Taught course

Specialist Practitioner Community District Nursing

University of Bedfordshire · School of Education

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent. You must have a degree or Diploma of Higher Education with evidence of continuing professional development. In addition, applicants should hold a relevant current, professional qualification as a Registered Nurse (Adult) with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. A variation to current University regulations has been approved to enable those students who registered for, and successfully completed, the PGDip Specialist Practitioner Community District Nursing course as the target award, to register to complete the masters qualification by taking the 60 credit dissertation unit (Service Improvement Project).

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

When you study with us on this course, you will focus on the provision of healthcare and social care to individuals, groups and communities within specialist community services.

The focus is on developing your competence, confidence and expertise in assessing the needs of your clients, and working in partnership with them to make informed, holistic health choices.

The ultimate aim is for you to mature into someone with the skills, knowledge and understanding to function as a valuable member of the community, and become a reflective, evidence-based and innovative practitioner as you deliver a client-centred programme of care.

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Key features

  • Study issues of direct relevance to your personal and professional development and achievement of status as a District Nurse, and increase your prospects of fulfilling employment.
  • Explore the latest research and practice, and develop a range of public health nursing skills that are pertinent to district nursing.
  • Develop your sensitivity and understanding in relation to cultural and religious values, beliefs, abilities and the needs of individuals, groups and populations.
  • Gain an understanding of the evidence on which care interventions are based in order to promote, evaluate and design interventions, and critically develop effective questioning techniques to enhance your communication skills.
  • Benefit from student-focused, self-directed and guided learning that uses a variety of teaching methods including e-learning, work and problem based learning, simulation, role play and student-led seminars.

Areas of study

  • Assessments And Diagnostic Skills In Specialist Practitioner Community District Nursing (CEL029-6) Compulsory
  • Public Health: Principles, Policies And Practice In Specialist Community District Nursing (CEL032-6) Compulsory
  • Service Improvement Project In District Nursing (CEL013-6) Compulsory
  • Specialist Practitioner Community District Nursing With V100 Community Nurse Prescribing (CEL035-6) Compulsory
  • Transforming Healthcare Through Effective Leadership (CEL016-6) Compulsory

Career prospects

During the course you will acquire a range of professional and transferrable skills which are intended to prepare you for working as a District Nurse. The course provides a student- focused process for integrating personal, academic and career development. You are encouraged to undertake self-assessment to identify your strengths, interests and development needs in relation to your learning needs. Through negotiation with your personal academic tutor you will be enabled to identify your areas of interest and the areas in which you feel you need to develop. Towards the end of your studies you will be actively supported and advised regarding potential career development.

Information for international students

See Fees and Funding for International Students for full information.

Fees and funding

See UK/EU Postgraduate students for full information on fees and funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0300 3300 073