Child Nursing - Liverpool John Moores University

2021/22 entry

BSc (Hons) with Registered Nurse Status Child Nursing

Course fees

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

All figures are subject to yearly increases.


*The Department for Education (DfE) have recently announced that they will be freezing tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year.

Course type

BSc (Hons) with Registered Nurse Status

BSc Hons with Registered Nurse Status

UCAS info

Points required: 120

UCAS code: B730

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

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.

  • 100% of our child nursing graduates go on to find employment or further study within six months of graduating (Source: discoveruni.gov.uk)
  • LJMU was the Winner of Nurse Education Provider of the Year (pre-registration), Student Nursing Times Awards 2018​​
  • Clinical work experience with 4 placements guaranteed per year in a wide variety of healthcare settings, plus one clinical simulation practice placement 
  • Over £4million invested in the Faculty's teaching and learning environment, including £1.6million developing professional-standard clinical practice suites​
  • While on placement, you have a dedicated study day each week giving you the opportunity for on-campus contact and support 
  • Start months: January and September
  • Campus location: City Campus

What it means to study Nursing at LJMU -

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New Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the professional body that evaluates and monitors all Nursing and Midwifery courses in the UK. Only education and training providers accredited by the NMC can deliver courses that lead to Qualified Nurse or Midwife status and registration with the NMC.

In 2018, the NMC released plans to update the standards for pre-registration nursing and midwifery programmes, starting after 28th January 2019. The new standards set out the entry requirements, length of programme, methods of assessment and the level of award.

To ensure that our programmes are at the forefront of nursing and midwifery education and meet the new standards, we've worked closely with our practice partners updating our course content and student assessment methods. This means you'll benefit from the most up to date, practice-informed learning. The course is currently subject to validation.

Additional course costs

Travel costs to placements and parking if using a car whilst on placement. However, you may be able to claim reimbursement of travel costs through The Learner Support Fund provided by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA).

Students who would like to buy extra uniform items, further to their standard uniform which is included in the course fees, have the option to do so. International experience may incur costs.

As soon as I arrived in Liverpool I had a feeling that this was where I'd want to be. There was just a vibe every time I visited which I really enjoyed and after speaking to students and staff I knew that I would receive so much support when I came here, which has proven to be true.

Harvey Box, 3rd year, BSc (Hons) Child Nursing

As soon as I arrived in Liverpool I had a feeling that this was where I'd want to be. The city is an amazing place to be with so much going on all the time and its an ideal location for so many things; I knew then I wanted to come to LJMU. There was just a vibe every time I visited which I really enjoyed and after speaking to students and staff I knew that I would receive so much support when I came here, which has proven to be true.

Harvey Box, 3rd year, BSc (Hons) Child Nursing

Work-related learning

50% of the programme involves work-related learning. This includes work-based learning in primary care, nursing homes and acute settings, and gives you an invaluable opportunity to learn from experienced 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. In addition there is work-related learning during you simulated practice experience.

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, and will meet with them regularly throughout each year. Your personal 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 registered healthcare professionals and be supervised by practice assessors and supervisors, as well as having the support of academic link lecturers.

Additional support is always available within the Faculty or from student support workers if you need it. All new Faculty of Health students have a Student Mentor allocated. Student Mentors are second and third year students who have been selected and trained to mentor new students in all aspects of university life. The student mentor service offers an exciting opportunity for personal and professional development.



Go abroad

LJMU aims to make an international opportunity available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree, either in Europe or the US. You could take part in a work placement in Europe under the ERASMUS+ scheme or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. There are also opportunities to attend a two-week summer school with one of our worldwide partners.

Our Go Global Fund can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?

Find out more about studying or working abroad or email us at: goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

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

50% clinical practice, 50% theory - a great combination!

 All of your modules are Core - this means that all students on the programme study them.

You will take six modules at each level, each worth 20 credits. 

Level 4  

  • Introduction to Practice 1
  • Inequalities and Public Health
  • Biosciences in Nursing Practice
  • Introduction to Practice 2
  • Introduction to Evidence Based Nursing Practice
  • Partnership and Policy for Person Centred Care in Child Nursing    

Level 5

  • Developing Practice for Child Nursing 1
  • Behaviour Change to Prevent Ill Health
  • Pathophysiology, Pharmacology in Nursing Care
  • Developing Practice for Child Nursing 2
  • Evidence and Evaluation in the Development of Nursing  Practice
  • Partnership Working and Care Co-ordination in Child Nursing

Level 6

  • The Proficient Child Nurse 1
  • Globalisation, Health and Healthcare for Child Nursing
  • Co-ordinating Safe, Quality Child Care
  • The Proficient Child Nurse 2
  • Leadership, Management and Supervision
  • Professional Practice and Co-ordinating Complex Care in Child Nursing

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.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course. Please note: programme specification documents are updated annually on 1st August, therefore this version may not reflect the most current course content. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

Clinical practice is a vital element of this degree course and accounts for half of your study time at LJMU. 

As a nursing student, you will be required to complete 4,600 hours of which 50% will be theory and 50% in clinical practice. This means that you will have seven weeks holiday a year, and may have to attend sessions outside the normal University hours of 9am- 5pm.

Blocks of academic study can be up to six weeks depending on what point in the programme you are at. You will work 30 hours a week in clinical practice and will have a weekly study day of 7.5 hours.  

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 international universities and research centres
  • charities, community and voluntary groups

These 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.

There will also be clinical assessments, which will be undertaken whilst in clinical practice where you will be assessed by practice supervisors and assessors.

​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 further develop your skills or knowledge.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

120

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.

Other Information:

Satisfactory Medical Clearance/Examination. We will contact you directly to undertake this. Satisfactory DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service - formerly CRB.) We will contact you directly 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 and Mathematics GCSE or Welsh GCSE in Maths / The Welsh GCSE in Maths Numeracy The Faculty of Health will accept Edge Hill University’s equivalence tests in English and mathematics as an alternative to the GCSE requirements. For further information, please go to Edgehill Equivalency Tests or email edgehilltests@edgehill.ac.uk These must be completed prior to applying to the University
  • Are functional skills acceptable? No

A Levels

  • 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 qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Not acceptable
  • 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
  • Level 3 in childrens play, learning and development: No

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

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 120 UCAS points are required

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 120 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects
  • FETAC acceptability: The following modules must be achieved at Distinction:
  • Anatomy and Physiology, Human Growth and Development, Introduction to Nursing

Scottish awards

  • Scottish Higher: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Scottish Advanced Higher: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications

Key skills

  • Will Key Skills tariff points be counted towards an offer? No
  • What minimum Key Skill level is appropriate?

OCR National acceptability

  • National Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications

NVQ

  • Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Not Acceptable

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

Will I be interviewed?

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 programme

IELTS

7.0 (minimum of 7.0 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

Yes

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

The information below relates to the 2019/20 academic year as the Government has not yet released information for 2020/21. As soon as this is available, we will update these web pages and associate information.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. In 2019/20 scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. In 2019/20 the annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

In 2019/20 the annual tuition fee for full time, undergraduate, home and EU students is £9,250. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £25,716**.

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

Part time students starting in 2018 or later can also apply for a maintenance loan.

For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/studentfinance

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £25,716* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £25,716).*

* Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

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.

100% of LJMU's child nursing graduates go on to find employment or further study within six months of graduating (Source: discoveruni.gov.uk).​

There are a growing number of nurse specialist posts in some clinical areas too.

Masters level study in Nursing is also available at LJMU (eligible graduates benefit from a 20% discount), enabling you to progress your career in both practice and research. View our postgraduate Nursing courses.

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 study

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 904 6499.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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