Postgrad.Dip. Community Nursing in the Home / District Nursing

Oxford Brookes University | Oxford, United Kingdom
Students who successfully fulfil the required criteria within the Community Nursing in the Home / District Nursing PGDip course can qualify for the relevant NMC Community Specialist Practitioner (CSP) Award, which includes being a non-medical prescriber able to prescribe from the community practitioners’ formulary. You will also be deemed to have met the minimum mentorship requirements.

Description of Community Nursing in the Home / District Nursing


Students who successfully fulfil the required criteria within the Community Nursing in the Home / District Nursing PGDip course can qualify for the relevant NMC Community Specialist Practitioner (CSP) Award. This includes being a non-medical prescriber able to prescribe from the community practitioners formulary. If you wish to meet the minimum NMC mentorship requirements, evidence from your practice documentation can be considered through Accreditation of Prior Learning processes within the Faculty.

We will enable you to become a skilful community specialist practitioner, able to lead and bring about change in your practice environments. The course will challenge you and help you develop the knowledge and skills that you require in these exciting times.

These courses are centred on practice and you will spend a large amount of time in the practice environment. You will have a practice teacher who will support the development of your professional practice.

Why Brookes?

  • We have a large and dedicated building in Oxford (Marston Road) and a campus in Swindon (Ferndale), equipped with state-of-the-art classroom and clinical skills simulation suites and resources.
  • We have our own osteopathic clinics: Mill Court in Headington, Oxford and at Ferndale Campus in Swindon, offering a full range of osteopathic treatments to students, staff, NHS staff and the general public.
  • Our courses are open to a wide range of health and social care professionals providing highly-flexible continuing professional development (CPD) study opportunities with part-time, full-time and mixed-mode options (including opportunities for e-learning, blended and distance learning).
  • We support multi and interprofessional learning and teaching, and many of our courses are either fully multiprofessional or offer excellent opportunities for shared learning.
  • Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice area and maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally or across the region.
  • Many of our lecturers have reputations for excellence and have established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international levels.
  • We have a strong research profile, with experienced researchers working in established areas of cancer care, children and families, drug and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice.
  • Oxford Brookes is rated internationally excellent across a broad range of subjects in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). 70% of our research in Allied Health Professions and Studies was rated as being of international significance, of which 10% was rated as world-leading.
  • Oxford Brookes is a student-centred institution that is fully committed to each individual achieving their potential. To support this, we offer a broad range of student support schemes to facilitate learning and development
  • We have an excellent track record of high levels of student satisfaction, low student attrition rates and high employability.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline as early as possible
Tuition fee
  • EUR 6930 Year (EEA)

UK/EU £5,640

Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

Course length

Full-time: 12 months
Part-time: 2 years

The community environments where health care is offered are undergoing great change. Achieving effective practice in these settings requires highly dynamic and flexible practitioners who can bring about positive change in relation to their community specialist practice.

For a service to be effective, it must be based upon ongoing assessment, planning and evaluation and involve an effective partnership between the patient/client, their carer, their family members and relevant population groups. This requires interdisciplinary, interprofessional and interagency collaboration. The importance of working collaboratively is therefore a central philosophy within the CSP PGDip course we offer.

The PGDip in Community Nursing in the Home / District Nursing (DN) comprises six single modules, four of which are compulsory and two of which are chosen from a possible four acceptable modules. You will be sponsored or seconded to study full-time over a period of 12 months, or two years part-time.

The four compulsory modules are:

  • Leadership in Health and Social Care will help you develop and apply the knowledge and conceptual and practice skills needed to be an effective leader within health and social care environments, in both the public and private sectors.
  • Community Specialist Practice 1 (DN) is a practice-based module, which enables you to develop an in-depth systematic understanding of the knowledge and skills in primary care nursing in relation to DN practice.
  • Community Specialist Practice 2 (DN) will enable you to demonstrate originality and initiative in the consolidation of your community specialist practice knowledge and skills. You are based in a practice placement which enables you to develop and extend your specialist practice leadership skills in DN practice and to discuss practice issues with colleagues and peers.
  • Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing (V100) incorporates the learning outcomes specified by the NMC for registration to allow practitioners to prescribe from the Nurse Prescribers Formulary for Community Practitioners.

The acceptable modules are:

  • Work-Based Learning (with a district nursing (DN) focus) is a practice-focused single module which will enable integration and consolidation of your specialist community knowledge and skills. You will work on a project based on the principles of work-based learning.
  • Operational Leadership in Health and Social Care examines the way in which the Health and Social Care environment utilises and controls its functions and resources.
  • Advanced Communication and Supportive Relationships explores verbal and non-verbal communication, and the development of supportive relationships, within the context of health and social care.
  • Advanced Symptom Management focuses on the development of assessment skills in the context of life-threatening illness, and on the management of distressing symptoms in palliative care.

Many opportunities are available to continue your studies. For example, you could take the credit you have achieved in the PGDip into the Student Designed Award and by completing a research module and a triple dissertation module to gain a master's degree.

Please note: as courses are reviewed regularly, the list of modules may vary from that shown here.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
193(Grade B)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Community Nursing in the Home / District Nursing

Applicants for the PGDip in Community Nursing in the Home / District Nursing course will normally be health care professionals with a minimum of one years professional (ie post-qualification) practice.

In addition, you must normally:

  • be registered on the relevant nursing part of the NMC register and demonstrate evidence of Advanced Level study on entry
  • have the support of your manager or sponsorship from a Primary Care or Hospital Trust
  • have access to a community practice teacher
  • have a source of funding to enable you to meet the course fees.


  • entry on the course will be subject to satisfactory Criminal Records Bureau clearance
  • evidence of being currently on the NMC register will also be required.


You need to obtain funding and sponsorship from your strategic health authority through your local trust.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, you must demonstrate that your level of English is appropriate for study at postgraduate level - IELTS 6.5-7.0 overall, or equivalent.

Work Experience for Community Nursing in the Home / District Nursing

No work experience is required.

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