PgDip Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visitor)

Study Mode Full-time
Year of Entry 2024/25


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.

Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 for the course

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    1 Year

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    Collegiate Campus

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

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 visitor or student nurse.

Accredited by
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

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 - Health Visitor or School Nurse.
You must be registered with the NMC in order to practise as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse in the UK.
To access the full course and gain the NMC recognised qualifications, you need to be sponsored by an employing NHS organisation (hence have NHS contract for the length of the course).

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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

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Lisa Paduch
Senior Lecturer

I am part of a team teaching on the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing / Community Specialist Practitioners course and will be planning and delivering the co … 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.

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

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Entry requirements

All students

You will normally have:

  • 120 credits at level 6 (or pending results prior to the course starting)
  • Current registration on part 1 (Nursing) or part 2 (Midwifery) of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register
  • Enhanced level of disclosure Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Self-declaration of good health and character in line with the NMC requirements
  • Please note in order to be eligible for this course you need funding arrangements in place via sponsorship with an NHS employer with a minamum of 1 year contract. if this employment is terminated at any point this will result in the loss of your place on the course. Please note this is a requirement to apply for the course and is different from tuition fees explained under section 7. 
  • Opportunity and managerial support to access an appropriate placement overseen by a Practice Teacher 
  • Ability to demonstrate the potential to practice at specialist level on completion of the programme

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, email our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

Final year

Compulsory modules

Developing Specialist Practice
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Developing Therapeutic Relationships With Clients
Credits 15
Assessment Practical(100%)
Evidence Based Approaches To Public Health Practice
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Family Centred Public Health
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Nurse Prescribing (V100)
Credits 15
Assessment Exam(100%)
Perspectives On Safeguarding For Scphn Practice
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Researching For Practice (Distance Learning)
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £9,250 for the course. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy.

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.

Additional costs for Nursing and midwifery courses (PDF, 358.7KB)

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


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We are Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for the outstanding quality of our teaching and student outcomes

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Home students can access a non-repayable maintenance grant of at least £5,000 per year, eligibility applies

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We are one of the largest training providers of health and social care in the UK, giving you access to cross-discipline learning

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