Oxford Brookes University

Community District Nursing

This course aims to produce community specialist practitioners, able to lead and bring about change in their practice environments. Students who successfully fulfil the required criteria within the Community Children's Nursing PGDip course can qualify for the relevant NMC Community Specialist Practitioner (CSP) Award, which includes being a non-medical prescriber able to prescribe from the community practitioners� formulary.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the PGDip in Community Children�s Nursing course will normally be health care professionals with a minimum of 1 year�s professional (ie post-qualification) practice. In addition, students must normally: be registered on the relevant nursing part of the NMC register and demonstrate evidence of Advanced Level study on entry, have the support of their manager or sponsorship from a Primary Care or Hospital Trust, have access to a community practice teacher, have a source of funding to enable them to meet the course fees, evidence of being currently on the NMC register will also be required. Students also need to obtain funding and sponsorship from their strategic health authority through their local trust. All applicants will be screened for fitness for practice and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.

Course modules

Core modules: leadership in health and social care, community specialist practice 1 (CCN), community specialist practice 2 (CCN), work-based learning (with a community children's nursing (CCN) focus). Optional modules: community practitioner nurse prescribing (V100), 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 - 12 months
PgDip Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

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

Key information

Programme Administrator
Telephone number: 
01865 488111