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Children and Young People's Nursing BSc (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:


Study options:

3 years full-time



Coventry University


February 2019



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The role of the children and young people’s nurse in contemporary society is constantly developing and involves everything from nursing a sick, newborn baby to an adolescent road accident victim.

This course is designed to equip you with the hands-on clinical and care skills to prepare you to practise autonomously and compassionately, providing family-centred care and building therapeutic relationships to become a caring practitioner well prepared to meet the needs of children, young people and their families. Care takes place in a range of settings, from hospitals to day care centres, though increasingly care is being delivered in the community and at home. 

Ranked 7th for Nursing in the Guardian University Guide 2019, Coventry University offers a state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Centre with up-to-date equipment and simulators. This course benefits from the highest levels of student satisfaction – 87% of Coventry University students overall are satisfied with the quality of their course (NSS 2018).

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

The course is fully accredited by the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and on successful completion you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Our Facilities

Hospital Wards

Hospital Wards

We have two fully-equipped mock hospital wards, each containing 4 beds. The wards are built to NHS standards and contain moveable beds, first aid equipment and patient monitoring tools.


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Our facilities include a mock ambulance, which students can use as part of their studies, to help simulate the patient journey. This gives students the opportunity to learn in situations that mirror real life scenarios.


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Mock Operating Theatre

Our Alison Gingell building includes a full-size mock operating theatre, containing scrub sinks and theatre lights. We also have a mock hospital ward so that we can study a complete patient pathway.

What our students say...

The support from the academic and placement teams are exceptional, enhancing personal development in theory and practice over three years.

Megan Ansell, BSc (Hons) Children and Young People’s Nursing, 2012 Cohort

Course information

In modern health and social care settings nursing students are increasingly required to work towards becoming autonomous practitioners, taking a leadership role in decisions regarding patient care within multi-professional settings. They routinely have the most frequent and intense contact with patients and must be competent in recognising changes in patient condition so that appropriate action can be taken.

This curriculum has been developed as a spiral curriculum with assessment at the core. Placing equal value on practice and theory, undertaking 800 hours of both per year, you will study a wide range of subjects, including anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, psychology, sociology and research methods. You’ll become immersed in learning about the needs of populations, individuals, related health and nursing services with an emphasis on using research to enhance and improve services.

The course focuses on integrated care for children and young people in a variety of settings. You will be taught to value the needs of children and their families through their ongoing involvement in the curriculum. You will have the opportunity to develop skills in communication, health assessment, professional practice, evidence based practice, knowledge of public health and policy, and legal and ethical issues.

The collaborative curriculum, which you’ll study alongside students from other health-related courses, has been developed in response to the need to produce professionals who are effective communicators, caring and compassionate, with good relationship building skills. It recognises the importance of inter-professional working within the health and social care workforce and comprises five core modules in the areas of: the foundations of communication and professionalism; the social determinants of health and wellbeing; evidence informed practice and decision making; working together to lead service improvement; and enhancing practice through evaluation and research.

Your degree culminates with a literature review related to one aspect of nursing practice, equivalent to the standard dissertation, for which you will write a 5,000 report.


Average salary six months after the course.

DLHE 2014/15




  • Foundations in Communication and Professionalism

  • Introduction to Nursing and its Fields of Practice

  • Introduction to Assessment of Health and Wellbeing

  • The Scientific Foundations of Nursing

  • Introduction to Foundations of Nursing Practice

  • The Foundations of Nursing Practice

  • Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing



  • Evidence Informed Practice and Decision Making

  • Introduction to Managing Person Centred Care

  • Managing Person Centred Care

  • Legislation, Ethics and Social Policy

  • Therapeutic Approaches in Children and Young People’s Nursing

  • Assessment and Care Pathways Across the Lifespan (Children and Young People’s Nursing)



  • Enhancing Practice through Evaluation and Research

  • Specialist Care in Children and Young People’s Nursing

  • Working Together to Lead Service Improvement

  • Development and Coordination of Complex Care (Children and Young People’s Nursing)

  • Transitions to the Accountable Practitioner

  • The Autonomous Practitioner


ranked UK university for Nursing and Midwifery (Guardian Guide 2019)

In more detail...

  • Nursing at Coventry University is ranked 7th best in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2019.
  • Fully accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) providing eligibility for registration to practice on successful completion.
  • Outstanding levels of student satisfaction – 87% of Coventry University students overall are satisfied with the quality of their course (NSS 2018).
  • Field trips within the UK include visits to the first operating theatre in London and museums capturing the history of nursing and healthcare (additional costs may apply).
  • Outstanding track record of graduate employability – 96% of Children and Young People’s Nursing students were in work or continuing their studies six months after graduating (DLHE 2014/15).
  • Well established clinical placements, teaching and research links with local partner Trusts within the National Health Service (NHS) and other healthcare providers, such as private hospitals, hospices and community settings.
  • The state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building provides facilities for teaching and research, featuring an operating theatre, critical care settings, community housing and other real-life nursing environments relevant to practice.

Your main study themes are:

  • Children and Young People’s Nursing: Focusing on the physical, emotional, social and mental health needs of infants, children and young people from birth to 18 years (and beyond into young adulthood in some cases). There is also emphasis on family-centred care as a fundamental aspect of this field of nursing.

  • Nursing practice: Develops the professional values, attitudes and behaviours required to deliver safe and effective, holistic person centred care. You’ll cover the key concepts of nursing, caring and clinical skills, as well as factors influencing care, for example, National Service Frameworks. Clinical skills acquisition which underpins these care factors will be taught and practised in the simulated environment of clinical skills laboratories.

  • Assessment and care pathways across the lifespan: Develops your ability to assess, interpret and manage a range of care requirements for service users. You’ll be introduced to the concept of health and wellbeing, enabling an understanding of the needs of your patient group across the life span in all fields of nursing. You’ll have the opportunity to develop an understanding of how assessments support and inform clinical judgement and decision making in practice, explored across primary, secondary and third sector care environments

  • Evidence informed practice and decision making: Explores the principles and strategies of Evidence Informed Practice (EIP) to enable you to apply, creatively, a wide range of sources of evidence for clinical decision making. You will be introduced to research perspectives (methodology and design), audit, health policy, and service user participation as methods to evaluate your EIP plans and interventions.

  • Communications and professionalism: Communication is highlighted as an essential skill for all health care professionals because it impacts on patient satisfaction. You’ll have the opportunity to develop the key professional attributes incorporating the six ‘C’s model of communication, commitment, courage, care, competence, compassion.

The course can be studied full-time over three years and on a part-time basis, typically taking four-and-a-half years.

This course uses a wide variety of stimulating approaches to teaching and learning to suit individual learning styles. This includes a series of interactive lectures with associated seminars, skills lab activities and practical placements. All modules are mandatory to enable you to exit the programme with the knowledge, values and skills to be able to work within integrated care settings and enhance the delivery of care for service users, their families and carers.

The course is underpinned by an approach to professional care which is characterised by empathy, respect, dignity and kindness towards patients and their families. We will encourage you to develop an in-depth understanding of the organisation and culture of modern health care systems, equipping you with the confidence to be able to take a stronger role in the leadership and management of resources in delivering treatment and healthcare options to patients.

Throughout your studies, in groups and individually, you will have the opportunity to undertake profession specific health and social care related projects and case studies. These may, for example, include an appraisal of the role of the nurse in ethical and legal decision making, considering service improvement bids or complex care planning and delivery via the multi-disciplinary team.

We’ll undertake a range of interesting field trips, including Great Ormond Street Hospital, The Foundling Museum, The Florence Nightingale Museum and the Houses of Parliament (additional costs may apply). You’ll have the opportunity to make use of our extensive simulation facilities – from basic life support manikins to high tech simulation dummies, which emulate patient responses and test resuscitation skills. You will have the opportunity to also use equipment found in the real world of practice, such as medical devices to assist with all elements of care and especially medication administrations.

You will have the opportunity to experience using simulation across a range of care settings is aimed at building your confidence and knowledge about how to act in these situations. You can practise and develop your clinical and interpersonal skills in a safe but realistic environment. We also use actors to enhance these experiences in scenarios such breaking bad news, demonstrating emotional resilience, conflict, aggression, teaching, child protection conferences.

Course assessment includes examinations, written coursework, care study, reflective critique, poster presentations, portfolio, practice assessment grid, project development and skills inventories.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Coursework: 57%
  • Assessments within practice placements: 37%
  • Formal examinations: 6%

57% assessed by coursework

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The implications of current legislation, professional regulation, standards of performance and the NMC Code.
  • The nurses’ role in the enhancement of public health and biological, psychological and social wellbeing of service users.
  • The biological, physiological, pharmacological, psychological and sociological knowledge, which underpins all nursing practice across the lifespan.

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective individual and team leadership skills and apply quality monitoring initiatives.
  • Discuss service user and carer needs in respect of equity, fairness, antidiscrimination, rights, values, customs, culture, beliefs, sensitivity, diversity, lifestyle and environment. 
  • Utilise and disseminate current research findings and other forms of evidence that underpin nursing practice. 
  • Transfer knowledge and skills to a variety of settings and adapt practice to meet varying, unpredictable and complex circumstances. 
  • Seek clinical supervision to develop safe and effective nursing practice. 
  • Critically evaluate relevant research, possible interventions and the most up-to-date technology to support quality care delivery. 
  • Critically analyse situations and incidents through reflective practice activities.
  • Conduct a comprehensive and systematic health assessment of service users’ needs across the lifespan using a range of appropriate assessment tools. 
  • Plan, implement and monitor nursing care, involving service users and carers. 
  • Evaluate and revise expected outcomes, nursing interventions and priorities in accordance with changes in the individual’s condition, needs or circumstances across the lifespan.
  • Demonstrate a range of essential nursing skills and seek supervision to develop safe, compassionate, skilful and autonomous nursing practice.
  • Consult with service users and carers to identify and respond to their need and desire for health promotion advice, education, support and the development of services. 
  • Co-ordinate the delivery of nursing and healthcare within one’s sphere of professional accountability, including people with complex and co-existing needs. 
  • Provide safe and effective immediate care to all people.

As 50% of the course is practice based, this requires 40 hours per week in placements. In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 21 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 5-10 hours of supervised learning per week.
  • Medium group teaching: 3-5 hours of group practical sessions per week.
  • Large group teaching: 4 hours of lead lectures and 2 hours of online learning discussions per week

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 7-12 hours each week of private study, which can include syndicate learning and online activities which augment other approaches.

Throughout the course, we provide key insights into cultural diversity and global issues of significance to public health and all fields of nursing practice. For example, we look at what it means to be culturally competent within health care today. There are also opportunities to study specific issues of interest to you, such as people trafficking, working in war torn or developing countries. Some of this is supported by guest lecturers or simulation facilitators and others through topical issues covered within the course.

Students and visiting lecturers from other countries provide an input into the course, previously from areas such as Hong Kong, Japan and Africa. We also participate in a number of senior staff exchanges, for example, from India and China, and non-mobility student exchanges using technology, which can provide additional insights for students, into children’s nursing in different healthcare systems.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

The support from the academic and placement teams are exceptional, enhancing personal development in theory and practice over three years.

Megan Ansell - Children and Young People's Nursing BSc (Hons)

What our students say...

The support from the academic and placement teams are exceptional, enhancing personal development in theory and practice over three years.

Megan Ansell - Children and Young People's Nursing BSc (Hons)

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.



February 2019

£9,250 (per year)


If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

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February 2019

£9,250 (per year)


For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



February 2019

£14,850 (per year)


For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

Funding for health professional courses

Funding for health professional courses is changing – to keep up to date with developments please visit the Funding Clinic website.

What our students say...

The support from the academic and placement teams are exceptional, enhancing personal development in theory and practice over three years.

Megan Ansell - Children and Young People's Nursing BSc (Hons)

Career prospects

During your three years on the programme you will undertake at least six placements in a range of service settings, working with and alongside qualified children and young people’s nurses, and therefore potential local and regional employers.

On graduating successfully from this course, you can apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which enables you to practise immediately. The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences’ specialist advisors will support you when you are ready to begin your professional career.

The majority of our graduates find employment as qualified nurses in the NHS with a growing emphasis on community settings, in acute hospitals, or within the private and independent healthcare sector. As your career progresses, a number of options may be open to you as a lecturer or specialist practitioner, advanced nurse practitioner, consultant nurse or manager. You could specialise in areas such as community children’s nursing, health visiting, neonatal nursing, paediatric intensive care nursing or move into areas such as management, teaching or clinical research.

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates have gone on to roles working on paediatric wards, neonatal units, hospice and respite care, children’s emergency departments and community children’s nursing. 

What our students say...

The support from the academic and placement teams are exceptional, enhancing personal development in theory and practice over three years.

Megan Ansell - Children and Young People's Nursing BSc (Hons)

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. We encourage you to read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University. A copy of the 18/19 Contract can be found here.

Admission to this course is subject to satisfactory health clearance, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and a successful interview. Find out about the application process