Taught course

Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (HV/SN)

Birmingham City University · Faculty of Health

Entry requirements

First level registration with the NMC (1 year's post-registration experience ideal) is required. If awaiting confirmation of registration, there must be evidence of successful completion of a pre-registration nursing or midwifery programme and evidence of application for NMC registration. To access BSc (Hons): You need the equivalent of 240 credits of which 120 must be at level 5 (higher diploma level). To access PG Diploma: If you have previously studied at level 6, you may be eligible for entry onto the postgraduate award. It is essential that students obtain an organised practice placement with a Primary Care Trust (PCT) and an allocated practice teacher in the defined area of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice. Without a qualified practice teacher we regret that we cannot offer a place on this course. Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health Clearance is required prior to course entry.

Months of entry


Course content

This engaging course will train you to become a knowledgeable and skilled health care practitioner. Delivered as 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practice, you will develop a broad knowledge of the complex issues of specialist practice. This course can be taken full-time or part-time.

You’ll study at our state-of-the-art City South Campus, which boasts cutting-edge facilities. Previous students on the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) course have progressed into roles with institutions such as Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, working as health visitors, public health nurses and school nurses.

To complete this course, you need to secure a position in a Trust as Student Health Visitor/School Nurse. These are advertised on the NHS Jobs website later on in the year.

Fees and funding

UK students

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Pre-entry Enquiries