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Description of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing

Registered specialist community public health nurses (SCPHNs), ie, health visitors or school health nurses, aim to reduce health inequalities by working with individuals, families and communities to promote good health and prevent ill health.

We place emphasis on partnership working that cuts across disciplinary, professional and organisational boundaries.

How does this course make me employable?

This course prepares SCPHNs to work in complex and varied settings and have the knowledge, interpersonal skills and managerial capabilities to practise effectively in todays health service. Graduates are usually employed by NHS local health boards and wider employment opportunities are developing.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • EUR 12300 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 4750 Year (EEA)
Start date  2016 September
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 36 months
Part-time variant Flexible

Course Content


  • Foundations of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing
  • Contemporary Developments in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing
  • Evidence Based Public Health
  • Promoting the Public Health of Populations
  • Law, Ethics and Safeguarding
  • Governance and Leadership

Successful completion of the above modules and the 24 clinical learning outcomes enables you to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for Part Three registration as an SCPHN (in either health visiting or school health nursing) and exit the course with a Postgraduate Diploma at the end of one year if studying full-time.

If you undertake the 60-credit SCPHN dissertation module and successfully complete a dissertation, you will graduate with an MSc award. The dissertation requires critically examining a key area ofSCPHN theory and/or practice in health visiting or school health nursing, to develop and enhance your own practice and leadership ability. You usually submit this within a calendar year of ending the taught modules, if studying full-time. Please note that dissertation study is not funded by the Welsh Government.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
180(Grade C)

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 Specialist Community Public Health Nursing

Applicants should have an Honours degree, although consideration will be given through the accreditation of prior and experiential learning (APEL) mechanism if you do not possess these qualifications.

You must have NMC professional registration and be on Part One and/or Part Two of the NMC Register as a Registered Nurse and/or a Registered Midwife.

2 work/academic references are also required.

Work Experience for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing

No work experience is required.

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