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Train to become a Children’s Nurse with our degree commencing in April 2011

If you’re interested in a rewarding career as a children’s nurse, we currently have vacancies on the Child Nursing branch of our BSc (Hons) Nursing RN course commencing in April 2011. For entry onto the course, you’ll need to have appropriate qualifications to meet the course entry requirements and also to have evidence of study undertaken within the past 5 years.

Children’s nurses can work with clients ranging from newborn babies through to adolescents, and have to be adaptable to the differing needs of children in terms of responding to the stage of their development, understanding how this can affect things such as physical conditions and communication abilities.  They also need to have flexibility in being able to support parents, guardians and carers.

Children’s nurses need a range of  excellent interpersonal skills, such as empathy, the ability to work with people from different backgrounds and of different ages, solid communication skills and being able to keep calm under pressure. It’s an incredibly rewarding career for those with a passion for caring and an affinity for working with people. 

Once qualified, many nurses specialise in a particular clinical area, such as neonatal care or paediatric oncology, so there’s plenty of room for professional development once you’ve gained your registered nurse status.

Our nursing degree provides the opportunity to train to become a registered children’s nurse and combines both academic and practical training through the 3 years of the full-time course. Our state of the art simulation facilities and skills suites allow students to develop essential practical skills in a safe environment under the supervision of our tutors, so they can feel more confident when it comes to using these skills when they go out on their clinical placements. Find out more about our degree.

Interested in joining the course in April 2011?

If you think you’ve got what it takes to become a children’s nurse, meet the academic entry requirements for the course and have evidence of study within the past 5 years, you are welcome to make an application to us. Applications are made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and you can apply through their website at Be quick, though, as the course commences in early April so time is of the essence!

New Era for Nurse Training Courses

BCU000000-572Back in September 2008, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) ratified proposals to make nursing an all-graduate profession. As a result of their decision, universities who offer qualifications at diploma level will be phasing out these courses over the next couple of years. All nurse training courses will be offered at degree level from September 2013.


When is Birmingham City University phasing out its pre-registration nursing diploma?

Birmingham City University is already in the process of phasing out our nursing diploma qualifications. The children’s nursing branch of the diploma course will cease to be offered after April 2010, and the other branches (adult, mental health and learning disabilities nursing) will not be offered again after the final intake in April 2011.


Does Birmingham City University offer a pre-registration nursing degree?

Yes. The University already has a well-established nursing degree course  which offers training in all four branch specialisms and this course continues to go from strength to strength, providing students with the knowledge and skills they need in order to succeed in becoming a qualified nurse.

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Graduate futures: postgraduate study funding

Unlike undergraduate courses, the majority of postgraduate courses are not supported by government funding. This can present a dilemma to prospective students who wish to further their academic studies to the next level after graduation.

There are some exceptions to this, including PGCE and postgraduate Social Work and NHS-funded qualifications, where students may be entitled to financial support. PGCE funding can involve loans and grants from the LEA and a teacher training bursary. Postgraduate Social Work courses may attract funding which can be used for fees and living costs from the Department of Health as can a number of NHS-funded graduate courses.

So, for courses where there’s no governmental funding available, where else can a prospective postgraduate student look for funding?

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Creative Self Development Courses in Art & Design – Semester 2 Enrolment

At Birmingham City University’s Bournville Centre for Visual Arts, a range of shorter creative courses are on offer commencing in Semester 2. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to try watercolour painting or to take a course in photography. Maybe you’re a keen artist who would like to further develop your practice with input and guidance from a tutor or simply wish to explore a new medium. Our suite of Creative Self Development courses provide a means to study further without the pressure of working for a formal academic award and are available to students of all abilities and levels.

Courses on offer are:

* please note that students on this course are required to have completed an art foundation course before being able to access this course

Courses are offered on a part-time basis during either the daytime or evening, depending upon the actual course being studied.

If you’re interested in reserving a place on one of these courses, please contact Bournville Centre for Visual Arts on 0121 331 5775 or email us.

Graduate options: considering postgraduate study

Postgraduate study can provide a rewarding and exciting route to developing yourself personally, academically or professionally. There can be a whole host of reasons as to why those who decide to take up further study choose to do so at different stages of their lives.

However you arrive at a decision to study, it’s important that you are comfortable with any decision you reach, considering the full range of options available to you in terms of course selection, institution and funding.

Finding a suitable course

There are a myriad of course options available to prospective students. Think about what you want to get out of postgraduate study. Do you want to enhance your knowledge in a subject related to your bachelor’s degree? Are you seeking a course which will provide a professionally recognised qualification in a particular area? Do you want to change direction completely? You need to ask yourself as many questions as you need to in order to draw out relevant information on which you can base your decision. Continue reading Graduate options: considering postgraduate study

Professional Development Courses

Many employers see the benefits of ensuring that their employees have opportunities to develop themselves both personally and professionally during the course of their careers. In this article, we look at a range of options which may be available to you to enhance your professional development.

What types of course are available?

Professionally-accredited courses provide the opportunity to study for a qualification which is recognised in a specific field. At Birmingham City University, we offer a range of professionally accredited programmes endorsed by professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, the Chartered Institute of Building, the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Royal Institute of British Architects. These can be offered at various levels including professional certificates/ diplomas, degrees or postgraduate qualifications.

Some courses actually provide options to develop professionally from ‘unqualified’ to ‘qualified’ status, such as teaching or nursing. Teaching assistants and care assistants may progress to the next stage of their career by achieving such a qualification. 

Foundation degrees are a relatively new type of course which may appeal to those who are working in a particular area and want to complete a Higher Education qualification. Continue reading Professional Development Courses

Teacher Training: Information and Resources for Prospective Students

Teaching is a highly an enjoyable and thoroughly rewarding career for those who are motivated by helping others to learn and develop in an educational environment. The teaching profession offers a competitive starting salary for newly qualified teachers, opportunities for career progression into more senior teaching or management roles and the chance to make a real difference to the lives of those whom they teach.

There are specific routes to qualifying as a teacher depending on the sector individuals wish to teach in. The information detailed below is intended as a general guide to teacher training courses so it’s important that, whichever course you choose to apply for, you carefully research individual course providers’ requirements to ensure that you have a good understanding of their individual entry criteria.

Early Years and Primary Education

Early Years and Primary teaching can be studied for through an initial teacher training qualification as a BA or BEd degree which leads to Qualified Teacher Status. Continue reading Teacher Training: Information and Resources for Prospective Students

Psychology at Birmingham City University

The brand new BSc (Hons) Psychology course offers a fascinating programme of study with the options for students to follow specialist studies tailored towards health psychology, criminal and forensic psychology, business and organisational psychology and research and psychology on a full-time basis.

Tutors on the course are all British Psychological Society accredited and there has been a significant investment in brand new psychology labs for our students to benefit from. Students also have the opportunity to undertake valuable work experience as an integral part of the course. The placement element of the course allows students to gain relevant experience in an area relating to the specialist themes we offer. It’s very much an applied and professionally relevant programme providing graduates with solid academic and practical knowledge to progress in the field of psychology. You can find out more about this course on the main university website here.

New Flexible Learning Business & Management Degree

Birmingham City University is offering a new flexible learning degree programme this September.  The course will appeal to prospective students who have commitments which would prevent them from attending university on a full-time basis. The BA (Hons) Business and Management by Flexible Learning is a joint honours programme which allows students to study a large portion of the course through online learning. Short attendance blocks at the university take place throughout the year to ensure students receive tuition in a supportive environment, with students being required to attend approximately twelve Saturday Schools per year. It’s a great opportunity to study whilst working or bringing up a family and allows you to develop your potential around other important areas of your life.

Initially, the course is being offered with entry to the second stage (level 5) of the course and is open to those who have previously completed either a HNC or HND in an appropriate business-related subject or who have other suitable qualifications. Those with significant supervisory or management experience may also benefit from the programme at this level. Applications for this course are made directly to the university and you can apply online here and course information is available to dowload from here.

This is just one of a number of new courses being introduced into our evolving course portfolio this year. Further information about the full range of courses available can be found on our website at

If you’d like to know more about any of our courses, talk to one of our advisers here at Choices. Call 0121 331 5595 for information and advice from our friendly, knowledgeable team.