Taught course

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing

Oxford Brookes University · Department of Nursing

Entry requirements

Access to the SCPHN course is open to practitioners who meet the following criteria.

This course is at level 7 (Master’s Degree) therefore evidence is required of recent study at level 6 (degree level).

You must:

  • be registered on either the nursing or midwife (parts one or two of the NMC register)
  • be able to demonstrate evidence of recent study at level 6 on entry
  • have secured a student place within an NHS Trust which will ensure the following:
  • have access to a community practice teacher and placement area
  1. have a source of NHS funding (employment) to enable payment of the course fees.
  2. have a source of NHS funding (employment) to enable payment of the course fees.

Self funding for this course is not an option


  • entry onto the course will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure Barring Service clearance
  • evidence of being currently on the NMC register will also be required.
  • successful entry to this course is subject to satisfactory references.


All applicants will be screened for fitness for practice and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.

Months of entry


Course content

Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

This innovative Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing) course enables you to develop your practice as a specialist public health nurse. You will complete the programme as a collaborative public health practitioner, who is able to lead practice forward and work in partnership with clients and other professions and agencies.

The overall philosophy of the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing - Health Visiting or School Nursing (SCPHN) course is to provide an excellent course structure and teaching and learning methods in both academic and practice settings. We believe that academic preparation is an integral part of practice development and that both are part of the same process. Our aim is to enable you to be a high-quality practitioner who is a skilful public health nurses in School Nursing or Health Visiting, and is able to bring about change in practice environments.This course is not available to students classed as International for fees purposes.

Why choose this course?

  • This course will strengthen your leadership attributes in order to prepare you for the public health workforce as a SCPHN
  • The curriculum content will reflect currency in practice issues, this will include the exploration of contemporary public health high impact areas across the fields of practice.
  • We support multi and inter-professional learning and teaching, offering excellent opportunities for shared learning across the university.
  • Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas and maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally or across the region, and have established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international levels to enable contemporaneous teaching material and speakers.
  • You will benefit from the fact that we are a student-centred institution that is fully committed to each individual achieving their potential. To support this, we offer a broad range of student support schemes to facilitate learning and development.
  • We have an excellent track record of high levels of student satisfaction and high employability.

Professional accreditation

Students successfully completing this course will be eligible for registration by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) on the Third part of the register (Specialist Community Public Health Nursing), and for registration as able to prescribe from the community practitioners formulary (V100).

Information for international students

This course is not available to students classed as International for fees purposes.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0)1865 488111