Course Overview

NO TUITION FEES: UK and EU students are eligible to apply for an enhanced support package for health related courses offered through the NHS Wales Bursary arrangements.

EMPLOYABILITY: 99% of Nursing graduates are employed in a professional or managerial job 6 months after graduating (Unistats 2016)

AVERAGE EARNINGS: Nursing graduates can expect a starting salary of £22,128 rising to £34,000 for a highly-experienced staff nurse.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Minimum BBB at A level, health or science-related courses desirable. Minimum five grade A-C GCSE passes including Welsh/English language, Maths and a Physical Science or Double Award Science.

ACCREDITATION: Graduates will be eligible to apply for Registered Nurse (Adult) status with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Unfortunately this course is not available to international students.

Key Features

Why take this course?

  • Winner of the Student Nursing Times Award 2014 – Pre-registration Nurse Education Provider of the Year
  • Ranked Top 20 in the UK for Nursing (Guardian University Guide 2018)
  • Up 20 places from 33 to 13th for Nursing in the National Student Survey, 2014. First in Wales (NSS, 2015)
  • 14th in the UK for Nursing (Guardian University Guide 2016)
  • 99% of Nursing graduates are employed in a professional or managerial job 6 months after graduating (Unistats 2016)
  • Graduate starting salary of £22,128
  • 92% of students say that overall, they are satisfied with the quality of the course (Unistats 2016)
  • Ranked 26th out of 71 (Times and Sunday Times 2017)
  • Some modules are available in Welsh
  • The nearest hospital is next-door to the Campus
  • Opportunities to study abroad and embrace a new culture 
  • Supported by a large number of healthcare providers plus strong links with health boards
  • Wide range of clinical experiences within south west Wales
  • You will be taught by qualified nurses, doctors and allied health professionals, many of whom still work in clinical practic
  • This programme meets the professional outcomes identified by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as essential pre-requisites for registration as a nurse

 The College of Human and Health Sciences has state-of-the-art facilities enabling students to learn practical skills in realistic surroundings. 

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHGE06Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)0Manual Handling 1
SHGE09Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)0Violence & Aggression Passport 1
SHN126Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Learning to Learn in Higher Education and Clinical Practice
SHN130Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to the Fundamentals of Nursing Practice (Child)
SHN132Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20What is Nursing? (Child)
SHN134Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Developing Nursing Knowledge (Child)
SHN136Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)60Introduction to Professional Practice (Child)

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHGE07Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)0Manual Handling 2
SHGE10Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)0Violence & Aggression Passport 2
SHN275Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Health Promotion and Public Health (Child Nursing)
SHN277Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Acute Care (Child)
SHN279Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Long-Term Conditions and Palliative Care (Child)
SHN285Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)60Developing the Practice of Nursing (Child)

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHGE08Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)0Manual Handling 3
SHGE11Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)0Violence & Aggression Passport 3
SHN3058Academic Year60Consolidating the Practice of Nursing
SHN3060Academic Year20Managing Complex Care in Rapidly Changing Situations (Child)
SHN3062Academic Year20Advancing Professional Nursing Practice (Child)
SHN3064Academic Year20Leadership and Management (Child)

Description

Child Nursing students require the desire to work closely with children, young people and their families with both acute and chronic illnesses.

Children’s nurses work as part of a multidisciplinary team and work closely with specialist nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, play specialists, social workers and others to provide and coordinate the health and wellbeing of children, young people and their families.

Individuals who pursue this career should be able to communicate well with both children and their families, work as part of a team and demonstrate a non-judgemental and caring approach towards families from a wide range of backgrounds.

Students will learn how to:

• Focus on the child, or young person, as a dynamic developing individual while supporting parents to care collaboratively for the child
• Develop strong working partnerships with colleagues in multidisciplinary teams to provide and coordinate the health and wellbeing of children, young people and their families
• Develop practical skills and manage time effectively

Children’s ward placements will include placements in the two district general hospitals in Swansea or in the west Wales hospitals of Carmarthen, Withybush or Aberystwyth and east Wales Princess of Wales Hospital (Bridgend).

These will include general medical and surgical wards as well as other specialist areas including orthopaedics, burns and plastics, neurology and care of the neonate.

Some specialist places are available in the Cardiff area for year three students and rural placements are also available. Find out more here

Entry Requirements

Minimum BBB at A2 level, health or science-related courses desirable. Minimum five grade A-C GCSE passes including Welsh/English language, Maths and a Physical Science or Double Award Science.

In certain circumstances Key Skills Level 3 in Application of Number will be accepted in lieu of GCSE Mathematics and Key Skills Level 3 in Communication will be accepted in lieu of GCSE Welsh/English Language.

All applicants need to demonstrate:

  • A strong educational profile in the previous three to five years
  • A detailed understanding of and commitment to Child Nursing
  • Care experience is helpful but not essential
  • Candidates will be expected to participate in group discussions, team work and individual tasks during interviews

Students whose first language is not English need an IELTS score of 7.0

Alternative Requirements

  • Access: 24 Distinctions, 18 Merits, 3 Passes 
  • BTEC: DDM
  • Welsh baccalaureate: Pass and BB at A2 level or DD at BTEC
    • Irish leaving certificate: 360

Any offer made is conditional, subject to:

  • A satisfactory character reference
  • Funding from the Welsh Government
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, or an approved equivalent.
  • An Occupational Health check

 

Unfortunately this Child Nursing course is not currently available to international students but please consider our Adult Nursing degree. Details are here

International applicants can find out more about how to apply here

How To Apply

Applications must be made through UCAS and received by January 15, 2018. We do not offer deferred places.

Please view our  Vaccination Policy for Applicants

If you suspect you have a latex allergy, discuss with Cathy Anthony c.anthony@swansea.ac.uk in Occupational Health before applying.

Applicants should also familiarise themselves with the NHS Wales Values and Standards of Behaviour.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time WEDS N/A

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

You may face additional costs while at university, including (but not limited to):

  • Parking at the recreation ground and travel to and from campus. Costs for travel to placements are reimbursed but the university.
  • Photocopying and buying stationery, USB sticks
  • Buying recommended books, although the campus library  will have all the texts  you need
  • Uniform is provided but students need to buy a fob or pocket watch and appropriate footwear
  • In the third year, students hire robes for graduation and wear a gown or tuxedo if attending the ball
  • Buying a stethoscope and pocket mask, through CHHS

Fees and Funding

There are no tuition fees to pay for BSc (Hons) Child Nursing for UK students.

UK students may also be eligible for a non means-tested grant of £1,000 and a means-tested bursary of up to £4,395 each year.   Maintenance loans and allowances for travel, children and dependents may also be available. Visit our NHS Funding page

Funding: You may be eligible for university funding to help support your study. Find out more about scholarships, bursaries and other opportunities here.

From September 2017, any student studying an NHS course (Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Science, Healthcare Science) has the choice as to whether they receive funding from the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme or via Student Loans and Grants. In normal circumstances, students cannot change their funding route. Exceptional cases will be considered through an appeals mechanism.

To receive funding from the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme, students will have to commit to working in Wales for 2 years following the completion of their course. (different timescales apply for courses longer or shorter than 3 years).

It is advised that all students read the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme FAQ’s and Terms and Conditions.

There may also be help from the NHS Workforce, Education and Development Services

Find out more on fees and how to pay here. 

 

Course Structure

This course does not follow the usual University term times.  

The College of Human and Health Sciences Admissions Department will contact you direct with your start date.

The academic year starts early September and ends late the following August. Students must attend 42 weeks in total in each year of the programme. Students have 10 weeks non term time (NTT) in each year, over Christmas, Easter and the summer.

50% of the teaching for Child Nursing students will take place in healthcare placements, and the other 50% will be taught at university.

This degree has recently been revised in line with new curriculum guidance from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

It is a three-year, full-time carefully integrated modular programme of theoretical and clinical study to provide structured development of professional skills.

Students will be encouraged to be active rather than passive learners so time spent in University will demonstrate different and varied teaching patterns including lectures, seminars and enquiry based learning; including student presentations, debates and group work.

Some modules are available to study through the medium of Welsh. Please contact Amanda Jones for further information. 

 

Assessment 

In practice, students are supervised and assessed by an experienced mentor. In university, they are assessed through exams, essays, presentations, and group work. Students are tested not only on their skills and knowledge but on their values and behaviour(s) too.

Careers in Child Nursing

Child Nursing graduates care for children and young people in hospitals in their own home, special schools, and children’s centres.

Nursing graduates can expect a starting salary of about £21,000 rising to £34,000 for a highly-experienced staff nurse. Specialist nurses and practice managers can earn £45,000. Pay scales from the Royal College of Nursing website can be viewed here.

There has never been a more exciting time to join the nursing profession. Registered nurses can work in a variety of environments including hospitals, GP surgeries, clinics, nursing and residential homes and voluntary organisations.

Graduates will be eligible to register as nurses for work in EU and EEA. UK trained nurses are very much sought after in Australia and New Zealand.

Visit our employability pages to read our nursing graduate success stories and download our career guide. 

Accommodation

Accommodation in residences is designated for new first year Human and Health Science students. Here are your Swansea University accommodation options.

To make sure you get a room in residence in your first year, click here to read the Swansea University accommodation guarantee.

Global Opportunities

Studying abroad can be a rewarding experience, giving you the opportunity to embrace a new culture, make new friends and become immersed in a country you may not have visited before.  As well as the amazing experience you’ll have when you’re on your placement, it can also improve your employment prospects. 

We offer our nursing students opportunities with our Partner Institutions in Europe.  Unlike other Erasmus+ placements, the scheme offered gives our Nursing students the chance to experience living overseas whilst undertaking Clinical Placements with our partners in Denmark, Finland, Slovenia and Sweden. 

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