To provide students with the necessary educational qualification that will ensure that you are well prepared to confidently embark on your role of a Registered Nurse within a rapidly changing and developing health care service. Gain knowledge and skills to deliver high quality care in a rapidly changing health care service.
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* You must be at least 17 1/2 years old at the start of the programme. * You should have 200 UCAS tariff points of which 160 must come from 2 A levels or the equivalent * Applicants from Scotland: Minimum of 4 SCE Higher subjects at grade C or above and SCE ordinary Level grade C or above in English and Mathematics. * Applicants from the Republic of Ireland : Minimum of 4 Subjects at grade C or above in Irish Higher Leaving Certificate and Ordinary level English * Mathematics at grade C or above in Irish leaving certificate. OR ...
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BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child)
As nursing continues to embrace new and challenging initiatives it will look to its graduate workforce to develop its future leaders, researchers and innovators of nursing practice.
On successful completion of this course you will be awarded both an honours degree and full registration as as nurse with the NMC.
The course will enable you to progress steadily throughout the three years from a novice practitioner of nursing to a competent registered nurse. Depending on the course selected you will be able to practice in any setting within your chosen branch of nursing.
The course consists of 50% theory and 50% related practice in care settings.
All nursing students regardless of course selected, will be required to nurse clients of all ages, cultures, beliefs, gender and sexual orientation in a non-discriminative manner.
Why choose this course?
The skills gained on this course will enable you to practice safely in a wide range of clinical settings.
You will be allocated a personal tutor and throughout your practice experience you will work alongside a qualifed practice mentor.
On qualification you will be in a very strong position to develop and expand your skills and knowledge by undertaking further post graduate courses in your chosen discipline. You will have the opportunity to embark upon a wide variety of masters programmes or doctoral studies.
All our recent graduates have been successful in obtaining employment either in local hospials or in other health care settings.
State-of-the-art e-learning, including e-portfolios
Local practice placement in Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire
Following successful completion you will have the required skills and knowledge base that will allow you to work in a wide range of practice settings.
Graduates are also eligible to apply for the NHS Graduate scheme which is aimed at developing health care managers of the future.
Following a period of practice you will be eligible to undertake a range of clinically focused masters programmes that will enhance your clinical career and expertise.
Teaching/learning methods and strategies
A variety of approaches are employed, for example, Enquiry Based Learning that draws on the experience of real practice. This approach also enables you to develop a range of important core skills, such as working in teams and using a range of resources.
Other methods such as reflection, seminar presentations, formal lectures, e-learning and peer discussion also help you to develop essential core skills.
Supervised practical learning experiences take place in approved NHS and non-NHS care settings, in both hospitals and the community. Practice assessment forms part of the overall assessment strategy of the course.
There is also an elective option, which allows you to experience a placement in a branch specific setting of your choice. This option if taken up is self-funded and is undertaken during the branch.
Your practice will be assessed against specified learning outcomes, by practice mentors who have been formally prepared for this role. The achievement of specific practice skills also has to be successfully demonstrated.
A variety of assessment methods may be used: Essays, written examination, teaching in practice assessment, seminar presentations, reports and case studies.
In order to pass the units you must achieve a pass grade for both practice and theory elements.
Dissertation/project and research
You will be required to undertake either a research project or a literature review.
- The Student Nurse Handbook: A Survival Guide by Bethann Siviter and Denise Stevens 2004
- Clinical Skills for Student Nurses: Theory, Practice and Reflection by Edited by Robin Richardson
- Developing Practical Nursing Skills (Hodder Arnold Publication) by Lesley Baillie (Paperback - 22 Feb 2008)
- You must be at least 17 1/2 years old at the start of the programme.
- You should have 200 UCAS tariff points of which 160 must come from 2 A levels or the equivalent
- Applicants from Scotland: Minimum of 4 SCE Higher subjects at grade C or above and SCE ordinary Level grade C or above in English and Mathematics.
- Applicants from the Republic of Ireland : Minimum of 4 Subjects at grade C or above in Irish Higher Leaving Certificate and Ordinary level English Mathematics at grade C or above in Irish leaving certificate. OR
- Access or Foundation Course in a related subject (Health and Social Care, Nursing, and Social Work) field with 80% of the assessment at Level 3. OR
- BTEC National Certificate / Diploma in a related field, pass with DM /MMP OR
- Advanced GNVQ in related subject (a merit/distinction - 12 unit award) AND
- All applicants also need to demonstrate their literacy and numeracy by attaining at least Grade C in English and Maths at GCSE or an equivalent, eg Key Skills Level 2 Adult Literacy and Numeracy, in addition to the qualifications listed above AND
- For all applicants evidence of study in the last 3 years is preferred
Special entry requirements
Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning (AP(E)L)
In some cases students may be able to claim prior experiential learning. For example people who have worked as health care assistants and Enrolled Nurses for some time.
The process involves compilation of a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate that the applicant has already achieved specific NMC outcomes and proficiencies.
If applicants feel that they may be eligible to make this claim they are advised to discuss this on the selection day.
Theory is normally delivered between 9.30 am and 5 pm Monday to Friday.
Practice follows the normal working patterns of qualified staff to ensure that students experience the 24 hour range of contemporary nursing practice, i.e. shift patterns, including weekends and nights.
For example an early shift might be 7.30 am to 3.30 pm, a late shift 1.30 pm to 9.30 pm and a night shift 9.15 pm to 7.15 am.