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Hi guys,do u know what subjects do u need to take for a level to become pediatric nurse??
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Hi guys,do u know what subjects do u need to take for a level to become pediatric nurse??
A Level Subjects
If you know anything about that,Please let me know
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It really depends. This sort of vocational subject, will be dependent on the university and how high you aim.

ALL universities will ask you to have a grade C in GCSE English, Maths and a Science is preferred. So this would be Grade 4 or above for the new GCSEs.

As for A-levels, high ranking unis will want obvious A-level science subjects like Biology, Chemistry, PE, Human Biology or Maths. Some unis do not consider Psychology as a science. But nevertheless, some do list Psychology as a preferred subject.

Apart from that it's fine to have any other A-levels as your degree is a specialized degree where you'll learn everything brand new from day one. Some unis say Sociology or Philosophy can be also included. But this isn't mandatory.

A lot if not all, nursing and medicine courses also require some good experience in the field; whether be paid admin work at a hospital (probs too young) or to volunteer at a career's home or in your case, perhaps a nursery or primary school.

In my personal opinion, I would most definitely do Biology and possibly even Chemistry and Maths if you're good/like those subjects. But definitely Biology. If you prefer Chemistry to Biology, then by all pick that. Then the other 2 A-levels are completely down to what you wish to study because you like it.

Good luck hun!
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It really depends. This sort of vocational subject, will be dependent on the university and how high you aim.

ALL universities will ask you to have a grade C in GCSE English, Maths and a Science is preferred. So this would be Grade 4 or above for the new GCSEs.

As for A-levels, high ranking unis will want obvious A-level science subjects like Biology, Chemistry, PE, Human Biology or Maths. Some unis do not consider Psychology as a science. But nevertheless, some do list Psychology as a preferred subject.

Apart from that it's fine to have any other A-levels as your degree is a specialized degree where you'll learn everything brand new from day one. Some unis say Sociology or Philosophy can be also included. But this isn't mandatory.

A lot if not all, nursing and medicine courses also require some good experience in the field; whether be paid admin work at a hospital (probs too young) or to volunteer at a career's home or in your case, perhaps a nursery or primary school.

In my personal opinion, I would most definitely do Biology and possibly even Chemistry and Maths if you're good/like those subjects. But definitely Biology. If you prefer Chemistry to Biology, then by all pick that. Then the other 2 A-levels are completely down to what you wish to study because you like it.

Good luck hun!
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So can I do psychology,maths,health and social care and biology.
Also,I have doubt can I do product design too??
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So can I do psychology,maths,health and social care and biology.
Also,I have doubt can I do product design too??
Well Im guessing your Health and Social Care will be Level 3? If thats the case dear, then I doubt youd be allowed as its 100% coursework and constitutes as two A-levels. So in theory your college would be say no to the idea because it would be like doing 4 A-levels over 2 years which is a lot.

I think Biology and Maths if you a) enjoy those subjects and b) if you're good at them at gcse level.

So ideally, youd pick Biology, Maths and H&SC. Or something like that. You're basically 2 subjects too much.

Since H&SC is a BTEC and not an A level you should find out whether it weighs more importance over Biology (i doubt it).

Id personally go for Maths, Biology and Product Design judy cause these subjects are diverse and different.

Id only go for Psychology if you studied a topic on child development or child psychology. If not then its not really needed as psychology Alevel usually focuses on the the individual adult mind.

H&SC is the least respected of the subjects you want to pick. And mostly some of what youll study on the btec will be studied at uni so i dont see it being as a necessary subject like your others.

I think PD will be good to break off the tougher subjects like maths or biology.

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Well Im guessing your Health and Social Care will be Level 3? If thats the case dear, then I doubt youd be allowed as its 100% coursework and constitutes as two A-levels. So in theory your college would be say no to the idea because it would be like doing 4 A-levels over 2 years which is a lot.

I think Biology and Maths if you a) enjoy those subjects and b) if you're good at them at gcse level.

So ideally, youd pick Biology, Maths and H&SC. Or something like that. You're basically 2 subjects too much.

Since H&SC is a BTEC and not an A level you should find out whether it weighs more importance over Biology (i doubt it).

Id personally go for Maths, Biology and Product Design judy cause these subjects are diverse and different.

Id only go for Psychology if you studied a topic on child development or child psychology. If not then its not really needed as psychology Alevel usually focuses on the the individual adult mind.

H&SC is the least respected of the subjects you want to pick. And mostly some of what youll study on the btec will be studied at uni so i dont see it being as a necessary subject like your others.

I think PD will be good to break off the tougher subjects like maths or biology.

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So can I take product design??A Level
Basically pick 3 subjects .
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Basically pick 3 subjects .
I should pick 4 subjects
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I should pick 4 subjects
Picking 4 is silly and unnecessary, especially if the A-levels are linear.

The odds won't work in your favour. You could excel in 3 subjects rather than get mediocre grades in 4.

You asked for my advice and I gave it. You wish to do the opposite, then that is your call.

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I should pick 4 subjects
Picking 4 is silly and unnecessary, especially if the A-levels are linear.

The odds won't work in your favour. You could excel in 3 subjects rather than get mediocre grades in 4.

You asked for my advice and I gave it. You wish to do the opposite, then that is your call.

Good luck.
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I should pick 4 subjects
Picking 4 is silly and unnecessary, especially if the A-levels are linear.

The odds won't work in your favour. You could excel in 3 subjects rather than get mediocre grades in 4.

You asked for my advice and I gave it. You wish to do the opposite, then that is your call.

Good luck.
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Hi guys,do u know what subjects do u need to take for a level to become pediatric nurse??
A Level Subjects
If you know anything about that,Please let me know
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Human Biology/Biology
Health and social care
Psychology
Sociology

Check UCAS for the universities you are interested in and see if they ask for specific subjects

AS health and social care is turning into a BTEC from this September

Have relevant work experience
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Human Biology/Biology
Health and social care
Psychology
Sociology

Check UCAS for the universities you are interested in and see if they ask for specific subjects

AS health and social care is turning into a BTEC from this September

Have relevant work experience
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I did Russian, Psychology and Sociology and got into Paramedic Science....most unis Ive seen for para take anything ending in 'ology' as a science, swell as natural sciences.

I also recommend you apply for Adult Nursing and not Paediatric Nursing. This is because doing peads will limit your carer prospects initially to ONLY paeds. Doing adult nursing means that you can then later on go into paeds.
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I did Russian, Psychology and Sociology and got into Paramedic Science....most unis Ive seen for para take anything ending in 'ology' as a science, swell as natural sciences.

I also recommend you apply for Adult Nursing and not Paediatric Nursing. This is because doing peads will limit your carer prospects initially to ONLY paeds. Doing adult nursing means that you can then later on go into paeds.
Thanks but I don't like paramedic nurse
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I did Russian, Psychology and Sociology and got into Paramedic Science....most unis Ive seen for para take anything ending in 'ology' as a science, swell as natural sciences.

I also recommend you apply for Adult Nursing and not Paediatric Nursing. This is because doing peads will limit your carer prospects initially to ONLY paeds. Doing adult nursing means that you can then later on go into paeds.
I think you'll find paediatrics is most definitely not limiting.

And the conversion courses from adults to paeds are few and far between now. If someone is absolutely sure they want to be a children's nurse, this should not in any way be discouraged.
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As level health and social is not turning into a BTEC, or at least not in my college anyway. But make you ask.

If you do BTEC level 3 extended diploma in health and social care you can do an addition A level on the side. I have a friend who is doing that with A level sociology and is planning in becoming a children's nurse. I personally recommend this than doing 3-4 A levels just because with a BTEC you will do several work placements. Work placements is really valued by universities because it shows you are able to work with (ill) people in various settings.

Unless you are aiming to go to a top university then A levels would be better for it.
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Hi guys,do u know what subjects do u need to take for a level to become pediatric nurse??
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For A-Levels I'd say go for at least 2 traditional sciences to keep your options open fully (i.e. Maths, Biology Chemistry, Physics) and the other options could be humanities like English or History etc, Psychology would potentially be a useful one to have as well. I'd steer away from the more specialist subjects like Media, Business etc. Doing a BTEC course in Health and Social Care/ Childcare etc would be an equally respected route to take as well and you'd get some placements working with children as part of your course. Crucially you need to get as much experience with children in as many different settings as you can, I know some places put a minimum requirement on the amount of experience you have with children prior to the start of the course.
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I think you'll find paediatrics is most definitely not limiting.

And the conversion courses from adults to paeds are few and far between now. If someone is absolutely sure they want to be a children's nurse, this should not in any way be discouraged.

Fair enough. I just think that most young people aren't too sure about the direction that they want to go in. Paeds can be frustrating at times haha. I highly doubt that the OP has any real world clinical experience, let alone in paediatrics. I presume from the fact that they are asking about A-Levels that they are 16/17 years old.
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Thanks but I don't like paramedic nurse
Im aware your not looking for para sci courses but the selection process is virtually identical.
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Fair enough. I just think that most young people aren't too sure about the direction that they want to go in. Paeds can be frustrating at times haha. I highly doubt that the OP has any real world clinical experience, let alone in paediatrics. I presume from the fact that they are asking about A-Levels that they are 16/17 years old.
Most young people aren't sure, you're right, so this means that every avenue should be considered. I think all areas of nursing can be frustrating, just in their own way. Paeds can be seen as the most frustrating area by practitioners who are not experienced in working with sick children. Specialist paediatric staff generally have methods of getting around *most* of the hurdles inexperienced staff would class as frustrating.
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