Bachelor of Nursing - Children and Young People BNursing

1. Overview

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.

BNursing Courses

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.

2. What you will study

Year 1

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.

Year 2

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.

Year 3

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.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information.

3. How you will learn

This programme is undertaken on a full time basis.

4. Entry requirements

SQA Higher: CCC preferably to include English and a science subject. Maths, English and a science subject required at National 5 level Grade C or above if not held at Higher.

GCE A Level: CC preferably to include English and a science subject. Maths, English and a science subject required at GCSE Grade C or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: C1C1C1 preferably to include English and a science subject. English, Maths and a science are required at Ordinary Level C1 or above if not held at Higher.

Alternative Qualifications: An appropriate Access to Nursing course that is equivalent to 3 SQA Highers at Grade C or above.

Advanced Entry: For Mental Health and Adult Nursing entry to year 2 may be possible following completion of HNC Care and Administrative Practice from one of our partner FE colleges.

English Language Qualification: All Applicants whose first language is not English are required to have an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 7.0 in all elements or an appropriate equivalent.

English Language Requirements

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 entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

5. Placements and accreditations


Placement opportunities are diverse and allow you to experience a wide variety of care settings, including urban, rural and remote, hospital and community based, NHS and private sector across the north east of Scotland and the Orkney and Shetland islands. As part of the placement experience you are required to undertake shifts that reflect the 24 hour, 7 days per week nature of nursing. Therefore you will be attending placements at weekends and undertaking night shifts.

Find out more about Health Professions Placements & Professional Links

Study Abroad

Third year student nurses have an opportunity to apply for a three-month European Exchange with one of the School’s European Partners in Belgium, Finland, Norway or Spain. We also run a Grampian-Houston Student Nurse Exchange Programme which involves a reciprocal two-week exchange between RGU and the Houston Baptist University (HBU), Texas. During the visits, students experience a variety of different clinical placements, as well as spending time in the host university attending classes and getting to know the local students. Further opportunities for exchange may be available as we develop our links and partnerships.

Professional Accreditation

Graduates are eligible to register as an Adult Nurse on the Nursing and Midwifery Council Professional Register.

6. Student Funding

Funding is provided by a non means-tested Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary Scheme. Students should apply to SAAS for this. You can find more information on the Finance pages of the website.

7. How to apply

From 31st August 2009 all applicants for Nursing and Midwifery courses should be made via UCAS for entry to course for autumn 2010 onwards.

All applicants to Robert Gordon University must apply online at It is important that you keep track of your application process using the UCAS website, as it will update you on whether you have been offered a place from the University. It is also where you should respond to offers and receive confirmation of your place within your chosen course, rather than contacting the institution in the first instance.

8. Prospects

The balance of care across the fields of nursing is shifting from being hospital based to the community, with care being provided in a variety of settings by nurses in community based roles. As a children and young people’s nurse you will be looking after not only the individual with a health care need, but their families and carers, providing education and support to those who require nursing input.

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3 years

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