Taught course

Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (School Nurse)

Birmingham City University · School of Health Sciences

Entry requirements

First level registration with the NMC (one year's post-registration experience ideal) 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 PG Diploma: if you have previously studied at level 6, you may be eligible for entry onto the postgraduate award. Please contact our Personal Development Department (PDD) or the Programme Director for further information.
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.
Enhanced CRB and Occupational Health Clearance is required prior to course entry.

Months of entry

February, September

Course content

Do you have a desire become a School Nurse? The Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) course is aimed at registered nurses or midwives who wish to develop their knowledge and skills within the context of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing).

SCPHN practitioners are uniquely placed to reach, children, young people, families and communities. Being supported by academic assessors, practice assessors, and practice supervisors (NMC, 2018) students will develop skills that enable them to work collaboratively, ensuring support for children, young people and families is effective and proportionate to need.

Underpinned by research and evidence the SCPHN course provides a range of learning opportunities which encourage students to; become autonomous practitioners in public health; adopt a life course approach to their developing practice and to develop skills to effect change that reduce health inequalities.

Students will reflect their knowledge and skill development by achievement of the NMC Standards of Proficiency for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (NMC, 2004). The NMC SCPHN standards include four domains, which require SCPHN practitioners to search for health needs; stimulate an awareness of health needs; influence policies affecting health and facilitate health enhancing activities in different public health settings.

On successful completion of this course students are eligible for registration by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) on the third part of the register (specialist community public health nurse) and can prescribe from the community practitioners formulary (V100).

Information for international students

This course is not open to International students.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Learn more about postgraduate fees and funding

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)121 331 6295