Children’s Nursing BN (Hons)
A children’s nurse cares for children and young people of all ages, from a new born baby to an adolescent, and with a range of physical, emotional and mental health needs. The role is highly rewarding and can be challenging in today’s fast changing health care environment. Working as a member of a team with other healthcare professionals children’s nurses work in a variety of settings including hospitals, community clinics, specialised units or patients homes. Children’s nurses work closely with family members and carers to reduce the impact of being ill or in hospital. The content of the programme includes theoretical modules in generic nursing and child field specific subjects; placements are carried out across the three years in a range of clinical areas such as hospitals, special care baby units, hospice, mental health services, community children’s nursing teams and specialised paediatric intensive care units in England.
Nursing offers a range of interesting and rewarding careers in healthcare. Advice on entry requirements and careers can be found here.
The taught elements of this course are only delivered at the Wrexham Archimedes Centre campus.
Welsh Government, through NHS Wales, is continuing to fund commissioned programmes for nursing, midwifery, radiography and physiotherapy for courses that begin by April 2021. That means fees are paid and living cost contributions may be available. Please look at this website for further information.
Unfortunately as this course is funded by the NHS and students have to have placements in the local NHS Health Board we are unable to accept applications from overseas (Non EU) students.
Why choose Bangor University for this course?
The taught elements of this course are held at the Wrexham Archimedes Centre.
Visit our Why Study with us? page to find out some key facts about why you should choose Bangor for this course.
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You will have compulsory theoretical study and clinical placements in hospitals, community and/or residential settings in north Wales. Closely-supervised placements enable observation of professionals at work and participation in delivery of nursing care starting early in the course. Support is available from a personal tutor who is a registered nurse and an academic member of staff and mentorship supervision from a practicing registered nurse on placement. Theoretical and practical work is assessed through assignments, examinations, presentations and the All-Wales Assessment of Clinical Practice portfolio.
What will you study on this course?
You can study one of four fields of practice; adult nursing, mental health nursing, learning disabilities nursing or children’s nursing. The course is based equally on theory and practice – 50% is on theoretical study and 50% is spent in clinical practice developing competence needed for entry to the NMC’s register. You will develop skills and professional behaviours, values and attitudes expected of a nurse to ensure the safety and protection of people of all ages and their carers and families. There are opportunities to study alongside other student healthcare professionals and the School has a strategy for interprofessional learning. Within the individual degree programmes there are shared learning opportunities for all fields to learn together about common or generic elements such as anatomy and physiology, psychology, sociology, communication, reflection, law and ethics.
This course is validated against the NMC Standards for Pre-registration Education 2010 and remain valid until the validation of courses to the new standards in 2020. Courses may be amended to reflect these new standards during that process.
Where will I study?
The taught elements of this course are only delivered the Wrexham Archimedes Centre campus. Placements for student nurses take place within the BCUHB area.
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Children’s Nursing Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
Nursing is an ever growing and innovative profession and nurses are working in multi professional teams across health and care settings. Nurses are in a unique position to deliver care in partnership with people and carers, wherever care is needed. Across the health and care system there is an increased focus on preventing ill health, enabling people to self-care, to be partners in their care and to have a better quality of life. The rapid pace of advances in medical and nursing care, treatment and technology is creating new career opportunities for nursing with rapid developments in different service provision and ways of working. The career opportunities and roles can range from very unique options from front line staff to working in a leadership position or specialised nurse or consultant nurse.
They are many different types of nursing and varied opportunities for career advancement and work in a variety of settings. Nursing roles come in many forms and can progress in your career moving from a staff nurse to nurse specialist, ward manager, matron, leader, researcher, educator and nurse consultant. Nursing positions are split into different bands all of which have different salaries.
A graduate career as a children's nurse involves working with children who have relatively minor conditions right through to those who have serious, chronic and/or life threatening conditions. Career progression also involves managing people and resources plus – potentially – research and setting up services.
The work is as much about providing reassurance to the child’s family as it is about providing care for the child. In most cases a great deal of the care is provided by the family and the nurse’s role is to work with the family to teach, build confidence and support them in looking after their child. This is particularly important if the child has a lifelong condition.
Your nursing degree will usually specialise in children’s nursing. There are several specialist children’s hospitals in the country and general acute trusts will also have at least one children’s ward. Children’s nurses also work in the emergency department and in child and adolescent mental health services. A newly qualified nurse would initially be expected to consolidate their learning by taking responsibility for the care of a group of patients and then take on more complex roles.
Children’s nurses are highly observant and flexible problem solvers who recognise when a child is becoming very sick very quickly. They act as the child’s advocate whenever and wherever necessary. Good communication and interpersonal skills are essential but children’s nurses also need to be emotionally resilient.
Employability and the School of Health Sciences
Graduates in nursing, midwifery and radiography from the School of Health Sciences gain both an academic and professional qualification that is well-regarded by Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board, Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth, University Hospital of North Staffordshire, the Countess of Chester Hospital and other educational partner placement providers in Wales and England.
Our employability record is excellent and you can view current statistics as well as other essential information about our programmes at Unistats.
- Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
- Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
- Work experience / internships
- Voluntary opportunities
Careers advice is gained from healthcare professionals both in practice and in dedicated careers sessions and NHS Careers has more details of the career opportunities that are available to Midwifery graduates. You are also eligible to register for the Bangor Employability Award to further enhance career prospects and advice is also available form the Bangor University Careers & Employability Service.
The School offers a wide range of post-graduate and post-registration opportunities to further enhance career prospects such as Masters degree programmes and courses leading to qualifications for specialisms including intensive care nursing or specialist practice awards. The post-graduate award programmes involve research leading to Masters and Doctoral qualifications, which includes our Professional Doctorate aimed at individuals in advanced clinical or organisational roles which combine elements of practice, research and service improvement in healthcare.
All students are well-supported in practice placements and the Nursing and Midwifery Council have favourably assessed the quality of mentorship provision and student support in clinical placements concluding 'the university and its partners are commended for their excellent partnership relationships at strategic and operational levels' (NMC UK Wide Quality Assurance Framework Programme Monitoring Report 2011).
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA) and Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)
The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.
The HEAR is a final graduation report that all undergraduates receive. The report itemises all academic achievements and additional extra and co-curricular achievements. Academic achievements appear on the report automatically and students are able to note their eligible activities by using the online platform ‘My Employability Hub’. This ensures that future employers are made aware of the additional skills the student has gained outside of the curriculum.
The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.
Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.
Internships offer valuable experience in a professional workplace and there are a range of internships you can get involved in.
Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.
The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.
TARGETconnect - Working while you StudyThe Skills and Employability Service offers support to students searching for employment during and after their studies.
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Unfortunately as this course is funded by the NHS and students have to have placements in the local NHS Health Board we are unable to accept applications from overseas (Non EU) students.
For 2020 entry:
Entry Process for Professional Courses:
- 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above which must include English and Mathematics, science subjects are desirable. The exception to meeting the GCSE requirements in full applies to some Access HE Diploma applicants.
- All applicants must satisfy a range of entry criteria – consult the NMC’s Standards for Preregistration Nursing Education or contact admissions.health@ bangor.ac.uk for further advice/information. NMC entry requirements include demonstrating good health and good character. The School requires all candidates to undertake a criminal record check and other requirements for demonstrating good character; the local Health Board will be responsible for setting the requirement for good health. Candidates with entry qualifications older than 5 years must demonstrate evidence of recent study at an appropriate level.
GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Language/Welsh Language and Maths or the equivalent in Numeracy and Communication Essential Skills, level 2. A minimum of O4 from Irish Leaving Certificate.
Typical offer is based on a minimum 120 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:
- A Levels
- BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge
- Technical Extended Diploma: DDM
- International Baccalaureate Diploma
- Extended Project Qualification
- Access: 120 UCAS Points to include Distinction/Merit profile (Maximum 9 Passes)
- NCFE CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma: Grade B
- Welsh Baccalaureate
- Irish Leaving Certificate: 120 points from a minimum of 4 Higher Subjects
- FETAC QQI Level 5 Certificate in Nursing Studies: Distinction Profile
- General Studies is not accepted.
- We welcome applications from mature students who are completing an Access HE Diploma or who have evidence of recent study at Level 3 or above in the past five years which meets our entry requirements; please note that we do not accept NVQ Level 3/QCF Level 3 as a means of meeting our entry qualifications.
*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com
Entry in 2019:
All applicants to the BN Degree must satisfy a range of entry criteria – consult the NMC’s Standards for Preregistration Nursing Education or contact admissions.health@ bangor.ac.uk for further advice/information. NMC entry requirements include demonstrating good health and good character. We require all candidates to undertake a criminal record check and other requirements for demonstrating good character; the local Health Board will be responsible for setting the requirement for good health. All applicants must meet the NMC entry requirements for literacy and numeracy. This would normally be demonstrated through having achieved GCSE Mathematics and Welsh or English (minimum grades A to C) or the equivalent in numeracy and communication Key Skills, level 3.
The entry requirements below outline the minimum educational requirements. Applicants will be expected to attend for an interview if selected, and undergo further screening for entry into nursing. See below for details.
Typical Academic Requirements:
- 120 tariff points required from a level 3 qualification*(these include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com).
- We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications (subject to minimum English language requirements).
- Candidates with entry qualifications older than 5 years must demonstrate evidence of recent study at an appropriate level.
Good Health and Good Character
All students applying for the Bachelor of Nursing programme must meet the following criteria for good health and good character during the admission process (see NMC guidance here):
- Good health will be assessed through health screening including, for example, your immunisation history, as a condition of acceptance onto the course.
- You will be asked to provide a reference included in your UCAS application and we also ask for a Caring Reference in accordance with the Welsh Chief Nursing Officer initiative. This should be from an employer or manager form any caring experience you have gained in either a voluntary or paid capacity. If in employment, we will need a reference from your current employer with a full employment history.
- Criminal record check - you must indicate correctly on your UCAS form any cautions, convictions, reprimands or warnings as these are not regarded as spent when applying for a health related course. Information about cautions, convictions, reprimands or warnings will be requested with your application which will include a self- declaration form. A condition of any offer of a place on the programme will be provision by the candidate and clearance of a full enhanced criminal record check (or EU or international equivalent).
General University entry requirements
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com
We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.
Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.
EU and International students' entry requirements
For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
Home/EU students and International UCAS applicants
E-mail for General Admissions: email@example.com or write to:
Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717
International students (non-UCAS applicants)
Email to International Admissions: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to
Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028
- Full time: £9,000 per year
- Part time: £750 per 10 credits
When coming to University, you will have two main costs, Tuition Fees and Living Costs.
There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:
- If you choose to study abroad or take the International Experience Year as part of your course.
- If you attend your Graduation Ceremony, there will be a cost for gown hire (£25-£75) and cost for guest tickets (£12 each).
Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:
- Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
- Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
- Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
This is a commissioned programme and students that begin by April 2021 will have their fees paid by NHS Wales. Living cost contributions may be available. Please look at this website for further information.
DBS checks for all Bachelor of Nursing Fields of study, Midwifery and Radiography BSc.
Registration on completion of study with NMC/HCPC.
Necessarily Incurred Costs:
Subscription to Union membership eg RCN or Unison to provided insurance indemnity and support.
Students will need to purchase printing credits for their personal use.
Students are expected to fund their own travel to clinical placements with funding available to cover travel costs to placement which exceed the cost/mileage of travel to theoretical base (means-tested/bursary).
Students will be expected to pay for any additional uniforms if they require them.
Cost to conferences is covered if study leave is authorised.
Costs to celebration events is covered if student is asked to attend.
All assignments are submitted electronically. The printing and binding of dissertations and thesis applies only to Post Graduate students.
How to apply for Undergraduate programmes
You can apply to study at Bangor directly by using the online application form or through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.)
Option 1 – Applying directly to Bangor
- Read through the Guidance Notes before you begin the online application form
Once you have read the guidance notes...
- Visit the online application system and create a login id and password.
Need help applying?
If you need any assitance in completing your application, contact the International Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1248 382028 or email email@example.com
Option 2- Applying to study at Bangor through UCAS
UCAS is an online application system allowing students to apply for up to five courses in the UK through one application. You can apply for more than one programme at a specific university, for example you could apply to study BA Psychology and BSc Psychology with Clinical and Health Psychology at Bangor. Find out more about how to apply to Bangor University through UCAS
If you have applied through UCAS already then you may wish to visit the International Student pages of UCAS website for further information.
Why study with the School of Health Sciences?
- Nursing and Midwifery were ranked 1st with 100% for students with a career after 6 months (The Guardian Good University Guide, 2019).
- 1st for Radiography Graduate Prospects (Times Good University Guide, 2019).
- 1st for Radiography and Top 10 for Nursing (Times Good University Guide 2019).
- Nursing and Radiography at Bangor University is placed in the Top 10 for Research Quality (The Times 2019).
- Our Midwifery course is accredited by UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative.
- We have positive links with the local University Health Board (BCUHB) and other care providers in North Wales, and North West England.
- There will be opportunities to experience bilingual practice in some parts of your placements.
- We have Experienced Researchers and Lecturers in Health/Social Care and Well Being.
- We offer conferences, seminars and workshops on key health and social care issues.
- An accreditation of Prior Learning Scheme, so that previous academic experiences may be accredited.
- We have one of the largest Peer Guiding schemes.
- We have commissioned places for some modules and courses particularly for BCUHB and WAST employee.
Student Awards Services implements the NHS Wales Bursary Schemes, which provides funding for healthcare students on NHS funded courses in Wales. If you are considering a professional career in health care and would like to know more about the financial support you will get during your training, then please contact:
The Council of Deans also has a funding website with a wealth of information for students considering studying in Wales and beyond.
Studying at Bangor
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