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Nursing (Specialist District Nursing)

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

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 The course specifically caters for clinically experienced nurses seeking a flexible route to a BSc Honours level qualification that has a recordable Specialist Practitioner Qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (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 and clinical modules for the following areas:

Specialist District Nursing including Community Formulary Prescribing v100 (full-time or part-time).

Full time pathways


Reasons to study Nursing (Specialist District Nursing) at DMU:

  • Benefit from flexible study alongside your work commitments

  • This is a specialist pathway with a range of modules relevant to District Nursing Practice

  • 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 higher level clinical decision making, make consistent developments and advancements in clinical healthcare, and drive through strategic or operational 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 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

  • DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]


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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B72042

Duration: Normally two years part-time or one year full-time 

Start date: Induction : There is a one and a half day specific induction for this course

Attendance: Days of attendance differ between modules and delivery mode

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: 

Full-time 15 credit taught module £525
Part-time 15 credit taught module £525

If you are an NHS East Midlands employee, you may be eligible for funding from Health Education East Midlands and should check with your line manager/trust authorised signatory. Employees from the private, voluntary and independent sector may also be eligible. Please contact us for more information.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

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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Key facts for international students

Not available to international students


Entry criteria

  • Effective registration with Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC Professional Register).
  • At least two year’s post-registration clinical experience, normally within a community healthcare practice setting.
  • Possess 120 credits at level four and level five.
  • Demonstrate the ability to study successfully at degree level.
  • You must have as successfully completed a Mentorship module at minimum of level 6.
  • Should demonstrate evidence of undertaking relevant practice development and/or additional post registration study at level 6.
  • Applicants should normally have evidence of successful academic level 6 study within the last five years. 
  • Demonstration of direct and continuing contact with clients who have specialist care needs, prior to and continuing throughout the duration of the course.
  • Provide two references, one giving emphasis to academic ability and the second relevant to clinical experience.
  • 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


BSc (Hons) modules (NMC recordable) - all modules to be undertaken by all students:

  • Accountable Practitioner (15 credits) - semester one, year one
  • Using Research Evidence in Practice (15 credits) - semester one, year one
  • Physical and Psychosocial Examination and Consultation Skills for Specialist Practice (30 credits) - semester two, year one
  • Developing Expertise in District Nursing (30 credits) - semester one, year two
  • Organisational Development and Change in Contemporary Health Care (15 credits) - semester two, year two
  • Community Agenda (15 credits) year two, semester two
  • V100 Community Formulary prescribing “0” credit Module year two, semester three

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
  • A range of experiential teaching methods

You must complete 120 credits for the BSc (Hons).

Only 30 credits of modules can be studied per semester in the part-time mode, 60 credits can be studied in the full-time mode.

Teaching contact hours

Contact hours in a typical week will depend to some extent on the optional modules you choose to study. However, typically you will have up to 13 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1  hours of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week

Medium group teaching: 4  hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week

Large group teaching: 8  hours of lectures each week

Personal study: 6.5 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities, etc.

In addition 2 days per week in placement.

Part-time route is pro-rata

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 nursing regionally and nationally. In addition, many staff members are actively involved in undertaking research within this area of clinical practice.

Facilities and features

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Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

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

Learn more about DMU’s first-class study facilities.


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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