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Postgraduate study
Nursing, Midwifery & Health Professions

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing)
Professional Graduate Certificate


Course overview

This Nursing and Midwifery Council approved course leads to registration on Part 3 of the register as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (School Nursing). This course is ideal for you if you are a nurse or midwife looking to become a school nurse.

This course provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to take a public health approach to healthcare provision. As a nurse or midwife completing this course, you become a public health nurse so that you can contribute positively to the new public health agenda and gain employment as a school nurse.

The course outcomes reflect the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing and encapsulate the ten principles which underpin public health nursing. It is a practice-centred course, delivered on a 50% taught theory and 50% practice basis over 52 programmed weeks for the one-year full-time route, and 104 programmed weeks for the two-year part-time route. You are allocated a practice teacher by your sponsoring organisation who facilitates your learning in practice and is responsible for the assessment of your competence in practice.

During the course you explore evidence appraisal, gaining an understanding of the evidence which underpins and supports practice. You examine public health and practice, developing your relevant knowledge in relation to the current public health agenda. You also address leadership in relation to school nursing practice. Through the course, you investigate community practitioner prescribing and the health needs, protection and surveillance of the schoolchild. Your practice experience enables you to link your theoretical knowledge base to practice. There is a ten-week period of supervised practice at the end of the course.

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Course structure

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Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You learn the theory through a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, problem-based learning scenarios, peer review and presentations. Your practice placement is supported with the development of a portfolio, which includes self-assessment activities, learning contracts and reflective dialogue and discussion.

How you are assessed

You are assessed in a variety of ways through examinations, case study analysis, reflective essays, written assignments progress file and a dissertation. Practice is assessed by the progress file and the development of the practice project, through the mechanism of tripartite visits where you, your practice teacher and your academic mentor meet to assess your progress and competence in practice.


Entry requirements

You are expected to:

  • have 120 credits at certificate level and 120 credits at diploma level (or equivalent)
  • have a valid registration on Part 1 or Part 2 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) professional register (defined area of practice regulations apply)
  • be sponsored by an employing organisation that guarantees your supernumerary status throughout the course (see standards of proficiency for specialist community public health nurses, pp19-20, NMC, 2004)
  • have a nominated practice teacher* who contributes to your teaching and assessment process, providing you with the opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills you need for complex and professional practice and to lead as a specialist community public health nursing practitioner.

*in accordance with the NMC (2008) Standards to support learning and assessment in practice.

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Career opportunities

On completing the course, increased employment opportunities are available to you in the public health sector including public health nursing and school nursing.



2020 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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