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Year of Entry 2021/22
BSc (Honours)

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visitor)

Become registered with the NMC as a registered specialist community public health nurse, and annotated on the NMC register as a community practitioner nurse prescriber.

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What is the fee? Home: £4,625 per year
How long will I study? 2 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
When do I start? September 2021

Course summary

  • Attain a recorded professional award as a specialist practitioner of health visiting or student nursing
  • Undertake assessments to have your qualification recorded with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Identify and meet the needs of children and families as a health visitor or student nurse
  • Build on your existing knowledge as a registered professional nurse
  • Learn practical and theoretical skills to excel as a valuable and respected community health specialist

This course is aimed at post-registration nurses or midwives who wish to become specialist practitioners. You'll develop your professional nursing practice and become a registered health vistor or student nurse.

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How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

In this course, you'll study to attain valuable credentials as a specialist practitioner, either as a health visitor or student nurse. You can also complete the assessments for the prescribing from the community practitioner formulary to become a nurse prescriber. The course is 50% practice and 50% theory - you'll work under the close supervision of the SCPHN teaching team in each instance, who utilise dynamic approaches to teaching practice.

You learn through

  • Lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Simulated role plays
  • Case studies
  • Client stories
  • Conducting real consultations under exam conditions
  • Producing written records of consultations

You have the option to study individual modules from this course and gain academic credit towards a qualification. Visit our continuing professional development website for more information.

Course leaders and tutors

Patricia Day
Patricia Day
Senior Lecturer

I am passionate about teaching public health nursing. I have remained in practice as a school nurse and sexual health practitioner whilst teaching at the university. … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

When it comes to putting what you have learnt into practice, you benefit from strong partnerships with health, education and local authority organisations in the region. The modern and diverse placements you undertake are designed to meet the changing needs of children, young people and families. Placements may be with social services, education or voluntary sector organisations.

Live projects

You'll undertake a community development project which involves meeting the identified health needs of a population. This shows the close integration of practice with public health theory.

Networking opportunities

Service users, nurses, students and lecturers all contribute to on-going development of this course and the student experience. These industry and community links, as well as your placements and projects, offer ample opportunity for networking.

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Future careers

Completing the course enables you to be registered with the NMC as a registered specialist community public health nurse - as either a health visitor or school nurse. It also enables you to be annotated on the NMC register as a community practitioner nurse prescriber.

This course prepares you for a career in

  • A specialist role - working with early interventions, homeless, asylum seekers, safeguarding, looked after children (LAC), domestic violence (DV), child sexual exploitation (CSE)
  • Practice education – community practice educator, mentor
  • Family nurse partnership nursing (FNP)
  • Counselling
  • Sexual health advice
  • Management opportunities
  • Overseas with the voluntary overseas service


This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. (NMC). Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a specialist community public health nurse. You must be registered with the NMC in order to practise as a specialist community public health nurse in the UK.

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Entry requirements

All students

To complete this course you need to
• have 120 credits at level 5 OR Evidence of your ability to study at level 6
• be registered on part one (nursing) or part two (midwifery) of the Nursing and Midwifery Council's register and have an active NMC PIN number
• an enhanced level of disclosure on a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
• self-declaration of good health and character in line with the NMC requirements
• Ability to demonstrate the potential to practise at specialist level on completion of the course
• successfully apply for a student health visitor or student school nurse NHS training post

Following successful NHS interview to secure sponsorship, you need to submit a Sheffield Hallam application form with accompanying references. This will be reviewed by the course leaders.

Recruitment and selection

• Firstly, apply for a student health visitor or school nursing NHS training post. You need to be sponsored by an employing organisation- your NHS employer will then organise an appropriate qualified mentor/practice teacher to guide and assess your practice experience.
• The NHS will then shortlist you and set a date for your 1st Interview
• ALL Applicants' must complete NHS application form and a Hallam application form
• ALL applicants are asked to bring original copies of academic qualifications and certificates and NMC registration to the interviews; all documents will be checked by the interview panel, (and copies retained) and candidates must provide supporting references

Our interviews are compliant with NHS Constitution - values based recruitment (VBR).

Successful candidates must meet both the selection criteria as set out by the employing NHS organisation and Sheffield Hallam course entry requirements.

Course enrolment - professional requirements

Before enrolling, you must fully declare during the admissions process any

• unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on convictions that must be declared see the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) website.
• disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or educational establishments
• involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations

Successful candidates also need to complete Verification Form A (this will be sent to you along with a conditional offer letter).

You also need to complete
• a DBS Enhanced Disclosure, and provide us with a copy of your DBS Enhanced Disclosure Certificate if requested. Enrolment also depends on the DBS check being deemed suitable for professional training.
• occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course and an approved programme of immunisation, as recommended by the Department of Health. Health screening will be completed by your employer.
• Provide a copy of your NMC registration (verified at interview and enrolment)

If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements - from when you apply to the end of your course - you must tell the Professional Issues Team immediately by calling 0114 225 3995 or 0114 225 5786.

Additional information for EU/International students

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Developing Specialist Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Developing Therapeutic Relationships With Clients Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Evidence Based Approaches To Public Health Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Family Centred Public Health Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Management Of Common Clinical Conditions In The Community Credits: 10 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Nurse Prescribing (V100) Credits: 10 Assessment: Exam
Module: Perspectives On Safeguarding For Scphn Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Application Of Prescribing In Specialist Practice Credits: 10
Module: Developing Specialist Practice Credits: 20
Module: Developing Therapeutic Relationships With Clients Credits: 20
Module: Evidence Based Approaches To Public Health Practice Credits: 20
Module: Family Centred Public Health Credits: 20
Module: Nurse Prescribing (V100) Credits: 10
Module: Perspectives On Safeguarding For Scphn Practice Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting part-time undergraduate study in 2021/2022 are £4,625 per year (based on studying 60 credits per year).

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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