Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University

Specialist Community Public Health Nurse

Students on this course learn to promote public health practice; develop evidence-based public health knowledge and skills to inform their practice, develop the skills of lifelong learning through reflection and personal development planning, promote inter-professional learning, collaborative and partnership working within the context of public health. This course aims to train students to become a knowledgeable and skilled health care practitioner. Delivered as 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practice, students will develop a broad knowledge of the complex issues of specialist practice.

Entry requirements

1st level registration with the NMC (1 year's post-registration experience ideal) If awaiting confirmation of registration, there must be evidence of successful completion of a pre-registration nursing or midwifery programme and evidence of application for NMC registration. To access BSc (Hons): You need the equivalent of 240 credits of which 120 must be at level 5 (higher diploma level). To access PG Diploma: If you have previously studied at level 6, you may be eligible for entry onto the postgraduate award. It is essential that students obtain an organised practice placement with a Primary Care Trust (PCT) and an allocated practice teacher in the defined area of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice. Without a qualified practice teacher we regret that we cannot offer a place on this course. Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health Clearance is required prior to course entry.

Course modules

Modules include: evidence based practice/research; introducing the principles and practice of specialist community public health nursing; leadership innovations in public health; safeguarding vulnerable people; V100 (nurse prescribing); consolidation for professional practice; sexual health awareness and practice.

Assessment methods

There are a variety of assessments, which include assignments, and invigilated examinations. The pathway modules are assessed through written work and achievement of the Nursing and Midwifery Standards of Proficiency in Practice, which is viewed together as a portfolio. Students will also complete a workbook and undertake an invigilated examination to enable them to prescribe from the Nurse Prescribing Formulary.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Westbourne City South Campus Birmingham B15 3TN West Midlands

Key information

Course Enquiries Team
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0121 331 5595