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Postgraduate Diploma

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing)

1, 2 year/s
Mode of study:
Full-time, Part-time
Start date:
September 2015, 2016
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Why study with us?

Come and study a specialised programme, taught by experts in their field. We have many years of experience in running this programme and developing specialist community public health nurses with our partnership Trusts and employers. Achievement rates are high and attrition rates are very low.

We have excellent working relationships with our partner Trusts and employers, who provide a supportive learning environment in which you can achieve the required level of proficiency.

What can this course lead to?

On successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma: Specialist Community Public Health Nursing course, you will be eligible to apply to be registered on the NMC Nursing register in your named pathway of School Nursing. If you opt to study NMLB 9001; on successful completion you can apply to record this qualification as a V100 Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber, on the NMC nurse register. This qualification will enable you to work as a School Nurse.

Having completed this course, you could consider topping this up to a Masters degree. The MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice is the ideal progression route for you, if you remain in practice within public health nursing.

Resources and facilities

We are amongst the UK’s leading health and social care faculties and are proud of the high level of support we are able to offer to our students. We provide a wide range of high-quality courses supported by expert academic and clinical practice staff.

If you join us you will enjoy great facilities and learn alongside caring, committed and experienced professionals. Our employment record is excellent. Recently, our NHS related provision underwent a major review by the Quality Assurance Agency and we achieved the highest possible rating.


  • NMLB 7073 Appraising Research and Evidence for Service Improvement
  • NMLB 7050 Public Health Nursing Practice
  • XANP 7803 Leadership
  • NMLB 7060 Independent Study
  • NMLB 7010 SCPHN in the context of School Nursing
  • NMLB 9001 Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing (optional)

For detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course (PDF).

Course summary

The course will prepare you for the role of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing within School Nursing. Successful completion entitles you to register your qualification with the NMC.

The course length is 52 weeks full-time or two years part-time. There is a balance of 50% theory and 50% practice. Practice experience is facilitated in an area specific to School Nursing. There will also be opportunities to gain alternative practice experience in another relevant setting during the course.

The course will facilitate development of broad knowledge and skills in relation to public health, evidence-based practice, leadership, change management and collaborative working. It will also develop specialist knowledge and skills in aspects such as health assessment, clinical care and case management.

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Entry requirements

1st or 2nd class honours degree.

Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course via APL procedures.

More information about levels and credits.

Credit and UCAS requirements

Credit: 120 credits

Selection criteria

If you apply for this course you must be current on the NMC Nursing register and you will need to provide evidence of study at level 6 within the last 5 years or complete an approved study skills course.
You will be interviewed for selection for this programme. The interview panel may include Trust staff, employers, mentors/practice teachers and university staff. During the interview you will be offered advice on the suitability of the award dependent on factors such as recency of prior learning, and your personal and professional development needs.
You will need support from a Primary Care Trust or your employer and be able to secure a placement in your chosen area of practice, with access to a Practice Teacher. You will need to have completed a Criminal Records Bureau clearance, and this will be checked prior to your commencement on the course.

If you work in Cumbria, Lancashire or Blackpool areas, you may be eligible to apply for a place on the programme funded and supported by one of the local PCTs. The PCTs advertise places on the programme each year through NHS Jobs usually in spring/early summer. We advise you to contact you local PCT and ask to speak with the manager for the specialist pathway that you are interested in, in order to express your interest and discuss opportunities.

Occasionally students self fund a place on this programme. However, you will still need to talk to the relevant manager in your local PCT in order to ask if they can provide you with a placement and a mentor/practice teacher in the relevant field of practice.

If you live further afield, you are able to undertake the programme with us if you can organise a practice placement with a mentor or practice teacher in the relevant field of practice. Your local PCT will be able to advise you as to whether this is possible.
International applicants can find out more about entry requirements on our dedicated webpages.

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