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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Nursing & Health

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Minimum 2 years full-time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    22 January 2018

Course Content

Course content

Who is it for?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Child Nursing is designed for students who already have a degree and are looking for progression and further challenges which can be fulfilled by undertaking a rewarding and lifelong career within the nursing profession.

Throughout the course you will develop your knowledge, skills and interests in both general medicine and surgery in addition to specialist areas. You will learn through a range of methods including academic study, simulated practice learning and clinical placements where you will have the opportunity to work alongside other health care professionals in a multidisciplinary team.

Read third year student Alex Spedding’s monthly blog to find out why she choose to study child nursing at City, her experiences on the course and advice for anyone considering studying child nursing at City.


The Postgraduate Diploma in Child Nursing prepares you for a fulfilling and rewarding career caring for children, and their parents, at different stages of the developmental spectrum who have had injuries, suffered accidents, acquired disease or have a range of healthcare needs.

Children’s nursing is a challenging and fulfilling profession. As a child nurse you need to be committed and dedicated with the willingness to give time to others with care and compassion. You will learn the skills of clinical decision-making that is supported by knowledge and experience of providing healthcare to a diverse population.

The course combines theoretical study with clinical experience gained at London’s leading hospitals, trusts and community settings. The School's facilities feature an excellent Clinical Skills Centre, including a simulated wards, where you can prepare for your practice experience. Whilst on clinical placements you will also benefit from exposure to the capital’s diverse population.


On successful graduation you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which provides an internationally recognised professional qualification enabling you to practice in the UK and overseas.

Additional qualifications may be required in some countries.


Half of your time will be spent gaining practice experience through laboratory-based simulated practice and through clinical placements in health care settings.

Simulated Practice

Simulated practice is a significant component of your practice learning experience and will provide opportunities for you to rehearse a range of practical nursing skills and enact scenarios in a realistic, but safe simulated environment in our excellent clinical laboratories.

You will be encouraged to explore, experiment and engage in nursing activities with the lecturers. The sessions will help you to understand the rationale and evidence that you will need so you feel safe when providing hands-on care. Through this experience you will develop confidence as you prepare for your practice experience and gain a sense of purpose and belonging to the nursing profession.

Clinical Placements

Clinical placements can take place in a variety of settings such as:

  • General Practice (GP) surgeries
  • Nurseries
  • Special schools
  • NHS and independent sector hospitals
  • Patients' homes and in community settings.

Placements take place within City's partnership of healthcare providers in Central and North East London who provide you with clinical placements, including Barts Health NHS Trust, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and North Middlesex HNS Trust.

This allows you to become familiar with the needs of local communities and its healthcare providers. Clinical placements are a vital factor in promoting understanding and development of professional knowledge and skills.

Teaching and learning

The course is taught by academics who:

  • have a background and expertise in children’s nursing and an up-to-date knowledge of clinical practice.
  • have an advanced level of knowledge of the biological and social sciences and public health and the ability to apply this knowledge to the delivery of care.
  • are specialist Clinical Practitioners who have contemporary knowledge of their field including up-to-date research evidence.

You will also work with service users who have an insight and understanding of the requirements of care delivery by nurses from a personal perspective.

Course activities include the following:

  • Lectures delivered by experts in their field
  • Biological science laboratory work
  • Seminar presentations
  • Development of Clinical Skills expertise
  • Professional issues workshops
  • Interactive learning using biological science and clinical skills on-line packages
  • Simulated practice of clinical experience in the Clinical Skills Centre
  • Workshops to develop understanding of different fields of care such as Learning Difficulties, Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Personal and Group tutorials
  • Clinical Practice allocations

Assessments include the following:

  • Scenario based Examinations – 100%
  • Reflective Essays – 100%
  • Seminar Presentation Report – 100%
  • Case Study Analysis – 100%
  • Leadership and Management Strategy Analysis course work – 100%
  • Clinical OSCE – 100%

Clinical Practice Assessment – Pass/Fail.


This course is based on the theory of relationship centred care and the psychological, social and biological factors influencing health. These themes are explored in the context of acute and long-term care and later in the course there is an emphasis on leading and managing in professional practice. The course has three parts with two progression points which must be successfully completed in order to progress to the next part. The modular structure of the programme is developmental and students study at HE level 7 throughout the programme and are expected to demonstrate increasing levels of self-directed independent study as the programme progresses.

Student independent learning time varies during the programme and is focused more in the theory modules and averages between 30-50 hours a week.

All modules are compulsory.

Career prospects

Career prospects are excellent with Postgraduate Diploma students securing employment as Band 5 Staff Nurses with Trusts including Barts Health NHS Trust, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Great Ormond Street Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust.

Visit the Child Nursing (PGDip) page on the City, University of London website for more details!






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