Nursing (Children’s)

BSc (Hons)

Key facts

Start dates

September 2023 / September 2024

Course length

Full time: 3 years; previously qualified, post-experience nurses (except children’s nurses) may complete in a shorter period, depending on entry credit


Headington (Marston Road site)


Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery


Children’s (or paediatric) nursing is a challenging but rewarding career. With empathy, sensitivity and excellent communication skills you are bound to succeed.

Our Children’s Nursing course prepares you to be a confident, professional practitioner, able to care for children and families within an ever changing health and social care environment.

You’ll gain a wide variety of hospital and community practice experience throughout Oxfordshire. There are also specialist children’s nursing placements available in the surrounding counties. On completing our course, you could be caring for children and young people, across a range of health care specialisms in children’s nursing .

In line with the new Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Future Nurse Standards (2018), our Children’s Nursing curriculum has recently been re-developed. At our recent approval event (March 2020) we were commended by the NMC for our excellent partnership working with placement organisations and for the inclusion of a strong public health theme throughout the curriculum.

Specific entry requirements

A Level: Including one A Level or a comparable Level 3 qualification in a science subject (e.g. Physical Education, Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology).

GCSE: Grade 4 (C) in English, Maths and Science. For English and Maths, Level 2 Functional Skills are accepted as alternatives to GCSEs.

Relevant experience (e.g. in a hospital) or a suitable indication of your interest in, and understanding of, the relevant healthcare profession.

Caring for vulnerable children and their families is very fulfilling but it is important to recognise that it can be emotionally challenging too. We find that students enjoy their course and are more successful if they have carefully considered these factors and reflected on their personal readiness to embark upon a children’s nursing career prior to starting the course. We are happy to talk through any individual concerns or queries you may have.

Securing a place is subject to both a satisfactory DBS and an Occupational Health clearance. If neither clearance has been completed prior to enrolment or a DBS issue has been declared on application, then enrolment may not be possible.

If enrolment has been agreed, then continuation on the programme will be contingent on satisfactory clearances.