BSc/GradDip Community Health Studies SPA in District Nursing

Course Overview

The programme prepares registered community nurses to lead District Nursing teams. Successful completion of the Specialist Practitioner – District Nurse with integrated V100 Nurse Prescribing programme, is an approved specialist qualification that is recorded against your nurse registration with the NMC. This programme is essential in order to support nurses to develop the unique skills and knowledge required to lead and manage a team of multi-skilled professionals to deliver excellent nursing care to people in their home and local communities.

Key Features

The ultimate goal for this programme of study is to produce innovative District Nurses who have a vision for community nursing and are flexible but also realistic in aiming to provide the best possible care for their patients.

As part of this programme, you will have the opportunity to;

  • Study alongside peers from your own Network and also those working in neighbouring Health Boards
  • Share good practice and discussions of areas of innovation which will add to your developing body of professional and personal knowledge
  • For more information (from a student perspective) listen to our short video clips produced by district nurse students following successful completion of their SPQ programme



Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Undergraduate / Honours
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHG3041Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)30Fundamentals of Community Practice
SHN3042Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Research and Development in Community Nursing Practice
SHN3043Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Enhancing Skills in District Nursing Practice
SHN3044Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Developing District Nursing Practice
SHN3045Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Nurse Prescribing for Community Nurse Practitioners (V100)
SHN3086The College - Autumn Term (Sep - Dec)0Consolidation of District Nursing Practice


This course consists of three shared modules and two specialist practice modules from your chosen pathway. All modules comprise 50% theory and 50% practice. For the practice component each student is allocated a Community Practice Teacher/Sign off Mentor.

Who should take this course?

Registered nurses currently working in the community setting where with support of the manager, are aiming to progress along their career development and acquire the necessary qualification to be able to apply for a District Nurse caseload holder post following completion of this award.

Entry Requirements

All prospective candidates must be registered nurses with usually one years professional practice.  Applicants must already be working within the community setting.

Applicants must have 120 credits at Diploma level (level 5).  If you already hold a first degree and aim to seek the Specialist Practitioner qualification, then you will follow the same route and level as the BSc (Hons) and will be awarded a Graduate Diploma.

How To Apply

Community Health Studies Application Form

Please contact the Commissioned Programmes Recruitment and Selection Team if you have any further queries on Tel : 01792 518531 or Email :

The closing date for applications for the District Nursing course is Tuesday 30th April 2019. 

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc Full-time NHS N/A

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

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.

Speak Out Safely

The College of Human and Health Sciences supports the Nursing Times Speak Out Safely campaign. This means we want every member of our staff and students to feel able to raise concerns about wrongdoing or poor practice when they see it and confident that their concerns will be addressed in a constructive way.


Speak out safely


We promise that where staff or students identify a genuine patient safety concern, we will support them, help them to ensure their concern is fully investigated and, if appropriate, act on their concern. We will also give them feedback about how service providers have responded to the issue they have raised, as soon as possible.

Whether you are a staff member, or a student, please speak up when you feel something is wrong. We want you to be able to Speak Out Safely.