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These programmes lead to a second registration in children’s nursing.
If you are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as either an Adult, Mental Health or Learning Disability Nurse you can gain a second registration as a Children's Nurse by completing either the Postgraduate Diploma or the BSc (Hons) Children's Nursing.
The NMC require Registered Nurses seeking registration in a second field to undertake a standard pre-registration nursing programme, against which Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) claims, including relevant practice learning are made.
As part of the APL process, your Professional Portfolio has to be available for examination. It should contain the required original evidence: certificated learning, reflective accounts of clinical experience, evidence of attendance at clinical updates, evidence of best practice in evidence based care and the dissemination of this to others, feedback from service users, involvement in projects, a current appraisal and other material that may be relevant.
To demonstrate nursing practice experience, the role you undertook, the dates and the approximate length of time spent in each area need to be verified by the university or your nurse manager. Confirmation will be obtained from the verifying signatory.
All NMC registered nurses are eligible for the BSc (Hons) Children's Nursing programme and applicants with either a first or second class honours Degree in nursing are eligible for the PGDip Children's Nursing programme.Students on these courses must be seconded by their employing trust. Please be aware that the duration of the programme will be dependant on the previous practice learning experiences.
Both the BSc (Hons) Children's Nursing and the PgDip Children's Nursing require students to complete a total of 2300 hours of relevant nursing practice, which could include previous practice. Where applicants have less than six months of children's nursing practice the duration of their programme may be extended.
The minimum duration of these programmes is one year and can be up to two years.
This programme is suitable for Registered Nurses with either a certificate, diploma or third class honours degree. The 3 year BSc programme incorporates eighteen children's nursing and generic modules.
On application for the second registration course, you'll be required to make an Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) to demonstrate prior academic knowledge. The modules you take as part of the second registration programme will be dependent upon a successful APL application.
To be eligible for this programme you must be a nurse on the NMC register and have a Bachelor degree with a 2:2 minimum classification and have at least one year of clinical practice in children's nursing. You'll also need to make an APL claim. You'll follow a one year PG Diploma pathway.
The process of APL is lengthy and only completed once you have a conditional offer for the course. You are advised to start work on this as early as possible.
Variable - dependent on APL. Approximately 12 - 25 months.
The BSc course has 18 modules, but your programme of study will be unique, depending on your prior learning.
The PgDip course has 6 modules, but your programme of study will be unique, depending on your prior learning.
This programme allows experienced nurses gain a qualification and registration that allows for further career advancement in the field of Children's Nursing.
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Your placements will be within your home Trust during the course, unless your Manager has negotiated a swap with another student. Success on this course makes you eligible to register as a Children’s Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
Children's nurses work in a multi-professional team, which is reflected in the variety of speakers who contribute to the course. Expert speakers include service users such as parents and charitable organisations, expert practitioners and other lead professionals in child health and children's nursing.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) regulates nurses and midwives in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Islands.
During the course you'll be expected to carry out clinical placements as part of your learning. Second registration students on both programmes undertake a range of placements. These will vary depending on previous clinical experience.
Normally, you'll undertake your placements at your place of work. It may also be possible for your employer to negotiate placement swaps with a different organisation.
A clinical practice placement allows you to put theory into practice by working with a range of health professionals in clinical situations to develop the skills,knowledge and experience required to become a competent nurse.
Whilst on the clinical placement we ensure that our nursing students receive continuous support and guidance from a dedicated mentor and practice learning teams made up of lecturers and practitioners. Where available, Second Registration students are supported by experienced mentors.
Additional programme specific entry requirements:
The APL claim must show that you have sufficient academic credit and duration of practice to match the value of those modules that you wish to make a claim for. Successful accreditation then reduces the amount of modules that you will be required to undertake.
Advanced Standing is required to both demonstrate the ability to undertake studies at a higher academic level and show that the 2300 hours duration of practice required by the NMC can be achieved.
The one year PgDip programme includes 675 practice hours. If your APL credit is less than 1,625 hours you will therefore need an extension to the length of the programme. n.b. can include previous pre-registration placement experience.
If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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Variable - dependent on APL. Approximately 12 - 25 months.
Applications need to be made via UCAS via Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using the University's Institution Code L75. The course code is 4Q22. The route you take will depend on your APL claim.
Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students page.
We encourage applicants to apply as early as possible. Please note that the APL process needs to be completed prior to interview.
Remember the personal statement is extremely important. This is essentially a selling tool on why you are right for the course. The personal statement is taken into consideration when shortlisting applicants for interview. Read our guide on how to write yours.
Applicants who are successful in the University's situational, literacy and numeracy tests will be invited to complete an APL claim. This will then be processed prior to interview.
For the APL claim, you should obtain your transcript of training from the institution you undertook your nurse training in as early as possible. If your training was undertaken abroad you should access the National Recognition Information Centre UK (NARIC) for a translation of the credits and values of your qualification, for comparison with the English university credits. This should be submitted with your APL claim.
A maximum of 60 credits at Level 6 can be credited by APL, therefore all students will need to undertake a programme that includes a minimum of 60 credits at level 6.
After you have submitted your APL you'll be invited to interview through UCAS Track. Attendance at face to face interviews is essential for all courses. Service colleagues from NHS Trusts form part of the interview panel.
There is no parking available at the University, please use public transport to make your journey to the campus.
Applicants are invited in small groups for interview. You will be introduced to the 'Interview Coordinator', either by the admissions tutor or a member of the team. The interview process will be explained to you so that you are clear what to expect on the day. You will then be escorted by one of the team and led to the seating area in the interview area. Applicants move around individual stations to be interviewed by separate interviewers in a one-to-one face-to-face interview. The starting point for each applicant is different but each interviewer will ask the same question of all applicants in turn. Four minutes is allowed for each answer and a minute for moving between stations.
In addition the first interviewer will ask a starter question so the time spent with the first will be eight minutes.
After you have answered the last question you will be given a written question. You will be allowed five minutes to write a short written answer.
If you have to travel a long distance you can request to be interviewed on the same day as your Literacy-Numeracy test. The first sitting of tests is at 2.00pm which means that if you are successful you will be ready for interview at 4pm, the last interview session of the day.
You will be advised of the location of your interview and be met by a 'Health Interview Assistant', who is a Student Ambassador or member of staff. They will make you feel comfortable and should be able to answer your queries about being a university student. If you have been accompanied by anyone they will be asked to wait in a quiet area until your interview is over.
When the interview has finished you will be given information and advice as to what happens next, should you be either successful or unsuccessful.
These will be made available through UCAS Track usually within two weeks.
If you are unsuccessful the application process for this year is over. Your application will not be accepted for either 'Extra' or 'Clearing'. LSBU will however accept another application for the following year. It is important that you read the comments in the results statement, so that you are prepared for any other interviews you may have.
If you are successful you will be invited to an Offer Holder day, which aims to help you make a final decision on whether to accept our offer or not. You will meet some of the team in the Department and take part in some 'taster' sessions.
Future students will be invited to meet with other students starting at the same time. There will be tours of the university library, lectures and teaching sessions and plenty of opportunity to make new friends, meet staff and to feel better prepared for starting your studies with us.
Prior to the start of the course you will need to secure sponsorship from your employer. At your interview we start the process of checking your eligibility for NHS funding. You will need to fulfil residency requirements to be eligible for UK student status and fees. Whilst fees are paid by your sponsor you need to ensure that they are prepared to pay the additional fees should you be regarded as an international student
All pre-registration students need to be DBS cleared before going on placement. You’ll need to have an enhanced DBS check even if you have had one before and will not be able to go on placement until this is complete.
The DBS process is not difficult but can take some time so it's best to get started as soon as you receive your email. You will receive the email during Summer 2021.
If you're part of the DBS update service, your subscription is up to date and you already have a DBS certificate, please bring in your original green DBS certificate for the document check. To take advantage of the update service, your certificate needs to be classified as 'Enhanced' and workforce must be listed as 'Adult and Child'. If you have any queries, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our DBS supplier, Verifile, will send you an email with all the details you need to complete your DBS.
Verifile will give you instructions to log into their system and complete your personal details and information. To complete the process, you'll need your passport or driving licence and 5-year address history including dates when you moved in/out.
You can use your application number to track the progress of your DBS.
When you've finished, your Disclosure Statement will be mailed to the most recent address in your submission, so please make sure it's correct. We don't automatically receive a copy of this Statement, which is why we need you to bring it in as part of the next step.
Only Social Work applicants need to pay for their DBS. It costs £46 and can be purchased on our online store.
Please include any and all major and minor, spent and unspent convictions, cautions, warning and reprimands, even if they relate to juvenile offences or seem trivial or unimportant. Some minor offences will not prevent you from going on placement or being offered a place on your course, but still need to be reviewed so it’s best to be honest and include everything. Also, the more information you include about any offences can help reduce the time it takes to assess them.
Yes, you do. You need to have an up-to-date DBS. Once you have received the email from our DBS supplier make sure you start the process straight away. All details of how to do this will be outlined in the email. If you don’t complete your DBS in the timeframe given, we may withdraw your offer even if term has already started. So it’s important that you get started as soon as you receive the email.
Government legislation requires all Higher Education Institutions who offer courses where students may come into unsupervised contact with children or vulnerable adults to have this check. These checks also help us to ensure duty of care to our students, and create a safer environment for patients seen by our students.
As part of the University’s admissions process, declarations of any offence may be referred to a virtual panel made up of senior managers from partner NHS Trusts and/or other sectors within Health and Social Care. Any DBS that is considered by the panel will be anonymised. The panel members then deliberate and make a recommendation whether the application be rejected, accepted or request further information or documents.
If you have declared an offence, we might ask for more information from you in writing which will help the panel make a decision. Once your declaration has been referred to the panel it can take up to 28 working days to be processed.
You need to put your current address on your DBS application because this is where your Statement will be mailed. If you’ve moved house between submitting and receiving your DBS, make sure you have mail forwarding set up so that you’ll receive your statement. If you’ve moved recently, make sure you have proof of your new address (such as a new bank statement) to bring for your document checks.
If you’ve lost your statement you will need to pay £46 to purchase a new one.
Yes. If your application has been rejected due to your DSB declaration/discloser, you will be sent a letter to confirm this. There will be instructions in the letter about how you can appeal and which supporting information you need to provide. Once a decision has been made you will receive a letter from the School Executive Team.
Once you have completed the online part of the DBS process, you will need to produce three accepted documents from this list (PDF File 248 KB) to be verified.
LSBU help desks are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are temporarily accepting ID documents and DBS certificates for Update Service checks by email. Documents should be clear and legible; DBS certificates should include all pages. Please send your documents to email@example.com.
Southwark: Southwark Student Help Desk in the K2 building Monday – Friday between 9am-11am or 1pm-4pm
Havering: come to reception at Havering Monday – Friday between 8:30-10:30am, 12-2pm, 4-5pm
If you’re not able to come to campus, you can get your documents checked and certified at the Post Office for a fee of £10.50. To do this, make photocopies of your three accepted ID documents and take your DBS form, copies and originals of your documents to the Post Office. The Post Office will stamp the form and photocopies and given them back to you. Email your post office receipt, stamped form and stamped documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
An exciting part of many of our Health and Social Care courses is the opportunity to learn off-campus and work with patients, clients and/or service users. Before you start, we need to make sure that you have the correct levels of immunisations.
The second part of your occupational health check is to get any inoculations that you may need from your GP. When attending your GP appointment, please take printed copies of these two documents with you.
After these steps are complete you will receive an email from OHWorks Ltd inviting you to attend an appointment on-campus with an Occupational Health Nurse. These appointments take place during the week and sometimes when your classes have already started.
The OH team have prepared this guide (PDF File 588 KB) which outlines what to expect at each stage. If you have queries or concerns about your Occupational Health clearance or inoculations please contact the Occupational Health team.
We have a duty of care to students and patients and so need to make sure you have the correct level of immunisation before you go on placement. You won’t be able to go on placement if you don’t have this or are not OH cleared.
Contact the OH team at email@example.com who will be able to advise you.
Please contact the OH team to reschedule at least 48 hours in advance. Remember that you won’t be able to go on placement until you’re cleared.
Yes. Tell the OH Nurse about all conditions including specific learning difficulties even if you’ve declared these in the past. This will allow us to make reasonable adjustments whilst you’re on placement.
The information you share with the OH Nurse will be treated with confidence, meaning that it won’t be automatically shared with the DDS team. The DDS team can help you to receive support for your lectures, assignments and exams so it’s worth to register with them and provide evidence of your condition if you need this support.
Before starting your course, you may want to check or practice your numeracy skills. The National Numeracy Challenge is a free online tool that helps you learn, revise and quiz your essential numeracy skills. You’ll also be able to get a certificate to show your efforts.
Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our new students pages.
Most placements and some practical sessions in our skills laboratories will require you to wear a uniform and name badge. You will be measured for uniforms specific to your course as part of your Welcome Week activities after enrolment. In the meantime, we have prepared answers to frequently asked questions that you might find useful.
Yes, LSBU will supply you with uniforms for your placement with the exception of Social Work and Health and Social Care BSc students who are not required to wear uniforms for their placements.
Nursing and midwifery students will receive two pairs of trousers, three tunics and a name badge. Polo shirts will be issued instead of tunics for students studying mental health nursing, physiotherapy, chiropractic and sport rehabilitation. ODP students will receive one set of scrubs top and trousers.
The items are to last for the duration of your programme of study.
A measuring and distribution service will be available by the uniform provider at both Southwark and Havering campuses. As garments are fitted for work purposes they need to allow for flexibility of movement so it’s best to have the uniform provider measure you up.
You can request a longer tunic for religious or medical reasons. To do this, you should advise the uniform supplier at the measuring session. These tunics are 2 inches longer and sleeves finish just above the elbows. Due to infection control, full length sleeves are not permitted.
Name badges are professional and need to include your formal names.
You can order a replacement name badge direct with the uniform provider. Badges need to be worn at all times when you are at placement.
You are welcome to purchase additional items at Work in Style. You will need to log in using your student ID and then follow the step-by-step instruction. Please note that dresses are not available.
You should try on your uniforms the day you receive them so that the staff at the measuring service can help arrange any size exchanges. If you choose not to try on your uniforms and require different sizes at a later date you will need to purchase these through the uniform provider’s online portal at your own cost.
They are yours to keep – you do not need to return the garments.
Most health and social care courses’ practice placements will operate outside normal working hours e.g. evenings, nights, weekends and bank holidays.
Your holiday periods will not follow the normal University timetable because of placements. You’ll receive more details once you start your course.
Health Education England are no longer providing funding to cover student fees. They will be providing a training grant to some NHS organisations in place of salary support. If you have any questions about this, please contact the education lead in your NHS organisation who will be able to answer your questions about this.
To be eligible to apply to the Student Loan Company for funding, students on a 2nd registration course need to be on a two-year full time course with the second year being a minimum of eight weeks contact time (placement and/or theory). This has different implications for students on the PgDip route to those applying for the BSc route.
If you have any questions or queries about these new funding arrangements please contact Amy Noakes (Cohort Leader; firstname.lastname@example.org) or Alison Twycross (Deputy Dean and Lead Nurse; email@example.com).
For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.
Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.
The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.
The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4%.
We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.
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