About This Course
Nursing (Children's and General Integrated)
EU State Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,250 See Fees and Costs for full details.
2 x H5, 4 x O6/H7, Maths, Lab Science. See Requirements for full details.
On completion of the BSc (Hons) in Children’s and General Nursing, you can apply to register as both a children’s and a general nurse to NMBI.
The course will provide you with excellent opportunities to develop knowledge and skills relevant to children’s and general nursing practice, including independent and critical thinking and problem-solving. It will enable you to ensure that the nursing care you deliver is up-to-date and based on the best current evidence.
This four-and-a-half-year full-time degree course is offered in partnership with health service providers (HSPs) from both the public and private healthcare sectors. Each student is linked with one of these HSPs for the duration of their course.
With an honours BSc in Children’s and General Nursing, you will be ready to start work as a qualified children’s or general nurse in a variety of clinical settings immediately after graduation.
The broad aim of the course is to promote your personal, intellectual and professional development to meet the role dimensions of a qualified practitioner of children’s and general nursing. Theory modules are in nursing and in biological and social science, some core (shared with other nursing/midwifery branches), some discipline-specific (children’s and general nursing students only).
Year 1 modules
Academic Writing, Information Technology and Evidence-Based Nursing Practice; Fundamental Knowledge and Skills for Nursing Practice; Infection Prevention and Control for Nursing and Midwifery Practice; Sociological concepts for Nursing; Therapeutic Interpersonal Skills for Nursing Practice and Psychology for Healthcare; The Foundations of Contemporary Children's and General Nursing; Fundamental Knowledge and Skills for Children's Nursing Practice; Integrated Children's and General Nursing Practice; Social Inclusion and Health Policy.
Year 2 modules
Pharmacology and Medication Management for Nurses and Midwives; Research for Evidence Based Nursing and Midwifery Care; General Nursing with Adults and their Families - focusing on Common, Acute and Chronic Health Care Conditions I & II; Growth and Development during Pregnancy, Childhood and Adolescence; Therapeutic Interpersonal Relationships with Children, Adolescents and their Families; Nursing Children, Adolescents and their Families in the Community; Children's and General Nursing Practice.
Year 3 modules
Professional Issues, Development of Disciplinary Knowledge, Teaching and Learning; Research for Evidence Based Nursing and Midwifery Care; Nursing Children, Adolescents and their Families with Acute and Continuing Care Needs; General Nursing with Adults and their Families - focusing on Common, Acute and Chronic Conditions; Health Promotion and Primary Health in a General Health Context; General Nursing with Adults, Children and their Families - focusing on Oncology, End of Life and Palliative Care Contexts; Health, Ageing and the Life-Cycle - Perspectives on General Nursing with Older People; Children's and General Nursing Practice.
Year 4 modules
Research for Evidence Based Nursing and Midwifery Care; The Profession and Discipline of Nursing: including Ethics, Legal Issues, Equality and Professional Practice; Professional Development and Nurses as Team Members, Leaders and Managers of the Future; Nursing Children, Adolescents and their Families with Acute and Continuing Care Needs; Nursing Individuals through the Life Cycle with Disabilities or Mental Health Needs; Nursing Management of Seriously Ill Children, Adolescents and Adults; Children's and General Nursing Clinical Practice; Elective Module.
You can also select an elective module depending on your interests. Choices are outlined in UCC's undergraduate calendar.
Year 5 modules
Children’s and General Nursing Practice.
These involve lectures, seminars, workshops, clinical skills training, experiential learning sessions, field visits, and protected study time. These modules are taken at the university during blocks of study weeks throughout each year of the course.
Clinical practice modules
These require you to be in supervised clinical practice in hospital, community and other healthcare settings for 35 hours per week for a number of weeks each year. In Year 4, you will take a 15-week clinical placement. In the latter part of Year 4, you will also commence a 36-week paid internship with your parent health service provider. This internship continues into Year 5.
Fitness to Practise
This programme will be subject to UCC's Fitness to Practise Policy – full details may be found here.
Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have formal examinations. Many modules use other types of assesment including essays, projects, seminar presentations, assessment of clinical skills and learning, in-class tests, self- and peer-assessment etc. Students are assessed by expert clinical nurses while on their clinical placements.
Who teaches this course
The majority of lecturers and instructors have a professional background in nursing and/or midwifery. Biological and social science lectures are taught by experts in those areas, some of whom are also qualified nurses/midwives.
Why Choose This Course
The BSC (Hons) Children’s and General Nursing course at UCC is a highly sought-after course, as evidenced by the consistently high points required for entry to the course. It is also unique in that it is one of the few places in Ireland where you can undertake this integrated degree.
We can offer you a wide variety of clinical placements across a number of university hospitals and community facilities, representing all of the major medical specialties.
We can also offer opportunities to study abroad and have a large suite of postgraduate courses available to our graduates to facilitate further study needs.
Placement or Study Abroad Information
The School of Nursing and Midwifery at UCC participates in a number of international research and educational programmes which afford you the opportunity to undertake part of your BSc studies abroad. Currently we have links with Finland, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Netherlands, France, England, and the U.S. Study abroad opportunities in other countries is also a possibility.
Skills and Careers Information
The course aims to provide you with sound clinical nursing skills (and the supporting knowledge base) necessary for starting your professional career as a children’s or general nurse. These skills will be further developed through clinical experience and further study at postgraduate and in-service levels.
You will also develop skills in independent thinking, problem solving, and analytical and clinical decision-making, as well as fundamental research utilisation and application skills.
On graduation, you may seek employment in children’s or general nursing. Both children’s and general nurses work in a wide range of areas including hospitals, community/home nursing, schools, and nursing homes.
Traditionally, Irish nurses are highly regarded by other countries, enhancing work opportunities abroad, in particular in the UK, Canada, Australia and the US.
Leaving Certificate entry requirements
At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H5 in two subjects and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish.
The following are considered Lab Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Chemistry and Agricultural Science.
Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:
Applicants should apply directly through the CAO (www.cao.ie) and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry. Applicants are not required to meet any minimum entry requirements. Mature applicants must also register and apply for the Assessment Test through the Public Appointments Service (PAS) website. This is required as PAS undertakes the written assessment on behalf of the Nursing Careers Centre (NCC).
Please see the International Education Office website.
QQI FE applicants
QQI FE requirements can be found here.
Fitness to Practice
Commencing with the 2013/2014 intake, this programme will be subject to UCC's Fitness to Practise Policy — full details may be found here.
All students on this programme will come into contact with the public and assume positions of trust through educational and training opportunities. To ensure the protection of the public, and to justify public trust and confidence, UCC is committed to ensuring that only suitable candidates are allowed to undertake this programme.
Garda vetting is carried out by the Admissions Office in UCC once a student has accepted their place on the programme. It involves a police check to establish whether the individual being vetted has had criminal convictions in the past or whether any criminal proceedings are pending. The Garda Siochána provide this information for students who have resided in Ireland for a period of six months or more (including permanent residence).
All students who have resided outside Ireland for a period of six months or more must furnish a Police Clearance Certificate from their country or countries or residence. This certificate should state that the student has had no convictions recorded against them while residing there.
Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.
To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.
For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.
Mature Students Requirements
Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details.
Fees and Costs
Course fees include a tuition fee, student contribution fee and capitation fee. The state will pay the tuition fees for EU students who are eligible under the Free Fees Scheme. The annual student Contribution and Capitation Fees are payable by the student. In 2019/20 the Student Contribution Fee will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be €250.
Please see Fees Office for more information.
The Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.
How Do I Apply
Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.
Please see the International Education Office website.
Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can apply online.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.
**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year.
In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments.