The nursing curriculum has been developed in partnership with students, clinical partners, mentors, service users and carers. The design has taken account of key local, national and international policies and priorities. It follows a 'spiral' design to ensure that your learning in both practice and the University is structured incrementally from one year to the next, with a specific focus for each year. Early in the programme, the same modules are taken by all three fields of nursing (Children’s, Mental Health and Adult), with some shared learning with students on the MSc Nursing (Adult / Children’s / Mental Health) pre-registration programmes. In each year of the programme, you will have placements in your field of practice, with some taught content specific to your nursing field. However, there is increasing nursing field specialisation as the programme progresses to completion. There is also a progressive shift in focus on levels of complexity of nursing interventions, as indicated below.
- Year 1 focuses on communities (local and national), health and wellbeing, lifespan and values.
- Year 2 enables you to explore specific nursing interventions, working in partnership with patients and their families to meet care outcomes.
- Year 3 focuses on care of people with complex health needs, including those who may have numerous problems; this requires health and social care services to be integrated to promote optimal health outcomes. The focus in this year of study is primarily in the students’ designated field of nursing practice.
The BSc Nursing (Children’s) award aims to help students make a successful transition from applicant to registered nurse with a professional identity. Practice learning is a central theme to the programme. Children’s nursing students are supported to develop the skills necessary to deliver evidence based care. The ability to question practice, critically appraise and use clinical and professional judgement to influence practice is developed throughout the programme. We believe that this is fundamental to achieving high quality care. Students will learn to work both independently and collaboratively in teams, with individuals, families and communities. Students are supported to manage academic and professional development and identity.
Some modules will be taught alongside students in other fields of nursing and on other health and social care courses to enable you to develop your understanding of multi-professional working. Note that although there is some scope for flexibility in module choice, this is restricted in pre-qualification courses owing to the demands of the professional requirements for registration.
If you are a qualified nurse (other than in children's nursing) and you wish to undertake a course leading to a second nursing registration, you will be asked to submit evidence of prior learning (theoretical and practical) in order to identify a suitable selection of modules and practice to meet your needs for professional development and the award.
These core modules are taken by all pre-registration nursing students, with content applied to children's nursing:
Education in Nursing Practice 1
This module will give students an introduction to nursing practice. Students will have an introduction to foundation nursing knowledge and skills prior to starting their first practice placement.
Education in Nursing Practice 2
This module introduces further knowledge and skills to facilitate increased participation in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care. Students will be encouraged to consider the health of people within their practice population, and factors that impact upon the uptake of health promotion and prevention strategies within that population.
Nursing Fundamentals: Family Health and Wellbeing 1
This module introduces the student to the values, beliefs and factors that influence and underpin health and wellbeing from an individual, family and societal perspective, recognising diversity. It will consider how self-awareness and professional responsibility contribute to the development of the nurse and nursing.
Nursing Fundamentals: Family Health and Wellbeing 2
It introduces the underpinning frameworks and responsibilities for the organisation, assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of holistic family/person-centred and compassionate nursing care in a variety of settings. It will explore physiological, psychological, societal, political and global influences on health and social care across the lifespan, recognising inequalities.
Years 2 and 3
Over years 2 and 3, the focus on specific children's nursing elements increases as the course progresses. The core modules are:
Education in Nursing Practice 3
This module aims to give students the opportunity to develop knowledge and apply a range of theoretical principles to practice that will promote effective communication and interpersonal relationships to enhance clinical decision making and evidence-based nursing practice.
Education in Nursing Practice 4
This module aims to give students the opportunity to build upon and acquire new knowledge and skills for clinical practice that will further explore ethical concepts and professional standards to support the care and self/family management of people within varied clinical settings.
Collaborative Nursing Practice
This practice-related module enables students to gain insight into how the diverse experiences of people and their families inform all stages of the nursing process in the delivery of physical and mental health care.
Research Methods and Analysis
This module will teach you about the research process, the associated research methods, data analysis and the ethical considerations associated with health and social care research.
It provides you with advanced skills to critique research and determine its usefulness for evidence based practice in preparation for honours degree dissertation
Education in Nursing Practice 5
This module will give students the opportunity to prepare for independent practice, considering strategies that promote teaching and learning; service improvement; safe staffing and delegation of care within a range of complex practice situations across the range of patient pathways experiences.
Education in Nursing Practice 6
This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to consolidate the skills, knowledge and strategies required to be an effective independent registrant.
Students will explore how effective leadership qualities can be used to work in partnership within diverse teams/agencies across professional and organisational boundaries. In collaboration with others they will develop their nursing practice through direct involvement in the assessment, management, planning and evaluation of care. Anatomy and physiology relevant to syllabus content will be explored though field specific skills based scenarios. By completion students will competently prioritise the care of a caseload of people with complex needs and /or in complex practice situations, across the range of patient pathway experiences.
Nursing Children requiring complex care
Through enquiry-based learning, this practice-related module will enable students to identify and analyse issues related to the nursing care of children with complex health care needs in acute and community settings.
In this module students undertake an independent project under the guidance of an academic member of staff. Students will identify a research question and attempt to answer this research question by systematic study of the literature.
Optional Modules available include:
Health and Social Care Elective
The therapeutic use of touch
The sick neonate
Please note: our courses are reviewed regularly by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and, as a result, the list of modules may vary from that shown here.
In the Children’s Nursing programme, 50% of learning is in clinical practice. We enjoy an excellent working partnership with our local health providers, collaborating closely with our clinical colleagues to plan and deliver your programme of learning. Students gain experience in a wide range of community and acute placement settings for the care of children and their families. Placement areas have excellent national and international reputations for innovation and the quality of care offered.
Students are expected to work alongside their mentor and are required to work both day and night shifts, according to the shift pattern used within the practice setting. This allows the student to experience care as it is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is in accordance with NMC (2010) standards for pre-registration nursing education.
The course offers a very strong simulated practice experience, providing opportunities for students to practise professional skills in a simulated environment.
We offer a range of support mechanisms, within both the University and the placement areas. While on placement, you will be supported by a named member of staff from the placement known as a mentor, as well as a link lecturer from the University.
We have a dedicated Practice Education Unit (PEU) that provides administrative and academic support for placement learning/practice education for all pre-qualifying programmes. The PEU organises and allocates individual practice placements throughout your course of study.
As part of the optional health and social care elective module, students may spend part of the summer of their second year abroad, making up part of the requirements for a module credit.
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.
Further information on additional costs for healthcare courses can be found here.
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