practice assessment is based on developing competencies and skills identified by the NMC (2010) Standards for Pre-Registration Nursing Education.

Clinical Placements All clinical placements throughout the three years of the course are child or young people focused. Each base site typically offers clinical placements in the following areas/or specialities: Currently there is no opportunity for placements outside of this region. When working in practice you complete a 37½ hour a week, this includes early shifts, late shifts, long days, weekends and night shifts depending on where you are placed. Please note: You are expected to work on placement during the whole seven day week period. Shift hours vary according to where you are based. During the course you will work a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 20 night shifts. Upon successful completion of the course students will have the opportunity to apply to work locally, regionally or nationally in a variety of settings including Acute Hospital Trusts, Community Trusts, Nurse Education and research. With the increasing emphasis on nursing children and young people in the community the opportunities are continuing to grow for Child Health Nurses.

Nursing Practice 1 (including IPL: Working with Others) (Mandatory)
Nursing Theory 1 (Mandatory)
Nursing Theory 2 (Mandatory)
Nursing Practice 2 (including IPL: The Service User) (Mandatory)
Nursing Theory 3 (Mandatory)
Nursing Theory 4 develop understanding of the research process (Mandatory)
Nursing Practice 3 (including IPL: The Professional in the Team) (Mandatory)
Nursing Theory 5 (Mandatory)
Dissertation (Mandatory)

Fees and finance

  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • International Tuition fee: £14,580 p.a. 

Further Information                                        

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At the University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with you course that you will need to budget for. See Course Costs.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

The next available intake will be September 2017 and applications are now open on UCAS

120 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBB (A-Level), DDM (BTEC)

Access to Higher Education Diploma – a minimum of 30 Level 3 credits at merit grade or above.

Plus five GCSEs grade C or above including Mathematics and English (or equivalent).

For applicants whose first language is not English, but who have been living in the UK for less than 2 years (or have not lived in the UK at all), we will accept IELTS or the University of Suffolk Password test as meeting the English requirement.

Applicants whose first language is not English, but who have been living in the UK for 2 years or more will be expected to hold GCSE English at Grade C or above, or the relevant Level 2 equivalent (if applicable).

Also see How to Apply.

Non-Academic Requirements

Any offer of a place will be subject to: 

  • Successful interview
  • Satisfactory Health check
  • Satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Two satisfactory references

As part of the selection process, you will be expected to demonstrate good knowledge and a clear understanding of the scope of work that a nurse is required to undertake as well as the significance of the NHS Constitution and its core values. 

International Requirements

IELTS 7.0 is required where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.


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Facilities and Resources

The Ipswich based teaching on this course benefits from a variety of facilities and resources including:

  • Clinical skills laboratory based at the James Hehir Building
  • Desktop computers
  • Open learning spaces
  • Access to the Waterfront Building out of normal teaching hours
  • Library with extensive open hours and online resources
  • Learning Development Unit
  • Student Support
  • IT service