Nursing – Child with Foundation Year – BSc (Hons) *
Attendance Full Time (1 year foundation followed by 3 year degree)
Are you a compassionate individual with an interest in caring for children? Our Children’s Nursing with a Foundation Year BSc (Hons) course expertly supports you in gaining the knowledge and skills to deliver professional and compassionate Family Centred Care.
The University is commissioned to deliver one of the UK’s largest cohorts of nurses every year, so you’ll benefit from studying at one of the country’s biggest nursing schools and be part of a community of student nurses in a diverse and vibrant city.
Tailor your Health Sciences Degree
When you successfully complete your Foundation Year, you will be able to progress onto a range of Undergraduate courses at the Birmingham City School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing and Midwifery. These include:
- BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences
- BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography
- BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition
- BSc (Hons) Health Studies (Public Health)
- BSc (Hons) Medical Ultrasound
- BSc (Hons) Midwifery
- BSc (Hons) Nursing – Adult
- BSc (Hons) Nursing – Child
- BSc (Hons) Nursing – Learning Disability
- BSc (Hons) Nursing – Mental Health
- BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice
- BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
- BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy
- BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy
Why choose a foundation year course?
By studying a foundation year in Health Sciences, your first year will be spent learning a wide range of broad subject areas which then open up opportunities for you to specialise further in your next year – which would be the first year of a full degree programme.
You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses and not just one particular BSc degree.
So although you are studying a BSc in a specific course – BSc Nursing – Child – the foundation year sets you up for a number of other possible degrees starting the following year. It may be that you don’t end up doing a degree in precisely the same subject as your foundation year.
This flexibility is one of the great things about the foundation year category – Health Sciences, allowing you to find out more about your interests and talents before focusing on a three year degree. The foundation year also helps us at BCU to make sure we help to match you to the degree that fits you best.
Please note: entry requirements for degree course
Upon completion of your Foundation Year, if your chosen course is regulated by a professional body such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council, you will be required to successfully complete the University’s selection process for the specific programme which will include an interview in order to proceed onto year one of the full degree programme. Entry onto year one of the degree programme will also be subject to a satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health Assessment.
What’s covered in the course?
This course combines theory with practice, giving you the opportunity to take advantage of work placements at some of the largest NHS Trusts, through our strong links and partnerships.
You will study both in University and in Practice settings to gain the skills and knowledge required to be an excellent Children’s Nurse. You will discover the theory underpinning clinical practice with practical skills and simulation sessions ensuring a successful transition into practice areas.
We offer a degree in four distinct fields of nursing – Adult, Child, Learning Disability and Mental Health. You start by identifying developing basic clinical, academic and professional skills, with the course becoming increasingly field-specific.
During your first year of the degree course, you will learn fundamental theory such as Family Centred Care, physiological development and legal and ethical considerations for Children’s Nursing. As the course progresses you will learn how to assess, implement, plan and evaluate complex care for children, young people and their families in a variety of settings in the community and in hospitals.
Towards the end of the course, you’ll focus on making the transition from nursing student to registered nurse and will be supported by our expert teams every step of the way.
Where will I study?
You will study in our brand new £41 million City South Campus, and learn from state-of-the-art facilities which include a simulation facility and skills suite, so that you can continue developing practical skills in real life environments right here on campus.
See what our students say…
“I knew I would enjoy working with children, but when I started placement I was surprised how satisfying it was, even after a 13 hour shift. Honestly placement for me is the best part of my course, because you get to put into practice what you have learnt.”
Why Choose Us?
- Birmingham is one of the most diverse and vibrant cities in the UK. As a nursing student, you’ll benefit from working in a wide range of cultural and social contexts, with people from many different backgrounds and cultures
- We have extremely strong partnerships with local employers and therefore 99% of our Nursing Graduates gain employment as a Registered Children’s Nurses often before they finish their course
- Strong links with some of the largest NHS Trusts in the country, including University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham Women’s Children`s Hospital and many others, enabling you to build a network of invaluable contacts and gain valuable experience
- Study in a friendly and co-operative environment where you’ll be supported to achieve your goals – you can take advantage of our well-established range of pastoral and study support teams to deliver this
- We provide outstanding student support – we have received the Quality Mark from the British Dyslexia Association for our successful efforts
- Our course lecturers and teachers are committed clinical staff who specialise in a broad range of areas. The team has a range of research experience with international and national studies and publications
- Experience diverse placement opportunities in world-leading specialist units, such as Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital, which has children flown in from around the world for specialist operations, as well as the Royal Orthopaedic, which specialises in children’s spinal abnormality surgery, ensuring that you have all the skills and experience necessary for employment after graduating
- Collaboration means that your University study days are often supported by clinical experts and our teaching staff are also out in practice ensuring that the course is up to date and preparing you for the future
- Real-world placements are supplemented by our Virtual Case Creator specialist software whilst on campus, enabling you to learn valuable observation, analytic, diagnostic, problem-solving and decision-making skills in an online simulated environment
- We were commended for achieving ‘good practice’ in a recent BSc course review, for the placement support we provide through our close links with NHS trusts
- International reputation for pioneering approaches to teaching, through the creation of cutting-edge simulated learning experiences