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Professional Nursing Children and Young People's Nursing (BSCNS)


Professional Nursing (Children and Young People)

Entry year
Academic Year 2022/23
Entry requirements
3 calendar years (Full Time)
UCAS code
  • Overview

    This three-year degree programme integrates theory and practice, preparing our students to be world-class practitioners in the area of Children & Young People's Nursing. Students on this programme will begin in September 2022.

    Students will spend 50 per cent of their time in class learning the latest nursing theory and clinical skills, and 50 per cent of their time with one of our internationally-recognised training partners in a wide variety of clinical and community settings throughout Northern Ireland.

    Our highly-trained lecturing staff are actively engaged in areas of speciality practice. Our personal tutor system for student support is very well regarded, and we were awarded the Best Student Experience award in the 2021 Student Nursing Times Awards.

    Queens University Belfast is the only Northern Ireland institution that offers Children's & Young People's Nursing. Children’s & Young People's Nursing provides generalist and specialist care from birth to 19 years and young adulthood. Children's & Young People's Nurses provide a unique contribution to the care of children, young people and their families across a range of care environments including transition to adult services. With in-depth knowledge and understanding of growth and development, anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology and nursing care, Children's & Young People's nurses are also involved in supporting children and young people with long term conditions, learning disabilities or mental health issues.

    By the end of this Programme, you will:
    • Deliver safe and effective care which is child and young person centred which is reflective of their physical, psychosocial, spiritual and cultural needs, across a range of settings
    • Safeguard the child and young person
    • Consider the child or young person as an active partner in their health care
    • Value the family as a partner in care
    • Be an active team member using appropriate models of care

    This BSc Professional Nursing programme will enable you to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as an Children's & Young People's Nurse. Nursing is a rewarding, dynamic and highly skilled profession.

    You will learn in our state-of-the-art clinical skills and simulation suite and complete practice placements in a range of settings. The course is taught by experts in Children's & Young People's acute and chronic care, palliative care, community nursing and mental health who will support you in becoming a caring, compassionate professional, working in partnership with people, families, and communities. Our focus on interdisciplinary learning throughout the three year course will enrich your experience and help prepare you for the reality of professional practice.

    This programme is fully funded by the Department of Health for Home students, including full fees and a bursary. Students on this programme are ineligible to apply for funding from the Student Loans Company. It is not available as a part time programme.

    If you have previously commenced or completed a DoH paid place/bursary for a pre-registration nursing, midwifery or AHP course in Northern Ireland you will not be eligible for a funded place on this programme.

    Already have a degree? Why not consider joining our Masters in Professional Nursing programme? This new and innovative 2 year programme prepares graduates from any subject with experience in caring for a Nursing career - link to it here:

    Professional Nursing (Children and Young People) Degree highlights

    Students undertaking our programmes may be eligible to have their fees paid by the Department of Health (DoH), and to receive a bursary. Funded students are not eligible to apply for additional student loan funding.

    Professional Accreditations

    • Professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC 2020)

    Career Development

    • Nurses learn to be an integral part of a healthcare team. Within this School, multidisciplinary teams of nursing students and medical students work together during inter interprofessional learning scenarios.

    World Class Facilities

    • Learn and test your clinical skills through the use of state of the art simulation equipment. Our revolutionary facilities allow our educators to role play scenarios in response to the students' actions. This activity takes place behind a two way mirror and provides the teaching team with the opportunity to observe and monitor the students' responses to the specific scenarios.

    Internationally Renowned Experts

    • The educational staff within the School are renowned across the world for the innovative activities and subject expertise.
    “Children’s Nursing has introduced me to new friendships that I will keep with me forever. I love the course content and how organised and laid out everything is within QOL and I feel that being a part of Queen's nursing has made me more confident as a person."

    Charlotte Ward, Children’s Nursing student
  • Course content

    Course Structure

    Stage 1You will be introduced to professional working alongside foundational knowledge and skills in Children and Young People’s Nursing to support you in implementing safe and effective family centred care. You will learn about the systems of the body, pharmacology and caring communication, as well as Public Health.

    You will deliver and evaluate care for children and young people working in partnership with their families whilst developing critical thinking skills to apply to decision making in clinical practice.
    Stage 2You will support children and young people with long term needs issues as well as those experiencing acute episodes of illness. You will consider all aspects of health including the promotion of mental wellbeing when working in partnership with individuals, families and communities. You will deepen your knowledge of bioscience and pharmacology, and develop the skills required to analyse and critically appraise evidence with a focus on quality improvement.
    Stage 3Leadership will be a key focus in this final year whilst managing the care of the child or young person with complex and high dependency needs. You will consider how to effectively and efficiently utilise policies and resources that will support Children, Young People, their families and carers, transitioning across health, social care and educational services. This will include the opportunity to consolidate your learning in practice, preparing you to enter the register as a Children’s Nurse.

    People teaching you

    Dr Karen McCutcheon
    Director of Education

    Nursing and Midwifery

    Contact Teaching Times

    Large Group Teaching4 (hours maximum)
    Lectures are used to introduce new concepts and theories to large groups. 100% attendance is mandatory for all timetabled classes.
    Personal Study60 (hours maximum)
    Students are expected to spend a considerable amount of time reading around the concepts so that they can come prepared to workshops and tutorials, able to debate and roleplay issues.
    Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial9 (hours maximum)
    Students will engage in workshops and tutorials to explore the concepts introduced in lectures in greater detail, and apply them to real life scenarios

    Learning and Teaching

    At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.

    On the BSc in Professional Nursing (Children and Young People Nursing) degree programme, we provide providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners.

    Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:

    • E-learning technologies
      A range of e-learning experiences are embedded in the degree using the Learning Management system, Canvas. Other examples include: interactive group workshops in a flexible learning space, podcasts and interactive web-based learning activities.
    • Lectures
      Introduce information about new topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading. Lectures also provide opportunities to ask questions, gain some feedback and advice on assessments (normally delivered in large groups to all year group peers).
    • Personal Tutors
      Undergraduates are allocated a Personal Tutor who meets with them on several occasions during each year to support their academic development.
    • Practical and simulation based education
      Where you will have opportunities to develop technical skills and apply theoretical principles to real-life or practical contexts. All nursing students have opportunities to engage in interprofessional education (IPE) activities. You will be expected to attend 100% of classes within your nursing modules.
    • Self-directed study
      This is an essential part of life as a Queen’s student when important private reading, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and research work for assignments is carried out.
    • Tutorials
      Significant amounts of teaching are carried out in small groups (typically 15-20 students). These provide an opportunity for students to engage with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions of them and to assess your own progress and understanding with the support of peers. You should also expect to make presentations and other contributions to these groups.
    • Work practice placements
      Students will undertake practice placements regularly throughout the programme. This enhances the link from theory to practice in nursing and provides students with a wide variety of opportunities and experiences across a range of health and social care contexts. It is an essential component of the programme ensuring that the student has sufficient opportunities to develop skill and competence in care provision and decision making, meeting the requirements for professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC 2020).

      Placements in Children’s and Young People's Nursing can be anywhere in Northern Ireland; students should expect to travel to placements. When on placements every student is assigned a supervisor, who is trained in teaching within the clinical setting, and will work alongside them regardless of that person’s shift pattern. Students should expect to work night shifts and/or long days on a regular basis while on placement.


    Details of assessments associated with this course are outlined below:

    • The way in which you are assessed will vary according to the learning objectives of each module. Modules are assessed through a variety of assessments that may include assignments, project work, presentations or examinations. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Module Handbook which is provided to all students at the start of each module.


    As you progress through your course you will receive general and specific feedback about your work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and your peers.

    As a university student, you will be expected to take a greater role in reflecting on this and taking the initiative in continuously improving the quality of your work.

    • Feedback may be provided to you in a variety of forms including:

      • Feedback provided via formal written comments and marks relating to work that you, as an individual or as part of a group, have submitted
      • Face to face comment. This may include occasions when you make use of the lecturers’ advertised “office hours” to help you to address a specific query
      • Placement employer comments or references
      • Online or emailed comment
      • General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.
      • Pre-submission advice regarding the standards you should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid. In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which you can review in your own time
      • Feedback and outcomes from practical classes
      • Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service
      • Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.


    Students have access to our cutting edge simulation and clinical skills suite, where they can learn and practice skills in a safe environment.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    All applicants
    This information is prepared in advance of the academic year to which it relates and the grades stated should be treated as a guide only and entrance requirements are reviewed annually.

    Overall academic background will be taken into account when considering applications and additional academic criteria may have to be applied at shortlisting, depending on the volume of applications.

    All applicants (except Access/Foundation applicants) must normally have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C / 4 to include English Language or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, Mathematics and a Science subject (ie Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Double Award Science or Single Award Science). GCSE/BTEC Applied Science is not acceptable in lieu of GCSE Science.

    Applicants offering Access/Foundation courses must also have a grade C / 4 in GCSE Mathematics and a Science subject (see above) or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Within an Access programme, a pass in NICATS Mathematics and a pass in one Level 3 Biology or Chemistry or Physics module would fulfil the GCSE Mathematics and Science requirements.

    In addition to the GCSE requirements, or equivalent, applicants must offer one of the following qualifications:
    BCC including a relevant Science (Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Life & Health Sciences, Mathematics or Physics)
    BBC where a relevant Science subject is not offered.
    Irish Leaving Certificate
    H3H3H3H4H4 at Higher Level where a relevant Science subject is offered (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
    H3H3H3H3H4 at Higher Level where a relevant Science subject is not offered.

    All applicants - if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics and a Science subject.

    All applicants must have a minimum of 5 grade Cs / Merits in the Junior Certificate to include Mathematics and Science.
    BTEC Level 3 Extended/National Extended Diploma
    Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF)
    Successful completion of the BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits at Level 3) with overall grades DDM.

    Edexcel BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF)
    Successful completion of the BTEC National Extended Diploma (1080 GLH at Level 3) with overall grades DDM.
    Access Course
    65% (Level 3 modules) with two modules of Biology or Chemistry or Physics
    70% (Level 3 modules) with one module of Biology or Chemistry or Physics
    70%(Level 3 modules) in an Access Course with no science modules

    In addition, see GCSE or equivalent requirements above (in “All applicants”).
    BTEC Higher National Diploma
    Successful completion with a minimum of 12 Merits and 4 Passes in individual units. Must satisfy the GCSE Mathematics and Science requirements as above.
    BTEC Higher National Certificate
    Successful completion with a minimum of a Merit grade in each unit. Must satisfy the GCSE Mathematics and Science requirements as above.
    Scottish Highers
    BBBCC where a relevant Science subject is offered (see list under A-level requirements)
    BBBBC where a relevant Science subject is not offered.

    All applicants must have a minimum of 5 Standards at grade 3 or a minimum of 5 Intermediates/National 5 at grade C to include English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject.
    Honours Degree (minimum third class); Ordinary Degree (minimum pass). Graduates must satisfy the GCSE Mathematics and Science requirements as above.
    Open University Credit
    A minimum of 120 OU Credits. Must satisfy the GCSE Mathematics and Science requirements as above.

    1. Applicants who satisfy the academic requirements or will be able to do so by 31 August 2022 will be shortlisted for interview.

    2. Interviews normally take place during February and March and will be conducted via an online interviewing platform called Sonru. More detail can be found on the School’s website.

    3. Offers are made on the basis of ranked interview scores and are subject to satisfactory Occupational Health Assessment and Criminal Record check(s), in addition to any academic requirements. More detail can be found on the School's website..

    Selection Criteria

    In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance below on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.

    International Students

    Our country pages include information on entry requirements, tuition fees, scholarships, student profiles, upcoming events and contacts for your country. Use the dropdown list below for specific information for your country.

    English Language Requirements

    An IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in Listening, Speaking and Reading, and a minimum of 6.5 in Writing or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at:

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

    • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
    • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

    International Students - Foundation and International Year One Programmes

    INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

    These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

    INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

  • Careers

    Career Prospects

    Studying for a Professional Nursing degree in Children's and Young People's Nursing at Queen’s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by employers both nationally and internationally.

    The majority of our graduates pursue a career in nursing which is an interesting, rewarding and challenging career where work can be in a variety of health care settings from accident and emergency to working in patients' homes, with children and young people and their families. Nursing can also offer a diverse range of post registration opportunities to specialise in areas such as counselling; public health and health promotion; acute care, as well as education and research.

    Further study is also an option open to nursing graduates. For taught postgraduate programmes, students can follow the Masters in Advanced Professional Practice and the MSc Caring for Children and Young People with Complex Healthcare Needs. Students can also choose from a comprehensive list of research topics to follow research degree programmes.

    Additional Awards Gained

    All students entering this programme are required to undergo an enhanced disclosure check with Access NI which costs £33.

    In Year 1 students must buy a uniform from a QUB approved uniform supplier (approximate cost £180) and a
    name badge (£10) from the University.

    All students on this program will undertake clinical placements, students are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. These costs vary depending on the location and duration of the placements. Some reimbursement may be available.

    International and non-commissioned pre-registration students are required to pay a placement charge of £3,000.

    Students may wish to buy a Fob Watch, approximate cost £15.

    If you have previously been in receipt of a DoH paid place/bursary for a pre-registration nursing, midwifery or AHP course in Northern Ireland you will not be eligible for a funded place on this programme.

    Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

    Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

    In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

  • Fees and Funding

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) 1 No Fee
    Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 No Fee
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £9,250
    EU Other 3
    International £17,400

    1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled status, will be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB will be charged the GB fee.

    2 EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI are eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements.

    3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

    All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2022-23, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

    NI, GB and ROI fees for 2022 entry will be published soon. International fees for 2022 entry can be viewed here:

    Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.

    GB students (England, Scotland, Wales) are not entitled to a commissioned place with associated funding (tuition fees, and maintenance allowance from the NI Department of Health) and a decision as to whether or not we can admit GB students with funding from the Student Loans Company has not yet been decided. Clarification on this position is currently being sought and further information will be available in due course.

    Additional course costs

    All Students

    Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

    Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.

    If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.  

    Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  

    Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

    If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

    Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

    There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

    Professional Nursing (Children and Young People) costs

    All students entering this programme are required to undergo an enhanced disclosure check with Access NI which costs £33.

    In Year 1 students must buy a uniform from a QUB uniform supplier (approximate cost £180), a name badge (£10) and a Practice Assessment Document (PAD) (£10) from the University.

    All students on this program will undertake clinical placements, students are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. These costs vary depending on the location and duration of the placements. Some reimbursement may be available.

    In Year 3 students may wish to undertake an international elective placement, students are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. These costs vary depending on the location and duration of the placement.

    Students may wish to buy a Fob Watch or Pinard Horn, approximate cost £15.

    International students pay a placement charge which is for facilitating the clinical placement. It is collected by the Student Finance Office and is passed on to our placement provider partners. The cost is currently £4,000.

    How do I fund my study?

    There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.

    Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at


    Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at



  • Apply

    How and when to Apply

    1. How to Apply
    Application for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at:

    2. When to Apply
    UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2022 from 1 September 2021.

    Advisory closing date: 26 January 2022 (18:00).

    Applications received after this date will not be considered.

    Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.

    The Institution code for Queen’s is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.

    Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at:

    3. Terms and Conditions
    After an offer is made this will be notified to applicants through UCAS. Confirmation will be emailed by the Admissions and Access Service and this communication will also include Terms and Conditions which applicants should read carefully in advance of replying to their offer(s) on UCAS Track.

    4. International (Non- EU) Students
    Applying through agents and partners
    The University’s in-country representatives can assist you to submit a UCAS application. Please consult the Agent List to find an agent in your country who will help you with your application to Queen’s University.

    4.1 Applying through UCAS
    Most students make their applications through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for full-time undergraduate degree programmes at Queen's.

    4.2 Applying direct
    The Direct Entry Application form is to be used by international applicants who wish to apply directly, and only, to Queen's or who have been asked to provide information in advance of submitting a formal UCAS application.

    4.3 Applying through agents and partners
    The University’s in-country representatives can assist you to submit a UCAS application or a direct application. Please consult the Agent List to find an agent in your country who will help you with your application to Queen’s University.

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