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Child Nursing - PGDip

Course Description

Choose a career in children’s nursing and work at the forefront of healthcare delivery.

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.


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.


Half of your time as a student 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
-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.

Academic facilities

Facilities at City include the excellent fully equipped Clinical Skills Centre in addition to an interactive Biological Sciences Laboratory.

Many of the clinical practice placements offer the opportunity for students to experience environments where clinical diagnostic tests are performed and in addition operating theatres where surgical procedures are carried out.

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.

Compulsory modules
Part One of the course is 26 weeks and focuses on the Foundations in Health and Nursing. This part includes the following modules:
-HSM001 Relationship Centred Care and Concepts of Biology for Health (Theory)
-HSM101 Engaging in Practice 1 (Practice)

Part Two is 37 weeks and focuses on acute and long term care. This part includes the following modules:
-HSM132 Experiencing Acute Care, Diagnostics and Treatment (Theory)
-HSM201 Engaging in Practice 2 (Practice)
-HSM043 Experiencing Long Term Care, Rehabilitation and Recovery (Theory)

Part Three is 27 weeks and focuses on the development of leaders and managers of care. This part includes the following modules:
-HSM051 Leading and Managing in Professional Practice (Theory)
-HSM301 Engaging in Practice 3 (Practice)
Depending on the RPL Practice claim submitted by students there is a further 500 hours of clinical practice to be completed.

Holidays are not included in the above hours and 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.

Nursing is a lifelong career with excellent progression opportunities in clinical management, education, research and clinical specialisms and many and varied career paths ranging from sister/ charge nurse, community nurse to nurse director. Specialisms include the following:
-Neonatal Care nurse specialist.
-Diabetic nurse specialist.
-Emergency and Trauma care specialist.
-School Nursing.

Postgraduates can complete the MSc programme at City. In order to be awarded an MSc you need 180 credits at level 7 (M level). Postgraduates will have 120 credits. If a merit\distinction has been awarded you will be able to consider this option after you have finished the course.

Other admission requirements

Due to the high demand for places shortlisted prospective applicants will be required to attend an assessment day held at City, University of London where they will be required to demonstrate their numerical and literacy skills in addition to values that match those of the NHS Constitution. For further information and example tests, please visit our Selection Day page: http://www.city.ac.uk/health/selection-day

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

(Student Profile)

Nicola Hills

I came to City because I wanted to have a broad experience and specifically do my placement at the Royal London Children's Hospital as it is one of the best paediatric trauma centres in the UK. I wouldn't have wanted to do my placement in another hospital such as Great Ormond Street as, although very well known, it only offers a very specialist experience. I would definitely recommend City because of its diversity, wealth of experience, supportive staff and fantastic location. Nicola Hills, Child nurse graduate, 2013


The City Future Fund Postgraduate Accommodation Bursaries - 2 Awards

The City Future Fund Postgraduate Accommodation Bursaries are funded by the generous donations from City alumni and friends through the City Future Fund. These bursaries are aimed at postgraduate students in financial hardship studying PGDip Nursing or Speech and Language Therapy. There are two scholarships to be award worth £1,100 each towards accommodation costs for a maximum of two years.Value
- Each bursary is worth £1,100 per academic year for a maximum of two academic years. Bursary renewal is subject to academic performance at the end of the first year.
- The bursary will be paid in a two equal instalments £550 in January and £550 in April towards accommodation costs.Selection and notification:
Applications will be assessed on the basis of financial hardship and academic merit. Shortlisting will be conducted by a panel consisting of both academic and professional staff. Short-listed applicants may be required to provide further information and/or attend an interview. The panel’s decision will be final and cannot be appealed. All applicants will be contacted by 29th January 2016. Awardees are expected to attend the University Scholarship Event in 2016.

Value of Scholarship(s)



- New Home/UK postgraduates;
- In receipt of a full NHS means tested bursary;
- Studying for their first postgraduate qualification;
- Living in City nominated Halls of residence or independently;
- Studying a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (all streams) or Speech and Language Therapy.

Application Procedure

There are two parts to the application form: the online application form and the supporting documents. Students are required to submit:1. A photocopy of your NHS Bursary Entitlement Letter 2015/16 AND
2. A photocopy of your signed rental agreement– the following information must be visible on this document: your full name, date of agreement, weekly/monthly rent amount.Both the application form and supporting evidence must be submitted on/before Monday 16th November 2015. Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.Applications are closed for 2015/16.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applications are welcomed from a wide range of disciplines with a lower second class honours degree or above. Applicants must show an awareness of health or health-related care issues. Applicants must have a minimum of a C at GCSE English and Mathematics. Please note, we will not accept any equivalent qualification, only GCSEs. We also take into account previous work experience. You will be required to have occupational health and enhanced disclosure and barring service clearing. Academic and character references may be requested. Successful completion of Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) is require. See course description for further admission details.

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