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Specialist Community Public Health Nursing with NMC Registration BSc (Hons)

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) with Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Registration has been designed to support a wide range of registered nurses who wish to undertake health visiting and school nursing. You must have successfully achieved a secondment by a provider in order to access the course.

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The programme aims to ensure that students are prepared to promote health and social well- being through the achievement of the standards of proficiency of specialist community public health nursing (NMC 2004) and adherence to The Code (NMC, 2018).

Practitioners are challenged to consider the socio-economic, political and professional factors that influence and reflect health care demands and provision. They are facilitated in developing their knowledge and skills to enhance the provision of health care, by applying appropriate theory, research and evidence, to reflect contemporary perspectives. Emphasis is placed upon acknowledging the multi-dimensional nature of human beings and providing health promoting care through collaborative working.

Health visitors and School Nurses as Specialist Community Public Health Nurses will have the scope to develop strategies to expand their capacity to lead public health practice and participate in local health plans. The role for health visitors and school nurses focuses on individual, family and community centred public health to improve and tackle health inequalities.The ultimate aim is for you to mature into someone with the skills, knowledge and understanding to function as a valuable member of the community, and become a reflective, evidence-based and innovative practitioner as you deliver a client-centred programme of care.

  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

Duration: BSc (Hons) SCPHN (health visiting and school nursing) with or without V100

Full-time 52 weeks SCPHN (health visiting and school nursing) with or without V100

Fees and funding: Successful Secondment from provider to undertake the Specialist Community Public Health Programme.

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

This course is not available to international students.

Entry criteria

All students must have an effective registration on either the Nursing or Midwifery part of the NMC professional register as a first level nurse.


Also possess 120 credits at levels 4 and 5 and have the ability to study successfully at degree level.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can be considered where there is a shortfall in entry requirements.  A maximum of 45 credits can be brought to this course via RPL once the student has commenced on the programme.   


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise



Core modules:

  • Contemporary Approaches to child Development 0-19
  • Promoting the wellbeing of Children and Young people 0- 19
  • Public Health
  • Developing Research Skills
  • Organisational Development and Change in Contemporary Healthcare
  • An Assest Approach to Support Effective Parenting
  • Protecting and Safeguarding Children and Adults
  • Complex Health Needs

Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

A range of appropriate strategies will be used. Strategies may include:

  • Lectures, online learning and discussion methods, providing the knowledge to underpin practice and to promote student participation and the sharing of views.
  • Tutor led seminars to promote reflection, clinical learning, academic progress and to provide opportunities to address student issues.
  • Group work to explore complex issues and difficult concepts in regards to problem solving and skill development.
  • Computer based learning/internet facilities to access web based information
  • Student led seminars to promote reflection, participation and academic development.
  • Independent learning to develop the skills necessary for student centred life long learning flexible learning.

The assessments will include a range of possible approaches:

  • Portfolio of learning
  • Case studieswritten examination
  • Reflective accounts
  • Community Profile
  • Presentations
  • Essays
  • Report writing

A key strength of our team is that pathway leads are experienced SCPH nurses registered on part three of the NMC register in health visiting and school nurse fields of practice; familiar with the evidence-based informing SCPHN and a wide range of accompanying issues and debates.

Visiting lecturers will also contribute to the modules to broaden your perspective of public health nursing regionally and nationally. In addition, many staff members are actively involved in undertaking research within this area of practice.

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences 


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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This course offers an optional sandwich year; usually as an employee of an approved NHS pathology centre, or a research or industrial laboratory.

Students undertaking the sandwich year often benefit from their placements being funded. Previous opportunities have included placements with:

  • The Health Protection Agency
  • Wickham Laboratories
  • Rutland Biodynamic
  • Local NHS Trusts
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Graduate Careers

A BSc (Hons) or PG Dip academic award and professional qualification (recommended to the NMC part three of the register) will allow you to practise as either as a health visitor or school nurse (dependent on field undertaken) in providing high quality child, family, group and wider community specialist public health nursing care in clinical practice.


How to apply

Online application form and guidance notes

Course Leader
Dawn Loman
T: 0116 201 3813

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