BN Nursing (Child Health)

Undergraduate, Full-time

Nursing (Child Health) BN

Learn to be confident and competent in the care of children and young people requiring healthcare interventions


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' patient at the Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre at Napier University, Sighthill, Edinburgh

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3 years

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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 essays and reports), exams 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

  • Foundations of Health and Well Being
  • Developing Professionalism
  • Nursing Practice 1 and 2

Year 2

  • Essential Theory and Skills for Child Health Practice
  • Effective Interagency Working in Healthcare
  • Nursing Practice 3 and 4

Year 3

  • Critical Perspectives of Child Health A and B
  • Effective Leadership in Healthcare
  • Nursing Practice 5 and 6



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.

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.

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 Biology, National 5 English and Biology 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 Biology, National 5 English and Biology 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 Biology 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 a related subject*

GCSE English, Maths and Biology at grade C/4

*Health and Social Care/Applied Science/Sports Science/Health Science

BTEC (QCF) National Diploma

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

GCSE English, Maths and Biology at grade C/4

*Health and Social Care/Applied Science/Sports Science/Health Science

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


Pass in a related 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 Biology)

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

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, and Mental Health Nursing.

Well over 100 students study each year, on appropriate preparation to nursing and midwifery courses, at our Partner Colleges and those Further Education students have priority in the selection process.

All students attending our Access to Nursing course within our partnership colleges (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. Any students studying an Access to Nursing course at any other Scottish Further education College would be required to have a National 5 in Biology at grade C or above, in addition to passing the internally assessed modules to be considered for interview at Edinburgh Napier University for Adult, Learning Disability or Mental Health Nursing.

Child Health Nursing and Midwifery Courses

Students on Access to Nursing courses are not considered for either Child Health Nursing or Midwifery.

Students from the Rest of the UK

Applicants who are studying the QAA Access to Higher Education Diploma in a related subject will also be considered for entry to our Nursing courses.

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

Biology and English 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 us at 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

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 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 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 2019/20 2020/21
Scotland/EU Fees are funded by the NHS Scotland* Fees are funded by the NHS Scotland*
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,250** £9,250**

The Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary (NMSB) Scheme provides financial support for students on pre-registration Nursing and Midwifery courses in Scotland. The scheme is administered by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS).

From 2020/1, students normally domiciled in Scotland are eligible to claim £10,000 as a non-income-assessed personal allowance per year of study.

*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


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.

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