Community Children's Nursing, Postgraduate Diploma

  • Application Deadline
  • 13 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #361 (QS) ,
This innovative Community Children's Nursing course from Oxford Brookes University is aimed at community nurses wishing to prepare for (or consolidate) a leadership role.


It will enable you to become a skillful community specialist practitioner, able to lead and bring about change in your practice environments.

If you successfully fulfill the required criteria you can qualify for the relevant NMC Community Specialist Practitioner (CSP) Award.

The Community Children's Nursing course from Oxford Brookes University is centred on practice and you will spend 50 per cent of time in the practice environment. You will have a practice teacher who will support the development of your professional practice.

Why choose this course?
  • Gain an NMC Community Specialist Practitioner (CSP) Award.
  • The curriculum reflects current practice issues.
  • Our lecturers maintain excellent practice links within their specialist areas and have established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international levels.
  • Excellent opportunities for shared learning through multi and inter-professional networking and teaching.

Programme Structure

The PGDip in Community Children’s Nursing comprises six single modules, four of which are compulsory and two of which are chosen from a possible three 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 (CCN) 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 CCN practice.
  • Community Specialist Practice 2 (CCN) 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 CCN and to discuss practice issues with colleagues and peers.
  • Work-Based Learning (with a community children's nursing (CCN) 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.
Optional modules include:
  • 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.
  • Advanced Health Promotion explores practical aspects of health promotion, including how to develop strategic and action plans for health promotion.
  • Risk and protection of children will critically examine contemporary childhood from an international perspective including children's rights, child welfare and wellbeing and children's experiences of harm in society.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 13 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

Applicants for the PGDip in Community Children’s Nursing course will normally be health care professionals with a minimum of one year’s professional (ie post-qualification) practice.

This course is at level 7 (Master’s Degree) therefore evidence is required of recent study at level 6 (degree level).

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
  • provide evidence of recent study at level 6.

have the support of your manager or sponsorship from a community or Hospital Trust which will ensure the following:

  • 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 Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance
  • evidence of being currently on the NMC register will also be required.
  • successful entry to this course is subject to satisfactory references.

All applicants will be screened for fitness for practice and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.

This course is not available to students classed as International for fees purposes.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Oxford

  • 939 - 1530 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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