Taught course

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing)

Teesside University · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

• a Degree of 2:2 or above or • successful study at postgraduate level. • an NMC-valid registration as either a registered nurse or midwife • successful interview and subject to: o support of an employing organisation who will give an undertaking to enable access to /or facilitate access to the appropriate learning opportunities. Normally you have supernumerary status throughout the programme of learning. o A nominated practice teacher who will contribute to the teaching and assessment process. o a satisfactory work-based risk assessment. Current satisfactory enhanced DBS (formerly known as a CRB check). This will be carried out by their employing organisation.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is for registered nurses or midwives who wish to gain registration on Part 3 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register, as a specialist community public health nurse (School Nurse) and be recorded as a community prescriber. It offers you the opportunity to gain registration as a school nurse, community prescriber and for academic development at master’s level. You develop public health practice knowledge and skills in addressing health inequalities with individuals and communities along with public health leadership skills, to enable you to contribute to the new school nursing agenda.

What you study

You study evidence based practice and the factors which impact on the health and well-being of children, young people and their families; protection and safeguarding standards for children and young people; the new school nursing agenda; public health, personal leadership philosophies and behaviours and their application within organisational settings; public health nursing practice, legal and ethical dimensions. Prescribing from the community practitioners’ formulary, and designing and managing a service evaluation.

Where you study

The programme comprises 50% theory and 50% practice within an integrated approach. Practice based learning – you are allocated a practice teacher by your sponsoring organisation who facilitates your learning in practice and is responsible for the assessment of your competence in practice.

How you learn

Teaching methods include lecturers, seminars, experiential learning, scenarios, problem based learning, case study work, simulations, action learning sets, and peer led seminars and discussions.

Learning in practice is supported with the development of a practice progress file, which includes self-assessment activities, learning contracts, learning logs, reflective dialogue and discussion with practice teachers, mentors and academic staff.

How you are assessed

Assessments include examinations, a defended poster, essays, case study analysis, research proposal and simulations. Practice is assessed via the practice progress file through the mechanism of the tripartite meetings which include you, your practice teacher and your academic mentor.

Professional placement

Following successful completion of the required theoretical learning outcomes (120 credits at master’s level) and the specialist community public health nursing practice competencies (NMC 2004) you are eligible to register as a specialist community public health nurse (school nurse), be recorded as a community prescriber on the NMC register and eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing).

Following completion of the PgDip in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing) an opportunity will be available to continue your studies and complete a 60 credit master’s level dissertation module leading to an MSC Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing). This is undertaken as one year part-time or six months full time study after SCPHN (SN) registration with the NMC. It must be completed within five years of commencing the PgDip.

Career opportunities

The course prepares you to work as a school nurse and to take practice forward to meet the challenges of a dynamic school nursing profession.

Fees and funding

Please note that due to current anticipated changes to NHS education and HE funding, information will be updated on Teesside University website. Please check this prior to application.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations50
Professional practice50

Course contact details

School of Health & Social Care Admissions
+44 (0) 1642 384176