Taught course

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

Manchester Metropolitan University · Department of Nursing

Entry requirements

Most health visitors tend to work in the NHS, and some of the places you might work at include GP surgeries, community clinics, in people’s homes or in the voluntary sector.

As a school nurse, you might work for the NHS, local councils or for a school. You’ll usually provide support and advice in school settings, though you might conduct home visits too (your role will depend upon the type of school and the location).

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, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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+44 (0)161 247 6969