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Nursing (Child) BSc (Hons) with NMC registration

Combine theoretical study with clinical experience within the NHS, independent and voluntary sectors. Prepare for a rewarding career in specialist nursing care for children and young people who have a range of acute, chronic and complex healthcare needs. 

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Overview

Watch: Donna Edwards, Senior Lecturer of Nursing with Registration talks about the benefits of studying Nursing with Registration at DMU.


September 2021 entry 

Due to significant demand for this programme, and taking into consideration capacity constraints with practical placements, applications to Child Nursing for September 2021 entry are now closed. However, there are still options available for you to consider. 

You may choose to apply to study one of the other programmes offered at DMU. We have a wide range of courses available which start in September 2021, including; 

If you would like more information about the programmes on offer at DMU before making your decision, you can book to attend a DMU Digital Open Day. If you would like to discuss your options further don’t hesitate to contact our Enquiry team on 0116 2 50 60 70 or email enquiry@dmu.ac.uk 


 

The Nursing and Midwifery Council introduced new national educational standards – Future Nurse Standards of Proficiency for registered Nurses in 2018. The curriculum from September 2021 onwards, is based on these standards for nurse education.

Child nurses play a key role in primary and secondary care settings, restoring and promoting health, supporting children and their families and responding to the varied healthcare needs within communities.

As a child nurse you will be a skilled communicator with an open mind to the ways in which people relate to their children. You need to be committed and dedicated with the willingness to give time to others with care and compassion.

Financial support

From September 2020, all nursing degree students will receive at least £5,000 a year with up to £3,000 additional funding available.

Key features

  • 100% of our summer 2017 Nursing graduates are in work or further study (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2016-17) compared to a sector average of 94.6%.
  • The programme is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and upon graduation of the programme, you will be eligible to register with the NMC.
  • Graduates are eligible to apply for registration, and registered nurses can start on a salary of more than £24,000 (NHS pay scales 2019/20). 
  • Study in our purpose-built facilities which comprise clinical skills suites, a moving and handling area, a cardiopulmonary resuscitation room and a sensory room – allowing you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment.
  • Our strong links and integrated work placements with local health and social care providers allow you to experience real-world situations.
  • Gain valuable international experience as part of your studies with our DMU Global programme. Our students have taken part in healthcare programmes in Peru, improved the health of communities in India and examined the social and health inequalities faced by specific populations in the US.
  • We have more than 50 years of teaching experience, enabling us to deliver high-quality professional education to our diverse studentship.
  • DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]
  • The TEF Panel judged that De Montfort University delivers “consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.” [Office for Students, 2017]

Uniform policy

All students will be required to adhere to a uniform policy when in practice, in which they must be bare below the elbow. This is non-negotiable as it is an infection prevention requirement to safeguard the health and safety of all students and service users.


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Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B702

Duration: Three years full-time (45 week year). 

Start dates: September 2021 (21/22 entry)

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: For 2021/22 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations and the purchase of appropriate footwear for clinical practice environments.

This programme is not currently available to international students

Entry criteria

A typical offer is a minimum of 120 UCAS points from a minimum of two A-levels including at least two subjects at a grade C or above (excluding General Studies, key skills and music exams), or

  • BTEC National Diploma - BTEC normally in Health and Social Care or Applied Science at Distinction/Distinction/Merit, or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - BTEC normally in Health and Social Care or Applied Science at Distinction/Distinction/Merit

Plus five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including Maths, English and Science. 

Passes in functional skills and key skills at level 2 in maths and English can be accepted as equivalents to GCSE English and Maths. 

Access course

  • Pass Access in the QAA Science or Health Professions or Nursing and Midwifery Access to HE with a minimum of 80 UCAS points with 15 credits at distinction.
  • The Access course must have a minimum of 12 science credits (biology, chemistry or physics). If not, applicants must also have a GCSE Science grade C/4 or above to meet the requirements.

International Baccalaureate: 28+ points

Interview: Yes

Professional conduct during the event will also contribute to the decision-making regarding an applicant’s application.

The recruitment process for this course includes assessing applicants by the content of their personal statement and interview for the core values of the NHS constitution. Interviews are currently being conducted remotely via Microsoft Teams.

Work experience: Yes

Applicants are required to demonstrate relevant work experience. This would normally include experience from formal or informal employment, school or college work placements, voluntary work and other relevant life experiences.

Occupational Health check: Yes

All applicants must complete a satisfactory health screening.

DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check: Yes

You submit an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure application form before starting the course (if you are overseas you will also need to submit a criminal records certificate from your home country), which needs to be cleared in accordance with DMU’s admissions policy. Contact us for up-to-date information.

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 7 overall when you start the course is essential, with a 7.0 in all components except writing which should be at least 6.5. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2021 will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Expertise and accreditation

 

 

First Year

  • Practice Experience 1
  • Transition into Higher Education
  • Foundations of Nursing Practise
  • Foundations of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Influences on Wellbeing
  • Foundations of Field of Practise

Second Year

  • Practice Experience 2
  • Research and Evidence Based-Practice
  • Primary Care – Patient Journey 1
  • Acute Care – Patient Journey 2
  • Complex Care – Patient Journey 3

Third Year

 

  • Practice Experience 3
  • Critical inquiry and research proposal
  • Leadership and Service Improvement
  • Managing Complexities in Nursing Practise
  • Consolidating Care and Professional Practise

Learning is supported by a strong system of personal tutors, teaching teams, academic assessors, practice work placements and enthusiastic practice supervisors and assessors. Teaching methods include:

  • Lectures (face to face and online)
  • Seminars
  • Webinars
  • Workshops
  • Presentations
  • Tutorials
  • Simulation activities
  • Clinical skills learning
  • Enquiry-based problem solving
  • Independent e-learning
  • Peer learning sets

You will complete blocks of clinical placements 40 hours per week and blocks comprised of theory and independent learning hours up to an equivalent of 37.5 hours each week.

Students in practice placements are allocated an academic assessor, practice supervisors and practice assessors to help develop and support learning in the practice context.

Inter-professional (IP) learning allows you to mix with other students and professionals, and understand wider issues and debates in the sector.

Assessments

A variety of approaches are used to assess theory and practice.

Practice is assessed through the completion of your practice documentation which reflects the standards required by the NMC (2018) for Future Nurse Proficiencies.

Theory is assessed through academic assessments including; assignments, reports, examinations, workbooks, screencast presentations and case studies.

Teaching contact hours

Contact hours in a typical week will depend to some extent on the modules you are studying. However, typically you will have up to 16 contact hours of teaching per week.

Many of our nursing lecturers are registered nurses or other health care professionals and qualified teachers and many are also research active. Further subject and research expertise is provided by our VC2020 lecturers. A number of our lecturers have doctoral level qualifications and many staff are currently undertaking academic and professional doctorates.

Accreditation

This programme is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), and has been developed to reflect the requirements of the NMC (2018) Future Nurse proficiencies standards of Nursing Education.

The nursing team have an excellent reputation and good links with the local NHS trust and other potential employers, which is beneficial when you are applying for jobs.

Facilities and features

Clinical skills and simulation facilities for Health and Life Sciences

At DMU we offer state of the art clinical skills and simulation facilities that will enhance your theoretical learning through the use of a realistic, immersive environment that mimics the practice environments you will encounter during your clinical placements and in your career beyond. This provides our students with opportunities to develop cognitive, practical and interpersonal skills through a comprehensive programme of simulated experiences and clinical skills sessions, allowing you to develop the confidence to perform in the real world.

DMU have invested heavily in extending and enhancing the range of clinical skills and simulation facilities available for health and life science students. We currently have two dedicated spaces on campus that provide flexible teaching and assessment spaces to meet a wide range of student’s needs.

Hawthorn building houses two ward environments, a dedicated midwifery suite, radiography suite and bespoke manual handling and paramedicine spaces, alongside contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories.

Our brand new facility in Heritage house offers three flexible teaching wards, a soft furnished space, audiology suite and observation room along with four dedicated clinical assessment rooms. Students will benefit from the installation of cutting edge audio /visual technology that allows sessions to be recorded and live streamed, facilitating remote learning opportunities. This technology also enhances your learning opportunities through the use of meaningful debriefing of teaching and simulation sessions allowing you to reflect on your practice and improve in both ability and confidence before taking your learning into the real world.

Library and learning zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

As part of this course, you will have the opportunity to complete a number of placements, which offer invaluable professional experience. Placements are typically provided across the East Midlands, in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and sometimes in surrounding counties. Students must therefore be prepared to travel to access placement opportunities which are an essential component of the programme.

In your placement, you will work alongside practice supervisors and practice assessors to learn the practical application of nursing relevant to your chosen field. Placements are typically based in a variety of acute and community health environments and social care settings, including caring for individuals in their own homes. This includes a range of different shift patterns across a 24-hour cycle.

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DMU Global

Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons, helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK-based activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 

Students on this course have previously undertaken DMU Global trips to destinations such as Peru, where they took part in healthcare programmes, as well as India, where they helped to improve the health of communities living there. Another trip gave students the opportunity to examine the social and health inequalities faced in America. 

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Graduate careers

Due to the uncertainty faced by all higher educational institutes in the UK in regards to the current Brexit situation, DMU cannot guarantee that the qualifications obtained at DMU will be valid in Europe. It is the student’s responsibility to make sufficient enquiries with the country you intend to or envisage to work in and further to remain up to date with the regulation changes taking place within that country.

Once qualified, our postgraduate study opportunities can further enhance your knowledge and skills, including Learning Beyond Registration modules, professional doctorates and master’s degrees such as Physician Associate Studies MSc.

 

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Case study: Nursing students teach school children how to save lives
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Case study

Our Child Nursing students have taught school pupils how to save lives after visiting Linden Primary School in Leicester. The children were given basic first aid advice and taught about electrocution, bandages, the recovery position, choking and road safety.

After delivering the sessions, Child Nursing student Gemma Hunt, explained: “In hospital as a children’s nurse, you will usually be seeing seriously ill children, or children with real emergencies, so it’s nice to be able to get a broader experience with healthy children and try and give them advice and knowledge they can use at home.” 

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Accommodation

We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with 13 halls of residence and around 4,100 rooms, all of which are a short distance from our campus. There is a choice of mixed or same-gender flats, shared kitchen and laundry facilities, furnished bedrooms (some with en suite facilities) and internet access. Find out more.

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De Montfort Students' Union (DSU)

Run by students for students, DSU offers more than 150 societies and almost 40 different sports clubs. You can also get involved in the award-winning Demon Media group, volunteer to help in the community, become a course or faculty rep, and take part in DSU’s annual elections. Find out more.