Nursing - Child - BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code:
Sep intake: B731
Jan intake: B730
Full Time (3 years)
January 2016, September 2016

Please choose how and when you would like to attend the course...

See the UCAS website for help and guidance with your application.

Professionally accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), this course expertly supports you in gaining the hands-on clinical and care skills that reassure patients/service users and their families that a professional is at their side.

What's covered in the course?

Initially, you will study how the body functions in health and attain the clinical skills you will practise both in University and on placement. You will also learn about aspects of caring for patients from all the four specialist fields.

Supported by clinical placements over the course of the three years of study, the programme teaches you how to assess, implement, plan and evaluate care for patients in a variety of settings.

A state-of-the-art simulation facility and skills suite complement your clinical placement experience. In parallel with your practice, you will explore important aspects of values, ethics, research, physiology and social policy.

Towards the end of the course, you will focus on making the transition from nursing student to registered nurse, and you have the opportunity to explore a relevant area of your choice. Throughout, you nurture and hone the personal and professional skills that are key to your future employment.

Access to specialist hospitals, eg the world-famous Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts, help you acquire the necessary specialist clinical skills.

“The guidance and support is second to none.”
Janine Byrne

Why Choose Us?

  • Successful completion of this course enables you to apply for registration with the NMC.
  • You can choose from Adult, Child, Learning Disability or Mental Health Nursing.
  • We are the largest regional provider of qualified staff to the NHS for health and social services.
  • These courses provide huge scope for placements within the Midlands’ NHS trusts and non-NHS providers, allowing you to gain first-hand work experience and access to a network of invaluable contacts.
  • We were commended in a recent BSc programme review as achieving ‘good practice’ for placement support through its close links with NHS trusts.
  • Birmingham City University has an international reputation for pioneering approaches to teaching, through the creation of cutting-edge simulated learning experiences.
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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Children Hospital
  • Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust

And in jobs such as:

  • Paediatric Nurse
  • Community Childrens Nurse

Grants and Scholarships

Want to join us in September 2016? Undergraduate students can receive up to £4,000* in non repayable financial support.

*(criteria will apply)

This course is accredited by:

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Entry Requirements

Numeracy and literacy tests are a requirement determined by the Nursing and Midwifery Council linked to the recruitment and selection of pre-registration nursing students. Try our sample tests, would you pass?

We now recruit to the values of the NHS constitution. This influences our selection criteria and especially the values we are seeking to be demonstrated in both your application and interview, which we view as essential in any individual involved in patient care.

A minimum of 280 UCAS tariff points:

Level 2 qualifications which must be achieved PRIOR to application for all applicants except Access students (Please see Access entry requirements below):
A minimum of three GCSE's at Grade C or above, must include English Language, Mathematics and Science or equivalent.

Acceptable GCSE Equivalents:
  • BTEC 1st Certificate
  • BTEC 1st Diploma
  • Intermediate GNVQ
  • OCR Level 2 National Award
  • OCR Level 2 National Certificate
Acceptable English GCSE Equivalents:
  • Key Skills Communication - Level 2
  • Functional Skills English – Level 2
Acceptable Maths GCSE Equivalents:
  • Key Skills Application of Number- Level 2
  • Functional Skills Maths – Level 2


Leaving Certificate
A minimum of 5 Ordinary levels at Grade B3 or above, must include English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject.
Scottish qualifications
A minimum of five Intermediate Standard 2 or above, must include English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject.
Plus one of the following Level 3 qualifications which you may be working towards: (Except Access students - please see access entry requirements below)
GCE A/A2 Level
280 UCAS points from a maximum of three A/A2 Level passes, which must include one of Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Science, Psychology or Social Science at Grade B. A typical offer would be BBC.
General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted.
GCE AS/A2 Level
280 UCAS points from a maximum of two AS/A1 Level passes, plus a maximum of two A/A2 Level passes at Grade C or above, which must include one of Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology or Social Science.
General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted.
GCE/AVCE Double Award in Health and Social Care
280 UCAS points from A*, A* profile or combined with UCAS points from a maximum of one GCE A/A2 level. General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded.
BTEC National Certificate (NQF) in Health and Social Care, Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
Acceptable only when combined with other Level 3 qualifications.
BTEC National Diploma (NQF) in Health and Social Care, Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
280 UCAS points from Distinction, Merit, Merit profile.
BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) in Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents 280 UCAS points from Distinction, Merit, Merit profile.
BTEC Diploma (QCF) in Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
280 UCAS points from Distinction*, Distinction* profile.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) in Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
Acceptable only when combined with other Level 3 qualifications.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
Minimum Grade 25 points (282) required. Acceptable on its own or combined with other level 3 qualifications.
Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced diploma
Core plus combined other Level 3 qualifications CACHE Diploma in Child Care and Education Minimum Grade B required (300 tariff points).
CACHE Diploma in Child Care and Education
Minimum Grade B required (300 tariff points).
The Open University K101 – An Introduction to Health and Social Care or equivalents
Completion of full year (transcripts will be required). K101 is acceptable with another level 3 qualification.
Irish Leaving Certificate
290 UCAS points from a maximum of 5 Highers at Grade B3 or above
Scottish Qualifications – Advanced Highers
280 UCAS points from a maximum of 5 Advanced Highers at Grade C or above.
NVQ Level 4 in Health and Social Care
Full award required, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above.
14-19 DIPLOMAs in Society Health and Development To be achieved in Advanced Diploma or Progression Diploma 300 UCAS points from an A Grade.
OCR National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or Science
280 UCAS points from an M2 Grade OCR National Diploma or National Certificate in Health and Social Care or Science Grade D. Acceptable only when combined with other Level 3 qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma in a Health and Social Care Subject
Full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 including 24 at Merit or Distinction, of which a minimum of 18 must be in a Science or Health related subject and 15 at Level 2 which must include Mathematics and English Language GCSE equivalent if you do not already have these two subjects at GCSE.
Foundation Degree
Foundation degrees will be reviewed on an individual basis and will require a transcript of the content of the course.

Other qualifications:

Applicants’ qualifications that are not listed will be considered on an individual basis.

International candidates:

Those who meet residency/academic requirements of UK students but whose language is not English will need to hold IELTS with an overall score of at least 7.0.

In addition
  • Applicants must provide evidence of having been in general education for a minimum of 10 years
  • Applicants must demonstrate evidence of literacy, numeracy and IT skills in line with the Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements.
  • Literacy and numeracy tests will form part of the selection criteria for this course and you must achieve the minimum of 11 out of 15 for the literacy test and 9 out of 12 for the numeracy test in order to proceed to interview.
  • Applicants must provide evidence of study within the last 5 years.
  • No offers are made without a face to face interview.
  • All offers are subject to satisfactory Occupational Health Clearance, Disclosure and Barring Service report and, registration with Independent Safeguarding Authority.
  • Applicants should be aware that qualifications, personal statement, interview and references all form part of the selection criteria for this course.

Sample Literacy and Numeracy Tests

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I really want to become a nurse but do not meet your entry requirements. What advice can you give me?

  • All applicants must meet our academic entry requirements in order to be considered for the course.
  • If you do not have sufficient Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications we advise you to consider undertaking a course which will give you the opportunity to gain the correct entry criteria. For example, an access course in a health/science-related field at your local further education college. This course contains the right mix of level 3 and level 2 qualifications which allow you to access higher education.
  • Alternatively, you could undertake the Open University K101 course, as long as you have the appropriate GSCE qualifications (as defined in our entry criteria) with another level 3 qualification.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Jan 2016 FT 3 years NHS Funded Apply via UCAS
Sep 2016 FT 3 years NHS Funded Apply via UCAS

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Guidance for UK/EU students


UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

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Frequently asked questions

How will I know what has happened with my UCAS application when I have submitted it?

You will be notified via UCAS if your application is unsuccessful. If your application is successful you will be invited to attend an interview from Birmingham City University’s Health Admissions department.

What will the interview consist of?

You will undertake a literacy and numeracy test, have a face-to-face interview from academic and clinical staff and Learning Disability applicants will also be questioned by service users via an electronic application.

How will I know the outcome of my interview?

You will be notified via UCAS track.

We will be running interviews during January and February 2015 for our September 2015 and January 2016 intakes. We use a ‘gathered field’ approach where we interview all our short-listed candidates and only then make offers once the interview process is completed. As a consequence, you may not hear whether you have been successful in obtaining a place until April.

If I am not offered a place, can I have some feedback?

Yes, you can request feedback from

NHS funding

Places on this course are funded by the NHS.

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This course is not available part-time

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Grants and Scholarships

Want to join us in September 2016? Undergraduate students can receive up to £4,000* in non repayable financial support.

*(criteria will apply)

Year one

During the first year you will study specific subject areas such as how the body functions in health and ill-health, communication skills and how to give care compassionately and begin to relate this to the clinical skills that you will practice both in University and on placement.

You will also begin to learn about aspects of caring for patients/service users from all four fields of nursing.

Modules include:
Professional Values and Academic Skills
30 credits
Introduction to Nursing Practice and Decision Making
30 credits
Health in Society
30 credits
Child Nursing Practice 1
30 credits

Year two

In year two you will be taught how to assess, implement, plan and evaluate care for patients in a variety of settings and you will undertake two practice placements where you will have to pass the Standards of Proficiency as required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

There is also a specific placement learning experience where you will scope the services available within the community. A range of subjects such as ethics, research, physiology, social policy will be integrated into your studies to inform your practice. The acquisition of skills is given a high priority throughout the course, aided by our excellent state-of- the-art simulation facilities and skills suite.

Modules include:
Professional Values and Evidence Based Practice
30 credits
Child Nursing Practice 2
30 credits
Nursing in Society
30 credits
Child Nursing Practice 3
30 credits

Year three

Modules include:
Policy, Politics and Nursing
30 credits
Child Nursing Practice 4
30 credits
Child Academic and Practice Enquiry
30 credits
Child Transition to Qualified Practitioner
30 credits

This module is designed to facilitate the transition of nursing student to Registered Nurse.

Course structure

Your programme is delivered using a modular approach and divides the content of the programme into manageable elements of study and practice learning opportunities.

The first year prepares you for further study and facilitates the understanding of the principles which underpin nursing. This is supported by two placement learning experiences of about 10 weeks duration each.

In year two there is an increasing field specific focus and comprises Core and Field Specific modules. Core modules help to contextualise nursing whilst Field Specific modules prepare you for the two placement experiences which follow each period of study.

In year three all the modules are Field Specific but there are opportunities for shared learning with the other fields of nursing and you will again complete two placement experiences.

You will experience a mixture of teaching, self-directed study and practice-based clinical placements, spending half of your time each year on placement.

Upon successful completion you will graduate with a BSc (Hons) Nursing degree worth 360 credits and be eligible to apply for Registered Nurse status with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Teaching breakdown

23 Time in lectures, seminars and similar MidnightBlue
37 Time in independent study RoyalBlue
40 Time on placement LightSkyBlue

Assessment breakdown

25 Written exams DarkOrange
46 Coursework FireBrick
29 Practical exams #fece5a

Student stories

Student Merissa McCrory talks about her experiences on degree course BSc (Hons) Nursing - Child at Birmingham City University.

This course is accredited by the following organisation:

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
The Nursing and Midwifery Council

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) works with partner organisations to set and maintain high standards of nursing and midwifery education across the UK.

This course has been approved and monitored by the NMC to make sure that the education and training on offer meets their standards.

To work as a nurse or midwife, you must pass an NMC approved course at a higher education institution (HEI) in pre-registration nursing and midwifery, leading to registration with the NMC.


These independent reviews show what our students really think:

"The nursing course I took eases you in to university life very well for the first term in terms of work loads but it does increase as you move through the year. It is very good what you learn because you can apply it to practice when out on placement. The content of what we have learnt is also very interesting...The feedback from tutors who have marked our work are very good and they are always happy to meet with you to help you improve. The facilities on campus for nursing are great because it enables you to practice nursing skills within a safe setting before completing them in practice"

Read all Which? Uni reviews

Erasmus scheme

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

Find out more

Further study

Nursing provides the opportunity for lifelong learning and the BSc (Hons) Nursing award forms the basis for progression onto further study.

Many opportunities exist for post-registration and postgraduate study. As a graduate, you may progress to a masters degree , eg Masters in Advanced Nursing Practice, PhD.

A comprehensive portfolio of post-registration courses called Continuing Professional Development is available. These courses allow for academic and/or clinical development.

Many of the courses are taught as part-time flexible modules to fit around your work and domestic commitments.

Employment opportunities

Once qualified and registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council you can practice in the UK and many countries overseas. As a qualified nurse you could find yourself working within the NHS, the private sector, in the community, at GP surgeries, at schools, plus many more - the options are endless.


Placements take place across a range of settings. You may experience care in acute, critical care, long-term care and community settings which are related to your Field. During your second year there will also be the opportunity to undertake a placement learning experience elsewhere in the UK or abroad* (*subject to selection criteria).

A placement is your chance to be a part of the working world of health and social care as it really is: your first taste of your career. For most of our courses, it's a compulsory part of your training; it's that important.

Placements help you with your confidence, by putting theory from the classroom into practice. We make sure you get a quality experience and that you are fully supported by a workplace mentor on hand throughout your placement.


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Other student opportunities

To enhance your CV, we offer extra-curricular student opportunities, such as a major incident simulation, that you can get involved in.

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Our facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities. It’s no surprise that the Complete University Guide placed us in the UK top 10 for spending on facilities in both 2012 and 2013.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses some of the best learning facilities in the UK.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Hospital Ward

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.

The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.

Biomedical Laboratories

We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.

Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement Facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Lisa Abbott

Deputy Programme Director for Children’s Nursing Senior Lecturer

Training as a Children’s Nurse in Manchester in the 1990s, I quickly found a passion for Intensive Care Nursing. I moved back to Staffordshire and secured a post at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and studied PICU as a specialism. I broadened my horizons of PICU nursing and spent time travelling and working throughout Australia and South East Asia.

Having a real interest in teaching and supporting students during their nurse training, I secured a Lecturer Practitioner Post at Birmingham City University. This has led me to undertake and achieve my Master's in Education (distinction), with a key focus on students' employability and students' transition to registered practitioner

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

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+44 (0)125 350 2917

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

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