BSc (Hons)
Nursing (Registered Nurse - Child)

Key Information


3 years

Typical Offer

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Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Subject to Revalidation



Academic Year

Course Overview

Nurses perform a vital role in 21st Century healthcare, in both primary and secondary care settings, restoring and promoting health, supporting patients and their families, and profiling healthcare needs of communities.

The University of Lincoln recognises the challenges facing current and future healthcare and nursing practice, offering three distinct nursing programmes specialising in adult, child, and mental health. Our student nurses played a key role during the Covid-19 pandemic. As well as supporting hospitals and vaccination centres across Lincolnshire, their help played an integral component to the success of the University's Test and Trace Centre. We' re extremely proud of our students for their contribution and dedication.

Our professionally accredited programmes enable you to become a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The programmes aim to prepare you to become fit for practice in accordance with the NMC's Standards for Pre-registration Nursing Education and be eligible to register as a qualified nurse. You'll be encouraged to become a confident, critically analytical advocate of excellence in nursing practice within your respective specialisms.

The School of Health and Social Care works with employers to provide employees with the opportunity to study for an undergraduate BSc (Hons) Nursing degree through an apprenticeship route, funded by the Government and your employer.

The University of Lincoln also offers an 18-month top up degree on an apprenticeship or self-funded route. Find out more about these options online:

Why Choose Lincoln

Accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Placement opportunities in the UK and overseas

Specialist clinical suites which simulate hospital and home environments

Theoretical and clinical elements centred on NHS values

Explore the theory behind leading and managing nursing care

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How You Study

Our nursing courses are offered over three academic years, consisting of 45 weeks of study per year. They utilise a range of teaching and learning styles. You'll spend half of your time studying at the University and the other half gaining practical
experience in nursing.

The theoretical and clinical elements of the course are centred on the NHS values of working together for patients; respect and dignity; commitment to quality care; compassion; improving lives; and the belief that everyone counts.

First-year modules aim to provide you with core skills for adult, child, or mental health nursing, with a focus on the acquisition of knowledge and understanding of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and social sciences. This is built on in the second year, where you'll be able to develop professional skills and apply ethical principles to rational decision-making.

During the final year of the degree, you can explore theory behind leading and managing complex nursing care, and consider the theory and practice of innovative and transformational change in preparation for their final project.


† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Concepts of Health and Illness 2024-25NUR1045Level 42024-25The aim of this module is to widen students' understanding of health, well-being and communities. Students will gain knowledge of how our health is impacted – learning what determines our health and where there are clearly identified health inequalities. Students will be supported to interrogate public health data, read seminal public health reports and explore international, national, and local health priorities. They will start to gain skills and knowledge in how nurses can promote health, undertake early intervention to prevent ill health and protect patients and service users.CoreHealth and Human Development 2024-25NUR1042Level 42024-25CoreNursing in Society 2024-25NUR1043Level 42024-25The aim of this module is to introduce you to the role of the nurse within contemporary healthcare and within your chosen field of nursing. You will develop knowledge and understanding of key concepts within nursing, including moral, legal and ethical aspects. In addition, you will be supported in the development of appropriate academic and study skills. You will also engage in activities designed to allow you to achieve personal and professional growth, including self-awareness, resilience and team-working.CoreNursing Practice 1 2024-25NUR1044Level 42024-25CorePrinciples of Person-Centred Care 2024-25NUR1046Level 42024-25The aim of this module is to introduce students to a range of concepts, theories and practices that underpin person-centred care. Students will learn how the voices of the person who is receiving care, their family and/or carers are key to delivering truly person-centred, safe and compassionate care. They will explore the role of technology and innovation and develop a wider understanding of biopsychosocial and spiritual dimensions in delivering care. The ‘where, how and why’ care is delivered will be explored giving students a firm base for practice in relation to person-centred approaches to health, well-being and care.CoreApplied Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2025-26NUR2049Level 52025-26This module will allow students to develop their understanding of the concepts and principles of pathophysiology, the biological basis of acute illness and related pharmacological management and support. Students will explore pathophysiological processes and the key sciences which underpin clinical decision-making in all aspects of healthcare. This will allow students to develop their knowledge base and apply these concepts within their own field of nursing practice.CoreChildren and Young People’s Mental Health and Well-being 2025-26NUR2050Level 52025-26CoreChildren with Complex Care Needs 2025-26NUR2051Level 52025-26This module will deepen students' understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills relating to children with complex care needs within a contemporary health and social care landscape. Students will further their theoretical and practical knowledge of a range of long-term conditions and complexities of co-morbidities whilst deepening their understanding of co-production and shared decision-making, ethical and legal decision making, alongside case load management and care of the child living with complex care needs and their family’s needs, and aspects of end-of-life care.CoreNursing Practice 2 2025-26NUR2047Level 52025-26CoreResearch in Nursing 2025-26NUR2046Level 52025-26CoreDissertation (Nursing) 2026-27NUR3056Level 62026-27CoreLeading and Co-ordinating Care 2026-27NUR3060Level 62026-27CoreMedicines Management 2026-27NUR3057Level 62026-27This module will provide students with an enhanced knowledge and understanding of their responsibilities as a registrant in relation to medicines management. Students will share learning within the wider cohort (across different fields of nursing) and will also investigate specific medicines in more detail. Medicines optimisation, professional roles and responsibilities and the complexity of medicines will be reviewed alongside revisiting aspects of medicines management such as concordance and working with others.CoreNursing Practice 3 2026-27NUR3059Level 62026-27CoreRecognising and managing the deteriorating child 2026-27NUR3061Level 62026-27This module will allow students to deepen their knowledge and skills in caring for more seriously ill children and young people, recognising signs, symptoms and expressions that indicate a deteriorating condition. Students will learn how to undertake and interpret more complex assessments and early warning systems. They will be equipped with knowledge and skills to support their actions and decision making in a deteriorating clinical situation. Students will also further develop their communication skills to support escalation and emergency situations.Core

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. In addition to the information provided on this course page, our What You Need to Know page offers explanations on key topics including programme validation/revalidation, additional costs, contact hours, and our return to face-to-face teaching.

How you are assessed

The way you'll be assessed may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include written assignments, presentations, workbooks and practical observations. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year.

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly - usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Accredited Programme

This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), and enables you to register as a qualified nurse upon graduation. You'll be required to complete competencies for nursing in practice as part of the NMC Future Nursing: Standards framework for Nursing and Midwifery (2018).

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Work placements are designed to prepare you to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing clinical environment, whether this be a hospital, GP surgery, or community healthcare setting. In the second year you can undertake a four-week elective placement. This may be in the UK or abroad and can be organised by you or the University. Please note, you'd be responsible for travel, accommodation, and general living costs relating to placements.

Placement expenses for travel, accommodation may be reimbursed by NHS Bursaries where, for example, the requirement exceeds that of attending university; requires transport out of normal operating hours; or requires additional accommodation to that of the usual term time location. These expenses may need to be covered initially by the student before any applicable reimbursement is received.

BSc Nursing Apprenticeship (18-month Pathway)

The School of Health and Social Care works with employers to provide employees with the opportunity to study for an undergraduate BSc (Hons) Nursing degree through an apprenticeship route, funded by the Government and your employer. This route enables Accredited Prior Learning (APL) to be applied if evidence can be provided of 120 credits (Level 4) and 60 credits (Level 5), along with evidence of 1,150 practice hours. We would recommend that you discuss your individual requirements with us prior to application to ensure that this option is the right pathway for you. You can find out more about this apprenticeship online.

What Can I Do with a Child Nursing Degree?

Graduates have progressed to nursing roles in a range of diverse health and social care settings, from acute nursing to community care, or in education, research, and health management. Some have gone on to further study at postgraduate level.

Entry Requirements 2024-25

United Kingdom

104 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels.

International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma from a minimum of 2 Higher Level subjects.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit or equivalent.

T Level: Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points.

A combination of qualifications which may include A Levels, BTEC, EPQ etc.

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English, Maths and Science, or equivalent qualifications, such as Functional Skills Level 2.

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and do accept a combination of qualifications which may include A Levels, BTECs, EPQ etc.

We may consider work experience alongside academic qualifications and will review this on and individual basis.

Certificates of all previous qualifications will need to be provided before any offers are confirmed.

Other requirements include:

- This course is not open for overseas applicants.
- In order to be eligible to apply, applicants born outside of the UK must have settled residential status.
- If you are now settled in the UK, and do not have GCSE English, you will require English Language IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element:
- Successful performance at an interview.
- Knowledge of contemporary health and social care issues, and the nature of nursing in a public health context.
- Understanding of written material and can communicate clearly and accurately in written and spoken English.
- Satisfactory completion of Occupational Health Check.
- Satisfactory completion of an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
-Evidence of experience of working in a health and social care environment, volunteering, public-facing roles or experience with directly transferrable skills.

When you choose Nursing in your UCAS application, you will be asked an additional question regarding criminal convictions. Here you must declare all spent and unspent criminal convictions including (but not limited to) cautions, reprimands, final warnings, bind over orders or similar and details of any minor offences, fixed penalty notices, penalty notices for disorder, ASBOs or VOOs.

We do not accept deferred applications for Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Science or Social Work. You must apply in the year you wish to start the programme.

If your application is not successful, you may be offered the option of changing your application to either the BSc in Nursing (Adult) or BSc in Nursing (Mental Health). Any offers made would be subject to a successful interview (where an interview has not already taken place), spaces available, and meeting the course entry requirements.


Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email

Contextual Offers

At Lincoln, we recognise that not everybody has had the same advice and support to help them get to higher education. Contextual offers are one of the ways we remove the barriers to higher education, ensuring that we have fair access for all students regardless of background and personal experiences. For more information, including eligibility criteria, visit our Offer Guide pages.

Self-funded Applications

To apply for this course as a self-funded student you will need to submit an application through our online application system using the button below. 

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Fees and Scholarships

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. To help support students from outside of the UK, we are also delighted to offer a number of international scholarships which range from £1,000 up to the value of 50 per cent of tuition fees. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Course -Specific Funding and Bursaries

From September 2023, pre-registration undergraduate and postgraduate healthcare students can apply for the NHS Learning Support Fund (LSF).

If eligible, you will receive:
- A training grant of £5,000 GBP per academic year.
- Increased parental support of £2,000 GBP, if you have at least one dependent child under 15 years, or under 17 years if registered with special educational needs.
- Increased money back for excess travel and temporary accommodation costs (Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses) while you're on your practice placement.
- Students experiencing financial hardship (Exceptional Support Fund).

For more information and to see your eligibility, visit:

Please note, this government bursary is available to Home students only. Details on scholarships and bursaries available to Overseas and EU students can be found online:

Please note that International students will not be eligible for support for travel and accommodation.

Course -Specific Additional Costs

Students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation, and general living costs relating to placements.

Placement expenses for travel, and accommodation may be reimbursed by NHS Bursaries where, for example, the requirement exceeds that of attending university; requires transport out of normal operating hours; or requires additional accommodation to that of the usual term time location. These expenses may need to be covered initially by the student before any applicable reimbursement is received.

The current rates for reimbursement can be found here:

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