BSc/GradDip Community Health Studies Specialist Practice Award

BSc Community Health Studies or GradDip Specialist Practice Award in District Nursing or Community Children's 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.

BSc 4 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHG3076Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Evidence Based Practice (Dissertation)
Optional Modules
Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students are required to select 60 credits from the College of Health Sciences' catalogue of continuing professional development modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
SHG3001Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Care of the Adult patient with a Haematological Condition
SHG3003Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Clinical Leadership
SHG3005Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Care of the Person with Diabetes Mellitus
SHG3021Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Mentor and Assessor Preparation - Bronglais (October)
SHG3033Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Tissue Viabilty
SHG3034Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Safeguarding Children and Young People
SHG3041Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)30Fundamentals of Community Practice
SHG3055Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Contemporary Issues in Forensic Mental Health Nursing
SHG3063Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Free to Lead Free to Care: Empowering Ward Sisters/Charge Nurse Development programme
SHG3074Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Contemporary Practice in Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery
SHG3075Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Acute Cardiac Care
SHG3077Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Managing Mental Health Conditions in Physically Ill Patients
SHG3078Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Physical Health Issues in Adult Mental Health Practice
SHG3083Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Elective and Trauma Orthopaedic Nursing
SHG3085Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Living with Chronic Disease
SHG3087Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Principles of Safe Practice in Clinical Transfusion Management
SHG3088Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Advancing your Practice in Blood Transfusion
SHG3089Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Fundamentals of Community Mental Health Practice
SHG3092Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber - V150
SHG3097Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)10Travel Health for Primary Care Providers
SHG3098Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)10Introduction to Mentorship for Practice Nurses
SHG3099Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Professional Practice in Sexual and Reproductive Health
SHG3100Academic Year20Electrocardiogram Recording and Interpretation
SHG3101Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Managing Respiratory Conditions in Primary Care
SHG311Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Meeting the Specific Needs of People with Parkinson's Disease and their Carers
SHG324Academic Year40Enhanced Practice for Upper and/or Lower Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Nurses
SHG325Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Anaesthetic and Post Anaesthetic Care (PAC) Practitioner
SHG326Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40The Intra-operative Practitioner
SHG327Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Teaching in Clinical Practice
SHG331Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Core Concepts in Peri-operative Practice
SHG332Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)30Foundations of Community Practice (Non Specialist Practice Qualification)
SHG346Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)40Foundations in Physiology and Health Assessment
SHG358Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Loss, Grief and Bereavement
SHG369Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Key Issues in Child and Adolescent Mental Health
SHG372Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Health Promotion and Public Health
SHG387Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Working with individuals who have a dementia-type illness and their carers
SHG390Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Management of the Acutely Ill Child
SHG392Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Health Care and the Law
SHG399Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Symptom Control in Palliative Cancer Care
SHN300Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Advancing Leadership Skills for Community Nursing Caseload Holders and Team Leaders
SHN380Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advancing Chemotherapy Practice
SHN388Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Causes and Management of Critical Illness
SHN390Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Foundations in Intensive Care Nursing
SHN391Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Evidence Based Infection Control and Management

DipHE 4 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHG209Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Research and Critical Appraisal
Optional Modules


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

If you would like to apply, please contact the Admissions on 01792 518531 or

The closing date for applications is 31st May 2016.

Tuition Fees

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

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Part-time £3,500

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.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

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.

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