Taught course

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing)

Manchester Metropolitan University · Department of Nursing

Entry requirements

*Applicants must be a first level nurse or midwife with two years' experience and an active registration on the NMC professional register DipHE or completed Stage 2 of a relevant undergraduate degree. Applicants must have a supported practice placement and are sponsored or seconded from a Primary Care Trust funded by NHS North West. Interview required.

Months of entry


Course content

Nursing is a demanding, yet rewarding profession. Our undergraduate programmes have been designed, developed and are delivered to recognise the core values of the NHS and the required standards of our accrediting body the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

We are one of the largest university trainers of Nursing and Health Professionals in the north west of England and are very proud of our strong associations and partnerships with the local NHS trusts and other stakeholders. Our award-winning pre-registration Adult Nursing programme has been developed in partnership with practice colleagues and service users to provide a high quality, flexible, student-centred and patient-focused educational experience.

This course is designed to lead to careers in Health Visiting or School Nursing. Applicants must be a first level nurse or midwife with a current or pending registration on the NMC Professional register and must have a supported practice placement. All aspects of the course focus on the development of skills, knowledge and attributes required for the SCPHN role. There is a focus on public health, community development, health needs assessment and health inequalities.

The programme builds on the core values of the NHS constitution and is approved by the NMC to offer students the opportunity to gain a specialist practitioner qualification in Community Children's Nursing, Community Learning Disabilities Nursing, District Nursing or General Practice Nursing.

There are two intakes to this course in October and January.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

Further information on fees and funding for this programme can be found on our prospectus


Qualification and course duration


full time
12-24 months
part time
24-36 months


part time
24-36 months
full time
12-24 months


part time
24-36 months
full time
12-24 months

Further details of qualification

On completion of the SCPHN course, students can exit with a Post Graduate Diploma in SCPHN (120 credits at M level). Those wishing to gain MSc SCPHN (180 credits at M level) will need to undertake phase 2- The Masters Dissertation unit.


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations25
Written coursework / continuous assessment25
Professional practice50

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)161 247 6969