Specialist Community Nursing District Nursing Pathway BSc (Hons)

Course Overview

Key Facts
Course Title: BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Nursing: District Nursing Pathway
Course type: BSc (Hons) - Level 6 (Also available as MSc/PgDip)
Contact Details: Course Administration Office
Contact email: nursing.cpd@keele.ac.uk
Website: Go to School homepage
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Subject Area: Nursing

Would you like to train as a District Nurse? Keele University School of Nursing & Midwifery has developed an NMC approved, full-time one-year Specialist Community Nursing programme: District Nursing.

This course has been designed to produce specialist community nursing practitioners who are safe, competent, and professional to lead district nursing in a community nursing setting, meeting Nursing and Midwifery council (NMC) standards for Specialist Community Nursing, Education and Practice.

Specialist Community Nurses provide up-to-date, specialist and highly technical care to patients in their own environments as well as supporting families and carers. The district nurse of today needs to be highly skilled to manage the changing demographics of communities and populations they serve, and to lead teams of both qualified and support staff in an NHS increasingly being delivered by the community. Recent government policy outlines a call to action and model for district nursing services and this award, providing a qualification in Specialist Community Nursing (District Nursing Pathway), is timely to support this, leading to a recordable specialist qualification with the NMC.

Students develop their leadership skills on the programme, to plan and lead services and initiatives which promote health, support long term conditions and provide specialist nursing care, including community practitioner prescribing as applicable to their role. 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.

District Nursing Pathway

A new vision developed for District Nursing (DH 2013) Care in local communities: a new vision and model for district nursing underlines the content and delivery of the pathway with a focus on 'Compassion in Practice' underpinning the new model focussing on:

  • Populating and Case load management
  • Support and care for patients who are unwell, recovering at home and at end of life
  • Support and care for independence

The aims of this programme are to support the development and enhancement of essential knowledge and skills in the registered practitioner to equip them for a career in specialist community nursing. This will be actualised through building upon the theoretical and clinical basis of their specialised area of practice, through delivery of a coherent programme of study.

The District Nursing pathway has a contemporary focus and is designed to meet the requirements of the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards for Specialist Education and Practice (UKCC 2001).

The programme supports students in applying their skills of critical reflection to enhance their professional, personal and academic development. It encourages the development of sound District Nursing practice based on the critical application of research and evidence and introduces students to theories and practice of leadership and partnership-working.

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Core Modules for BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Nursing (District Nursing Pathway):

  • (15 level 6 credits)
  • (15 level 6 credits)
  • Specialist Community Practice (30 level 6 credits) 

Optional Modules include:

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

Core Modules for BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Nursing (District Nursing Pathway):

Optional Modules include:

Teaching and Assessment

Programme Specification

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:


Further Information

Award Lead: Julie Green
Pathway Lead: Julie Green
Tel: 01782 672692

Clinical Education Centre

University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust

Newcastle Road

Stoke on Trent


How To Apply

Please note this programme is available for Home students only.

‌To apply, please complete and return the application form:

Application form

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

You will need to supply Keele University with originals or certified copies of relevant qualifications before you will be allowed to enroll at Keele.