BN Nursing (Child Health)

Undergraduate, Full-time

Nursing (Child Health) BN

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

The Child Health 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, young people and their families.

We work closely with local healthcare providers to organise placements which allow you to put theory into practice. Work placements make up 50% of the course content.

If you have a degree already, you may also be eligible to study our Masters in Nursing (MN) programme designed for graduates, which enables you to achieve a post-graduate Masters qualification alongside your nursing registration.

Medical staff visiting the bedside of a 'child' mannequin at the Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre at Napier University, Sighthill, Edinburgh

Mode of Study:



3 years

Start date:


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Study Abroad:


Course details

You will develop your professional knowledge and understanding in the child health field of nursing and learn how to apply your knowledge to practical situations, through practice placements and simulation. You’ll gain the skills needed to demonstrate your eligibility for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. These include:

  • 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 caring for children and young people. The learning, teaching and assessment experiences will allow you to become a reflective graduate with the necessary knowledge and skills to contribute positively to nursing practice.

Work placements make up 50% of the course content. These placements will be in hospital settings and a variety of community environments. 

Additional mandatory costs

Year 3: Students are expected to pay for the registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, £120.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    Your learning experience will be supported by lectures, tutorials, group work, skills simulation classes and work placements.

  • note and pen Assessments

    Academic writing, including care plans, completing presentations and reports and assessment in clinical placements.



  • briefcase Work placement

    We work closely with local healthcare providers to organise placements which allow you to put theory into practice, and you’ll get to prepare in advance in our simulated clinical environments.

  • study abroad Study abroad

    Volunteering and mobility opportunities:

    • Long summer holiday in Year 2 to allow volunteering
    • Mobility placements outwith Lothian and Borders, or with international organisations in Year 3

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Caring for Self and Others
  • Assessing Community Health and Patient Wellness
  • Practice Learning Experience 1 and 2

Year 2

  • Assessing Need and Delivering Care in Child Nursing
  • Recognising and Responding to Altered Health in Child Nursing
  • Practice Learning Experience 3 and 4

Year 3

  • Managing Complex Care in Child Nursing
  • Leading in Health and Social Care Teams
  • Practice Learning Experience 5 and 6



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

Placement and study abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements indicate both Standard and 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.

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto this programme.

Selection Day 

You will be invited to our Sighthill campus for a selection day. This will give you the opportunity to meet with the recruitment and teaching teams. You will also have the chance to explore some of the University teaching facilities, for example our state-of-the-art clinical skills simulation area.  

Part of the selection process for entry to the programme of your choice will include a computer based Confident Caring Assessment (CCA) where you will be given a short video and related scenario with questions. This is an assessment of the attributes expected of a nurse/ midwife, not your clinical knowledge and skills. It is designed to assess the qualities needed to work as a nurse/ midwife and the proficiencies outlined in the:  

Nurses Standards of proficiency 

Standards of proficiency for midwives 

The Code and watch these short videos

It presents a series of work-related situations, and you will be questioned about how you would respond. All applicants are required to sit the CCA. 

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Standard Entry Requirement

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

National 5 grade C in Maths

For those who do not have Higher English or Higher Science, National 5 English and a Science at grade C will be required.

Minimum Offer Entry Requirement

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

National 5 grade C in Maths

For those who do not have Higher English or Higher Science, National 5 English and a Science at grade C will be required.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet our specified minimum entry requirements within our widening participation criteria, and outlined in our Contextual Admissions Policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

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

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths

GCSE grade C/4 in English and a Science or Double Award Science required for candidates who do not have these subjects at A Level

BTEC (QCF) National Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades MMP (Merit, Merit, Pass) in any subject*

GCSE English, Maths and a Science at grade C/4

*Recommended subjects: Health and Social Care/Applied Science/Sports Science/Health Science

BTEC (QCF) National Diploma

Minimum grades DM (Distinction, Merit) in any subject*

GCSE English, Maths and a Science at grade C/4

*Recommended subjects: Health and Social Care/Applied Science/Sports Science/Health Science

Irish Leaving Certificate (first awarded in 2017)

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

O3 in two Ordinary Level subjects including Maths


Pass in any subject* with grade C in the graded unit for Year 1 entry

*Care and Administrative Practice

*Social Care, Social Services, Social Sciences, Childhood Practice (National 5 grade C in Maths and a Science also required)

*Applied Science (National 5 grade C in English and Maths also required)

*Any other HNC's (National 5 grade C in Maths, English and a Science also required)

QQI 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

B2/O3 in Ordinary Level Maths in Irish Leaving Certificate or Maths passed as part of QQI Level 5

Access Courses

Please note the following points about local Access to Nursing courses offered by Further Education Colleges for those interested in Nursing and Midwifery courses at Edinburgh Napier University

Edinburgh Napier University has Partnership Agreements with 4 local Further Education Colleges – Borders, Edinburgh, Fife and West Lothian Colleges for entry to Adult, Learning Disability, Child and Mental Health Nursing.

Well over 100 students study each year, on appropriate preparation to nursing and midwifery courses, at our Partner Colleges.

All students attending Access to Nursing courses (excluding Edinburgh College) are required to pass the internally assessed graded units with overall profile grades BBC. For Edinburgh College, internally assessed units are not graded and applicants would be required to pass all internally assessed units to be considered for interview at Edinburgh Napier University for Adult, Learning Disability, Child or Mental Health Nursing.

Midwifery Courses

Students on Access to Nursing courses are not considered for the Midwifery course.

Students from the Rest of the UK

Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 credits overall with a minimum of 18 credits at Pass and 27 credits at Merit.

A Science and English subject must be achieved at Level 3 and Maths achieved at Level 2.

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 standard entry requirements does not always guarantee shortlisting for interview or a place on the course.

Admission to the programme is dependent upon a satisfactory Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) check. This will be conducted as part of the induction week. The cost of the PVG check will be paid by the University.

Deferred Applications

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

Previous Nursing Students

Please note that students who have already studied a Nursing degree are unlikely to receive funding for a second Nursing degree.

Mature students

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

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 (only accepted as Higher)

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, excluding Writing which requires 6.5).  Alternatively, Occupational English Test with grade B in all components.

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.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult, Mental Health, Child, Learning Disabilities)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2022/23 2023/24
Scotland £1,820 tba
England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £9,250 tba
Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland will be invoiced the tuition fees for 3 years of their 4 years of study. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

If additional compulsory costs other than the tuition fees are applicable, these will be detailed in the course details.

Further guidance can be found here


Nursing students grouped around a bed in the university's clinical skills and simulation suite

Career opportunities

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.

Male nursing student smiling for the camera

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