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Nursing with Registration as a Children's Nurse MSc

UCAS code: B732

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Duration:
Two years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2022
Application deadline:
26 January 2022
Apply via UCAS

Working as a children’s nurse, no two days are ever the same. At King’s, we equip you with the skills you need to deliver excellent care to children, young people and their families, build relationships, and understand how to use research. Whether it’s decision making or medication management, we cover the topics you’ll depend on every day caring for children, young people and their families. We put your skills to the test during your placements with your host trust. Our wide-spread placement options mean you’ll treat a diverse range of children and families in trusts, nurseries and children’s services across London.

Key benefits

  • You will be studying at the No.1 nursing faculty in the UK and 2nd in the world (2021 QS World University Rankings).
  • King’s College London offers exciting opportunities with two world-class academic health science centres and renowned teaching hospitals providing maternity care.
  • Learn from a highly experienced, and enthusiastic team of educators, researchers and clinicians, who provide full support to help you achieve your ambitions.
  • Our study courses are delivered by internationally renowned clinicians and academics with a strong focus on promoting evidence-based care and appreciation of translational research.
  • 99 per cent of our graduates find successful employment.
  • Our children’s nursing students have fantastic placement opportunities caring for children, while gaining experience with a diverse patient population at world renowned hospitals across London.

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 King’s College Hospital, The Evelina Children’s Hospital and undertake a placement within the community.

Jenna, Child Nursing with Registration

The overall aims of the course are to enable graduates to acquire advanced understanding, knowledge, skills and professional values in children’s nursing to enable them to develop, deliver, lead, evaluate and research healthcare practice. In addition, the course aims to ensure that nurses who graduate are skilled, competent, compassionate professionals who have satisfied the academic and clinical requirements and standards stipulated in the NMC standards of proficiency and the academic requirements of King’s College London for the award of a Master’s degree. Graduating students will possess the knowledge, skills and values to perform competently in the nursing care of children, young people and their families and carers in a range of settings. Placement opportunities in hospital and community ensure you experience the breadth of nursing care undertaken by a children’s nurse. The course will enable the student to develop knowledge and understanding of the following:

Course Aims

  • The evidence-base for children’s nursing practice.
  • Holistic identification and assessment of healthcare needs including formulation of plans and strategies for meeting healthcare needs and delivering child- and family-centred nursing practice.
  • Pharmacology and preparation for prescribing.
  • Information management and use of technology in healthcare delivery, and the role of the nurse in delivering digital health.
  • The essential physical and mental health needs of people of all ages.
  • Principles of leadership and management; patient safety; health economics; nursing procedures.
  • Medication management and pharmacology.

Base campuses

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

campus guys
Guy’s Campus

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
Denmark Hill Campus

Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

St Thomas
St Thomas’ Campus

Located near Waterloo Campus and home of continuing medical and dental teaching, as well as a museum dedicated to Florence Nightingale.

Course accreditation

NMC

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Application deadline: 26th January 2022 - 18:00 GMT

All applications must be submitted via UCAS.

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree in any subject with 2:1 honours and 575 hours (approximately equivalent to four months FT) healthcare-related experience. Placements that have been undertaken as part of a previous undergraduate degree are also acceptable.

Applicants who have achieved a high 2:2 overall (55-59%) may still be considered, however please bear in mind that many applicants meet the minimum entry requirement and so all applications are considered within a competitive environment. As such, those meeting the entry requirements with a 2:1 will be viewed more favourably. Applicants with a high 2:2 who wish to apply will need to ensure they include their grades for each module for all years of study on their application, or send a transcript of all years of study via King's Apply shortly after applying.

GCSE requirements

Grade C/4 or above in GCSE Maths and English, or equivalent. Functional Skills English level 2 at Pass and Functional Skills Maths level 2 at Pass are considered equivalent to GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics. It is highly desirable for applicants to have studied Biology or Human Science to GCSE level or equivalent.

International equivalents can also be considered. If you are an international student who did not study GCSEs/IGCSEs as part of your qualifications, then we will look for evidence of equivalency in your studies. 

English language requirements

Please note that nationals of Majority English Speaking Countries (as defined by UKVI) who have successfully completed high school in the respective country, are not required to complete an English language test. For information on our English requirements and whether you need to complete an English language test, please see our English Language requirements page. The English Language Band for this programme is Band B. Please note, the English language requirement is separate to the GCSE English Language requirement. 

RPEL requirement

Applicants must have 575 hours (approximately 4 months full time) of relevant healthcare-related experience. This is any type of care that involves the applicant giving direct physical or psychological care of another person. Placements that have been undertaken as part of a previous undergraduate degree are also acceptable. This experience must have been achieved within five years of the start date of the programme, and can include paid full- or part-time employment, or voluntary work. Applicants can combine experience from more than one position/role. 

Examples of healthcare experience we have considered include, but are not limited to:

  • Health Care Assistant
  • Care Assistant
  • Support Worker
  • Worker with healthcare charities
  • Personal care e.g., of a relative or child (must be verified by the GP of the cared person)
  • St John’s Ambulance
  • Teacher of SEN (Special Education Needs) children
  • Helpline advisor e.g., 111, 999, Samaritans (a maximum of 75 hours are permitted)

We do not count administration roles within a healthcare environment or roles involving the shadowing of other healthcare professionals towards the 575 hours requirement.

Please note, we are not able to confirm what experience will be accepted or not accepted before receiving and assessing the application.  

Is it not necessary for applicants to have completed the 575 hours requirement prior to submitting an application and applicants can build up their hours of experience during the assessment process. However, please be mindful that all 575 hours will need to be completed and verified by the end of July (timeframe may vary). 

Non-Academic requirements

Occupational Health clearance (Compulsory): Required for successful applicants. All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to satisfactory Occupational Health clearance.

Enhanced criminal conviction check (Compulsory): Required for successful applicants. All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Check.

Deferrals

Applications can be submitted for deferred entry by choosing the appropriate year of entry on the UCAS application.

If your circumstances change and, therefore, you need to request a deferral after an offer has been made, then we can generally permit these for this programme. However, each deferral request will be considered on a case-by-case basis and we reserve the right to decline any post-offer deferral request. Requests should be submitted via a message on King’s Apply with an explanation of the reason for making the request.

Please note, second deferral requests will only be considered where the request is due to extreme unforeseen extenuating circumstances, for example, health reasons. We are unable to permit deferral requests that go beyond two years and you would need to apply again. This is with the exception of deferrals which are due to military/national service.

Personal statement

Your personal statement is one of the many factors in the overall assessment of your application, and is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the university and inform us of your commitment to the programme and how the programme fits into your career plans, as well as any work experience or extracurricular activities you have done. We are looking particularly for evidence of appropriate commitment to, and realistic appreciation of, the academic, physical and emotional demands of a Nursing degree programme and career.

The interview

No offers are made without an interview. Interviews are held between November and May and you must be available for interview in order to be considered for admission. A large number of applications are received for Nursing and although we recognise that this is an anxious time for you, all applications are carefully considered and therefore you should not expect a decision post-interview until the cycle has completed in May.

During the 2021/22 Admissions cycle, interviews will be conducted remotely. Interviewers will assess a range of values and attributes. Communication skills will also be assessed during the interview. Interviewers have no prior knowledge of candidates and will complete standardised interviewer assessment score sheets.

Transfers

Transfers into this programme are not permitted.

Teaching methods - what to expect

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 nursing education. Formal online lectures account for only a small proportion of the curriculum. We aim to acknowledge the individuality of all students. Student-centred learning is pivotal to our philosophy, and our teaching methods support and encourage self-development and awareness through reflection on experience. We utilise practitioners, researchers and lecturers to deliver high-quality evidence-based teaching. We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Flexible learning will be facilitated by the use of online lectures, interactive online workshops and seminars and face to face teaching focused on clinical skills and simulation. Innovative technology will be used to support your digital learning environment and ensure you make the most of the learning opportunities available to you.

Year

Percentage of time in scheduled learning and teaching activities

Percentage of time in guided independent study

Percentage of time on placement

1

37%

16%

47%

2

21%

41%

38%

Clinical placements

The course includes an equal balance of theoretical learning and clinical placements with partner healthcare providers including leading NHS Trusts, private and voluntary organisations. The course is full-time, and students will work shift patterns similar to that of Registered Nurses.

 

Summer Vacation:

During the first two years of the programme, summer vacation will fall into one of two possible “waves”. The earlier wave falls across June/July, the later across July/August. During whichever wave students are not on vacation, they will be on placement. During the first term of each academic year, students will be invited to express a preference for one of these vacation waves (but the faculty cannot guarantee it will be met in all cases). For this reason, students are advised not to book holidays or other commitments in the summer until they are aware of their allocated vacation time.

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Practical Examinations
  • Written examinations

The course includes an equal balance of theoretical learning and clinical placements with partner healthcare providers including leading NHS Trusts and private and voluntary organisations. A variety of coursework, written and practical exams are used for assessment purposes in addition to clinical practice learning. Clinical placement/outcomes are assessed via the completion of the Pan London Practice Assessment Document and are also recorded in the On-Going Achievement Record. Clinical hours are recorded and must be achieved as required. Numeracy is also assessed and must achieve a 100 per cent pass mark.

Below are percentages for the theory modules:

 

Year

Percentage of assessment by written exams

Percentage of assessment by practical exams

Percentage of assessment by coursework

1

0%

0%

100%

2

50%

0%

50%

Structure

Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totaling 180 credits. The course is divided into three parts, as required by NMC Regulations. This enables progression points throughout the course where students must demonstrate the required level of clinical competency. Part 1: 45 credits. Part 2: 45 credits. Part 3: 90 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

We are the leading Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care in London, holding an excellent reputation for producing outstanding clinicians and world leaders in specialist areas.

Graduates who qualify from our courses also gain professional registration as a Children’s Nurse from the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Many of our qualifying nurses go on to further study or 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 hospital and in-patient services, community services and teams, charity and independent sector, research, teaching and management. Whatever the chosen pathway, our children’s nursing graduates are well-prepared to face the challenges of a career in children’s nursing and the complexities of pioneering healthcare.

Tuition Fees

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 academic year is £31,840 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.

Funding

The overall aims of the course are to enable graduates to acquire advanced understanding, knowledge, skills and professional values in children’s nursing to enable them to develop, deliver, lead, evaluate and research healthcare practice. In addition, the course aims to ensure that nurses who graduate are skilled, competent, compassionate professionals who have satisfied the academic and clinical requirements and standards stipulated in the NMC standards of proficiency and the academic requirements of King’s College London for the award of a Master’s degree. Graduating students will possess the knowledge, skills and values to perform competently in the nursing care of children, young people and their families and carers in a range of settings. Placement opportunities in hospital and community ensure you experience the breadth of nursing care undertaken by a children’s nurse. The course will enable the student to develop knowledge and understanding of the following:

Course Aims

  • The evidence-base for children’s nursing practice.
  • Holistic identification and assessment of healthcare needs including formulation of plans and strategies for meeting healthcare needs and delivering child- and family-centred nursing practice.
  • Pharmacology and preparation for prescribing.
  • Information management and use of technology in healthcare delivery, and the role of the nurse in delivering digital health.
  • The essential physical and mental health needs of people of all ages.
  • Principles of leadership and management; patient safety; health economics; nursing procedures.
  • Medication management and pharmacology.

Base campuses

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

campus guys
Guy’s Campus

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
Denmark Hill Campus

Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

St Thomas
St Thomas’ Campus

Located near Waterloo Campus and home of continuing medical and dental teaching, as well as a museum dedicated to Florence Nightingale.

Course accreditation

NMC

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Application deadline: 26th January 2022 - 18:00 GMT

All applications must be submitted via UCAS.

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree in any subject with 2:1 honours and 575 hours (approximately equivalent to four months FT) healthcare-related experience. Placements that have been undertaken as part of a previous undergraduate degree are also acceptable.

Applicants who have achieved a high 2:2 overall (55-59%) may still be considered, however please bear in mind that many applicants meet the minimum entry requirement and so all applications are considered within a competitive environment. As such, those meeting the entry requirements with a 2:1 will be viewed more favourably. Applicants with a high 2:2 who wish to apply will need to ensure they include their grades for each module for all years of study on their application, or send a transcript of all years of study via King's Apply shortly after applying.

GCSE requirements

Grade C/4 or above in GCSE Maths and English, or equivalent. Functional Skills English level 2 at Pass and Functional Skills Maths level 2 at Pass are considered equivalent to GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics. It is highly desirable for applicants to have studied Biology or Human Science to GCSE level or equivalent.

International equivalents can also be considered. If you are an international student who did not study GCSEs/IGCSEs as part of your qualifications, then we will look for evidence of equivalency in your studies. 

English language requirements

Please note that nationals of Majority English Speaking Countries (as defined by UKVI) who have successfully completed high school in the respective country, are not required to complete an English language test. For information on our English requirements and whether you need to complete an English language test, please see our English Language requirements page. The English Language Band for this programme is Band B. Please note, the English language requirement is separate to the GCSE English Language requirement. 

RPEL requirement

Applicants must have 575 hours (approximately 4 months full time) of relevant healthcare-related experience. This is any type of care that involves the applicant giving direct physical or psychological care of another person. Placements that have been undertaken as part of a previous undergraduate degree are also acceptable. This experience must have been achieved within five years of the start date of the programme, and can include paid full- or part-time employment, or voluntary work. Applicants can combine experience from more than one position/role. 

Examples of healthcare experience we have considered include, but are not limited to:

  • Health Care Assistant
  • Care Assistant
  • Support Worker
  • Worker with healthcare charities
  • Personal care e.g., of a relative or child (must be verified by the GP of the cared person)
  • St John’s Ambulance
  • Teacher of SEN (Special Education Needs) children
  • Helpline advisor e.g., 111, 999, Samaritans (a maximum of 75 hours are permitted)

We do not count administration roles within a healthcare environment or roles involving the shadowing of other healthcare professionals towards the 575 hours requirement.

Please note, we are not able to confirm what experience will be accepted or not accepted before receiving and assessing the application.  

Is it not necessary for applicants to have completed the 575 hours requirement prior to submitting an application and applicants can build up their hours of experience during the assessment process. However, please be mindful that all 575 hours will need to be completed and verified by the end of July (timeframe may vary). 

Non-Academic requirements

Occupational Health clearance (Compulsory): Required for successful applicants. All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to satisfactory Occupational Health clearance.

Enhanced criminal conviction check (Compulsory): Required for successful applicants. All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Check.

Deferrals

Applications can be submitted for deferred entry by choosing the appropriate year of entry on the UCAS application.

If your circumstances change and, therefore, you need to request a deferral after an offer has been made, then we can generally permit these for this programme. However, each deferral request will be considered on a case-by-case basis and we reserve the right to decline any post-offer deferral request. Requests should be submitted via a message on King’s Apply with an explanation of the reason for making the request.

Please note, second deferral requests will only be considered where the request is due to extreme unforeseen extenuating circumstances, for example, health reasons. We are unable to permit deferral requests that go beyond two years and you would need to apply again. This is with the exception of deferrals which are due to military/national service.

Personal statement

Your personal statement is one of the many factors in the overall assessment of your application, and is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the university and inform us of your commitment to the programme and how the programme fits into your career plans, as well as any work experience or extracurricular activities you have done. We are looking particularly for evidence of appropriate commitment to, and realistic appreciation of, the academic, physical and emotional demands of a Nursing degree programme and career.

The interview

No offers are made without an interview. Interviews are held between November and May and you must be available for interview in order to be considered for admission. A large number of applications are received for Nursing and although we recognise that this is an anxious time for you, all applications are carefully considered and therefore you should not expect a decision post-interview until the cycle has completed in May.

During the 2021/22 Admissions cycle, interviews will be conducted remotely. Interviewers will assess a range of values and attributes. Communication skills will also be assessed during the interview. Interviewers have no prior knowledge of candidates and will complete standardised interviewer assessment score sheets.

Transfers

Transfers into this programme are not permitted.

Teaching methods - what to expect

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 nursing education. Formal online lectures account for only a small proportion of the curriculum. We aim to acknowledge the individuality of all students. Student-centred learning is pivotal to our philosophy, and our teaching methods support and encourage self-development and awareness through reflection on experience. We utilise practitioners, researchers and lecturers to deliver high-quality evidence-based teaching. We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Flexible learning will be facilitated by the use of online lectures, interactive online workshops and seminars and face to face teaching focused on clinical skills and simulation. Innovative technology will be used to support your digital learning environment and ensure you make the most of the learning opportunities available to you.

Year

Percentage of time in scheduled learning and teaching activities

Percentage of time in guided independent study

Percentage of time on placement

1

37%

16%

47%

2

21%

41%

38%

Clinical placements

The course includes an equal balance of theoretical learning and clinical placements with partner healthcare providers including leading NHS Trusts, private and voluntary organisations. The course is full-time, and students will work shift patterns similar to that of Registered Nurses.

 

Summer Vacation:

During the first two years of the programme, summer vacation will fall into one of two possible “waves”. The earlier wave falls across June/July, the later across July/August. During whichever wave students are not on vacation, they will be on placement. During the first term of each academic year, students will be invited to express a preference for one of these vacation waves (but the faculty cannot guarantee it will be met in all cases). For this reason, students are advised not to book holidays or other commitments in the summer until they are aware of their allocated vacation time.

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Practical Examinations
  • Written examinations

The course includes an equal balance of theoretical learning and clinical placements with partner healthcare providers including leading NHS Trusts and private and voluntary organisations. A variety of coursework, written and practical exams are used for assessment purposes in addition to clinical practice learning. Clinical placement/outcomes are assessed via the completion of the Pan London Practice Assessment Document and are also recorded in the On-Going Achievement Record. Clinical hours are recorded and must be achieved as required. Numeracy is also assessed and must achieve a 100 per cent pass mark.

Below are percentages for the theory modules:

 

Year

Percentage of assessment by written exams

Percentage of assessment by practical exams

Percentage of assessment by coursework

1

0%

0%

100%

2

50%

0%

50%

Structure

Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totaling 180 credits. The course is divided into three parts, as required by NMC Regulations. This enables progression points throughout the course where students must demonstrate the required level of clinical competency. Part 1: 45 credits. Part 2: 45 credits. Part 3: 90 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

We are the leading Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care in London, holding an excellent reputation for producing outstanding clinicians and world leaders in specialist areas.

Graduates who qualify from our courses also gain professional registration as a Children’s Nurse from the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Many of our qualifying nurses go on to further study or 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 hospital and in-patient services, community services and teams, charity and independent sector, research, teaching and management. Whatever the chosen pathway, our children’s nursing graduates are well-prepared to face the challenges of a career in children’s nursing and the complexities of pioneering healthcare.

Tuition Fees

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 academic year is £31,840 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.

Funding

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Duration:
Two years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2022
Application deadline:
26 January 2022
Apply via UCAS

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