The University of Wolverhampton

BNurs (Hons)Children’s Nursing

Why choose this course?

Nursing at the University of Wolverhampton provides exciting, challenging opportunities to work with people, proving care across a range of diverse health and social care settings. It is demanding vocation which requires hard work, commitment, the ability to problem solve, work independently and as part of a team.

The field of Children & Young Peoples nursing will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective nursing care to children and young people enabling you, if successful, to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council to practise as a nurse in a variety of health care settings. It will educate you to a high clinical, professional and academic standard ready to practice in the 21st century.

*If you choose to have placements in the Burton area, you will study year 1 theory at the Burton campus and years 2 and 3 theory at Walsall campus. For all other placement areas you will study all theory at Walsall campus.

What happens on the course?

This course had been designed to combine the required number of hours of theory and practice. This ratio is 50% in theory and 50% in clinical practice, totaling 4,600 hours over the 3 year course. Some academic modules will be core modules which will mean all students will study together, and some are field specific which relate entirely to children and young people's nursing. In practice students attend a wide range of placements enabling them to care for children and young people with different conditions. At the end of the third year you may opt to undertake a placement overseas.

Placements will be undertaken with one of five NHS Trusts; Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell and West Birmingham or Burton-upon-Trent.

The modules will contain a range of key skills which are essential for successful lifelong learning in healthcare including communication, information computing technology, application of number, working with others, problem solving and how to improve your learning. With a variety of teaching and learning approaches available, this course will help you to develop the skills required to work within, and respond to the healthcare needs of children & young people in a variety of settings.

The Children & Young Peoples Nursing course is provided by a range of specialist lecturers who are committed to upholding the rights of children and young people, to achieve high levels of quality health care through the education and development of student nurses. Ultimately we are committed to developing nurses who can work with children and young people across a range of different health & social care environments as well as contributing to care and interventions from other providers such as social care, education and youth justice.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • Course Fees are paid by the NHS and students are currently entitled to a means tested bursary.
  • This course is approved by the internationally recognised Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The course has been judged by the NMC to provide good learning experiences and outstanding placement learning opportunities.
  • It provides access to motivated, supportive and specialist Children and Young People’s lecturers.
  • You will have access to specialist lecturers who are active researchers and have a national and international profile.
  • There are a range of placements opportunities where you can contribute to caring for children and young people that are well, acutely ill, have chronic conditions, life limiting conditions, critical illness and mental health issues
  • You will have access to a lecturer who manages placements and actively supports students, provides learning and experience pathways and works closely with clinical mentors.
  • You will have the opportunity to learn and work with students from other disciplines, so that an overall inter-professional approach to learning is adopted, reflecting work in the National Health Service and other agencies.
  • You will have the opportunity to undertake modules which are designed around the National Competencies and Frameworks for working with children, young people and their families whilst also being encompassed
  • Within the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • There are international placement opportunities.
  • We have student advisers who can offer advice related to non academic issues.

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What our students think

Jessica Whitehouse, BNurs (Hons) Children’s Nursing case study

Jessica Whitehouse, a 21 year-old full-time BNurs (Hons) Children’s Nursing student was recommended the University of Wolverhampton by family. Living in Devon, but originally from the area, Jessica was impressed with how friendly Wolverhampton is, and pleased with the size of the campus.

Before starting her course, Jessica found the guidance of one of the student advisors invaluable. “I feel they are a great asset to the University – we’re so lucky to have access to them. She made me feel at ease and took the time to talk through what uni life and the course is like. I was worried about moving away from home and if I would cope and she told me she has an open door policy and I could go and chat to her at any time. They buddy people up who are in the same situation to help each other through tough times, plus she’s always there to answer any panic phonecalls/e-mails. I really felt valued and respected as a person as she understood how scary this was for me. I can’t thank her enough because I honestly don’t think I would have started the course without her help.”

“Before starting this course I was unsure how I would settle in, as I was moving such a long way away from home and leaving my boyfriend, friends and family behind. Within the first day I knew I had made the right choice, and now I don’t know why I even doubted coming. I love the course, my peers and the staff. I really feel that this University is focused on the students and making good nurses rather than just pressuring students to look good on paper (uni league tables).”

Jessica was impressed with the facilities on offer, and by the professional environment and treatment she received from day one, as well as the breadth of teaching styles. “The buildings are all clean and very up-to-date. The skills labs with the simulation wards are amazing! You really get a feel for how hospital wards are going to be set up and get to have a go at using the hoists and other specialist equipment.”

“I love the practical workshops, we all get to come in in uniform and are treated professionally. We get to test out our skills in a comfortable environment with help from our peers and teachers, and never feel stupid or like we are being judged. The teaching staff are always willing to go over something again with you. The lectures are really interesting and made to be fun with lots of different types of learning to suit all people such as reading, activities, interacting with the teachers, diagrams etc.”

“I’d definitely recommend the University of Wolverhampton to others! I really feel that this is a university that cares about the students, you are made to feel welcomed, valued and supported in all aspects. It has such a lovely atmosphere. The focus is on developing your academic skills and being independent learners, but you know there is lots of support if you need it and you can always ask for it. The facilities are excellent and our placement timetable looks like we get lots of opportunities to develop our skills and experience different aspects of University life.”

Career path

This Nursing degree course has been approved by the internationally recognised Nursing & Midwifery Council. The course will afford you the opportunity to care for children & young people that are well, acutely ill, have chronic conditions, life limiting conditions critical illness and have mental health issues. It will also provide you with the opportunity to develop effective interpersonal skills, enabling you to communicate with children, young people, parents, and students from other disciplines in order to promote an inter- professional working with staff in the NHS and other agencies and economies. Care provision is constantly changing, and at the end of the course you will be able to manage change, so that as a Registered Nurse, you can work towards ensuring children and young people receive the care and support they deserve.

What skills will you gain?

As a Registered Nurse you will:

  • Have obtained the subject knowledge and understanding surrounding the professional and ethical conduct of a nurse, to deliver a high standard of appropriate nursing care and leadership and supervision of others, as well as being able to reflect on your personal and professional development.
  • Demonstrate subject specific knowledge related to the filed of adult nursing, including professional and ethical practice, appropriate care delivery, managing care and personal and professional management.
  • Identify health and social care policy trends and be able to use evidence and develop arguments to underpin your own practice, to evaluate the delivery of healthcare services.
  • Be able to apply decision making and problem solving techniques in order to provide quality care to patients and support their families.

Who accredits this course?

Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified nurse (child).

Entry requirements

2017 Entry

GCSEs at grade C+ / 4 in an English-based subject and Maths or equivalent qualifications (e.g. Key Skills Level 2/ Learn Direct Level 2/ Functional Skills Level 2).


  • Gain BBC with a minimum of BCC from A Levels or equivalent
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma at grade DMM / BTEC QCF Diploma at grade D*D*
  • OCR National Extended Diploma at a M2 grade
  • CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma at a B grade
  • Access to HE Diploma Full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 with at least 24 of these Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction. You are also required to achieve 12 credits at Level 2 or 3 in English and 12 credits at Level 2 or 3 in Mathematics if you have not already achieved GCSE English and Maths at grade C.
  • Successful completion of the Foundation Year of Learning Education and Progression guarantees interview opportunity
  • Undergraduate or Postgraduate degrees
  • Foundation degrees / HND / HNC

If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.

Year 2 entry

Other Requirements

Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory personal statement and reference (academic or employer).

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for interview and will be subsequently required to meet a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check and Occupational Health requirements.

In addition to the above entry requirements all applicants will be required to pass a numeracy paper and to undertake a literacy test during the selection day.

The following resources may help you prepare for the maths test:

Read further information regarding interview preparation

During the Nursing course you will be required to attend placements, when you are asked for your choice of placement area we will endeavour to meet your request however we must emphasise that this cannot be guaranteed and therefore you must ensure you are able to travel to the final placement area you are allocated.

This course is not available at present to international applicants.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Entry Funding Information

The funding information for the BNurs (Hons) Nursing and BSc (Hons) Midwifery courses is summarised as follows:

  • Course Tuition Fees will be paid in full by the NHS.
  • Students are eligible to apply for an NHS Grant (not means-tested).
  • Students are eligible to apply for an NHS means–tested Bursary (45 weeks per year) - These figures may be reduced according to the income of parents, spouse or partner.
  • NHS Dependants Allowance is available to students with dependent children and/or dependent partner – this is means tested very tightly against family income.
  • NHS Childcare Grant is available to students with dependent children who require OFSTED registered childcare – this is means tested very tightly against family income.
  • Students are eligible to apply for a Student Loan

Students apply for their Bursary, Grant and additional allowances (dependants allowance and childcare grant) through the NHS Student Grants Unit at but must apply for their Student Loan at

2017/8 Funding Information

The Government is proposing a change to funding for courses in nursing, midwifery and allied health subjects which, if accepted, will take effect from August 2017.
This means that students offered a place on a course commencing after this date will no longer receive an NHS bursary. Instead, they will have access to the same student loans system as other students. The present suggestion is that students studying nursing, midwifery and the allied health subjects as a second degree may also be able to access student loans and that the change will only affect new students starting their courses from 1 August 2017. There will be a consultation in early 2016 and more information will be available following this.

Should you wish to discuss this further please contact our staff in Gateway via or telephone (01902) 321032 and they can offer further advice and guidance.

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