Taught course

Community Health Nursing Specialist Practitioner Programme

Birmingham City University · Faculty of Health
BSc(Hons) PGDip

Entry requirements

•Have a professional qualification and/or registration with the appropiate professional body •For BSc (Hons) you will need the equivalent of 240 credits of which a 120 must be at level 5 (diploma level). •For PGDip you will need to provide evidence of successful completion of accrediated Level 6 study within the last 5 years. •Have a minimum of 1-2 years professional experience where appropriate. •Securing secondment/sponsorship from a Primary care Trust •You will require an enhanced CRB and Occupational Health Clearance prior to course entry

Community childrens nursing, community learning disabilities nursing, community mental health nursing, nursing in the home - district nursing, general practice nursing, school nursing, public health nursing - health visiting.

Months of entry


Course content

This course offers a modular programme of study that aims to strengthen the academic and clinical base of Community Health Nursing. The course can be studied one year full-time or two years part-time (Specialist Practitioners).

This flexible modular course is designed to help you make the most of your learning whether you're keen to develop your knowledge and skills to degree level to become a Specialist Practitioner in the community, or you simply want to access modules to learn more about a certain area of practice.

The course is designed for Nurses and Midwives who are keen to work as Specialist Practitioners in the community.

The Specialist Practitioner programme the course is 50% theory and 50% practice, which are followed by an extended period of practice to make sure that you have every opportunity to put theory into practice.

You will be supported by a practice teacher who, will help you to learn and assess your abilities to meet the NMC competencies, demonstrate the qualities of a reflective practitioner with the ability to problem solve, making safe decisions in professional practice.

The aim of the course is to give you an in-depth knowledge of your speciality, enabling you to lead and develop practice as a positive role model in the provision of inter-professional practice.

As we respond to changing demand there is also a strong emphasis on sharing good practice. The course isn't simply about expanding your knowledge. It is about expanding the way you think. We'll encourage you to reflect, problem solve, think independently, creatively and innovatively as you learn to become a clinical leader of tomorrow. You'll also develop a broad and deeper knowledge and understanding of the complex issues involved in your area of specialist practice, as well as fostering an evidence-base that will empower your patient/client families and communities.

Fees and funding

Sponsorship may be available from primary care trusts.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-60 months
full time
12 months


part time
24-60 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)121 331 5595