School of Nursing

BNurs (Hons) Children's Nursing

BNurs (Hons) Full-time 3 years

The BNurs (Hons) Children's Nursing degree at the University of Wolverhampton equips you with the knowledge, skills, and experience to become a competent and compassionate children's nurse. With a strong emphasis on evidence-based practice, you will gain a deep understanding of child development, healthcare needs, and the delivery of specialised nursing care. Upon completion, you’ll be prepared for a career in caring for children, infants, and family members.

The BNurs (Hons) Children's Nursing degree at the University of Wolverhampton equips you with the knowledge, skills, and experience to become a competent and compassionate children's nurse. With a strong emphasis on evidence-based practice, you will gain a deep understanding of child development, healthcare needs, and the delivery of specialised nursing care. Upon completion, you’ll be prepared for a career in caring for children, infants, and family members.

BNurs (Hons)
Start date(s)
16 September 2024
Course specifications
Course length
Full-time (3 years)
Campus location
University: Walsall Campus
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Why choose this course?

The BNurs (Hons) Children's Nursing degree offers a comprehensive and specialised programme, designed to prepare you for a fulfilling career in paediatric healthcare. This course provides a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and clinical experience necessary to excel in the field of children's nursing.

During the course, you will delve into various aspects of children's healthcare, focusing on the unique physical, emotional, and developmental needs of young patients. Through a combination of classroom learning, hands-on training, and clinical placements, you will develop the expertise required to deliver high-quality, family-centred care.

Children's nursing is a rewarding career involving caring for new-born babies in intensive care to looking after young people, whilst offering support to family members. The care children's nurses provide can span a wide range of needs: from the sick newborn baby to the young person who has a chronic disease, and in settings wherever children require care, including their home, school, a residential setting or in hospital.

The field of children and young people's nursing enables you to develop the knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective nursing care to children and young people. This enables you to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a registered child nurse in a variety of health care settings.

The course will educate you to a high clinical, professional and academic standard ready to practise 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.

What's unique about this course?

  • 94% of graduates go on work or further study (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2023)
  • Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified nurse
  • State-of-the-art, hi tech simulated learning facilities designed to build your skills and confidence in emergency situations
  • Placements with local NHS trusts

What happens on the course?

To meet the requirements to register as a nurse, you’ll need to fulfil a set number of compulsory study hours. These have been agreed as 4,600 hours in three years. Our children’s nursing degree is especially designed to ensure you fulfil these hours, developing key skills and knowledge throughout. 50% of your course will be situated in the University and 50% in a variety of practice areas.

Students will study all core modules together. Field-specific modules 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. 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. The modules will help you develop a range of key skills which are essential for successful lifelong learning in healthcare. These include:

  • communication skills
  • information computing technology skills
  • application of numbers
  • working with others
  • problem-solving skills
  • general learning skills.

Our children’s nursing degree comprises a variety of teaching and learning approaches. You’ll develop the skills required to work within, and respond to, the healthcare needs of children and young people in a variety of settings.

The children's nursing course is provided by a range of specialist lecturers committed to upholding the rights of children and young people, achieving 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.

BNurs (Hons) Children's Nursing placements

Nursing is a demanding vocation which requires hard work, commitment, problem-solving skills, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Therefore, placements are a crucial part of the curriculum.

Placements will be undertaken with one of six NHS Trusts:

They may also take place in private healthcare organisations. For more information on placements and locations, visit our Nursing Placements page.

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. Student accommodation is available at Wolverhampton, Walsall and Telford.

Why study BNurs (Hons) Children's Nursing?

A BNurs (Hons) Children's Nursing degree offers a highly rewarding career path where you can make a significant difference to the lives of young patients. By studying children's nursing, you will acquire the skills and knowledge to provide specialised care and support to children, contributing to their wellbeing and development. The field provides diverse and exciting opportunities, allowing you to work in hospitals, clinics, schools, and specialised paediatric units. With continuous learning and growth, you can stay up-to-date with advancements in paediatric healthcare.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

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 Children and Young People’s 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 t
    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.

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.

As a Registered Child Nurse you will:

  • Meet the NMC Standards of proficiency for pre-registration nursing education. 
  • 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 field of children's 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.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2024-25
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £14450 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £14450 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £14950 per year 2024-25

Additional Course Costs

Mandatory Costs

  • 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.

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

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).

Please note we do NOT accept GCSE Short Courses


  • 112 UCAS points
  • A Levels - grades BBC
  • T Levels - Equivalent to 112 UCAS points or higher in Health or Healthcare Science
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades DMM
  • CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma at a B grade
  • Access to HE Diploma (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 (112 UCAS point equivalence, minimum 15 credits at distinction)
  • Undergraduate or Postgraduate degrees
  • Foundation degrees /HND/ HNC

Not met the entry criteria for this course?   Did you know you could study Nursing within 4 years?  Why not discover more information about our new Foundation Year courses and what you need to get onto them.  Please visit Foundation Year Courses to find out more about what opportunities we have for you

Have you also considered other careers in Health?  Did you know we also offer:

  • Learning Disability Nursing
  • Coming soon our self-funded apprenticeship  
  • Degrees in Public Health, Social Care and Health Studies
  • Podiatry 

Please visit the Institute of Health for more information

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

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

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


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 a values-based selection process and will be subsequently required to meet a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check and Occupational Health requirements.

Read further information regarding interview preparation


Additional Information

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.

Free Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health Check:

Due to the professional nature of some of our courses you may also be required to complete a Declaration of Health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.  We will coordinate both of these non-academic conditions with you should your course require this and you receive an offer from us

There will be no cost for the DBS this is free to applicants who have secured an offer and have chosen to study at the University of Wolverhampton.

Student Visa Requirements:

Applicants who require a student visa to enter the UK are not eligible to be considered for this course. 

Skilled Worker Visa Requirements:

Applicants who are in the UK on a Skilled Worker Visa or are a dependent of a Skilled worker are not eligible to be considered for this course. 

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.

Susan, BNurs (Hons) Children’s Nursing case study

Susan  is now a newly qualified Band 5 Children's Nurse. "Originally I wanted to be an art student but when I worked as a health care worker for vulnerable adults and children I realised I simply wanted to help people. I was in care from the age of 9 and always knew I wanted to be more than a number. When I provided care for people that needed it the most, it made me feel like I could make a difference. When I started the nursing course at Wolverhampton University it was everything that I thought it would be. It made me develop not only as a professional but as a person. The course made me develop skills and gain a variety of knowledge that I feel has a set a foundation for my future development. I am currently a Staff Nurse on level 3 neonatal unit looking after babies with a wide variety of needs. I have also started a foundation course to further my knowledge in caring for neonates. I loved every moment at university, even the stress at times. Wolverhampton has taught me everything I need to establish myself in nursing."

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

Jessica Whitehouse, a 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 phone calls/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.”

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

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

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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