Taught course

District Nursing

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

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Entry requirements

Access to the DN 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 Part One (Adult/ RN1/ RNA) of the NMC register as an Adult Nurse and active UK Nurse
  • 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:
  • access to a community practice teacher and placement area
  • a source of NHS funding (employment) to enable payment of the course fees.


  • 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.

English language requirements

A requirement of the application is that you are UK registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and a working UK visa that would permit your employment in the NHS as a Nurse.

Months of entry


Course content

Our District Nursing PGDip is community nurses who want to prepare for (or consolidate) a leadership role.

The course prepares you for the changing face of community nursing. You will:

  • strengthen your leadership attributes
  • become a skillful specialist practitioner
  • learn how to lead and bring about change in your practice environments.

A large amount of your time will be spent in the practice environment. You will have a practice teacher who will support the development of your professional practice.

Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas. They maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally and across the region. We also have well-established links with national and international colleagues, organisations and institutions. This ensures that the curriculum reflects current practice issues.

You will gain a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) community specialist practitioner (CSP) award.

Information for international students

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

Fees and funding

Self funding for this course is not an option

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

+44 (0) 1865 484848