University Of Aberdeen Nursing
Children and young people’s nursing not only involves the child or young person but includes the wider family.
Therefore, family centred care is a high priority to ensure the health and wellbeing of the child or young person is optimal. As a children and young people’s nurse you will need to be very intuitive, extremely reassuring and have good observational skills.
This course has been developed to enable you to become a confident and capable nurse who is equipped to practise effectively within hospital and community-based environments. Successful completion of the course (depending on the chosen field of practice you select when you apply) will lead to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse with a mark denoting your field of practice.
In each year, you will explore the themes of: health; understanding health inequalities; health-promotion; information literacy and effectiveness; person centred practice; essential clinical nursing skills for delivering safe practice; and bio-psycho-social sciences, underpinning nursing practice across the lifespan.
All three BNursing courses have strong, well-established partnerships with clinicians and managers in hospital and community settings. With 50% of your study taking place in practice settings, you will learn how to reflect upon and apply relevant theoretical concepts within ‘real-life’ environments. The expertise and skills of clinical staff and the willingness of patients to support the learning of healthcare professionals are key resources for your learning. Interprofessional education experiences are embedded within the programme at each stage, enabling you to learn with a wide variety of other health and social care students.
Equipment and techniques in clinical practice are constantly evolving and we are committed to keeping our facilities at the forefront of clinical skills training. Our Clinical Skills Centre has two ward areas with six beds in each, a high dependency unit, a children’s room and a home setting. This is a very realistic clinical environment and it has all the equipment you would expect to find in a ward or a community setting.
In year 1 you will commence your studies in nursing by exploring the themes of: health; understanding health inequalities; health promotion; information literacy and effectiveness; person-centred practice; essential clinical nursing skills for delivering safe practice; and bio-psycho-social sciences, underpinning nursing practice across the lifespan. You will be responsible for managing your own learning and engaging with reflective learning and reflective practice as you learn to understand and develop your ethical and professional attitudes and behaviour. Your learning will be facilitated by both face-to-face and online modules. You will also undertake practice placements that amount to 18 weeks under the supervision of named mentors.
In year 2 you will continue to explore the themes studied in year 1. Again you will engage with both online and face-to-face modules and you will be exposed to bio-psycho-social sciences for field specific nursing and essential nursing skills for practice. In year 2 you will undertake practice placements that amount to 24 weeks under the supervision of named mentors. You will also undertake an online learning module during your first clinical practice placement, enabling you to make the links between theory and practice.
In year 3 you will further develop your nursing knowledge and clinical nursing skills. You will undertake practice placements that amount to 30 weeks devoted to learning in a children and young people’s nursing environment. You will study the core themes of: research and quality improvement; management and leadership in practice; key generic and field specific clinical skills; complex and significant health issues across the lifespan; health services for the public and for the vulnerable individual and groups; and delivering person centred safe and effective nursing care. You will also have the opportunity to undertake an international exchange placement in this year as well as choosing one module from a range of options.
SQA Higher: CCC. Higher English and a science subject are recommended. English, Maths and a science subject are required at National 5 grade C or above if not held at Higher.
GCE A Level: CC. A Level English and a science subject are recommended. English, Maths and a science subject are required at GCSE grade 5/C or above if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H3H4H4. Higher English and a science subject are recommended. English, Maths and a science subject are required at grade O3 or above if not held at Higher.
IB Diploma: 24. Higher Level English and a science subject are recommended. English, Maths and a science subject are required at Standard Level grade 3 if not held at Higher.
Alternative Qualifications: We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.
Applicants from Partner Colleges: For Adult Nursing entry to Year 2 may be possible following completion of HNC Care and Administrative Practice from one of our partner FE Colleges.
Interview: Applicants will be invited to attend a selection event. This will take the form of a tour of the facilities, an opportunity to meet academics and practitioners and an interview. The selection process will provide candidates with the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to study at degree level.
Additional Information: If your qualifications are not in the required subject areas, ask about the Selection Plus Strategy. If you have a first degree which is relevant to nursing, you may be eligible for advanced entry.
Special Requirements: Acceptance to all nursing and midwifery courses is subject to a health screening and a satisfactory PVG clearance (previously an enhanced disclosure).
All applicants whose first language is not English are required to have an Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) minimum score of 7.0 including 7.0 in all elements. Appropriate equivalents will be considered.
English Language requirements
* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.