A place that cares

Planning a career in nursing? Our state of the art laboratories, set up to simulate hospital ward and critical care environments, are the perfect place to learn, develop and practice your skills. Children's nurses, in collaboration with other professionals, strive to promote health in children and young people to ensure they enter adulthood in good health.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2019.

Why Nursing at LSBU?

  • Professional accreditation: our courses are approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
  • Graduates of this course are eligible to register as a children's nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
  • Student satisfaction: we’re the no 1 London modern university for overall satisfaction with a course in Health Professions (Guardian League Table 2018).
  • Career opportunities: you’ll gain practical experience in leading NHS Trusts across London, and 97% of students are in employment 6 months after graduating (UNISTATS 2017).
  • Dedicated facilities: We have two children's skills laboratories, set up like nursing wards for learning manual handling of patients, basic life support skills and skills specific to the field of nursing.
  • No.1 in London for graduate prospects in Nursing (Complete University Guide 2019).


Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 years September Southwark Campus


The course emphasizes a vocational approach to teaching and prepares you for a career in a range of rewarding children's nursing opportunities across primary care, specialist, and intensive care children's units. It will develop your abilities as a student nurse to consider the wider aspects influencing children's health needs, preparing you for future leadership in an ever-changing health care system.

Experience is gained in several world-renowned central and outer London hospitals including:

  • Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Evelina London Children's Hospital
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
  • Variety Children's Hospital at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
  • Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, East Grinstead
  • Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust

You will be allocated one of these hospitals as your host Trust during the course.

Methods of assessment for course overall: 53% coursework.

Year 1

  • Introducing evidence-based practice in children's nursing
  • Fundamental concepts of caring for children, young people and their families
  • Developing core practice skills for children and young people's nursing
  • Essentials of biosciences for health
  • Concepts of inter-professional and collaborative practice

Year 2

  • Inter-professional learning in practice
  • Appraising evidence-based practice in children's nursing
  • Applied anatomy and physiology for children and young people
  • Providing care for children and young people in the community
  • Building practice skills for children and young people's nursing

Year 3

  • Improving quality, change management and leadership
  • Implementing evidence-based practice in children's nursing
  • Care of the critically ill child and young person
  • Applied pharmacology and medicines optimization in children's nursing
  • Enhancing practice skills for children and young people's nursing


The role

Day-to-day duties for a children's nurse are varied; from administering drugs and injections, recording observations on vital signs, to explaining treatments and procedures to gain consent from parents/guardians.

With experience, there are multiple opportunities for specialization as you progress, including counseling, intensive care, cancer care, child protection, ambulatory care, orthopedics and asthma. Long shifts, unsocial hours and possibly being called to work at the last minute are all common. A children's nurse starts on a salary around £21,000. However, with career progression and developed experience, this can extend to well over £50,000.

After graduation

All graduates can apply for employment with the NHS Trusts/hospitals where they gained experience during training. We have an excellent record in graduate employment, including working overseas and covering a range of qualified nurse positions.

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.


Children's Nursing skills laboratories

For our Children's Nursing courses we have two children's skills laboratories. These skills labs are set up like nursing wards and are used by all student nurses throughout their on-campus study time at LSBU. They learn manual handling of patients, basic life support skills and skills specific to the field of nursing.


The nursing wards have simulator mannequins; SimMan, SimBaby, and SimMom. These life-size mannequins are computer controlled and can be programmed with various clinical conditions. They are operated by a computer in real-time and so respond to a students' actions. They also allow students to see the outcome of specific interventions in certain scenarios, which could make the patient better or deteriorate quite quickly.

The mannequins are used to teach students how to recognize clinical signs and to also associate those clinical signs with the actions they are taking to care for the patient. SimMan can be male or female with fully accurate anatomy and can breathe, blink, sweat, speak and groan in pain as well as have a pulse. Read more about SimMan.

Entry requirements

  • A Level BBC and 5 GCSEs A*-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above); or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DMM and GCSEs Maths and English A*-C (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above) or equivalent; or;
  • Access to HE Diploma in Nursing or similar with 15 Distinctions and 30 Merits; and GCSEs Maths and English A*-C (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above) or equivalent; or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 112 UCAS points; and GCSEs Maths and English A*-C (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above) or equivalent.

English language

If your first language is not English you must have the following minimum International English Language Test Score (IELTS) results at the time of applying:

      • 7.0 overall or equivalent
      • 7.0 in the listening and reading sections
      • 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections.

Foundation Year

Been out of study for a long time? Or maybe you haven’t met the entry requirements of your chosen degree? Our entry year acts as a bridge to degree-level studies.

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Last updated February 20, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 23, 2019
3 years
9,250 GBP
Year 1 Full-time UK/EU fee: £9250; International fee: £16500.
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