University of Cumbria

University of Cumbria

Community Specialist Practice (General Practice Nursing)

This course will prepare you for the role of Community Specialist Practitioner within General Practice Nursing. With a balance of 50% theory and 50% practice, the course will facilitate development of broad knowledge and skills in relation to public health, evidence-based practice, leadership, change management and collaborative working. It will also develop specialist knowledge and skills in aspects such as health assessment, clinical care and case management.

Entry requirements

1st or 2nd class Honours degree. Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course via APL procedures. If you apply for this course you must be current on the NMC Nursing register and you will need to provide evidence of study at level 6 within the last five years or complete an approved study skills course.

Course modules

Leading evidence based general practice nursing; evidence based practice; public health in practice; facilitating health and behaviour change; consultation and physical examination: health assessment skills; qualificatory practice unit: community specialist practice; qualificatory unit of study: community practitioner nurse prescribing; qualificatory unit of practice: community practitioner nurse prescribing.

Assessment methods

Competence profile; patchwork text portfolio; health needs assessment briefing paper; examination; essay; verbal presentation to and assessed by peers and lecturer; OSCEs; mentor assessment of competence in practice, through a process of formative and summative assessment.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Graduate Diploma Full-time - 2 years
Graduate Diploma Part-time - 2 years
PgDip Part-time £ 10,333 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
PgDip Full-time £ 6,666 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
PgDip Full-time £ 10,333 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
PgDip Part-time £ 6,666 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Lancaster Campus Lancaster LA1 3JD North West

Key information

Course Enquiry Centre
Telephone number: 
0845 606 1144