Specialist Community Public Health Nursing BSc

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Special Features
  • Teaching & Assessment
  • Employability
  • Fees
  • Entry Criteria

About the Course

This Statutory Body approved course is designed for those with initial nurse registration who wish to become specialist community public health nurses in one of three areas of practice:

  • Health Visiting
  • Occupational Health Nursing
  • School Nursing

The full-time course is 52 weeks long. The part-time course involves two and a half days a week for two years, with one day a week in the University.

Brunel also offers some modules from this programme as a CPPD (Continuing Personal and Professional Development). To find out more and to apply, please click here.

About Health and Life Sciences at Brunel

Health and Life Sciences have become one of the most hotly discussed and debated issues of our time and is a subject that can be studied from a biological, psychological, sociological, philosophical, political, environmental or cultural perspective. It affects us individually as well as through our families, communities and society as a whole.

Health and social care issues have always attracted legal and ethical debates ranging from questions about the beginning and end of life to the difficulties of managing professional health staff. These issues have become more complex as consumers of care services become more demanding and more knowledgeable of their rights.

The courses offered at Brunel aim to meet the needs of a wide range of professions as well as of individuals who want to explore and think critically about current health and social care issues.

We have a long history of providing courses for health and social care professionals. Most of our courses are supported by various consortia of health trusts or social work agencies.

We aim to combine a thorough professional education with academic excellence and have a substantial record of research, innovation and publication which is reflected in the quality and relevance of our teaching.

If you are considering studying Specialist Community Public Health Nursing at Brunel University London then you are committed to working jointly with the NHS to demonstrate the values and beliefs of the constitution.

NHS values
Patients, public and staff have helped develop this expression of values that inspire passion in the NHS and that should underpin everything it does. Individual organisations will develop and build upon these values, tailoring them to their local needs. The NHS values provide common ground for co-operation to achieve shared aspirations, at all levels of the NHS.

Values and Contributions


Health Visiting develops practitioners who are proactive and innovative in the promotion of health and the prevention of ill health at the individual, group and community level, within the context of national and international considerations. You will gain Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Occupational Health Nursing
equips you to function competently in the specialist area of Occupational Health. This involves responsibility for health and safety at work, risk assessment, management of occupational disease and the promotion of physical and psychological health among the workforce. You will gain Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

School Nursing will prepare you to lead a school nursing team of variable skill mix, to promote school health and meet the health-related needs of children and adolescents at school and their families and carers. You will gain Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

The primary aim of the College of Health and Life Sciences is to combine a thorough professional education with academic excellence. Most of our undergraduate programmes are funded by various NHS consortia. This reflects their high quality and ability to respond to the needs of community nursing today.


Please note: Open Days are not applicable for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) applicants who will be invited to attend for interview. 

SCPHN Course Administrator

Department of Clinical Sciences
College of Health and Life Sciences
Brunel University London

Tel: +44 (0)1895 268770
Email: communityhealth@brunel.ac.uk

Related Courses

Course Content

Students undertake seven modules:
  • Developing Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice
  • Managing Professional Perspectives in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing
  • Assessing the Application of Evidence for SCPHN
  • Presenting Mental Health and Well-being
  • Health Promotion and Public Health Leadership*
  • Consolidated Practice
  • Nurse Prescribing (Optional)*
  • Preparation for Practice In a Different Field*
  • Developing Practice through Supervision and Practice Teaching*

*These modules are also available as CPPD (Continuing Personal and Professional Development) courses. To find out more information and to apply, please click here.

Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Special Features

  • Students enjoy first-rate facilities in the brand-new, multi-million pound Health Studies Centre.

  • The College enjoys close links with colleagues in local NHS and Social Services facilities. Its location is central to a variety of fieldwork placements.

  • The College has a well established reputation for providing high-quality training to healthcare professionals.

  • The College has an impressive record of research, innovation and publication. Recent groundbreaking research into subjects including comparative social work, community care, child development, and race and social work feeds into our taught programmes, making them highly relevant and up-to-date

Teaching and Learning

The College of Health and Life Sciences uses many innovative teaching and learning methods to balance professional training with academic excellence.


You will be assessed through a range of essays, projects, examinations and practice assessments. These are handed in at different stages of the year.


Half of the course involves supervised practice placements within the chosen area of specialist practice. These are generally arranged with NHS trusts and involve experienced practice teachers who attend study days at Brunel.

For Occupational Health Nursing students, you will gain practical experience within occupational settings in either the public or private sector, and be supported by a qualified and experienced practice teachers.


Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey

Students on this programme are fully trained nurses who wish to become community specialist practitioners.

In 2013/14, six months after graduating:

Read more about graduate destinations for this subject area

Around 95% of graduates annually secure employment in their chosen specialist field.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

» More about Employability

Fees for 2015/6 entry


  • Health Visiting: NHS fee (full-time / part-time)
  • Occupational Health Nursing: £9,000 (full-time) / £4,500 (part-time)
  • School Nursing: NHS fee (full-time / part-time)


  • Health Visiting: £16,500 or NHS fee if NHS funded (full-time)
  • Occupational Health Nursing: £16,500 (full-time)
  • School Nursing: £16,500 or NHS fee if NHS funded (full-time)

Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.

Entry Requirements 2015/6

  • Qualified nurse with active registration on the NMC Nursing Register part one or two.
  • Two satisfactory references of which one should be an academic reference.
  • A Diploma of Higher Education or the equivalent of 120 FHEQ Level 5 credits.
  • All applicants are required to be interviewed to ascertain their professional readiness to undertake the programme.

Please note: This course may involve regular access to children and/or vulnerable adults, also known as regulated activity. Where this is the case, students will be legally required to register with the Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) which is administered by the Independent Safeguarding Authority. The Independent Safeguarding Authority has recently been established as a single agency to monitor all individuals who want to work or volunteer with vulnerable people. Registration with the scheme will cost £64, as a one off payment, which will cover both the cost of registration and a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. Following successful registration you will be issued with an ISA Registration Number which will stay with you for the rest of your career.

The University will send further instructions on registering with the VBS as part of the admissions process. For further guidance please email admissions@brunel.ac.uk. Please note that, in many cases, SCPHN students will complete this process through their employer or course sponsor, and not through the University.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)

Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.

Page last updated: Wednesday 23 September 2015