Child Nursing - Liverpool John Moores University

2017 entry

BSc (Hons) Nursing with Registered Nurse Status - Child

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*

*Subject to yearly increases

Course type

BSc (Hons)

UCAS info

UCAS code: B730

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

 This course is available in Clearing 2017

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About your course

As part of the professionally-accredited BSc (Hons) Nursing with Registered Nurse Status (Child) at Liverpool John Moores University you will complete supervised clinical practice within traditional and community hospital settings as well as outside hospital environments. Plus you will gain further training using our on-campus clinical practice suites.

  • 99% of our child nursing graduates go on to find employment or further study within six months of graduating (Unistats 2017)
  • Clinical work experience with 4-6 placements guaranteed per year in a wide variety of healthcare settings 
  • LJMU has recently invested over £4million in the Faculty's teaching and learning environment, including £1.6million in developing professional-standard clinical practice suites​
  • Finalist for Nurse Education Provider of the Year (pre-registration), Student Nursing Times Awards 2017
  • While on placement, students still have a dedicated study day each week providing our students with the opportunity of contact and support at all times 
What it means to study Nursing at LJMU - watch our short film.​

This degree will help you become an effective children’s nurse who can minimise the impact of illness or hospital admission on a child.

Gain the skills and experience to work with children, young people and their families in a range of environments, from acute settings and within patient’s homes to schools and specialist centres.

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience

Clinical practice is a vital element of this degree course and accounts for half of your study time at LJMU. It will include work-based learning in a range of clinical settings, both within and outside of hospital, including work-based learning in primary care, children's community teams and acute and specialist services. These placements are an invaluable opportunity to learn from experienced nursing practitioners while experiencing the full 24-hour working pattern. Most of your placements will be in the local area but we cannot guarantee that they will all be close to your home.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support

As soon as you enrol at LJMU, you will be assigned your own personal tutor. Your tutor will give you feedback on how well you are progressing with your studies and encourage you to plan for your educational and career development.

During your clinical placements you will work alongside experienced nurses and be supervised by practice mentors, as well as having the support of clinical liaison lecturers and academic link staff. Additional support is always available within the Faculty or from student support workers if you need it. Our student mentor scheme means that you can readily get support from other more experienced students; you could even become a mentor yourself.

Course details

Children's nurses provide essential physical, emotional, and psychological care to children, young people and their families.

They play a crucial role in helping to improve and extend the health and life choices for children and young people via education, health promotion, support, advice or advocacy and sometimes protection.

Children's nurses need to understand how a healthy child develops towards adulthood and how to minimise the impact of illness or hospital admission on the child. Excellent communication and observation skills are crucial as children are less able to communicate their symptoms than adults and it is vital that their development does not suffer additionally due to the stress of being ill or in hospital.

This professionally-accredited degree will give you the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed to deliver safe and effective nursing practice while working with children and young people and their families in a range of environments, from acute settings and within patient's homes to schools and specialist centres.

Child Nursing is not all about the child, as you also need to consider the care and support needed by the wider-family, including parents or whoever looks after the child at home. A child nurse ensures that the child (and their family or carers) are at the centre of all care decisions. Child nurses appreciate the diversity of health needs and will develop the required professional skills to support the empowerment of children and young people, families, carers, groups and communities.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study

Level 4  

  • Introduction to Nursing Practice
  • Foundations of Nursing Practice (2)
  • Introduction to study skills
  • Introduction To Nursing Science
  • Appplication of Nursing Theory to Practice
  • Child and Family Centred Practice

Level 5

  • Enhancing your child Nursing Practice (1)
  • Enhancing your child Nursing Practice (2)
  • Effective use of Research in Evidence Based Nursing Practice
  • Health and illness across the lifespan
  • Professional Values and Therapeutic interventions in Child Nursing
  • Contemporary Challenges in Healthcare for Children, Young People and Families

Level 6

  • Consolidating your Child Health Nursing Practice (1)
  • Consolidating your Child Health Nursing Practice (2)
  • Nursing Management and Leadership
  • Complexity of Care in Children and Young People
  • Contemporary Issues in Child Nursing
  • Personal and Professional Development

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

The course integrates theoretical study with work-based learning in clinical and practice settings. You will spend 50% of your time studying at the University and 50% applying theories and skills learnt at LJMU in a range of clinical settings both within and outside of hospital, including work-based learning in primary care, children's community teams and acute and specialist services. While on placement, you will work alongside experienced nursing practitioners, experiencing the full 24-hour working pattern.

Underpinning all aspects of the training offered is a commitment to ethical and anti-oppressive values, values and principles of the NHS Constitution and Professional Body requirements.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support

You will be taught by expert staff, who work collaboratively with key stakeholders locally, nationally and internationally in:

  • health and social care, such as health authorities, including Childrens Health Park (Alder Hey Hospital), Merseycare NHS Trust, St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust and the North West Ambulance Service 
  • education, including City of Liverpool College, Alexian Research Centre, Germany, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, University College Thomas More, Belgium and KPY University, Malaysia
  • charities, community and voluntary groups

Such links ensure that our degrees remain professionally relevant and enable you to forge useful contacts within the health and social care sector.

Many staff are also involved in delivering impactful projects that integrate education and research, promote innovative service delivery, professional development and improved patient care across the North West and beyond. Such engagement directly informs all of our research and scholarship activities bringing real benefits to patients and vital insights for our students and our community.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment is through a combination of exams, essays and assignments, workbooks, portfolios and presentations.

On top of this there will be practical work and clinical appraisal, which will be done either at the University or in practice where you will be assessed by clinical mentors.

You will be offered feedback at various points during the course and support will always be readily available from your individual module tutors should you need advice or guidance at any time. We believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.

Career prospects

You will enjoy exciting career opportunities both in the UK and overseas

​Professional registration as a children's nurse opens up an array of career opportunities in the health sector, at home or abroad and in the private and voluntary sectors. These include working in the NHS and in community settings. There are a growing number of nurse specialist posts in some clinical areas too. 99% of LJMU's child nursing graduates go on to find employment or further study within six months of graduating.​

New for 2017 – CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

Professional accreditation / links

​The Child Nursing degree at LJMU has been approved and monitored by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to make sure that the education and training on offer meets NMC standards. Successful completion of the course allows you to apply for registration on the Nursing and Midwifery Register.

Nursing and Midwifery Council

International Scholarships

International and non-UK EU nationals should check the NHS bursary website for details on residency conditions:

NHSBSA website

If you have any further queries, please contact the International Office on 0151 231 6357.

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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