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BSc (Hons) Children's Nursing

Southwark Campus

Mode: Full-time


A place that cares

Planning a career in nursing? Our state of the art laboratories, set up to simulate hospital ward and critical care environments, are the perfect place to learn, develop and practice your skills. Children's nurses, in collaboration with other professionals, strive to promote health in children and young people to ensure they enter adulthood in good health.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2020.

Why Nursing at LSBU?

Professional accreditation: our courses are approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Graduates of this course are eligible to register as a children's nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Career opportunities: you’ll gain practical experience in leading NHS Trusts across London, and 99% of students are in employment 6 months after graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2017/18).
Dedicated facilities: We have two children's skills laboratories, set up like nursing wards for learning manual handling of patients, basic life support skills and skills specific to the field of nursing.
Joint 1st in the UK for career prospects (Guardian League Table 2020).


Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
3 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus


The course emphasises a vocational approach to teaching, and prepares you for a career in a range of rewarding children's nursing opportunities across primary care, specialist and intensive care children's units. It will develop your abilities as a student nurse to consider the wider aspects influencing children's health needs, preparing you for future leadership in an ever-changing health care system.

Experience is gained in several world-renowned central and outer London hospitals including:

You will be allocated one of these hospitals as your host Trust during the course.

Methods of assessment for course overall: 53% coursework.

Some compulsory skills sessions may take place in the evening.

Year 1

  • Introducing evidence-based practice in children's nursing
    This module introduces the nature of evidence in health and social care and the importance of evidence-based practice for children, young people and their families, their safety and quality of experience. You’ll develop skills in accessing evidence, gain familiarity with the library, including use of electronic databases, and learn how to use the university’s referencing system for your material. You’ll learn key terms relating to research and evidence-based practice and be introduced to an evidence-based practice model. The module also sets out the context for the conduct of health and social care research, including funding and ethical aspects. 
  • Fundamental concepts of caring for children, young people and their families
    The purpose of this module is to provide the foundational knowledge that informs children’s nursing. You’ll be provided with a theoretical basis for developing core care skills whilst being encouraged to examine the role of the children’s nurse in contemporary society. Throughout the module you’ll explore how nurses facilitate active participation from children, young people and their families in decision making. You’ll also examine concepts of professional and legal responsibilities related to care delivery. 
  • Developing core practice skills for children and young people's nursing
    The purpose of this module is to equip you with the essential skills and knowledge that underpin contemporary children’s nursing practice. Using safe, simulated environments, supervised placement experiences, and independent learning opportunities, you’ll be enabled to merge knowledge, practical ability and professional attitudes in promoting quality patient/service user care. The module will focus on the development and use of appropriate professional values; clinical, problem solving and interpersonal skills that underpin safe caring practices. This module will be assessed over part 1 of the practice document within clinical practice. 
  • Essentials of biosciences for health
    The module provides understanding of the structure of the body’s systems and their function and how the human body maintains health. As the structure of organs and body systems is closely linked to their function the two sciences of anatomy and physiology cannot be separated as structure determines the functions each organ or system can perform. This will form a basis for Children’s Nurses to build upon over the future years. It has been designed to run across the whole year to ensure consistency and application as students experience a variety of practice areas. 
  • Concepts of inter-professional and collaborative practice
    This module aims to introduce the concept of collaboration and recognition that contemporary healthcare relies on working together to achieve optimum care delivery. This will be delivered alongside other students from a variety of professions within the School, with input from lecturers within these professions.
    Throughout year one, you’ll receive preparation for entering the practice learning opportunities and following each practice experience (three 6 week placements) you’ll be invited to evaluate and meet to reflect on your experiences and learning with your Personal Tutor with a group of peers.

Year 2

  • Inter-professional learning in practice
    This module builds upon the concepts of inter-professional learning and collaborative practice gained in year one of the course and expands to look at the environment, teamwork and collaboration. It will promote the exploration of inter-professional practice in the clinical situation working with peers and health consumers. The pattern of placement provision will continue to provide a variety of placement settings to ensure you can develop a range of skills for caring. 
  • Appraising evidence-based practice in children's nursing
    This module considers how research questions are generated from practice with application to Children’s Nursing. The steps in conducting research and audit and the main research methods in health and social care are explained, and associated ethical aspects are discussed. Methods of analysing and presenting different types of research data are introduced. The rationale for appraising research is considered and critical appraisal tools are reviewed. The module equips children’s nurses with the core skills and understanding to appraise evidence and assess its appropriateness to be implemented into practice. 
  • Applied anatomy and physiology for children and young people
    This module further develops the anatomy and physiology themes, which were introduced in year one, with a specific emphasis on application to child health and children’s nursing. Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics will be explored in relation to children and young people. 
  • Providing care for children and young people in the community
    This module explores issues such as safeguarding, transition, and promoting health, as well as recognising and addressing the physical and mental health problems of childhood and young people. Approaches need to be child and family centred and directed at empowering children and young people to be independent where appropriate. 
  • Building practice skills for children and young people's nursing
    The purpose of this module is to build upon learning and develop practice skills and knowledge. You’ll continue to use safe, simulated environments, supervised placement experiences, and independent learning opportunities. The module will focus on the development and use of appropriate professional values with a stronger emphasis on becoming more analytical and reflective in your problem solving skills. Additionally you’ll be challenged to work towards developing effective clinical and communication skills to support practical care giving. This module will run over semesters 1 and 2. 

Year 3

  • Improving quality, change management and leadership
    This module will explore leadership, quality improvement and change within organisations from an inter-professional perspective. The module looks at a strategic, evidence based approach to change management in a range of environments. It will integrate the perspectives of service users. 
  • Implementing evidence-based practice in children's nursing
    In this module you’ll focus on a topic relevant to your practice experience and examine the underpinning evidence, identifying limitations and drawing conclusions. You’ll examine evidence-based practice models and analyse factors that influence the implementation of best evidence in practice. You’ll reflect on how implementing best evidence affects the experiences of children, young people and families and how best evidence can be communicated effectively. 
  • Care of the critically ill child and young person
    This module has been designed to integrate the application of theoretical and clinical knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required to underpin managing the caring of the critically ill child and young person and their families. The module will build upon your knowledge and help develop a clinical reasoning approach to the care of a critically ill child or young person. It aims to examine the assessment, observation, close monitoring and intervention required to manage a critically ill child or young person. 
  • Applied pharmacology and medicines optimisation in children's nursing
    This module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of pharmacology and medicines optimisation. Medicines optimisation focuses on encouraging all healthcare professionals to work collaboratively with each other and patients to optimise the effectiveness of pharmacological interventions (NICE 2015). This module will relate this to the care of children, young people and their families, with an emphasis on clinical application. It will explore and discuss the general principles of pharmacodynamics and the complexities of pharmacokinetics in relation to the child. Commonly used medications will be identified and explored in the context of a variety of care settings. This module will consider and evaluate the role and responsibilities of the nurse in relation to the safe administration of medication in clinical practice, including competency with drug calculations. 
  • Enhancing practice skills for children and young people's nursing
    The purpose of this module is to prepare you to enhance your assessment and decision making skills whilst effectively managing care that promotes quality, health, safety, service user and staff wellbeing. You’ll be able to appraise your own learning and development needs as you approach the transition from student to registered practitioner.


The role

Day-to-day duties for a children's nurse are varied; from administering drugs and injections, recording observations on vital signs, to explaining treatments and procedures to gain consent from parents/guardians.

With experience, there are multiple opportunities for specialisation as you progress, including neonatal care, intensive care, cancer care, child protection, ambulatory care, children's community nursing and emergency department. Long shifts, unsocial hours and possibly being called to work at the last minute are all common. A children's nurse starts on a salary around £24,000. However, with career progression and developed experience this can extend to well over £50,000 (Prospects).

After graduation

All graduates can apply for employment with the NHS Trusts/hospitals where they gained experience during training. We have an excellent record in graduate employment, including working overseas, and covering a range of qualified nurse positions.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Professional links

Clinical placements

Experience is gained in a number of world-renowned central and outer London hospitals. You will have one of these hospitals as your host Trust during the course. Success on this course makes you eligible to register as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Expert speakers

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, parents and charitable organisations, expert practitioners and other lead professionals in child health and children's nursing.

Nursing and Midwifery Council logo

The Nursing and Midwifery Council regulates nurses and midwives in the United Kingdom.

Time spent on placement

During the course you will spend 50% of your time involved in academic study and 50% in clinical practice.   A clinical practice placement allows you to work with a range of health professionals in clinical situations to develop the skills, knowledge and experience required to become a competent nurse. Although sometimes initially challenging, practice learning is one of the most engaging aspects of learning to be a nurse.

Clinical settings

You will experience a variety of clinical settings such as NHS acute Trusts, community placements, independent and voluntary organisations. You will also undergo a placement within the community.

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Structure of placements

Placements are spread over the three years and alternate with university attendance throughout the course:

Year 1

You will have three clinical placements; two in a children's nursing setting and one in a different field of nursing.  These are designed to introduce you to professional work and to develop essential care and basic assessment skills, as well as to learn about infection control and safeguarding vulnerable people.

Year 2

You will have four placements; two in a children's nursing setting and two in other fields of nursing. Building on experience gained in first year, you will begin to take on more responsibility, looking after one or two patients under supervision.

Year 3

You will have three clinical placements in children's nursing settings. The final of these placements will be twelve weeks in length and you will have the opportunity to consolidate your skills and prepare for being a qualified nurse.

Support from mentors

Whilst on the clinical placement we ensure that our nursing students receive continuous support and guidance from a dedicated supervisor and practice learning teams made up of lecturers and practitioners.

Find out more about nursing placements through our student and graduate testimonials.

Specialist neonatal pathway

As a leading university for Children’s Nursing in the UK, we are continually developing our opportunities in response to the changing needs of health care.  One such initiative is the neonatal pathway. Neonatal nursing is a specialist field of nursing delivering care to sick newborn and preterm infants and their families.

BSc Children’s Nursing students at LSBU who are interested in neonatal nursing will be given the opportunity to undertake one specific placement each year:

  • Year 1: Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU)
  • Year 2: High Dependency Neonatal Unit (HDU)
  • Year 3: Final 12 week placement in a neonatal intensive care unit (ITU)

Students on the neonatal pathway will have an additional Preparation for Practice Day where clinical skills will be introduced and developed each year.

Neonatal pathway students will complete the same theoretical modules and assignments as other students undertaking the BSc in Children’s Nursing, thus the end qualification will be the same.

Successfully completing this pathway will facilitate you, as a registered children’s nurse, to progress onto your Neonatal Speciality training and to deliver the best care to vulnerable patients and their families.

For further information or queries on the neonatal pathway please contact


Children's Nursing skills laboratories

For our Children's Nursing courses we have two children's skills laboratories. These skills labs are set up like nursing wards and are used by all student nurses throughout their on-campus study time at LSBU. They provide a safe space for learning manual handling of patients, basic life support skills and skills specific to the field of nursing.


The skills laboratories have simulator mannequins; SimMan, SimBaby and SimMom. These life-size mannequins are computer controlled and can be programmed with various clinical conditions. They are operated by a computer in real-time and so respond to a students' actions. They also allow students to see the outcome of specific interventions in certain scenarios, which could result in the patient either recovering or deteriorating.

The mannequins simulate patients, are used to teach students how to recognise clinical signs, and to also associate those clinical signs with the actions they are taking to care for the patient.  SimMan can be male or female with fully accurate anatomy and can breathe, blink, sweat, speak and groan in pain as well as have a pulse. Read more about SimMan.

Teaching and learning

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
  Lectures and seminars Self-directed study Work-based placements
Year 1 15% 42% 43%
Year 2 15% 44% 41%
Year 3 16% 46% 38%

Personal tutoring

As a Health and Social Care student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU.  The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University. They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your personal tutor at least 3 times a year and after every placement throughout your course. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or phone.


Entry requirements

  • A Level BBC and 5 GCSEs A*-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above); or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DMM  and GCSEs Maths and English A*-C (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above) or equivalent; or;
  • Access to HE Diploma in Nursing or similar with 15 Distinctions and 30 Merits; and GCSEs Maths and English A*-C (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above) or equivalent; or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 112 UCAS points; and GCSEs Maths and English A*-C (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above) or equivalent.

English language

If your first language is not English you must have the following minimum International English Language Test Score (IELTS) results at the time of applying:

  • 7.0 overall or equivalent
  • 7.0 in the listening and reading sections
  • 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections.

Foundation Year

Been out of study for a long time? Or maybe you haven’t met the entry requirements of your chosen degree? Our entry year acts as a bridge to degree-level studies.

How to apply

2020 entry

Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
3 years
Start date
Application code
Application method

Please send your application through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using our institution code L75. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.

See our How to apply page for further details.

Personal statement

See our top tips for writing your personal statement.


As part of the selection process you'll be expected to attend an MMI interview. Find out more.


If you are unsuccessful in your application to LSBU for this year you cannot apply through UCAS Extra or Clearing. However you can apply 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.

Neonatal pathway

If you’re invited to an interview you’ll be asked to indicate whether you’re interested in being considered for the neonatal pathway. This opportunity will allow you to have at least one placement each year in a neonatal setting.

Please be aware not all hospital trusts offer this opportunity and this can be discussed further on the interview day as this may affect your trust preferences.

If you apply before the January UCAS deadline and have indicated you’re interested in the neonatal pathway you will be contacted in April and asked to submit a 500 word statement. If you apply after the January deadline you will be offered the opportunity to apply for any remaining places in August/September.

Community Pathway

This opportunity will allow you to experience healthcare in both hospital and community settings, developing your skills to prepare you to deliver care closer to home.

Please be aware not all hospital trusts offer this opportunity and this can be discussed further on the interview day as this may affect your trust preferences.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be asked to submit a 500 word statement about why you have selected this pathway.


Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.


You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Prepare to start

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS)

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.

DBS update service

If you're part of the DBS update service, your subscription is up to date and you already have a DBS certificate, please email a copy to and then bring in your hard copy 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

How to complete your DBS

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.

Frequently asked questions

My Social Work friends said they need to pay. Do I need to pay?

What do I need to declare on my DBS?

I’ve applied for/had a DBS in past. Do I need to do it again?

Why do I need an enhanced DBS check?

Who reviews my DBS?

When will I hear back from the panel about my DBS?

Which address do I use?

I’ve lost my statement. What do I do?

I’ve had my application rejected due to my DBS declaration/disclosure. Can I appeal the decision?

Document check

Once you have completed the online part of the DBS process, you'll need to bring your DSB Statement along with three accepted documents from this list to be verified at either our Southwark or Havering campus. Document checks can be completed for free at either campus, no appointment is necessary.

If you cannot get to either of our campuses, you can have your documents checked and certified at the Post Office for a small fee.

Document check on campus

Document check at the Post Office

Occupational Health (OH)

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 first part of your occupational health check is to complete the online questionnaire which our occupational health provider will review.

Complete your online questionnaire

GP appointment

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.

Vaccination Screening Advisory Letter (PDF File 126 KB)
GP Vaccination and Screening History (PDF File 117 KB)

Occupational Health appointment

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 322 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.

Frequently asked questions

I don't want to get vaccinations. Can I opt out of these?

My local GP doesn’t have my vaccination history. What should I do?

What if I can’t make my OH appointment?

I’ve already registered with LSBU’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Unit (DDS). Do I still need to tell the OH Nurse about my condition?

If I’ve declared a condition to the OH Nurse, do I need to register with LSBU’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Unit as well?

Numeracy practice

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.

Enrolment and Welcome Week

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.

Frequently asked questions

Do I get a uniform for when I go on placement?

Which uniforms will I receive?

How long do the uniforms need to last?

How do I know what size I am?

Am I able to request a longer tunic?

Can I use a preferred name or a nickname on my name badge?

What do I do if I lose or damage my name badge?

Can I order more uniforms?

Can I try on my uniforms?

What do I do with my uniform after I complete my studies?

Practice placements

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.

Fees and funding

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 and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 136 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 102 KB).

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.


We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.