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District Nursing BSc (Hons)

District Nursing (Specialist Practice) is a unique and innovative programme, designed to meet the needs of nursing practitioners who wish to advance their knowledge and skills to expert specialist level within District Nursing practice.


The Programme is a post registration award and professional qualification designed to meet the professional needs of Registered Nurses who will be working in a Primary Health care setting. The programme is designed to meet the needs of individual practitioners seeking a flexible and adaptable route to a degree level qualification and specialist practitioner recorded qualification with the NMC.

This is a standard programme and you will not need to select individual modules when making your application. Specialist academic and clinical colleagues have worked collaboratively to develop expert core modules for Specialist District Nursing including Community Formulary Prescribing v100 (full-time).

This programme is also offered as an MSc.

Reasons to study District Nursing (Specialist Practice) at De Montfort University:

  • Benefit from flexible study alongside your work commitments
  • You can obtain a specialist practitioner recordable qualification with the NMC
  • Our strong links with clinical practice, combined with direct input and teaching from experienced colleagues in clinical settings, ensures your learning is relevant to current practice
  • With an integrated theory and practice approach, you will develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for safe and effective specialist practice to patients and clients, as well as the confidence to deliver clinical decision making, make developments and advancements in clinical healthcare, and manage strategic change within your workplace
  • Our practitioner - and research-based academic staff are experienced specialists in clinical areas of practice; familiar with the evidence-based informing specialist district nursing practice and a wide range of accompanying issues and debates
  • You will also benefit from experienced visiting lecturers, ensuring your learning is at the cutting-edge of developments in the sector
  • Inter-professional learning develops your ability to work as part of a multi-professional team
  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

BSc (Hons) District Nursing (with NMC Specialist Practitioner Qualification) and Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber (NMC V100).

Duration: Full-time only

Days of attendance differ between modules and delivery mode

Induction: There is a three day induction for this programme

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Eligibility: To be eligible for this programme you need to be an employee of a community nursing trust, and will be seconded on to the programme following an interview with your manager.

For further information please contact Donna Edwards, Programme Lead at



Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

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Entry criteria

  • Effective registration with Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC Professional Register).
  • A minimum of two year’s post-registration clinical experience, normally within a community healthcare practice setting. Applicants must also possess 120 credits at level four and level five.
  • Must have the ability to study successfully at degree level.
  • You should also be able to demonstrate evidence of undertaking relevant practice development and/or additional post registration study at level 6.
  • Should normally have evidence of successful academic level 6 study within the last five years. 
  • You will be expected to attend an interview.

You must complete a declaration form and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (if you are overseas you will also need to submit a criminal records certificate from your home country), before starting the course, which need to be cleared in accordance with DMU’s admission policy. Contact us for up-to-date information.

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

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Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise



Course Modules

BSc (Hons) District  Nursing (with NMC Specialist Practitioner Qualification) and Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber (NMC V100)

Programme is offered full time over 1 year - all modules to be undertaken by all students:

  • SPEC 3608 Developing expertise in District Nursing (30 credits) semester one
  • SPEC 3615 The community agenda (15 credits) semester one
  • PCPH 3041 Developing research skills (15 credits) – semester one
  • PCPH 3040 Organisational development and change in contemporary healthcare (15 credits) semester two
  • SPEC 3601 The accountable practitioner (15 credits)- semester two
  • SPEC 3604 Physical & psychosocial examination skills for specialist practice (30 credits) semester two
  • NMAH 3112 Community formulary prescribing (V100) (0 credits) year long

Teaching and assessment

The course adopts a range of teaching and learning strategies designed to facilitate the learning of a professional group; aiming to be efficient and motivating in the transfer of theoretical and practical knowledge, and to engage positively in actively negotiating, constructing and evaluating learning. Strategies include;

  • Teacher-led sessions
  • Student-led seminars and presentations
  • Discussions and tutorials
  • Independent study
  • Focused reflection
  • as well as a range of experiential teaching methods

You must complete a total of 120 credits and V(100) for the BSc (Hons) in District Nursing

Academic expertise

A key strength of our team is that they are experienced specialists in clinical areas of practice; familiar with the evidence-based informing specialist nursing practice and a wide range of accompanying issues and debates.

Visiting lecturers will also contribute to the modules to broaden your perspective of specialist district nursing regionally and nationally. In addition, many staff members are actively involved in undertaking research. 

Facilities and features

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Substantial investment has developed our teaching and learning facilities to help you expand your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.

Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff to ensure that you develop a precise and accurate practical ability in the clinical skills suites.


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.

During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.

We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

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