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Nursing with Registration as a Children's Nurse BSc

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Overview

You can still make a difference as a King’s Nurse: new places are available on our Children's Nursing with Registration BSc courses for September 2019. Call our admissions office on +44(0)207 848 7000 to discuss your application or visit our Clearing Index for more information.

Start your rewarding career in healthcare at King’s College London. If you already have a degree in a different area and the right experience, you can qualify in just two years.

Discover for yourself why King’s nursing graduates are so sought after. This course will give you the practical skills and the theoretical knowledge to succeed wherever you choose to work.

And our partnerships with prestigious NHS trusts mean your rewarding career starts as soon as you arrive.

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

Key benefits

  • Study in London, working at prominent organisations like Great Ormond Street or Evaline London Children’s Hospital, gaining experience with a diverse patient population
  • Get hands-on in our state-of-the-art simulation centre with its six-bay children’s ward, operating theatre, and intensive care unit
  • Put King’s on your CV – we’re No.1 in the UK for nursing and No.2 in the world (QS World University Rankings 2019)
  • Join our diverse, friendly community – people of all ages, backgrounds, and nationalities come here to study
  • Learn from King’s researchers and experts

Key information

UCAS code B730

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Course accreditations This course is still subject to approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care

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Description

Learn to care for children and support families in a range of challenging situations. While you’re at King’s, you’ll work in different environments that give you the practical skills you’ll need every day as children’s nurse.

Your course will involve placements at some of London’s renowned hospitals and healthcare providers. And, to improve your professional skills, you’ll attend lectures, seminars, and practical lessons in a range of topics relevant to your work.

King’s is known for the quality of its research too. So cutting-edge thinking will inform everything you learn. We encourage you to take the lead in your own development, but we provide everything you need to excel. We support you throughout your time at King’s (and beyond). You’ll have a personal tutor assigned to you, we’ll visit you on placements, and there are plenty of support options elsewhere at the University. 

Before beginning the course, you must have occupational health clearance and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks completed.

Teaching style

Our teaching staff are experts in areas like neonatal, intensive care or palliative care. Their experience in research and clinical practice means our course is a true reflection of what it’s like working with children and their families across the world. Guest lecturers give you the chance to discover an even wider perspective of the field. 

Half your time will involve working at your placement, learning from real life experience. The other half will be spent in lectures, seminars, and other more theoretical sessions. But for us, theory doesn’t just mean sitting at a desk. Our teaching involves a huge range of advanced tools, like our high fidelity mannequins that can talk, move – even cry. 

Course details 

During your placements you’ll be working regular shifts, just like you would as a qualified nurse. You can also choose to travel for your elective placements. It could take you anywhere in the world – or you can stay in London and let the world come to you. 

The curriculum for this course involves set modules. These modules will be more clinically-focussed as you progress, meaning you’ll learn more and more skills you can apply in real care settings. In your third year, you will have a dissertation which allows you to take a more in-depth look at an area that interests you. 

Assessment

We want to build your confidence in what you know and what you can do.  

Our assessments will help you improve your skills throughout your course. We’ll assess your work with both traditional exams as well as coursework and more practical projects. Different modules will have different assessments appropriate to each topic.

Location(s):

Teaching happens at King’s campuses across London. Most sessions will be at: 

  • Waterloo 

  • Guy’s 

  • St Thomas’ 

  • Denmark Hill 

Your placements will be in local NHS trusts and other organisations. Our placements team will make sure you get a rounded nursing experience. They’ll take your needs into account to be as accommodating as possible. 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.

Our teaching staff are experts in areas[CJ1]  like neonatal, intensive care or palliative care. Their experience in research and clinical practice means our course is a true reflection of what it’s like working with children and their families across the world. Guest lecturers give you the chance to discover an even wider perspective of the field.

Half your time will involve working at your placement, learning from real life experience. The other half will be spent in lectures, seminars, and other more theoretical sessions. But for us, theory doesn’t just mean sitting at a desk. Our teaching involves a huge range of advanced tools, like our high fidelity mannequins that can talk, move – even cry.


 [CJ1]Your teachers have different academic and clinical backgrounds including neonatal, intensive care and palliative care. They have worked with children and their families across the UK and the world, they are involved in research and clinical practice to ensure our programmes are truly grounded in realities of clinical practice and reflect a passion we all have to optimise the lives of children and young people through nursing care.

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 modules are required for this course: 

  • Becoming a Children's Nurse (15 credits)
  • Fundamental Skills for Children's Nurse (30 credits)
  • Foundations for Children's Nursing (60 credits)
Optional Modules
  • Wellbeing in London (15 credits)
  • Childhood in London (15 credits)

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
  • Promoting and optimising health in Children's nursing (60 credits)
  • Nursing Process in Action (30 credits)
  • Pharmacology for Healthcare Practice (15 credits)
Optional Modules
  • Global Health (15 credits)
  • Haemoglobinopathies: Advancing Client Centered Care (15 credits)

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
  • Clinical Care and Decision-Making (30 credits)
  • Professional Practice as a Children's Nurse (60 credits)
Optional Modules
  • Neonatal Nursing: Special Care (15 credits)
  • Children's High Dependency Care (15 credits)
  • Independent Study (30 credits)

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

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

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 4/C including English Language, Maths and Science

We can accept equivalent qualifications to meet GCSE requirements

Preferred subjects

Science subjects preferred

Further information and other requirements

Entry requirements
All candidates to this programme must have obtained a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or 4 including English Language, Mathematics, and a Science
A-Level  BBB

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

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.

Access to HE Diploma

D: 30 credits

M: 12 credits

P: 3 credits

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.
Cambridge Pre-U M2 M2 M2 Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010) DDM

DDM with ten modules at Distinction in either Health & Social Care or Applied Science.

OR

DDM with ten modules at Distinction in any other subject, and one A level at grade B in a Science subject. 
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (RQF from 2016) DDM

DDM in either Health & Social Care or Applied Science.

OR

DDM in any other subject, and one A level at grade B in a Science subject. 

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.

OR

DM with four modules at Distinction in any other subject, and one A level at grade B in a Science subject .

NOTE: Topics studied in the BTEC should cover topics not already studied within the A level. For example, if taking A level Chemistry the BTEC should cover topics other than chemistry.

 

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

 

M in either Health & Social Care or Applied Sciences, and two A levels at grades BB

OR

M in any other subject, and two A levels at grades B with at least one in a Science subject.

NOTE: Topics studied in the BTEC should cover topics not already studied within the A level. For example, if taking A level Chemistry the BTEC should cover topics other than chemistry.

 

CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma   Grade B overall and grade A in both Extended Assessments in the CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care. In addition, a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C including English Language, Mathematics, and a Science.
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

BBB at Highers

and

BB at Advanced Higher

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.
International Baccalaureate 32 points Including 555 at Higher Level. Note the total point score of 32 includes TOK/EE.
Other International Qualifications
  Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language Requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Personal statement and supporting information

A personal statement will be required when you apply through UCAS. Applicants will also be required to provide a reference as part of their application along with details on their qualifications.

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 voluntary or paid is encouraged.

Interviewing: Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a selection day, which may include tests of numeracy and literacy. Further details are available on our Selection Day pages and below.

Selection procedure

Applications will be processed through UCAS. All shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a selection day before offers are made.

 

Meeting the Numeracy & Literacy requirements for the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) requirements  

If applicant has already achieved grade C or above in GCSE Maths and English, or equivalents, including overseas equivalents and Functional Skills, they will not be required to sit the Numeracy & Literacy test.  

If applicant has not yet achieved the GCSE Maths and/or English requirement, or equivalents, including overseas equivalents and Functional Skills, but is currently studying for them, they will need to sit the corresponding test(s). This does not include Access applicants.  

Access applicants that have not achieved GCSE English and/or Maths grade C or above or equivalents, including overseas equivalents and Functional Skills, will need to sit the Numeracy & Literacy test(s).

Applicants who will need an English test as part of their academic entry requirements will not need to sit the Literacy test, as meeting the English Language policy means they will meet the Literacy requirements.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 (September 2019) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is £28,900 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

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

Most of our graduates choose to go straight into work as a nurse or midwife. Having worked at prestigious London hospitals, you’ll have a real breadth of experience to distinguish you from other candidates. But your job choices don’t end there! 

With King’s on your CV, and a range of skills, from practical to theoretical, you’ll have the pick of career destinations. Children’s nursing is a rewarding career, full of options. You could become a clinical specialist, a researcher, or maybe you’ll want to go into teaching or management. 

We’ll also pair you with a professional nurse in our mentoring programme. They’ll support and guide you throughout your degree and your first year of work.

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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