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Nursing Studies (Second Registration) Child Nursing

University of Surrey · Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have a BSc in Nursing Studies First Registration.

All of our offers will be made subject to a health screening and DBS checks. Occupational health services are provided by Cordelle Health on behalf of the University of Surrey.

Months of entry


Course content

At Surrey, our goal is to develop confident, competent and critically responsive practitioners, with in-depth knowledge, skills and behaviours required to autonomously deliver and lead high-quality nursing care across a range of health and social care environments. On this course, we’ll shape you into an innovative and reflective nurse who synthesises ideas to deliver excellent care for infants, children and young people.

By choosing to study with us, you’ll benefit from our hands-on curriculum, evenly split between theory and clinical placements. You’ll become part of a multidisciplinary team, learn directly from healthcare professionals and service users, be supported by clinicians while on placements, and begin your journey towards an enriching career as a children’s nurse.

Our nursing courses are ranked top 5 in the UK by both the Complete University Guide 2020 and The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.

This course is ideal if you're an existing registrant looking to study for a second registration, in another field of nursing practice. On successful completion of this course, you’ll have the academic and practice requirements needed to apply for second registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a children’s nurse.

What you will study

You’ll learn how to empower and protect children and young people who have a range of complex care needs, including those with mental health conditions. You’ll study safeguarding principles and become familiar with aspects of child and family law, advocating for your patients with your interpersonal communication skills. You’ll gain the skills to manage difficult situations, like when parents and guardians refuse treatment for their child, have conflicting views on the best course of action, or may not be considering the views of their child in the decision-making process.

You’ll study the complexities of working with children, understanding primary, secondary and tertiary care, and the role of advanced and specialist nurses. You’ll explore the environmental factors that affect children’s health, taking into consideration spiritual, cultural and religious differences. You’ll learn how to deliver end-of-life care, supporting families through bereavement.

After graduating from this course, you’ll be a confident and efficient practitioner, equipped with the clinical, analytical and reflective skills to effectively deliver care to children and young people, across a range of settings.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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