Work with children and young people – from newborns to teenagers – on our full-time, NMC Child Nursing degree. Take the first step towards a career as a nurse with a range of placements that will help you build practice-based skills and knowledge. Study in our dedicated child nursing skills labs in Cambridge or Chelmsford, and be a part of our supportive nursing community. When you graduate, you’ll be ready to start your career as a registered children’s nurse.
Here at ARU, we are dedicated to the continual improvement of healthcare and stand by the values of the NHS Constitution. We think it’s important to reflect on what makes a great nurse. As a child nurse, you'll have a natural rapport with young people and work closely with parents, carers and relatives. A compassionate child nurse understands that the wellbeing of individual patients must be placed at the centre of the care delivered. A courageous nurse uses good communication to advocate for what is right for patients and their families and commits to act as a role model. We’ll work with you to help you grow into a competent nurse and concentrate on developing your leadership skills.
We are proud to have been shortlisted for Nurse Education Provider of the Year in both 2019 and 2020 by the Student Nursing Times. This speaks volumes about the quality of our teaching. You’ll soon discover that our faculty is a stimulating place to learn, with dedicated child nursing facilities and registered, practising tutors who will make sure you’re being taught the latest techniques and give you the support you need to succeed. We make use of technology to support your learning. Good examples are the use of virtual reality scenarios or monitoring your progress with real time assessment.
Our Nursing and Midwifery Council course places equal value on clinical practice and theory. It’ll take you from university lectures to clinical placement covering a wide range of ages and settings. You may well find yourself at a GP surgery, attending health visits or in the middle of a variety of hospital settings, from a general children's ward to paediatric A&E.
Placements last around seven to 12 weeks and will include both acute and community settings. Placement opportunities include health visiting, general children’s ward, neonatal unit, paediatric assessment Unit and many more.
You’ll be linked to one of our NHS healthcare trust partners for your placements in hospitals or community settings.
We want to make sure you experience a variety of placements and that you graduate as an effective practitioner. Our placement maps will help you plan your travel before you start on the course.
Teaching on campus usually takes place between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. On placement, you’ll be expected to work the same shifts as your mentor. This can mean early, late and night shifts, as well as working weekends and bank holidays. Each year, you’ll get allocated annual leave at set points to support you in balancing your course and relaxation time. You’ll have the chance to share experiences with students from other courses, and to see how the professions work together to provide effective and seamless care.
Nursing really is a job for life. As a child nurse, you’ll make a difference to many people’s lives, including your own. Specialist children’s nurses can build careers in a variety of fields. You may choose to become a specialist nurse practitioner, a consultant nurse or a modern matron. Or you could take your education further still, conduct research or go into healthcare management.
All our nursing courses require approval from the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), so you’ll be eligible to apply for registration with them when you graduate. We work with employers to make sure you gain the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through your placements.
100% of our graduates were employed six months after completing their degrees. Many of our students get job offers from their placement areas before they even graduate. To find out more, read some of our graduates' employability case studies.
You future is wide open. It all starts here.
To make sure you’re developing the skills and knowledge needed for professional practice, we use a range of assessment methods. These include essays, presentations, exams, case studies, project work and assessment of practice competencies in the clinical setting. We know feedback is essential for your progress and our lecturers take pride in giving you clear guidance on how to improve your expertise.
The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.
We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.
We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.
We, our NHS Trusts and partner institutions value culture and diversity and this is reflected on our child nursing course. We also support your spiritual needs and would encourage you to follow the practices of your personal faith, including prayer and dress and spiritual symbols.
In order to protect patients, a uniform which adheres to all NHS Trust uniform policy in relation to infection control, health and safety and the NMC code will be provided. If you have concerns that these requirements may impact upon your personal spiritual beliefs then please speak to your admission tutor, who will advise you accordingly.
For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages
You can pay your fees in the following ways.
UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
From September 2020, nursing, midwifery, operating department practitioner (ODP) and paramedic science students will receive funding of at least £5,000 a year to help with living costs. Some students may be eligible for more, and this money does not have to be repaid.
From the above information we will calculate requirements for Scottish/Irish Highers, International, European and Welsh Baccalaureate equivalents so that they are all equitable. We will also accept tariff points from other qualifications on the UCAS tariff such as the Cambridge Pre-U (subject requirements will be assumed to be the same as for A Level).
All applications must go via UCAS. We accept applications between September and 15 January for the following intake year. Late applications will be considered if places are available.
Due to restrictions in the availability of placements in the NHS (UK National Health Service) we are unable to consider applications from international students unless you have, and can produce evidence of, 'Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK' (or equivalent) and have lived in the UK for three years or more for reasons other than education prior to the course. EEA nationals are welcome to apply.
If your application is shortlisted you'll be invited to attend an interview at our University. This will comprise of a talk about the course, a lecture and three mini multiple interviews (MMI). You'll be expected to send scanned copies of your original educational certificates and ID documentation prior to interview and bring the originals to the interview day.
An enhanced level Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure is a check with police forces and local authorities in the UK to ascertain whether or not you are suitable to work with certain groups of vulnerable people. These checks are required to be carried out on all prospective students to ensure the safety of our client group.
Further information on DBS disclosure will be sent at a later date if you are successful and firmly accept your place at ARU.
DBS re-checks: As a nursing student on the BSc Honours degree you will be required to undergo DBS screening each year.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
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