Taught course

Specialist Practice District Nursing

Sheffield Hallam University · Faculty Health and Wellbeing

Entry requirements

To complete the course you typically need

• at least 120 credits at level 6 (or pending results prior to the course starting)
• current registration on part one (nursing) of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) register
• normally at least one year's post-registration experience
• to be working as a community staff nurse working in a community team
• self-declaration of good health and character as required by the NMC
• to have successfully applied for a student district nurse NHS training post
• to have a sponsoring health care organisation and be employed by the NHS for the duration of the course

If you are shortlisted you attend a joint NHS and Sheffield Hallam Interview. You must bring original copies of your qualifications, certificates, NMC registration, course application form and references with you. This interview is your opportunity to demonstrate that you have the personal, NHS values based and intellectual qualities to complete the course and meet the required standards to become a district nurse.

You must show how you strive to improve health and wellbeing and peoples experience of the NHS.

You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more.

Course enrolment – professional requirements
Before enrolling, you must fully declare during the admissions process any
• unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on convictions that must be declared see the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) website.
• disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or educational establishments
• involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations

You also need to complete
• a DBS Enhanced Disclosure, and provide us with a copy of your DBS Enhanced Disclosure Certificate if requested. Enrolment also depends on the DBS check being deemed suitable for professional training.
• occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course and an approved programme of immunisation, as recommended by the Department of Health. Health screening and immunisation are provided by your employer.

If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements – from when you apply to the end of your course – you must tell the Professional Issues Team immediately by calling 0114 225 3995 or 0114 225 5786.

Months of entry


Course content

Specialise in district nursing and take advantage of career opportunities in this area. The course aims to develop you as an expert practitioner in the field of district nursing, equipping you to lead and manage multi-professional teams within an integrated setting. Completing the postgraduate diploma enables you to meet all Nursing and Midwifery Council standards for the specialism and join the NMC register as a district nurse and nurse prescriber. The course comprises 50% practice and 50% theory to ensure your learning can be directly applied to practice.

Information for international students

Please visit our website at https://www.shu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

There is support available to help you afford tuition fees and living costs whilst your study at Hallam. Find out at https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding.

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to international students who study this course. Visit https://www.shu.ac.uk/international/fees-scholarships-and-discounts to find out more.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months months
part time
36-72 months months
distance learning
24-72 months months


full time
10 months

Course contact details

Health and wellbeing
+44 (0)114 225 5555