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Work with children and young people – from newborns to teenagers – on our full-time, NMC-validated 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 onwhat 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 2019 by the Student Nursing Times. This speaks volumes about the quality of ourteaching. 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 withreal time assessment.
Our Nursing and Midwifery Council validated course our 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 eight to nine 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 also undertake additional four-week placements at the end of year one and two, which allows you to explore other areas, or travel overseas in year two.
You’ll be linked to one of our NHS healthcare trust partners for your placements in hospitals or community settings.
- If you study in Cambridge, your placements will be around Cambridgeshire or West Essex.
- If you study in Chelmsford, your placements will be around Essex or North East London.
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 7 weeks of 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.
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 are approved by the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), 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.
Many 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.
Modules & Assessment
Year one, core modules
Fundamentals Knowledge and Skills for Nursing
Professional Knowledge and Values for Nursing Practice
Medicines Calculations for Safe Practice 1
Year two, core modules
Exploring Contemporary Issues in Children and Young People’s Nursing
Holistic Care for the Acutely Ill Child and Young Person
Medicines Calculations for Safe Practice 2
Year three, core modules
Leadership and Decision Making in Nursing
Promoting Quality in Health Care
Medicines Calculations for Safe Practice 3
Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change.
Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of rigorous and consistent assessment methods to help you and your tutors measure your progress. These will include exams, essays, presentations, care studies and practice assessment.
Where you’ll study
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.