University of Huddersfield

Nursing Pre-Registration Child (Apprenticeship) Blended Learning MSc

This blended learning apprenticeship course provides the opportunity for those who have studied an undergraduate degree to undertake a two-year full-time Master’s. It has been designed to provide a flexible way to study whilst being employed in child healthcare services. During this apprenticeship you will get the opportunity to develop the vital skills, values and confidence you need to care for children, young people and their families whatever their circumstances, including those with acute illness, long-term conditions or those who need help to maintain their health.

  • In our fully equipped simulated children’s ward, you will have the opportunity to put what you have learnt into practice in a safe environment using our patient simulators.
  • Clinical placements provide opportunities for you to put what you have learnt into practice in a variety of acute settings including children's wards, accident and emergency departments and neonatal intensive care.
  • Opportunities are available to work with specialist nurses in a range of community settings including GP surgeries, health centres, children's hospices, as well as mainstream and specialist schools.
  • You will have the opportunity to hear the experiences and viewpoints from service users and carers, who are part of the Public Partnership Group.
  • You will also learn how to respond to the needs of all patients and service users from all fields of adult, learning disability and mental health nursing.

The course is mainly delivered through digital technologies and also involves practical, hands-on experience. Although the theoretical component is predominantly delivered online, you will attend the campus in Huddersfield (or similar venue close to your home) for a maximum total of four one-week blocks for simulation and skills training. You will do this in each stage of the course, providing the opportunity for you to practise skills in a safe and controlled environment. You will also undertake practice placements across the NHS and healthcare organisations in a setting close to home.

In line with the apprenticeship model, the course is designed to support a training in practice approach. Whilst undertaking the course you will remain employed by your host organisation and may spend 20% of your time in your current workplace. The remaining 80% will be spent at the University undertaking theory work and clinical placements. The course is designed to be progressively demanding and once qualified you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and work as a Registered Nurse for Children.

Entry Requirements

You must:

  • Be employed in healthcare and supported to undertake the course by your employer.
  • Have an Honours degree (2:2 or above) and work experience relevant to the programme to be followed. Applicants with an Honours degree and considerable relevant experience may also be considered if they can demonstrate their ability to study at Master’s Level.
  • In addition, you must have completed 12 years of general education and have GCSE English Language or English Literature and Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme, or equivalent.
  • If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.

Career Prospects

Nothing can really replicate working in the real world, that’s why the course comprises of 50% practice, which is essential in your development. During the course you will undertake a number of practice learning experiences in a range of healthcare environments, these may include NHS trusts, charities, hospices, schools and community settings. You will undertake 622.5 hours in stage 1,647.5 hours in stage 2 and 722.5 hours in stage 3.

Throughout the practical experience you will be supervised and assessed by a qualified nurse or other suitably qualified professional who will provide expert help and advice if required.

To allow you the broadest professional experience possible, practice experiences are generally offered across West Yorkshire and beyond, covering 24 hour care including evening, weekend and occasional night shifts. You will be required to travel to and during your placements. For more information visit our placements page.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways including written coursework, practice, professional simulated exams, case presentations, competency based assessments and examinations, through which you will demonstrate your in-depth knowledge and understanding.

Course Details

Stage 1

Core modules:
HMN4112 - Becoming a Professional - Child Nursing (Blended Learning) HMN4122 - Introduction to Child Nursing (Blended Learning)
HMN4100 - Understanding Knowledge and Evidence for Nursing (Blended Learning)
HMN4110 - Nursing Practice 1 (Blended Learning)

Stage 2

Core modules:
HMN4200 - Developing as a Professional (Blended Learning)
HMN4212 - Developing Critical Knowledge and Skills in Child Nursing (Blended Learning)
HMN4222 - Developing Research Knowledge and Evidence for Child Nursing Practice (Blended Learning)
HMN4210 - Nursing Practice 2 (Blended Learning)

Stage 3

Core modules:
HMN4300 - Being a Professional (Blended Learning)
HMN4312 - Enhancing Knowledge and Skills in Child Nursing (Blended Learning)
HMN4322 - Using Evidence and Research to Enhance Child Nursing Practice (Blended Learning) HMN4310 - Nursing Practice 3 (Blended Learning)

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