Child Health (Top-up) BSc(Hons)

Child Health (Top-up)  BSc(Hons)
The BSc (Hons) Child Health Top-up degree is specially designed for children's nurses or nurses/ healthcare professionals who work with children, young people and families to explore healthcare issues within the remit of their individual area of practice, with a focus on child healthcare including partnership working and delivery of client-led services.

Studying Child Health will enhance your professional knowledge and competencies to cope with the demands and complexities of practice, working within health and social care environments with children, young people and their families. The course will enable practitioners to critically reflect on their clinical competence; expand their clinical capability within the multidisciplinary team, and participate in developing and promoting appropriate practice development to facilitate the delivery of quality care.

The UCLan Child Health course has been developed in close partnership with colleagues from clinical practice, the course outcomes reflect the developmental needs of healthcare practitioners, the service needs of organisations and, most importantly, the desire to improve the quality of care offered and delivered to children and young people accessing healthcare in a variety of settings.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:


Ancillary Award:




Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:

Mixed Mode

Course Length:

Part-time: From two and up to five years.


School of Nursing

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

September and January

Entry Requirements:
Interested students must be working within a relevant child health care area, with children/young people, their carer’s and families. Nursing applicants must be first-level registered nurses. Other applicants will need to have equivalent health care professional qualifications. All applicants must hold 120 credits or evidence of equivalent level 5 study, which should preferably be related to child health. For those applicants with no prior academic credit/qualifications, an APEL claim demonstrating the ability to study at level 5/6 could be developed.

Course Content

Course Outline:

The degree programme offers students three compulsory modules relating to: Valuing the research process, Safeguarding and welfare of children and a Dissertation or Practice based project. A range of optional modules are available to the student which relate to different areas of child health practice including: caring for children and young people with mental health needs, children with complex care needs, caring for children in emergency departments and in high dependency units.

Course at a Glance

Together with the course team you will be able to plan an individualised programme utilising your choice of modules from the list below to cover the 2-5 years you have to complete this top-up degree.

  • Valuing research (C)
  • Safeguarding and welfare of children (C)
  • Practice based project (C)
  • Dissertation (C)
  • Enhancing practice: child and adolescent mental health (O )
  • Children’s complex care (O)
  • Change for children: essentials for all those working with children and young people (O)
  • Responding to acutely ill children and young people requiring urgent or emergency care (O)
  • Children's trauma and resuscitation (O)
  • Shaping the future of children's nursing practice (O)
  • Multiprofessional support of learning and assessing in practice (O)
  • Clinical leadership for practice development (O)
  • Care of the child with cancer (O)
  • Assessing and responding to the critically ill child (40 credits

You need to complete 60 credits of compulsory modules including Valuing Research (C) and Safeguarding and welfare of children (C) and then completing either a dissertation or a practice based project in the final year of the course. You then choose 60 credits from the choice of optional modules available as listed above.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

A range of learning and teaching strategies will be used including lead lectures, small group tutorials, case studies, self-directed study, online study, seminars, problem based learning and skills laboratory based activities.

The modules include a variety of assessment approaches including essays, literature reviews, seminars, case studies, reflective portfolios, OSCE and Viva.

Academic Expertise

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

Learning outcome & aims

We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers. To find out more about the experiences of our students, read our success stories.

Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the College of Health and Wellbeing.

Part time fee of £760 per 20 credit module

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

Individuals working for health and social care organisations should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from:

Post-registration Recruitment
School of Health
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839


UCAS Code:

Short Form of Course:

Institution Code Name: CLANC

Institution Code: C30

Campus Site: U

University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE, Lancashire, United Kingdom

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

College of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839