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The Children’s Nursing BSc at King’s offers the opportunity to study for professional registration as a Children’s Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council while located in central London. The programme of study will equip you with skills involved with the care of children, young people and their families in hospital, community and primary healthcare settings.
No.1 Nursing Faculty in the UK and 6th in the world (2016 QS World University Rankings)
Our study programmes are delivered by internationally renowned clinicians and academics
Opportunities to take an elective placement to study in the UK or abroad
UCAS code B730
Duration Three years
Study mode Full-time
Course type Single honours
Course accreditations Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery
Five GCSEs grade C including English Language, Maths and Science required.
Science subjects preferred.
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.
A-levels: BBB preferably including a Science subject. In addition,a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C including English Language, Mathematics, and a Science.
Access to HE Diploma: Access to HE Diploma in either Health & Social Care, Nursing and Midwifery, or Science with 45 Level 3 credits inlcuding: 30 from units awarded at Distinction, 12 at Merit, and 3 at Pass. Maths and English modules should be taken within the Access Diploma if you do not hold GCSEs at grade C or above in these subjects. Please contact the Admissions Office if you have any queries.
Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at M2 M2 M2 preferably including a Science subject. In addition, a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C including English Language, Mathematics, and a Science. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with ten modules at Distinction in either Health & Social Care or Applied Science. In addition, a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C including English Language, Mathematics, and a Science.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with four modules at Distinction in either Health & Social Care or Applied Sciences, and one A level at grade B. Preferred A level subjects include: Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Science and Psychology. In addition, a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C including English Language, Mathematics, and a Science. NOTE: Topics studied in the BTEC should not cover topics already studied within the A level. For example, if taking A level Chemistry then the BTEC should not cover chemistry topics.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): M in either Health & Social Care or Applied Sciences, and two A levels at grades BB. Preferred A level subjects include: Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Science and Psychology. In addition,a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C including English Language, Mathematics, and a Science. NOTE: Topics studied in the BTEC should not cover topics already studied within the A level. For example, if taking A level Chemistry then the BTEC should not cover chemistry topics.
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: ABBBB at Highers to include Science. Applicants must offer either 5 subjects including Mathematics , English and Science at Credit Level Standard grades at 1 or 2/Intermediate 2 grade C, or recognised equivalent.
International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 32 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 555 (preferably including a Science subject). Note the total point score of 32 includes TOK/EE.
Grade 5 SL in both English, Mathematics and Science, if not offered at GCSE.
Note: Due to the way this course is funded, unfortunately only applicants with 'Home' or 'EU' fee status are eligible to apply. See 'fees and funding' note opposite for guidance.
Occupational Health clearance: Required for successful applicants
Enhanced criminal conviction check: Required for successful applicants
Work shadowing/observation: Appropriate healthcare experience either or voluntary or paid is encouraged.
Interviewing: Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a selection day, which will include tests of numeracy and literacy. Further details are available on our Selection Day pages.
Applications will be processed through UCAS. All shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a selection day before offers are made.
Application deadline: January 15 2017.
32 points overall with three Higher Level Subjects at 555
45 Level 3 credits: 30 must be from units awarded at Distinction, 12 Level 3 credits at Merit and 3 Level 3 credits at Pass
M2 M2 M2
Further information below
Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.
This innovative nursing programme leads to the award of a BSc in Nursing with professional registration as a Children’s nurse. You will learn to care for children, young people and their families in a variety of care settings including primary healthcare, hospital and community settings. Throughout the programme we emphasise the integration of theory and research-based practice in the classroom and the clinical setting. The study pathway provides both an academic and practical foundation that will form the basis for high-quality nursing practice.
You will spend part of the course programme in clinical practice through placements, providing you with opportunities to develop your clinical skills. This also gives you the opportunity to follow a community nursing placement pathway, outside of the traditional hospital setting. If you are interested in community nursing opportunities, please include details of your interest in your personal statement.
Before beginning the course, you must have occupational health clearance and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks completed.
We use a comprehensive range of teaching and learning methods, each tailored to the current area of study, with simulation playing an increasingly significant role in clinical education. Formal lectures account for only a small proportion of the curriculum. We aim to acknowledge the individuality of our students.
Student-centred learning is pivotal to our philosophy, and our teaching methods and we encourage and support self development and awareness through reflection on experience. We utilise practitioners, researchers and lecturers to deliver high quality research-based teaching.
The programme includes an equal balance of theoretical learning and clinical placements with partner healthcare providers including leading NHS Trusts, private and voluntary organisations. Programmes are full-time, and you will be working shift patterns similar to those of qualified nurses. A variety of coursework, written and practical exams are used to assess you and your clinical practice learning.
Denmark Hill Campus
St Thomas’ Campus
The degree programme is delivered across the four of King’s College London campuses. This includes three Thames-side campuses (Waterloo, St Thomas’ and Guy’s) and the Denmark Hill Campus in South London.
The majority of placements are located within London NHS trusts and private healthcare providers, but occasionally you may undertake placements located the Home Counties. For more information about our partners please visit http://www.kcl.ac.uk/nursing/partners
Nurses are involved in caring for vulnerable members of society and there is a necessity for all nursing students to have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. Prior to commencing the programme you must also have occupational health clearance.
Meet some of our pre-registration nursing students.
This new and innovative programme aims to develop nurses who can provide outstanding care across a range of practice settings while meeting all of the registration requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Nursing students undertake a range of modules which focus on quality care, cutting edge clinical skills, professional delivery and the knowledge and skills required to undertake them. You will learn the pivotal roles of the nurse as practitioner, partner and leader. There will be a blend of college based activities which will underpin periods of clinical practice.
Degree students become increasingly clinically focused in their second year, extending their ability to influence patient care and team working.
The following 30-credit modules are required for this course:
The following module must be passed for this course:
There are no optional modules for this course in Year 1.
During this year your modules will become increasingly clinically focussed. There will be an opportunity for a choice from a number of optional modules. Again, practice placements will allow you to apply the knowledge gained in your modules in a variety of clinical settings. There is an opportunity for international/national elective placement during the programme.
In addition, you will take one 15-credit optional module from a variety of options, which may typically include:
During your final year you will undertake further placements to develop your practice as a nurse. In addition to clinically focused modules which relate to your practice, you will also complete a research module and a dissertation paper.
There are no optional modules for this course in Year 3.
We are the leading Faculty of nursing and midwifery in London, holding an excellent reputation for producing outstanding clinicians and world leaders in specialist areas. Graduates who qualify from our programmes also gain professional registration as a nurse or midwife respectively from the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Numerous nursing graduates choose to remain in further education and go on to study in midwifery or women's health. Many of our qualifying nurses gain employment in prominent London NHS Trusts, while others choose to work elsewhere in the UK and abroad. There are varied choices of career destinations from hospitals to community/primary care, research to teaching, management to media. Whatever the chosen pathway, our graduates are well-prepared to face the challenges of a career in nursing and the complexities of pioneering healthcare.
Nurses who graduate from King's are actively recruited by both national and international employers. Many are involved in innovative practices and others work as independent nurses. Many return for further graduate study in midwifery or women's health.
"The course itself has been both challenging and enjoyable. It is divided equally between working on placement and studying at University. I've already had the opportunity to work at Kings College Hospital, The Evelina Children's Hospital and undertake a placement within the community."
"For me, working in a clinical setting and putting the theory I have learnt into practice is the best part of the nursing qualification. To care for young patients and to gain experience in the process, is a great learning curve and achievement."
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Full time tuition fees UK:
The current tuition fee is set as £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Full time tuition fees EU:
Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.
This means that the current tuition fee is £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.
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