Taught course

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Health Nursing)

University of South Wales · University of South Wales

Entry requirements

Applicants need professional and academic qualifications. You must have NMC professional registration of at least one year's duration and be on Part One and/or Part Two of the NMC Register as a Registered Nurse and/or a Registered Midwife. Applicants should usually have an Honours degree, although consideration will be given through the accreditation of prior and experiential learning (APEL) mechanism if you do not possess these qualifications. Prospective candidates will be interviewed by the course team, which in most cases would include a member of the NHS trust that provides student placements for 50% of the course duration.

BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Occupational Health Nursing) BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Health Nursing)

Months of entry

April, September

Course content

This health visiting course has been developed to meet the demands of this rapidly changing field, providing you with a professional qualification that recognises your expertise.

Registered specialist community public health nurses (SCPHNs), ie, health visitors or school health nurses, aim to reduce health inequalities by working with individuals, families and communities to promote good health and prevent ill health.

We place emphasis on partnership working that cuts across disciplinary, professional and organisational boundaries.

What You Will Study

PgD modules:

Development Across the Lifespan for SCPHN
Research Methods SCPHN
Law, Ethics and Nurse Prescribing
Professional Development and Governance for SCPHNs
Contemporary Issues for SCPHN
The Public Health Agenda and SCPHN
Successful completion of the above modules and the 24 clinical learning outcomes enables you to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for Part Three registration as an SCPHN (in either health visiting or school health nursing) and exit the course with a Postgraduate Diploma.

If you then undertake the 60-credit SCPHN dissertation module and successfully complete a dissertation, you will graduate with an MSc award. For this, you will critically examine a key area of SCPHN theory and/or practice in health visiting or school health nursing, to develop and enhance your own practice and leadership ability. You usually submit this within a calendar year of ending the taught modules. Please note that dissertation study is not funded by the Welsh Government.

How You Will Study

This course has been designed to meet the NMC (2004) SCPHN requirements of a 50/50 ratio of theory and practice. Learning and assessment will take place both at the University and in a range of clinical environments, and all modules involve theoretical and clinical assessments of equal weighting.

Where appropriate, there are work experience opportunities that involve use of the Welsh language. The PgD course attracts Welsh Government funding for NHS staff.

How does this course make me employable

This course prepares SCPHNs to work in complex and varied settings and have the knowledge, interpersonal skills and managerial capabilities to practise effectively in today's health service. Graduates are usually employed by NHS local health boards and wider employment opportunities are developing.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
12 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Enquiries & Admissions
08455 194 787
01443 654 050