Taught course

Community Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing)

ARU (Anglia Ruskin University) · Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care

Entry requirements

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning in September 2021, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning. Our website also has general information for new students about starting university in 2021-22.

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@aru.ac.uk for further information.

Months of entry


Course content

Build on the community knowledge, skills and experience you’ve gained as a qualified nurse with our Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) approved postgraduate course. To apply for this course, you must already be approved to do so by your funding organisation.

District nursing is vital to the sustainability of the NHS, now and in the future.

Our one-year postgraduate diploma combines university study with experience in practice. With the support of Practice Assessors and Supervisors, you’ll enhance your knowledge of working and caring for people in the community.

In particular, you'll focus on population and caseload management; on supporting your patients to achieve and sustain independence; and on caring for those who are either unwell, recovering or at end of life.

As a graduate, you’ll qualify as a Community Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing), an NMC recordable qualification.

Fees and funding

This course is fully funded
Places on this course are fully funded by Health Education East of England and the sponsoring employers.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

ARU Applicant Enquiries Team