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Nursing (Child)

Entry requirements

A level


A-level: BBB including a science subject (biology, human biology, chemistry, physics or applied science) Not general studies or critical thinking. GCSE: 5 A*-C, including maths and English and 2 science subjects

Access to HE Diploma


45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at distinction and include 15 credits from science subjects + 5 GCSE’s A* to C grade in Maths, English, a Science plus two others. The remaining level 3 credits must be at merit level or above. For Access to Higher Education Diplomas completed before September 2014, applicants are required to have 45 credits at level 3 at distinction and include 12 credits from biology. We strongly advise you to contact the School to discuss the suitability of your chosen Access course. We consider Access Courses to be suitable for mature applicants (21 plus) who have been out of full-time education and have had no previous access to higher education.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


33 points overall, including 3 higher level subjects at minimum of grade 5

(Leaving Certificate): BBBBBB including B in English, maths and science (chemistry, biology, physics, applied science)

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF): Distinction/Distinction/Distinction in: Health and Social Care (Health Sciences); Health and Social Care (Health Studies) and must include 6 science focused modules, from: Unit 4 Development through the life stages Unit 5 Anatomy and Physiology for health and social care Unit 13 Physiology of Fluid Balance Unit 14 Physiological Disorders Unit 15 Biochemistry for Health Unit 16 Science for Health Unit 21 Nutrition for Health and Social Care Unit 31 Physiology of Co-ordination Unit 33 Physical Science for Health Unit 34 Human Inheritance for Health Social Care Unit 35 Introduction to Microbiology for Health Social Care We would not insist on this if you are also studying another science-focused course in addition to the Health and Social Care course. All BTEC modules must be listed on your UCAS form or else your application will be rejected. For 2018 onwards, candidates will need to have studied the Health Sciences or Health Studies programmes and have 6 science focused modules.

Scottish Higher


BBB one of which must be a science (biology, chemistry, physics or applied science)

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About this course

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Course option


Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Full-time with time abroad | 2022


Children's nursing

**Start your nursing career at the University of Leeds.**

At Leeds, we offer an innovative curriculum, delivered by experts who translate their research into active clinical practice.

Ranked 2nd in Yorkshire and the Humber for nursing and midwifery, we'll provide you with the outstanding education you need to grow and develop as a nurse.

Our nursing course is child-focused and family-centred, and we need people who want to keep children healthy and safe, and who are caring, courageous and compassionate. Throughout your degree, we’ll help you develop the qualities that define a Leeds child nurse – intuitive, empathetic communicators who are committed advocates for children, young people, and families.

We’re proud to have an innovative team with a range of clinical, academic and research interests, who deliver an exciting and engaging degree.

Studying at Leeds means you’ll experience our first-rate clinical skills facilities with a dedicated children’s ward to prepare you for rewarding placements in some of the best teaching hospitals in Europe, including St James’s University Hospital and on our doorstep, Leeds Children’s Hospital at Leeds General Infirmary, in areas such as neonates, oncology, neurology and children’s A&E.

We’re also a research intensive school, meaning you’ll have access to internationally-regarded research before it’s in the wider domain, giving you a distinctive advantage in your professional life.


In year 1 you’ll be introduced to the fundamental concepts required to be a healthcare professional and key concepts related to children’s nursing. You’ll also consider who you are, your role as a nurse and ways in which you can enhance your own resilience. Throughout the year you’ll develop your skills in working with children, young people, and their families as well as members of the nursing team, the multi-disciplinary team, and wider agencies.

By the end of year 1 you’ll be able to demonstrate, apply and reflect on the fundamental knowledge, skills and attitudes required for holistic care and caring.

In year 2 there is a focus on working with individuals with long-term health conditions and children and young people with co-morbidities. You’ll consider how health promotion and health education can be used to empower individuals and their families to maximise their level of health and wellbeing. Care delivery throughout the lifespan will be considered including supporting children, young people and their families who are living with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and end of life care. You’ll also begin to develop your peer coaching skills.

By the end of year 2 you’ll be able to apply your knowledge and skills to patients with increasingly complex conditions to enable optimal health and wellbeing.

In year 3 you’ll apply your knowledge and understanding to children and young people who have complex and critical care needs. During this year you’ll be taught a range of advanced skills and have the opportunity to practice them. You’ll further develop your leadership and team working skills and you’ll be supported in your transition to the role of registered nurse. You’ll complete a 10,000-word dissertation that will enable you to critically focus on an area of patient care where there is scope for development. During the first placement in year 3 there you’ll have the opportunity to undertake a non-assessed placement abroad.

Clinical placements are integral to the programme and are included within each year. These will enable you to gain expertise in different clinical environments including medicine, surgery, community and high dependency/critical care. Your placements will be within a variety of organisations including Leeds Children’s Hospital and Leeds Community Healthcare Trust.

By the end of year 3 you’ll be able to evaluate and determine priorities for care delivery.

Assessment methods

We use a range of assessment methods, including essays, posters, presentations, practical skills examinations and multiple-choice questions.

You’ll need to demonstrate the knowledge and application of standard concepts, information and techniques, as well as your emerging abilities, skills and competencies.

You’ll need to produce work that is typically both evaluative, analytical and creative and show you can conduct independent, in-depth enquiry within the discipline. You need to be able to draw on a wide variety of material and be able to evaluate and critique received opinion.

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Course location:

University of Leeds


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What students say

We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

Children's nursing

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Children's nursing

Teaching and learning

Staff make the subject interesting
Staff are good at explaining things
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

Library resources
IT resources
Course specific equipment and facilities
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

UK students
International students
Male students
Female students
2:1 or above
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)


After graduation

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What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

Average annual salary
Employed or in further education
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

Nursing and midwifery professionals
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
Secretarial and related occupations

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Nursing and midwifery

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.







Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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