Applicants must have a first level registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). You must have acquired a credit rating of 120 credits at Level Five (Diploma). If you have not achieved 120 Level Five credits, you can undertake a process of Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL). You should ideally be working in a community setting but if you are a direct entrant to a new speciality, placements maybe negotiated. If you have taken the Fundamentals of Community Practice Module (30 credits) within the last five years, this can be transferred to the award.
Months of entry
This award is back-filled and fully funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and gives you an understanding of the contemporary primary and community health agenda. The award also meets the specific requirements from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) regarding community nursing competence.
The NMC states that to achieve specialist practitioner status, graduates must have achieved prescribed standards, both core and community-specific. When you successfully complete this award, you will receive a specialist practitioner qualification in your chosen pathway.
The pathways available are Practice Nursing, Community Children's Nursing, District Nursing or Community Learning Disability Nursing.
This programme is structured around the requirements of the NMC (2001) Standards for Specialist Education and Practice.
There are two core modules, Fundamentals of Community Practice and Decision Making, and specified modules:
Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing)
Specialist Practitioner (Children's Community Nursing)
Specialist Practitioner (Practice Nursing)
Specialist Practitioner (Community Learning Disability Nursing)
Law, Ethics and Nurse Prescribing (specified for District Nurses, optional all other pathways)
Practice Project (specified for all pathways)
There are also a number of optional modules.
How You Will Study
If you study full-time, you will be released from practice for one academic year (September to June). A variety of teaching and learning methods will be adopted such as taught sessions, tutorials, self-directed study, distance learning and blended learning. While in practice, you will be assigned a clinical mentor who will assess your clinical competence.
For part-time students, you will need to devote 300 hours of study to the academic component of the course for each year, which will consist of 30 academic days (September to June). A variety of teaching and learning methods are adopted such as taught sessions, tutorials, self-directed study, distance learning and blended learning. In addition to the 30 academic days, you will have to complete 30 clinical days. While in practice, you will be assigned a clinical mentor who will assess your clinical competence.
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Enquiries & Admissions
- 08455 194 787
- 01443 654050