Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University

Community Children's Nursing

This innovative Community Specialist Practice course is aimed at community nurses wishing to prepare for (or consolidate) a leadership role. It will enable you to become a skilful community specialist practitioner, able to lead and bring about change in your practice environments. If you successfully fulfil the required criteria you can qualify for the relevant NMC Community Specialist Practitioner (CSP) Award. The course is centred on practice and you will spend 50 per cent of time in the practice environment. You will have a practice teacher who will support the development of your professional practice.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the PGDip in Community Children's Nursing course will normally be health care professionals with a minimum of one year's professional (i.e. post-qualification) practice. This course is at level 7 (Master's Degree), therefore evidence is required of recent study at level 6 (degree level). In addition, you must normally: 1) Be registered on the relevant nursing part of the NMC register and demonstrate evidence of Advanced Level study on entry. 2) Provide evidence of recent study at level 6. 3) Have the support of your manager or sponsorship from a community or Hospital Trust which will ensure the following: have access to a community practice teacher and have a source of funding to enable you to meet the course fees. Additionally: Entry on the course will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance, and evidence of being currently on the NMC register will be required. Successful entry to this course is subject to satisfactory references.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: leadership in health and social care; community specialist practice 1; community specialist practice 2; work-based learning (with a community children's nursing focus); optional modules: community practitioner nurse prescribing; advanced health promotion; risk and protection of children.

Assessment methods

A variety of assessments is used, including written assignments, a practice portfolio and examinations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time September 2017 - 12 months
PgDip Part-time September 2017 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Marston Road Campus Oxford OX3 0FL South East

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