|Tuition fee type||Cost (per annum)|
|Full time home/EU tuition fee:||£9,250 per annum*|
*Subject to yearly increases
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
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.
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.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications
Application and selection
Child nurses ensure 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. We shortlist applicants based on current qualifications, predicted grades, references and personal statement. We are looking for evidence of voluntary, paid or life experiences of caring for children and young people and their families and carers. Experience of caring for children and young people of various ages as well as those children and young people who have a range of physical and intellectual ability is an advantage for those candidates applying for the child nursing programme. Additionally, applicants should demonstrate a clear commitment to child nursing.
Above all, we want students who are committed to providing the best possible treatment and support to those in their care, with a strong desire to continually develop and improve their skills as a child nurse and nursing practice as a whole.
You will need excellent communication skills, good time management skills, a willingness to work flexible shift patterns and long hours. You will have an ability to combine academic study, clinical work and family/social life, and a strong commitment to study and work.
Please note: Due to the volume of applications, amendments will not be accepted once an application has been submitted; therefore applicants are advised to make sure each section is completed correctly prior to submission.
Satisfactory Medical Clearance/Examination. We will contact you direct to undertake this. Satisfactory DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service - formerly CRB.) We will contact you direct to undertake this and further information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check
In addition, applicants will have to follow Faculty procedures for declaring any convictions after interview.
GCSE and equivalents
- Prior to application applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language andMathematics GCSE.
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 3
- Subject specific requirements: Not applicable
- Is general studies acceptable? Yes
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Not acceptable
- Average A Level offer: BBB
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: Not applicable
- BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Diploma (QCF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Diploma subjects / grades required: Health or Science related subject area
- Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DDM if studied on its own in a Health or Science related subject area or to the total of 120 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications
Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Further information: Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area. Points can be gained from a combination of passes, merits and distinctions
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Grades / subjects required: 120 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects
Additional entry requirement information
We will accept the new Cache Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care grade B or above, or in combination with other relevant qualifications. Applicants must have studied in the last 3 years.Due to the volume of applications, amendments will not be accepted once an application has been submitted; therefore applicants are advised to make sure each section is completed correctly prior to submission.
No more than 50% RPL – this
is an NMC requirement
Yes. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a selection process consisting of an individual interview. This forms an element of the overall decision in relation to suitability for the programmeIELTS
7.0 (minimum of 7.0 in each component)Can this course be deferred?
NoIs a DBS check required?
YesIs RPL accepted on this programme? International requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
In November 2016 the Government announced that it planned to change the funding package for those new students starting healthcare courses from 1st August 2017. Courses affected at LJMU include nursing and midwifery. We do not currently have all of the detail of what funding will be available for healthcare students commencing from August 2017 onwards. The proposal is that all students will move onto the standard student finance package and will be able to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans to cover their course fees and living costs. This is still subject to parliamentary approval. Once the detail of the package is finalised we will update this page. For more information please contact email@example.com 0151 231 3153/3154
If these changes are approved and you are accepted onto one of LJMU's nursing or midwifery courses, and you meet the eligibility criteria, you will be able to apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees.
- If you are refused student finance on the basis of your residency status, your offer of your place to study at LJMU will be withdrawn
- Self-funding students are not eligible to enroll on our nursing or midwifery programmes
- If you are from the Isle of Man and Jersey, your Government will provide funding to cover your tuition fees. You should contact them directly for more information.
Help with your living costs
NHS students can receive a range of financial support to help meet your living costs while completing your studies at LJMU.
NHS grants: In 2015/2016, all new eligible NHS students were eligible to receive a £1,000 non-means-tested grant from the NHS. This grant is awarded for every year of your course and does not have to be repaid.
Students with dependants: If you have any children or adults that are financially dependent on you, you can apply for means-tested grants for your dependants when you apply for your NHS bursary.
Means-tested NHS bursary: You will also be eligible to apply for a means-tested NHS bursary for every year of your degree.
For more information on the NHS grant and bursary, go to: www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk
How to apply for your NHS funding
You can apply for your NHS bursary from the start of April before the start of the academic year (for September start courses).
You should log onto www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students and create your own on line NHS bursary account and submit all necessary evidence as soon as possible. If you are still unsure about which course or university you are going to attend then you should still apply as soon as possible and you can easily update your application at a later date.
In addition to your NHS bursary students on undergraduate healthcare courses can also apply for a reduced-rate living costs or maintenance loan from the Government. You can apply for this loan for every year of your course.
How to apply for your student loan
Providing you meet the relevant residency, age and previous study requirements, you can also apply for a fixed-rate maintenance loan for every year of your course. You are advised to apply for your loan no later than the end of May 2016 if you want your loan to be in place for the start of the academic year. For more details, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance
Paying back your student loans
Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company. The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.
The following table how the financial support available to students on healthcare courses in 2015 to students studying for 45 weeks per year:
|If you will be living and studying in:||Non-means tested grant||Means-tested bursary (max. amount)||Non-means-tested maintenance loan|
|In England and living somewhere other than your parental home||£1,000||£4,491||£2,324 (£1,811 in your final year)|
|In England and living with your parents||£1,000||£3,439||£1,744 (£1,324 in your final year)|
|Type of Programme||IELTS||Pearson|
|International Foundation Programme||4.5||50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)|
|Undergraduate degrees||6.0||50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)|
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.
International and non-UK EU nationals should check the NHS bursary website for details on residency conditions:
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