Bachelor of Nursing (Hons)(Child Health)

Would you like a dynamic and challenging career as a children’s nurse? This three-year Child Nursing degree combines theory and practice in an innovative way, to focus on the care of children across a wide range of healthcare settings.

Successful completion of this Child Nursing degree will allow you entry to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Register as a qualified children’s nurse and ready to embark on a rewarding career. Your studies will be based in our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Centre. Role-play scenarios will prepare you for clinical practice and allow you to develop a wide range of practical skills. You’ll also undertake work placements in a wide variety of clinical settings at our partner health boards. Follow Care Sciences on Twitter.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
B702 Full-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A

You will study a mixture of Generic (Adult, Mental Health and Learning Disability) and Child modules over three years. The Child modules are only taught to Child Nursing students.

Year One: Child Nursing Degree

  • Fundamentals of Care and Professional Practice (Generic)
  • Introduction to evidence based practice (Generic)
  • Lifespan Growth and Development (Child)
  • Child and Family Public Health (Child)

Year Two: Child Nursing Degree

  • Developing Nursing Skills (Generic)
  • Patterns of Health (Child)
  • Engaging with Children, Young People and Families (Child)
  • Professional Issues in Children’s and Young Person’s Nursing (Child)

Year Three: Child Nursing Degree

  • Leadership, Management and Professional Practice (Generic)
  • Caring for the Child or Young Person with Long Term Illness (Child)
  • Care of the Critically Ill Child and Family (Child)


The Child Nursing degree lasts a minimum of 42 weeks. Supervised practice placements are an integral part of this 50% theory and 50% practice course.

Each academic year is split into three terms. In term one you will study in a 10-week block in University (theory) followed by an eight-week block in clinical practice. In term two through to term eight you will study six weeks of theory in University followed by six-week block in clinical practice.

In term nine you will spend 12 weeks in clinical practice. You will have practice opportunities across a wide range of healthcare settings, developing key skills that will enhance your employability. Please note that holidays are fixed and non negotiable for the duration of your nurse training.



  • Timed and online exams
  • Written assignments
  • Presentations
  • Production of a leaflet


The University of South Wales is an NMC Approved Education Institution (AEI).


The clinical placements are based in our local health boards: Cwm Taf University Health Board; Aneurin Bevan University Health Board; and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board. 

There is an opportunity to study and practice abroad in a number of countries during your second year. This will enable you to gain an understanding of different health care systems.


You will learn in our impressive health facilities. Our Clinical Simulation Centre replicates clinical environments for education and training. These include two, four-bedded bays to simulate a hospital setting, dedicated paediatric and maternity facilities, including a special care baby unit, an intensive care environment and an emergency department with a fully equipped ambulance simulator. There is also a two bedroom flat to simulate providing healthcare in a home environment.

The Centre is used for healthcare education and nurse training, dealing with everything from essential clinical skills to complex, multidisciplinary clinical scenarios. You’ll use the same equipment you will find in healthcare settings, and work on patient simulators that mimic the body’s reactions to illness, care and treatment.


Entry criteria below detail typical offers. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Additional requirments include

Two satisfactory references, a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check (additional cost applies, no offences are considered spent) and a satisfactory medical are part of the entry requirements.

Applications taken for only one branch of Nursing/Midwifery or Social Work.

Applicants are required to attend an interview. You will have to demonstrate awareness of the role of nurses and show your commitment to the degree. All interviews take place at our Glyntaff Campus.

Please read this information for nursing applicants for further guidance on how you can meet the entry criteria and advice on the application, interview and decison making process.

Typical A-Level Offer

BBB to exclude General Studies

Typical BTEC Offer

Grade B and BB at A Level to exclude General Studies

Typical IB Offer

32 points to include 17 points at Higher Level to include Maths and English.

Typical Science Requirements

Science/Maths/Health Care/Nursing Diploma. Must complete 60 credits overall with at least 45 at level 3 and 15 at Level 2. Of the 45 credits at level 3, you will need a minimum of 24 Distinctions, 18 Merits and 3 passes.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: Five GCSE passes A-C must include Mathematics and English language

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £11900 

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £57.2
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service £13.0
Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to persue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Essential information

Information to read before you apply

Admissions statement

Depending on experience and training, graduates of the Child Nursing degree can reach the highest levels of the NHS. Once qualified, many nurses take extra courses to specialise. With this Child Nursing degree, you can also work abroad. Registered nurses from the UK are highly regarded throughout the world.