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- Understand health sciences in the practice setting.
- Gain the knowledge, skills and values to enter into highly skilled employment.
- Develop a strong professional identity and confidence.
- Learn to develop and deliver person-centred care.
This unique course offers you an exciting opportunity to transform the lives of individuals and communities by becoming a fully qualified children's nurse. You'll learn to understand the unique role of the children's nurse in providing physical, emotional, and psychological care and advice to children and their families.
How you learn
Your lecturer's view
On this course, you’ll learn from enthusiastic academic staff who have a variety of clinical expertise and experience. You’ll apply your theoretical study directly to your practice setting — where you’ll work on real cases.
Nurses are an integral part of a multidisciplinary team. In some modules, you will learn and collaborate with students from other health and social care courses. This approach will help you to deliver person centred-care with an understanding of how other professionals contribute to the person's journey through health and social care services.
You learn through
- practice-based learning (50%)
- projects and group work
- independent learning
- skills rehearsal
- technology enhanced learning
Practice-based learning is central to your development and you spend 50% of each year on placement within a hospital, community or independent sector setting across Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster, Bassetlaw, Barnsley and Chesterfield. You will undertake a range of exciting placements in stimulating environments, helping you build your skills, confidence, creativity, resilience, integrity and curiosity. These are essential to healthcare provision.
During your placements, you’ll be supported by practice supervisor to help you develop your skills and competency. Your academic study supports your learning on placement and your placement experience allows you to consider the application of evidence to practice. This will help you to develop both personally and professionally, and you will become a knowledgeable problem solver and critical thinker.
This course prepares you for a career in
- community nursing
- medical nursing
- surgical nursing
- general practice
- occupational health nursing
- accident and emergency care
- health visiting
Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work in
- community settings
- private and voluntary settings
This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Graduates are eligible to apply to register with them. You must be registered with the NMC in order to practise as a nurse in the UK.
Where will I study?
You study at Collegiate Campus
Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.Collegiate Campus map
Collegiate Library can be found just off Ecclesall Road. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
Equipment and facilities
On this course you work with
- clinical suites
- simulated clinical environments
- replicated community settings
Learn more about your department
Take a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities that enrich student learning in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.
From A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We do not accept AS levels. For example:
- BBB at A Level.
- DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
- A combination of qualifications, which may include general studies.
GCSE's (single or double) in:
- English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents*
- Maths at grade D or 4 or equivalents*
- Science at grade C or 4 or equivalents*
*GCSE Maths equivalents
• Level 2 Key Skills/Application of Number/Grade D at GCSE Maths/ Level 2 Maths credits from an Access course
• maths equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
*GCSE English equivalents
• Level 2 Literacy
• Level 2 Key Skills
*GCSE Science equivalents
• OCR Science Level 2
• science units gained on a Level 3 BTEC or OCR National Diploma or Extended Diploma Qualification
• science credits gained on Access to Higher Education Diplomas (at least 12 credits gained at level 2 or 6 credits gained at level 3)
• science equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
• Access to HE Diploma for a QAA recognised Access to HE course in health studies, health science, social sciences or nursing. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 27 level 3 credits should be graded at distinction level.
• FdSc Professional Practice in Health & Social Care - If you are in the process of completing or have successfully completed the above programme at one of our partner colleges (Sheffield College, Barnsley College, Chesterfield College, North Lindsey College, Dearne Valley College, Manchester College, Stockport College and Doncaster College) and are looking to progress your career as a registered professional within the Health & Social Care sector, we would welcome an application from you via UCAS to start in Year 1.
• Nursing Associate Apprenticeships & Assistant Practitioner (Health) Apprenticeships will be considered on an individual basis and could enable you to commence this programme from year 2
• Degrees will be considered on an individual basis and if you already hold a first degree with an upper second class honours or above, you may be eligible to study our pre-registration MSc Child Nursing
If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.
Helping your application succeed
Experience of interacting with members of the public from a range of backgrounds in different settings is essential when applying to a health or social care course. It is important to be able to understand and explain how your experiences relate to the activities and qualities which are required of nurses caring for children. The NHS values are key to all our health courses. For further information on the standards required of students in nursing and midwifery professions please take a look at the Nursing and Midwifery Council's code of conduct
There are many ways you can gain experience - this might be as part of a programme of study or in a paid or voluntary capacity, and doesn't always need to be within a care setting. Interacting with people with different life experiences will help you develop a deeper level of understanding of the diversity of the population who access health and social care. In your personal statement please reflect upon your learning from any of these experiences demonstrating an understanding of the profession and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying a child nursing course.
You will be invited to attend an interview if these key elements are included in your personal statement.
You must provide a reference from a current or recent employer or educational institution with your UCAS application.
The selection event
If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving licence with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day.
View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.
Course enrolment - professional requirements
Before enrolling you must fully declare on the forms provided during the admissions process:
• unfiltered criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on unfiltered offences please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.
• involvement in disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or education establishments
• involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations
• enrolment on a health or social work professional course at another University
Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Criminal Record Check
• you must undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
• if you have lived outside of the UK for more than six consecutive months in the last five years you must provide an overseas criminal record check. Further information on obtaining this check can be found here
• where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the Professional Issues Team within ten working days of receipt of the certificate.
Occupational Health Screening
• You must undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
• You must undertake a programme of immunisations as required by the Department of Health and meet the immunisation and immunity requirements of placement providers. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
After completing the above professional checks, if you reside in the UK you are expected to make every reasonable attempt to attend a Pre-Course Day event to undertake the professional requirements of your course. This is also an opportunity to meet fellow applicants to the health & social care courses who will be starting their studies at the same time as you, some current students and teaching staff.
Other professional suitability information
Your full enrolment on your course will be confirmed when the Professional Issues Team have verified that your Enhanced DBS Disclosure (and overseas criminal record check where relevant) indicates that you are suitable to work with vulnerable groups including children and clearance from your health screening has been received.
If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements, from when you apply to the end of your course, you must tell the Professional Issues team immediately by calling 0114 225 5637 or emailing HWB-Professional-Issues@shu.ac.uk
We strongly recommend that you tell us about any long term health conditions, learning difficulty or disability you may have. This is so we can assess whether we can deliver the course in such a way that you can meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for education and training and take part without disadvantage both in University and on placement.
You can contact our nursing and midwifery disability co-ordinator on 0114 225 2470 to explore any issues you may have, or you can contact our university disabled student support team on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom).
The Disability Disclosure booklet provides information for students on health and social care courses and will help you understand the importance of disclosing your disability at the earliest possible stage. This is so you can be assessed for the support you may require to succeed on the course.
Our open days give you an opportunity to come and talk to our teaching staff and current students on the course you are considering. You can explore the campus, view our facilities and ask any questions you may have in a relaxed environment. To book visit University open day
Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.
Additional information for EU/International students
This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.
Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
|Module: Assessing And Planning For Person Centred Care||Credits: 40||
|Module: Collaboration For Individual And Community Wellbeing||Credits: 20||
|Module: Personal And Professional Development||Credits: 20||
|Module: Science For Professional Practice||Credits: 40||
|Module: Applied Sciences For Professional Practice||Credits: 20|
|Module: Assessing And Addressing Complexity||Credits: 40|
|Module: Evidence And Enquiry For Practice||Credits: 20|
|Module: Providing And Evaluating Person Centred Care||Credits: 40|
|Module: Leading And Co-Ordinating Person Centred Care||Credits: 40|
|Module: Professional Leadership||Credits: 20|
|Module: The Advancing Professional||Credits: 40|
|Module: Theory/Practice Hours - Nursing And Midwifery||Credits: -|
|Module: Working With Complexity In Practice||Credits: 20|
Health and social care funding
Find out how to fund your studies by visiting our health and social care pages for more information.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for Nursing and midwifery courses (PDF)
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