Taught course

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

Manchester Metropolitan University · Department of Nursing

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a first level qualification on part one or two of the NMC register.

Applicants for PgDip will normally have a UK honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject, with a minimum of a 2:2 classification and demonstrate the ability to study independently at level 7.

Months of entry


Course content

Explore public health, community development, health needs assessment, and health inequalities. Critically examine safeguarding issues, factors affecting emotional wellbeing, and ethics in public health.

As a health visitor, you’ll usually work in the community with families and young children up to the age of five. As a school nurse, you’ll work with children in education, from primary schools to secondary schools and colleges.

Our Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) course is for nurses and midwives who already hold a first level qualification on part one or two of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register. You’ll spend half of this course in a clinical setting, so you’ll also need to have a supported practice placement when you apply, this is obtained by applying to NHS Trusts via NHS jobs.

You’ll spend 50% of the timetabled course in a health visiting or school nursing community placement depending on the field you’ve chosen.

When you graduate, you’re eligible to register on part three of the NMC register as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse.

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