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MSc - Master of Science
Children's Nursing Youth Studies
Children’s nursing involves the care of premature babies, infants, children, young people and their families. As a children’s nurse you are an important member of a multi-professional team, working in partnership with parents and carers, healthy children and those experiencing acute and long-term physical and mental illness and/or disabilities.
You are in a unique and privileged position and you play a key role in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating the wide-ranging care needs of vulnerable children and their families. This requires hard work, commitment and excellent interpersonal skills.
Pre-registration nursing courses are typically three years, so in order to join this two-year masters degree, you need to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). You must produce a portfolio of evidence which confirms that you have a minimum of 500 hours of appropriate healthcare experience, either paid or voluntary. Further details about RPL, including guidance on the development of your portfolio, is sent to you upon successful completion of an interview.
During the course you develop the essential knowledge and nursing skills required to care for children and their families in a variety of diverse settings, including hospital and community care. During these placements you participate in shift work, including weekends and nights.
This innovative course prepares you to become a confident and competent skilled practitioner, capable of leading and managing the care of children and their families. It also helps you to become a resilient and future-ready nurse who holds strong professional values, is able to exercise clinical judgement, challenge inequality, champion diversity and uphold the integrity of the profession while delivering high quality, child-centred compassionate care.
The course content reflects the changing and challenging nature of providing healthcare in the 21st century, and the evolving and diverse role of the registered nurse. Leadership is embedded over two years of the course, recognising the crucial role nurses play in moving practice forward. You study the course full-time, with two years of university-based theory, self-directed study and practice placements, leading to the award of 180 credits at master's level. You work together with students from the adult, learning disabilities and mental health fields of nursing courses to share your learning and experiences. In the new nursing curriculum, there is increased emphasis on mental health and cognitive issues impacting on physical health and vice versa, and the essential need to consider biological, psychological and social care across the age continuum, bridging the existing gaps between healthcare services.
On successful completion of the course you are eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) on the nurses' part of the Professional Register (Children's Nursing). During the pre-registration nursing course you are expected to work to the spirit of the NMC Code (2018) at all times.
A diverse range of career opportunities are available within the NHS and private sectors in the UK and overseas. This course provides a stepping stone from which you can develop your expertise. You have the opportunity to explore future career and academic development opportunities, including becoming an NMC professional registrant, plus possible progression to becoming a non-medical prescriber, an advanced practitioner, alumni member or graduate researcher. Progression to doctoral studies may also be considered on completion of the course.
For this course (per year)
For this course (per year)
You are also expected to have: a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English language and maths. Key Skills/Functional Skills Level 2 in Communication and Application of Number can be accepted in place of GCSEs; a degree with a 2:2 classification or above.
Full time | 1 year | SEP-23
Full time | 2 years | SEP-23