BN Nursing (Child)

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Care for children from healthcare practitioners is crucial on their journey through life. Childcare is a rewarding and important vocation practiced throughout the world.

  • Napier code:

    72111BD

  • UCAS code:

    B731

  • Course type:

    Full-Time

  • Duration:

    3 years

  • Award:

    BN

  • Location:

    Sighthill campus

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Course introduction

Edinburgh Napier is the largest provider of nurses in Scotland and is the ideal starting point for anyone wishing to progress in a career in nursing.

The Child Nursing degree at Edinburgh Napier has been developed to give you an academic qualification and the vocational training to become a registered nurse.

You’ll understand the theoretical aspects that are integral to this career in nursing and also develop the personal skills to communicate with children and their families.


nursing

You will develop your professional knowledge and understanding in the field of nursing and learn how to apply your knowledge to practical situations. You’ll gain communication, team working and problem solving and decision making skills needed to demonstrate your eligibility for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council including:

  • professional values
  • communication and interpersonal skills
  • nursing practice and decision making
  • leadership, management and team working abilities

This course will help you to become competent, knowledgeable, and skilled in child nursing care with the learning, teaching and assessment experiences that will allow you to become a reflective graduate with the necessary knowledge and skills to contribute positively to nursing practice.

What you'll study

This course is delivered full-time over three years and you'll study a combination of theory and practice modules, depending on your chosen field of nursing practice, including:

  • Theory and skills applied to nursing
  • Perspectives of health and professional practice
  • Life and social science as applied to nursing
  • Holistic perspectives on the development of infants, children and young people
  • Illness and injury in infants, children and young people
  • Child and family-centred care throughout enduring illness
  • Conceptual issues in child health nursing
  • Evidence-based and research as applied to child health nursing
  • Perspectives on vulnerability in childhood

Work placement

Over half of the course will account for a range of practice placements. These placements will take place within an acute hospital setting, school nurse / health visitor setting and a specialist nursing / children’s community setting.

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Our graduates have gone on to gain employment, particularly within NHS Lothian and NHS Borders and in the private sector. However, you will also be able to work anywhere within the UK and EU and in some cases even further afield.


Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

BBC preferably to include English or a Literary subject* and a Science** 

National 5 Grade C in Maths

National 5 Grade C in English and Biology required for candidates who do not have these subjects at Higher.

A Level

BC preferably to include English or a Literary subject* and a Science**

GCSE Grade C in Maths

GCSE Grade C in English and Biology or Double Award Science required for candidates who do not have these subjects at A Level.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades MMP (Merit, Merit, Pass) in a related subject.

GCSE English, Maths and Biology (preferred), Chemistry or Physics at Grade C.

BTEC (QCF) National Diploma 

Minimum grades DM (Distinction, Merit) in a related subject.

GCSE English, Maths and Biology (preferred), Chemistry or Physics at Grade C.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System

B3, B3, B3 at Higher Level preferably to include English or Literary subject* and a Science**

B2 in two Ordinary Level subjects including Maths. 

New Grading System

H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level preferably to include English or Literary subject* and a Science**

O3 in two Ordinary Level subjects including Maths.

HNC 

Pass in a related subject* with Grade C in the graded unit for Year 1 entry.

National 5 grade C in English, Maths and Science (Biology - preferred, Chemistry or Physics).

*Care and Administrative Practice, Social Care, Applied Science, Social Sciences, Early Education and Childcare 

FETAC Level 5 Pre-Nursing Studies

Minimum of 6 Distinctions must be achieved overall. Distinctions must also be achieved in the Communication Unit and the Anatomy and Physiology Unit.

Mature students

Adequate and appropriate previous (and recent) study is essential. Please contact us at nursingandmidwifery@napier.ac.uk if you are unsure whether or not you would be eligible to apply. Relevant work experience will be considered alongside recent study.It may necessary for those with limited qualifications to undertake an Access course or other appropriate courses/studies in a Further Education setting.

Interview requirements

There will be a selection interview and all candidates must meet NMC requirements of good health and good character. Competition for places varies from year-to-year and achievement of the typical minimum entry requirements does not always guarantee shortlisting for interview or a place on the course.

Subjects required

*Literary Subjects include: English/English Literature; History; Modern Studies; Religious, Moral & Philosophical Studies/Christian Theology; Psychology, Geography, Sociology, Health and Social Care, Law.

**Science Subjects include: Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE

Deferred Applications

Please note that we cannot accept applications for deferred entry for this course.

English Language Requirements 

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test. The English Language requirements for this programme are IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in each component).  For guidance on the acceptability of other English Language tests please contact ugadmissions@napier.ac.uk

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students.Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We're committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Scotland/EU Fees are funded by the NHS Scotland* Fees are funded by the NHS Scotland*
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000** £9,250**

*Students should apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding.

**Following the decision of the UK Government to remove the health bursary in England and move to a loans based support package for nursing, midwifery and AHP students from academic year 2017/18, the Scottish Government has confirmed that students commencing study on Nursing and Midwifery undergraduate programmes in September 2017 will be able to apply for tuition fee and living cost support from their home funding body.

Nursing students will also be eligible to apply for the University’s own generous package of financial support for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Further guidance can be found here