1. Duration:
    2yrs Part-time
  2. Alternative Duration
    4yrs Part-time

Course Overview

BSc (Hons) or Graduate Diploma General Practice Nursing...

- A flexible continuing professional development course

- Students are eligible to have their tuition fees paid by the Workforce, Education and Development Services (WEDS)

- Optional module choices ensure the course can be tailored to meet individual learning needs

- Shared learning with other community nurses may enhance closer collaborative working in practice.

Key Features

The College has a distinguished and sustained track record in delivering high quality educational programmes to community nurses.  The BSc (Hons)/GradDip General Practice Nursing is a flexible programme that enables students to manage their continuing professional development within the context of their work and personal lives.

  • Students will be eligible for their tuition fees to be paid for by the Workforce, Educations and Development Services enhances the accessibility of the programme.
  • The modular structure and wide choice of optional modules ensures that the programme can be tailored to meet the individual learning needs of practice nurses ensuring fitness for practice, whilst also being responsive to changes in local need and national government policies.
  • Opportunities for shared learning with other community nurses, which may enhance closer collaborative working in practice.

This course aims to:

  • Develop a competent, confident and critically thinking general practice nurse who is able to demonstrate high level decision making in areas of general practice nursing ensuring that care is tailored to local practice and population need.
  • Develop self aware individuals who are capable of monitoring and improving standards of service through reflection, supervision, mentorship, professional leadership and multidisciplinary teamwork.
  • Develop professionals with transferable skills who can facilitate and develop innovations in practice through effective communication, evaluation, teaching, facilitation and support.
  • Prepare a general practice nurse who is able to develop strong partnerships with other professional groups across the health and social care interface, including the voluntary and third sectors.
  • Provide practice nurses with the skills and knowledge to advance their careers.


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 6)

Year 2 (Level 6)

Year 2 (Level 6)

Year 2 (Level 6)


This course comprises of two compulsory modules and a choice of optional modules, which can be studied over a period of two to four years leading to the award of either a BSc (Hons) or Graduate Diploma in General Practice Nursing.

It is aimed at newly qualified nurses seeking a career in general practice nursing or experienced practice nurses seeking to advance their skills and knowledge.

Entry Requirements

  • A registered practitioner on the respective part (1,2,7,8,12 or 15) of the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) register
  • Normally have one year’s experience post qualification as a registered practitioner
  • Possess 120 credits at level 5 (diploma level)


English language requirements

IELTS score of a minimum of 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 7.0 for listening and reading and writing and speaking, will be needed, as per NMC requirements.


Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

All applicants need to have a satisfactory enhanced DBS check prior to starting the programme. Each year all students re-enrol on to the programme and as part of this must also sign an annual declaration that there have been no changes to that status.


Current Employment requirements

All students need to be employed in a general practice setting and have access to an NMC approved practice mentor.


Prior to application, potential applicants are encouraged to contact the Prof. Joy Merrell or a member of the programme team to discuss the requirements, aims and content of the programme.

How To Apply

If you would like to apply please contact the Admissions Office on +44 (0)1792 518531 or chhsadmissions@swansea.ac.uk

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Part-time £1,750

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.

Who should take this course?

Historically, practice nurses have had limited access to continuing professional development. So whether you are a newly qualified nurse seeking a career in general practice nursing or an experienced practice nurse seeking to advance your skills and knowledge, this programme is for you. 

Module List

There are two core modules

  • Foundations of Community Practice (30 credits): commences Wednesday 18th Feb 2015 and every Wednesday for 10 weeks

  • Research and Development in Community Nursing Practice (20 credits): commences Wednesday 21st January 2015 and every Wednesday for 10 weeks.

 These core modules comprise 50 academic credits towards the 120 credits at level six required for the award.


The remaining 70 academic credits can be gained from a number of optional modules including:

Students may be able select other modules from the College catalogue following discussion with their employer and the programme director.*


How much study time is involved?

As a guide a 10 credit module requires a notional 100 hours of study comprised of 21 hours attendance at study days in the College, 21 hours of learning in practice and the remainder as self directed study, over a period of 15 weeks. 



A range of assessment methods are used including reflective essays, narrative essays, case studies, case based discussion, OSCE, presentations, clinical portfolio, multiple choice questions and unseen examination.



Core modules for this General Practice Nursing course are taught on the Singleton campus. Optional modules may be taught on the Singleton Campus or our St David’s Park Campus in Carmarthen.


*Please be aware that some modules, courses and programmes offered by the College of Human and Health Sciences will only run if selected by sufficient numbers of students.

Additional information


The BSc General Practice Nursing course has a specified number of funded places provided by the Workforce Education and Development Services (WEDS). To discuss your eligibility for this funding, please contact the Admissions Tutor, Prof Joy Merrell.

International students will not be eligible for WEDS funding, and will pay a tuition fee.

Staff expertise

The community and public health team is well qualified and has extensive experience of delivering community nursing programmes. The core team comprises one Professor and four lecturers, who all have professional backgrounds in community and/or public health nursing. All academic members of the core team hold a Master’s degree and/or a Doctorate. Guest speakers and experts will be utilised as appropriate.

Read more about the staff here:


All members of the teaching staff are involved in research activities and have presented their work at research conferences.

Andrea Surridge with colleagues conducted a cooperative enquiry into action learning and praxis development in one of the community nursing modules (Developing District Nursing Practice using the `patchwork text’ style of writing. This research has been presented at conferences and workshops in Dublin, London and Wales and three articles were published.

Marie Bodycombe James recently completed her Doctorate in Nursing Science which explored children’s experiences on managing their chronic illness at home and has presented her work at several conferences.

Cathy Taylor was a member of the research team with Prof Joy Merrell which explored the views of parents from Flying Start and non Flying Start areas with respect to childhood immunisations.

Professor Joy Merrell has conducted a number of research projects and incorporates research findings into her teaching sessions to community and public health nurses. Her research focuses on minority ethnic health, public and user involvement in primary health care, promoting active ageing and community and public health nursing. She has conducted several reviews of community and public health nursing on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government. She has a sound track record of funded research, (e.g. ESRC, UK Charities, Welsh Assembly Government and Local authorities). Recent completed projects include a  NISCHR funded project exploring the nutritional care provided to older people in two different types of residential care homes,an ESRC funded project with colleagues from Loughborough, Bristol, London and Sheffield which explored migration, nutrition and ageing across the lifecourse in Bangladeshi families (MINA) conducted in Cardiff and Bangladesh, exploring the views of parents in Flying Start and non Flying Start areas regarding childhood immunisations and a survey exploring European nurses’ views, expecatations and experiences of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing with colleagues from across Europe.

She is a founding member of the Wales Ethnicity Research Collaboration, a Board member of the International Collaboration for Community Health Nursing Research (ICCHNR), a member of the Community Nursing Strategy for Wales group and the European Regional Co-ordinator of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Professional links

Hywel Dda University Health Board and Abertawe Bro-Morgannwg University Health Board are connected and supportive of the programme and representatives from the Health Boards and service users were involved in the development of the curriculum from the outset to ensure the programme is fit for purpose.