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Specialist Community Public Health Nursing BSc


About the course

This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), granting a licence to practise. It is designed for those with initial nurse or midwife registration who wish to become specialist community public health nurses in one of three areas of practice:

  • health visiting
  • occupational health nursing
  • school nursing.

Brunel University London 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.

The primary aim of the programme is to combine a thorough professional education with academic excellence, reflecting the ability to respond to changing and challenging healthcare needs in the community.

Literacy and Numeracy Tests

Literacy and Numeracy tests as part of the centralised application process for Health Visiting and School Nursing applicants will be held.  Please check back on this page for 2017 dates.

Candidates will be notified of further arrangements.

To gain sponsorship for the Health Visiting and School Nurse pathways most Trusts will require a numeracy and literacy assessment undertaken at a participating university. Click here for further information and to book your place.


This course will enable you to practise safely and effectively to improve public healthin health visiting, school nursing and occupational health settings.

It will increase your career prospects, as nurses who successfully complete the programme are eligible to apply for posts as Specialist Community Public Health Nurses within their pathway specialism.

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).

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


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 268833
Email: communityhealth@brunel.ac.uk

Course Content

Level 3 (all pathways)

  • The Application of Evidence for SCPHN Practice
  • Mental Health and Well-being
  • Developing Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice (30 credits)
  • Health Promotion and Public Health Leadership
  • Consolidated Practice

Health Visiting

  • Managing Professional Perspectives in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing : Health Visiting

Occupational Health Nursing

  • Managing Professional Perspectives in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing : Occupational Health Nursing

School Nursing

  • Managing Professional Perspectives in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing : School Nursing

Optional (all pathways)

  • Nurse Prescribing

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


Fifty per cent 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 2012/13, 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.

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Entry Criteria 2017/18

  • 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.

International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

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. Find out more information about English course and test options.

Teaching and Assessment


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.

How many hours of study are involved?

On the full-time course you will attend the University two days a week and spend two days in practice.

On the part-time course (two years), you will attend University one day a week and spend one day in practice.

Please note the academic year is 12 months long.

Special Features

  • We are closely connected to the local NHS and Social Services, making our location ideal for access to a wide variety of fieldwork placements.
  • The College has a well established reputation for providing high-quality education to healthcare professionals.
  • We have an impressive record of research, innovation and publication in the specialist field.
  • You will benefit from interprofessional learning across health visiting, school nursing and occupational health nursing, as well as shared learning with other health professional students (for example social work, physiotherapy/occupational therapy).
  • This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), granting a licence to practise.
  • You will be allocated a qualified and experienced practice teacher who provides support via study days and undertakes assessment in practice.

Facts and Figures

College of Health and Life Sciences

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 and 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 individuals who want to explore and think critically about current health and social care issues as a whole.

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, and in our excellent Quality Audit Agency Review of 22 points out of 24.

Fees for 2017/18 entry

Additional course related costs


  • Health Visiting: NHS fee (full-time / part-time)
  • Occupational Health Nursing: £9,250 (full-time) / £4,500 (part-time)
  • School Nursing: NHS fee (full-time / part-time)


  • Health Visiting: £17,500 or NHS fee if NHS funded (full-time)
  • Occupational Health Nursing: £17,500 (full-time)
  • School Nursing: £17,500 or NHS fee if NHS funded (full-time)