Institute of Health

Childrens Nursing with Foundation Year

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code B731
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award BNurs (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (4 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School Institute of Health
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Why choose this course?

Children's nursing, also called paediatric nursing, is a rewarding career involving caring for young people, whilst offering support to family members.

The care a children's nurse (also called a paediatric nurse) provides can span across a wide range of needs from the sick newborn baby to the young person who has a chronic disease. Wherever children require care, including their home, school, a residential setting or in hospital, a professional paediatric nurse can provide expert assistance whlie they heal and recover.

Study children's nursing and develop the knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective nursing care to children and young people. This qualification enables you to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a registered paediatric nurse, who can work in a variety of healthcare settings.

It will educate you to a high clinical, professional, and academic standard ready to practice in the 21st century. This is a professional vocational award that carefully integrates theory and practice, with 50% of the programme delivered in practice, and 50% within the University of Wolverhampton.

Nursing is a demanding vocation which requires hard work, commitment, the ability to problem solve, work independently and as part of a team.

Placements will be undertaken with one of six NHS Trusts; The Royal Wolverhampton TrustWalsall Healthcare NHS TrustThe Dudley Group NHS Foundation TrustSandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, most recently Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust, or in private health organisations. 

For more information on placements and locations, visit Nursing Placements.

 
 

 

 

What happens on the course?

In order to meet all of the requirements to register as a paediatric nurse, you will need to fulfil a set number of compulsor hours of study. This course has been specially designed to provide you with the opportunity to fulfill the requisite 4,600 hours in three years. 50% of your course will be situated in the University and 50% in a variety of practice areas.

Some academic modules will be core modules which will mean all students will study together, and some are field-specific, and relate entirely to children and young people's nursing. In practice, students attend a wide range of placements which enable 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. 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 BNurs (Hons) Children's Nursing with Foundation Year 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 healthcare 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 and social care environments, as well as contributing to care and interventions from other providers such as social care, education and youth justice.

Placements will be undertaken with one of five NHS Trusts; The Royal Wolverhampton TrustWalsall Healthcare NHS TrustThe Dudley Group NHS Foundation TrustSandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS TrustShrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust, or in private health organisations

Travel expenses to University placements will not be funded.  A learning support fund is available, to check whether you are eligible please visit NHS Student Services

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Successful completion of the BNurs (Hons) Children's Nursing will lead to the right to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

This course will build and develop upon your knowledge and skills as a nursing practitioner in a variety of settings. The management and organisation of service provision is constantly changing and developing in line with health and social care policy, and you are working with and being involved with such changes. Hence you need to develop the knowledge and skills to enhance your employability and to accept the greater responsibilities that these changes will bring and to be prepared for such changes.

Throughout your time here at the University of Wolverhampton, this course will enable you to develop specialist subject and academic knowledge in your chosen area, which is important for employers. However, they will also want to employ individuals who are able to:
  • communicate effectively
  • work in a team and have good interpersonal skills.
  • solve problems
  • work on their own using their own initiative and are able to adapt to changing situations
  • be self-confident
  • demonstrate flexible and transferable skills whilst working in a variety of settings
This course will also assist you in developing your skills to analyse practice by using appropriate evidence to improve service delivery.

Registered nurses continue to study after they have qualified, often in a specialist area, as they develop their career path within the UK or working abroad. 

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

  • 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 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 practice assessors and practice supervisors.

  • 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.
  • £250 Travel Fund for first year students that can be used for travel to placements as well as to University. If additional costs are incurred when attending placements, you can apply to the NHS for support: www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/learning-support-fund/travel-and-dual-accommodation-expenses
  • Studying this course means you can apply for £5,000 learning support fund per year from the NHS, including the foundation year. Learn more on our fees and support pages

 

Who will teach you on this course?
All of the staff that teach you on this course are registered nurses. You will benefit from the team’s expertise, which draws on a wealth of different experiences. 

Want to find out more? Why not attend one of our Open Days, where you will have the opportunity to talk to staff and students who are currently studying and find out more about the course and our facilities. We have Open days taking place at our Wolverhampton Campus and Walsall Campuses.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23

Additional Course Costs

Mandatory Costs

  • Enhanced DBS is required after your first year, at a minimum cost of £40. The cost of the DBS is determined by the Government and further information can be found here - GOV.UK / Disclosure and Barring Service.
    Note - International checks (INTCC) as part of the DBS are required and costs vary by country.
  • Uniform and ID badges are provided for this course, however the University of Wolverhampton reserves the right to charge for extra uniform should this be required
  • You will be required to provide appropriate foot wear at a cost of approximately  £25-£40  

Optional Costs

  • Various certified courses are available via My Course + More, ranging from £0-£200

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

GCSE Maths and English at Grade C+/4 or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications include Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and Learn Direct Level 2.

Please note we do NOT accept GCSE Short Courses.

 

Evidence of digital literacy and technological literacy capability will be determined by successful completion of your application.

Applicants will also be required to provide a satisfactory personal statement detailing your motivation for studying this course. See our Personal Statement Guidance for further information.

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

 

Important information

This course is not currently available to international applicants.

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for a values-based selection process.

Read further information regarding interview preparation

 

Successful completion of the foundation year allows you to progress onto the first year of a three year NMC approved pre-registration nursing course during which you will be required to attend placements. You will be invited to identify a preferred placement area from a selection of pre-determined locations; however your preferred choice is not guaranteed so it is essential that you are able and willing to travel to placement.

 

If you have accepted a Conditional Offer made by the University of Wolverhampton you will receive correspondence asking you to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The charge for this will be a DBS fee of £40.00 and a £6.00 ID check service fee. You will also need an Occupational Health assessment questionnaire and vaccinations will need to be up-to-date. This information will be used to determine your suitability to commence a pre-registration nursing course prior to enrolment on the foundation year.

Contextual Offers

The university recognises that many students have additional barriers in progression to university, whether this be through disability, as a care leaver, from an area of deprivation or another factor. The university wishes to provide additional support for these students through the contextual offer scheme. If you are eligible, the University will apply a contextual Admissions decision, in the form of a reduced offer letter by up to two grades or 16 UCAS tariff points. Find out more.

Don't have GCSE English and/or Maths? Take our Equivalency Assessments

We understand that not everyone is able to achieve GCSE Maths and English for a variety of reasons. Our equivalency assessments provide an opportunity for you to further your English and/or Maths skills ready for your studies, as well as being able to meet part of the entry requirements for many of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Our online equivalency assessments are free of charge and accepted as the equivalent to a GCSE for the majority of our courses, however applicants of Initial Teacher Training courses will need to sit an on-campus equivalency test which costs £35. Find out more about our equivalency tests.

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

By studying an undergraduate or postgraduate pre-registration programme you are eligible for a Tuition Fee loan. of up to £9,250. The loan will support your studies and enable you to start a rewarding career in healthcare.


Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as Overseas (International) students for fee purposes. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


NHS Grant:

All new and continuing nursing, midwifery and most allied health professionals’ students on pre-registration courses will also receive a grant of at least £5,000 per year that is not means-tested and will not have to be repaid.

An additional payment of up to £3,000 per academic year will be available to eligible students. Eligibility will include the following:

• £1,000 towards childcare costs • £1,000 if studying in a region that is struggling to recruit • £1,000 if studying a shortage specialism

Among others, the shortage specialisms have been confirmed to include:

• Mental health nursing

• Learning disability nursing

Read the full press release on the Government website to find out more or access“The recent grants for health courses explained"


Additional funding:

Is available via NHS Business Services Authority

The Learning Support Fund offers students additional support while studying for their degree. This includes:

• Dependants allowance of £1,000 per student per year

• Additional travel and accommodation costs to clinical placements over their normal daily travel costs

• An exceptional hardship fund of up to £3,000 per student per academic year


You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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