This programme focuses on public health nursing and prepares qualified nurses for registration on the Social Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register. Applicants will choose a defined area of practice either health visiting or school nursing. Both of these pathways promote the health of individuals, groups, and populations and prevent ill health through taking a pro-active approach to practice.

Through partnership working, health visitors and school nurses seek to enable clients to take control of their lives whilst safeguarding vulnerable individuals and populations. Public health work that promotes social inclusion and reduces inequalities in health is central to practice. You will be encouraged to identify your learning needs in professional practice, in partnership with your practice teacher, and to develop competencies in areas that will enable you to meet the course learning outcomes. You will be allocated a personal tutor in the University who will help provide academic and professional support whilst you are a student.

Should I take the BSc (Hons) or the PgDip qualification?

Depending on the level of your existing qualifications you will either undertake the BSc (Hons) course or the PgDip qualification. If you qualified as a nurse with an Undergraduate Diploma you should take this course - the BSc (Hons). If you qualified as a nurse with a Bachelor's degree you should take the PgDip School Nursing (Specialist Community Public Health Nursing) programme. The content of the courses is the same.

Important note for applicants

Places on the course are currently funded through sponsorship arrangements with NHS Community Trusts/ NHS Organisations.

The posts are usually advertised through NHS Jobs. The NHS organization usually begins to advertise between February and April each year, dependent on the availability and confirmation of funding.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2019.


Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 1 year September Southwark Campus
Part-time 2-3 years September Southwark Campus


You will normally complete all eight units, including a professional practice unit relevant to the defined pathway.

Core units

  • Evaluating research for healthcare
  • A public health approach to promoting health and well-being
  • Developing professional practice for school nursing
  • Protecting vulnerable children
  • Mental health and well-being of families
  • Developing leadership and management skills for SCPHN


  • Community nurse prescriber (V100)


This programme is for qualified nurses who wish to further develop their professional knowledge and skills to enable them to work as health visitors in the community promoting the health of children and families or school nurses working with the school-aged population. Qualified Specialist Community Public Health Nurses may also obtain employment in the wider field of public health, for example, in community development work.

Students on the BSc programme may wish to further their studies in the field of public health. Postgraduate Diploma students may study for an MSc in SCPHN through doing a dissertation after qualifying as an SCPHN. Take a look at our online CPPD prospectus for more information about CPD options.

Entry requirements

Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), and 120 credits at Level 5. Applications are accepted from newly qualified nurses or those who are due to qualify. Applicants must have sponsorship from an employing organisation that provides a practice placement and practice teacher to fulfil NMC standards.

English language

If your first language is not English you must have the following minimum International English Language Test Score (IELTS) results at the time of applying:

  • 7.0 overall or equivalent
  • 7.0 in the listening and reading sections
  • 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections.


If your initial application to a Health and Social Care course is successful, you’ll be invited for an interview.

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Last updated February 20, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 23, 2019
1 - 3 years
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Start Date
Sep 23, 2019
End Date
Jan 24, 2022
Application deadline

Sep 23, 2019

Application deadline
End Date
Jan 24, 2022