Specialist Community Nursing School Nursing Pathway (BSc or PGDip)

Course Overview

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

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.

Students are 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 the student is able to register with the NMC on the third part of 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.

Students develop their 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 their role.

School Nursing Pathway

The School Nursing pathway reflects the current standards and initiatives for School Nursing, 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 school-age health and well-being, recognising how these contribute to social capital and life changes.

The programme will support students in applying their skills of critical reflection to enhance their professional, personal and academic development. It will encourage the development of sound School Nursing practice based on the critical application of research and evidence and will introduce students to theories and practice of leadership and partnership-working. Students' clinical placement experience will enable them to gain expertise in the full range of School Nursing skills, through observation and practice supervised by a Clinical Practice Educator or Practice Teacher.

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Please note this programme is available for Home students only.
Core Modules for BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing Pathway): 
  • (15 level 6 credits) 
  • (15 level 6 credits) 
  • (15 level 6 credits) 
  • Specialist Community Practice (30 level 6 credits) 
  • Community Practitioner Prescribing (V100) (15 level 6 credits) OR 
  • Mental Health Assessment for Non-Mental Health Settings 
Core Modules for PgDip Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing Pathway): 

Please note this programme is available for Home students only.
Core Modules for BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing Pathway): 
Core Modules for PgDip Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing Pathway): 

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 - 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:


Further Information

Award Lead: Dawn Johnson
Pathway Lead: Alison Hough
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 for Undergraduate Courses

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.