BSc (Honours) Nursing (Child)

Year of Entry 2025/26
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BSc (Honours)

Nursing (Child)

Let our expert lecturers, practice partners and users of services transform you into a competent and compassionate children's nurse.

Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year
    International/EU: £19,155 per year

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    3 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    Collegiate Campus

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    What are the entry requirements?

    120 UCAS Points

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    What is the UCAS code?

    B730

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2025


Employability

100% of our graduates are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating, with 100% in highly skilled employment or further study (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

Course summary

  • Gain the knowledge, skills and experience to provide safe and effective care for infants, children, young people and their carers and families. 
  • Develop your professional identity and values preparing you for leadership roles in clinical or academic settings. 
  • Provide collaborative child, young person and family-centred care with other professional groups. 
  • Learn from nursing experts, their extensive experience and cutting-edge research. 
  • Gain real-world clinical experience with placements and simulated practice learning.

This unique course offers you an exciting opportunity to become a registered children’s nurse, improving the health and wellbeing of children, young people, and their families and communities. You’ll consider the contemporary nature of health and illness, as well as collaborative approaches to delivering child and family-centred care. You’ll graduate as a reflective, competent, compassionate and employable registered children’s nurse.


If you don't meet the entry requirements for this course, or you’d like extra preparation before starting degree-level study, we recommend you join the BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child) with foundation year course. 


After successfully completing the degree programme, you’ll be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a children’s nurse.

Accredited by
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

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.



How you learn

Your lecturer's view
Watch course leader and senior lecturer Sarah McDonald talk about this course.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

On this course you’ll learn from academic staff who have a variety of clinical expertise and experience. We blend theory and clinical practice experience, giving you the opportunity to practice what you learn in both simulated and real-world settings.

Nurses are an integral part of the multidisciplinary team. You’ll have the chance to learn and collaborate with students from other health and social care courses, helping you deliver child and young person-centered care and younand family-centred care. 

You learn through:

  • Lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials
  • Simulated practice learning
  • Practical learning
  • Independent learning and group work
  • Assessment of proficiency in practice 
  • Case studies

Key Themes

In the first year you’ll establish the fundamentals of nursing practice, integrating core skills and knowledge through varied clinical experiences, with opportunities to learn about caring for people across the lifespan.

In your second year you’ll develop these skills by exploring the complexities of care across different age groups, including the needs of carers and families. 

In your final year you’ll consolidate your nursing knowledge and skills by leading and managing care in clinical practice – preparing you for your first newly qualified role in children’s nursing. 

Course Support

Our supportive staff will nurture your creativity, encouraging you to ask compelling questions and providing you with the tools to answer them. 

Our ratio of staff to students means you’ll always be able to receive the support you need on your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate-level employment. This includes:  

  • Access to our student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development
  • Access to our Skills Centre for support with one to ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments and assessment preparation
  • Support and guidance from your course and module leaders, and you’ll have a named academic adviser and employability advisers

Course leaders and tutors

Rosemary Court
Rosemary Court
Senior Lecturer

I teach across all levels of undergraduate children's nurse education and have particular interest in community care, public health, neonatal care and children's cri … Read more

Applied learning

Work Placements 

You’ll gain real-world experience in care delivery via clinical placements from our designated placement circuit. This includes a range of hours and shifts in line with, and as experienced by registered nurses.  

You’ll be supervised and supported by practice supervisors, practice assessors, link lecturers and academic assessors – enabling you to learn and safely achieve proficiency and autonomy in your professional role.  

We’ll ensure the practice-based learning element of your course complies with the requirements of the Professional and Statutory Regulatory Body (PSRB) – which governs the child nursing profession. So by the end of your course, you’ll have the opportunity to show you meet the requirements to register as a children’s nurse.

Networking opportunities

In your first year we host a welcome event so you can meet our practice learning partners, engaging with opportunities to further your career planning and development. 

You’ll have the opportunity to attend our onsite careers event and speak to our practice learning partners about employment opportunities and career pathways.

And each year we have a small number of global partnership enrichment opportunities, which have strict eligibility criteria.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in children’s nursing within a range of health and social care settings, including: 

  • Primary and community care
  • Secondary care
  • Private and voluntary organisations
  • Research nursing 
  • Further study, such as health visiting and masters and doctoral education. 

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work in:

  • Hospital and community nursing environments 
  • Health centres 
  • GP surgeries 
  • Clinical education
  • Lecturing
  • Advanced practice roles 
  • Management positions in clinical nursing

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

Collegiate campus

Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Location

Collegiate Crescent
Sheffield
S10 2BP

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you’ll learn through:

  • A range of clinical nursing placement environments 
  • Our purpose-built clinical simulation suites
  • Mock ward and community spaces 
  • Technology-enhanced learning 
  • Clinical skills laboratories
  • Oxford Medical Simulation 
  • Virtual reality software
  • 24-hour libraries and study spaces designed by our students

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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 120

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.
  • Merit overall from a T level qualification with B from Core.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include general studies.
  • Other Level 3 qualifications equivalent to GCE A level are also considered including CACHE.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

GCSEs (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

Other qualifications

• Approved Access to HE Diploma in health studies, health science, social sciences or nursing. Normally we require 15 of the level 3 credits to 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

IELTS

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each of reading, listening and speaking and 6.5 in writing, 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

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. This is so you will have an understanding of the diversity of the population who access health and social care. It is important to be able to understand and explain how your experiences relate to the activities and qualities which are required for the profession at your interview.

Reference

You must provide a reference from a current or recent employer or educational institution with your UCAS application.

Interview

After you have submitted your application, If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to an online interview. 

View our interview guidance to ensure you understand the interviews process and how you can prepare for this.   

Course enrolment - professional requirements

Before enrolling you must fully declare the following information on the pre-admission declaration 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

In addition

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Criminal Record Check

  • you will be required to 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.
  • you will need to present valid identity documents (PDF) (PDF, 38.1KB) as part of the application process
  • 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 an overseas criminal record check.
  • 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 will need to undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge. As part of this assessment you are expected to provide all relevant, truthful and accurate information to ensure a safe environment for yourself and service users.

Immunisations

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. Please obtain details of your immunisation history from your doctor so you can submit this during your Occupational Health Screening.

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, please tell the Professional Issues team immediately by calling 0114 225 5637 or emailing HWB-Professional-Issues@shu.ac.uk.

Disability support

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 Health and Care Professions Council standards of proficiency and take part without disadvantage both in University and on placement.

You can contact our disability coordinator on 0114 225 2588 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.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Collaboration For Individual And Community Wellbeing
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Fundamentals Of Nursing Practice
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Part 1 Placement 
Credits -
Assessment
Personal And Professional Development
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Sciences For Nursing Practice
Credits 40
Assessment Practical(100%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Applied Sciences For Nursing Practice
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Assessing And Addressing Complexity In Practice
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Developing Nursing Practice
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Evidence And Enquiry For Practice
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Part 2 Placement
Credits -
Assessment Exam(100%)
Final year

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Complexity & Leadership In Professional Practice
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Consolidating Sciences For Nursing Practice
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
One Credit Module – Bsc (Hons) Nursing
Credits -
Assessment
Part 3 Placement 
Credits -
Assessment Exam(100%)
The Advancing Professional
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Transition To Registration In Children’S Nursing Practice
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2025/26 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2025/26 is £19,155, which includes an annual placement supplement of £2,000.

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Health and social care funding

Home fee-paying students can access a non-repayable maintenance grant of at least £5,000 per year. You may also be eligible for additional financial support based on your circumstances.

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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, 350KB)

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

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