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Nursing with Registration as a Children's Nurse BSc

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Overview

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.

Key benefits

  • No.1 Nursing Faculty in the UK and 3rd in the world (2017 QS World University Rankings)

  • King’s College London offers exciting placement opportunities at world-class teaching hospitals
  • Our study programmes are delivered by internationally renowned clinicians and academics

  • Opportunities to take an elective placement to study in the UK or abroad

  • 99% employment rate of all our graduates    

          

Key information

UCAS code B730

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Course accreditations Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery

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Description

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. Placements within the programme enable you to experience nursing care in hospitals, as well as in a range of services contributing to the health and development of children and adolescents. These placements occur in a range of settings for example nurseries, schools, community children’s services. 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.

Teaching style

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.

Structure of course and assessment

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. 

Location(s):

Guy’s Campus

Waterloo Campus

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

Special notes

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 our students

Meet some of our pre-registration nursing students.

Structure

Year 1

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.

Required Modules

The following 30-credit modules are required for this course: 

  • Applied Human Biology
  • Nurses in Society
  • Family Centred Care
  • Knowledge and Skills for Children’s Nursing

 

The following module must be passed for this course:

  • Pan London Practice Assessment Document (PLPAD)

There are no optional modules for this course in Year 1.

Optional Modules

Year 2

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.

 

 

Required Modules

Required Modules

  • Applied Social Sciences
  • The Sick Child Requiring Nursing Intervention
  • The Child with Ongoing and Complex Continuing Care Needs
  • Evidence Based Practice in Nursing

The following module must be passed for this course:

  •  Pan London Practice Assessment Document (PLPAD)

Optional Modules

In addition, you will take one 15-credit optional module from a variety of options, which may typically include:

  • Adolescent Healthcare: Meeting the Challenge
  • Continence Care
  • Electrocardiograph Rhythm Strip Interpretation
  • End of Life in Contemporary Society
  • Global Health
  • Haemoglobinopathies: Advancing Client Centred Care
  • Nursing and the Arts
  • Pharmacology for Nursing Practice
Optional Modules

Year 3

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.

Required Modules

Required Modules

  • Leading and Managing Care
  • Dissertation in Healthcare
  • Complexities in Children’s and Young Person’s Nursing
  • Research Methods

 

The following module must be passed for this course:

  • Pan London Practice Assessment Document (PLPAD)

 

There are no optional modules for this course in Year 3.

 

Optional Modules

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

BBB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-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.

Required grades

32 points overall with three Higher Level Subjects at 555

Required grades

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

Required grades

M2 M2 M2

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

75% overall

Required grades

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

Five GCSEs grade C including English Language, Maths and Science required.

Preferred subjects

Science subjects preferred.

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

A-Level subjects - University policy: Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-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.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to HE Diploma in either Health & Social Care, Nursing and Midwifery, or Science with 45 Level 3 credits including: 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: BBB at Higher in one sitting and BB at Advanced Higher, preferably including a science subject at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). 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.

Other International Qualifications: Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.

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.

Non academic requirements

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.

Selection procedure

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 2018.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee 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.

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Additional costs/expenses

The following table gives you an indication of additional costs associated with your course. These costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Item

Description

Clothing

Students are provided with an initial set of uniforms for the duration of the programme. If students require additional uniforms these will have to be purchased. Indicative cost £15 - dress and £30 - new tunic & trouser set

Footwear

Students are also required to purchase appropriate footwear for mandatory training and placement. Estimated cost £20-45

Disclosure and Barring certificates/  clearance

The Faculty will pay for students to undergo one DBS check. Any subsequent checks required will need to be paid for by the student. Estimated cost £50

Electives

Subject to eligibility and approval by the Faculty, students are able to arrange their own elective clinical placements either in the UK or overseas. Students are required to make the necessary arrangements for any electives, including costs such as travel, accommodation, visas and additional vaccinations.

Immunisations/vaccinations

Students will be required to arrange and pay for the necessary vaccinations prior to enrolment.  Multiple vaccinations may be required. Indicative cost £10-30 per vaccination.

Travel

In order that healthcare students can continue to access clinical placements, the Department of Health will commit to providing all new healthcare students a £303 payment as a non-repayable grant. This will not affect healthcare students’ ability to access funding from the standard higher education support system to pay for their essential travel costing over £303. The government recognises that some healthcare courses require students to attend training at clinical placement providers which are long distances from their university or to spend significant time away from their place of study. These situations result in either greater travel costs or the need to rent extra accommodation. Providing the case for both educational provision and value for money can be demonstrated, any student who finds that they are at a financial disadvantage as a result of their clinical placement will be entitled to re-imbursement of costs associated with secondary accommodation. Further details will be published by the Department of Health in due course.

Other

Students will be required to pay for missed mandatory training sessions and any missed Occupational Health appointments. Missed theory and practical sessions for mandatory training ranges from £15-£45. Missed OH appointments ranges from £17 for a General Appointment to £122 for a specialist appointment.

 

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Any costs incurred as a result of working in a specific clinical setting where you are not employed
  • Graduation costs

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

 

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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.

Career destinations

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.

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