community nurse and patient

Faculty of Health Sciences

BSc/PG Dip Community Nursing (District/School/Health Nursing)

Continuing Professional Development BSc/PGDip

Start in September

Full time Part time
BSc/PGDip 1 year 2 years

About the course 

This programme is for qualified nurses (or midwives in the case of health visiting) who are registered on the NMC register. This course enables you to qualify as a Specialist Community Nurse or Specialist Community Public Health Nurse, dependent on your chosen pathway. In accordance with NMC standards, it will prepare you to exercise higher levels of judgement, discretion and decision making in clinical care.

Within the programme, there are the following specialist pathways:

  • Community Nursing in the Home (District Nursing)
  • Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing)
  • Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting)

Assessment information

A number of different assessment strategies will be used, including an examination, a literature review, a seminar presentation, a group presentation and a practice portfolio. Each core module has both practice and theory learning outcomes that you will need to attain to complete the programme successfully.

Attendance requirements

A combination of workplace learning and University attendance, depending on the selection of modules and the modes of teaching and delivery identified for each module.

Full-time students will be committed to the programme for five days per week. The days will be split between theory and practice.

Part-time students will attend for an average of two days per week though this may fluctuate between one and three days dependent upon the choice of optional modules.

The overall structure of the programme comprises 50% theory and 50% practice.

The full-time option will normally be completed during one 52-week academic year and the part-time programme will normally be completed over two 52 -week academic years.

 

What you'll study 

The modules you'll study depend on which pathway you choose to study. There are four core modules for each pathway, plus a choice of optional modules to enhance your practice.

Specialist Community Nursing and District Nursing

Core modules
  • Social Context of Health

    This module is a core module for the Community Specialist Practitioner Programmes (SPQ) pathways, which do not lead to registration on the third part of the NMC Register. It covers those elements of Public Health required by the NMC (2001) for SPQ programmes, but in less detail than the same material which will be covered in the specific Public Health Pathway modules.

    By studying this module, you'll develop a critical understanding of the processes and pressures that shape social (particularly health) policy in contemporary society. You'll explore the impact of wider society on material, structural and cultural aspects of the individual and evaluate approaches to the assessment of individual and population health needs and coordination of appropriate responses.

    Activities will include work with individuals, families, groups and communities and will relate to those who are well, ill dying, handicapped or disabled. Those who are able should be assisted to recognise their own health needs in order to decide on action appropriate to their own lifestyle. Those who are not able will require skilled and sensitive help.

  • Understanding Evidence and Information in Specialist Practice

    This module aims to develop your understanding of the need for evidence-based practice and how it enhances the quality of care. It enables you to systematically search the literature, assimilate research findings and apply this theory to real-world practice.

    The module introduces research and the application of evidence to specialist practice. Practitioners are required to understand the principles of research, to be able to critically evaluate research and to be able to apply it to the practice setting. Within this module, there are both theoretical and practice learning outcomes to be achieved.

  • Leading and Organising Specialist Practice

    Develop the knowledge and skills required to promote learning and professional development of self and others. This module aims to promote your organisational and leadership abilities as well as giving you the knowledge and skills for decision-making and professional effectiveness.

    Learning outcomes include: exploring and analysing models of management, leadership and decision-making in relation to specialist practice; providing counselling and psychological support for individuals and their carers; acting as a source of expert advice in clinical nursing practice to the primary health care team and others; and creating an environment in which clinical practice development is fostered, evaluated and disseminated - to name just a few.

  • Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing

    This module enables you to prescribe for the patients you currently work with and prescribe from Nurse Prescribers Formulary for Community Practitioners.

  • Consolidation of Practice Portfolio (specified pathway) - Community Only

    This module is the final module for the BSc in Community Nursing - Community Nursing in the Home (District Nursing) programme. It is designed to allow you to consolidate your learning from all other modules undertaken within the programme and to facilitate the holistic application of learning in practice.

    It is undertaken as a full-time period of practice at the end of the programme, in accordance with NMC requirements for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing programmes and is extended to other pathways in order to promote consistency between Community Specialist Practice pathways. For successful completion of the module, competence to practise within the specialist area in accordance with the standards published by the NMC (2001), must be demonstrated.

    Study Days are planned on campus during the Semester.

     

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing

Core modules
  • Public Health I - Health and Needs

    This is the first of two modules which together address the required learning outcomes for registration as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse. This module addresses the domains of: 'The Search for Health Needs' and 'The Stimulation of an Awareness of Health Needs'.

    This module aims to prepare you for your role in the surveillance and assessment of health needs. It promotes collaborative working for health and wellbeing and facilitates working with and for individuals, groups and communities to improve health and wellbeing.

  • Understanding Evidence and Information in Specialist Practice

    This module aims to develop your understanding of the need for evidence-based practice and how it enhances the quality of care. It enables you to systematically search the literature, assimilate research findings and apply this theory to real-world practice.

    The module introduces research and the application of evidence to specialist practice. Practitioners are required to understand the principles of research, to be able to critically evaluate research and to be able to apply it to the practice setting. Within this module, there are both theoretical and practice learning outcomes to be achieved.

  • Public Health II - The Practice of Public Health

    This module is the second of two modules which together address the required learning outcomes for registrations as a Specialist Community Public health Practitioner. In doing so, it addresses the requirements for learning in the domains of 'Influence on Policies affecting Health' and 'Facilitating Health-enhancing Activities' for the Specialist Public Health Nursing curriculum.

    Studying this module enables you to appraise different approaches to public health practice; contribute to policy development; and enables the planning, delivery and evaluation of appropriate programmes of health promotion.

  • Leading and Organising Specialist Practice

    Develop the knowledge and skills required to promote learning and professional development of self and others. This module aims to promote your organisational and leadership abilities as well as giving you the knowledge and skills for decision-making and professional effectiveness.

    Learning outcomes include: exploring and analysing models of management, leadership and decision-making in relation to specialist practice; providing counselling and psychological support for individuals and their carers; acting as a source of expert advice in clinical nursing practice to the primary health care team and others; and creating an environment in which clinical practice development is fostered, evaluated and disseminated - to name just a few.

  • Consolidation of Practice Portfolio (specified pathway) - Community Only

    This module is the final module for the BSc in Community Nursing - Community Nursing in the Home (District Nursing) programme. It is designed to allow you to consolidate your learning from all other modules undertaken within the programme and to facilitate the holistic application of learning in practice.

    It is undertaken as a full-time period of practice at the end of the programme, in accordance with NMC requirements for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing programmes and is extended to other pathways in order to promote consistency between Community Specialist Practice pathways. For successful completion of the module, competence to practise within the specialist area in accordance with the standards published by the NMC (2001), must be demonstrated.

    Study Days are planned on campus during the Semester.

     

Optional modules

 

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Developed with our NHS partners, our programmes are constantly updated to reflect the very latest in health care thinking.

Clinical placements give our students the skills, experience and support to become confident and compassionate health practitioners.

Expert staff work with NHS clinicians to deliver programmes from ‘bite-size’ taster sessions to PhDs in some of the UK’s finest facilities.

Fees and funding 

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £16,000 per year*

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

 

Entry requirements 

Applicants must be on the appropriate part of the NMC register. For the BSc (Hons) programme applicants must have 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5. For the Post Graduate Diploma applicants must possess a Bachelors degree.

Applicants will also need to demonstrate evidence of recent academic study or equivalent, i.e. within the last 5 years.

 

All pathways enable you to effectively monitor and improve the standards of care through: supervision of practice; clinical audit; development of practice through research; teaching and the support of professional colleagues; and the provision of skilled professional leadership.