- Study Mode: Full time
- Location: High Wycombe
- Duration: One Year
- Start Date: September 2022 and February 2023
Your daily role as a Community Children’s Nurse can help children and young people during their most vulnerable moments. Take your career in community children’s nursing forward on this specially-developed specialist practitioner course. Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), it covers all the areas you need to qualify in to become a sought-after specialist in this dynamic field of nursing.
This course is for qualified nurses with a diploma. You will be sponsored by a health organisation or trust and achieve a degree, while gaining advanced skills and knowledge in an area of community nursing you want to specialise in.
Advance in your career with one of our professional courses. Read our Application Guide for everything you need to know about applying to BNU – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.
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Why study this subject?
Community children’s nursing is a rewarding and rapidly-evolving area that requires a unique set of skills and knowledge. By studying at SPQ level, you’ll gain up-to-date skills and knowledge, and become highly skilled at caring for children in their own homes, and leading large teams of nurses to do so.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
You will benefit from an excellent standard of teaching provided by staff from the University and practice, in partnership with our NHS Trust partners. As well as this you will be taught by lecturers who have a wide expertise in the field. Our lecturers also maintain close links with practice, ensuring that the programme is up-to-date with modern practice.
We offer continuous support throughout the programme, and you will receive personal tutoring and benefit from a high level of research within the teaching team. Your personal tutor will help guide you through your studies, support you with your academic development and give advice when needed.
Highly regarded by students and practice partners for our teaching in this area, BNU has a strong reputation for its health visitor and school nurse training. You will work with highly skilled academics, who have worked in Health and Social Care.
What facilities can I use?
We have a range of state-of-the-art facilities for you to access, including our Nursing Simulation Labs, multistorey library and IT suites. Students will be able to access our full range of support services, including the Learning Development Unit for skills and study support, the Careers and Employability Team, Student Finance Team, Accommodation and Counselling Services.
What will I study?
This specialist course takes you through key aspects of current community children’s nursing practice, from mental health across the lifespan and safeguarding to effective caseload management. Developing strong leadership skills, you will also learn to take a more strategic view of the way children’s healthcare is delivered in the community, drawing on the latest research, ideas and policy.
How will I be taught and assessed?
This course covers all the areas needed to meet the NMC professional requirements for community children’s nurses.
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
- understand the complexities of working in a community setting
- better appreciate strategic influences on policy
- take a critical approach to nursing care in the community, with a strong emphasis on providing holistic, evidence-based care to children in their homes
- analyse how decisions about care are made, drawing on relevant research
- work at the forefront of caring for children with a range of healthcare needs.
The course makes use of a range of flexible learning and assessment approaches, to ensure you learn in the way that suits you best. We will be looking, in particular, at how well you apply the theory to your own nursing and leadership practice.
You will benefit from strong support throughout, with personal and link tutors at the university, and a practice teacher supporting you to learn in your trust.
As well as spending half your time in practice, case study-type simulations will allow you to explore the kind of issues you will face as a community children’s nurse. You will also work closely with students from other community nursing courses at BNU, building your experience of working in a multi-professional way.
By the end of the course, you will have developed the higher level of skills and knowledge you need to become a leader in this specialist field of nursing. Your e-portfolio will provide evidence of this, to validate your learning with the NMC.
Study this course full time for a year. You will spend two days a week at university and two days a week in practice.
What are the course entry requirements?
The academic criteria for admission to this programme are normally a diploma (120 credits at level 5) in nursing. However experienced nurses who have at least 60 credits at level 5 will be asked to provide evidence to the programme team of their ability to study at level 6.
This evidence will be a piece of written work related to their prior experience. The NMC professional requirements are for applicants to be entered on the appropriate part of the NMC Register.
Applicants will be a level 1 nurse and have a qualification in child or adult nursing, and have completed a period of experience of sufficient length to have consolidated pre-registration outcomes. This will be assessed at application and interview.
This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Developing Specialist Community Practice (CCN)
Approaches to Research in Practice
Innovation and Leadership in the Community
Managing Complex Health Needs in the Community Setting (optional)
Contemporary Issues in Child and Adolescent Development (optional)
Mental Health Across the Lifespan
Community Palliative Care (optional)
Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing V100 or Non-Medical Prescribing
What are the tuition fees
Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023
£9,250 per year
Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023
£14,250 per year
What are my career prospects?
As a graduate of this course, you will be well equipped to move forward in your career as a team leader in community children’s nursing. Your specialist skills and knowledge will also be sought after in areas such as managing community services, other management roles and teaching.
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.