These programmes lead to a second registration in children’s nursing.

If you are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as either an Adult, Mental Health or Learning Disability Nurse you can gain a second registration as a Children's Nurse by completing either the Postgraduate Diploma or the BSc (Hons) Children's Nursing.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

The NMC require Registered Nurses seeking registration in a second field to undertake a standard pre-registration nursing programme, against which Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) claims, including relevant practice learning are made.

As part of the APL process, your Professional Portfolio has to be available for examination. It should contain the required original evidence: certificated learning, reflective accounts of clinical experience, evidence of attendance at clinical updates, evidence of best practice in evidence based care and the dissemination of this to others, feedback from service users, involvement in projects, a current appraisal and other material that may be relevant.

To demonstrate nursing practice experience, the role you undertook, the dates and the approximate length of time spent in each area need to be verified by the university or your nurse manager. Confirmation will be obtained from the verifying signatory.

All NMC registered nurses are eligible for the BSc (Hons) Children's Nursing programme and applicants with either a first or second class honours Degree in nursing are eligible for the PGDip Children's Nursing programme.

Students on these courses must be seconded by their employing trust. Please be aware that the duration of the programme will be dependant on the previous practice learning experiences.

Both the BSc (Hons) Children's Nursing and the PgDip Children's Nursing require students to complete a total of 2300 hours of relevant nursing practice, which could include previous practice. Where applicants have less than six months of children's nursing practice the duration of their programme may be extended.

The minimum duration of these programmes is one year and can be up to two years.

BSc (Hons) Children's Nursing

This programme is suitable for Registered Nurses with either a certificate, diploma or third class honours degree. The 3 year BSc programme incorporates eighteen children's nursing and generic modules.

On application for the second registration course, you'll be required to make an Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) to demonstrate prior academic knowledge. The modules you take as part of the second registration programme will be dependent upon a successful APL application.

PG Diploma in Children's Nursing

To be eligible for this programme you must be a nurse on the NMC register and have a Bachelor degree with a 2:2 minimum classification and have at least one year of clinical practice in children's nursing. You'll also need to make an APL claim. You'll follow a one year PG Diploma pathway.

The process of APL is lengthy and only completed once you have a conditional offer for the course. You are advised to start work on this as early as possible.


Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time Variable - dependent on APL. Approximately 12 - 25 months. September


The BSc course has 18 modules, but your programme of study will be unique, depending on your prior learning.

Year 1

  • Introduction to life sciences
  • Practice skills for nursing
  • Professional values, ethics, and law
  • Social sciences in nursing
  • Theories of nursing and children's nursing practice
  • Communication with children and young people

Year 2

  • Mental well-being and physical health
  • Public health and health policy
  • Research methods and use of evidence
  • Child development and childhood transitions
  • Life sciences and medicines management
  • Common childhood illnesses

Year 3

  • Politics of health
  • Leadership, management, and supervision
  • Pharmacology and medicines management
  • Care of the acutely ill child
  • Best practice in children's nursing
  • Complex and high dependency care of children

The PgDip course has 6 modules, but your programme of study will be unique, depending on your prior learning.

Year 1

  • Applied biological and pharmacological sciences for nursing
  • Children's nursing and professional practice

Year 2

  • Child development and common childhood conditions
  • Acute and complex care of children
  • Politics and leadership
  • Public health and well-being


This programme allows experienced nurses gain a qualification and registration that allows for further career advancement in the field of Children's Nursing.

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During the course, you'll be expected to carry out clinical placements as part of your learning. Second registration students on both programmes undertake a range of placements. These will vary depending on previous clinical experience.

Normally, you'll undertake your placements at your place of work. It may also be possible for your employer to negotiate placement swaps with a different organization.

A clinical practice placement allows you to put theory into practice by working with a range of health professionals in clinical situations to develop the skills, knowledge, and experience required to become a competent nurse.

Support from a mentor

Whilst on the clinical placement we ensure that our nursing students receive continuous support and guidance from a dedicated mentor and practice learning teams made up of lecturers and practitioners. Where available, Second Registration students are supported by experienced mentors.

Entry requirements

  • Evidence of current registration with the UK Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Current employment in a children's nursing setting
  • Funding and secondment agreement from your employer (normally from the NHS) students will remain in this employment.
  • Agreement from the employer to provide suitable clinical placements where possible
  • Level 7 IELTS if educational qualifications have not been obtained in the English language
  • Successful interview
  • Satisfactory occupational health clearance
  • Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

Additional programme specific entry requirements:

BSc Children's nursing

      • Registration as a nurse with the NMC
      • Secondment from the Employing Trust/Institution – students will remain in employment
      • Successful Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) claim for Transfer of credits

The APL claim must show that you have sufficient academic credit and duration of practice to match the value of those modules that you wish to make a claim for. Successful accreditation then reduces the amount of modules that you will be required to undertake.

PgDip in Children's Nursing

      • A second class honours degree in nursing (minimum)
      • Registration as a nurse with the NMC
      • Secondment from the Employing Trust/Institution – students will remain in employment
      • Significant experience (at least six months) of working within children's nursing as a registered nurse
      • A successful Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) claim for Advanced Standing.

Advanced Standing is required to both demonstrate the ability to undertake studies at a higher academic level and show that the 2300 hours duration of practice required by the NMC can be achieved.

The one year PgDip programme includes 675 practice hours. If your APL credit is less than 1,625 hours you will therefore need an extension to the length of the programme. n.b. can include previous pre-registration placement experience.

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Last updated February 21, 2019
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