Taught course

Community Nursing in the Home / District Nursing

Oxford Brookes University · Department of Psychology, Social Work and Public Health

Entry requirements

Applicants for the PGDip in Community Nursing in the Home / District Nursing course will normally be health care professionals with a minimum of one years professional (ie post-qualification) practice. In addition, you must normally: be registered on the relevant nursing part of the NMC register and demonstrate evidence of Advanced Level study on entry; have the support of your manager or sponsorship from a Primary Care or Hospital Trust; have access to a community practice teacher; have a source of funding to enable you to meet the course fees.

Months of entry


Course content

The community environments where health care is offered are undergoing great change. Achieving effective practice in these settings requires highly dynamic and flexible practitioners who can bring about positive change in relation to their community specialist practice.

For a service to be effective, it must be based upon ongoing assessment, planning and evaluation and involve an effective partnership between the patient/client, their carer, their family members and relevant population groups. This requires interdisciplinary, interprofessional and inter-agency collaboration. The importance of working collaboratively is therefore a central philosophy within the CSP PGDip course we offer.

The PGDip in Community Nursing in the Home / District Nursing (DN) comprises six single modules, four of which are compulsory and two of which are chosen from a possible four acceptable modules. You will be sponsored or seconded to study full-time over a period of 12 months, or two years part-time.

The four compulsory modules are:

- Leadership in Health and Social Care
- Community Specialist Practice 1 (DN)
- Community Specialist Practice 2 (DN)
- Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing (V100)

The acceptable modules are:

- Work-Based Learning (with a district nursing - DN - focus)
- Operational Management in Health and Social Care
- Advanced Communication and Supportive Relationships
- Advanced Symptom Management

Many opportunities are available to continue your studies. For example, you could take the credit you have achieved in the PGDip into the Student Designed Award and by completing a research module and a triple dissertation module to gain a master's degree.
Please note: as courses are reviewed regularly, the list of modules may vary from that shown here.

Teaching and learning

The teaching, learning and assessment strategies which underpin the courses reflect their interprofessional, client-centred and practice-focused approach.

We encourage group work and discussions so that you can develop new skills, knowledge and experience. Lively debates develop within the sessions and you will be able to discuss the relevant issues with others from different primary care trusts and the wider health and social care environment. To make the most of the range of experience, skills and knowledge within the group, a variety of teaching and learning strategies is employed, including seminars, discussions, debates and group work. You will also have access to the 'Brookes Virtual learning environment (an online repository of lectures, handouts, information and learning exercises).

The strategies we use encourage self-reflection, the integration of theory and practice, and interprofessional collaboration. Staff will support the development of your academic and professional practice.

Practice assessment is a key part of the assessment process and many strategies are used to assess your overall practice competence.

Assessment is based on a developmental process of acquiring, modifying and refining skills and knowledge during each module. A variety of assessments is used, including written assignments, a practice portfolio and examinations. Your practice knowledge and skills will also be assessed, so that you can demonstrate your ability to critically reflect on and develop practice in line with current professional standards.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English, you must demonstrate that your level of English is appropriate for postgraduate study - IELTS 6.5-7.0 overall, or equivalent. This course is not available to non-EEA students unless you have an immigration status which allows you to study PT in the UK.

Fees and funding

You need to obtain funding and sponsorship from your strategic health authority through your local trust.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0) 1865 488111