Taught course

Specialist Community Practitioner (District Nursing)

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Health

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • to be practising as an Adult nurse
  • current level one registration on the NMC professional register (part one)
  • a minimum of one year’s post-registration experience
  • 120 credits at Level 5 (to study at Level 6) or 120 credits at Level 6 (to study at postgraduate level) in nursing
Additional information:
  • non-graduates may, in exceptional circumstances, gain entry to the programme by virtue of a strong portfolio, which provides evidence of significant achievement, plus a DipHE in a related area (eg nursing or public health) and written work equivalent to the standard of a first degree
  • RPL is accepted on this programme
  • confirmation of satisfactory references and DBS check are also required
  • Students who wish to undertake V300 Independent and Supplementary Non-Medical Prescribing (NMP) as part of the PgDip Specialist Community Practitioner Community Children's Nursing Programme must have at least one years’ post registration experience. Students wishing to undertake this module must also be deemed competent by, and obtain permission and support from their employer.
  • students must be seconded or sponsored by an NHS Organisation
If you have any specific queries, please contact health@ljmu.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

LJMU's Specialist Community Practitioner (District Nursing) course combines theory and primary care practice, preparing practitioners to lead service development.
  • Study for a District Nursing qualification recorded with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Follow a curriculum developed by a team of nationwide policy influencers
  • Learn from expert nurses and visiting specialists
  • Have your professional competencies, as set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), assessed in theory and practice
  • Benefit practice placements with an NMC approved practice teacher
  • This course will only run subject to minimum numbers
The course’s student-centred approach values prior learning and experience and builds on existing clinical and theoretical knowledge.
You will be encouraged to share your past experiences as you network within your peer group and beyond.
Many sessions are co-taught with other community nursing programmes enabling you to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the roles played by, and the challenges faced by, other healthcare specialists.
You can study full-time or part-time. Modules are delivered one or two days a week and clinical placements intersperse the classroom learning blocks. Theory days can be used for activities such as complementary module-related sessions, masterclasses, personal study and assignment preparation.
You will be appointed a Personal Tutor to support and oversee your progress throughout the course and you will work with an experienced Practitioner on work placements.
Formal teaching takes place in Tithebarn Street in the city centre campus. This vibrant location offers everything you could possibly need during your studies. The resident Avril Robarts library, for example, is open 24/7 during semesters and has computer rooms, learning spaces and on site catering facilities.

Information for international students

Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

You can study full time (40 weeks) or part time (80 weeks). Modules are delivered one or two days a week and clinical placements intersperse the classroom learning blocks.

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090