Current government policy recognises the need for specialist practitioner nurses who are prepared to take on leadership and management roles, develop research skills and be innovative and creative in practice.
In the field of post registration community nursing, over 95% of practitioners qualify through the University and obtain employment within their chosen field.
Fifty per cent of the course involves supervised work placements within the chosen area of specialist practice. You will be allocated an experienced practice teacher who provides support and undertakes assessment in practice. Strong links have been forged between the University, practice teachers, managers and purchasers to ensure a quality programme.
You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
PGDip: 52 weeks full-time or 104 weeks part-time (September); MSc: Additional Dissertation project 6 months full-time or 12 months part-time (January, March or September registration)
You need the following IELTS score:
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Take IELTS test
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Qualified nurse with active registration on the NMC Nursing Register in the UK.
A Nursing Diploma of Higher Education or the equivalent of 120 level 3 credits will be considered with nursing experience.
Health Visiting and School Nursing applicants should have active registration on the NMC Register in the UK.
All applicants are required to be interviewed to ascertain their professional readiness to undertake the programme.
English Language Requirements
IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas)
Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores)
BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas)
Students are normally sponsored by a local NHS Trust except for those taking the Occupational Health Nursing pathway who will either gain sponsorship from their employer or be self-funding.
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