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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 www.ucas.ac.uk/students/apply. 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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Links Round-up 16-02-10

A brief round-up of news and events for prospective Higher Education students:

2010 Entry: Applying for Undergraduate Art & Design Courses Through UCAS

Applicants who are opting to apply for full-time undergraduate art and design courses will now be thinking about making their applications through UCAS. There are two application deadlines for art and design courses. Universities decide which deadline to use for each of their courses – these are either 15th January or 24th March.

If you’re unsure as to which application deadline date applies to the university courses you are looking at, the UCAS Course Search facility displays the application deadline.

If you decide to apply for art and design courses with different deadlines, you can submit your application before 15 January for courses with that deadline, then add further course choices before the 24 March deadline using UCAS Track as long as you haven’t used all five choices on your UCAS application form.

New Generation Arts Festival

Organised by Birmingham City University, the New Generation Arts Festival champions the independent cause of showcasing the brightest emerging graduate talent in the arts world today. Taking place from 12 – 27 June 2009, events taking place will cover acting, creative writing, design, music and the visual arts. With Birmingham City University graduates at the heart of the event, it’s a fantastic opportunity for those interested in studying in one of the subject areas covered to see the high calibre of graduates we produce.

Find out more about this exciting event at the New Generation Arts Festival’s website.

Q&A: Nursing degree and diploma – the differences?

 

Choices adviser Shona McQuillan answers some frequently asked questions about two of Birmingham City University’s popular undergraduate nursing programmes.

What’s the main difference between the nursing degree (BSc Hons) and diploma (Dip HE) courses?

The main difference between the courses is the academic level at which students complete their studies. Students on the diploma course complete a total of 72 credits at level 4 and 168 credits at level 5 throughout the course. Degree students complete 120 credits in each year of the course, studying at level 4 in year one, level 5 in year two and level 6 in year three. The degree course, therefore, is more academically intensive than the diploma course. This is reflected in the degree requiring students to have higher entry qualifications than for the diploma. Find out more about the minimum entry requirements for both courses by clicking on the course titles here.

Is the diploma course more practical than the degree?

Not really. Both courses consist of 50 percent theory and 50 percent practice. Continue reading Q&A: Nursing degree and diploma – the differences?

April 2009 Dip HE/ Grad Dip Nursing Students – Reminder

If you’ve firmly accepted an offer of a place at Birmingham City University on either our Diploma in Higher Education in Nursing or Graduate Diploma in Nursing course commencing in April 2009, please ensure that you complete and submit the required paperwork for your Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure and occupational health forms if you’ve not already done so. (Please note that if you’ve only very recently firmly accepted your offer and are awaiting the necessary paperwork for occupational health and CRB Disclosure, the faculty should be sending these to you shortly). It’s important that you do this now so that the necessary clearances, financial support and accommodation (if appropriate) can be processed or allocated in a timely manner.

You should receive information separately about applying for the NHS Bursary directly from the NHS Student Grants Unit whom we notify of your acceptance of offer once this information has been received from UCAS. Please act upon this information once you receive it.

If you wish to apply for university accommodation, you can do so online at http://www.bcu.ac.uk/accommodation/application.html.

If satisfactory CRB and occupational health clearances have not been received by the time you start the course, there could be delays in allowing you out on clinical placements and you won’t be able to fully enrol as a student of the University. If your bursary is delayed, you will need to have sufficient funds of your own to cover your living costs until such time that bursary funding has been confirmed. Don’t leave it until the last minute to send off this important paperwork – sorting it now can avoid such problems!

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.

Think about: studying for a career in health

When considering studying at university, many people think about the benefits of embarking on a course which will allow them to not only progress academically, but one which will prepare them for a specific profession. The healthcare field provides challenging, rewarding and fulfilling careers to many people who enter into a variety of different roles, from clinical or medical through to more general support services.

Here, we look at key information for a number of health-related courses which offer both professionally focused and more general routes for prospective students seeking out opportunities in healthcare. For links to further information about careers in these different areas, please visit here.

Nursing

Nursing is a highly rewarding career. Qualified nurses to work closely with patients to support then in the delivery of their care and administer treatment. Nurses work closely with members of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team and have a crucial role in the planning and delivery of client care. With options to initially train in one of four branch specialisms: Adult, Child, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, qualified nurses may then progress to further specialise within their professional area.

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Early application deadline reminder for PGCE Primary courses

Prospective students wishing to apply for PGCE Primary Education and Early Years courses are reminded that the deadline for receipt of applications for courses commencing next September is 1st December 2008.

Applications are made through the Graduate Teacher Training Registry website at www.gttr.ac.uk.