Key Facts

Course Title: Specialist Community Nursing (PgDip) - Health Visting Pathway
Course type: MSc, Postgraduate Diploma
Contact Details:Course Administration Office
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Faculty: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Subject Area: Nursing


The Health Visiting pathway reflects the current standards and initiatives for Health Visiting Practice, underpinned by the Health Visiting Implementation Plan: A Call To Action, 2011—2015 (DH 2011). The course focuses on 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 from 0—5 years, including attachment, recognising how these contribute to social capital and life chances. Through undertaking the award, 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 are able to register with the NMC on the third part of the register as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse.

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Aims of the Course

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 Health Visting practice based on the critical application of research and evidence and will introduce students to theories and practice of leadership and parternship working. Students' clinical placement experiences will enable them to gain expertise in the full range of Health Visting skills, through observation and practice supervised by a practice teacher.

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 develop your leadership skills whilst on the programme, therefore enabling you to plan and lead services and initiatives which promote health improvement, as well as community practitioner prescribing as applicable to your role. You will achieve the recordable qualification through the Postgraduate diploma; however, there is the opportunity to undertake a dissertation through a part-time route to convert this post-graduate diploma to a Master’s Degree.

Entry Requirements

Course Content

Research Methods (15 level 7 credits)

Leadership and Management in Healthcare (15 level 7 credits)

Specialist Community Practice (15 level 7 credits)

Public Health and Social Policy (30 level 7 credits)

The Developing Child (30 level 7 credits)

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

Teaching and Assessment

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Programme Specifications

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate programme.

The Postgraduate Diploma Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting & School Nursing pathways) and the Specialist Community Nursing (District Nursing pathway) awards – registerable with the NMC – each comprise of six taught modules to meet individual or service requirements in year 1 as a full time student.

Successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma will lead to the NMC approved specialist and registerable qualification ‘Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting)’, ‘Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing)’ or the Specialist Community Nursing (District Nursing), depending upon the route that the student registers for.

Students who have met the requirements for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma will be eligible to proceed into year 2, onto the Masters’ award – subject to the rules of progression. The award of an MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing) requires successful completion of the Professional Practice dissertation (MSc route 1) or the Faculty dissertation module (MSc route 2) as indicated below, on a part-time basis.

The Specialist Community Nursing (District Nursing) programme will share modules with the P.G Dip/MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Programme. This will enhance Inter-professional learning with other community specialist nurses working in primary care.


Master of Science route option 1 (years 2/3)




Level & Credits

Compulsory Core

CLM-40072 – Clinical



L7, 15

Compulsory Core

NUR-40023 – Advanced Work Based Practice Project


L7, 45


Master of Science route option 2 (years 2/3) 




Level & Credits

Compulsory Core

PTY-40044 – Faculty Dissertation Project


L7, 60