Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing), Postgraduate Diploma

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #501 (WUR) ,
The aim of the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing) at the University of the West of Scotland is to prepare first level nurses and midwives for 21st century School Nursing practice and entry to the third part of the professional NMC register.


The aim of the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing) at the University of the West of Scotland is to prepare first level nurses and midwives for 21st century School Nursing practice and entry to the third part of the professional NMC register.

The programme is designed to provide motivated professionals with the theoretical knowledge and practical experience required to promote and improve the health and wellbeing of children, young people, families and communities; whilst also preparing them academically to progress to Masters level study with the option of continuing to the MSc Health Studies (Community Health).
Career prospects

On completion of the course graduates will be eligible for employment at a specialist practitioner level.

They will have competency in advanced assessment practice, leadership and public health.


Professional recognition

  • NMC

Programme Structure

Course content

The programme of study leads to both an academic award and professional qualification. It consists of equally distributed theoretical learning and practice based experience within the six core modules. Each module has been designed to take into consideration the health care needs of children, young people, families and communities currently within the UK.

The course is governed by the Nursing & Midwifery Council and is regulated by University of the West of Scotland.

For the award of postgraduate diploma and professional registration, students are required to complete six 20 credit modules (120 credits). These modules are taught on campus, on line and on practice placement over three trimesters. The programme can be undertaken both full time (over one year) or part time (over 2 years).

Part time students will complete three modules per year. The use of an asterix below indicates when part time students will undertake this module. One symbol indicates a year one module, with the double symbol indicating a year two module.

Trimester 1

  • Responding to Public Health Challenges*
  • Consolidation of School Nursing Practice**
Trimester 2
  • Contemporary School Nursing*
  • Research for Health and Social Care**

Trimester 3

  • Enhancing Well-being in Children and Young People*
  • Leadership for Effectiveness**
  • On-line Learning format

The online learning for three modules is released weekly (Monday) over the process of the module. Students are asked to engage with online reading and activities during the week and to post to discussion boards. Some discussion boards will involve live discussions with other students at a set time or students will post when they can over the week. The minimum weekly learning expectation equates to approximately 7-10 hours per week with additional work required to prepare written assessment papers.

On-campus learning format

The face to face component of the programme is for two discipline specific modules. For each module, students are expected to attend the university for two weeks full time (Monday to Friday, 09.30 – 16.30). The weeks are separate over a four week period and on top of this students are expected to undertake self-directed learning and prepare for assessments. There is also a face to face induction week scheduled for all students commencing the programme. This will be undertaken before full enrolment is concluded.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

Candidates must be registered as a nurse or midwife on either parts 1 or 2 of the NMC professional register.

Applicants who can evidence successful completion of their pre-registration nursing education programme and who have applied for NMC registration can be admitted to the programme.

Candidates will normally be educated to degree level. Admission is permitted with relevant previous academic credit and/or prior learning. This will be in accordance with the University of the West of Scotland Regulatory Framework.

Applicants must have the language and literacy skills to understand and use the written materials utilised in the learning and teaching of the programme and be able to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written English as per University guidelines or Nursing and Midwifery guidelines* (IELT score of 7 or above) for practice-based placements.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12300 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National Applies to you

    3400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3400 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Part Time
  • EEA £2,100
  • International £6,150

Living costs for Paisley

  • 700 - 1400 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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