Taught course

Children's Nursing

Kingston University · Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education

Entry requirements

A health or science-related degree at 2.2 or above. Health and science-related degrees could include health studies, psychology, physiology, biology, social sciences, or related studies to the above. Normally a minimum of 500 hours health or social care related experience. You must have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English language, maths and a science subject, or equivalent qualifications, together with evidence of academic study, ideally within the last five years. Non-native speakers who do not have the equivalent of GCSE English at grade C (eg key skills level 2 literacy) require an IELTS score of 7.0, or equivalent. Experience of education or study within the last five years is preferred. Admission is subject to occupational health screening and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. All suitable applicants are required to attend an interview and selection day.

Months of entry


Course content

Choose Kingston's Children's Nursing PgDip

  • This course provides you with theoretical knowledge and practical experience needed to register as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
  • Our academic team includes Dr Jim Richardson, an editor of the widely-used Textbook of Children's and Young People's Nursing, and Dr Jayne Price, lead editor of Palliative Care for Children and Families, which is a key text in child healthcare.
  • Our lecturers receive national and international awards for their excellence in learning and teaching.
  • Within our state of the art simulation suites, our children's nursing students can further develop the skills required to care for children and families in a safe environment, which closely mimics a health care environment (hospital and home). Child and family role players are central to this learning experience.
  • You will have the opportunity to take a national or international elective module at the end of your first year.

About children's nursing

Children's nurses provide care for children and young people from birth to 18 years of age across settings, for example hospital, home and hospice. The role of the children's nurse includes promoting health and minimising illness in collaboration with families. When providing nursing care for children, working with the family and consideration of their needs is essential. Moreover, children's nurses work collaboratively with a range of professionals to meet the specific needs of children, young people and their families wherever they are cared for.

What will you study

The first year is divided into two parts. In part one you will undertake a bridging module introducing you to the foundations of nursing and healthcare. In part two you will look at the context of nursing within a variety of client groups within your specific field of nursing. General nursing topics are studied alongside subjects tailored to adult nursing.

Please note: We are unable to consider students for 2016 entry who are not eligible for a Department of Health bursary for this programme. Read more about how the funding will be changing in 2017.

Information for international students

Non-native speakers who do not have the equivalent of GCSE English at grade C (eg key skills level 2 literacy) require an IELTS score of 7.0, or equivalent.

Fees and funding

For more information please see: Children's Nursing PGDip Fees and Bursaries.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Admissions team, Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences
+44 (0)20 8417 5735