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BSc (Hons) Children and Young People’s Healthcare Practice | 5062 | Level 6 | Credits 120 | 2020/21
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BSc (Hons) Children and Young People’s Healthcare Practice | 5062 | Level 6 | Credits 120 | 2020/21
Please see individual modules for start dates, and read the information provided on this page on how to undertake this award pathway.

  • HCN_6_005 - Caring for children and young people with a cardiac condition
  • HCN_6_006 - Caring for Children and Young People with a Renal Condition
  • HCN_6_004 - Care of the Sick Neonate – Intensive Care
  • WHS_6_818 - Care of the Child with Cardiac and Respiratory Compromise (PICU)
  • WHS_6_823 - Advanced Clinical Skills in Paediatric Ventilator Management
  • HCN_6_018 - Foundations in Neonatal Care
  • WHS_6_817 - Foundations of Paediatric Intensive Care Nursing
  • HCN_6_025 - Principles of Managing Children’s and Young People’s Pain
  • HCN_6_022 - Principles of Children and Young People's Neuroscience Care - Acute Care
  • HCN_6_023 - Principles of Children and Young People’s Neuroscience Care – Long term Management
  • HCN_6_024 - Principles of Caring for a Neonate, Child or Young Person Undergoing Surgery Level 6
  • HCN_6_013 - Principles of care for children and young people with Diabetes Level 6
  • HCN_6_011 - Mental Health Awareness in Children and Young People
  • HCN_6_016 - The principles of managing clinical trials – becoming an effective practitioner Level 6
  • WHS_6_824 - Caring for Children and Young People with Life-Limiting Conditions
  • HCN_6_021 - Protecting and Safeguarding Children and Young People
  • HCN_6_010 - Foundations in Children and Young People’s Development
  • WHS_6_819 - Nursing Interventions for the Child in Paediatric Intensive Care
  • HCN_6_017 - Leadership and Quality Improvement in Healthcare
  • TBE_6_013 - Mentorship and Competency Based Education
  • WHN_6_106 - Research Methods and Processes
  • HAN_6_005 - Reflective Literature Review (20 credit version)
  • HAN_6_027 - Reflective Literature Review (40 credit version)
  • HCN_6_007 - Caring for children and young people within a high dependency unit (GOSH)
  • HCN_6_026 - Continuing Care in Childhood Cancer
  • HCN_6_020 - Introduction to Childhood Cancer
  • HCN_6_015 - Recognising and Prioritising Care of the Deteriorating Child or Young Person
  • HCN_6_001 - Principles of care for the child and young person in endocrinology

The care of children and young people in hospital and community demands that practitioners have the skills and knowledge to understand the needs of children from infancy to young adulthood. Practitioners working with children in hospital or community must be able to apply a holistic approach to care, taking into consideration physical, psychological, cognitive and emotional needs across the age ranges whilst relating to their developmental stages.  It is implicit that the care of children is practised within a philosophy of child-focused and family-centred care recognising that, when possible, the child, parents and carers are equal partners in care. Children and young people have the right to be included and informed about decisions made about their care, appropriate to their age and stage of development. Practitioners must therefore incorporate this in to the delivery of care. This partnership working enables children to reach their full potential and encourages the development of autonomy in care and decision making

The BSc (Hons) in Children and Young People’s Healthcare Practice is designed for practising healthcare staff who wish to expand their knowledge base and practice through a generic range of relevant modules. The framework award generally focuses on more theoretical and less practice-based modules. The part-time course allows students to reflect upon and enhance current practice and to continue in their employment. It remains flexible, allowing a wide choice of modules and therefore can be tailored to individual practice needs. This allows students to build a highly relevant, challenging and stimulating course of study to fit their practice needs. The modules of study can be taken in any order. Some students may wish to follow a slow pathway and may take up to 6 years to complete the course.

The philosophy of the course is based upon the belief that post-qualifying learners working with children in hospitals and community learn more effectively when they are active in the learning process, rather than simply being passive recipients of knowledge. It is recognised that ill children in hospital and community present with complex multi-dimensional needs, some being life limiting or life threatening, and many which persist through childhood into adult life. These needs may impact upon the child's development, choices and family life. It is essential, therefore, for practitioners to work collaboratively with other health and social care professionals to promote health and minimise illness while protecting vulnerable children and their families. The Department of Children’s Nursing and School of Health and Social Care is proud of the level and variety of support offered to post-qualifying practitioners working with children, the learning style and assessment strategy adopted by the Department is not simply about the recall of factual information, but requires students to demonstrate critical thinking and evaluative skills. For this course, post-qualifying students will be supported in their learning through a variety of means, determined by their previous learning experiences. Other distinctive features of the course include:

  • Enabling the practitioners working with children to acquire a range of transferrable skills that can be adapted to care in any setting (in or out of hospital), recognising that children and young people have varying levels of dependency.
  • Equipping practitioners to care for children with physical and mental health needs as well as public health issues.
  • Focus on integrating theory to practice through modules and practice that build on knowledge through the progression points.
  • A taught programme which is complemented by blended learning support and interactive activities through digital learning and smaller group work sessions. This approach accommodates differing learning styles, providing students with a range of opportunities to achieve and reach their full potential.
  • Opportunity for potential students to claim Accreditation of Prior Learning for suitably qualified and/or experienced applicants.

Venue: LSBU Southwark Campus


Entry requirements

  • 240 credits of which no more than 120 are at level 4 and no less than 120 are at level 5 or an equivalent
  • Current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council or Health & Care Professions Council or equivalent 


Course structure

This is an example of a 6 year timeframe for the pathway, it is possible to complete this in a shorter time period: 

Years 1-2

Three optional modules from CPPD portfolio (20 credits: level 6). Please see the expandable box at the bottom of this page for the modules that can be undertaken.

Exit on successful completion of these modules will result in the award of Graduate Certificate in Children and Young People’s Healthcare Practice (60 creditts)

Years 3-4

Core modules:

  • WHN_6_106 -   Research Methods and Processes (20 credits: level 6)

Optional modules:

  • One optional module from the suite of CPPD modules (20 credits: level 6), if 20 credit module HAN_6_005 Reflective Literature Review is selected. Please see the expandable box at the bottom of this page for the modules that can be undertaken.


Year 5-6

Core modules:

  • HAN_6_027 or HAN_6_005 Reflective literature Review (40/20 credits: Level 6)

Successful completion of all the listed modules in this table will result in the award of BSc (Hons) Children and Young People’s Healthcare Practice (120 credits)

How to apply

This pathway is completed on a modular basis. Modules can be undertaken in a variety of orders, although some modules may need to be successfully completed before others. You can find out more, and apply for the modules, using the links in the dropdown box below. Please refer to the above table for how to complete this pathway. Additionally, you can contact the pathway leader to discuss this further using the contact details at the top of this page, this is particularly advisable if you decide to take an optional module from the suite of modules available.

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Course Leader
Name: Michelle Dillon
Name: Muizzat Ibraimoh
This pathway can be undertaken over a period of six academic years on a modular basis
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