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Child Nursing (BN)

  • B730

3 years (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

The Cardiff Bachelor of Nursing (BN) is an innovative and contemporary programme, redesigned for 2012 to meet the new Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 2010 standards. Students specialise in one of three fields of nursing (Adult, Child or Mental Health) from the start of the programme. The integrated nature of the programme enables students from all three fields to learn together, sharing ideas while focusing on the needs of their individual field.

Children's Nursing

The children’s nursing field provides a sound foundation for a career in children’s nursing. You will be taught by motivated, committed and knowledgeable lecturers in the field of children’s nursing, with opportunities to work in diverse areas within children’s hospital, children’s wards, as well as working in the community in the child’s school or home.

Key Facts

UCAS Code B730 (September Intake)
Duration 3 years
How to apply
Accreditation  Successful completion of the BN leads to eligibility for professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Typical places available The School admits 280 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Typical applications received 3,620

Funding for Healthcare related courses

How to apply for NHS funding (PDF)

NHS Bursary Scheme

Typical A-level offer BBB
Admissions Tutors Sian Bill
Tel Number 029 2068 7538
Email address
School website

What is Children’s Nursing?

The well being and healthcare of children and young people is a continually growing and changing issue throughout the UK, with the experience of health and illness amongst children and young people often at the forefront of policy and strategy. Health care challenges surrounding childhood obesity, substance misuse and continuing high rates of teenage pregnancy require healthcare professionals with expert knowledge and skills.

Equally, the development of new and more effective technologies has meant that children and young people face different choices and outcomes, particularly in the context of long term chronic illness. Meeting the needs of this group is often dependent on interventions and equipment that in the past would have required the child or young person to be hospitalised. Today they are often provided in the local community or the child’s home environment. Parents whose child or teenager requires ongoing medical or technological interventions within the community or family home environment, often have to deliver some care practices that traditionally would have been undertaken by children’s nurses. Acute care practice as a result is also changing, with children having shorter stays in hospital than they would have had in the recent past.

Children’s Nursing at Cardiff

The children’s nursing field provides a sound foundation for a career in children’s nursing. You will be taught by motivated, committed and knowledgeable lecturers in the field of children’s nursing, with opportunities to work in diverse areas within children’s hospital, children’s wards, as well as working in the community in the child’s school or home.

The Cardiff nursing programme is designed to develop practitioners with the skills and knowledge to work in a dynamic, changing health care environment. During your time as a student at Cardiff you will learn about promoting health, preventing illness and delivering high quality care that is based on sound evidence.

Essential Skills

As well as being taught the fundamental nursing skills needed for compassionate and family-centred patient care (including nutrition, mobility, hygiene and so on), your degree will include your degree will include the study and application of the clinical sciences (anatomy, physiology, microbiology, pharmacology and medicines management). We will provide you with child-specific assessment tools, building your ability to assess pain, take clinical histories, and assess physical needs, as well as assessing psychological responses to ill-health, and placing your patient within the context of their family, home life and carers. You will learn about the effects and management of acute and long-term childhood conditions, family centred care, and play and distraction techniques.


You will develop essential communication skills and strategies, as well as an understanding of issues surrounding empowerment and advocacy - crucial to delivering patient centred care. You will study modules that aim to develop your awareness of ethical issues, placed within the context of current legislation, and your ability to identify the way in which policy influences service provision. Your degree will develop your awareness of diversity issues and broaden your understanding of health promotion, investigating strategies for health education and behaviour change.

The Role of the Nurse

Understanding the development of the nurse’s role will be crucial to your degree. Learning to reflect critically on practice, analysing evidence, and evaluating care delivery will be a key element of your development. We will develop your ability to work effectively in the inter-disciplinary teams required to provide effective health care, based on partnership with patients and carers, and other health providers.

In your final year, you will be encouraged to develop an in-depth understanding of the organisation and culture of modern health care systems. You will develop crucial insights into the management of resources, time and information, and work to develop your negotiation and leadership skills.

Year 1 Modules

  • Professional Values and Evidence-Based Practice
  • Introduction to Public Health, Health Promotion and Behaviour Change
  • Developing Effective Professional Relationships through Communication and Team Working
  • Safe Practice in Essential and Field Specific Care

Year 2 Modules

  • Development of Professional Practice
  • Using Evidence to Inform Nursing Practice
  • Holistic Assessment and Recognition of Health and Social Care Needs
  • Planning, Intervention and Review of Care
  • Partnership Working within Complex Care

Year 3 Modules

  • Professional, Legal and Ethical Challenges of Complex Care
  • Evaluation of Care
  • Leadership and Management in Health Organisations
  • Management of Complex Care

We will help you develop the confidence to work independently and autonomously. Utilising effective communication skills, ensuring dignity is maintained and care is compassionate and respectful, you will work in partnership with patients, families and carers, and other health and social care professionals.

Lectures, tutorials, workshops, simulations, seminar style discussions, online discussions, presentations and specific group work will all feature as part of your degree. At the start of your studies you will be assigned a personal tutor to provide pastoral support and an academic supervisor to provide academic guidance.


Modules will be assessed using a variety of methods, including written assignments, exams, presentations and a clinical portfolio.


The Cardiff BN is divided equally between theory and practice in order to maximise the link between clinical and theoretical learning. Students spend 50% of their time in University, and 50% of their time in clinical practice with the support of experienced qualified nurses. Clinical practice opportunities will provide you with the opportunity to learn within a variety of settings, including the home environment, hospitals and the community, and in both the public and private sectors. They give students the opportunity to build their expertise, developing vital skills, supported by clinicians who will support your professional and personal growth and ensure you can meet NMC requirements. Whilst in clinical practice you will be supported by a mentor who is able to provide advice and guidance on a whole range of clinical matters.


While the BN is field-specific from the start, you will still experience shared learning opportunities with students studying Mental Health and Adult Nursing. Such integration not only offers the benefits of peer learning, but also the opportunity to place your specific field into the context of wider and more complex care. Shared learning is a particular feature of the programme in years one and two, with year three predominantly field specific as you prepare to qualify within your chosen field.

Clinical Skills

We have some of the UKs leading facilities to help our students develop relevant skills. The highly-equipped skills laboratories in our Clinical Simulation Suite enable realistic ward, community, home and emergency simulations. These lifelike simulations mean that you are able to practice and develop essential skills safely, developing your confidence and expertise so that you feel prepared when real life situations present themselves in clinical areas.

Typical A-level Offer BBB. No specified subjects.
Typical WBQ Offer Grade A in the Core plus grades BB at A-level.
Typical Int Bacc Offer 28 points. Contact the School for detailed information

Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed information about alternative entry requirements here

Please find here further information about admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme.

Our graduates already occupy key positions in the nursing, midwifery and healthcare arena. The excellence of our degree programmes provides a firm foundation for employment within the rapidly changing nursing and midwifery profession.

In 2010, 95% of the School’s graduates were in employment within six months of graduation while others were in engaged in further study or taking time out to travel.

Employers included: various Health boards and NHS Trusts, international health services and higher education institutions. Career destinations included: midwife, nurse, advanced nurse practitioner, health visitor, research nurse, ward manager, and lecturer.

Clinical placements are an essential part of Nursing and Midwifery degree programmes across the UK. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) require nursing and midwifery students to complete 50% of the programme in clinical practice.

Cardiff School of Healthcare Sciences works with a number of healthcare organisations to provide a range of suitable clinical placements so that at the end of the programme you will have experienced a wide range of healthcare provision.

While in clinical practice you will be supported by a practicing nurse or midwife, who will be able to advise, support and supervise you throughout your placement. Practice learning opportunities are vital to your learning experience, and our students value the solid grounding in clinical practice that placements provide.

Placements – What to Expect

In order for you to be able to plan ahead during the academic year, students are provided with a ‘Placement Line’ at the beginning of each academic year which details the expected clinical areas you are going to be allocated to. Ensuring that you experience the full range of clinical experiences means that you can expect to work a variety of hours, from the traditional working week of Monday to Friday 9 to 5, to morning shifts which start between 7am and 8am in the morning, afternoon shifts which can finish as late as 9.30pm, night shifts and weekends.

Placements will be in hospitals, nursing homes and in the community across South East Wales - mainly situated from Barry in the West to Chepstow in the East and from Cardiff in the South to Abergavenny and Merthyr to the North, meaning that while several placements are in central Cardiff, you will need to expect to travel to some placements during your programme.

Placements are allocated so that you are able to get there using public transport. The longest you would be expected to travel by public transport is approximately 90 minutes; however, these would be the exception and you would normally be able to reach placement using public transport in approximately 30-60 minutes.

For more information on placements visit the School website.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Mrs Sian Bill  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7538 



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