Specialist Community Nursing Health Visiting Pathway (BSc or PgDip)

Course Overview

Would you like to train as a Health Visitor? Keele University School of Nursing and Midwifery have developed a full-time one-year Specialist Community Public Health Nursing programme.

This course has been designed to produce specialist community public health practitioners who are safe, competent, and deliver professional practice in a community public health setting, meeting Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing.

You will be prepared to work with communities, families and individuals to improve health and reduce health inequalities to optimise life chances, in partnership with people and organisations, in support of the government health and social agenda.

On successful completion of this course you will be able to register with the NMC on the third part of the register as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse. Students studying at post-graduate level have an opportunity to undertake a dissertation after the course to convert their post-graduate diploma to a Masters Degree.

You will develop your leadership skills on the programme, to plan and lead services and initiatives which promote health improvement, as well as community practitioner prescribing as applicable to your role.

Health Visiting Pathway

Our course currently focuses on the Health Visiting pathway, in response to the government initiative to strengthen the Health Visiting workforce by increasing numbers and re-designing service provision to meet population needs.

The Health Visiting pathway reflects the current standards and initiatives for health visiting, developing public health awareness and understanding of key health challenges using a social model of health and well-being, and has a particular in-depth focus on the physical, social and emotional aspects of the developing child, recognising how these contribute to social capital and life chances.

The programme will support you in applying your skills of critical reflection to enhance your professional, personal and academic development. It will encourage the development of sound health visiting practice based on the critical application of research and evidence and will introduce you to theories and practice of leadership and partnership-working. Your clinical placement experience will enable you to gain expertise in the full range of Health Visitor skills, through observation and practice supervised by a practice Teacher.

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Core Modules for BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting):

  •  (15 level 6 credits)
  •  (15 level 6 credits)
  •  (15 level 6 credits)
  • Specialist Community Practice (30 level 6 credits)
  •  (30 level 6 credits)
  • Community Practitioner Prescribing (V100) (15 level 6 credits)

Core Modules for PgDip Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting):

Core Modules for BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting):

Core Modules for PgDip Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting):

Teaching and Assessment

Please click the links below to be directed to our Undergraduate & Postgraduate Courses Quality Assurance Page. Please use the alphabetical directory at the top of the page to navigate.

Programme specifications (new window) - Postgraduate

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines, Nursing students should be aware of the following additional costs:

Travel for placements - as part of your course you will need to travel to clinical placement areas and will be required to arrange and pay for your own transport.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete and return the application form:

UG Application Form

Note: Though application forms can be returned via postal mail, applications via email are preferred.

Please click here to be directed to our Clinical Practice Pathways.


For postgraduate applications, please click here on information on how to apply.

Each course page has a link to the application form for that particular course. There is no application fee.

The online application will allow you to complete your personal details and enter your qualifications (those completed or those you are still studying for). You can also upload your personal statement and scanned/pdf copies of transcripts and copies of certificates. When you make an application you will be given a web login to allow you to track the progress of your application, and submit any further information required prior to the submission of your application. Full details are given on the website.

Please note that we encourage you to apply as soon as possible, and before you complete any qualifications required for entry, including English language tests where appropriate. You will need to include a personal statement, explaining why you are applying for the particular course and including details of any relevant work or professional experience. You will need to supply Keele University with originals or certified copies of relevant qualifications before you will be allowed to enrol at Keele.

If you are an international applicant there is further information about agents etc on the pages for international applicants.

Further Information

Further Information: Contact details incorrect.
Award Lead: Dawn Johnson
Pathway Lead: Marie Doherty
Tel: 01782 672692