Taught course

Nursing - Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN)

Ulster University · School of Nursing

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Entry requirements

•Applicants must have current Part 1or 2 registration in either nursing or midwifery with the Nursing & Midwifery Council •BSc Hons/BSc degree in Nursing or a health related area OR •A Diploma of Higher Education in Nursing/midwifery which is equivalent to 240 academic credits OR •Applicants without a Diploma Higher Education in nursing/midwifery must have successfully completed a portfolio of evidence for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) which demonstrates the achievement of all Level 4 and Level 5 learning outcomes. Please note this APL portfolio must be successfully completed and assessed by Ulster University before applicant can proceed to interview. •Health Visiting students are required to apply through a Regional Recruitment and Selection process and pass the standard set at interview •Occupational Health Nurses and School Nurses apply directly to the HSCT and must pass the standard set at interview •Provide an Access NI Enhanced Disclosure certificate, which is current on application to Ulster.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme is designed to prepare students to register on the 3rd part of the NMC Professional Register in the following areas – health visiting or school nursing. This programme is only offered on a full time basis for Health Visiting and School Nursing students.

Practice learning
Students undertaking a programme leading to a Specialist Community and Public Health Nursing qualification complete 113 days of practice to permit you to attain the required specialist competencies and enable you to make the necessary links between theory and practice. Each student has a Teacher Practitioner identified who provides the support, guidance and facilitation necessary for the student to develop the competencies/attributes needed and assesses their achievement.

Information for international students

International students must achieve a score of 7 overall and 7 on each sub-scale on the IELTS test of proficiency in English (NMC requirement). Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Fees and funding

The course is fully funded by the Health and Social Care Trusts but occupational health nurses can apply to self fund.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Aishlinn Long
+44 (0)28 9036 6366