Taught course

Public Health Nursing and District Nursing options

University of the West of Scotland · School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery

Entry requirements

Applicants must be registered as a first level Nurse on part 1 or Midwife on part 2 of the NMC professional register. Applicants who can evidence successful completion of their pre-registration nursing education course and who have applied for NMC registration can be admitted to the programme. Applicants will normally be educated to degree level. Admission is permitted with relevant previous academic credit and/or prior learning in accordance with the University’s Regulatory Framework. Applicants must have the language and literacy skills to understand and use the written materials utilised in the learning and teaching of the course and be able to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written English as per University guidelines or Nursing and Midwifery guidelines (IELTS score of 7 or above) for practice-based placements.

Public Health Nursing / District Nursing

Months of entry


Course content

This programme will enable first level nurses and midwives to obtain both an academic qualification and a professional qualification in public health nursing – health visiting or occupational health.
About the programme The programme is validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and has been developed in line with the Standards of Proficiency for Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (NMC 2004).
Your learning Core modules include:
• Responding to Public Health Challenges
• Research Methods for Health and Social Care
• Leadership for Effectiveness
• Consolidation of Practice Discipline-specific modules: Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visitor):
• Contemporary Health Visiting
• Safeguard Children, Enable Families Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Occupational Health):
• Contemporary Occupational Health
• Managing Risk in Occupational Health
The final module at the end of the course includes a 10.5 week full-time period in the defined area of practice.
MSc Health Studies
– Community Health Following completion of the Postgraduate Diploma with professional registration students can undertake the Research and Enquiry Dissertation module to receive a Master’s degree. See our website for updates.
Our Careers Adviser says Offering both an academic and a professional qualification and with accreditation from the Nursing and Midwifery Council, graduates can seek challenging and rewarding careers as health visitors or occupational

Information for international students

For more information please visit - www.uws.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

For more information please visit - www.uws.ac.uk/fundingadvice

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Cathy Brown
0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 out with UK)