Nursing (Children's) - BSc (Hons)
Develop the skills to care for children and young people with mental, physical, cognitive or behavioural health challenges. You will learn to provide excellent patient centred care with a cultural sensitivity that makes a positive different to children, young people and their families.
Why study Nursing (Children's) at Keele University?
Children's Nursing is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and has been designed to meet the seven NMC platforms which underpin pre-registration nursing education. The course is taught by lecturers who are expert clinicians, and qualified teachers in different specialisms. Their research feeds into our teaching. On successful completion of this course, you can apply for NMC nursing registration.
"Keele was always my first choice when applying to do my Children’s nurse training and I am so proud to have now qualified from Keele with a 1st Class Honours degree. The Child Field team were beyond supportive throughout the 3 years, and I genuinely could not have done it without their guidance and support. The course was well structured, and the placement opportunities far exceeded my expectations, giving me the best experiences in order for me to choose a career pathway having worked with such a vast number of teams in the area. The course was hard work at times, but so worth it."
"Throughout my three years as a student nurse and nine as a qualified children’s nurse, I have received incredible support and encouragement from mentors, lecturers and colleagues. Although male children’s nurses may be considered a rare breed, the numbers are gradually increasing in my experience. I work with a number of other male children’s nurses who are a valued a respected part of the child health team. They possess great experience and knowledge. I would encourage any man interested in becoming a children’s nurse to go for it. I believe they would be lucky enough to have the same experiences I have had in my career with patients, families and colleagues. "
Your Nursing and Midwifery Checklist
In addition to our academic requirements, to be accepted onto a nursing or midwifery programme you must also fulfil a range of additional requirements and expectations to esnure you can practice safely and complete the programme effectively.
An enhanced DBS clearance prior to starting your course is required so that the public are protected, and their safety can be assured. You'll need to provide additional documents to support your DBS application which may include a current passport, valid driving licence, birth certificate and utility bill.
Programmes are demanding but rewarding. You are expected to work a variety of shift patterns including early, late and night shifts to enable you to participate in care over a 24 hour period. Shift work provides you with excellent experience and builds your skillset.
Travelling to placements
You are expected to fulfil your placement requirements which may require you to travel. Organisation is therefore key to ensure you are able to complete a range of placements.
Occupational Health Clearance is required to assess medical fitness to engage in pre-registration nursing and midwifery programmes.
Placement circuits are fixed
Placements during your course are fixed to ensure you get the range of experiences required to become a nurse or midwife.
You will care for a diverse group of people and will deliver personal care to patients with different gender identities.
You must have the required vaccinations so that you protect yourself and those whom you are caring for.
Uniform must be worn smartly, as you represent Keele University and also the nursing and midwifery professions.
Programmes are full time and can be demanding. You can expect your time to be split into 50% theory and 50% practice.
Nursing at Keele
Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year.
This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence.
Keele University is consistently ranked among the top universities for student satisfaction, and we have over 70 years' experience of teaching a foundation year to students. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele.
Our Foundation Year allows you to develop your critical thinking, academic reading, writing, and communication study skills along with subject-specific knowledge and skills. Upon meeting the progression criteria and successfully completing our Foundation Year, you will automatically progress into your Keele undergraduate degree with the confidence that you have the skills, and knowledge needed to successfully complete your course.
This Foundation Year is a is a two semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the BSc (Hons) Children's Nursing. For example, in the Academic and Professional Development for Health module you will begin to develop an awareness of professional standards that you will be working to in your degree and professional career. Course content has been developed in collaboration with degree teaching teams, so that by the time you begin Year 1, you will be ready to excel at your studies, as the majority of our Foundation Year students do.
You will gain a greater appreciation of historical and contemporary approaches to health and social care within the UK, considering key health issues and challenges facing health and science services. At the same time, we will advance your knowledge of human biology and chemistry, giving you a solid grasp of body systems, science and lab work. You'll develop safe, professional laboratory skills and get to know the mathematical techniques and quantitative methods used across health science-related and social care programmes.
Throughout the programme, you will develop subject-specific and broad based skills that will be invaluable in your academic career and beyond. You can find out more about our Foundation Year, Including Information on learning, teaching and assessment methods and further opportunities available to you by visiting our homepage.
The module details given below are indicative, they are intended to provide you with an idea of the range of subjects that are taught to our current students. The modules that will be available for you to study in future years are prone to change as we regularly review our teaching to ensure that it is up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. The information presented is therefore not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules available in any given year.
Semester one modules
|FYO-00237||Foundations of Human Biology for Health||15 credits|
|FYO-00241||Foundations in Chemistry - Health||15 credits|
|FYO-00213||Foundations of Numerical and Quantitative Methods for Health Students||15 credits|
Semester two modules
|FYO-00239||Advancing Human Biology for Health||30 credits|
|FYO-00245||Foundations in Health and Society||15 credits|
Year long modules (semesters one and two)
|FYO-00181||Academic and Professional Development for Health||30 credits|
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview.
Candidates who progress from the Foundation Year onto year 1 of the degree course will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check (Enhanced plus Barring Lists) and health check.
For admission enquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
English Language Requirements for International/EU Applicants
In addition to meeting the Level 3 requirements, candidates whose first language is not English will need IELTS with an overall score of 7.0, including at least 6.5 in the writing section and at least 7.0 in the reading, listening and speaking sections, or GCSE English Language at 4 (C) or above.
Additional GCSE requirements
GCSE in English and Maths at grade C/4 or above or equivalent qualifications (e.g. Functional Skills Level 2 / Key Skills Level 2). Must have been achieved prior to application (unless studied alongside a pending Access to Higher Education Diploma). Please see the Alternative Qualifications section for further details.
How to apply
Visit UCAS for applications. You should apply for Children's Nursing with Foundation Year.
UCAS code: B731
Direct entry students
If you already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly.
Our International Foundation Year is delivered on campus through Keele University International College (KUIC). Find out more about the International Foundation Year options on the KUIC website.
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Nursing at Keele
Jade Hughes, Children's Nursing Graduate
"The course was well structured, and the placement opportunities far exceeded my expectations" - read more about Jade Hughes, Children's Nursing Graduate
Nick Birchall, Children's Nursing graduate
"I have received incredible support and encouragement from mentors, lecturers and colleagues. " - read more about Nick Birchall, Children's Nursing graduate